VERY DOG FRIENDLY SELF CATERING HOLIDAY COTTAGES IN NORTH DEVON
The Location of Woodland Cottages
Situated in the heart of the North Devon countryside, Woodland Cottages is just off the B3232 from Barnstaple to Great Torrington. Woodland Cottages is a great base from which to explore all that North Devon has to offer.
With the year round dog friendly beaches of Instow, Northam Burrows, Saunton Sands and Woolcaombe all within easy reach of the cottages.
The market town of Barnstaple is a 15-20 minute drive from the cottages and has a number of large supermarkets.
The historic town of Great Torrington is a 10-15 minute drive away and has some smaller shops and there are some lovely walks on the Torrington commons which surround the town.
Being so close to the coast, Woodland Cottages is also well situated for walking the South West Coast Path, with many beautiful sections of the coastal path only a short distance away.
The Tarka Trail offers a flat, traffic free paved track which runs alongside the Taw/Torridge Estuary and through wooded valleys. Suitable for a gentle cycle ride (many cycle hire shops offer dog trailers) or a peaceful stroll.
Real Testimonials from Tripadvisor.
Lovely break away
This is a lovely place to stay. My dogs enjoyed the freedom of being off the lead, and having new doggy friends to meet and play with. We took the parents, who aren't that agile but the grounds and walks were just enough for them. The cottage itself was lovely, just the right size for us, and considering the time of year it was lovely and warm. You need to keep an eye on the gas and electricity meters, as this is an additional cost. Local shops were 15 minutes drive away. The beaches for dogs were great, but if you go in high season some beaches do not allow dogs. Overall experience was good and would recommend.
Truly dog friendly
Woodlands is a fantastic place for a truly dog friendly holiday. The joy of seeing all he dogs playing together in the field, walking the private wood with your cup of tea and only a short jaunt to the beach at Instow. And as for the brownies from Johns! The cottages are clean and cosy with everything you and your doggy pals could need. We've been twice now and I'm sure the dogs know exactly where they are, waiting at the door to Owl to be let in. Tim, Kate, Abi and James make you very welcome and take on all feedback so your stay is the best it can be. It's a great base to explore lots of riverside, forest and beach walks in the picturesque north Devon area. Next year is already booked and I'm counting the days. Thanks for a fab time.
holiday with the dogs
Absolutely wonderful holiday with my dog family and human family. Love every moment here.Wished we could have stayed. Fantastic will be back. This is our second visit. Well worth the journey from Berkshire.
Super Location for our dogs.
Just spent a week here and it was brilliant such a great location. The perfect base for seeing the area. You have 8 acres for your dogs to run round in and a large grass area in front of the cottage. Will certainly return again.
Wow just a great place to stay with your dogs
We stayed at Owl cottage on 05/11/2016 to 12/11/2016 with our 5 dogs to escape the fireworks. The cottage is well presented, clean, lots of space for us all but what I loved the most it was so cosy. Well equipped kitchen, large dining area. the gardens are enclosed so great for the dogs also the lovely woods to walk your dogs in the morning before taking them on the many great beaches and walks near by. Ali and Tim are very friendly and helpful, they have certainly got it spot on with their holiday rentals we have alread booked to go back next year and I can't wait!!
Amazingly Dog Friendly
what an amazing place,there is nothing not to like .Alison the owner is so helpful and tolerant of dogs. Every cottage had more than 4 dogs in them but the cottages are spotless. We were on holiday here for 2 weeks,I was taken ill and had to go to hospital,Alison even offered to pick my husband up from the hospital. The hob went wrong whilst we were cooking tea one night ,The owner was straight round to try and sort it,even offered to take it to her own place and cook it as wouldn't be able to fix until next day and next day she was round here with a new hob. There are woods on site to walk the dogs,the views are magnificient and lots to. Do within a 30 minute drive, I love this place and will be sad to have to leave. Yes I'm writing this review before we have even left. Will definatley be back. Thank you Alison for a wonderful holiday and excellent hospitality.
Amazing dogs Holiday
We have just spent a week at Woodland Cottages and have enjoyed every moment. Our two Border Terriers and my daughter and her fiancé, our tiny granddaughter and their two huskies were all cozy in Swallow Cottage. Beautiful surroundings, everything we could need and perfectly situated for the family to enjoy. Our doggy family had such fun and we were welcomed so warmly. The land offered by the cottages enabled the dogs to run and play with ease and the beautiful local beaches were so close. The cottage was well equipped and it was so peaceful. I couldn't recommend highly enough for all the doggy lovers out there who love to give all the family a fun filled break. We will certainly be heading back very soon.
