Five of our favourite luxury dog-friendly cottages in Devon

It’s not just you that deserves a little luxury – your four-legged companion works hard to welcome you home every day with the same level of enthusiasm and affection – why don’t they deserve a treat too? Take your hound off to one of our luxury spaces, where they can stroll the scenic grounds for decadent smells, race round well-manicured paths and with any luck, not mark anything too precious as... theirs.

Written by Jem Brownlee

Nest Treehouse

It’s easy to spend too long marvelling at the beauty of The Nest Treehouse, you may well be distracted by everything else on offer. The gold bath in the bedroom, the outdoor bath on the terrace, super king size bed, log burner and underfloor heating make it tempting never to even venture outdoors. Once you’ve taken the dog for a stroll of the 20 acres onsite, you’ll spot your private courtyard – complete with your wood-fired hot tub, the pizza oven, the outdoor stove and the double hammock for day’s end. Regardless of how you choose to spend your time, The Nest Treehouse is sure to provide an unforgettable luxury experience.

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Fingals Lower Mill House

Staying at Fingals is an unforgettable experience. The stunning converted mill is set in beautiful surroundings, and the owners Richard and Sheila have done an amazing job of preserving the original stonework. When you walk around the property, you can’t help but feel a sense of calm and relaxation. The grounds are beautiful, with a lovely lawn and plenty of trees and foliage. There’s also a heated pool, which is perfect for a refreshing dip after exploring the local area. Guests can also enjoy playing tennis, snooker or croquet. If you have a dog, there’s no need to worry about them being bored either - they can enjoy plenty of walks along the banks of the Dart River. Overall, Fingals is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for a relaxing break away from the busyness of everyday life.

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Pheasant Treehouse at Dittisham Hideaways

On the border of the South Devon AONB, The Dittisham Estate is home to the Pheasant Treehouse, one of several spaces that graces this stretch of countryside overlooking a stunning wooded valley. Inside you’ll find all the best parts of luxury living meeting a stripped-back and stylish interior. In fairer weather, you’ll struggle to break free from the gravitational pull of the private terrace, with its hammock, wood-fired hot tub, selection of outdoor games and even a BBQ.

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The Cosy Cowshed

The Cowshed is the perfect place to relax and with plenty of comfortable seating, both inside and out, you can choose how you want to spend your time. If you’re feeling lazy, you can crash on the sofa while someone else cooks in the modern kitchen. Or, if you’re feeling more energetic, you can make pizzas al fresco in the wood-fired oven. The grounds at the Sleepy Owl Estate are also perfect for exploring, with six acres of private gardens and 14 acres of adjacent woodland. And when night falls, there’s plenty to do, whether it’s watching a movie on the bedroom projector or enjoying a glass of something in the hanging basket chair. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be spoilt for choice at The Cowshed.

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Fingals Barn

From the moment you arrive at Fingals, it’s clear that this is no ordinary place. The barn has been converted into a beautiful high-beamed space full of light and colour, and the grounds are full of intriguing sculptures and artwork. It’s a true all-weather place, with a big lounge and dining room for sociable winter gatherings, an enclosed garden out the back, and the estate grounds with croquet, tennis, and woodland walks in summer. The covered pool is a great feature at any time of year. Dogs and humans alike will enjoy strolls along the river Dart, foot ferries across the harbour, and running wild on miles of sandy beaches. The barn is one of six places to stay at Fingals, and it’s easy to see why this unique spot is so popular with visitors. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing break or an action-packed holiday, Fingals has something to offer everyone.

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Written by Jem Brownlee

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