Stay at a National Trust dog friendly cottage, and immerse yourself in nature with your four-legged friend at your side. Park Cottage, Killerton offers a restorative stay at the centre of the estate, in the form of a statuesque 1920s Lodge House that stands at one of the entrances to Killerton’s parkland.
Inside its interiors are light-filled and bright, with carefully chosen furnishings and comforting touches such as cushioned window seats and nature-inspired wallpapers. The sitting room is one of the cosiest spaces, with the television artfully concealed and a lovely log burner at the centre. Perfect for cooler nights, where a basket of logs and firelighters is kindly left for your use.
Your dog can also enjoy the warmth of the fire after long walks in the surrounding countryside. A small, yet functional kitchen leads into the entranceway and dining space, with windows overlooking the garden. Outside the raised patio area makes the most of the parkland views, kitted out with a large wooden table and chairs, perfect for alfresco dining and the ideal barbequing space for warmer climes.
On arrival, dogs are lucky enough to receive a packet of Forthglade 100% natural treats to see them through their stay on the estate, there is also a water bowl and poo bags provided.
Find out more about Park Cottage Killerton in The Dog Blog.
Right on your doorstep you’ll find the Georgian house set in 6,400 acres of working farmland, woods, parkland, cottages and orchards. There’s plenty of calm space in the thriving garden that is beautiful year-round with rhododendrons, magnolias, champion trees and formal lawns.
Let your excitable mutt lead you through the grounds and explore the winding paths, climb an extinct volcano, discover an Iron Age hill fort and take in distant views, out towards Dartmoor. It’s worth noting that dogs are not allowed in the formal garden or chapel grounds, but dogs on leads are welcome in the park. We particularly love walking at Ellerhayes, the less busy, slightly further flung reaches of the estate. It is a small hamlet between Killerton and Silverton, with a car park located next to the Culm and the landmark bridge. Whether its an exhilarating stomp in the fields, high above the River Culm or a peaceful walk from Ellerhayes bridge, it is such a beautiful spot to explore, with so many different paths, and trails.
There is a dog friendly café on site, serving a selection of sandwiches, cakes and drinks that will be sure to keep you going throughout a day of exploring the estate. Further afield, we love the Cadeleigh Arms. A super dog-friendly sustainable and seasonal food-led pub at Cadeleigh, supporting local growers and producers, serving quality fare. We can highly recommend the Sunday roast, by the log fire. Dogs are welcome in all areas of the pub, where your mutt will be given a small rug and bowl, along with a full doggie menu including Pupcicles for pudding! Owners, Nick and Tina also provide maps of local walking routes, colour-graded, so you know what to expect.
There is no additional charge for dogs to stay.
One of my favourite stays and walking spots, the cottage is super-comfy, and perfect for us four-legs with its large outdoor area that backs right onto the estate. There are so many walks and paths to discover around the estate, with some great sniffs across acres of pawsome countryside. I loved every minute of exploring the grounds and relaxing in the cottage.
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