Dog friendly Devon holiday accommodation
Your dogs will enjoy their holiday too! All our Devon self catering accommodation is dog friendly (maximum two dogs in any of Honeysuckle Lodge, Nuthatch Lodge and Beech Lodge, Otter Cottage or Balebarn Eco Lodge (but please note there is a £20 charge per dog in Balebarn).
There’s lots of room for dogs to romp about in front of the lodges and cottage and they are welcome everywhere on our Devon farm except the SSSI nature reserve. We can tell you about good dog walks and even lend you maps. Read on for ideas for days out with dogs, and of course the house rules.
Devon days out with your dog
Here are a few ideas for days out near the farm and across North Devon where your dog can come too. For a really local start, most pubs welcome well behaved dogs at the bar, and the Kings Arms in Winkleigh is a lovely thatched pub that does local beers and cider (Winkleigh’s own cider).
If you’ve brought your dog on your Devon holiday you’ll probably want plenty of countryside walks. We can give suggestions and lend you maps for the local area and also Dartmoor (just 11 miles away). If you’ve got an elderly dog that needs more even ground, there are several lovely walks on Devon’s Tarka Trail, starting at the Puffing Billy at Torrington (more good pubs and cafes at hand!). Read more about all sorts of dog walks on our walking pages.
If you’ve been walking at nearby Eggesford or the Big Tree walk at Heywood and want a to end up at a cafe, try Eggesford Gardens – a garden centre that positively encourages you not to leave your dog in the car, and even welcomes dogs in sections of their cafe. You’ll find it signed from the road that crosses the railway track and the River Taw at Eggesford station.
National Trust properties are usually dog friendly, welcoming dogs in the grounds if not in the stately homes! The closest to us is Finch Foundry, in the village of Sticklepath. It’s the last working water powered forge in England. There are nice walks along the edge of Dartmoor here too, and once again, dog friendly pubs.
Castle Drogo, designed by Edward Lutyens, is 17 miles from the farm on the edge of Dartmoor, and dogs on leads are welcome throughout the estate and informal garden areas.
Other National Trust properties within striking distance are Killerton House (21 miles), Arlington Court and the national carriage collection (including the Speaker’s Ceremonial Coach – wow!) about 27 miles from the farm and the gorgeous Lydford Gorge about 20 miles away- for a lovely and sometimes adventurous walk through the gorge to the famous white lady waterfall.
The village of Clovelly, about 30 miles from your holiday accommodation, is a major feature of the North Devon coastline. It’s a privately-owned village and there’s an entrance charge. But there’s often events, and once you’re there you can soak up the old time atmosphere.
The Big Sheep, near Bideford, is a family ‘play park’ type day out where there’s plenty of shaded parking and some kennels where you can leave your dog if it’s hot.
And finally, if you’re heading further into North Devon there’s always the beach. We don’t sell ourselves as a beach holiday, because the nearest, at Westward Ho! is 40 minutes drive from the cottage and lodges. But it’s perfectly doable as a day out. There are some dog restrictions in summer, but there’s always a section where you can take your dog.
You can also take your dog to Summerleaze beach, at Bude, and on the southern section of Widemouth Bay all year round. Between them, Westward Ho!/Northam Burrows and Bude beaches are the closest to the farm.
House rules when holidaying with your dog at Wheatland Farm
Of course, there are a few do’s and don’ts when you holiday at Wheatland Farm cottage and lodges…
I’m not allowed in the nature reserve – can’t think why – all those deer, foxes, pheasants, snipe etc are just dying to be chased – and what does it matter if I scrub up a few orchids while sniffing out a vole?
The humans pick up my poo with a bag and put it in a bin. Now why on earth would they want to do that?
I’m not supposed to go in the ponds either – but personally I don’t like getting wet.
All my mates bring their own beds and usually a throw for furniture – spoils the fun for other dogs if you ask me, but apparently some people don’t like doggy sofas. Strange these humans…
You’ll like it here coz you get to stay with your pack – dogs aren’t left in the accommodation (some pups can’t help having a good chew can they – and that gets expensive).
There’s no cats – ‘cept the neighbours’ ones. Pity that. I wish people would bring their cats coz I love them. Couldn’t eat a whole one though…
There are a few other rules, like not eating the free-range chickens and not bothering livestock, but if you come to visit you’ll get all the details. If you want to check, sniff out the small print.
(I think there might have been another one about not rolling in badger poo – but hey, I can’t be expected to remember everything all the time.)