Dogs are 'very welcome' at Meon Springs
Everyone knows that your dog is part of the family – so why leave them behind when you go on holiday? Here at Meon Springs, we offer dog-friendly glamping accommodation in the heart of the South Downs National Park. What's more, you can bring your dog along, absolutely free.
At Meon Springs, you can stay in two types of accommodation, either our authentic Mongolian yurts that are best suited for families and groups, or one of our six Shepherd’s Huts that are perfect for couples and independent travellers.
The Yurt Village
Each yurt sleeps a maximum of six – four people in beds and two on futons. Duvets, pillows, clean linen and blankets are all supplied. There’s also a wood-burning stove – we provide all the wood - to keep you snug and cosy.
Your dog is allows to sleep in your yurt but we do ask that they stay off the bedding. Outside is a fire pit for barbecues and cooking marshmallows.
Unique to Meon Springs, you will find the ‘Yurtery’ - a large centrally-heated area, in which families and friends can chill out. Here, you’ll find a fully-fitted kitchen, with worktops, sinks and cooking equipment, your own individual fridge, two shared cookers big enough for the Sunday roast and three large wet rooms, with piping hot showers, loos and sinks.
The Shepherd's Huts
A stone’s throw from our fly fishery are our six shepherd’s huts, which are perfect for couples or people looking to enjoy the peace and quiet of this stunning location.
We have two types of shepherd’s hut – Hawthorn and Montana have a standalone kitchenette, loo and shower with a separate sleeping hut. The beds can be made up as a double or twin.
The other four shepherd’s huts are fully self-contained - kitchenette, loo and shower - with a seating area that is transformed into a sleeping area with a pull-down double bed.
Dogs at Meon Springs
There are plenty of dog bowls around the place for when they get thirsty - and there are plenty of sticks to chase. All we ask is that you dog is well behaved and you clean up after them. And while you’re more than welcome to have your dog sleep with you in both the huts and yurts, we do ask that they keep off the bedding.
On site, we have our very own Emma Frankham 07748 738098, who will happily look after your dog if you are out for the day. If she is not available, you might try www.tailster.com
If, by unfortunate chance, your dog becomes ill while on holiday with us, we have a special arrangement for you to be seen at St. Peters Vets in Petersfield. Telephone number 01730 266431
Dog walking in the area
There are miles and miles of track and trails for you and your canine chum to explore. You can find a number of routes on our webpage dedicated to walking. And on arrival you will find some laminated maps, with some great walks, taking in the farm, the fishery and local pubs.
Try for starters a short walk around the valley bottom, taking in the farm and the fly fishery or if you're looking for a drink, you might fancy the seven mile round trip to The Bat and Ball pub near Clanfield.
Dog friendly pubs
Most of the pubs in the area are dog friendly, including The Rising Sun in Clanfield, The Bat and Ball near Hambledon (good walking destination), The Thomas Lord in West Meon, The Bakers Arms in Droxford, The Hampshire Bowman in Dundridge, The Shoe - Exton (also a good 7 mile walk) and The George, East Meon.
You can also check out "Doggie Pubs" for other suggestions.
Dog friendly Beaches
Hampshire and West Sussex have some really good beaches and The Beach Guide lists which of these are dog friendly. If you're thinking of a day out on the coast, check out the below two pages.
Hampshire dog friendly Beaches
West Sussex dog friendly Beaches
Local attractions, where you can take your dog
We've done some of the leg work for you and come up with loads of ideas in the local area for you and your dog to visit. You might also take a look at the Visit South East England "dog friendly" page on their website.
Butser Ancient Farm just five miles from our Yurt Village and Shepherd's Huts, welcome dogs. You might also combine the visit with a walk around Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
If you're down at the beach there's a funfair Funland at Hayling Island. They also have numerous dog water bowls available. Well-behaved dogs are also allowed on the seaside railway.
If you're looking for adventure, Go Ape! Itchen Valley Southampton or Go Ape, Alice Holt Farnham, are both within 40 minutes drive. Alice Holt has an extensive area for dog walking as well.
And for some shopping with your dog, you can visit Gunwharf Quays Outlet Shopping Centre, Portsmouth. Dogs are allowed in the complex but not individual stores, so you may need a friend to hold your dog while browsing in the shops.
For a bit of fun, you might take your dog on a local Treasure Trail. Alresford treasure trail is good for dogs. Also in Alresford, you may like to enjoy a steam train journey on The Watercress line. Dogs must be kept on leads and sit under tables on the trains and not on seats. All day dog 'rover' ticket is £1.
And, if you like steam, Hollycombe Liphook is a fun destination, with well behaved dogs.
There are also a number of National Trust properties nearby as well. While the National Trust properties do not permit dogs in the buildings or cafes, they are often welcome in the grounds including: The Vyne; Mottisfont; Hinton Ampner and Petworth Park.
Other excellent days out include: Bere Forest; Alice Holt; Exbury Gardens; Weald & Downland; Hollycombe Steam Collection; Watercress Line; Wellington Country Park;Bursledon Windmill; Gilbert White's House (garden); Burseldon Brickworks Museumand Red Funnel Ferries to the Isle of Wight.
What previous dog owners have said..
"We had a thoroughly fantastic time, for a family of 4, plus a puppy, to include a wheelchair user and 2 teenage boys. There was time for bike riding, fly fishing, sightseeing (Winchester and Portsmouth), eating out in local villages, cooking on open fire pit and some relaxation.
We all had a great time and would have no hesitation in going back. It ticked all our boxes, and I would have no hesitation in recommending this place to anyone looking for a glamping experience. Everybody was very helpful and committed to ensuring our holiday was the best experience it could be." Tripadvisor review - Sept 17
"I stayed in a yurt with four girlfriends and two dogs on the weekend of June 10th. The yurt was lovely, plenty of room for us all and the pooches.
The yurtery provided everything we could possibly want that the yurt didn't have.
Plenty of room there too with a dining area, lounge area and huge kitchen. All facilities you could possibly want or need.
Outside the yurt was a bench table , hammock and chairs along with a fire pit/BBQ (where we cooked each evening). Lots of room overlooking a most splendid scenery of wheat fields. Lots of logs for burning once the temperature dropped and close to a toilet block.
All the toilets and showers were clean with hot water in the shower and as a keen camper I know this isn't always the case on 'sites'.
For me, the fact that my dog didn't have to be tethered was a massive bonus. He hates this! He is a well behaved dog and didn't bother anyone so I'm sure if you're dog is the same this wouldn't be a problem.
The walking was beautiful, rolling fields with no roads or traffic to deal with. I couldn't recommend this place enough if you like outdoor living; made more pleasurable by the great weather we had."
Tripadvisor review - June 17