Dogs Welcome

- Just as much as their owners!

We love well behaved dogs – and they are just as welcome as their well behaved owners!


Being dog friendly doesn’t mean compromising on luxury or comfort, and we do everything we can to ensure “our best friends” have a really enjoyable stay too.


Upon arrival we supply a ‘a doggy welcome pack’ which includes a blanket for covering chairs, settees etc, towels for wiping down muddy paws, poo bags, bowls, doggy treats and where required ‘I’m on Holiday’ tags showing the Aish Cross name address and telephone number (home phone numbers may not be much use when on holiday!)


Outside of our 3 holiday cottages we have a lovely 1 acre orchard garden which is for the exclusive use of our guests – It is not fully enclosed because of our entrance drive, but it is a very quiet peaceful location, ideal for doggy exercising under the right supervision. There is also a poo bin.


Aish is a location where there are lots of lovely dog walks – in particular, through the back lane opposite our house into Stoke Gabriel, passing the picturesque local cricket ground, and ending up at the Mill Pond on the banks of the river Dart – in all 35 minutes each way. We also provide details of other lovely local walks to explore. Here, on our website we also provide a list of ‘doggy friendly’ beaches, pubs and cafes.


We do have a few simple requests directed to our doggy owners


  • Dogs should be kept under control, and on a lead if necessary – there may be young children or other dogs in the other cottages, and we also have 2 ginger cats, Pippa and Kate, who are very friendly but definitely not good at socialising with pooches!
  • Pretty obvious – but all poos should be picked up and put in the poo bin.
  • We ask that dogs should be kept downstairs where there are rugs and a wood laminate floor as opposed to the upstair rooms which are carpeted. To assist with this request we have stair gates at the bottom of each staircase.
  • Please don’t allow dogs on chairs or the settee without first covering with the doggy rug provided.
  • Dogs should not be left unattended in the cottages.

Dogs are not allowed on the following beaches between 1 May and 30 September:

  • Breakwater Beach
  • Broadsands Beach
  • Corbyn Head
  • Goodrington Sands (South Sands)
  • Hollicombe Beach
  • Meadfoot Beach (South western part)
  • Oddicombe Beach
  • Paignton Sands
  • Preston Sands
  • Torre Abbey Sands


However, dogs and their owners will still have access to the following beaches all year round:

  • Ansteys Cove
  • Babbacombe Beach
  • Beacon Cove
  • Beesands Beach
  • Churston Cove
  • Dawlish Town Beach/Dawlish Warren Beach – please check as some restriction apply.
  • East Portlemouth
  • Elberry Cove
  • Exmouth – please check information locally as some restrictions apply.
  • Fairy Cove
  • Fishcombe Cove
  • Goodrington Sands (North Sands)
  • Institute Beach
  • Livermead Sands
  • Maidencombe Beach
  • Meadfoot Beach (North Eastern part of the beach)
  • Millbay
  • Ness Cove, Shaldon
  • Oyster Cove
  • Peaked Tor Cove
  • Saltern Cove
  • Seaton Beach – please check locally as some restrictions apply.
  • Shoalstone Beach
  • Shelley Beach, Exmouth
  • Salcombe North Sands
  • Sidmouth Beach – please check locally as some restrictions apply
  • Slapton
  • St Marys Bay
  • Strete Gate
  • Teignmouth River Beach
  • Thurlestone/South Milton
  • Torcross
  • Watcombe Beach.

Dogs must be kept on a lead on the promenades.

If in doubt always check the carparks and signs by the beach for any restrictions.


Thurlestone Beach

One of the few dog friendly beaches you can find in Devon, Thurlestone Beach is a National Trust beach located near Kingsbridge.

The area offer hilly, flat and of course, beach walks, which is also a fairly quiet spot, which is unusual for most beaches in Devon.


Parke, Bovey Tracey

Part of the National Trust, Parke features lovely walks around the grounds and woodlands of the grand country Parke House.

There are many different types of walks to choose from, you can go through the woodlands, are along the streams.

Dogs are welcome in the grounds of the house, but are asked to be kept on a lead where stock is grazing. There are also animals across the grounds.

And to end this eventful walk, you can enjoy the dog friendly pub the Cleave


River Avon Dam, Dartmoor

An excellent scenic walk, as to be expected from Dartmoor. Starting at Shipley Bridge you will walk alongside the river where your dog may choose to have a dip in, before making your way up to the dam. The walk may be slightly hilly, but it is pathed the whole way, making it accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.


Stover Country Park

You can find this country park just before you reach Newton Abbot, where you will discover the surrounding woodland.

The only restriction for dogs is that they cannot go into the lake.


Bradley Woods

Just a nice recreational walk  – Newton Abbot


Below is a list of some of the dog friendly eateries in our local area in order of distance – do feel free to ask us for recommendations


Index Guide:-



R = Restaurant


Stoke Gabriel – 1 mile approx

The Castle Inn                         P          01803 782201

The Church House Inn           P          01803 782384

The River Shack                      C/R      01803 782520


Totnes – 3 miles approx

Waterside Bistro                    P/R      01803 864069             Outside with heaters not inside

The Steam Packet Inn           P/R      01803 863880             In bar area, and outside only

The Royal Seven Stars           P/R      01803 862125             All bars but not restaurants

Rumours Wine Bar                 P/R      01803 864682

Willow                                          R          01803 862605


Littlehempston 4.7 miles approx

The Pig and Whistle Inn         P/R      01803 863733

The Tally Ho                                P/R      01803 862316


Dartington – 5 miles approx

The Cott Inn                               P/R      01803 863777

The White Hart                          P/R         01803 847111          Outside only (Dartington Hall)


Paignton –  5 miles approx

East in the West                        R          01803 269875

TJs                                                   R          01803 527389             Terrace and by arrangement inside


The Boat House                      C/R         01803 665066

Ye Old Smokey House          P/R         01803 557630            Bar area only


Marldon 5.1 miles approx

The Church House Inn           P/R      01803 558279             Bar only, not restaurant


Ashprington 5.6 miles approx

The Durrant Arms                  P/R      01803 732240

The Watermans Arms            P/R      01803 73214               Bar only, not restaurant


Brixham  – 6.4 miles approx

Rockfish                                  P/R      01803 850872

The Erne Lister Bar                  P/R      01803 855751


Staverton 6.5 miles approx

The Sea Trout                         P/R      01803 762274

Riverford Field Kitchen          R          01803 762074             Must advise when booking


Broadhempson – 6.5 miles approx

The Coppa Dolla                     P/R      01803 812455

The Monks Retreat                P/R      01803 812203


Harberton 6.6 miles approx

The Church House Inn           P/R      01803 863707


Tuckenhay –  7 miles approx

The Malsters Arms                 P/R      01803 732350


Torquay – 8 miles approx

Angels Cafe                              C          01803 324477

Le Bistrot Pierre                     R          01803 221213             Bar area, prior notice required


Moreleigh 10 Miles approx

The New Inn                           P/R      01548 821326


Cornworthy 10.7 miles approx

The Hunters Inn                     P/R      01803 732204


Bigbury 20 miles approx

The Oyster Shack                   R          01548 810876

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