Portrait of dog in Woolacombe


Sandy paws, salty kisses...

We are happy to say that the Beach Retreats offer dog-friendly breaks in Woolacombe all year round. With our epic coastal location, this is paws down one of the best dog-friendly places to stay in Devon.



in Woolacombe

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). A charge of £50 per week for up to 2 dogs applies; please let us know when you book that you need dog-friendly accommodation.


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...


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
Breakfast croissants at Meraki Coffee Co
For coffee lovers
Sea Food, Woolacombe
For sublime seafood



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.


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
Barricane Beach
Putsborough Sands
Labrador with dog toy


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!


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


- Orhan Pamuk

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Registered Office: 30 Bear Street, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX32 7DD
Registration Number: Woolacombe Bay Hotel Ltd 1370970

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