Devon welcomes many visitors every year, and it is not surprising when you see how many great things there are to see and do.
Devon is located on England's southwest coast and is home to some of the UK's most sought-after tourist spots. Devon has it all, from beautiful sandy beaches and coves to the incredible wildlife and countryside.
Boasting two National Parks in Exmoor and Dartmoor, you will find idyllic landscapes, walks, and woodland that England is famous for.
To make things even better, we have decided to explore the best luxury dog-friendly cottages Devon offers. This means you can enjoy the perfect holiday with your family without having to leave your four-legged friends at home.
Finding a luxury dog-friendly cottage will give you more privacy than you would expect in a hotel and more freedom for your canine companion. Please look below at our top picks for luxury pet-friendly cottages in Devon for inspiration.
1. The Fairy Children - Dartmoor National Park
When you think of English cottages, your mind probably wanders towards a fairytale: thatched-roof cottages located in the country and surrounded by nature. Well, you won't be disappointed by The Fairy Children.
This beautiful cottage has four bedrooms and sleeps up to seven. Mixing contemporary design and amenities with rustic charm, guests can experience the countryside without having to rough it.
With a treehouse, outdoor dining options, a nearby stream, and more wildflowers than you could shake a stick at, you, your family, and your dogs will love this perfect location.
Staying in the rolling hills of Dartmoor National Park is treat enough, but starting the fire as the sun goes down makes this a cosy dream come true.
Located near the village of Chagford, you will be able to stock up on anything you need. And with Exeter city centre just a short drive away, you will be able to take in the history and heritage of this marvellous location.
2. Kittiwake - Hallsands
The Kittiwake pet-friendly cottage is perfect for families who want to bring their four-legged friends on holiday. It can comfortably fit two families with four bedrooms and two bathrooms and sleep up to eight people.
The three-floor cottage could be the perfect accommodation for your trip to Devon, boasting a host of terrific amenities, including a washing machine, WiFi, Sky TV, a dishwasher, and off-road parking.
Known for being close to the dramatic cliffs along the coastline, Hallsands is probably best known for its village dropping into the sea in 1917. The remains make a fascinating area to visit, and the nearby beaches and coastal walks are perfect for dog owners.
The cottage itself has a clean, modern look that might put you in mind of Cape Cod. One thing is for sure, the high-quality finish of the cottage, its living areas, bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchen will make for a luxurious stay.
3. The Coastguard Cottage - Plymouth
One of the main things to be said for The Coastguard Cottage is how incredible the views are. Overlooking the sea, rolling countryside, and sandy beaches, you can spend many relaxing hours taking it all in.
The comfortable, contemporary design and modern amenities mean you won't be missing out on anything, and the wood burner makes it super cosy as the nights draw in.
The enclosed garden and patio area are perfect for dog owners that won't need to worry about their dogs going off to explore. When you are ready to stretch your legs and those of your canine companion, the beach is just a short walk away, or you will be able to enjoy beautiful coastal walks.
With internet access, Sky TV, games, towels, and nearby fishing facilities, there is a bit of something for everyone here.
If you want to get out and explore the local area, nearby Plymouth has a lot to offer. Sailing, shows, shopping, nature trails, museums, and an aquarium are just some of the great attractions that Plymouth offers when visiting.
4. Sundowners- Salcombe
The Sundowners luxury dog-friendly holiday cottage has a total of four bedrooms and four bathrooms and can sleep up to eight people. Amenities include WiFi, a dishwasher, washing machine, private garden and patio, and a large flat-screen TV with X-box and Sky Q.
The excellently equipped cottage allows up to two dogs to stay at the cost of £25 per dog.
The modern interior is finished to the highest standard, and a great, enclosed garden allows you to let your dogs roam freely and safely.
Your dog will enjoy countless opportunities for walks, with beautiful countryside, nearby beaches, and the South West Coast path worthy of exploration.
The restaurants, cafes, and pubs in Salcombe are all friendly and welcoming and use their coastal location with a fine array of seafood to sample.
