Bed and Breakfast at Holbeton, near Plymouth

DOG FRIENDLY. Rik and Nick 2018


Nicky is a solicitor by profession having specialised in criminal law in the Berkshire area. Having worked as a Solicitor for 24 years Nicky decided to change direction and moved to South Devon with Rik to run the Ivy Barn Bed and Breakfast. It has been a complete change of lifestyle for Nicky - no more late night trips to the police station representing clients, more looking after guests, and trips to the beach with Merlin the Cockerpoo. In quieter times Nicky enjoys yoga, running, reading, painting and walking Merlin.

Rik is a folk musician, song writer and story teller and plays a number of string instruments. You may find Rik over at the local pub The Mildmay Colours on a Friday night having a jam with the locals. He has been known to sing a few songs at breakfast but only if asked. Rik is our chef at The Ivy Barn and cooks a very good Full English breakfast, described by guests as a 'big boys breakfast ', 'the best breakfast on The South West Coast Path' and 'the best breakfast ever.'

DOG FRIENDLY. New merlin 2019

Merlin is now over 2 years old. He is very friendly and loves meeting guests. He has two cat friends Harley and Coco. You will see more of Harley as he loves sitting on the swing seat in the sun and socialising.

We are dog friendly and are happy for guests to bring their dogs although Merlin and the cats are not allowed access to the guests rooms.

The Ivy Barn is set in a picture postcard village where you know you can have a peaceful and relaxing break. We are an ensuite holiday bed and breakfast accommodation near to Dartmoor and the South West Coastal Path

What more can you want? A relaxing and quiet place to stay, in a beautiful village with plenty of places to visit.

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DOG FRIENDLY. Dog friendly


We welcome dogs at The Ivy Barn bed and breakfast. We know your four legged friend is a very important part of the family and also needs a holiday and would thoroughly enjoy the sites and smells of the beautiful South Hams area.

We have four rooms that are pet friendly and keep two free from pets as we appreciate some guests do suffer from allergies.

We provide a dog bed, biscuit treats and bowls for your dog although you are quite welcome to bring your own. We also always have a supply of poop bags should your dog run out.

We do have a few rules which we ask you to respect. We do ask that your dog is never allowed on the bed or on any furniture at any time and is also not left unattended for long periods of time. We do not allow dogs in the breakfast room and are quite happy for you to leave your dog in the room if the dog and yourself are comfortable with that and will not cause any damage.

Please also clean up after your dog in the garden and around The Ivy Barn. We also ask that you do respect the other guests’ peace and make sure your dogs are not a nuisance to guests or neighbours.

We are happy to allow a maximum of 2 dogs in each room depending on the size. Please phone us to ask and tell us about your dogs! There is a nominal charge of £7 per dog per night.

Health and Safety with your dog:

Please remember to observe the country code and keep your dog on a lead when near livestock. If you are walking the South West Coast Path you can come across cattle and sheep on the path.

Care should always be taken on the coast path as there are some quite steep cliffs.

We always put the low tide times on a blackboard in the breakfast room and advise that you are careful of the currents in the sea especially when the tide is turning.

The nearest vet is South Moor Vets in Modbury on 01548 830210.

DOG FRIENDLY. local beaches


Coastguards and Wonwell Beach - Dogs are permitted all year. This is the same car park for Mothecombe beach.
Bigbury Beach - Dogs are not permitted on the beach at Bigbury. Dogs are allowed at the far east of Sedgewell Cove all year round.
Bantham Beach - Dogs are not permitted between 1st May and 30th September but are allowed on the Estuary Beach.
Thurlestone Beach (South Milton Sands) - Dogs allowed, there is no restriction and there is a National Trust car park.


Below is a list of some of the dog friendly places to eat but please check before going in case this has changed:
The Mildmay Colours Inn, Holbeton - 01752 830248 currently closed
The Modbury Inn, Modbury-01548 831230
The Dartmoor Union, Holbeton
White Hart Inn, Modbury-01548 831561
The Foxhound Inn, Brixton 01752 880271
The Ship Inn, Noss Mayo - 01752 872387
The Swan Inn, Noss Mayo - 01752 873115
Some are closed on Monday and Tuesday night for food.

Day time visits:
The Lazy Cow Coffee Shop, Modbury- 01548 831432
The Victoria Inn, Salcombe - 01548 842604

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