Woolacombe and Mortehoe in North Devon
We would like to create a portrait gallery of all the dogs who have stayed at Lundy House Hotel. If you would like to take part, please email a photo of your dog along with his or her name and dates of your stay to email@example.com. Perhaps you would also like to add a comment from your dog’s perspective about your stay with us. These will be uploaded onto our Facebook page and also our website.
Much of the surrounding area in Woolacombe and Mortehoe is National Trust preserved land, with beautiful natural scenery, the Hotel affords unsurpassed panoramic sea views over Morte bay. Lundy Island, fifteen miles offshore, is visible from the Hotel and gardens.
The terraced garden leads directly onto the South West Coast Path. The South West Coast Path starts at Minehead in Somerset and runs along the part of the Somerset Bristol Channel coast, across North Devon, right round Cornwall, then along the South Devon and Dorset coasts to Poole Harbour. This is a distance of 630 miles which is over twice the distance of the Pennine Way and makes it by far the longest National Trail in Britain. Further information can be found by clicking here. Find out more about this area by reading this article featured in The Guardian
Woolacombe and Mortehoe are included in the North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The AONB consists of a stunning coastal area which is nationally protected for the beauty of its landscape. It is made up of several distinct landscape types, each with their own special habitats and geology, including the most vulnerable and beautiful parts of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve centred around Braunton and the estuary (approximately 8 miles away).
Lundy Island lies in the Bristol Channel, about 11 miles off the coast of North Devon. Three miles long and half a mile wide, this granite outcrop rises 400 feet above sea level and is a place of outstanding natural beauty, with tremendous views of England, Wales and the Atlantic. Lundy Island offers a very rare experience. It is large enough to have a genuine life of its own, which visitors can share and enjoy, but small and far enough away to be a world apart and unspoilt. Activities on Lundy range from the adventurous, such as rock climbing or diving in the Marine Nature Reserve, to the more gentle pursuits of birdwatching, walking, socialising at the Marisco Tavern or simply relaxing in this remote and tranquil place. During the summer months (April to the end of October), the supply and passenger ship, the MS Oldenburg, carries both day and staying visitors from Bideford or Ilfracombe. Voted boat trip of the year in 2003 passengers enjoy breathtaking views of the North Devon coast.
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Dogs are very welcome at Lundy House Hotel, but please keep your dog on a lead in the hotel and in the grounds. Dogs may be left in your room when you are dining, but they may not be left attended at any other times. Please do not let your dog sleep on our beds or dogs mess in the garden. We want to keep this as a beautiful resource for all hotel guests and visitors. We regret we cannot accept puppies that are not house trained.
Feel free to bring your own doggie bedding. We can also provide towels if your dog needs to be dried off and are happy to fill up water bottles.
We have brought in a small charge for dogs staying in our hotel of £5 per dog per night. Still a small price to pay for a doggie holiday!
There are plenty of areas to walk your dog nearby.
The National Trust land has no restrictions, although there are sheep grazing. Woolacombe beach has some restrictions during the summer months, but you can still take your dogs on part of the beach (see signs at beach entrance); Combesgate beach also has some restrictions, but Grunta below us does not. Have a look at our hotel perched high above Grunta Beach by clicking just here.
Read about the history of Woolacombe on the BBC website 'WW2 People's War', an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC. The archive can be found at bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar. This memory was written by Woolacombegirl.