By definition, an island should be a land form surrounded by water. The Isle of Purbeck in South East Dorset is not entirely cut off from the rest of Dorset but it does have a number of characteristics which set it apart from the rest of the county.
The location of ‘The Lookout’ is incomparable. A very steep and winding road takes you from Corfe Castle to the village of Kingston. The cottage is three quarters of a mile further on towards Worth Matravers, on the escarpment with outstanding views in every direction. A well maintained path could take you in one direction back down the valley to Corfe Castle or follow the path adjacent to the cottage to Chapman’s Pool to pick up the Coast Path.
The cottage is a perfect dog-friendly escape for two people. The best features of the cottage are its lounge area with comfy soft furnishings and a fire for cold months and the enclosed garden with garden furniture for outdoor dining in the summer and a well-placed stone bench for admiring the setting sun over the hills in early autumn.
Warm welcome for dogs from the first entrance. Dogs allowed not only in bedrooms but most of the bars and snugs and even a dog friendly restaurant section . Fabulous grounds sweeping down to the old sea cliff overlooking the National Trust Studland beach. 5 miles of Caribbean type sand with astonishing views plus heathlands, forest and chalk downland to explore from the doorstep . Staff all very accommodating and helpful and learnt Millie’s name immediately . Food excellent for dog owner. Relaxed but high standards . Lots of dogs in hotel but all quiet and well behaved - they must have known how rare a place this is !
We stayed at Owl Cottage for four nights and it was the best place we have ever stayed. A proper home from home. Lovely long walks around the farm and enclosed garden, perfect for a ten month old Jack Russell.
We will definitely be returning to this perfect dog friendly cottage.
Would like to recommend Bournemouth Seafront Travelodge. Reasonably priced and takes up to two dogs. Good size room, simple and clean and plenty of room for our furry friends. It's Just a minute walk from an amazing beach where dogs can run free from October to April (there are also set areas which are dog friendly all year round). The Chineside cafe right on the beach which even serves doggy icecream! You can't take dogs for breakfast in the Travelodge unless you take turns like we did,however Flirt Cafe in town does a good breakfast and dogs are very welcome. There is a small park just down the road suitable for a quick morning run and the beautuful Winter Gardens in the centre of town. For the evenings Brewhouse and Kitchen is great. Excellent food and even water served to the pooches (be sure to book though and let them know you have dogs with you as they are only allowed in the bar). We even took the dogs on a land train to Boscome, where we found Cafe Boscanova which was so welcoming to us and the dogs. A brilliant break and the dogs were exhausted from all that sea air.
Seadown caravan Park. So dog friendly lovely walk to the beach by the river.Left is dog friendly beach. Dogs must be kept on leads which I like. They go off lead going up over the hills overlooking the beach. 2 pubs both doggie lovers. Places to visit ie Seaton. Donkey sanctuary. Sidmouth all dog friendly. Basically a dog heaven. We booked with Hoeseasons.