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Dog Related FAQ's

How many dogs do you allow per cottage

We say 3, but more are definitely possible on request.

Are the gardens properly secure?

Being dog owners ourselves, we understand how important it is to have properly dog secure gardens, as without this we can't relax if we are worried that our dogs might go off and have an adventure on their own, thus each of our cottage gardens are extremely well fenced with dogs in mind and to the best of our knowledge are fully dog secure and have 6ft fencing.

The garden perimeter fencing for each cottage is circa 6ft plus.

The perimeter fencing is made up of a mix of close board wooden fencing and purpose built specialist deer fencing (designed to keep large herds of deer in/out) The mesh holes are 30mm (the size of an adults thumb)

Because each cottage garden is large, ​we also have specific built doggie gates so you can decide how much or how little of your cottage's garden you want your dogs to have at any one time.

Last year (2023) we had 379 K9 guests staying across our 3 cottages and the gardens happily contained them all.

My dog does not like other dogs, is this a problem?

About 80-90 % of our canine guests are rescue people and the majority have issues of some sort or another so the cottages and their gardens (ie tall close board garden fencing) are designed to account for this. The Quantock Hills are very quiet if you see anyone else it is a rarity. Our 3 doggie exercise fields are only for use of our K9 guests and their parents and as we have 3 there will always be one available for your use.

Do you have an enclosed dog exercise area?

We don't have just one enclosed doggie exercise area we have 3!

Central Bark is a 1 acre secure dog exercise field. There is mesh fencing from 6ft down to the ground. The mesh is 30mm or the size of an adults thumb.

Mini Bark is a 1/3rd acre and the bottom one meter of fencing is made up of 20mm chicken wire, (the size of half an adults thumb!) Mini bark also has a doggie watering station, a paddling pool and a poo bin.

The dog zone in a 1 acre enclosed woodland play area with an agility course. The fencing for this area is regular stock fencing with 2 strands of high tensile fencing above which gives a total height of 1 meter 10 high.

Mini Bark and Central Bark are next to Greenway & Coleridge's parking area, while the Dog Zone is located 5 mins up the lane Near to the Quantock Hide.

Is the local pub dog friendly?

Yes we have 2 within walking distance. The Hood Arms is at the bottom of the lane. The food here is exceptional. We also have the Plough Inn at Holford, again this is a very good local pub.

Do you have lots of rules?

No, not at all. We appreciate that you are a responsible dog owner and that you will look after our much loved and cherished cottages and their gardens as you do your own home. If your dogs like to sit on the sofa not a problem just bring lots of blankets to cover them. The only thing we ask is that dogs not be left in the cottages and or gardens by themselves. They are in a strange environment and they may not behave with the decorum that they do at home. Everywhere in Somerset is dog friendly. If you did happen to want a day out or even a night without the fur kids then there are some very good local kennels both day and boarding and their details will be in your digital guide which you will get on booking.

What is each cottage garden made up of?

Each cottage garden has a mixture of gravel and grass. As said above with the purpose built doggie gates you can decide if you want your fur kids to have the run of all the "garden rooms" for your cottage or just part of.

Is there area good for walking and how far do we have to get for walks?

Yes! Some of the very best walking in the country is at the end of your garden with 9,500 acres of Quantocks (SSSI & AONB). The coast is also only a mile and a half away. We also have our 3/4 acre enclosed woodland doggie play zone with agility course.

Are the beaches dog friendly all year round?

Yes. All the local beaches are dog friendly year round, although in the summer at Minehead beach you have to keep to the right hand side. For best sandy beaches, Blue Anchor, Dunster and Bream Beaches fit the bill. Your local beach is Kilve, is a mile and a half away.

Do you have a hose to wash the dogs off?

Yes each cottage has a dedicated doggie spa area which has hot and cold shower taps, doggie baths and a drying area.

What are the protocols for booking the enclosed dog play areas

None! As our 3 doggie play parks are only for use of the guests and their woofers who are staying in our 3 cottages, there is no need to book or queue, one of the 3 will always be available for your use. Also with so much on offer locally such as 9,500 acres of Quantock moorland on the door step and the beach just a hop down the lane you and the fur kids will be spoilt for choice.

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