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Welcome to our ‘Where to stay’ guide
ow many times have you stayed at an hotel or guest house that purported to be dog friendly only to discover that, at best, your dog was tolerated? When so many of us see our holidays as the perfect opportunity to enjoy some quality time with our dogs, exploring undiscovered areas of the country, it can be devastatingly disappointing. And it was just such experiences that provided the inspiration behind this ‘Where to stay’ guide. Our mission was simple: to find hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and self-catering cottages that didn’t simply put up with dogs but welcomed them as part of the family and understood the needs and preferences of dog owners. What we were looking for was places to stay that were truly dog friendly rather than simply dog tolerant. We began by approaching all ‘dog friendly’ establishments. Were they interested in being reviewed by members of the Your Dog team?
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Not surprisingly, not everyone accepted the challenge and even those that did were re e not guaranteed a place in our guide. But the establishments that do feature here were all selected because they placed dogs high on their agenda, offering a service that had the interests of dogs and their owners at heart. Of course, this isn’t a comprehensive guide — there are many good dog-friendly establishments out there that we haven’t been n able to include for a variety of reasons. But you can be confident that the accommodation featured here has been visited by genuine dog owners who are looking for somewhere to stay where both they and their pets feel at home. We wish you all many happy holidays!
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24 Trigony House Hotel, Dumfriesshire. 25 Bailey Mill, Roxburghshire. 26 Airdeny Chalets, Argyll. 27 Braehead Cottage, Forfar. Yorkshire
14 Gallon House, Knaresborough. 15 The Harmony Guest House, Scarborough. 16 Paddock Cottage, Whitby. 17 Outgang Cottage, Leyburn.
4 Longlands at Cartmel, Cartmel.
5 Miller Howe Hotel, Windermere. 6 Borrowdale Hotel, Keswick. 7 Overwater Hall, Keswick.
8 Scalford Hall Management Training Centre and Hotel, Melton Mowbray.
46 Ffynonwen Country Guest
48 Ty Newydd Cottages, Pembrokeshire. 49 The Royal Sportsman Hotel, Gwynedd. 50 Tawny Owl Lodge, Powys.
Mucky Paws Retreat, Great Cressingham.
White Lodge Farm Cottages, Hingham.
The Old Coachhouse Holiday Cottage, Brimscombe.
Ollands Farm Barn, Happisburgh.
20 Thorney Farm Cottages, Langport.
21 The Old Cider House,
35 Pekes Manor, Hailsham. 36 Beach Cottage, Seaford. 37 Kilcolgan Premier Bungalows, Brighton.
38 The Castle Inn
Hotel, West Lulworth.
Trenant Park Cottages, Looe.
10 The Shippen, Tavistock. 11 Lydford House Hotel, Lydford. 12 Winnowers, East Allington. 13 Northcote Manor Farm, Kentisbury.
22 Ormonde House Hotel
& Pinewood Suites, New Forest.
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32 Badgersâ€™ Watch, Winford. 34 Seahorses, Freshwater.
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A view of the beautiful and historic Longlands.
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The old walled kitchen garden.
A tranquil self-catering cottage set in a secluded courtyard.
estling at the foot of Hampsfell and enjoying magnificent views across Cartmel Valley, Longlands was built in 1810. A secluded courtyard houses buildings that were once filled with the daily activities of dairymaids, housekeepers and gardeners and have now been transformed into nine peaceful holiday cottages. The restoration includes the old walled kitchen garden.
What gets Longlands at Cartmel into this guide? There are no hard and fast rules, other than not leaving your dogs unattended. Huntsman’s Cottage, where we stayed, Digger enjoyed long walks in the Lake District.
Purdey admires the scenery.
