Dogs & Horses

Dogs at Brunton

Two well-behaved dogs are allowed, by prior arrangement in the back of Brunton House (uncarpeted downstairs rooms only – see back door, boot room and drying room on the floor plan) and in the uncarpeted living areas of Stable Cottage.

Party Leaders/Principle Guests are responsible for ensuring dogs access the above areas only and do not enter carpeted bedrooms or climb on any items of furniture.

During your stay/before you leave please clear up any dog hair in the house, and all dog poo in the garden/on any mown grass estate areas. We reserve the right to pass on the cost of professional cleaning and rental loss should dog hair be found outside of the designated areas, on carpets or furniture.

There are great walks all over the estate. Please ensure that dogs are kept under close control or on leads and remove dog poo from tracks into long grass. Please see leaflet “Taking Your Dog to the Coast” in our information files for excellent advice regarding dog walking in Northumberland, including advice on livestock and ground nesting birds on beaches. We have a particularly sensitive bird breeding site on our nearest beach on Beadnell Bay – in spring please keep dogs away from these nesting terns.

We are a dog-friendly working farm with livestock and machinery. Dogs must not be allowed to roam unsupervised and must always be kept under close control. We hope farmworkers and gamekeepers moving around in the early hours of the morning/ late at night will not disturb your dogs.

Additional dogs may be allowed, again with our prior permission, to stay in the Stables.

Horses

The Fallodon Estate and local beaches offer tremendous space and opportunities for riding. Bring your horses and revel in cantering through the surf.

You are welcome to bring your horse to Brunton by prior arrangement. Brunton has its own stables, with grazing available close by.  Rates apply. All visiting horses must hold a valid equine passport, be in an established worming regime prior to arrival and have an up to date equine influenza vaccination. You will need to bring your own feed and water buckets and hay-nets. Stables and grazing must be tidy and cleared of poo at the time of your departure. Tack is not permitted in the holiday properties, secure storage can be provided if required. Parking is available for lorries and trailers.

Please be aware that we are a working farm with livestock and machinery, and that the East Coast mainline runs through the wider estate.

We will do our best to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe stay with us, but accept no liability for any events, damage, loss or injury, during your stay. Public liability insurance is required for horse and rider.

There is also a livery yard on the estate at Fallodon Mill, close by, which can offer short term livery for horses.

To hire horses, contact Kimmerston Riding Centre – www.kimmerston.com  01668 216 283 – who will take you riding in the Cheviot hills or along the Northumberland beaches.

Brunton Livestock

Anyone walking dogs should try to avoid taking them through groups of cattle – alter your route if possible.  If there is no option but to pass close to cattle with a dog, please NEVER have the dog on a lead.  Dogs are very rarely hurt by cattle if they are able to run freely and are given the opportunity to escape.  However, if human and dog are connected by a lead, then cattle can run down the human handler in their attempt to get at the dog.  This is potentially an extremely dangerous situation and can be minimised by removing leads in the vicinity of cattle.

Please be aware that individual cattle can be prone to aggression at certain times – for example bulls if bulling cows are in the area, cows shortly after calving, all cattle in windy conditions or if recently spooked.  Individual cattle that pose a risk to humans through assault generally give some warning by their behaviour (eg pawing the ground, snorting and head shaking).  Avoid entering a field if you have concerns.

Should you find yourself on a road or a track and see cattle being moved towards you, you will be both safer and make the job of the farm workers easier if you can move yourself well out of their path, ideally to the far side of an adjacent hedge, gate, fence or wall.

Lambing generally takes place during the months of March and April.  During this time we ask that dogs, however well behaved, are kept on a lead at all times in the vicinity of sheep and lambs.  This is a very stressful time of year for farmers and sheep alike, and your help in leaving ewes undisturbed before and after they give birth is essential and really appreciated.  By law, farmers are entitled to destroy a dog that injures or worries their animals.

Should your dog foul an area of obvious mown grass, we would be grateful if you could clear up after them by ‘bagging and binning’.  Since your dog is going to be in a livestock area, please consider worming them before coming to Brunton.

There are many public footpaths and bridleways across Brunton.  Dogs must be kept under close control and should not be allowed to roam across the wider areas of the fields and woods.  Brunton is a working farm and sometimes heavy working machinery is being used.  Please do not approach, or let your dog approach, working machines or equipment if you can avoid it.  If you cannot, then please make absolutely sure that the operator has seen you and understands your intentions before approaching.