My stay at Bowerland Barns by Holly
I am Holly and I first discovered Devon Dogs through the Absolute Dogs online training academy. I have a three year old English springer spaniel who can be quite a challenge but I have fallen in love with training through games. As well as the amazing results, it is so much fun, and taking part in group training days is awesome because the days are filled with learning from like-minded positive people!
I stayed for three nights in one of the new barns at Bowerland. I had previously stayed in the Annexe so I knew that the accommodation would be lovely, and because the barns are so new it was even better. Really spacious, so peaceful and conveniently located for training and nipping into Okehampton for food shopping! I love that there is a human welcome pack of homemade biscuits and marmalade and a canine welcome pack of dog poo bags, a water bowl, dog bed and a dog towel!
The reason for this visit was a scent training day with a police handler. It was absolutely brilliant with everyone learning so much and having lots of fun. The day took place at Meldon Reservoir because there was plenty of shade available and it makes it possible to keep the dogs who aren’t working, in the cool of their own cars in view of everyone on the course.
Side Trips to Saunton Sands & the Granite Way
On my non-training days, I made the most of a slightly murky day and headed over to Saunton Sands to do a really long beach walk with Ted (followed of course by fish and chips!) except when we got there it was glorious sunshine! On my other day, I parked near the Granite Way (about 5 mins drive from Bowerland) and walked over the moors up to some rocks on the highest point I could get to. We walked for about 2.5 hours and only saw sheep, buzzards and ponies with their foals. The views were incredible and I would definitely recommend this as a beautiful place to walk.
If you are considering a visit to Bowerland, don’t hesitate – you won’t regret it!