We know how much you love your four-legged family members, so our dog friendly cottages in Exmoor provide the perfect holiday for both you and your pooch. Choose one of our four characterful cottages, each on the doorstep of 37 miles of stunning Exmoor coastline. Flanked by dog friendly beaches, wooded valleys, wild moors dotted with chocolate box cottages, medieval villages and small harbours, Exmoor is a splendid part of the world.
Exmoor Character Cottages has everything you need for your pooch
We welcome four-legged friends of all sizes! When your booking includes a dog, we provide you with information on pet-friendly places to visit during your holiday and other useful information for your stay including the contact numbers of the local vets. All our gardens have been fenced or gated to keep dogs safe out of doors.
We provide pet beds and blankets, saving your valuable car space. We also provide food and drink bowls that can be found on a cute little bone-shaped floor mat.
When you arrive, there will even be a little doggie treat on the welcome tray!
Exmoor Character Cottages owner Lucy says: “We’ve seen an increase in the number of guests with fur friends of all sizes, from really tiny to pretty big! We go out of our way to make our self catering holiday cottages welcoming for dogs – some pets even ‘write’ comments in the Guest Books with their favourite walks.” If that doesn’t demonstrate the lengths we take to make our Exmoor holiday cottages dog friendly, then what does?!
Listen to regular guest Duncan talk about holidaying with dogs at Exmoor Character Cottages in this podcast chat from July 2021.
House rules for your fur friend
There aren’t too many rules to remember. Please clear up after your dog, and make sure their four paws stay on the floor at all times! Dogs are not allowed in the bedrooms.
All cottages have a hose in the garden along with a batch of towels just for our doggy guests. Please use these to wash muddy paws and not the bathroom or kitchen sink.
If you are going out and would like to leave your pooch in your holiday home-from-home, you may want to consider our recommended dog-sitter Annie.
Our guests are fortunate to have some beautiful secluded harbours along the Exmoor coastline from Minehead to Porlock and further afield at Lynton and Lynmouth. And if your pet loves the water, there are plenty of dog friendly beaches for you to enjoy together:
- The main bathing beach in Minehead allows dogs between October and April
- Dunster and Blue Anchor Beach allow dogs all year round.
When you arrive at one of our cottages we will update you on current beach access.
Sea currents and tides can change quickly, so check any warnings around the beach or lake. If you aren’t sure, keep your pet on the lead. Some areas, such as Bossington Beach, have strong undercurrents and we advise against letting your faithful friend – or you for that matter – in the water here.
Exploring Exmoor with your dog
The diversity of the Exmoor landscape means there are plenty of places to paddle, run, swim and cycle with your pet. Check out Exmoor National Park’s essential guide to being out and about on Exmoor with your dog. For walk ideas Exmoor Character Cottages owner Lucy has produced a Little Book of Walks, which is available in each of the four cottages.
If you are on a serious walking holiday and want to cover some miles, head to the south west coast path, which starts at Minehead. A magnet for walkers, Exmoor is also home to the highest coastline in England and Wales rising to 433m (1421feet) at Culbone Hill.
Keeping to the clearly marked footpaths and your pet on a lead (if livestock is in the fields) is courteous to landowners and keeps all animals safe. Canines can be distressing for sheep (especially pregnant ewes and lambs) and a landowner can legally shoot your pet if it is worrying livestock. We always advise you to be especially careful around cows, calves, sheep, lambs, and Exmoor ponies.
After walking through Exmoor ensure you regularly worm your pet, treat them for fleas and ticks and of course, always make sure you clean up after them.
Making our self catering holiday cottages dog friendly has been a delight. It brings us so much pleasure knowing guests can enjoy their time away with their pooch in tow.
Why not check availability of our dog friendly cottages on Exmoor and book your next holiday with us so you can enjoy everything Exmoor has to offer.