Dog-friendly holiday review: Ash Bungalow, West Somerset

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<p><img src="" alt="Ash_Bungalow" /></p><p> </p><p>The Harding family tell us about their stay at Ash Bungalow, Blue Anchor in West Somerset along with their dog Kyte...</p>

Accommodation: Self-catering bungalow.

Cost: From £530 – £670 per week.

Tested by: Justine, Piers, Max, and Taya Harding, with terrier cross-breed, Kyte.

The accommodation:

Ash is one end of a terrace of four holiday bungalows at Primrose Hill, all providing light, airy, simple accommodation with far-reaching sea and countryside views, as well as the steam trains of West Somerset Railway. The bungalows offer individual accommodation, but with easy access to each other should a large group wish to get together; all are wheelchair accessible.

Each bungalow has a small, enclosed, rear garden divided by picket fencing, which would allow nose-to-nose access should you have a doggy neighbour during your visit.

Ash is modern and clean, with an open plan lounge and well equipped kitchen, double bedroom, twin room, dining room, and newly fitted wet room/toilet. All towels and bedding are fresh. Parking is outside the door with a large level drive area leading past the pretty communal front garden to the laundry and recycling areas.

Dogs are allowed on the furniture only if soft furnishings are completely protected; old throws are available on request. Dogs should be wormed and flea/tick treated before arrival.

How dog-friendly was your reception?

Owner Jo Halliday greeted us on arrival and supplied tea, coffee, and homemade cake, plus dog biscuits for Kyte. A bowl of fresh water was ready at the tie hitch by the front door and a water bowl was provided in the kitchen. Jo talked us through dog-friendly places to eat and visit.

Any added extras for dogs/owners?

A dog loo and poop scoop is provided and dog towels are available. Homemade-style frozen meals are kept in stock for easy dining and there’s a games room, complete with pool table and table tennis. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Out and about in the area:

*Beaches in the area are mostly dog-friendly but beware of the fast tide.

*Exmoor offers many walks but keep your dog on a lead due to sheep and wild ponies; we enjoyed a beautiful river walk through Doone Valley, with refreshments at the picturesque Lorna Doone Inn.

*Dunster Castle is stunning and welcoming to dogs — they can run free in the front field and visit everywhere on site except inside the castle. Nearby is the charming Locks Tea Room where we ate well.

*Places to eat out with your dog are easy to find including both pubs and the cafe in Blue Anchor (two within easy walking distance).

At a glance

Charge for dogs? £15 per dog, per week.

Maximum number of dogs allowed? Two, although open to discussion.

Enclosed exercise area/garden? Yes.

Can dogs be left unattended? No, unless crated.

Want to find out more?

Contact Primrose Hill Holidays, Wood Lane, Blue Anchor, West Somerset TA24 6LA; call 01643 821200; email [email protected]; visit