A comfortable and pretty bedroom in the Huntsman’s Cottage.
enjoys views of the parkland at the front of the house. It is comfortably furnished and houses the usual self-catering equipment, including a fridge-freezer and a dishwasher. There is a video, CD player, board games, and plenty of local tourist guide information on local attractions. It has one double room and a small twin room. There is just the one bathroom with full facilities — for a family this is probably not an issue but might be if two couples were staying together. The kitchen forms part of the downstairs area so there is no specific area to contain dogs. There is a small porch before entering the cottage, which enables
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both the “The appeal is high quality.” d n a y t li il u q tran you to dry off any muddy paws before coming directly into the cottage. Although walks straight from the front door are plentiful there is no enclosed area, so toilet breaks have to be on a lead. Cartmel offers all the amenities of village life with a post office, grocery and several gift shops, including the Cartmel Village Shop, which lays claim to being the home of the original sticky toffee pudding. Further afield we drove to the coast at Grange-over-Sands and to our amusement discovered there was no sand! We then took in several of the lakes and the many beautiful walks.
Who Longlands at Cartmel would and wouldn’t suit A holiday here would suit all from young to old, families to couples. The appeal is both the tranquillity and the high quality but with perhaps more space and independence than an hotel.
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Nothing but the stylish best A luxury retreat where even the dog’s bowl matches the décor.
lso in the Lake District (only about 14 miles from Cartmel) and run by Martin Ainscough of Longlands with his sister, Helen, is the luxurious retreat that is Miller Howe, overlooking Lake Windermere. It’s truly a treat to stay here, let alone be able to take a dog with you.
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A view of Lake Windermere from the restaurant.
Extensive Miller Howe fields to walk around.
What gets Miller Howe into this guide? The location is amazing and this renowned hotel and restaurant doesn’t disappoint on any scale. You are asked to keep dogs’ access to just the bedrooms and not the public rooms. Although dependent on the number of guests, you may be able to sit in the conservatory and — if the weather permits — in the extensive Alison and Purdey.
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The entrance to luxurious Miller Howe Hotel.
seated garden area with lawns that just tumble away down to the shore. There is a huge garden to walk the dogs round first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Our room had the most amazing view across the lake, and Purdey happily stayed in there while we dined. She was even provided with her very own smart water bowl that blended perfectly with the décor of the room. Everyone around the hotel was very good with dogs. I was particularly amazed at their tolerance and how they dealt with accidents, but perhaps less so once I’d met Martin and his Cockers, Betty and Doris. He clearly doesn’t feel that dog owners should settle for anything less than the best. As owners of a Cocker ourselves, we are clearly on the same wavelength! A sumptuous Miller Howe bedroom.
is ideal “Miller Howe d stay for for a cossete dog.” you and your Who Miller Howe would and wouldn’t suit Miller Howe is ideal for a cosseted stay for you and your dog in a small country house hotel where service is exemplary and even the shortest stay is the greatest reviver — not forgetting the most amazing food created by head chef Andrew Beaton. The gardens are vast, although due to their steepness, those less sturdy on their feet might struggle. Despite this there are several regulars who come every year with their dogs — lucky pooches we say!
● We enjoyed a warm welcome an d good pub grub in the Royal Oak, Ca rtmel (tel. 01539 5362 59), along with the dogs. ● We had a pleas ant evening meal in Rogan & Comp (tel. 01539 5359 any, Cartmel 17), a contempor ary bistro with ex welcome downsta cellent food. Dogs irs in the bar, wh are ere you can eat. ● The Strickland Arms, Great Stric kland, Penrith (te are allowed in the l. 01931 712238 bar area, where ). Dogs they can snooze you eat. This is gre under your table at combined with while a visit to Sizergh Castle.
The comfortable drawing room.
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Becky, Liz, Henry and Poppy.
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A dog walker’s paradise Idyllic scenery, a welcoming hotel and lots of sniffs for your dog.
idden at the bottom of Shepherd’s Crag in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley, the Borrowdale Hotel is in an idyllic location. Friendly staff and excellent service make the Borrowdale a must for walkers and their dogs. All 36 rooms have TV, telephone, and tea and coffee-making facilities, and our room was spacious, ideal for two adults and two dogs. Dogs are allowed in two lounge areas — both with roaring fires and comfy seating — but not allowed in the dining room, the conservatory and the eating area of the bar.
