Enjoy Pet Friendly Vacation Lodging in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley
- All dogs over 6 months old (house trained) are welcomed at Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast and Cottage Suites regardless of size or breed with advance notice.
- Our pet fee is $20/dog/night for the first 2 nights; then $10/dog/night for subsequent nights.
- Every room is pet-friendly except the Merrifield B&B Suite.
Our dog friendly B&B and Cottage Suites is a great alternative to cabins or hotels when vacationing with your pet. We are proud that both guests traveling with dogs and those without pets feel at home here. If you plan to bring your dog, please be sure to read through our specific requirements for canine visitors, below, paying particular attention to the differences between dogs staying in B&B Suites and dogs staying in Cottage Suites*.
We love dogs, and they love it here, too! Here canines and their two-legged companions will find spacious rooms (all with private outside entrances) and 38 acres to explore. We have a large play area great for games of Frisbee or ball retrieving, and beautiful mowed walking trails winding through the meadows with awesome views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Resident canine Ellie especially recommends the trail along our spring-fed stream with small waterfall and viewing deck (the pool below the second waterfall is a great place for a cooling dip). We also have outside washing stations, shampoo, dog towels — and Ellie is glad to share her bowls, leash or toys if needed. We provide a list of dog-friendly attractions, dining and shops, and love to help you find our favorites: Goshen Pass is spectacular (hiking trails and picnic areas along a rushing river gorge — all completely accessible by car via the road that winds through the gorge); Natural Bridge allows dogs down by the bridge and along their nature trail, and there are hundreds of miles of hiking trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the National Forest (we provide maps and directions). Canoe trips on the James River are also an option, along with a visit to the Asian Pear Orchard, Boxerwood Gardens or Rockbridge Vineyard where canine companions (e.g., the “humans”) can sample the wine. In the evening, Hull’s Drive-In theater is great — for popcorn lovers, we recommend the extra-large, so everyone can have some.
Here are our requirements for visiting canines:
- Dogs must be at least 6 months old (house trained).
- We need to be notified ahead of time that dogs are coming.
- Beds and furniture are reserved for humans only.
- Barking dogs cannot be left unattended.
- Dogs must be leashed around the house, gardens and barn/horses — they are welcome to run and play off leash on our trails and fields –over 30 acres of dog heaven.
Dogs cannot be left unattended in the room at any time. Weather permitting; we will serve breakfast on the back deck where dogs are welcome. If the weather is not suitable for outside dining, we ask that dogs wait in the car during breakfast, as our main indoor dining/living room is the only place on our property not suitable for visiting pets. Our quiet country location well away from any road makes the “wheeled crate” (the car) a safe option.
Dogs may be left unattended only if crated, and we have a cell phone number to contact their people in case they are unhappy and voice those sentiments.
We are sometimes asked why dogs cannot be left unattended in B&B Suites while they can in Cottage Suites if crated. We have learned from years of hosting many dogs that some do bark and howl when left behind (they are smart enough to know their crate, while familiar, is in a different place), which is very disturbing to other guests. Our Cottage Suites do not adjoin other guest rooms, so barking cannot be heard in other guest rooms. Our B&B Suites are clustered in the east end of the building; barking dogs can be heard in adjoining rooms.
We are happy to provide information about local doggy day care.
Our insurance company requires guests with dogs sign a waiver of liability upon arrival — the waivers are below:
COTTAGE SUITE GUESTS TRAVELING WITH DOGS: I agree to accept all liability for my dog(s) and agree to pay for all damages caused by my dog(s) while staying at Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast and Cottage Suites. In the case of any injury to other guests or animals caused by my dog(s), I agree to accept full legal responsibility. I also agree that my dog(s) will be crated if left unattended in my room, and at all times will be kept off of all furniture and beds.
B&B GUESTS TRAVELING WITH DOGS: I agree to accept all liability for my dog(s) and agree to pay for all damages caused by my dog(s) while staying at Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast and Cottage Suites. In the case of any injury to other guests or animals caused by my dog(s), I agree to accept full legal responsibility. I also agree my dog(s) will not be left unattended in the room and at all times will be kept off of all furniture and beds.