Walking holidays are twice as enjoyable when accompanied by a wagging tail or 2. Dogs have a fantastic way of enhancing our personal appreciation of the easy things in life, such as fresh air and exercise, a cosy and comfortable place to rest, or excellent time with a beloved one.
We have picked out six dog-friendly properties perfect for dog-owning couples, friends or smallish families. Appreciate the natural beauty of our coastline and countryside with your four-legged buddy in tow, returning after your walks to a comfortable home from home to the doorstep of the route.
1. The Reach (sleeps 2) (Hallsands)
Right on the South West Coast Trail at Hallsands, this VisitEngland Four Star Gold-awarded property provides breathtaking views and quite comfortable accommodation, which is great for couples looking for a cosy bolthole where to explore the region.
The dog-friendly shore at Hallsands is ruggedly charming, calm and in the ideal place for exploring the many paths and dog-friendly shores located in and about Start Bay. One choice is to walk south to begin Point, together with its iconic lighthouse, and further onto the distant dog-friendly shores of Mattiscombe along with Lannacombe.
You could even create your way north to the expansive beaches of Beesands along with Slapton Sands, each of which are dog-friendly, to undertake several inland round routes such as this outstanding Start Bay walk.
2. 1 in The Beach (Torcross) (sleeps 4)
A ball throw away from dog-friendly Slapton Sands, this stylish ground-floor flat (VisitEngland Five Star) is well equipped and attractively furnished, making a fantastic base for couples and young families using a heartfelt buddy. Only a 1-2 minute walk away, there are all of the centers of Torcross: a favorite pub, two cafés along with also a shop/post office.
From this home, there are three miles of fine-shingle shore to investigate to the north, whilst in another way Beesands and Hallsands are also in easy reach on foot. Dogs on leads are welcome in the Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve, in which you’ll discover the largest natural freshwater lake in the South West. Why not leave your car in its own allocated parking space and discover Start Bay in your foot with your four-legged friend?
3. Thurlestone Rock (sleep) (South Milton Sands)
There are three stunningly-situated dog-friendly apartments within this marine evolution, so named because of the unbeatable views of Thurlestone Rock — a arch-shaped stone formation just out to sea. Those attracting dogs may select from apartments 1, 4 and 3 (all of VisitEngland Four Star standard), which provide direct access to South Milton Sands’ dog-friendly beach.
These three-bedroom properties can’t be beaten for individuals. Discover the atmospheric former smugglers’ haunt of Hope Cove, enjoy breathtaking views of Burgh Island, investigate Thurlestone Sands along with Bantham Beach, also trek across the Avon Valley, without having to return in the car.
4. Orchard Barn (sleeps 5) (Batson)
At a quiet, picturesque place close to Batson Creek, Orchard Barn creates a comfortable base for all those looking to research Salcombe (a 15-minute walk off) and the Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary, together with lovely neighboring spots such as Snapes Point to discover.
This VisitEngland Three Star-awarded property has three bedrooms (one en-suite), a back courtyard garden and parking for as many as three cars — excellent if you’re trying to travel additional afield.
5. Berry Cottage (sleeps 4) (Dittisham)
This enchanting former fisherman’s cottage sits on the shore at Dittisham harbour, offering stunning views across the River Dart to the northwestern banks of Greenway Quay. A stone’s throw from a favorite pub, the Ferry Boat Inn, along with an Anchorstone Café famous for fish, Berry Cottage is ideal for a relaxed holiday. The accommodation greater than lives up the place, with VisitEngland Five Star standard furnishings and equipment, such as a woodburner from the delightful, cosy living area.
From Dittisham you’ll have direct access to the Dart Valley Trail. Why not walk through the lovely Raleigh Estate to Dartmouth, or even cross the river on the small passenger ferry to Greenway? There you can investigate the former residence of Dame Agatha Christie or walk across the river to Kingswear, house to the Dartmouth Steam Railway. Take the ferry from Kingswear to Dartmouth to turn it into a memorable circular route.
6. Bow Cottage (sleeps 4) (East Portlemouth)
This delightful cosy cottage (VisitEngland Three Star Gold), located in the center of East Portlemouth village, also provides comfortable accommodation and stunning views of the Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary. The beautiful open fire in the sitting area is ideal for warming your cockles after autumnal or winter walks, both for individual and canine guests.
The coastal, metropolitan shores of East Portlemouth along with Mill Bay are a 10-minute downhill walk off, and from that point it’s possible to join the South West Coast Trail to pick from a variety of enticing trails. How about a manageable round walk to Gara Rock shore, or a longer walk as far as Prawle Point where you may enjoy a number of South Devon’s most rugged scenery?
There’s no need for the budding friend to miss out on the fun of your next holiday. See all our dog-friendly holiday houses in South Devon today.