Kipscombe holidays is a great place to holiday if you love dogs. They will have the time of their lives.
We love dogs and have two of our own. We understand your requirements as dog owners. We are pleased to be able to offer Babbling brook cottage and Devon Banks campsite as one of the finest dog friendly holiday destinations in North Devon. We provide everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible. You will find plenty of great local walks and 11.7 acres of our own private land with stream and great Devon-shire rolling countryside.
If your dog goes home exhausted, then we feel our job is done.
Dog Friendly Holidays
We have tried to make our cottage, campsite and our land as dog friendly as possible. We have created area's where your dog can explore and sniff. They can have a paddle in the stream whilst walking through our Babbling brook walk. Walk up through Calves field then in to our large fenced paddock where dogs can run around off lead, watch them play with other guest dogs. In this field you will also find our own fun gundog scurry that you are welcome to use, there are straw bales to jump and a brush scurry to hide your dummy for your dogs to sniff out and retrieve. (this field is fenced but we recommend you assess the fencing yourself before letting your dog off lead). Views from this field are stunning and on a sunny day you can see the peaks of Exmoor lite up by the sun.
Dogs can have a paddle in the stream whilst walking through our Babbling brook walk. On a hot day this is the perfect place for dogs to cool off. Well behaved dogs can go off lead around here.
It is nice and shady under the historic trees, the stream is fed from a spring and runs all year, although a little slower during the summer month, it's amazingly clear and cool in the summer. This is actually a very peaceful and tranquil spot, just the sound of a passing vehicle every now and again.
Straw bale scurry
Tried and tested by our Springer Spaniel Maizy. The scurry consists of straw/hay bales with fencing on both sides. Hold your dog while your partner places the dummy at the far end, then release your dog asking them to fetch and retrieve.
Hopping over the bales they will dash to retrieve the dummy/toy and hopefully return to you for their next go.
Bales are one high making it easy to jump up and off.
You have free use of our straw bale scurry.
Lucky our collie/x also loves the scurry, but agility is more her thing as she likes to do everything at 100 miles an hour. She actually makes a great retriever but her scent work is not that good, unlike her sister the springer spaniel.
Fenced off lead dog exercise paddock
This is approx 3 acres of off lead doggy fun. The exercise paddock is fenced with 3 feet stock proof fencing (4 feet in places). Within this field you will find our fun dog activities and a picnic table so you can sit and watch your dog(s) having fun running around playing. Sit and enjoy the Exmoor views and listen to the sound of the local wildlife. You may even see the odd owl or bird of prey.
Our guests dogs love this field, it's perfect for them to sniff and explore before you head off visiting the local Devon area.
We make sure the grass is never long, regularly cutting the grass short. We find shorter grass is better for dogs, less risks of ticks and reduces grass seed issues.
This whole field is our communal area where dogs can play together. If you have a nervous dog, or a dog that can jump standard stock proof fences, you will be pleased to hear that we have another field you could use. It's exclusive use so just you and your dog and it's completely secure with 6ft fence. see further down
Dog Park - Exclusive use secure off lead paddock
2018 - Our guests just love this. We have now created a secure off lead dog paddock. This can be used for exclusive use, which means only you will be in the field allowing your dog(s) to be exercised without worry of other dogs or animals in neighboring fields. If you have a dog that cannot normally be let of the lead due to the risk of them running off and worrying sheep and other animals, then this is the perfect paddock for you. It is approx 2 acres in size and has 6 foot deer fence all round.
For the safety of dogs this field is bookable by appointment. At times we may close this field to allow the grazing of animals. Read More
Apple orchard picnic field
The field is located within 10 metres of Babbling brook cottage and is the ideal field to exercise your dogs first thing in the morning, daytime or evening. It is fenced with 4 foot stock proof fence.
If you prefer not to use our other communal fields, then you'll be very grateful for this off lead dog exercise area.
Within this field you will find a picnic bench should you decide to have a picnic in there. Great views and sound of the brook from here.
Cottage guest feedback. Off lead cottage field is a stroke of genius, love sitting here watching my dogs play.
Dog Agility Equipment
Our dog agility area - Located in our horse sand school. Our dogs love this area for play. The ground is made up from sand and rubber which makes it very soft under foot for your dog, this makes play a lot safer for you and your dog. The rubber and sand surface means this area can be used all year round as the ground will not get wet and muddy during winter months. This area is fenced. Use is by those with experience of this type of equipment and by arrangement only. Owners and dogs must have used this type of equipment before and be confident when using. If you are new to agility and would like to give it a try, we will be happy to provide hints and tips.