Dovedale Cottages at Church Farm

Dog Friendly Holidays

Explore the Peak District with all the family

We genuinely love to welcome our doggy guests to Church Farm and we want to make your dog’s stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

There are a large variety of walks from the cottage door and the whole of the Peak District to explore with your four-legged friend. There may be some livestock in the fields so you’ll need to keep your dog on a lead in these, but with large open spaces, woodland, hills and rivers there’s plenty of opportunity for your dog to enjoy the fresh air and freedom of the countryside.

Dogs need to be booked in, just like human guests, and we charge £25 per dog stay. Each cottage can accommodate one well-behaved dog, over 12 months of age. We have a “Doggy Guest Code of Conduct” which is provided below.

To make your dog’s stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible we provide the following:

  • Dog crate in the cottage on request
  • Dog treats on arrival
  • Dog towels
  • Stairgate
  • Details of dog friendly places to eat
  • Walking guides
  • Outside tap and bucket to wash off all that mud
  • Covered drying area

Doggy Code of Conduct

Fergus Hi, my name's Fergus and I'm the friendly Red and White Irish Setter ready to welcome you to Church Farm – a superb location for a doggy holiday. I thought I'd share a few house rules with you before you come so you know what you can and can't do to enjoy your stay.

  • Firstly, after sampling one of the large variety of local walks (ask your owner to discuss the routes with you from one of the maps provided), make sure your owner cleans you thoroughly to get all that horrible mud off. Facilities to help with this are a hose pipe (for those of you who like a nice cold shower after all that exercise), a bucket (for those of you who prefer their water a bit warmer), towels (2 are provided but please bring more if needed) and drying area in one of the warm sheds.
  • When you're outside around the farm and the surrounding area please make sure you stay away from livestock. They can get very grumpy, especially if they have little ones, and some are a bit scared of dogs so it's probably a good idea to get your owner to put you on a lead.
  • Make sure your owner takes you along for all the day and evening activities during your holiday. You don't want to miss out on anything and it's no fun being left alone in a strange house.
  • I know those beds and sofas look really comfortable, but remember a dog's place is to keep guard downstairs on the floor. Don't forget to tell your owner to bring your bed and put it in the kitchen or hallway.
  • If you get caught short in the garden, get your owner to clear up after you with one of the shovels provided. It's no fun for others walking in your doggy poo!

So, just to summarise here's a list of what's provided and what you need to bring with you:

What's provided What your owner needs to bring...
Hosepipe and bucket Food and water bowls
Covered drying area Dog bed and/or crate
2 dog towels Dog lead
Stairgates Poo bags
Walking guides Extra dog towels and blankets for floor
Shovel
Phone number for vets

That's about it from me – I'm looking forward to meeting you soon.

Fergus Paw print

Note to dog owners from Susan and James
Our policy is to welcome dogs genuinely, however, if there is any damage caused or excessive housekeeping required then this must be paid for.