The Carlton Hotel Is

Dog Friendly

Dogs and their keepers are very welcome at The Carlton. Well behaved animals (and owners!) can enjoy most of the hotel, including special dining and lounges.

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Top Rated Dog Friendly Hotel In Ilfracombe

Dog Friendly Breaks in Ilfracombe

The Carlton is the perfect place for a completely relaxing doggy break in North Devon. The Carlton is dog friendly and provides the perfect base to explore England’s Adventure Coast. lfracombe is in the heart of the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and its fine walking country is as appealing to dogs as it is for their owners!

Dog Friendly Facilities

In addition to the general dog friendliness of The Carlton, for a small we can also arrange for cosy beds and bowls to be put in your room, and if you have any particular requests for your furry companion, then we love to oblige.

We have set aside a separate area of our newly refurbished bar and lounge, so your dog can curl up on the floor beside you as you dine, or when you’re relaxing in a quiet corner with a drink after a long day’s walk.

In the current Covid-19 pandemic we are following government guidance. That means we have made sensible changes to ensure you stay safe in North Devon. For example, reduced occupancy, removal of paper materials and some decorative throws in your rooms. Tea and coffee making facilities are available on request, to ensure absolute cleanliness. And we’ve introduced single use toiletries for the time being. Read more

The Devon air, whether rolling across the hills or breezing in from the sea, has reputation as a tonic for relaxation and rejuvenation. Carlton visitors often remark on the quality of their night’s sleep, for which sumptuous beds with crisp cotton bedding must also take credit for!

Flexibility for 2021

Your booking is truly flexible (without any penalty charges) when booked direct with The Carlton. Alterations, cancellations and changes to your booking may be made as close as 48 hours to your arrival time. Please note a group booking (of more than four rooms or eight guests) may be subject to different terms and conditions*.


Explore England’s Adventure Coast

We can help you with advice on dog friendly walking routes, both coastal and inland, or around the town and we know all the best dog-friendly places, from tourist attractions to beaches, where you can safely take your pets. You will find most local pubs and cafes welcome dogs and provide water bowls. 

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Walks and Dog Friendly Activities in North Devon

There are a number of walks around Devon where dogs can run free.  Top of the list is the South West Coast Path which runs for a massive 630 miles but can be sampled in much smaller, more manageable sections, such as Baggy Point near Croyde and sections to Lee Bay and Combe Martin (from the east and west of Ilfracombe) are great places to start.

The path stretches from Exmoor right down to the tip of Cornwall and can be broken into 10-20 mile chunks for a great day activity. The two big moorland areas, Dartmoor and Exmoor, both welcome dogs although please be a charming visitor and adhere to any guidelines, particularly in areas where footpaths cross through livestock grazing areas.

Visiting the beach is one of the most popular parts of visiting North Devon and most beaches are dog friendly.  Some beaches, including Saunton, Instow, Beesands and Shelley, allow dogs total freedom when they visit.  Others (particularly during the summer season) have guidelines and restrictions and signage at the entrance to the beach will give more details.

Other popular tourist attractions, including National Trust properties and gardens, such as Tapeley Park, are dog friendly. It is worth checking attraction websites ahead of a visit in order to see if they welcome dogs or have specific guidelines. 

Pet friendly, with very accommodating staff

“I have two large hairy dogs that were made very welcome. I usually feel self conscious about doggy smells and shedding that I may not notice, even if I try to clean up after them. The staff here welcomed both me and the dogs. They got their own bed in the room, and bowls. There’s a separate place in the restaurant to have breakfast if you have pets and at the bar. It’s close to town and has onsite parking too. There’s some refurbishment going on but that didn’t affect my stay. It was a good base from which to explore north Devon.”


Great dog friendly Hotel

“A big thank you to Michael and his team.
We stayed here late October. Very well organised COVID measures made us feel very safe.
We chose the hotel mainly because it is dog friendly. Sadly we are often disappointed by the standards in dog friendly establishments.
What a pleasant surprise to find this clean, comfortable, well appointed hotel. We were given a lovely room. Michael and his staff were very friendly, helpful and welcoming.
Breakfast and evening meals were exceptional, We can highly recommend the food.
We would definitely stay here again.”

Anne, Peter and Ash

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Runnacleave Road, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 8AR

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