If you are going away for a holiday or short break, it’s nice, not to mention practical, to be able to take your four-legged friend with you. Many of our self-catering holiday cottages allow you to share your holiday fun with your dog and are close to some great dog-friendly beaches and days out.
East Devon’s beaches like Beer and Seaton, for example, provide lovely beaches with a vast amount of car parking and you can take your dog here to enjoy a run and a dip between 1st October and 30th April (restrictions are in place during the summer months – please click here for details.
Have a look at more places you can take your dog with you during your stay…
A big welcome awaits at this dog-friendly Devon attraction where you can travel all day by tram and be treated to scenic views of the Axe Estuary and its fascinating wildlife.
Stuart Line Cruises
The Exmouth-based pleasure cruise company runs trips from Exmouth, Topsham, Sidmouth and Exeter on the East Devon Jurassic Coast and River Exe including themed cruises and special charters for local events.
Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary
Open all year, the sanctuary and charity is free to visit and welcomes dogs on leads. Meet some of the 500 donkeys and try the range of walking trails on the 400 acre farm.
Burrow Farm Gardens
A 13acre ‘secret’ garden located between Axminster and Honiton and resplendent in colour and variety throughout the year. The different gardens include an Azalea Glade best enjoyed in springtime. Dogs on leads are welcome.
Bicton Park Gardens
Close to East Budleigh and Otterton, these are beautifully kept and expansive gardens where dogs are allowed on a lead (excludes restaurant and children’s play area) for a small entry fee. Open all year, attractions include an Italian garden, mirror pond and Great Lake.
A ‘great outdoors’ attraction that includes falconry displays, a maze, woodland walks, otters, children’s activities and more. This East Devon attraction close to Ottery St Mary has an uncommercial feel and dogs on leads are welcome for a small entry fee.
Dogs are welcome in the gardens of this beautiful estate and can also visit the tearooms. Highlights include the Long Pond, the 19th century kitchen garden and arboretum.
Coastal towns in East Devon and West Dorset ideal for promenades with the pooch include:
An elegant Regency town framed by impressive red sandstone cliffs and with a long esplanade along the pebble beach, formal gardens overlooking the beach and town, and a charming centre with food, clothing and curiosity shops as well as a great choice of places to eat. The main beach allows dogs October to end April and Jacob’s Ladder Beach allows dogs year-round at the eastern end of the beach.
A picture-postcard village with thatched cottages and a church with a view – Branscombe is also purportedly the longest village in the country! It sits in a spectacular valley and has a long pebble beach complete with rock-pools at low tide. Dogs are allowed on the beach October to end April.
This much-loved town is next to the Devon-Dorset border and is known for its harbour sea defence called The Cobb, used in films including The French Lieutenant’s Women starring Meryl Streep and featured in Jane Austen’s Persuasion. The town is a hub of activity with events, art galleries, shops and restaurants open year-round. Dogs are allowed on the main beach October to end March and on East Cliff Beach and nearby Monmouth Beach year-round.
The Jurassic Coast has part of the 630 miles of South West Coast Path that starts in Somerset and covers the Devon and Cornwall coastlines and into Dorset. So if you and your pooch like coastal walking, there’s plenty of choice here!
East Devon has plenty of heathland forming part of the Clinton Devon Estates that have around 10 miles of permissive trails. The areas include Woodbury Common, Colaton Raleigh Common, Mutter Moor and Bicton Common.
There are many places to eat during your stay that allow dogs – these include:
- The Honiton Inn, Awliscombe - The Golden Hind, Musbury - Mason Arms, Branscombe Village - Tuckers Arms, Axminster - Dolphin Hotel, Beer (dogs allowed in the bar/lounge) - The Bell Cliff, Lyme Regis
Many cottage owners welcome well behaved dogs. A fixed charge of £25 per week or part week per dog will be made and at some properties and a security deposit will be required.
Please observe the following rules & advice:
- Please check with the Milkbere office if you wish to bring more than one dog, a large breed, or have a pet other than a dog. - If your dog is under one year old please contact the office to obtain permission from the property owner. - Bring your pet's own bedding/basket/food bowls. - Pets must not be allowed on furniture, in the bedrooms or left alone unsupervised on the property. - An enclosed garden does not mean it is totally escape proof! - Any damages by a pet must be paid for. - Please ensure the property and grounds are kept and left clean. - Pets must be up to date with flea and worming treatments. - Where properties state 'No Pets', this does not exclude assitance dogs. - Milkbere Cottage Holidays or the property owners cannot accept responsiblity for pets' safety. - Guests who bring a pet without permission are in breach of the contract and the Agent/Owner can immediately end the booking and no monies will be returned.
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