In 2015 my holidays have all had one thing in common. A certain adorable labrador called Hugo! This little( now got big) guy has shared all our trips away in the UK. This is not to say we won’t be holidaying abroad in the future. It’s just nice to know that there are plenty of pet friendly holiday options available closer to home. 🙂 Here are a few places Hugo has enjoyed with us….so far. 🙂
Cottage by the Sea ~ Back in January we spent the week in a holiday cottage on the Cumbrian coast. There are many pet friendly properties to rent through companies such as Sykes Cottages and Cottages 4 you . Driftwood was an excellent choice for us as its right on the beach ( perfect for long walks on the sand with the pooch) and close to the Lake District too. I know this cottage would be heavenly in the summer ( the beach is dog friendly all year round) but we love a Winter break. With its cozy wood burner, fresh nautical decor , enclosed yard, sea views and close proximity to an excellent dog friendly pub with roaring fires ~ its ideal for a holiday with the hound.
Under Canvas. Cottages are fab in the Summer too but the least expensive option ( if you don’t mind the rain! ) is of course camping. We started going camping a few years ago, with Hugo’s predecessor, our gorgeous black lab ( we’re labrador fans!) Jake. Jakey loved nothing better than exploring new places and especially enjoyed sitting outside the front of the tent and watching the world go by. Happily Hugo has took well to adventures under canvas too. Plenty of sites allow you to bring along your four legged friends. You can see some dog friendly campsites here. 🙂
A cozy Shepherds Hut.. If you fancy something a little more warm and dry, why not book one of these delightful Shepherd’s huts, that look over Coniston Water. Located on a National Trust campsite, Herdy Hut, Gerdy Hut and Blea Hut are equipped with everything you will need for a comfortable stay.Pop a pan of stew on the gas hob, light the twinkly tea light lanterns and crank up the wood burning stove.You’ll soon feel toasty on a damp day. Visit herdy Huts for details.
Camper Van Adventures. Some Campervan hire companies let you bring along your four legged friend too. Star campers Uk are based in the Ribble Valley ( Lancs) and we rented their VW T5 ‘ Starline’ for a night away last month. Being on the road is much more of an Adventure! Starline has a state of the art movelite driveaway awning available to rent too which is ideal if you’re in a group or taking a pet. Star Campers have the more traditional VW campervans on their books too and all are equipped to the highest standards.
Doggy Days Out. Going out for the day with your dog too can be almost like a holiday. Hugo celebrated his 1st Birthday at the seaside recently. We went to sunny St Annes on the Lancashire coast and hired a beach hut as our base. St Annes Beach Huts are located on the front close to the Island Cinema Complex. A day’s rental costs from £60 from 10am until midnight. Most have electricity and the fridge,microwave and radio make very welcome additions.
Where Next? We can’t keep away from the seaside and have booked a dog friendly cottage in Whitby towards the end of the year. And a friend has recommended Mother Shipton’s Cave at Knaresborough and The Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Wakefield as pet friendly attractions to visit. 🙂
Where have you taken your four legged friends on holiday?
7 thoughts on “Our Pet Friendly Holidays.”
Always, gorgeous Hugo!
I like the look of the shepherd’s huts!
We are planning a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at the beginning of October.
oh wow.The poppies from the tower of london are there on display at the moment.Well a number of them.X
Lucky Hugo having all those holidays. I always think we’re such a hit and miss country with pet friendliness. You can usually find a cottage or campsite or hotel, but in some areas it’s a real struggle to find a dog friendly pub.
I’m quite lucky that i live in an area where there are lots of dog friendly pubs etc and the Dales and Cumbria are on my doorstep. I need to venture further a field and check out the rest of the country. X
Yes, we’re lucky too, here in West Devon. Good luck with the adventuring.
The cottage by the sea in Cumbria looks wonderful!! Did it cost a lot? You really have had some lovely dog friendly holidays 🙂 x
Hi we rented it out of season ( January) so it was about £350. During the Summer its a lot more expensive.X