EXMOOR COTTAGE HOLIDAYS
Dog friendly self catering cottages in Exmoor and North Devon are difficult to find, especially if you want good quality accommodation, or have more than one pet. This is unfortunate given the spectacular walks and dog-friendly facilities that the region has to offer.
Exmoor Cottage Holidays are ideal for your UK holidays with dogs, with five well-appointed cottages, all with fully enclosed gardens, and surrounded by large grounds. There are excellent local walks, a dog-friendly pub within 300 yards and the cottages are in a good central location from which to explore the whole of North Devon, Somerset and Exmoor.
The charming stone cottages are in the peaceful village of Challacombe, within the Exmoor National Park, and have been converted from a medieval farm. Surrounding the cottages are large gardens with a delightful circular walk up and around Humphrey's Hill, ideal for exercising your dogs.
There is a lovely walk through a beech forest to an old church, and many paths from the village lead to the tops of the surrounding hills where there are breathtaking views and lots of interesting places to visit, including Shoulsbury Castle, an Iron Age hillfort; Pinkery Pond, source of the river Barle; the Longstone, the tallest prehistoric stone on Exmoor; charming Bray reservoir and Radworthy, an abandoned farm near the source of the river Bray, mentioned in the Domesday Book. If you wish, you can walk all day across Exmoor and arrange for the unique Moor Rover to collect you and your dogs and bring you back to your cottage.
There is a lovely gentle walk for older dogs (and their owners!) at Wistlandpound Reservoir, just a few miles from the cottages, which has a gravelled circular walk around a beautiful 41 acre lake, and takes about an hour to walk round. Nearby is a farm shop called Besshill Farm, where the butcher sells pigs ears and marrow bones, which dogs love.
There are lots of spectacular walks that your dogs can enjoy just a short drive away. Some of the best, all with circular walks, are at Heddons Mouth near Trentishoe where there is a small Roman lookout fort; the Valley of Rocks near Lynton where there are spectacular rock formations and a large population of wild goats; Watersmeet near Lynmouth, a lovely wooded walk beside the river; Crow Point near Braunton which takes in an estuary, a wide sandy beach and huge sand dunes; and Tarr Steps near Withypool, a prehistoric clapper bridge and a favourite place for picnics.
After a long days walking, there are excellent cooking facilities at the cottages, or you may wish to sample the award winning food, real ales and fine wines available at the local Black Venus Inn - and you are welcome to take your dogs with you. You will find that dogs are generally welcome throughout North Devon and Exmoor in most pubs and cafes, especially in the countryside. If you do want to go somewhere special without your dog, then kennelling is available in the village.
The dog friendly cottages at Exmoor Cottage Holidays are ideal for your holidays with dogs in Exmoor and North Devon. The cottages are charming and peaceful, there is a handy exercise area in the grounds, plenty of local walks in the village and the surrounding area, and your dogs are welcome at the local pub.