House Rules For Dogs (and their owners)

Please note that we only allow pets in on holiday let rentals, not AST rentals.

Pets must not be left unattended in the cottage at any time.

We love to welcome dogs to The Old Barns as we understand that they are part of your family, but as The Old Barns is very much part of our family we do ask that you take time to read through our rules prior to booking to decide if The Old Barns is the right accommodation for you and your dog. 

We welcome 1-2 well behaved dogs per cottage (depending on size and breed).

We ask that dogs are not left alone in the cottages at any time (we can provide a number of a local lady that offers doggy day care).

Dogs are not allowed on the furniture or in the bedrooms.  If they are likely to go on the sofa please bring your own throws.

We do charge £25 per dog per stay (per week or part week)

We live on site with our dog and several free range chickens.  We are surrounded by countryside and the neighbouring fields do have sheep in at certain times of the year.  We have a shoot over the road from us so have many pheasants and partridge land within our grounds.  Being rural we have lots of wildlife including rare birds, rabbits and owls.  We ask that you keep your dogs on leads or under close control within the grounds at all time and familiarise yourself with the countryside code

We have guests staying that don't have dogs and may not like dogs so please ensure that your dogs do not disturb other guests.

Can we please ask the following:

. Guests do not leave their dogs unattended in the property at any time.

. Guests ensure that their dogs keep out of the bedrooms and do not go on the furniture (if your dogs is likely to go on the sofas, please bring your own throws and ensure the leather is protected at all times and remove the cushions).

. Guests keep their dogs on leads and under close control within the grounds.

. Guests clear up after their dogs, both inside and out (please double bag dog waste and use the black bin at the top of the driveway).

. Guests respect other guests, neighbours and the owners by keeping their dogs under close control and ensuring they do not bark excessively.

. Guests ensure their dogs are house trained and free from worms, ticks and fleas.

. I'm afraid we don't normally accept dogs under 1 year.  If in doubt please discuss prior to booking.

. Guests ensure that you book any dogs that you are intending to bring with you.

. Guests bring their own dog bed, blankets, towels, bowls etc. with them (if you forget an old towel and need one for your dog please ask rather than using the cottage towels).


. Guests provide the following information at the time of booking:

  1. Name of dogs.

  2. Number of dogs.

  3. Breed of dogs.

  4. Age of dogs.

  5. Sex of dogs.

  6. Neutered yes/No? (please consider we may have other dogs staying and we have a bitch Springador)

  7. Vaccination, flea, worm and tick treatment up to date yes/No?


We do not accept dogs under 1 year, if in any doubt please check.


The Test Valley is a fantastic location for holidaying with your dog.  We have miles of country walks from our doorstep and a fantastic choice of dog friendly pubs within a 5 mile radius.  The River Test is crystal clear and very shallow in most parts with many places for your dog to get in and have a swim.  The Test Way is a 44 mile walk/cycle/bridal way which can be accessed from the top of our driveway. 


If you have any questions or are in doubt with any of the rules please contact us to discuss. 

We know that most dogs owners are lovely people and responsible owners and will look after our house and this has been our experience so far.

If you do bring your dog and take any pictures at The Old Barns or within the area we would love you to send us some pictures or share them on our facebook page.


We look forward to welcoming you and your dogs to The Old Barns.

Kilminster Pet Supplies, Houghton (good local pet food supplier, based on a farm in the local village of Houghton).

Comparison Vets, Winchester  (vet based in Pets at Home, Winchester, easy parking outside).

Mole Country Stores, Romsey (next to Waitrose.  Sells good selection of animal feed, bowls, beds etc.).