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Pets at Pilgrims Rest Cottages 

As the picture says ‘It’s a Woofing time’ here. It’s pet heaven! 
We should know, being owners of two lovely – now grand old men - rascals, Mickey and Sammy. 
At Pilgrims Rest we like to welcome our four-legged friends as one of the family; spoiling them as much as their owners. 
How about ‘pets come free’? Some ‘dog sitting’ kin to ‘child sitting’? Personalised guides for them to find that welcoming beach, restaurant, or attraction? Details on special places to take a walk? 

Pets Come Free 

Over the years we have been annoyed at the large charges we have had to pay to take ours away, when we have felt we were responsible owners. We wanted to treat our guests differently - we don't charge, trusting guests to follow some simple rules. This has gone down well over the years. 

Pet Sitting 

Few 5* places allow pets. If they do, they don’t allow them left on their own. We are flexible here, being pet owners. Some pets just curl up in their basket; others made need some supervision. We can provide a member of staff to come into the property to look after your pet, making sure they are having as much fun as you! 

Walks, Beaches, Food and Fun 

The area is stunning…from the South West Coast Path to Coves, Beaches, and even Dartmoor at hand. Within the cottage guests find our special information folders, which reveal the ‘gems’ in the area with little ‘paws’ spread throughout to show what is great and welcoming for our dogs. Walks, Eateries, Attractions. So much because the area is such a great dog loving place. 

Pooch Safety 

We love to welcome our guests’ dogs to stay. Just like our younger guests, safety is a key consideration. Our outside spaces, including gardens and courtyard are walled with simple gates to access ensuring safety for any little wanders. As we say in your dog’s own welcome letter We don’t want you to get lost in a new area so the garden is secure as long as the gate is closed behind you; so please ask someone to close it for you 

Your Welcome 

All our guests get their own welcome letter and goodies. Our doggy guests are no different. Here’s a copy of the letter. 
(This is the text of our welcome letter to the pooches that goes next to the welcome letter to owners!) 
Health and Safety – we have a local Vet in Watcombe that all our dogs trust just in case you feel poorly. Their address and phone number: Animal Health Centre, 43 Moore Lane, Watcombe TQ2 8NU 01803 313400 (24/7 call line). Also, if you need a special treats or extras for your stay, we have a ‘Pets At Home’ store within a mile (TQ2 7AP. Just pop down Barton Hill Road passed the local shops to the main roundabout. Turn right and then at the lights, turn left into McDonalds / Pets At Home, Dunelm, Staples shopping area. 
 
Some Rules – Sorry but we have a few. Hope you don’t mind. They are for your own good and the wellbeing of your two legged friends! 
 
Please don’t pop upstairs in the bedrooms. You have your own lovely bed. Just in case you are tempted, we have a stair gate at the bottom to close. Please don’t hop on the settees if they have no throw on. Hopefully mum or dad have remembered to bring some, but in case we have some spares, if they ask. 
 
Although we all like some independence, we would prefer if you weren’t left on your own; just in case if you know what I mean. If mum or dad come to me, it maybe we can bend this rule – you may be just the most well behaved and secure dog. If you are not we could still arrange for some lovely person to sit with you in case your owners want some independence. 
 
Whilst you can’t clear away any of your messes, we have a supply of poo bags and a pooper scooper. We want to keep the gardens looking at their best for you. 
 
Safety – we don’t want you to get lost in a new area so the garden is secure as long as the gate is closed behind you; so please ask someone to close it for you 
 
Have a great stay and maybe we’ll meet during it. 
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