Indie & Carrie’s 121 Training Holiday
Training with Devon Dogs was always my plan having joined Absolute Dogs in 2019. So when Indie (my crazy working cocker spaniel pup) joined the family last September, I immediately booked a trip to Bowerland. We wanted the whole experience by staying on site. We arrived early after a long drive from Lincolnshire and started our visit with a walk along the Granite Way. The views were amazing, and I instantly fell in love with Devon countryside.
The Old Dairy
On arrival at the Old Dairy we were met with the relaxing scent of lavender, tea on the shelf, milk in the fridge, homemade marmalade and flowers on the table (amongst other goodies). This cemented my opinion that booking this trip was a great decision! I instantly felt at home, as did Indie, who immediately jumped in the large water bowl left outside for her convenience (to drink not bathe in!)
Perfectly Dog Friendly
As expected the Old Dairy is perfectly dog friendly with a super garden and plenty space to play. Indie must have felt like Goldilocks testing out the variety of available dog beds till she found the right one. The huge bed is super comfy, the kitchen is very well equipped and there has clearly been a lot of thought put into the extra touches to ensure we have a great stay. The log burner in the siting room with a huge basket of logs and kindling already cut just put the icing on the cake making the cottage so cosy in the evenings.
Trip to the Beach
As training didn’t start till Sunday, and the sun was shining, I decided a trip to the beach was in order. So we headed over to Bude, which is about 40 minutes away. Driving down some twisty single track roads in Devon was another fun experience and very different to the flat terrain in Lincolnshire. A few heart in the mouth moments, but luckily we didn’t meet oncoming traffic as backing-up is not my forte! Indie loved her trip to the beach, chasing the birds and finding another puppy to play with.
The Magic of Bowerland and Devon Dogs
Training started on Sunday with Michelle. Then we spent the rest of the week with Tracey learning lots of new things and remembering lots of games we had forgotten (there are soooo many!) All our training was outside, but we were lucky as the weather stayed mostly dry with some sunshine. I did get a peep at the amazing indoor school, which is the heart of Devon Dogs. It is even bigger in real life! That joy will wait till my next trip. Michelle told me there were a number of dogs on site but I didn’t hear a peep. That’s the magic of Bowerland and Devon Dogs… even Indie was calm and waited patiently in the car!
Between training we did get time to explore the local area with great walks or relax on the very comfy sofa in the sunny conservatory. If there had been a bed in there, I don’t think we would have left that room as it was so peaceful looking out onto the beautiful garden. Our last evening we spent enjoying a lovely walk round Meldon Reservoir, appreciating the beautiful views that north Devon has to offer.
This was my first holiday in Devon and definitely won’t be the last
Having just returned home from a week at Bowerland with Indie, I am missing my idyllic sanctuary (otherwise known as the old Dairy) and already planning my next visit. I wished we had more time and made a promise to come back. If you love spending time playing and training your dog then come to Bowerland, it’s just perfect!