At the start of the walk around Derwent Water.
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The Borrowdale — set in an idyllic location.
walked first thing and last thing at night. The staff were knowledgeable about the area and recommended a couple of lovely walks nearby.
What gets the Borrowdale Hotel into this guide? The staff were welcoming and pointed out where the dogs could go. They are allowed to stay in the rooms unattended and were welcome in the lounge areas. We were very comfortable here and didn’t feel worried that the dogs might misbehave and let us down. There’s a paddock (with dog bin) just across the road where dogs can be
One of the Borrowdale’s sitting rooms.
Who the Borrowdale Hotel would and wouldn’t suit The Borrowdale Hotel is certainly suited to walkers but it is secluded so unless you like a good walk then you’ll need to use a car, or the bus service from Keswick, with
Dog-friendly places nearby ● Keswick — worth taking your dog as the shops welcome them, too! The tourist information office has a leaflet on which attractions allow dogs, also a map of walks and how to get to them (60p each). ● Keswick Lodge (tel. 01768 774584) and The Bank Tavern (tel. 01768 772663) are both dog friendly pubs. ● The walk around
a bus stop just outside the hotel. We felt that the hotel was more suited to middle aged or older walkers as it was very quiet. There were ground floor rooms suitable for disabled people, and for dog owners, too. Although we were only on the first floor, juggling the dogs, bags and opening the fire door was a struggle! The food at the Borrowdale is highly recommended, the menu changing daily.
Derwent Water is signposted and takes you through to Keswick. The whole route is 13km but can be shortened using the launches from High Brandelow or Hawes End (you can get a timetable for these from the hotel reception). Unfortunately the boats weren’t running when we went but they are dog-friendly, so if you want to shorten the walk, then check they’re eave ve e. running before you leave. Looking out over beautiful Derwent Water.
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Overwater Hall is a handsome building.
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Warm welcome Spoil yourself in this former family home in the north of the Lake District.
riginally a family mansion, Overwater Hall is a strikingly handsome example of its period. Set amid the stunning natural beauty of the Lake District National Park, it is within a short drive of the popular centres of Lakeland; Keswick is only 10 miles away. The entrance of Overwater Hall sets the tone for the rest of the hotel, which still retains the charm and atmosphere of a family home. The character of this building has been thoughtfully maintained throughout. We were warmly welcomed and the staff were attentive and helpful. Dogs are allowed in the hall where there are comfortable sofas, also in the bar, but not in the dining room or drawing room. Bedrooms with bathrooms ensuite are generous and attractively decorated in keeping with the house as a whole. Dogs may sleep in the bedroom. The hotel is set in 18 acres of grounds
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that you can explore with your dog. There are also a host of other walks thatt can be tackled from the hotel — a walk up Binsey or the more challenging Skiddaw. The surrounding fields are limited during lambing times and dogs should be on leads.
What gets Overwater Hall into this guide? You can imagine that dogs have lived in this house for many years and they still do. The owners have two black Labradors, Oscar and Bafta, so they are well set up for visiting dogs. A relaxed atmosphere prevails for dogs and humans alike.
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Who Overwater Hall would and wouldn’t suit? Overwater Hall would suit any dog-owning person who loves a secluded spot with magnificent views, comfort and delicious food. Anyone with a passion for fell walking and exploring the Lake District would enjoy a stay here.
One of the bedrooms at Overwater Hall.
The hotel is attractively decorated.
Catherine, Margaret and Cassie on the steps to the terrace.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cassie.
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The impressive frontage of Scalford Hall.
Service with a smile Wonderful walking and friendly, helpful staff make this impressive hotel a winner.
calford Hall is set in its own extensive grounds about three miles north of Melton Mowbray. It has 88 bedrooms, two dining rooms, and nine training rooms, along with a gym and a games room. The hotel has a very grand exterior and has been tastefully decorated. It reminded me of a business rather than a holiday hotel, although this may change over time as it has only been promoted as an hotel for a year. The rooms are reasonably sized and I was pleased to find two large dog bowls and a picnic blanket in my room (this made a perfect throw for the bed when my naughty dogs crept up!). With a flat screen TV and tea and coffee-making facilities I was set up for the night!
