Can't bear those sad eyes when you wave goodbye to your four legged friends and set off on holiday? Don't do it then, bring them along. Seriously, Culmbridge House is happy to accept two well behaved dogs, and those tails just won't stop wagging because not only is there plenty of room for exercise in the garden, but there's also no shortage of fantastic doggy walks right on the doorstep, and to boot, a very welcoming pub in the village, The Catherine Wheel.
One of the best local walks has to be a stroll along the River Culm, ending up for lunch or a pint at the Culm Valley Inn; otherwise you could walk up to Culm Beacon where you'll be astounded at the gorgeous views from the top of the hill, or there's a very good six and a half mile circular walk from Culmstock to Uffculme. That's the beauty of Culmbridge House; it's located on the glorious Blackdown Hills, with the most gorgeous countryside all around - soft rolling hills, lush pastures bordered with pretty copses, and traditional rural villages. You can drive just a few miles and take a walk around the beautiful Otterhead Lakes, once part of a grand country estate, now a nature reserve, and afterwards you could go to the Holman Clavel for a bite to eat, or the Candlelight Inn at Bishopswood. In the other direction it's not far to Wellington Monument, where again, panoramic views await you.
If you're thinking of days out with the dog in tow then head for the Quantocks, where you'll find bracken filled combes that take you up to open heaths with far reaching views over to the Bristol channel; there are wild and windswept beaches, dramatic cliff tops and narrow winding lanes that lead to picturesque villages with thatched cottages and welcoming country inns. One of our favourite walks over that way has to be the climb up Holford Combe to the ridge and back down through the woods to the Plough Inn where Virginia Woolf spent part of her honeymoon. Exmoor is within easy reach, so go and explore the heather clad moors and the deep wooded valleys; stroll along the river at Tarr Steps, or at Watersmeet where there's a very good tea garden to wind up in.
If your mutt's likes nothing more than a run along the shore then head over to the Jurassic Coast; it'll take you less than an hour and you can have lots of fun on the dog friendly beaches at Lyme Regis, Charmouth or Axmouth; happy people, happy dogs and lots of wonderful memories to take home with you.
Note: Two dogs are welcome at this property and must be added when you are making your booking. A charge of £50 per dog will then be applied to the booking total.
There are strict dog rules to abide by at our properties, so please make sure you have read these before planning to bring your dog.
Dogs are to be kept off all furniture in the house and are not allowed to go upstairs or in any of the bedrooms.
Dogs are not allowed in the swimming pool or any part of the pool surrounding area.
Dogs are not allowed to be left unattended in the property at any time.
It is preferable that dogs sleep in a crate at night but if not please follow our guidelines as to where the dog should sleep.
Please ensure that before coming into the house, wet or muddy dogs are dried off with a towel that you have brought with you.
Please ensure all dog mess is picked up throughout your stay and before you leave on the morning of departure.
Please be aware that surrounding grounds and farmland may contain livestock. Please be courteous and make sure that dogs are kept on leads and full supervision is given at all times.