All the holiday cottages at Wallops Wood are dog friendly
We understand that your dog is a member of the family and we trust that your furry friend will have just as much fun as you will here at Wallops Wood Cottages. They'll love exploring the South Downs National Park, New Forest and South Coast. We know that staying somewhere new comes with additional challenges but we hope to make taking your dog on holiday as easy as possible.
Below you'll find details of what we provide, local dog services (groomers, walkers, vets), as well as independent advice on taking your dog on holiday from the RSPCA. There is also lots of useful information to help you plan dog-friendly days out as well as walks direct from the cottage door.
Not all our guests have pets so, for the benefit of everyone staying at the cottages, we ask that you follow the Dog Rules. Please remember taking a holiday with your dog is not the same as taking a holiday from your responsibility as a dog owner.
Three dogs came to stay!
"We were a large group (20+adults & 12kids & 3dogs) staying for a long weekend in October. We had done a lot of searching a year in advance to find the perfect spot before we settled on Wallops Wood.
We weren’t disappointed.
The cottages were set up exactly as we had specified for dogs/children etc but the addition of doggie welcome baskets and little gifts for the children in their cots was an extra special touch that everyone really appreciated. They had also given us extra table space for our group meals. 5* all round from a group of well travelled (and sometimes quite picky) gang of friends."
V. Storr, October 2018
Welcome pack for dogs was very well thought out!
"The ‘welcome pack’ for our four legged friend was very well thought out too; a dog bed, toys, treats, blankets, plenty of poo bags and even a tag to attach to Fido’s collar, stating “I’m on holiday at Wallops Wood Cottages” with a telephone number noted.
Can’t tell you the peace of mind that brought when Max saw his first ever partridge and bolted across the open field and disappeared out of view. He always comes back, but in that moment, in unfamiliar territory, I can’t tell you how reassuring that tag was!
Suggested walks to dog friendly pubs are supplied; we visited several in the area and were not disappointed once. "
R. Brand, April 2019
'The Dog Basket'
Pets are welcome in all of our cottages and as well as a welcome pack for you, there's one for your dog too including:
- Holiday tag - attach the tag with our contact details to your dog's collar just in case they run off, but please leave it for other guests to use at the end of your stay
- Poop scoop and bags - there's a dedicated waste bin in the car park
- Wallops Wood's own tasty biscuits to excite your dog's taste buds!
- Blanket and two sofa throws - we know keeping your dogs off the furniture can be a challenge, but please use the throws provided to help us keep the cottages looking as good as they do
- Towel - there's a dog shower with adjustable temperature control in the car park area to clean mucky dogs. Please don't use the bath or showers in the cottages
- Complimentary toy to keep - tested by our resident dogs, we hope your dog will enjoy chewing and playing with this toy both in the cottage and once you get home
- Bowls - water and food bowls so you don't need to bring your own
- Dog walk suggestions - you'll find a laminated OS map in the cottage and a torch for your evening stroll. In the basket there are a selection of local walking books including:
- 7 laminated sheets with walks direct from the cottage door including local dog-friendly pubs
- Five long walks from East Meon, a picturesque and historic village a short drive from the cottages
- Walks in and around West Meon, again a short drive from the cottages
- Family Walks in Hampshire, in and around the Meon Valley
Before you arrive
Up to two pets are welcome in each cottage for a supplementary charge of £25 per animal to cover additional cleaning.
While bringing your dog's own bed is recommended to help them feel at home, we know you may not have space in the car. We can provide different sized dog beds, crates, leads and collars. Please take a look at the list attached and request any items you would like us to place in your cottage to use during your stay.
We ask that worming and flea control programmes are up to date for the benefit of your pets and as a courtesy to subsequent guests in your cottage.
Please ensure your dog is microchipped and that it is registered to your current permanent address.
While you might like to enjoy different food whilst you're on holiday, our pets are happiest if their diet remains the same. So please make sure you bring sufficient food for your holiday as well as any medication they might need.
The RSPCA have produced a useful guide to taking your dog on holiday which is well worth reading.
During your stay
We really hope you and your pet will not require emergency treatment during your break, but if you do need a vet during your stay you can contact Shield's Vet in Bishop's Waltham (Tel: 01489 896734) and www.vets-now.com provide an out-of-hours service, with clinics in Portsmouth (Tel: 02392 985760), Winchester (Tel: 01962 659580) and Southampton (Tel: 02380 989724).
You probably have a preferred local groomer at home, but just in case you'd like to schedule a grooming session during your holiday. Mobile groomers Paws Parlour (Tel: 07715 311512) will be delighted to pre-book a time to come and give your dog a wash and trim.
If you are going for a day out somewhere dogs are not permitted, please remember that dogs must not be left unattended in the cottages unless crated, so please request one of the right size if you need to borrow one. You can register with www.tailster.com (Tel: 0208 0040860) to book a local dog walker. However, if you are having difficulty booking a dog walker, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to find someone.
Local Dog Walker
Hannah Carpenter is the local dog walker we have just found! Hannah will pick your dog up from the cottages if you need her services.
" Heidi, an affectionate and kind-hearted Dobermann, and Hannah look forward to welcoming your dog into their relaxed and comfortable home on a hill overlooking the beautiful Meon Valley. Heidi loves being in the company of other dogs, enjoying fun play time and quiet naps in equal measure. Hannah is a very attentive and responsible dog owner and your dog’s happiness, well-being and safety are her top priorities. They have a large, secure garden and are happiest when stomping about in nature and curled up on the sofa for cuddles - they are excited to have your dog with them on their adventures. Hannah is DBS checked and offers dog boarding, daycare and walks throughout the year. " Call her on Mobile: + 44 (0) 7414 121 201
In the 'Dog Basket' you'll find a few local walking books and seven laminated cards so you can take a different dog walk every day of the week without getting in your car and four take you to dog-friendly pubs! Or you cna download the walks form our doorstep by clicking on the button below!
