Hundreds of pet friendly cottages, B&Bs, old inns with rooms, caravan parks and hotels welcome dogs in Somerset. The region is perfect for year round holidays and short breaks with your furry friend. Stay in a dog friendly holiday cottage in Exmoor National Park or base yourself in one of the county’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty including the Mendip Hills AONB running east-west across Somerset from Frome to Brean Down. The Quantock Hills sweep north of Taunton towards Quantoxhead and the coast. Somerset’s AONBs, dog friendly coast and Exmoor National Park contain many character dog friendly inns and attractions including the West Somerset Railway, a selection of National Trust properties, Cheddar Gorge and dog friendly beaches including Sand Bay and the Berrows.
Pet Friendly Exmoor
Exmoor has about 267 square miles of woodland, coastal cliffs, valleys, farmland and moorland plus about 620 miles of public rights of way – footpaths and bridleways – perfect for walks with dogs. There’s also over 18,000 hectares of open access land just waiting to be explored. Dogs do need to be kept under close supervision at all times, and on leads at certain times of the year. (Find out more on the National Park website). Pet friendly accommodation in the National Park is plentiful, featuring a range of B&Bs, cottages and a selection of dog friendly hotels and inns. Find them in the heart of Exmoor around Wheddon Cross, Exford and Winsford. Popular park boundary locations on the coast (Minehead, Porlock or Dunster) and on the southern edge of Exmoor (Dulverton) offer more pet friendly accommodation options. You’ll also find an excellent choice of Exmoor pet friendly accommodation where you are welcome to bring along your own horse. These include cottages on stable or farm complexes with excellent facilities for horses including stables, tack rooms, paddock space and more.
Dog Friendly Mendips
The Mendips incorporate some of Somerset’s most famous natural features from Cheddar Gorge to Crook Peak. Close by sit some of the county’s most famous hills including Glastonbury Tor and in the Mendips you’ll discover some wonderful Warrens, Knolls and Gorges like Ebbor, Brent Knoll and Dolebury Warren. Forest and lakeside/ reservoir walks are here aplenty too and walking trails criss-crossing the region include the 50 mile long Mendip Way from Weston to Frome, the West Country Way which in the Mendips takes in Ebbor Gorge and the Monarch’s Way which passes right through the Mendips linking Chew Valley Lake in the north to Wookey Hole and Ebbor Gorge in the south.
Dog Friendly Quantocks
Looking for the ultimate stress free dog friendly holiday in a beautiful rural setting. The Quantock Hills in Somerset contain a wealth of award-winning dog friendly B&Bs, inns and hotels in its 40 square miles. Stay in a cottage bordering the Quantocks in and around county town Taunton or base yourself and your pet in the heart of the area around ancient villages and small towns like Saxon Crowcombe. You and your pooch can tread in the footsteps of the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and head off along the 51 mile Coleridge Way running from Nether Stowey to Lynmouth through the Quantock Hills.
Dog Friendly Beaches
A selection of some of the county’s most peaceful beaches welcome dogs all year round including Sand Bay and Porlock Shingle Ridge. Dogs are also welcome all year round on Berrow and Brean beaches. Apart from Minehead’s main beach, all of West Somerset’s other beaches also welcome dogs all year and outside of peak summer season many more beaches welcome dogs. Beaches at Clevedon, Minehead and Burnham are dog friendly from the beginning of October to the end of April. Autumn/ Winter is a great time for a short break on the Somerset coast with dogs!
Pet Friendly Cottages
This West Country region is one of England’s best for dog friendly cottages and lodges. You’ll find these across the coast and countryside, with a choice of walks direct from your door or a dog friendly beach right on your doorstep. Holiday lodges welcoming dogs sit in pretty woodland valleys or choose a seaside bungalow or a period cottage in the heart of Exmoor. Many welcome families too, so no need to leave the family pet behind on your holiday. For groups, a wide choice of grand country houses and farmhouses also welcome one, two or more dogs either for a small charge or at no additional cost.
B&Bs Welcoming Dogs
Bed and breakfast accommodation in Somerset is also widely available across the region. Choose from country mansion B&Bs around Wells which welcome dogs in some rooms to an Exmoor pooch friendly B&B perfect for active dogs. You’ll even find some great pet friendly B&Bs around Bath, just a short distance from the city centre set in private enclosed grounds. Somerset B&B inns with dog friendly rooms are also widely available, including many character old village coaching inns. They’ll even welcome dogs in bar areas.