Escape to the countryside with your four-legged friend in tow. This beautifully restored 17th – century house is nestled in the village of Allerford, Somerset, on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, offering three gorgeous individually designed rooms, delicious seasonal suppers and the prettiest, thriving garden. Perfect for anyone who appreciates gorgeous interiors, it’s home to three individually designed rooms, two of which are dog friendly – both Pluck and Fry are larger rooms, providing plenty of space for an extra four-paws.
Your pooch will be welcomed with a jar of tasty treats, along with a comfy bed, soft towel, water bowl and eco poop bags. Expect an open-house vibe at Cross Lane House, where friendliest hosts, Billy and Ellen offer a personal service, and invite you to make yourself at home, whether it’s playing a board game in the bar area or sipping a Gardeners G&T on the decking, your canine pal will be happy to rest at your side.
Cross Lane House offers an intimate countryside escape, just a stone’s throw from the coast, with endless options for walking – from a moorland hike, to a wander through the woods or a leisurely jaunt along the South West Coast Path.
Surrounded by woodland, moorland, and coastal walks, right on the doorstep, your dog will be spoilt for choice for the best sniffs. There are also some great walks further afield to explore, but equally – there is so much ground to cover, without having to pile into the car. Exmoor National Park is an incredible destination to visit, especially if you love walking in the great outdoors, and your dog that likes to holiday with you! We particularly love a wander through Allerford, past the award-winning village Blacksmiths, up into the lush woodland, dropping down into the neighbouring village of Bossington.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome to join you to dine in the restaurant, where you can enjoy a homecooked meal using the freshest seasonal produce, with micro herbs, salad and veg grown in the pretty kitchen garden. Cheese and charcuterie boards are also available seven days a week, if you’d prefer something a little lighter to end the day. Keeping things simple, there will be one dish available to choose from each day.
We were treated to Roasted chicken supreme, with homegrown leaks, cavolo nero, roasted new potatoes and a creamy mustard and tarragon sauce, followed by a divinely tart, homegrown rhubarb crumble with clotted cream and ice-cream.
If you’d prefer to eat out with your hound, we can recommend a host of eateries in the area, including The Rising Sun in Lynmouth, serving daily-changing specials, real ales and ciders with a stunning sea view, The Top Ship in Porlock for freshest fish and seafood in the sunny beer garden, The Lutteral Arms in Dunster, a country house hotel with roaring fires and cosy bars for fine or informal dining, and the award-winning Woods in Dulverton, serving a continentally-inspired menu and extensive wine list, to a backdrop of hand-built rustic interiors.
There’s an additional rate of £20 per dog, per stay.
This cosy guest house ticks all the boxes for a wagging tail – from the minute I arrived, I was welcomed with lots of fuss and ample treats. Our room was spacious with a cosy bed, and I was able to dine with my humans, as well as relax in the snug bar and lounge. It was lovely to laze in the garden, but the highlight had to be the incredible location – on the edge of Exmoor National Park, surrounded by the most gorgeous walking spots, and incredible wildlife – from woodland and open field to the beach, it’s a dog’s dream retreat!
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