The Pet Inspectors at The Cary Arms


Pet Inspectors Rufus and Heidi embarked on a wonderful pre-Christmas break to the Cary Arms in Devon

Heidi and I were super excited. We were off on another of our Pet Inspectors jaunts – this time to the Cary Arms in Babbacombe, Devon. We were particularly excited as we had already stayed last Christmas at the Cary Arms’ sister hotel in Oxfordshire – the Old Swan & Minster Mill which I can honestly say is one of our very favourite places.

The walks were wonderful and we loved the fact that we were welcomed for breakfast and dinner too.  We were reassured to know that we would be just as welcome at the Cary Arms – a stylish boutique hotel right on the beach.

Heidi and I love getting ready for our away trips and this time we were wearing our very best new Henry Holland designed collars, leads and matching coats. So smart, although our owners have yet to buy us the matching beds to complete the set!

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We had a lovely snooze on the journey and arrived Friday night – it was already dark but Rory and Denise took us for a late night stroll and we were promised a run on the beach the next morning.

We settled into Shell Cottage which is a gorgeous fisherman’s cottage right next door to the Inn which was very cosy with a bed and bowl for us plus lots of treats and of course our personalised pet treat box from PetsPyjamas.

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After another late night stroll we headed onto dinner.  As usual we got masses of attention all evening whilst Rory and Denise tucked into locally caught fish (with the thinnest and crispiest batter ever, said Denise) and chips and we were given a few treats from the bar.

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Next morning Rory and Denise had a full English breakfast complete with black pudding and we were given some lovely bacon pieces under the table. The hotel has a fabulous book of walks so we decided to try out the coastal path walk to Babbacombe combined with a lovely run on the beach and splash in the sea. Heidi was very naughty and chased a seagull into the sea but I rounded her up and got her safely back on the beach.

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We stopped for lunch at a lovely little café right on the beach and then had a wander around Babbacombe which was very quaint and even has a model village that is dog-friendly too.

We were ready for a little nap whilst Denise and Rory had some sloe gin watching telly in front of fire. Heaven! We were invited for dinner again and were fussed over by some other guests whilst Denise and Rory enjoyed their Brixham scallops, steak and otter ale pie followed by warm treacle tart!

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The next day we decided to sample another of the walks in our book – a seven mile stroll to Maidencombe which would take four hours – along the beach and lovely coastal paths. This would be a good way of walking off all the delicious food (and treats) with a stop for a roast lunch at the dog-friendly Thatched Tavern.

It was a gorgeous walk even in the winter along leafy coastal paths with breath-taking scenery. Heidi and I got very muddy and annoyed Rory and Denise by walking in every puddle we could find but we all had fun. We had a lovely roast in the pub and then walked back for tea and Denise had a massage with Pia which she said was divine.

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Next morning we sampled yet another walk, this time to Cockington which was about three miles. It was a very pretty walk through lovely fields and with coffee at the Cockington Court Tea Rooms. Then back to the hotel and it was time to go.

We all had a fantastic time even though it had been rainy and blustery and felt the sea air and lovely relaxing atmosphere had done us the world of good. We all agreed we would like to go back in the summer and maybe stay in one of the new glamorous beach huts the Cary Arms are building ready for spring 2016. We can’t wait…

If you would like to enjoy your own dog-friendly break at the Cary Arms  – pick up your bone and call our Pet Concierge on 0203 642 3162 or email us at

 And remember when you book your dog-friendly holiday through PetsPyjamas you’ll receive a free personalised Pet Travel Kit plus PetPoints to spend on pet accessories or to spend on future bookings.

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