of wild nature, lawns, woods, meadows, and wetlands to enjoy

Recommended in The Times/Weekend Section 23 May 2015 for families with plenty of dogs.

Dog Friendly Holidays

We really welcome dogs – and are flexible on number, yes, really!

A dog is part of your family – and ours – and they’re just as welcome at Watermill Cottages as you are.

We’re at the end of a quiet, high-hedged typical Devon lane with a green lane beyond us so no through traffic, and lovely walks from your cottage door round the unspoilt valley and beyond. Three cottages have large fenced gardens, one has a walled riverside patio leading onto the woods, and one has an open patio a few steps from the shared lawn and stream.


Dogs love playing in the large fenced cottage gardens, on the shared streamside lawns, and splashing in the water – it’s a shallow trout strem with plenty of easy ways in. And of course walking round green lanes, exploring ‘Robin Hood Land’ and the water meadows and woods in the valley.

Over 20 acres of unspoilt wild nature in lawns, woods, meadows, and wetlands to enjoy – and if your dog isn’t good off the lead we have stock-fenced fields they can run in. There’s a hosepipe in the courtyard if the stream doesn’t do the trick!

We’re flexible on how many dogs you bring…

There’s plenty of space and no through traffic… One Sheltie breeder enjoyed a lovely summer week with her six dogs in Quack Cottage – the huge fenced garden was perfect for them.

Our free-range Muscovy ducks are used to well-behaved dogs and the sheep and lambs are in stock-fenced fields.

We ask that dogs are not allowed into the bedrooms. However, we do understand that it is not easy to teach new rules on holiday, so if you really do want your dog in the bedroom with you please bring your own bedding.

Dog-friendly beaches…

Slapton Sands is close and is dog-friendly all year round –  one of many other dog-friendly beaches nearby.

The Strete Gate end is wider and has one of our favourite walks. There are loos, and a refreshment van in high season. The Torcross end has loos, cafes, a pub and food. There’s parking and toilets at both ends of the beach and in the middle.

Slapton has two dog-friendly pubs, The Tower Inn and The Queens Arms, both with gardens.  The Queens Arms does takeaways too. The King’s Arms in Strete is a 40 minute walk, is dog friendluy and has sea views from the beer garden.

The Tradesmans Arms and Church House Inn at Stokenham; The Green Dragon at Stoke Fleming; The Cricket Inn at Beesands by the beach (oh the crab soup!); The Millbrook Inn in South Pool; the cafes at Torcross, Stokeley Farm Shop and South Hams Brewery Tap Room are some of our dog friendly favourites nearby.


Doodles absolutely loved it & our stay made particularly great by the welcome everyone gave to the dogs

Watermill Cottages
Higher North Mill, Hansel, Nr. Slapton
Dartmouth TQ6 0LN