We’re a nation of dog lovers so it makes sense that when you go on holiday you want to take your pet pooch too – after all, he’s one of the family, so why leave him behind in kennels?
The good news is that Ham Bottom is happy to accept one well behaved dog, and being right in the heart of the Somerset countryside, what a wonderful holiday he’ll have! There are walks of all lengths right on the doorstep; miles and miles of beautiful unspoilt countryside to explore. You’ll find footpaths that take you through lush fields, along rivers and an old canal, through sun dappled woodlands and up across the fields to The Globe Inn where you can sit in the beer garden with a refreshing pint on a warm day.
Head up into the Blackdown Hills and stretch your legs with a walk around the paths at Staple Hill or Castle Neroche, or go to Otterhead Lakes where a country house once stood. There are some very welcoming dog friendly pubs around these parts – the Holman Cavel is a good one, or the Greyhound at Staple Fitzpaine. Nearer to Wellington are the Catherine Wheel at Hemyock and the Half Moon at Clayhidon, or after a climb up to Culm Beacon, you could go to the Culm Valley Inn. Not very far away are the Quantock Hills where there’s no shortage of walking territory. Take a summit bid of the highest point on the hills, Wills Neck, and have a picnic there; wander through Ramscombe Great Wood to Cothelstone Hill, stroll up Holford Combe to the bracken clad heaths for views that stretch across to Wales on a clear day, then go back down to the village for lunch at the Plough Inn. Explore the dramatic coastline; there’s a lovely walk from East Quantoxhead to Kilve, where you can hunt for fossils on the beach then stroll up the lane to the Chantry Tea Gardens for a couple of big fat scones thick with jam and cream. Exmoor’s not far either so have a day out with your four legged friend in tow; walk along the riverbank at Watersmeet, go and play at Tarr Steps and pop up the road to the Tarr Farm Inn for a pint in the beer garden, or just stride out across the heather topped heaths; it’s all beautiful.Take a day trip to the Jurassic Coast where you’ll find dog friendly beaches at Charmouth and Axmouth; walk the Undercliff to Lyme Regis and treat yourselves to fish and chips when you're done.
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Note: One dog is 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.
Dogs are not allowed in the spa hall or in the pool.
Dogs are not allowed in the hot tub.
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.