Dogs

Dogs are very welcome at Heddon’s Gate in any of the 11 bedrooms as well as the large lounge, the bar, the games/information room, the sun terrace and the extensive gardens and woodland. 

The only room where dogs are not allowed is the breakfast room. As we have had problems with dogs becoming upset when left alone in a bedroom we do not allow owners to leave them in the bedroom during breakfast. When booking please let us know whether you would prefer to eat in the window of the large lounge where your dog can be with you or whether you will put him/her in your car and join other guests in the breakfast room.

There is a charge of £8 per dog per stay and we allow a maximum of two dogs. 

Heddon’s Gate is at the end of a quarter mile private drive with very little traffic. To the north and west is National Trust land which is accessible from October to May. In the summer months the ferns are too high! To the west are our gardens and a deep valley beyond with the Hunters Inn and the river Heddon in the valley bottom. To the east is our woodland where your dog can roam around. There is a private footpath which begins on the top lawn next to the breakfast room and leads up through our woodland to a field on the south side and down back to the top of the drive.

There are lots of footpaths in the Heddon Valley which are clearly marked on our brochure. Please download a copy from our home page. If you are staying for more than one night we wholeheartedly recommend the walk to Woody Bay using the Old Carriage Path which climbs steadily from The Hunters Inn and affords panoramic views of the other side of the valley, Heddon’s Mouth, the Bristol Channel with the coast of South Wales as well as the  South West Coast Path below. Eventually the Old Carriage Path meets the minor road just above the car park for Woody Bay. As you descend the access only road to Woody Bay you will see the South West Coast Path for your walk back signposted on the first bend. Woody Bay itself is full of history and even has a natural swimming pool where the water is changed with every high tide.

If your stay is only for one night then the mile walk alongside the River Heddon will be just right to exercise your dog before dinner at the dog-friendly Hunters Inn.

Beyond the Heddon Valley is the rest of Exmoor with numerous other walks using the South West Coast Path towards Combe Martin in the west or Lynton in the east. 

Exmoor is home to herds of red deer which carry ticks. Please treat your dog with Practic (or other) before you arrive.

Most tea rooms in Lynton & Lynmouth are dog-friendly as are nearly all of the pubs. All the beaches in the Exmoor National Park are dog-friendly but some of the large sandy beaches further west do have some restrictions.

We look forward to welcoming you and your dog to Heddon’s Gate!