5. Blue Harbour Cottage - Torquay
With two bedrooms and one bathroom, this is one of the smaller cottages on our list, but it is perfect for smaller families looking to enjoy their holiday on the south coast of England.
The cottage has a great selection of amenities that include a fully fitted kitchen, Smart TV, WiFi, a collection of games, and books.
The cottage sleeps up to three, and one dog is welcome as long as it is trained and well behaved. A private courtyard is included; however, the neighbour does have the right of access. This should be noted for people with nervous dogs that don't entertain strangers.
People with mobility conditions might struggle with the steep stairs at the entrance to the property.
The cottage's location is ideal for people who don't mind a short five-minute stroll to the harbour or a two-minute walk to the nearest pub.
Torquay is great for visitors young, old, and in between, with a number of superb sandy beaches, attractions, and piers. The coastal walks are great for dog owners, and there are lots for kids to enjoy too.
You won't struggle to find a nice restaurant or cafe, and you will be able to browse the eclectic collection of shops on the way.
6. The Sands - Salcombe
After the last property that provided an option for a more intimate getaway or for small families, The Sands offers something a bit bigger.
Whether you have a large family or want to get away with some friends, The Sands in Salcombe can sleep up to ten people in its five bedrooms. There is no need to worry about bathroom queues either with six bathrooms available.
One small, well-behaved dog is permitted in the cottage, and the terrace and garden are perfect for fun in the sun. There is a garden sofa, patio furniture and barbecue for outdoor dining and relaxing.
Amenities include WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen, a wine cooler, a TV with Blu-ray player and Sky Q, and parking facilities for up to four cars.
The modern cottage is impeccably finished and might look more at home in an episode of Grand Designs than being available for guests to rent.
Salcombe is a popular area of Devon because of its incredible natural beauty, beautiful beaches, and excellent coastal walks. The walks are a big draw for dog walkers, so if you have brought a canine companion, they will be as happy as you are.
7. Sea Air - Beesands
Located in Beesands, South Devon, the Sea Air cottage can sleep up to eight people across its three bedrooms, and dogs are welcome for a charge of just £25 per week per dog.
The interior has a classic style but boasts contemporary amenities, including underfloor heating, TV, WI-Fi, a modern kitchen, and deluxe bathrooms.
The enclosed terrace is excellent for al fresco dining, and the front garden leads to the beach. This is one of our top picks when it comes to beachfront, dog-friendly cottages in Devon.
Beesands itself is a small fishing village nestled between Hallsands and Torcross on the South West Coast path. This makes it an ideal spot for dog owners to visit and enjoy Devon's wonderful views.
8. Cola's Tonne - Malborough
We love traditional, historic holiday cottages, but a more modern design can sometimes offer a little more luxury. The beauty of Cola's Tonne is that it provides all the benefits of a modern holiday cottage with the style and charm of a classic one.
You will get to enjoy WiFi, off-road parking, an open fire, a modern kitchen, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms at this luxury dog-friendly cottage.
You will enjoy the town's great restaurants, cafes, and shops just a short walk away. The estuary and beach are home to boats and water sports, and kids will love paddling and eating ice cream in this picturesque location.
You will be allowed one well-trained dog in the pet-friendly cottage, and there will be lots of great walks that your dog will enjoy.
9. The Gulls - Stoke Fleming
The Gulls, located in Stoke Flemming, is a stunning, modern design with incredible sea views and great amenities. It also happens to have an amazing outdoor heated swimming pool.
It might not have been the first thing on your list when you searched for luxury dog-friendly cottages, but the swimming pool is undoubtedly one of the main selling points of this incredible property.
Other great benefits of this luxury retreat include two smart TVs, WiFi, a fully equipped modern kitchen, two electric fires and the option to bring one well-behaved dog.
The cottage sleeps up to eight people across its four bedrooms and has an excellent enclosed terrace, sunbathing platform, and garden to make the most of the good weather.
It is worth noting that the pool use is seasonal, so you might want to double-check that before booking. However, that would be reflected in the price.
