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Running with the pack: holidaying with all of my hounds

Sam 17 February 2019

April 2nd

Yaaaas! It was finally here.  Day zero.  Time to run with my pack and holiday with all my hounds. Yep, all four of us. Alan (our human) had outdone himself this time: he had sacked off his skiing trip with his mates, cancelled the kennels and really done his homework on caninecottages.co.uk to find some of the best properties in the South West and Wales that allow multiple dogs: all sixteen paws. The result? Roooooaaaaaad trip with my best pals – the whole Muttley Crue (and Alan).

Was the car packed? Check. Dog-bod perfected? Check. Doggy playlist downloaded? Check. Boys on board? Check. Quick emergency poo to avoid the indignity of having to do one in a service station car park? You betcha. So there we were snuggled in our extra-large crate with our blankets and chew toys. I even saw Alan making a list of the best places to stop on the way so he must have checked out the top tips for travelling with dogs guide. He’s a good boy.

We waved goodbye to David Meowie who was busy washing his paws at the window and doing his best to look nonchalant about the fact he was being left behind with grandma. I was sad for the cat: he clearly wanted to be a dog. But no time to dwell or to worry about David’s FOMO, we were off to our first stop.

Stargazer Cottage, Sampford Courtenay, Dartmoor 

(4 humans, 4 dogs)

Now Devon has got to be one of my favourite counties ever – rolling hills, peaceful moors and great coastline and this perfect property in peaceful seclusion looked like the ultimate place for me and the boys – the country air, the enclosed garden and Dartmoor nearby where we could run for miles and fetch a tree’s worth of sticks.  Alan was especially pleased as he could even discover Lydford Gorge nearby and the beautiful Whitelady Waterfall without having to worry about taking us – the cottage owners dog-sat us and we had a ball!

Things to get your tail wagging:

  • Flopping in front of the wood burner for a cosy evening in
  • Open-plan downstairs for nosing around
  • Outside dog washing trough and tap to clean muddy paws
  • Owners even offer pet sitting by arrangement!
  • Wide open countryside and moorland
  • Beautiful Meldon Reservoir to stretch the legs

But Alan had gone all out on the planning and so before we knew it, we were destined for the second stop of the trip:

Trevnor Farmhouse, St Ives, Cornwall 

(4 humans, 4 dogs)

Clambering out of the car, my first impressions were that this property was dog-tastic. Loads of space to roam and in a beautiful part of the country with a fantastic location. Perfect for spending days exploring and sniffing out new adventures, and long lazy evenings for lounging by the fire.

One of the best days we had was visiting The Ship Inn, Mousehole. Not only did they let us in, there were even dog bowls and treats: heaven.

Things to get your tail wagging:

  • Cosy wood burner and an open fire to allow sleeping dogs to lie
  • Close to exhilarating coastal walks to get the breeze in your fur
  • Close to Marazion beach which is dog-friendly between October 1st and Easter Day
  • Safely enclosed garden to roam freely

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Then it was time to move on. We packed up our leads, chew toys and blankets ready for some new smells in another location.

Hilltown Farm – Rooks Nest, South Molton 

(6 humans, 4 dogs)  

Alan had decided to meet up with some friends along the way which meant moving north again and back into Devon to a property which had us running circles in glee. Set on a horse farm, there was more space than we could have dreamed of and whilst the humans indulged in a bit of al fresco dining and hot-tubbing, we indulged in spot of outdoor exploring and lounging.

Things to get your tail wagging:

  • Close to Exmoor for miles of countryside exploring
  • Tranquil location so we weren’t disturbing the peace
  • Lots of local wildlife for us to investigate
  • Open-plan living area to enjoy each other’s company
  • Wood burner for professional lolling
  • Can be booked alongside Owls Nest – room for three more dogs!

Other properties sleeping 6 guests and 4 canine companions:


But this was no time to let sleeping dogs lie; it was time for our penultimate stop.

The Swallows Barn in Cornwall – Callington 

(8 humans, 5 dogs)

Alan had truly outdone himself this time – this barn conversion was top dog! Not only that, he was meeting some family at this one and the place even had room for their extra canine companion, so we could all go mutts together! We had an amazing day exploring nearby Bodmin Moor and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Things to get your tail wagging:

  • ½ an acre paddock so we could get all the exercise we needed
  • Huge downstairs open-plan space for gathering
  • Fantastic enclosed outdoor space to run free
  • A wildlife haven – plenty for us to sniff out
  • Charcoal BBQ could mean a sneaky sausage for tea

Other properties sleeping 8 guests and 4 four-legged friends:


And then, all to soon it was almost over – just one final stop before we were homeward-bound, but boy was it a belter.

Depot Road – Porthcawl, South Wales 

(12 humans, 4 dogs)

Now we’re talking. This property really had the bow-wow factor: me and the boys couldn’t believe it after the long drive. Turns out Alan had invited a few of his friends along to for a celebration too so the property was packed with two legs as well as four, but it didn’t matter because there was so much space. Definitely ca-nine out of ten.

Things to get your tail wagging:

  • Great location with loads of walking trails including Kenfig National Nature Reserve which is fantastic for dogs (and kids) with stunning scenery
  • The fantastic dog-friendly Brit Pub is within walking distance
  • The garden is safely enclosed and with a gas BBQ so always the chance of being thrown a sausage
  • No carpets to ruin with mucky paws
  • Storage for 12 bikes so loads of excuses to get outdoors

Kenfig Nature Reserve

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That’s it –there’s been a lot of playing, running and eating but now it’s time to get back home after one of the most epic road trips ever – we’ve had a ball, found a new leash of life and left no stick unfetched. Now for a nap before recounting our adventures back home to a less-than-impressed David Meowie. We've also told all of our friends, and next time the whole gang want to come!

Canine Cottages definitely run rings around the rest; if you’re looking for other properties across the UK to treat your multiple canine companions, come and browse our full collection of cottages sleeping 4 dogs or more.

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