The South Hams

Dog Friendly Hotels in the South Hams

The Editor Says: Being a dog I really haven’t got the foggiest what “bucolic” actually means, but I’m reliably informed that the word perfectly sums up the countryside of The South Hams. In fact, the place is full of fabulous walks, both inland and by the sea. Although some of the beaches don’t allow dogs during the high season (no surprise there), there are plenty that don’t mind us running, digging and snuffling around at any time of the year: Thurlestone and South Milton beaches near Kingsbridge, Soar Mill Cove near Salcombe, and Strete Gate near Dartmouth to name but a few. Yay for them.

The Royal Castle Hotel, Dartmouth

Dog Friendly Royal Castle in Dartmouth

One of the most famous and celebrated old hotels in South Devon. Dating from the 17th century and possessing plenty of period character and first rate hospitality, the Royal Castle is a landmark of Dartmouth’s waterfront.

Paws Policy: Dogs are very warmly welcomed and can stay at the Royal Castle for the supplementary charge of £10.00 per hound, per night.

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Bayard’s Cove Inn, Dartmouth

Bayards Cove Inn

A remarkable piece of architectural history, Bayard’s Cove Inn (formerly known as Agincourt House) is thought to date back, in part, to the 14th century. It is located at the south end of the town centre, and has its own restaurant and bar.

Paws Policy: Very dog-friendly. Supplementary charges may apply.

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Brown’s Hotel, Dartmouth

Brown's at Dartmouth

Situated at the heart of Dartmouth, this little townhouse hotel is just a short walk from the estuary and harbour. It has its own bar and restaurant.

Paws Policy: Rooms are either ‘pet-friendly’ or strictly ‘pet free’, so advance notice, as always, is essential. Supplementary charges may apply.

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Townstal Farmhouse, Dartmouth

Townstal Farmhouse B&B, near Dartmouth

Said to date back, in parts, to the 16th century Townstal Farmhouse provides bed and breakfast accommodation on the outskirts of Dartmouth.

Paws Policy: Well behaved dogs are welcome in specific rooms (they must have their own bedding) for a small supplementary charge. Dogs must not be left unaccompanied in bedrooms.

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Buckland Tout Saints, Kingsbridge

Buckland Touts Saints Hotel

A luxury country house hotel, Buckland Touts Saints is also a Grade II* listed building whose origins are said to be late 17th century. Set amid superb Devon countryside, it features 16 guest bedrooms and an award winning restaurant.

Paws policy: Most guest rooms are able to accommodate four-pawed visitors (charges apply). Dogs are not allowed into the Queen Anne or Blue Room Restaurants, but are most welcome in the lounge and bar areas.

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The Hope and Anchor, near Kingsbridge

Dog Friendly Hope and Anchor, Hope Cove

Located at Hope Cove to the south west of Kingsbridge and close to Salcombe, The Hope and Anchor offers bed and breakfast accommodation via 11 guest bedrooms. 4 star rated as an inn, it also features its own restaurant and bar.

Paws Policy: Well behaved dogs are welcome with a charge of £10.00 per dog per night, and they are permitted in the bar.

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Royal Seven Stars, Totnes

The Royal Seven Stars at Totnes

A splendid old inn reputed to date back to the 1600’s, The Seven Stars possesses 21 guest bedrooms and is a 3 star Visit England assessed small hotel. It has its own brasserie restaurant “TQ9”, and two bars.

Paws Policy: Very dog friendly, with four-legged visitors welcome to stay for a supplementary fee.

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The Cott Inn, Dartington

The Cott Inn at Dartington

Anyone seeking a truly ancient place to stay in south Devon would be wise to consider the Cott Inn: one of the oldest thatched pubs in the whole of Britain. Indeed, the place was offering hospitality to travellers as long ago as 1320. Totnes is just a few minutes away by car, and the south eastern fringes of Dartmoor are also close by.

Paws policy: Dogs are very welcome – no further detail regarding additional charges available online

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South Sands Hotel, Salcombe

South Sands Hotel at Salcombe

Very much the boutique hotel, the 22 room South Sands offers highly rated accommodation complete with a celebrated seafood restaurant. The centre of Salcombe is just a short stroll away.

Paws Policy: The South Sands Hotel has one room in each category set aside for those travellling with their dogs. The maximum number of pets per room is 2, and there is an additional charge of £19.50 per dog, per night. They are very welcome in the bar, lounge and on the terrace (on lead).

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Chillington House B&B, near Kingsbridge

Chillington House B&B

Providing four star rated bed and breakfast accommodation, Chillington House has been the recipient of some excellent guest reviews. Kingsbridge itself is just a few miles away to the west.

Paws policy: There are three dog-friendly rooms with pets welcome to stay for the additional charge of £10 for one dog, or £15 for two. They are not permitted in the lounge or conservatory.

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Red Lion, Dittisham

Red Lion Dittisham

A traditional old inn offering just 8 guest rooms, The Red Lion is located in one of Devon’s prettiest little villages and is also close to the historic town of Dartmouth. Accommodation is available on a bed and breakfast basis, while the food is also available in the bar.

Paws policy: Well behaved dogs are welcome in some rooms subject to availability.

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Burgh Island Hotel, Bigbury-on-Sea

Burgh Island Hotel, Devon

Stay at this famous Art Deco hotel and you’ll be following in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Josephine Baker, Amy Johnson, Noel Coward and many other twentieth century icons. A truly legendary establishment.

Paws Policy: Dogs are welcome to stay in The Artist Studio and Beach House for the additional charge of £25 per night (per pet). They are allowed throughout the hotel grounds (on leads) and on Burgh Island beach between the 1st of September and 31st March. During high season dogs should be restricted to the left side of the beach, i.e. towards Challaborough.

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Gara Rock, near Salcombe

Gara Rock near Salcombe

The Gara Rock offers cliff-top accommodation along a stunning stretch of the south Devon coastline. Facilities include a spa, pool, and cinema, while dining options are available in both its restaurant and bar area.

Paws Policy: Four-paws are very welcome (except those listed under the Dangerous Dogs Acts) and are limited to 2 per room / unit where available (some rooms are stritly pet-free). Additional surcharge of £40 per short break or £60 per week, per dog. Charming hounds (and their well-behaved owners) are welcome in the bar area.

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The Fortescue Inn, Salcombe

Fortescue Inn, Salcombe

A Grade-II listed building, the Fortescue offers a range of room types (including those suitable for families) just a stroll away from the water’s edge.

Paws Policy: Pet friendly with four-legged travellers welcome in The Lounge Bar, Ships Bar, and garden, but not in the restaurant. No additional charges.

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The Globe Inn, Frogmore

Globe Inn, Frogmore

A traditional old Devon inn, The Globe is within easy reach of Kingsbridge, Salcombe, and much of the glorious South Hams countryside.

Paws Policy: Has a select number of rooms set aside for dogs (but not cats!). Hounds are welcome in the oak-floored bar and traditional games room. Supplementary charges may be applicable.

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