Henry and Flora’s views “There were lots of nice little touches here, like the dog bowls and the blanket that was left out for us on arrival and having the Belvoir room to relax in. “We also loved exploring Melton Country Park where we met lots of other dogs.” The Belvoir room.
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There are plenty of walks in the park.
tiful hotel u a e b a is “This vely. It o l is a e r a and the .” og walkers d r o f e d a is m Dinner is excellent, with a good choice of food on the set menu. The service is second to none and the staff are helpful and very friendly; their local knowledge is excellent.
What gets Scalford Hall into this guide? This is a beautiful hotel and the area is lovely. It is made for dog walkers, with some wonderful walks around the grounds and more further afield. Details of these are given to you as you check in. From our room you could pop outside very easily straight on to an open lawn. I was quite happy to let my dogs off-lead there to toilet and there is a dog waste bin outside the front of the hotel. While dogs aren’t allowed in the dining room, they can be left unattended in the bedrooms, and we were welcome to take the dogs into the Belvoir
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room, a sitting room where you can relax and enjoy a drink or two, after your meal.
Who Scalford Hall would and wouldn’t suit While the hotel is obviously promoted as a training centre, my husband and I would certainly go back. We were in a ground floor room, making it suitable for disabled people and for guests with dogs who have walking difficulties.
The rooms at Scalford are tastefully decorated.
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Moorland magic If you really want to get away from it all, this could be your escape…
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artmoor Holidays’ accommodation is on a smallholding in the beautiful, quiet Devon countryside, a short walk from Dartmoor National Park. The location is very rural, but local amenities including pubs are just a good walk or short drive away. The Shippen is the smaller of the two apartments; the larger barn accommodation sleeps six, also allows pets and is another beautiful living space.
What gets Dartmoor Holidays into this guide? Ellie enjoyed the well-fenced courtyard where she could be let free, and the Rayburn indoors to get close to after a long day’s walking. She could sleep in the kitchen on her own bedding and was allowed in other areas of the house, but not on the furniture. There is a garden Sheep graze behind the apartment.
Laura and Ellie enjoyed their time in Devon.
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to do her business (if we cleaned up immediately) but with ample walking on the doorstep, we didn’t need it. The accommodation is tiled on the ground floor apart from one seating area and upstairs had a wooden floor, so muddy paws were no problem. The courtyard area is dog-proof, so Ellie could roam outside and have a last let-out before bed. We were asked not to leave her unattended indoors. An Ordnance Survey map and welcome pack are supplied and walking opportunities are superb. Dartmoor National Park rises up behind the accommodation and spreads for miles. The information pack included three local vets, a list of good walks and a coastal map of places which did not allow dogs on the beach — a great addition, especially the vets. Ruth recommended three brilliant walks, two on the moor and another through beautiful woods a short drive away. We also visited Lydford Gorge, managed by the National Trust. The £3 entry (NT members free) was well worth it; the views from the bottom were amazing. Ellie was made welcome on a lead.
“Ellie enjoye d the well-fenc ed courtyard where she cou ld be let free.” Who Dartmoor Holidays would and wouldn’t suit Keen walkers and country lovers would find this perfect for a relaxed break. Larger families with young children would enjoy the accommodation but might find the surrounding area lacking in other activities to enjoy with their pet, although there is plenty to appeal to kids otherwise. The accommodation was very rural, but only a mile from the local pub and restaurant, which served good food and allowed dogs in the bar. You could walk if you were feeling energetic and didn’t mind a trek back uphill at night. Directly behind the apartment is farmland, with sheep and cattle grazing. For Ellie this was no problem, as she lives happily at home with both cattle and sheep and is obedient walking on the lead and at heel, but it is worth noting for less well socialized dogs who have less interaction with farm animals. Dartmoor is home to three MoD firing ranges and when in use these areas are out of bounds. Firing times are advertised.
