If you’re planning on bringing your pet pooch to Dustings, boy, is he in for a treat! This is spectacular walking country, with acres of private farmland right on the doorstep, all yours to explore. What they grow here is miscanthus, or elephant grass, which is chipped and sold for horse bedding; sometimes it gets as tall as 12ft, but around the edges of the fields is clear, so you can have a good wander, though for obvious reasons it’s best to keep your dog on a lead.
The farm is right at the foot of the Quantock Hills, fantastic walking territory and you can set off right from the door at Dustings. Walk to Cothelstone Hill and Lydeard Hill or to the top of Wills Neck, or a little further you can go up to Triscombe Stone, to the village of Crowcombe with all it’s pretty cottages built of the red sandstone typical of this area, or to the nature reserve at Fyne Court.
The Somerset coast is within easy reach and you’ll find several dog friendly beaches there, though some may have seasonal restrictions; Doniford, Kilve and St Audries aren’t your usual family friendly sandy beaches but they have a beauty of their own, sometimes wild and windswept. Kilve is good for the rockpools and for fossils, and just up the lane is the lovely Chantry Tea Garden.
You’ll find that most of the country pubs in this area welcome dogs, even if they’re restricted to a small area of the bar. Quite often there will be a bowl of water outside and a jar of treats for them, so if you fancy a pint or a pub lunch after a long hike in the hills it’s not a problem, the mutt goes too. The Rising Sun at West Bagborough, The Carew Arms at Crowcombe, the New Inn at Halse and the Farmers Arms at Combe Florey are all very good.
Note: Two very well behaved 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 beyond the kitchen towards the bedrooms.
Dogs are not allowed in the hot tub.
Dogs are not allowed to be left unattended in the property at any time.
Dogs are to sleep in the utility room at night, ideally in a crate. This room has plenty of space and underfloor heating, so it’s actually a very cosy spot for your pets to bed down.
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.