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Sandy paws, salty kisses...

The Beach Retreats offers dog-friendly breaks in Woolacombe all year round. With our epic coastal location, this is paws down one of the best places for your next adventure with you four legged family member! So whether you’re after a UK staycation for you and your pooch, or somewhere with neverending walkies - there’s something to suit everyone (and breed)!


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Packing your Pup

We are proud to say that up to 2 well-behaved dogs can stay with you in our ground floor self-catering homes (flats & apartments). Dogs stay for £50 per week, or £10 per night on shorter breaks (for up to 2 dogs).


Please let us know when you book that you need dog-friendly accommodation.

What to bring?

Please bring your doggy's sleepover kit including bed, bowl and food when you stay in the Beach Retreats. Should you forget any of your dog's essentials you can find Woolacombe's independent dog-shop on South Street - Koola Life, stocking everything from treats, collars & leads, dog toys and even doggy ice-creams in those hot summer months!


Pet-friendly Place to Visit
We believe that figuring out where to eat shouldn’t be a dog’s dinner and walkies should always be a waggy tail affair! We've curated a collection of dog-friendly beaches and eateries, so your four-legged friends can join you on all your coastal adventures. For some dog-friendly tips, check out our top 5 Dog-friendly Things to Do in North Devon​!


So, you’ve found your little piece of paradise by the sea, but are dogs allowed there? The answer can vary greatly within just a few miles or even metres! Consider this your guide to all the best dog-friendly places in North Devon...


Let's start with dining and our first recommendation where your canine chum can dine with you; our stylish Bay Brasserie courtyard. This dining space has a special secret - heated flooring. Dogs love it and it's great for that après beach warm-up and refuel. Please do be mindful of other guests at all times, keeping your pup on a lead where necessary.

Chocolate brownie in Bay Brasserie
For something special

The Bay Brasserie

Spacious and stylish yet seriously relaxed, you can sit back, toast happy days, and indulge...

Breakfast croissants at Meraki Coffee Co
For coffee lovers

Meraki Coffee Co.

Just a few yards from the Beach Retreats  you'll find the finest ethically sourced beans, free WiFi and expert baristas.

Sea Food, Woolacombe
For sublime seafood

The Beach House

A warm welcome and laid-back vibe generous fish dishes are all on the menu, along with mouthwatering aromas from the open kitchen...



To start, there's our very own Woolacombe Beach. Winner of TripAdvisor's 'UK's Best Beach' for two consecutive years, the beach welcomes dogs all year round, with some restrictions. During peak season, May to October, you must stick to clearly marked dog-friendly zones. The rest of the year though, November to April, smaller crowds mean you can roam where you like. We also have the famous South West Coast Path on our doorstep for the perfect coastal doggie walk!


Similar rules are in place on Barricane Beach just down the coast too (mix of dog-friendly and dog-free zones). Set in a bay about half a mile from the main Woolacombe Beach, Barricane Bay is great for rock pooling and popular among surfers, paddle-boarders as well as doggy visitors. In the summer months, enjoy traditional Sri Lankan curry, served beachside and really live like a local. 


The breathtaking Putsborough Sands is a popular choice with pups. It has plenty of flat sand and doggy bins provided but some restrictions in place too (as you descend the steps to the beach, the right side is for dogs, the left dog-free). Taken as a circular walk, this is roughly a 4.5 mile round-trip from the Beach Retreats and back. Driving takes a slightly convoluted route, taking around 20-ish minutes (6 miles).

Woolacombe Beach

Woolacombe Beach

Woolacombe is a dog-friendly beach all year-round  with clearly marked dog-friendly zones in summer (May - October).

Barricane Beach

Barricane Beach

Within just half a mile's walk from your Beach Retreat, Barricane Beach has a mix of dog-friendly and dog-free zones.

Putsborough Sands

Putsborough Sands

A great circular walk from the Beach Retreats, pups can roam to the right of the steps, where the left is a pup-free zone.

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Book a dog-friendly self-catering home this summer!

Stay with us this summer, you can bring up to 2 dogs with you!

  • Based on up to 6 guests sharing a Beach Retreat Apartment: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

  • Price includes £10 per night supplement for up to 2 dogs

  • Excludes school holidays and summer months (7-night minimum stay applies June - December)


“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen” 


- Orhan Pamuk

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