Ellie’s view “I loved Dartmoor Holidays. There were plenty of places for me to walk both on and off the lead, miles from everyone else! PS. I loved the Rayburn too…”
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Ellie loved the Rayburn.
Elegant and friendly Log fires and Italian fare on the edge of Dartmoor. The elegant Lydford House.
ydford House, set in eight acres of grounds, is an elegant and friendly hotel incorporating a wonderful Italian restaurant, La Cascata, with an Italian chef. The owners’ own pets include an Irish Setter, Gypsy, and a collie, Toby, rare breed sheep, Guernsey goats, chickens, ducks and cats. The hotel has 11 bedrooms (10 suitable for dogs) and one self-catering apartment and is surrounded by an area of natural beauty.
What gets Lydford House into this guide? A great deal of work is going on to refurbish and improve the hotel — the decor and fittings are all to a very high standard. Our room was a good size with a fantastic modern bathroom. Lory is Italian which certainly
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● Name of property: Ly dford House ● Location: Hotel. Lydford, Dev on. ● Type of fa cilities: Hot el, plus selfapartment. catering ● Tested b y: Dog owne r Jeanne W Davies with alder and R Border Terr oger iers Milly an ● Cost: From d Hattie. £37.50 per person, per superior ro om, £50 sing night B&B (£ le occupanc 40 from £200 y). Self cate – £500 per ring week, depe season. Dog nd in g s £5 per nigh on the t; dog beds restriction on on request. nu No ● Who to co mber of well behaved dogs. ntact: Lory Brambini an Jenden, Ly d Steve dford House Hotel, Lydf Devon EX20 ord, Okeha 4AU, tel. 01 mpton, 822 820347 lydfordhouse ; email info .com; www @ .lydfordhou ● Testers’ se.com rating: ★ ★ ★★★
The hotel is set in eight acres.
Millie and Hattie relax with Jeanne.
shows in her choice of furnishings — very continental and chic. Adjacent to the hotel is the Granite Way which is an ideal early morning exercise run for the dogs and this links up with public footpaths in and around the village of Lydford. Just through the village is Lydford Gorge (see opposite page), which offers excellent dog-friendly walking and stunning views. Lydford is on the western edge of Dartmoor and offers good walking for those who want it but is well linked by road for those with other interests. We had a good walk with Milly and Hattie on the edge of the moors, and found two great dog-friendly pubs nearby serving good There’s good walking to be had here.
two great d n u o f e “W pubs nearby y l d n ie r f dogd food.” serving goo food. However, it was lovely just to spend time in the hotel lounge with the dogs by a welcoming log fire. Lory wants to make the hotel even more dog friendly and the information pack she was preparing will take on board our comments about the need for more information specifically for dog owners regarding local facilities such as dog crèche and walking services and the possible restriction of access to land.
Who Lydford House would and wouldn’t suit Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor and would be suitable for either ageing dogs or their ageing owners! Having spent time in both self-catering accommodation and hotels, as dog owners we consider self-catering to be the best option, especially if staying for a week or longer in one place. A hotel is OK for a couple of nights, but here you have both options. This is really from the dogs’ point of view, as I am sure the owners would rather stay in an hotel and be looked after than cater for themselves!
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Cosy down by the coast Warm beds, cakes, and friendly pubs in Devon. Relaxing by the harbour at Dartmouth.
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for details ● Name of property: W in nowers, Toad Hall C ottages. ● Location: East Allingto n, Devon. ● Type of fa cilities: Sel f-catering ba ● Tested b rn conversi y: Dog owne on. r Jeanne W Davies with alder and R Border Terr oger iers Milly an ● Cost: From d Hattie. £519 (low se season) pe ason) to £1 r week, base ,348 (high d on 10 pe Additional co ople sharin st of £25 pe g. r do ● Who to co g per week. ntact: Simon 01548 8530 and Sarah Bulbulian, te 89; email th c@toadhallc l. www.toadha ottages.co.u llcottages.co k; .uk/property ● Tester’s /WINNO/ rating: ★ ★ ★★★ The Winnowers barn conversion.
innowers is a wonderful barn conversion that sleeps up to 10. It is spacious and very well equipped. One of the four bedrooms is on the ground floor with an adjoining bathroom. The beds are all super king-size but can be split to make twins if required. There is a dishwasher, washing machine, electric hob and cooker plus a microwave in the kitchen area, with a large farmhouse table with 10 chairs around it.
