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Well behaved dogs are welcome at Bracken Hill Farm Cottage, however in order to maintain our high standards of hygiene, cleanliness and furnishings visitors who wish to bring dogs are asked to kindly read and agree to the house rules and booking conditions prior to arrival.  


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What is provided for dogs?

  • Buckets and dog towels for wiping them down before entering the cottage
  • Thermostatically controlled dog shower – outdoors near parking
  • Complimentary dog biscuits
  • Doggy disposable bags
  • Dog Name Tags


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Additional extras

 One to one training at Bracken Hill Farm(subject to availability):

  • Dog sitting  at Bracken Hill Farm cottage(subject to availability):
  • Dog food (can be supplied with your food shopping to save having to bring it with you)
  • Dog cage (on request)
  • Dog baskets (available on request)
  • Dog lead (available on request)
  • Stair gates (available on request)

House Rules:


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  • Occupants are politely asked to respect the property at all times
  • Dogs are not permitted on any of the furniture (i.e. sofas or beds)
  • Dogs are not permitted to be left in the cottage or grounds unattended however dog sitting can be arranged within the cottage
  • Dogs must be clean before entering the property
  • Please ensure your pets do not cause a nuisance to local residents
  • Please ensure your pet is fully house trained
  • Please clean up after your dog using the disposable bags for waste.
  • Please remove all traces of dog hair before leaving

Polite notice:

Before booking at Bracken Hill Farm Cottage, please make sure you have read our booking condition and ‘House Rules.’  Your reservation is booked with us in good faith and accepted on the basis of you agreeing to comply with our conditions. 

If the management find that there has been damage caused by dogs then guests will be charged for any replacement of goods or additional cleaning that may result in rectifying the damage to restore the cottage to its original condition. The management pride themselves on the quality of the cottage and furnishings and have very high cleaning standards so that all guests with or without dogs can enjoy the cottage. 


Days out with a dog

There is plenty to see and do and County Durham is renowned for its friendly hospitality and that is outstretched to your animal companions as well.  The management are happy to discuss ‘dog friendly’ places with you and can help plan itineraries if requested. 


For starters, a few ideas for days out and places to eat -



             Attractions (dogs allowed on leads)

Bowes Museum – Grounds Only with 23 acres to explore


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Auckland Castle Deer Park



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Beamish Open Air Museum - Dogs can go anywhere on site except the Park Level Mine or in the cafe. 



Hamsterley Forest


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Low Barns Nature Reserve


Low Barns Nature ReserveLow Barns Nature Reserve


It will take approximately one hour to walk from the Visitor Centre around the 1.2 mile circular route which takes in Marston Lake, the main focus of the reserve.  The paths are well-surfaced and wheelchair accessible throughout, as are all the bird hides and boardwalk.













  • Brandon – Bishop Auckland Railway Path

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  • Weardale Way


  • There are lots of eating places throughout County Durham offering a warm welcome to canine companions and this includes the two local village pubs/restaurants.