House Rules for Dogs (and their humans).
We don’t like having lots of rules and regulations because we realise that dogs are very much part of people’s families, however Tanpits Cottage is very much part of our family so please look after it for us. Also some of our guests will be visiting without dogs.
We thought it only fair that as a prospective visitor, our House Rules for Dogs should be plainly stated so you can decide if Tanpits Cottage is right for you & your pet/s.
Please can we ask you to:
Please clean up after your dog/s - both inside and out. Please bag and bin all deposits as we often have families with children staying at Tanpits. In case you run out, poo-bags are provided in the Dog-Box.
The South Hams is famous for its wonderful walks, countryside and beaches, but alongside that comes rain and mud on occasion. If your dog/s are wet and muddy please use the outside warm dog shower and keep your dogs in the kitchen until they are clean and dry. If your dog/s don’t like being shut behind a door we have an easy to put up stair gate which fits between the kitchen and the lounge, stored in Luna Barn.
If you do like your dog/s to curl up with you on furniture then please bring and use your own throws, we have brand new leather sofas so please help us to protect against enthusiastic paws. There are some towels provided for emergencies kept on the dog-shelf in the Utility Room. Feel free to wash any throws and towels, but please use the Petwear Wash Bag provided to prevent dog hairs in the washing machine. If you do use the towels provided by us for your dog/s, please ensure they are washed and dry by the time you leave. There are two vacuum cleaners in the utility room.
Dogs are only allowed upstairs if this has been previously discussed with us. We do try to be flexible and recognise some dogs like to sleep near their owners. There is a door which separates the lounge from the stairs, please ensure it is shut during the daytime to stop your dog/s going upstairs unaccompanied. We have lovely ivory bedding so please don’t let your dog/s on the beds unless you have had a conversation with us about bringing your own bedding and we can inform our housekeepers.
If our bed linen is used and found to be covered in dog hairs you will be charged for replacements.
The cottage overlooks its own two acre field which you are welcome to use. Please bear in mind the field’s boundaries are hedges not fencing so, unlike the garden, it is not secure.
Leaving your dog/s alone in the cottage - we would prefer this is only done in the kitchen area and only if you are confident that your dog/s will settle if left alone in a strange place or they are happy in crates. If you know they can be destructive or reactive when they are left alone, or they suffer from separation anxiety, please do not leave them unsupervised for any period. It’s just not fair on your dog/s (or on us if they cause damage). In the unlikely event of your dog/s causing any damage, this will be taken from your damage/additional cleaning deposit (see conditions). There is plenty of room to set up a crate if required.
Our dog-box has some toys in it for your dog/s to play with, plus a spare lead, bowls and temporary dog-tags. Please return them at the end of your stay.
There is a large dog-crate kept folded up in Luna –Barn. Please feel free to use it. All we ask is that you collapse it and return it to the barn prior to leaving Tanpits.
We have had some incidences of male dogs marking furniture. Please be extra vigilant and if this should happen use the specialist products kept under the kitchen sink in order to minimise damage and staining. Please do not use harsh chemicals on the leather sofas. Thank you.
End of dog house rules!! We are confident that our guests are responsible dog owners and considerate human beings and will look after Tanpits for us. This has certainly been our experience to date.
And finally....if you get home and find you have some lovely photos of your dog/s enjoying their holiday we would love to see them and put them on our Facebook page.
Peter and Alexis