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  1. Top Dog and Good Dog rated B&Bs

    DogPeople has its own unique dog friendly rating system designed to heighten awareness of responsible dog owners needs and help our visitors find particularly dog aware destinations. This article features a selection of our most dog friendly bed and breakfasts. The South West is most heavily represented but there are also rated B&B’s in The Midlands, guest houses in The North of England and one in The Republic of Ireland.

    Top Dog B&Bs:

    Burnside Brace Guest House, County Durham. Located at the edge of Stanhope, in The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Beauty, this dog friendly guest house is well placed for walks from the door or a stroll into town for an evening meal or shopping. Masses of Durham countryside is easily accessible by car and if you’ve not explored here before you probably don’t know what you are missing. If you appreciate the area you’ll likely want to visit again. Hamish stayed in 2008 so this is one of our longer standing guest houses. Read our ‘DogPeople Says’ report about our enjoyable stay by clicking on the icon in the directory entry. We are delighted to know this welcoming B&B is still in the Tracy’s hands and there’s a new resident dog.

    Amber House, Devon. This four star, award winning, guest house has ten bedrooms, seven of which are dog friendly. Situated in Paignton on Devon’s south coast this B&B is a few minutes’ walk from an all year dog friendly beach. A park with scoop bins is even closer and, for those looking for a longer walk from the door, The South West Coast Path is within easy reach. Amber House’s owners (Debbie and John) can provide lots of advice on local days out you can enjoy with your canine pet.

    The Hen House, Cornwall. In England’s deep south west your dog will appreciate the surrounding countryside and nearby coastal walks. First thing in the morning and last thing in the evening needs are taken care of with an enclosed garden. When your pal gets back after a wonderful time on a Cornish ramble there will be a hose or bucket and sponge to clean him up before contemplating what to do next – maybe another short walk to a dog friendly pub???

    Dogs to welcome you at Hopton House bed and breakfast

    Welcoming dogs at Hopton House B&B

    Hopton House, Shropshire. This was another B&B Hamish had the pleasure of visiting; see our DogPeople Says report from 2006 (we really must find time to follow our own advice and go back!). It seems Karen no longer cooks evening meals but will provide a cold platter if you’d rather not venture out in the evening (you can bring your own wine as glasses and a corkscrew are provided). One would need to travel a long way to find a more professionally run bed and breakfast. Shropshire has lovely hills and countryside; Hamish enjoyed an 8 mile stroll to, from and around Hopton Woods.

    dogs walking in Hopton Woods in Shropshire

    Hopton Woods dog walk

    Raddicombe Lodge, Devon. This guest house has received Visit England’s Welcome Pets Scheme and Trip Advisor recognition. It has also regularly scooped a Visit Britain breakfast award. Situated in south Devon on a peninsula between the River Dart and Brixham the location is great for coastal or countryside walking (The South West Coast Path and The River Dart Trail are close by). If you and your best friend fancy a day trip to Dartmouth a short ferry ride will get you there (2 miles away). If you are a long distance walker, looking for overnight accommodation whilst walking The South West Coast Path with your dog, Raddicombe Lodge might be just the thing as it has been recommended by the South West Coast Path Association and approved by Visit Britain in its Walkers Welcome Scheme. Of course, you could just have a ‘chill’ in this beautiful part of England on a long or short break! We recommend you check breakfast arrangements with Raddicombe Lodge as the facility to eat with your dog might not be available all year.

    B&B dog and sea view

    Bess from Raddicombe Lodge with entrance to Port Vendres behind

    The Masons Arms, Somerset. Lottie stayed here in 2013 so you can find out more about our experience by clicking on our DogPeople Says icon on the linked page. You’ll also find an unsolicited comment sent to us by one of our site users. Paula’s Top Dog list of attributes is very impressive and we were delighted to find everything we needed (and lots we didn’t as we travel well prepared). Lottie was pleased with her doggie welcome pack. The humans in the party were delighted with the food and drink we consumed in the bar of this dog friendly pub in Somerset. Our stay was enroute to a holiday in the South West and the location was perfect for this being not far off the A303. It would have been nice to have had more than one night to savour the food, beers, ciders and local walks; another time maybe.

    Redgate Smithy, Cornwall. This dog friendly B&B really cares about its canine guests and was an enthusiastic embracer of our rating system. We are pleased our rating criteria helped them add to an already impressive set of services for responsible owners and their pets (check the list of attributes in their Top Dog award and the page on their website hyperlinked from our directory entry). Located on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor and on the fringes of The Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve this guest house provides a good base for walking and exploring Cornwall. North and south coasts and Dartmoor are within a short drive. There’s plenty of walking in the immediate area as well as places to visit; whatever you choose to do the rooms will allow you to relax at the end of the day. Be sure to work up an appetite for the award winning breakfasts ….

    The Fox and Hounds Freehouse, Oxfordshire. This dog friendly pub with ground floor B&B rooms makes a great base for a break or stop over on a longer journey. As well as breakfast, you could have lunch or dinner here with your dog at the table. The Fox and Hounds is in the olde worlde village of Uffington with its thatched cottages about ten miles from the M4 (for those wanting a stopover). The famous Uffington White Horse can be seen from one of the bedrooms. Uffington Castle, White Horse and Dragon Hill are about 3 miles away so might make a good walk for your dog; you’ll be able to soak up the history of probably Britain’s oldest chalk carving, an Iron Age hill fort and the legend of Saint George at Dragon Hill. If you’re having a longer break and would like other ideas for historic visits check our Days Out Directory.

    Trecarne House, Cornwall. This is another very dog friendly guest house in Cornwall. Your doggie pet will find a range of things to help his holiday go smoothly (even if the people have forgotten a necessity or two); holiday dog tags are available in case the canine explorer gets himself lost! The ground floor bedroom, enclosed garden and secure exercise paddock make comfort walks easy. Trecarne House guest accommodation is on the outskirts of St Cleer on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor. The Cheesewring, Golitha Falls and The Hurlers are a short distance away and there’s plenty of other walking options in the area. As well as superb breakfasts Trish can provide daytime snacks and evening meals. She will be happy to give you tips about other places to eat or visit locally (see our dog friendly days out page for Cornwall).

    Good Dog B&Bs:

    St Georges Court, Yorkshire. Hamish had the pleasure of a stay at this dog accommodating farmhouse B&B back in 2009 (see our DogPeople Says report). We were stopping over on a longer holiday journey but made the most of our one evening by eating at one of our dog friendly pub advertisers in Yorkshire. Our ground floor room at St Georges Court had its own front door so was perfect for coming and going with our best friend without disturbing other guests. Everything about our stay was good; a longer break would have been better.

    Mountain View B&B, County Cork, Republic of Ireland. None of our dogs have holidayed in Ireland but this ‘Good Dog’ B&B might be on our agenda if we ever manage it. Multi dog owning guests will be welcome with up to four well behaved dogs allowed in each room. One of the rooms is on the ground floor so less able dogs – and owners – won’t have to worry about stairs. There’s a half acre garden for on-lead walks too, so your canine’s evening and morning needs are easily met. This looks a good opportunity to experience Irish hospitality!

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