We love dogs and throughout the years they have been an important part of our family so we do understand that you would want to bring your four-legged family member on holiday with you. We have our own youngster, Jasper, who is a 2 year old Golden Retriever and Bonnie and Charlie are 5 year old King Charles Cavaliers who live at The Old Barn which is located on our B&B property.
We’re not steeped in policies and procedures here at The Old Stables, but please do read through our Dog Policy (below) to ensure you, your dog and our other guests have a relaxing stay.
We are happy to welcome responsible dog owners and well behaved house-trained dogs (minimum age of 1 year) at The Old Stables. We cannot accept dogs that are likely to be at all aggressive to other dogs or people. It may not be appropriate the bring elderly dogs, due to having to negotiate stairs, or any dogs who have behavioural or incontinence issues.
We do charge an additional fee of £10.00 per night/per dog. Please note that dogs will only be accepted on a pre-booked basis. We regret that guests who arrive without advance notification of bringing a dog may not be able to stay. We allow a maximum of 2 dogs per booking.
We do not supply any bedding or food so please bring your own. You will receive a well-stocked Pup Pack when you arrive. This will contain the necessaries such as poop bags, towel, carpet spray for any accidents, kitchen roll as well as a jar of treats, dog bowls, a placemat for any spills, lots of information on walks and days out with your dogs and a toy to keep.
We do have our own hens and these ladies are enclosed in a pen to the rear of the B&B. If you have a ‘jumper’ they may be able to scale the fencing so if you do venture up that way please keep your pups on their leads. There are also cows and calves in our fields occasionally. Cows can frighten easily so please do not go into any occupied pastures with your dog.
If you want to take your dog out for a walk from The Old Stables, there are plenty of footpaths that you can take leading out from the house.
Please clear up after your dog if they make a mess on the lawn, areas surrounding The Old Stables or on any of the walking paths. You will find doggie waste bags in your Pup Pack in your room. All bagged dog waste should be put in the designated bin in the garage area. The bin can be found in our garage area through the wooden door – the grey bin with doggie stickers is just inside the door.
Even well trained dogs can have accidents in strange places. If this happens you will find stain remover and kitchen towel in your Pup Pack that we provide in your room.
Please ensure that your dog is dry and wipe off muddy paws before bringing them into the main part of the house. There are extra dog towels that you can use in the picnic basket in the entrance way. For extra muddy paws please find one of us and we can direct you to a hose pipe you can use to get the worst of the mud off!
Even though we love dogs please be aware that not everyone likes dogs. Please don’t let your dog approach any other guests unless they encourage it.
We are not able to allow dogs in the dining room at breakfast if we have other guests in. If you are the only guests staying then we are happy to waive this rule. Please do check with us before bringing your dog into the dining room.
If you are following any marked footpaths through fields with livestock then please keep your dog on a lead. When you see lambs or calves in the fields, please avoid walking through these fields if you can.
Please don’t allow your dog on the bed or on any other furniture in the guest bedrooms or public areas. You may be subject to additional charges if bedding or furniture needs to be deep cleaned.
Dogs are not permitted to be left alone in the guest bedroom when you go out during the day and evening. This is a rule that we do strictly enforce. Even the best trained dogs, who perhaps stay at home alone quite happily, may bark continually, scratch and have accidents when left in a strange place.
Dog-friendly pubs: The Poachers Pocket Pub at the end of our drive is dog friendly as is The Strode Arms which is in the village of Cranmore about a mile away. For pubs further afield from our location check out Doggie Pubs (www.doggiepubs.org.uk) for lots of great places a short drive away that will be happy to welcome you and your pup.
We are happy to provide you with the following on check-in:
Bowls, placemat, treat jar
Towels, poop bags, cleaning materials
Dog waste bin (in our garage)
Torch, spare lead
A toy to keep
Info on where to walk and places to visit with your pup
Take a look at our blog post for more ideas on adventures to have with your pup when you visit.
Our nearest Vet Practice is Shepton Vets (a five minute drive away from The Old Stables) – information below:
Shepton Veterinary Group Limited
Allyn Saxon Drive
Shepton Mallet BA4 5QH
The Pets team can be reached on:
Tel: (+44) 01749 343955
They also operate an out of hours Emergency Service when the practice is closed.
In an Emergency call: 01749 343 955 – A professional telephonist will assist you and notify the vet on duty. Should you need to use the out of hours service, please be aware of the following:
You will be asked for your address (The Old Stables, Chelynch, Shepton Mallet) and post code details (BA4 4PY), telephone number (our home number is 01749880635), as well as details of the emergency. There will be an additional charge for using the out of hours service. Shepton Vets share their On Call duties with Midsomer Vets in Midsomer Norton and you may be expected to travel to that practice.
And finally if there is anything we can do to make you and your dog’s stay more relaxing please let us know!