The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in Devon, England

It’s a dog’s life at the Horn of Plenty
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10 December 2020

Who says travelling should exclude our furry friends? Many places in Devon – an area characterised by craggy cliffs, sandy stretches and rugged moorlands – are perfect for prowling pets, and many hoteliers in the county understand the importance of your canine companion. Expect all the treats and trimmings for your four-legged guest at the best pet-friendly hotels in Devon.

Austen's Luxury Apartments

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Austen's Luxury Apartments
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Given Torquay’s proximity to petting zoos, country parks and the celebrated Paignton Zoo, it’s only right that your own pet should be able to join in the fun. And they can, if you stay at Austen’s Apartments, which are near the promenade and right by a dog’s best playground – the beach. Perfect for families on the go, all ten apartments are dog-friendly with plenty of wipe-clean surfaces for mucky pups. You can set your own agenda and explore the English Riviera at your leisure, thanks to Austen’s self-service set-up, and load up on essentials at Asda (a five-minute drive away), saving your pennies for dinner at Simon Hulstone’s Michelin-star the Elephant or the dog-friendly Waddling Duck Bistro.
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Bulleigh Barton Manor

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Mark and Liz of Bulleigh Barton Manor are genuine dog lovers; don’t be offended if your canine gets a “hello” before you do. The entire guest house is set up for dog owners, with walking books and a list of dog-friendly beaches ready and waiting, and the countryside that surrounds it is ideal for canine visitors, too. While your dog might not appreciate the bedroom’s retro touches, interior enthusiasts will enjoy the swirling paisley wallpaper, Roberts radio and slipper bathtub; more pleasing for your pup will be the hamper packed with treats, towels and blankets. Treat your pet to a cooked A la Bark breakfast – all the proceeds go to the local animal rescue centre.

Dart Marina Hotel

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With its fresh nautical decor, elegant soft furnishings and sweeping spa, Dart Marina isn’t the kind of hotel you’d imagine being dog-friendly – and by and large, it’s not, save for the ground floor garden rooms. With panoramic views of the River Dart and glass doors leading onto private terraces, you’ll be free to let your dog explore its surroundings while you soak in the sights from your handmade supersize bed or unwind in the rainforest shower. Recharge at Cloud Nine, a retro coffee van by the water, before exploring the picturesque harbour or nearby Dartmoor National Park.

The Horn of Plenty

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The Horn of Plenty
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It’s a dog’s life at the Horn of Plenty, a country house hotel surrounded by five acres of gardens just above the Tamar Valley. Dogs and owners get the best of nature’s bounty with five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty within easy reach, and Dartmoor a mere 10 minutes’ drive. Be mindful of moorland ponies and deer when walking with dogs, and watch out for the mythic black hounds that prowl the craggy moorland and inspired the Sherlock Holmes novel Hound of the Baskervilles (1901). When you’re sufficiently tuckered out, rest on one of the hotel’s plush velvet pouffes by the fire before heading to the restaurant – with two AA Rosettes, no less; dogs can’t go inside, but they will be treated to a complimentary doggie dinner.
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Ring of Bells Inn

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The Ring of Bells Inn, a 13th-century Dartmoor longhouse, sits inside North Bovey, a picture-book village specialising in all things cute, which means rows of thatched houses, a medieval church, a couple of castles (Bovey Castle is surprisingly dog-friendly) and even a Miniature Pony Centre. Inside the wood-beamed bar, you’ll find locals alongside guests (expect a few sheepdogs on any given day, given the large farming community); pick a place by the snug inglenook fireplace and order a West Country ale or gin. Rooms have the same period features with tartan-clad springy double beds and beamed ceilings. Dogs are allowed in all five rooms, so the choice is yours.
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  • Hunter's Inn

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    Hunter's Inn
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    Peacocks prowl the grounds of this Exmoor inn, which is owned by the National Trust and sits at the base of a winding road running alongside enchanting gardens and a babbling brook that flows into Heddon Valley. Designed in the style of a Swiss chalet – as befits a land locally known as Little Switzerland – Hunter’s Inn is one of the best pit stops for a wintery walk in England. Dogs are free to roam four acres of gardens, where you’ll find whittled wood shaped into animals and ancient oaks with owls carved into the trunks.
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    Weeke Barton

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    Hackney émigrés Sam and Jo set up Weeke Barton after the success of their first country renovation, Higher Westcott Farm. Despite its rugged country flair – all cowhide furnishings and exposed brickwork – the London touch can be felt in Pinterest-friendly accents such as beamed bookshelves dotted with vintage cameras, eclectic paraphernalia and plenty of nods to the ever-popular Nordic aesthetic. An ideal hygge hang-out, the low-slung lounge wouldn’t be complete without a snoozing pooch in front of the log burner. Spaniels Coco and Winston have the run of the house, but with five acres of land – two exclusively for guests – a stream, a pond and a shipwrecked boat, your dog will feel like the king of this traditional stone and cob castle.

    Lewtrenchard Manor

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    Lewtrenchard Manor
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    This majestic Jacobean-era manor sits at the base of a secluded valley below Dartmoor and offers a blend of old-school opulence (the hotel even has its own authentic coat of arms) and a country casual air. Despite being an ideal hideout, the hotel is within easy reach of Devon and Cornwall while the wild tors, beyond the well-kept gardens, dart out in every direction. Dogs get free run of the grounds except for the lavish oil-painting-lined restaurant and walled vegetable garden, which supplies much of chef Tom Browning’s inventive seasonal dishes.
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    ANRÁN at Tidwell Farm

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    Owners Mike and Edwin were led to Tidwell Farm in search of an idyllic spot for their Labrador, Kaya, to spend his silver years. Named after the Chinese characters ān and rán, ANRÁN means “a place of peace and tranquillity”, and despite housing a coterie of farm animals and two new Labradors, it is just that. Your own pet will benefit from the owners’ dedication to creating a doggie haven, as well as the rolling hills and rugged countryside – a landscape that sits in contrast with the decadently renovated Grade II-listed buildings and Tidwell dairy farm that comprise this country estate.
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