The Quantocks

Quantocks Dog Friendly Hotels

The Editor Says: What an utterly fabulous area The Quantocks is for dogs; a tail-wagging frenzy of canine countryside awesomeness. Not only does it have the wonderful Coleridge Way which runs from Nether Stowey to Porlock, but many of the beaches allow four legged visitors all year (Watchet and Doniford Beach are examples). Some local attractions also cater for canine needs, with the West Somerset Railway between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead one of the most popular. Mind you, I’ve been on a train before and it frightened me witless to start with. But that’s another story.

Combe House Hotel, Holford

Combe House at Holford

Set amid the splendour of the Quantocks Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Combe House features 18 individually styled rooms and a popular restaurant.

Paws Policy: Dogs are very welcome for the additional charge of £10 per night per pooch. They should not be left unattended, but are allowed in all parts of the building (except restaurant) while on a lead.

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The Castle of Comfort, near Nether Stowey

The Castle of Comfort, Nether Stowey

This splendid old inn is one of the most celebrated places to stay in the Quantocks, and can even boast of playing host to the likes of Dorothy Wordsworth. It features just eight guest bedrooms and is ideally placed for those seeking to explore the wider area (including Exmoor).

Paws Policy: Has a selection of dog-friendly rooms including the Mariner Suite. and Classic Doubles/Twins. Pets stay for the additional charge of £5.00 per night and must not be left unsupervised in guest bedrooms. They are allowed in public areas with the exception of the restaurant.

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The Carew Arms, Crowcombe

Dog Friendly Carew Arms, Crowcombe

A Grade II listed building, the Carew Arms is a classic little village pub which offers guests accommodation via 6 guest bedrooms. Situated within truly ancient countryside on the wester flank of the Quantocks, it really is a perfect place for those seeking somewhere off the beaten track.

Paws Policy: The Carew Arms welcomes well-behaved dogs subject to room availability and at no extra cost.

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The Old Cider House, Nether Stowey

The Old Cider House at Nether Stowey

With just four en suite bedrooms and a 4 star bed and breakfast rating, The Old Cider House will certainly be of interest to those seeking to avoid the crowds and stay somewhere more personal.

Paws Policy: Reckoned to be one of the most dog friendly guest houses in the whole of Britain, the Old Cider House has two designated rooms for pets and their owners: a double (Poet’s) and a twin/double (Quantock). They are allowed in the lounge and the gated garden, and are permitted in the dining room if they can’t be left on their own and are very well behaved. There is a nightly extra charge of £5.00 per dog.

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Catwell House, Williton

Catwell House at Williton

Undoubtedly one of the most highly rated little bed and breakfasts in the whole of Somerset, Catwell House offers 3 guest bedrooms and a rural setting that only the most intractable of townies wouldn’t like.

Paws Policy: Four-legged guests very welcome for the additional charge of £10.00 per stay (as opposed to ‘per night’).

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The Mason’s Arms, Williton

The Mason's Arms at Williton

A very pretty thatched building which was built in the 1600’s as a farmhouse, the Mason’s Arms is a little pub-with-rooms within easy reach of Watchet and the coast as well as the Quantocks AONB. Bridgwater and Taunton are both around half an hour away by car.

Paws policy: Has a dog friendly double room, subject to availability. Charges apply.

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