What's not to love?!
We just love this place. Characterful, rustic Swallow Cottage was perfect for us. My four dogs had plenty of space and stone floors meant it was easy to keep clean. The fenced in patio with benches was great for settling the dogs in and has awesome countryside views. Then the patio opens onto a huge grass area that then leads down to the woods. We made friends with the couple nexy door, and their adorable 7 month boxer. And the resident dogs come and go at all times of day so it's all about the dogs!! The garden leads down to a beautiful woodland walk with lovely wide mown walkways. This was fab for my blind Dog in particular, who found it easy to navigate off lead. A short drive away faves were Instow, Saunton beach (massive surfer paradise) and Westward Ho. Tons of dog friendly pubs too. Oh and great walks on the Tarka Trail! Just Google it all!! We will be back. X
FANTASTIC FOR DOGS AND HUMANS ALIKE
We stayed for a week at the beginning of August and absolutely loved this place.Our Springer spaniel loved having the space to just run and run and run and we could relax safe in the knowledge that she was safe even our 12 year old son didnt miss his x box as he played with our dog and the owners dogs that visited frequently especially the resident character that is Brax. If you love the countryside and dogs then woodland cottages are a must. I cannot recommend it enough. We missed it as soon as we left and a certain little boy didnt want to leave his new canine friends. Woodland cottages are realy trully amazing.
We have already re-booked for next year.
We took them literally when they said 'dogs unlimited' so my husband and a couple of friends descended for a week in April with 15 dogs!!! What a great place.... views terrific, accommodation (We had Badger they had the bigger one) was first class and very well cared for, and the location was brilliant. Close enough for the shops and pubs but far enough to ensure no random cars or traffic, so dogs off lead for sure! They have the added advantage of a lovely wooded area so for the early morning 6am leg stretch you can throw on a pair of willies of flip flops and your scruffs and walk the dogs in full seclusion and totally confidence that it is fenced in.. perfect for our bunch who love to explore whatever the day or night!! Barnstable is about 15 minutes by car and the supermarkets ( there are 2 superstores less than 10 mins by car away). Much easier to shop regularly as you are driving past rather than stock up the fridges (although for those feeding raw there is a freezer in the outhouse). There are loads of walks and places to go but the local beaches are first rate and massive... do your homework first and print off some walks, you will get more from your trip. We had a 35m radius and took in ravines, waterfalls, woodlands, rocky outcrops and lighthouses, Woolacombe and so much more.... walked miles, laughed so much and slept like the dead!!! Needless to say before the car was even packed to come home we had already made sure we had our next trip booked.... note.... don't be complacent if you think this is your kind of place... they seriously get booked up so fast you may miss your spot...I think loads of people just book year on year...
Excellent holiday accommodation
What a lovely place especially if you have dogs. There are 3 cottages, we stayed in Owl cottage, the smallest but by no means the least. There are wonderful views from each cottage and lots of room for dogs to run and play outside the cottages in enclosed grounds. There are beaches a short drive away. Dogs and humans just love this place!
A special place for all, not just dogs.
My husband and I spent a week here with our 3 dalmatians. We stayed in Badger cottage which has an open plan kitchen, dining and living area with a spiral staircase and balcony over looking the living areas leading to a double room with en-suite. There are a further 2 bedrooms downstairs (1 single and 1 twin) and a family bathroom. Each cottage has it's own fenced patio area which leads on to a lovely large lawn area where you can lie on the grass while your dogs play with your neighbours pooches. The cottage also comes with access to Tim & Ali's 8 acre woodland which is steep in places (side of a hill) but a lovely walk, especially at dawn and dusk. The real beauty is in the spectacular views across the countryside. The cottages are really in the middle of nowhere however just 5-6 miles down the road there is a sainsburys superstore for all your needs. Also you can access most places and beaches in north devon within a 30 min drive including Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, Saunton Sands, Braunton Burrows, Instow, Barnstaple, Huntshaw woods, Westward Ho and for a 45 minute drive you can even cross the border to cornwall to the lovely town of Bude and Northcott Mouth Beach. This is a special place and is one for all dog lovers to enjoy their holidays with their companions. We loved it so much we booked for next year on our first day there!
