Beat the winter blues and treat you and your four-legged friend to a cosy post-Christmas break with our round-up of five of our favourite dog-friendly getaways in the UK.
From luxury spa-retreats, to ecological log cabins and self-catering cottages, all our recommendations have one thing in common, humans and hounds are welcomed with open arms. And paws.
Eco-friendly, dog-friendly luxury log cabins
These luxury Scandinavian style log cabins are situated on a vast 130-acre nature reserve in the Cotswolds. If you are looking for an ecological holiday, then you’ll be impressed with the use of sustainable materials and renewable energy sources that have built and run each log cabin. Each cabin benefits from electricity created by the onsite solar tracking station and hot water and heating is provided by from lake-sourced heat pumps.
During the day, take a brisk walk around the lake with your pet or let them run wild in the four-acre playing field. Once the dogs (and their owners) are worn out, retreat to your private hot tub with stunning lakeside views. And as the night draws in, you can light the wood burner and stay entertained with the cabin’s selection of books, board games and flat screen TV.
Remote rambles along the North Norfolk coast
The small port town of Wells-Next-The-Sea is nestled between Hunstanton and Cromer along the beautiful North Norfolk coastline. If you are wanting a rural retreat in which to explore vast sandy beaches with your pet, then you’re in for a treat at The Crown Hotel.
Each of the hotels twenty rooms are uniquely decorated and equipped with a flat-screen TV. Not all rooms are pet-friendly, so we do advise checking when you book if you are taking your dog with you. However, in the rooms that do allow pets, your dog will be welcomed with treats, a blanket and a towel for those muddy paws.
Food-lovers will delight in choice of locally sourced ingredients from fisherman and farmers, which are prepared to order by the proprietor Chris Coubrough and his talented team. The menu changes regularly as seasonal produce becomes available. Dogs are even welcome in some areas of the dining rooms – and your pooch is even served a complimentary sausage at breakfast time.
Go ‘walkies’ in Wales
The National Trust has a wide choice of cosy cottages that welcome canine companions. If you and you pet are feeling energetic, then you’ll enjoy exploring some of Wales’ national parks and scaling the peaks for some stunning views across the Welsh coastline. There’s miles and miles of coastal walking routes to discover with your family – and your furry friend too.
We recommend Pant Rhiw cottage in Pwllheli, a 19th-century building with spectacular views across Hell’s Mouth Bay. The cottage offers two bedrooms (a twin and a double), a kitchen and a homely sitting room / dining area. This property also offers a late check-out of midday on a Sunday, so you can indulge in a lie-in after all those ‘walkies’.
For lovers of the great outdoors
Fishermen, cyclists and hikers will be spoilt for choice at what to try first at Springwater Lodges, located just a few miles from the lively town of Ayr. The on-site fisheries are stocked with brown and rainbow trout in a tranquil setting in which to cast your line. There’s also ample outdoor space for even the most energetic pooches to wear themselves out, with a maximum of two well-behaved dogs welcome at Springwater Lodges. Each lodge is fully double glazed and centrally heated, providing a snug retreat should the weather turn chilly.
The lodges are just a short drive from the Ayrshire coast and the picturesque town of Largs. From this pretty resort you can hop on the ferry to the superb Isle of Arran and visit Broderick Castle, an impressive castle with a quaint Victorian arcade, where you can take part in traditional Victorian games. Dogs are welcome in some areas of the castle grounds and woodlands but must be kept on a lead as the area is also home to livestock.
For pampered pooches (and their owners)
Hartwell House is nestled in 90 acres of parkland in Buckinghamshire and offers dog owners a chance to relax and enjoy luxury spa facilities in this stunning setting.
Pets are welcomed in the Hartwell Court Suites, which all have doors that open directly onto a garden or courtyard. Your canine companion will also have a dog bed, water bowl and treats waiting for them in the room, so they will enjoy a touch of luxury in which to rest their paws. The hotel does not charge for dogs, so you’ll have a little extra to treat yourself to a re-energising massage, a sauna and steam room visit, or simply unwind in the gallery café overlooking the pool.
What’s more, you can experience this at a great price by taking advantage of their special winter offer. For just £94.50, you and a friend can stay overnight with a cooked breakfast, full use of the spa facilities and £15 each towards a hearty evening meal in the hotel restaurant. Offer is valid until March 30th 2020.
The British are well known as a nation of dog lovers and to cater for the thousands of owners who want their best friend to accompany them on their adventures, there are many websites dedicated to finding the right property for humans and hounds to enjoy. To find your own perfect pet-friendly break, visit Canine Cottages, where you can book a self-catering Winter break tailored to your preferences.