EXMOOR COTTAGE HOLIDAYS
Dog friendly cottages are difficult to find in Exmoor and North Devon, especially if you want good quality self-catering accommodation, have more than one pet, or are looking for a short stay. This is unfortunate given the spectacular walks and dog-friendly facilities that the region has to offer.
Exmoor Cottage Holidays are ideal for your self-catering holidays with dogs in North Devon or Exmoor. We offer short breaks all year round and will usually accept several dogs at once. Our five holiday letting cottages are all well-appointed and pet-friendly, and each has a fully enclosed garden and a cosy log fire.
The stone-built self-catering cottages have been lovingly converted from a farm. There is a delightful walk in the grounds around Humphrey's Hill, ideal for exercising your pets, and a dog-friendly pub with great food just 300 yards away. Exmoor and North Devon are very pet-friendly with lots of incredible walks, and we have yet to find a pub that doesn't welcome dogs (and we have visited a few!).
The holiday rental cottages are perfect for people too. They have all been recently renovated (retaining many period features) and are warm, comfortable and well-equipped. With five cottages we are sure to have one perfect for you and your pets: whether you want a spacious Farmhouse with a Rayburn in the kitchen; a pretty stone cottage with an Inglenook fireplace; a cottage with a real log fire and a large garden; or a cosy accessible cottage with only a few steps.
The characterful cottages are in the quiet and peaceful village of Challacombe, and within the beautiful Exmoor National Park. There is a pretty stream winding through the village, with a charming ford and ancient packhorse bridge. The local pub (the Black Venus Inn) serves real ales, fine wines and award-winning food, and there is a handy shop and Post Office nearby (Challacombe Stores) with delicious home-made cakes and take-away meals.
There are many wonderful walks and interesting places to visit on the surrounding hills: including Shoulsbury Castle (an Iron Age hillfort); Pinkery Pond (source of the river Barle); Chapman's Barrows and the Longstone (the biggest prehistoric site on Exmoor); and Radworthy (an abandoned farmstead mentioned in the Domesday Book).
There is a gentle walk for older dogs at Wistlandpound Reservoir about 5 miles away. It takes about an hour to walk around this beautiful 41 acre lake on a gravel path. Nearby is Besshill Farm shop, which sells local meat and produce, and pigs ears and marrow bones, which dogs love.
There are many other spectacular walks that you and your dogs can enjoy just a short drive away. Some of the best circular walks are at Heddons Mouth near Trentishoe (where there is a small Roman fort); the Valley of Rocks near Lynton (with stunning rock formations and a herd of wild goats); Watersmeet near Lynmouth (a lovely wooded valley where two rivers meet); Crow Point near Braunton which takes in an estuary, a wide sandy beach and huge sand dunes (a UNESCO Biosphere); and Tarr Steps near Withypool, a medieval clapper bridge (and a favourite place for picnics).
We have a good knowledge of Exmoor and North Devon and can show you the best walks and places to visit on an Ordnance Survey map (which you may borrow). We can recommend the best dog friendly beaches and offer (charged extra) towel hire, logs and kindling (your first basket is free), cottage cleaning and service wash and dry so that you and your pets can enjoy your holidays to the full.
After a long days walking you can relax with your pets in the garden outside your cottage and watch the wild birds (we feed them most days) or settle down in front of the cosy log-burning stove in the living room. Before retiring, take your dogs up Humphrey's Hill for their last walk of the day, taking in the lovely views as the sun sets over Exmoor, or nip down to the pub (with your dogs) for a lovely home-made meal.
The dog-friendly cottages at Exmoor Cottage Holidays are ideal for your holidays with pets in North Devon and Exmoor. The self-catering cottages are comfortable and well-equipped; each has a log stove, and its own enclosed garden. There is a wild-flower meadow in the grounds to exercise your dogs, amazing walks in the village, and an excellent dog-friendly pub just down the road. We look forward to welcoming you and your dogs to pet-friendly Exmoor!