When you are pet owners holidaying at the drop of a hat is always a little tricky, it’s not like you can just pack a suitcase, turn on the house alarm and head off for a long weekend or even a week without planning for their care.
When you have pets your holidays tend to change, you can either book them into a kennel, book a pet sitter or a family friend to look after them or of course you can choose a pet friendly holiday location and let them enjoy your family holiday with you – after all they are part of your family too.
We have done this on numerous occasions with our Dog Barney, he came to live with us aged 6 months old – a rescue dog who is now almost 15 years old. During that time he has been to the Lake District with us, Cornwall, on caravan holidays, he has enjoyed frolicking in the sea, racing around on the beach and climbing hills on long walks just as much as the children do – sometimes even more.
Booking accommodation which is pet friendly makes holidays far easier for us as a family, especially now Barney is older. We struggle to find sitters for him due to his old age and won’t put him into kennels which is why I am always on the search for new accommodation which is not only child friendly but pet friendly too. One place I would like to visit soon is Devon so have been looking into what we could all do as a family while there, I have found lots of pet friendly cottages using the site Original Cottages.
Here are things which we could do as a family while staying in Devon
The Donkey Sanctuary
The Donkey Sanctuary is nestled in the beautiful East Devon countryside, The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth currently has 500 donkeys waiting to meet you. This is a great day out for the kids and dogs are welcome to as long as they are well behaved and are kept on a lead.
Admission and parking is free however donations are greatly welcomed.
Canonteign Falls is a dramatic combination of waterfalls and lakes located in the beautiful Teign Valley in Dartmoor National Park.
With the 2 beautiful waterfalls to enjoy, a children’s playground as well as 7 lakes the kids can run around and enjoy the great outdoors as can your pets too, you can also enjoy the café with homemade produce.
Merrivale Prehistoric Settlement
Dartmoor is rich in prehistoric remains, and the group of monuments at Merrivale is one of the finest on the moor. Side by side here are the remains of a Bronze Age settlement and a complex of ritual sites, including three stone rows, a stone circle, standing stones and a number of cairns – earth mounds associated with burials. The monuments were probably built over a long period, between about 2500 BC and 1000 BC.
Managed by the Dartmoor National Park Authority. This is free to enter and dogs are welcome on a lead.
Totnes Castle is a classic Norman motte and bailey castle, founded soon after the Conquest to overawe the Saxon town. A later stone shell-keep crowns its steep mound, giving sweeping views across the town rooftops to the River Dart.
Climb to the top of the keep to enjoy stunning views over the town of Totnes and across to the River Dart. Or enjoy a picnic in the peaceful grounds under the shelter of age old trees – there is plenty of space for families to relax on a summers day. Within easy walking distance of the town, the castle is an ideal addition to any day out in South Devon and you can combine the visit with one to nearby Dartmouth and Berry Pomeroy Castles which are just a short drive away. Another English Hertitage site where dogs are welcome if kept on a lead.
Becky Falls Woodland Park