The property's great location is just a short walk from Blackpool Sands beach, where sunbathing, swimming, playing in the sand, and watersports are all enjoyed when the sun is out.
You are also a short drive from Dartmouth town, where you will find shops, restaurants, pubs, a museum, and a castle to entertain you.
There are lots of great walks close by, so if you have brought your furry friend with you, they will have a fantastic time too.
Does Dartmoor National Park have any dog rules?
Dogs are allowed in Dartmoor National Park. However, they must be kept under control by the owners.
Dogs must be kept on a lead from March 1st to July 31st, and this is because of ground-nesting bird and lambing season. They should also be kept on a lead around livestock at any time of year.
Dog owners are advised that adders may be present on the grounds during warmer weather.
Always keep an eye out for any signage that indicates that dogs are not permitted or must be on a lead. This will be because of livestock in the area.
There are no dog waste bins in Dartmoor National Park, and they must be taken with you.
Does Exmoor National Park have any dog rules?
Dogs should be kept under control and on a lead during the breeding season between March 1st and July 31st. Dog fouling is not tolerated and should be bagged and removed.
Many footpaths and rights of access take you through fields. If there are cattle in the field, you should pass through as carefully as possible without disturbing them. Cattle with young might get defensive, so finding an alternative route if your path is blocked is advised.
Are there many dog-friendly beaches in Devon?
There are a number of great dog-friendly beaches in Devon, so depending on where you are staying, you should be able to enjoy the sun, sea, and sand, and so should your four-legged friend/
North Devon has nine great dog-friendly beaches to explore that include:
Putsborough, Saunton, Croyde, Westward Ho!, Woolacombe, Rockham Beach, Hele Bay, Instow, and Wild Pear Beach.
If you are closer to South Devon, there is no need to worry as there are ten great dog-friendly options worth investigating, including:
Blackpool Sands, Wembury Beach, Soar Mill Cove, Ness Cove Beach, Beesands Beach, Salcombe, Exmouth Beach, East Portlemouth, Bantham Beach, Strete Gate Beach, and Dawlish Warren.
Some restrictions might apply during the year, so it is always worth taking the time to check online before visiting to avoid disappointment. If you find that restrictions do apply, there will likely be a beach nearby where your dog can run free and enjoy itself.
Does Devon have many dog-friendly attractions?
As well as offering visitors a number of great attractions and areas of outstanding natural beauty, those on the lookout for pet-friendly accommodation will also need pet-friendly activities to enjoy. As well as luxury dog-friendly cottages, Devon has lots more to offer its visitors.
The beaches and walks are perfect for dog lovers and their furry friends, but there are other attractions you might want to visit.
Becky's Falls in Newton Abbot offers excellent woodland walks and incredible waterfalls. If you have kids with you, the small petting zoo will delight them too.
Take a trip on the Victorian Cliff Railway from Lynmouth to Lynton for just £1.50 for you and your dog, or visit the Arlington Court and Carriage Museum for an exciting day out with your dog in tow.
Can dogs access all of the South West Coast path?
Yes, dogs are welcome along the South West Coast path, all 630 miles. However, dog owners must be responsible and adhere to any signage regarding keeping their dog on a lead.
The full walk takes you around the coasts of Devon, Dorset, and Cornwall. Taking the time to check which beaches dogs are allowed on or if there are any restrictions is important.
This is one of the best ways to get out and enjoy the south coast of England. You will be able to see some incredible views and wonderful wildlife and speak to lots of other walkers and locals along the way.
Finding a dog-friendly holiday cottage in Devon can be relatively easy, especially when looking at the list of luxury dog-friendly cottages above.
Whether you plan to make the most of the South West Coast Path with your dog, explore the National Parks, or find cosy holiday cottages with safe, enclosed gardens, stunning sea views, and within walking distance of a beautiful sandy beach, Devon has it all.
As well as providing you with a great list of the best luxury dog-friendly holiday cottages Devon has to offer, you will find a number of other great dog-friendly tips and the best luxury accommodation in our lifestyle news.
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