Member of The Kennel Club
'Open for Dogs' campaign
Bothy Pet Policy
We welcome responsible dog
owners and their pet which we allow free of
Unfortunately we can only
accommodate one dog (more by arrangement). We also reserve
the right to ask for a £100 pound damage and cleaning
retention from all guests who wish to bring their dog. We do
not cash this cheque and destroy it if all is ok. We ask
that the deposit be sent to us in the form of a cheque in
advance of your holiday.
We currently have a
Norwegian Forrest cat, chickens and ducks, so we do ask pet
owners to keep their dog on a lead just around the immediate
In return for not charging
for your pet we expect you to leave the Bothy at the end of
your holiday as if your pet had not been staying there. By
accepting our terms and conditions, you have agreed
- Dogs must not be left
on their own in the Bothy . This is because unfortunately
we have had a couple of instances in the past whereby
dogs staying ended up chewing up the furniture because
they were on their own in a strange environment. One also
loved the leather sofa and really clawed it up - it
really wasn't malicious - he was just being 'a dog in
need of comfort'! We have also had dogs who have wound
themselves up through continual barking. We do have a
range of separate
services that owners
can purchase; such as dog walking and dog
- Remove dog hair from
the property before departure. This can't be achieved in
10 minutes just before you leave!.
- Do not allow your dog
onto the leather sofa - we know they're your best pal and
will spin you a yarn about needing to be next to you -
but their claws will damage it!
- Do not allow your dog
onto the bed. We have white linen and we do have guests
staying who could have an allergy, so a clean bed is very
important. If you need a stair gate to stop your pet from
going upstairs and onto the bed, please let us know and
we can provide one to you. Just think how much extra
sleep you could get!
- Clean traces of wet
dog from walls.
- Wipe down your dog
after walks. We have provided an outside space for you to
do this. We have provided an emergency dog towel but we
would ask that you bring suitable towels to wipe down
your dog with you.
- Clean up dog mess as
and when it happens. We have young children play in all
the cottage gardens and woodland and so it is important
that this requirement is met. Please bring suitable
pooper scoopers, bags etc and dispose of dog mess bags
- Do not wash your dog
inside the Bothy and most definitely not in the bathroom.
Please remember that other guests have to use these
- Using guest towels to
clean your dog is not acceptable.
- Damage will be charged
at the following rates.
- Extra cleaning
required to remove traces of your pet @ £23 per
hour [linen may require steam cleaning to remove
- Damage to doors,
furniture etc caused by scraping, as quoted by local
tradesman (receipt available on request).
As owners we ask that you
keep your dog under close control while staying at Doonbank
Bothy, so not to cause a nuisance to others.
It is your responsibility
to ensure that all members of your holiday party are aware
of these requirements.
We are sorry to have to
enforce this policy. However it is designed to guard against
a very small minority of dog owners who have not behaved
responsibly in the past.
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