This family-run holiday park in Devon loves dogs so much that they even have one as their mascot! Jonty may look familiar to regular readers and that’s because he is also part of The Paws across Britain Pack. Of course we couldn’t refuse the invitation to meet Jonty and check out the dog friendly accommodation and beaches for ourselves, so we headed to Dawlish Warren with Elsa for a few days...
On arrival at Hazelwood Holiday Park we were greeted by Jonty himself, all ready for an afternoon stroll on his favourite beach, just a short walk away. Elsa was delighted to meet him and it was a great to let her stretch her legs after a long drive. The pair seemed to be very comfortable in each other’s company and Jonty was keen to strut his stuff on the beach and show Elsa a good time!
Along with our welcome pack which contained a map of the park, information about the area and discounts on local attractions, Elsa was also given a special ID tag to wear during our stay with the details and telephone number of Hazelwood Holiday Park - a great idea for potentially wayward paws!
This has led to Hazelwood Holiday Park being listed as one of the UK’s ‘Greenest Places to Take a Holiday’ and they have also been recognised as a park with forward-looking environmental policies and awarded multiple gold David Bellamy Conservation Awards. We saw lots of birds during our stay including oystercatchers and little egrets. Visitors are asked to keep dogs on leads within the park so that they do not disturb the wildlife, but this didn’t stop us from enjoying the scenery with Elsa.
Dog (and Family) Friendly Accommodation
We stayed in an ‘Ashwood’ chalet which had a spacious, open-plan lounge area, a dining table and kitchen, three bedrooms and a large bathroom with a shower cubicle.
The chalets are self-catering but there are plenty of shops nearby including an on-site convenience store and a Sainsbury’s within walking distance. This was fortunate for us because we forgot to bring our towels! Luckily bedding is provided in the rooms and we received a token for a pack of toilet roll and a bottle of milk when we checked-in.
Hazelwood Holiday Park isn’t just dog friendly, it’s also offers plenty for families with children to enjoy too including a playground, children’s discos and an outdoor heated swimming pool (open from the end of May until mid-September.) As well as serving food, The Clubhouse has regular evening entertainment like Bingo, quizzes and Cabaret Shows. If you’re in the mood for some proper seaside grub then The Fish Bar is the place to go. These areas are off-limits to paws, but you can take dogs into the free WiFi Lounge area which also has a pool table for guests.
The proximity to the sea makes Hazelwood Holiday Park an ideal holiday destination for beach lovers. (In fact, if you’re looking for a longer-term base then Hazelwood Holiday Park also have brand new and used lodges for sale so that people can buy their own holiday home. Click here for more information.)
Dawlish Warren has a large stretch of beach that welcomes dogs all-year round and plenty of clear signage detailing where dogs are allowed and where they can run around off-lead too. (There is a nature reserve adjacent to the beach and dogs must be kept on a lead in this area so that they do not disturb the wildlife.)
We took Elsa to the beach several times during our stay and she made lots of furry friends, including a dog named 'Pebble'!
This stretch of coast is a popular destination for holiday-makers and even when the weather turned for the worst we still found plenty of things to do with Elsa because the amusement park, arcade, shops and most of the eateries, including The Boathouse are all dog friendly!
We didn’t have any reason to leave the immediate area during our short stay but if you want to explore more of the coastline there are several towns just a short drive away including Dawlish, Teignmouth, Shaldon and Exmouth. You can also enjoy activities like dog friendly boat trips with Stuart Line Cruises along the Jurassic Coast or the river Exe. Farther afield, even The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth is dog friendly so you’re unlikely to run out of things to do!
Our stay in Dawlish Warren was very enjoyable, and I was incredibly surprised by how dog friendly this coastal resort actually is. Hazelwood Holiday Park is the perfect base to paws and relax on a classic British seaside holiday with your pooch!
WiFi is free in the designated lounge beside the reception building and guests can pay a fee for access within the holiday accommodation.
On-site Laundrette with coin-operated washers and dryers.
If you forget your towels there are some available to hire from reception.
What are you waiting for? Take your paws to Dawlish Warren!
Dawlish Warren, Devon EX7 0PF