3 Luxury Dog Friendly Cottages

Our ultra dog friendly cottages are located on top of the Quantock Hills in Somerset

A place where ancient moorland meets wild jurassic coast

Meet us and our family

 

The Beech Hanger Country Estate is thought to have been the hunting lodge of a wealthy Bristol Merchant. In 1911 the property appeared in Country Life magazine under the title of "a back to front sporting property." (The house is north facing - hence it was deemed to be back to front) Over the years the property has undergone many changes of ownership and in 2010 we purchased it and a new chapter begun for us and the Estate. 

 

luxury cottages Dog Friendly Somerset Enclosed Gardens - meet us

If you are like us, we like to know who we are talking to and emailing when we are organising our holiday. We are Emma & Simon. We are in our late 40's and late 50's (but we won't mention that one!) Simon runs an office logistics design and fit-out company, I run the horses, house and the luxury self-catering holiday cottage collection.

Our family consists of two German Shepherds and we also have2 horses. Before stumbling on this most stunning of areas, both Simon and I had done our time in London, we then lived in the Cotswolds for 15 years before deciding we wanted a change in life and life style so we moved to the Quantock's in Somerset.

Having been the owners of 4 dogs of assorted sizes we know how difficult it is to find any holiday cottage that will allow more than "one small well behaved dog." We sometimes came across properties that would allow more than one, but it was as if the owners were convinced that if their guests had the temerity to own dogs then they must want to go on holiday and stay in a place that for all intents and purposes could be a kennel (actually no I would not put my dogs in there!!)

We had a very firm view of what we wanted to achieve from the three cottages that we were going to build on the estate. We wanted each property to be what we would like go to if we ever get to go on holiday. We want all the toys and luxuries that we don't have at home, we want to be truly spoilt, we want to be quiet and private and we want the whole property and the surrounding area to be tranquil (well this bit we do have at home) and we would want somewhere that really welcomes dogs and not just tolerates them, because if our dogs are not relaxed and happy we can't relax. We wanted them to be proper homes with a heart and not just soulless holiday cottages. We Built Coleridge and Greenway in 2010, and welcomed our first guests in October that year and then in 2012 we added the Quantock Hide to our collection.

 

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Meet Us

luxury cottages Dog Friendly Somerset Enclosed Gardens - meet our dogs

We have had a terrible couple of years on our doggie front. Last year we lost our two darling staffies called Slap & Tickle who where 15 and 17 and we also lost our beautiful GSD to auto immune disease which came about as a result of a traumatic accident to her foot. There is not a day goes by that we don't miss them all terribly.

 

Our 2 remaining fur kids are GSD's and you will be able to tell from this website our dogs have to put up with quite alot in terms of being dressed up in hats and shades - well the Quantock Cottages are very much a team and family effort after all!

 

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Meet Our Dgs

 

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We have two horses. One is called Dollop (so called because he is a lovely big dollop of a horse) and we have Murphy and yes he is from Ireland. Dollop is the yard fool - he says please for carrots and he likes to sit in his stable like a dog. Murphy bless him was very badly abused in Ireland and it took nearly a year for us to be able to walk in to his stable without him rushing to the back of it shaking and thinking we were going to beat him. He would not even eat polos during that year, but now he is very fond of them oh and carrots and apples and pretty much everything that is both horse and human food!

Both are big boys, standing at over 17 hh and both are 11 years old.

 

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Meet Our Horses

luxury cottages Dog Friendly Somerset Enclosed Gardens - meet our team

No slick and efficient operation can run without an amazing team behind the scenes and none more so when you have three very busy luxury dog-friendly cottages which are occupied circa 99% year round. We are incredibly lucky as we have the most awesome team of super-stars who make it all possible and it really is a team and family effort. The team consists of 5 house-keepers, 2 maintenance chaps and one part time Gardener.

Meet The House Keepers.

We are very lucky in that we outsource our House Keeping to a fantastic local company called BWP. The have an exceptional team of 5 house keepers who take as much pride in preparing the cottages for guests as we do. Their main staff members have been with us for many years so they are very much part of the family and it is their attention to detail that delights and often astounds guests.

Meet The Maintenance & Gardening Team

In addition to the house keepers we also have 2 maintenance men. When Simon is not co-ordinating a major office design project he is Mr Maintenance. As you can imagine with 3 busy cottages this can be a 24/7 job. Simon is assisted by Martin on a Friday who is godsend and there is little he can't fix or mend. Martin also helps both Simon and I doing the cottage gardens on a weekly basis. We also have Terry who is a "grown up proper" gardener who comes once a month to do the specialist work in the cottage gardens.

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Why we love the Quantocks

 

For us this area is one of the most magical places on earth. No matter the time of year it is always beautiful. To have the freedom to be able to walk out of the back door and be able to go straight on to 9,500 acres of Quantock AONB and SSI open moorland which has stunning views of the coast and surrounding countryside is even 10 years on, spine tingling. If we see another person on our "hill" (this is what the locals call the Quantocks) we are most suprised - the Quantocks really are the hidden secret of the UK.


Although we have the rugged coastal and moorland on the door step this area is not far flung or isolated. There is a fast train from Taunton to London (1 hr 45) so Simon can be up and back easily in a day. Being a good two hours closer to London and the Midlands than most of Devon and Cornwall there is no shortage of things to do or places to be and we have pretty fast Internet (don't laugh but alot of Exmoor has no coverage for Internet or mobile phones and a fair few of the properties are on generators as mains electricity has yet to reach them) so when we found Beech Hanger up the road on the stunning Quantocks we were relieved- mobiles, internet and mains electricity!

For the fur kids

 

One of our main reasons for moving to Somerset is that the rule is pretty much if you DON'T have dogs then you are not really welcome! The majority of pubs and beaches welcome dogs and it goes without saying that the walking and riding both on the moorland and on the beach is simply spoiling.


Why we love what we do

 

We are so terribly lucky in so much as we get to live and work in such a stunning location as this and we adore meeting new guests and introducing them to the pleasures and treasures of this special area. We are also terribly lucky once guests find us they often return not only year on year but several times a year and it is just like having lots and lots of old chums coming back and stay.

 

Both Simon and I are genuinely grateful that our guests have been kind enough to choose our cottages to spend their precious leisure time and money. We are so aware that there are a million holiday cottages out there and thus we constantly strive to not only meet our guests expectations but to surpass them, we love to surprise and delight.

 

 

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