As a pet owner, choosing a holiday can be incredibly difficult. There’s no denying that you would need the time off, but when you want to spend that time with your beloved canine, it can hard to find a place that will accept the both of you. We at Lovejoys totally understand, and so we’ve scoured the Internet to find our top 5 picks of dog-friendly holidays.
Let’s start this list with the Old Stables by the Letheringham Water Mill in Suffolk. It is hosted by Richard and Jacqui - rated “Superhosts” on AirBnB - who won VisitEngland’s “Dog Friendliest” award last year. This gorgeous 2 bedroom cottage is surrounded by the natural beauty of Suffolk. There are 7 acres of gardens and fields and such around the cottage, with a river acting as a natural barrier, an ideal place for walks. The living room is tiled with ceramic wood effect tiles, perfect for pooches who like to get dirty.
The hosts leave a Dedicated Doggy Crate for their four legged guests, which includes dog bowls, a towel, blanket and a treat for them. There is also private off street parking for two cars by the cottage and and an idyllic riverside decking for relaxing in the sun.
Source: Letheringham Mill
Next is the renovated Victorian Schoolhouse pub-slash-bed and breakfast, the Cholmondeley Arms. Located adjacent to the historic Cholmondeley Castle in Malpas, Cheshire, this pub is great for a little break away. Well-behaved dogs (and owners) are welcome in all areas of the pub, with local brews for the humans and specially brewed Belgian beer for canines. The rooms are situated in the “Headmaster’s House” opposite the pub. Whilst here, you are surrounded by the beautiful Cheshire countryside, great for walks.
They have three dog-friendly rooms, with a £10 charge on the room with a dog, all ensuite.
Source: The Cholmondeley Arms
Based in the scenic Lake District in Keswick, Cumbria, the Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat is great for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. From your lodges, you will get the views of the breathtaking mountains and the awe-inspiring lakes. These lodges were voted the Best in Britain by Hoseasons customers. Famous for its walks and panoramic sights, there are also an exciting range of outdoor activities available, such as mountain biking.
The site is 10 miles from the centre of Keswick and also includes a spa, gym and a dog wash room to clean your mucky pup.
Another lodge retreat by Hoseasons set in Constable Burton in the Yorkshire Dales, the Sun Hill Lodges are perfectly positioned to show the stunning views of the countryside of North Yorkshire. The retreat itself is encompassed by 50 acres of the Sun Hill Farm Estate, which is famed for the training of race horses. You can, no doubt, see the horses from where you are staying.
All around are elegant spa towns, quaint traditional villages and gentle meandering rivers, making for great walk locations for you and your pooch. Everyday shopping can be found in Middleham and Leyburn, as well as inns and tea-rooms within 3 miles.
Last, but by no means least, is the Tyddyn Goronwy Camping Park in North Wales. Here you can camp without having to wrestle pitching a tent while keeping your pet in sight. They have specially designed wooden pods with electricity and heating. All you would have to bring is yourselves and your bedding and cooking equipment. The site is just 2 miles away from the Welsh coast of Barmouth and is also roughly 4 miles from the Cwm Nantol nature trail.
The price of your holiday also includes a free leisure pass to the Tyddyn Goronwy’s sister site, Sunnysands Caravan Park, for its heated indoor pool, cafe, fish and chip shops and other facilities. Your dog will just love being near the sea and the nature that surrounds the Welsh resort.
So where will you and your four-legged friend go next?
We, as a nation, love our pets, and these holiday destinations prove it. However, if you choose to go camping with you pup, consider this helpful article by PitchUp.com. It includes helpful tips for those of you taking your pooch camping for the first time, as a well-behaved dog is more likely to receive a return invitation from your holiday destination. Lovejoys hopes you and your pet have fun, no matter where you go this summer.
Our top 5 are located all over the UK, so the choice is yours: where will you go?