2nd Visit and Still a Great Place for Dogs
This is our 2nd time around to this cottage and we enjoyed ourselves once again. The owners have done some refurbishments to the bathroom and kitchen which were nice but to be honest we felt not necessary as the place was lovely enough anyway. Each to their own I guess. Found the electric and gas a little more expensive this time but that would not put me off staying again. If you have dogs, then this place is just PERFECT. You cannot fault it whatsoever.
A hidden jewel.
I visited woodland cottages for a week with my husband and 3 large dogs. A lovely quiet setting with a well equipped cottage fitted out to the highest standards. Plenty of space for the dogs to walk and play safely and we were able to explore much of North Devon from where we were situated.
If you want to share your holiday with your dogs this is the place for you.
2nd visit and an absolutely lovely place!
This was our second visit, our first being only a month before in November over fireworks weekend, both times being 2 adults and 3 dogs in owl cottage. We spent Xmas in the cottage and it was wonderful. The cottage is self catering so you're expected to bring your own things, but we were delighted to see they had left tin foil an a huge basting tray so we were impressed that they had thought of the little details.toiletries were provided and cleaning products as well as dishwasher tablets so again very impressed! The only thing we would like to see added is throws for the sofas. We bring our own so the dogs can be on with us but I've yet to find one to fully cover them and I'm a bit of a worrier about their nails snagging the leather! Gas & electric comes at an extra, however I personally prefer paying for what I use rather than what the average usage is as some people will spend their time out and about on walks and others will sit in the cottage all day, so this way it is fair. It's also very cheap anyway! We were a bit worried about the woods and fields due to how much rain there has been, however we didn't need to worry! The owners had opened up a small field at the top which was perfect, and the field out the front of the cottage was a bit slippy but when you've got dogs you expect mud!
Perfect Holiday Cottages for Dogs and their owners.
This was our third visit to Badger Cottage and we have booked to go again! It is perfect for us and our 8 Dogs. The cottage itself is well equipped and comfortable. It is really warm and even the hard flooring does not make it feel cold. I believe there was a new boiler fitted since our first visit and it is really snug and welcoming!
A proper doggie friendly break
We stayed in badger cottage. .. there were four of us and five dogs. Cottage was lovely and cosy, well equipped and comfortable. You each get your own patio and then the dogs can run around in the big grass area out the front. Lots of walks close by. On Sunday we went to Barnstaple and joined the tarka trail. When we go back we will go the opposite direction towards Torrington as suggested by the owner. Owner was really friendly as we're their dogs that would happily come to visit and play with ours. We will certainly be returning again. Thank you for a lovely break (and for returning my husbands keys!)
A proper Doggy friendly Holiday
We stayed in Badger Cottage which was fab and! they are modernising it next year. What a lovely break and place to bring your dogs. No nonsense. No rubbish. Very affordable and really easy for the dogs. Cannot fault it. We had 5 dogs, the people next door had 7, the guest beside us had 2 then they left and new arrivals came with more dogs. Dogs. Dogs. Dogs. The owner of the cottages was lovely and very friendly, helpful and made you feel welcome. It rained all weekend but the cottage was lovely and warm. You have to pay extra for the heating but the cost of the cottages more than make up for the additional cost. Nice areas close by to walk the dogs. An area in front of the house for all the dogs to run around. Lovely. The owner's daughter has a dog called Drax who regularly comes around and checks on the guests. He makes sure you've got food and treats to give him and is so lovely. I would have taken him home if I could. We are definitely going to go back again?
A Doggy Holiday
We visited Owl Cottage at the beginning of May. The week was wet and chilly.We did however manage long walks each day on the Tarka Trail or on the number of footpaths in the area.Our dog loved the freedom of the owners woods. The cottage was ideal having quarry tiles, a plus for when bringing a wet dog home.The gas woodburner kept us "toastie". The cost of gas and electric reasonable.The kitchen had all we required and the lounge comfy as was the bed.The owners were readily on hand if we needed anything.Excellent holiday. Highly recommended
I stayed at Woodland Cottages couple of weeks ago with my 6 dogs and a cat. We had a great time. The area is very quiet and remote. Large lawn in front of the cottages provides easy exercise for the dogs. Private woodland is securely fenced off and with well maintained paths. Cottage was spacious and clean, though it is worth to bring your own throws for the sofas if your dogs (like mine) are used to resting on a sofa. Patio area is also fenced off, so you can relax with the door open and not to worry about dogs wandering off. Beautiful area to explore with many dog friendly beaches only short drive away makes it a perfect holiday spot. All in all I had plenty of rest and dogs had plenty of exercise. I hope to repeat that experience next year.
