Dog Friendly Getaways
To most dog owners, canine pals are as much a part of the family as any other member, so when it comes to enjoying a break away from home, it only seems fair that furry friends should be included. Fortunately, there are tonnes of pet-friendly holiday spots around the UK, many of which are more than happy to accommodate dogs, so there really isn’t any reason they can’t join in the fun.
The great British countryside is the perfect destination for unbeatable walking routes and dog-friendly tourist sights, so we’ve put together a list of the top accommodation in Blighty, where cuddly canines are welcomed with open arms. From rustic glamping breaks nestled in the woodland to chic country house escapes, these destinations won’t disappoint!
Back to Basics
A Camping Pod
Camping pods are perfect for those who are looking for the authentic camping experience, without all the hassle of pitching a tent. Though not the most glamorous form of accommodation, what these compact wooden dwellings may lack in plush decor, they certainly win back in rustic charm. Besides, one of the best things about camping is stripping it back to the basics and being at one with nature.
Facilities vary from site to site, with some of the pods already furnished and others which let guests bring their own equipment. At the more lavish end of the scale are the cosy camping pods at Rosebud Meadow Glamping Site. Nestled at the foot of the Malvern Hills in the picturesque Worcestershire countryside, these home from home pods come equipped with all the creature comforts you could wish for, including electric lighting and sockets, a kettle, a mini fridge and even a flat screen TV with a DVD player.
For dog owners who prefer to keep it simple on their country breaks, sites such as Langstone Manor Park in Devon and Stanley Villa Farm in Lancashire offer the true camping experience, minus the tent. Bring your own bedding and make yourself comfortable in the insulated pods, kitted out basically with electricity and heating for a comfortable stay. Of course, don’t forget the dog bed too or your furry pal may want to steal yours!
A Bell Tent
Ok, technically they are tents, but these bell tents aren’t like any old piece of canvas you could pick up in the sale at your local DIY store. Bringing the glamour to GL-amping, these spacious bell-shaped tents are kitted out with plush furnishings and chic decor, making for a magical experience in the outdoors. Suitable for couples, families and groups alike, the tents vary in size and facilities between sites. Of course, there’s always space for a four-legged pal and the countryside dog walking routes are unbeatable!
For a beautiful orchard setting, enjoy a two night bell tent break at The Glamping Orchard. Located in Gloucestershire, close to the River Severn, each chic tent is equipped with a double bed and a real mattress, as well as two futon beds and space for a fifth, not to mention plenty of cosy furnishings, such as rugs and cushions.
For a boutique break that offers some real style, visit the appropriately named ‘Plush Tents Glamping’ in West Sussex, for two nights of luxury camping. Nestled in woodland at the foot of the South Downs, close to the sea, the tranquil setting offers an idyllic escape from busy lives. Not only is the rural location super exciting for adventurous dogs (watch their joy as they bound through the waves on the beach!), but the site also comes equipped with great amenities including memory foam mattresses, a solar-powered tent kitchen, comfy hammocks and a charcoal bbq.
Each following a quirky theme (explorer or exotic), the bell tents at Dorset Country Holidays offer a unique twist on glamping. With everything set up and ready for up to four guests, simply turn up and relax!
A Touch of Luxury
A Country House Hotel
For those who prefer their accommodation to come with four walls and proper plumbing, look no further than a charming country house hotel. Boasting beautiful rural settings, you can expect all of the creature comforts you could wish for on holiday, including cosy marshmallow beds made up with fresh linen, en-suite bathrooms complete with fluffy towels and a TV to kick back in front of. Many are more than happy to accommodate dogs – on the basis they’re on the best behaviour, of course!
Enjoy a boutique escape in Argyll and Bute at the elegant Loch Melfort Hotel, overlooking the breathtaking Asknish Bay. Bring your cuddly four-legged companion and snuggle up together in one of the cosy double or twin rooms. Wake up to a hearty cooked breakfast (for the humans…sorry pooch) in the hotel’s Asknish Bay restaurant, which has been awarded two AA Rosettes for their top-rate food and exciting wines, served by evening.
For a tranquil lake-side setting, spend a night of luxury at The Lake Country House Hotel in Powys. Originally a hunting and fishing lodge, the beautifully restored building blends contemporary styling with original features, retaining its charm and character of yesteryear. Not only are they happy for you to bring your four-pawed pal, they even have their own resident dog called Molly! It’s simply the perfect location for a country house escape.
In the heart of the South Downs National Park lies Langrish House, a quintessential 17th Century English manor. Boasting an idyllic setting, the house is situated within 14 acres of rolling Hampshire countryside – perfect for dog walks and exploring the picturesque villages nearby. Owners Nigel and Robina are avid dog lovers, so they gladly invite pets to enjoy the delights of a country house escape at Langrish House alongside their owners. To make their stay extra comfortable, they even provide a dog blanket, water bowl, dog biscuits and…a poopascoop (because dog-ownership isn’t all that glamorous!).
Bored of run-of-the-mill hotels? Enjoy something a little more unorthodox, with an overnight stay in a castle.
Unwind with a short break at Tullock Castle in the Scottish Highlands, set above the ancient town of Dingwall. Dating back to the 17th Century, the historic castle has changed hands many times over the centuries. However, it now stands as a luxurious hotel, homing 20 en-suite rooms, each with their own character and charm. Retaining period features, the grand building features a 250-year old panelled Great Hall, and painstakingly restored original fireplaces and ceilings. The hotel is pet-friendly, so bring the dog along for a castle escape and explore the Scottish Highlands.
You’re guaranteed a truly unique experience with an overnight stay at the grand Hazlewood Castle in North Yorkshire. The magnificent medieval build spans back over 1000 years, boasting a rich history, which guests can learn all about on daily history tours around the site. The palatial hotel boasts a highly-acclaimed restaurant, as well as an onsite spa, offering a number of relaxing treatments. Small dogs are happily welcomed.
Right down at the other end of the UK is The Wellington Hotel, located on the scenic North Cornwall coast. Ok, so it’s not strictly a castle, but the turrets and historic detailing of the impressive Grade II listed 16th Century Coaching Inn offers unique accommodation, that marries their rich history with modern amenities, to create a homely aesthetic that is both traditional and contemporary. Boasting views down to Boscastle Harbour, the beach is just a short walk away and there is plenty to see and explore along the coastal paths. Enjoy modern European cuisine in the AA Rosette restaurant and wake up to a warming Full English breakfast. As a pet-friendly hotel, they’re happy for dogs to join their owners in the bedrooms and in the Long Bar.
For those animal lovers who cannot bear to leave their pet at home, these short breaks are perfect for animal company.
**Please note that most venues charge an extra cleaning fee for guests bringing dogs
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