As well as the laminated OS Map in your cottage and walking information on our website, it is worth checking out the Hampshire County Council interactive map of local footpaths if you want to explore further afield.
Dog-friendly days out
There are plenty of places to go for a day out with your four-legged friend.
Tourism South East has a 'dog friendly' page on their website but we have put together a more comprehensive list of attractions near to the cottages and pubs where your dog is also welcome, ideal for a day out walking or sightseeing.
- There are a number of sites managed by English Heritage nearby which are all dog-friendly including: Titchfield Abbey; Portchester Castle; Bishop's Waltham Palace; Fort Brockhurst and Netley Abbey.
- While the National Trust properties do not permit dogs in the buildings or cafes they are often welcome in the grounds including: The Vyne; Mottisfont; Hinton Ampner and Petworth Park.
- Other excellent days out include: Bere Forest; Alice Holt; Exbury Gardens; Weald & Downland; Hollycombe Steam Collection; Watercress Line; Wellington Country Park; Bursledon Windmill; Gilbert White's House (garden); Burseldon Brickworks Museum and Red Funnel Ferries to the Isle of Wight.
We're close to the South Coast, so why not spend a day at the beach. The following beaches permit dogs although there are restrictions at some times of the year so please check before going: Lepe Beach, Lee-on-the-Solent, Stokes Bay Gosport, Hayling Island and West Wittering.
We have included walks direct from the door to several dog-friendly pubs in the 'Dog Basket' but there are many more nearby and if you're going for a day out it is well worth checking the website www.doggiepubs.org.uk. Here are just a few suggestions for dining out with your dog.
- The Globe, Alresford
- Monty's Inn, Beaulieu
- The Master Builders, Bucklers Hard
- The Rising Sun, Clanfield
- The Bat and Ball, Clanfield
- The Bakers Arms, Droxford
- Hampshire Bowman, Dundridge
- The Shoe Inn, Exton
- The Bucks Head, Meonstoke
- The White Lion, Soberton
- The Plough Inn, Sparsholt
- The George & Falcon, Warnford
- The Thomas Lord, West Meon
- The Golden Lion, Winchester
- The Running Horse, Winchester
- The Black Boy, Winchester
Don't take our word for it
Bob and Liz Scott, of Your Dog Magazine stayed in March 2015 with their Border Collies Sprout and Snip and gave the cottages 5* for dog friendliness of the accommodation and local area. This review first appeared in the August 2016 issue of Your Dog (Britain's best-selling dog magazine, available from leading newsagents, supermarkets, and pet stores every month. Find out more at www.yourdog.co.uk).
We were a large group (20+ adults & 12 kids & 3 dogs) staying for a long weekend in October. We had done a lot of searching a year in advance to find the perfect spot before we settled on Wallops Wood.
We weren’t disappointed.
The cottages were set up exactly as we had specified for dogs/children etc but the addition of doggie welcome baskets and little gifts for the children in their cots was an extra special touch that everyone really appreciated. They had also given us extra table space for our group meals.
The cottages were fantastically well provisioned with plenty of dishwasher tabs, washing up liquid etc and treats such as Nespresso capsules and home made cake. All the necessary kitchen utensils and pans were clean and there was never a moment when we wanted for a piece of equipment and found it to be missing.
The pool was a wonderful addition to our stay and on a very wet afternoon was a great way to help the kids let off steam.
Fantastic cottages, beautiful spot, excellent customer service. 5* all round from a group of well travelled (and sometimes quite picky) gang of friends.
UpFront Reviews- Reviewed 18 October 2018
Very specific requirement for some potential tricky customers
We spent a fabulous weekend here. It lived up to expectation, with every need catered for. They had really thought about what their visitors would need. The standard of accommodation was excellent. The hot tub and swimming pool were a lovely bonus and the whole place was dog friendly. We will definitely be back. E. Marriner
UpFront Reviews June 2018
A really fabulous place
We have just spent a wonderful few days at Wallops Wood. The location was stunning and sitting in the hot tub watching the view or the stars was so relaxing. Sundew was clean and well resourced and they even provided a bed for the dog.
We would love to stay again and explore the area further as there is lots to see. A great few days. Thank you.
Upfront Reviews - November 2016
Wonderful few days at Wallops Wood
We stayed at Silver Birch for a pre-Christmas family holiday.
The cottage itself was fantastic, very well equipped for the disabled person in our party (extra aids were provided by the owners) and for our dog. All the kitchen equipment/appliances were really good and quiet as it is an open plan kitchen and living room. We would definitely recommend Wallops Wood.
UpFront - Review submitted Claire Bradbury, 14 December 2019
Welcoming homely touches
We love this place, its home from home with all the amenities needed for a self catering stay.
We stayed in Sundew and it's very roomy for 5 of us and our dogs, with big beds and each room having an ensuite and TV, means you have your own space and privacy.
We love the private hot tub, it allows you to sit and take in the beautiful views. This is our second time staying at Wallops Wood Cottages and we have another break booked in Spring. No doubt we will be back again, as we really enjoyed swimming every day in the new pool too.
UpFront - Reviewed 21 December 2018