Badger cottage, truly doggie paradise
What a fantastic find, a must if you have dogs. Ali and Tim made us feel at home from the moment we arrived. First time away with our two dogs, they loved it. No need for leashes, gated patio area outside of cottage, large lawned area outside of that. Lovely private woodland walk, look carefully and you might see deer ! Dog friendly beaches close by, everywhere welcomed dogs in the area. Cottage was very well equipped, dishwasher, fridge, washing machine. We bought our own cleaning products to use in the kitchen, didn't need to, there was everything under the sink ! Loved the get togethers in the afternoon with all the other dogs that were staying. There was always a welcome when we returned after a day out from the owners dogs who were lovely. More than happy to recommend to others, great holiday !
Beautiful rural north Devon
We had a lovely relaxing week at Woodland Cottages in Owl Cottage. Very cosy with 4 dogs in tow! Situated right in the heart of beautiful countryside, stunning views when you open your door, great walks and beaches nearby. Ticked all our boxes for a successful taking dogs to seaside break. Cottage provided all that was needed for a comfortable stay and Alison and Tim (and their dogs!) were warm and welcoming and couldn't have been more helpful. Will certainly recommend and revisit. Jane & Annie
I have just returned from a long lovely weekend in badger cottage (myself, my husband and our 2 shihtzus).The cottage is beautifully done with 3 good sized bedrooms, one up a spiral staircase (the double). The kitchen is fully equipped Inc washing machine and dishwasher. All cleaning products including dishwasher tablets are under the sink (a surprise as we brought our own). Linings and towels of good quality. There are books, games, cds and dvd s avaliable (for children and families) in the cottage. Outside is an enclosed patio, leading to a paddock area for dogs to play. Walk around the corner past the main house and you'll find a woodland walk which our pooches enjoyed. Views are gorgeous and the cottage is a great base from which to explore. Some brilliant dog friendly beaches nearby. The owners (and their dogs) are lovely and welcoming. Highly recommended. Looking forward to another visit.
A must for dog lovers
Well what can i say woodland cottages is a must if u love to take your dogs away with you.Myself and a friend decided to take our combined 4 dogs away for a week of beach fun and that they most certainly had. Alison and Tim are very welcoming and nuthing is to much trouble. The cottages are clean and spacious,we stayed in the smallest of the 3, owl cottage and it was more than adequate. The location is perfect for your dogs to have free run,each cottage has an enclosed patio which opens onto a large grassed area which then leads into there 8 acre wood land which is perfect for doggy fun time. Beaches are a 10-15 minute drive away and dogs are welcome depending on the time of year,there was no restrictions when we were there. I would definately recommend holidaying here,already looking at our next trip 🙂 x
Fantastic stay, great hosts, wonderful cottage.
Had a fantastic time in Owl cottage. Beautiful place, great value and Tim and Alison couldn't do enough to make are stay perfect. Only criticism... The photos really don't do this quaint, gorgeous cottage justice. Definitely stay again. Richie and Lori.
Another Wonderful Week in Swallow Cottage.
Returned again to Swallow Cottage for a week in October. The cottage was sparkling clean, spacious and extremely well appointed.
The hosts, Alison and Tim, manage to strike the perfect balance between constantly being on hand if needed and affording us our privacy. We have never asked for much (have never needed to - it has everything!), but any requests have always been met immediately! The cottage was warm and comfortable (it was made very clear beforehand that heating bills were our responsibility - so this was not a problem). Our dogs had a ball. The woodland area was beautiful, safe and quite with the most stunning views. The owners have dogs themselves, so it was wonderful to know that ours were so welcome as we love to have them with us.
REALLY IS " DOGS PARADISE."..well mine think so.
Haven't been here since my 5th visit in 2011 but nothing much has changed. You can still enjoy a perfect holiday with your dogs. They have a very large area in front of the cottages where they can run about with other dogs and the woods which they can explore, to their hearts content, in safety. . I always feel perfectly relaxed with my 4 dogs as it is true that the owners LOVE having dogs. They make us and the dogs feel very welcome and are there if we need them. I have stayed in all the cottages (this time Owl) which are perfect for dogs. They are clean, well equipped and you don't have to worry about muddy or sandy dogs.
Nothing more to say really.....