No need to fret about what to do with the family pet when you’re staying at The Old Rectory because you can bring him along with you. The Old Rectory allows 2 well behaved dogs (extra charge) although this must be agreed with the property owner in advance.

Rest assured your woofer will have just as wonderful a time as the rest of you because not only is there a lovely big garden for him to tear about in at The Old Rectory, but also, because you're in the Quantock Hills there's no shortage of walks in these parts. There are steep wooded combes, wild windswept heaths and a dramatic coastline to explore, and the sea isn’t far. Some of the beaches round here are fantastic for dog walks – like Doniford, Kilve and East Quantoxhead; certainly not your stereotypical golden sands, but still, each has it’s own unique beauty. If you go to Kilve keep your eyes peeled for fossils and see what you can find in the rockpools. When you’ve finished stroll back up the lane to the Chantry Tea Gardens for a slice of homemade cake.

Climb up through the woods at Holford Combe, walk up to Triscombe Stone, have a picnic in Ramscombe Great Wood, amble around the nature trail at Fyne Court, and make a summit bid on Wills Neck, the highest point in the hills, with staggering panoramic views across the Bristol Channel.

You can even take your mutt on a day out to Exmoor, he’ll love it! Stroll along the river at Watersmeet, cross the clapper bridge at Tarr Steps, go over to the coast and bimble around Porlock Weir then walk up the wooded cliff to Culbone Church, one of the tiniest in the country. Have a traditional cream tea at Kitnor’s Tea Garden at Bossington, see the packhorse bridge at Allerford, wander through the woods on the Holnicote Estate, it’s all Gorgeous with a capital G! Happy doggy days ahead!

Note that 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. 

Dog Rules!

Ensure that dogs are kept off all furniture in the house and are not allowed to go upstairs.

There is a large utility/boot room in this property. Please use this area for dogs overnight and for drying off. Please do not allow your dogs in the rest of the house if they are wet and muddy.

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 this is not possible, please follow our guidelines as to where the dog should sleep. 

Please ensure that any wet or muddy dogs are dried off with a towel that you have brought with you, before being allowed into the house. Dry them off either outside or in the utility room.

Please feed your dogs either outside or in the utility room.

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; therefore, please be courteous and make sure that dogs are kept on leads and fully supervised at all times.