Top 10: The best hotels for dog-friendly holidays in Devon

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Devon’s beaches are doggy heaven, with miles of sand to run around on and clear blue sea to splash in. We round up the best hotels there for a holiday with your faithful four-legged friend, featuring welcome packs full of treats and toys they’ll love, their own beds, and restaurants where you can eat together – not forgetting sumptuous spas and pools for owners.


Mill End, Devon

Mill End

Chagford, Devon, England

8
Telegraph expert rating

This former flour mill just yards from one of Dartmoor’s most beautiful river walks, and within easy reach of the moors, is a perfect base for walkies in the wilderness. Dog-friendly rooms lead out onto pretty gardens backed by the River Teign, and come with free treats, walking maps and food sachets. The boot room is a godsend for drying off muddy pooches. Dogs are allowed in all common areas except the restaurant. Fee: £8 per stay.

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75
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Bovey Castle

Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor, England

9
Telegraph expert rating

This grand stately pile on a sporting estate in Dartmoor National Park caters for every whim, whether rugged outdoor pursuits or fine dining and pampering. And despite a glamorous new refit, the estate isn’t precious about accommodating muddy dogs. There are 275 acres of private grounds to amble through, a river to frolic in and 368-square miles of Dartmoor wilderness on the doorstep. Rooms are supplied with bedding, bowls and a free ‘Day Trips for Dogs’ travel guide. Fee: £25 per night.

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104
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The Cary Arms

Devon, England

9
Telegraph expert rating

There’s no need to cajole your dog into the car during a stay at this chic seaside retreat, which is above a beach that is welcoming to dogs all year round. Dog-friendly rooms lead out onto a terrace or private garden, and are provided with beds, bowls, a dog-walk book, treats and poo bags. There’s also an outdoor wash-down area. In terms of vibe think a setting from a Mills and Boon romance and a Famous Five adventure rolled into one. A new spa has a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool, aromatherapy and phototherapy shower, as well as steam rooms, a sauna and gym. Fee: £20 per night.

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156
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The Thurlestone, Devon, UK

Thurlestone Hotel

Salcombe, Devon, England

9
Telegraph expert rating

Restful rooms, miraculous massages and breakfast buffet of behemoth proportions sets guests up perfectly for days spent exploring the coastal paths and sandy beaches that surround this luxury spa and golf hotel in the South Hams. Sea views from all the common areas and most bedrooms are the icing on the cake. Dogs are welcome in the lounge and overnight four-legged visitors receive a welcome bag that includes treats and a ball. Fee: £10 per night.

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154
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South Sands Boutique Hotel

Salcombe, Devon, England

8
Telegraph expert rating

South Sands is a ball’s throw from a beautiful sandy beach, making it ideal for pups that love to be beside the seaside. Organic treats, bowls and blankets are provided, and there’s an outdoor wash-down area. South Sands is open to dogs from October to May, while North Sands, a few minute’s walk away, allows dogs all year round. There’s a field behind the hotel for short walks. Expect New England-style interiors complete with glamorous spiral staircase; the best sea-view rooms have striking roll-top baths. Fee: £19.50 per night.

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145
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Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plymouth, Devon, England

Boringdon Hall Hotel

Plymouth, Devon, England

9
Telegraph expert rating

With its state-of-the-art spa with pool, hydrotherapy experience, and several steam rooms and saunas, this Elizabethan manor house is the perfect place to sooth aching limbs after long walks in the surrounding countryside. Dog-friendly courtyard rooms come with blankets, dog beds, poo bags and treats. Room 56 has its own grassy area. The food is first-class. Think the likes of scallops with spiced peanut and pork collar with truffle jus. Fee: £20 per night.

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89
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Masons Arms, Devon

The Masons Arms

Branscombe, Devon, England

8
Telegraph expert rating

This relaxed 14th-century thatched inn allows dogs in its cosy bar, where there’s an inglenook fireplace where Fido can curl up after a long day splashing in the surf at nearby Branscombe Beach. Dog-friendly rooms lead onto gardens. The restaurant has a ‘food sourcing map’, detailing exactly where its produce comes from; expect local, seasonal Devon fare. On a sunny day, the action moves outside to the pretty suntrap terrace. Fee: £10 per night.

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95
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Hotel Endsleigh, Devon

Hotel Endsleigh

Tavistock, Devon, England

9
Telegraph expert rating

Treat your dog to some exciting new smells at this beautiful Dartmoor country house, where its Grade I Listed gardens have all sorts of exotic foliage, grottos, dells and glades and to sniff around. Rooms are all dog friendly and come with a bowl, bed and treats. The wildly romantic, chintz-free country estate was once a holiday home for the Duchess of Bedford, Georgiana Russell, and is now run by Alex Polizzi. The ‘make yourself at home’ atmosphere leaves you feeling like lady of the manor in no time. Fee: £20 per night.

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207
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Woolacombe Bay Hotel, Devon

Woolacombe Bay Hotel

Woolacombe, Devon, England

8
Telegraph expert rating

Off-season is the time to visit this North Devon hotel, when you and your pooch will have the three-mile stretch of sandy beach and towering sand dunes of Woolacombe to lark about in. Although the hotel doesn’t accept dogs in its rooms, they are allowed in their self-catering beach retreats and brasserie. In summer, beach access for dogs is restricted to zones. It’s a huge place with two pools, tennis courts and nine-hole pitch-and-putt golf course and a gym. Fee: £10 per night.

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164
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Soar Mill Cove

Salcombe, Devon, England

9
Telegraph expert rating

Soar Mill gives dogs and owners complete freedom; it’s set in its own valley, a short walk from a dog-friendly beach and the South West Coastal Path. Bedrooms lead out onto open lawns facing the sea or enclosed gardens, and are supplied with goodies including a walking map. There’s an outdoor wash-down area for cleaning muddy paws, a kitchenette for dishing up food, a listening service and a dog-friendly restaurant so you don’t have to leave your furry friend alone. Fee: £10 per night.

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142
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