What gets Winnowers into this guide? Winnowers represents self-catering accommodation at its very best. There is sufficient space for two or more families and their dogs. We received a wonderful welcome — a home-made Victoria Sandwich, a loaff of locally made bread, a pack of butter, six fresh eggs, a bottle of wine and a local newspaper. Simon and Sarah were very friendly, as were their daughters Abbie and Gemma. Netting on the post and rail fencing around the barn ensures the garden is secure for dogs. A public footpath passing through the property makes an easy early morning walk. Dogs should be kept downstairs and so we fixed a stairgate, found in the cupboard under the stairs, at the top of the stairs. The underfloor heating downstairs kept the dogs’ beds nice and warm.
ent space “There is sufﬁci re families for two or mo and their dogs.” Who Winnowers would and wouldn’t suit Winnowers is in a very rural location and anyone wanting a restful and quiet holiday would love it. We would definitely return and it would make a wonderful place to spend Christmas with the whole family. It is worth commenting that in this area of the country, a good navigator and a sense of humour are essential — the roads are very narrow but generally well signposted.
Out and about
Making the most of the spacious kitchen.
Millie and Hattie’s view “We loved exploring Dartmouth — that big boat fascinated ‘Mum’ but we were more interested in making friends in the local pub!”
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The farmland views from the cottages.
or Farm. thcote Man roperty: Nor p . f o on e ev D am ●N North es. Kentisbury, liday cottag ho g rin te ● Location: ca fer Davies el S og R s: d ie lit an ci ne Walder an ● Type of fa Je r ne y: Dog ow ● Tested b 95 and Hattie. ason) to £9 rriers Milly Te r de or B ttage, low se week; with co l r al pe m (s ch £360 £25 ea ● Cost: From gh season). Dogs cost e, hi (large cottag cote Manor . um Watt, North no maxim nda and Jim Li EX31 4NB, t: on ac ev nt ry, North D bu ● Who to co tis en K anorfarm. e, tapl @northcotem fo in Farm, Barns l ai em 2376; o.uk tel. 01271 88 anorfarm.c .northcotem ★ ★ ★ ★ co.uk; www :★ star rating ● Tester’s The courtyard makes for safe playing for dogs and children.
Farm life Rolling views of the countryside and access to 34 acres of land.
he farm and cottages are reached by a farm road off a small country lane and are delightfully secluded. Some of the cottages have fully enclosed gardens for the dogs to safely wander in. Our cottage was really warm and inviting, with tea and biscuits on the kitchen table — a bottle of wine was the icing on the cake! The kitchen is well equipped; there is a dishwasher, washing machine, microwave and electric cooker as well as an Aga style cooker. A games room is ideal for children and there is a covered swimming pool plus a play area, trampoline and croquet lawn.
What gets Northcote Manor Farm into this guide? Northcote Manor Farm is very dog friendly. The owners have gone to a great deal of trouble to produce
ages have t t o c e h t f “ Some o s for the n e d r a g d ose fully encl der in.” n a w y l e f dogs to sa a welcome brochure of where to eat, dog-friendly beaches and attractions. Visitors are welcome to walk their dogs across the 34 acre farm and there are plenty of public footpaths. The views of the rolling countryside are fantastic. A retired gentleman who owns two dogs called Ebony and Willow organizes escorted walks, and dog créche facilities are available. Linda met us with her children and we were immediately made welcome the children rushing to make a fuss of Milly and Hattie. Their rescue dog Sandy is still quite a puppy, with plenty of energy, and very friendly.
Roger and the dogs enjoy a country walk.
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d e to run an enty of spac meeting ed “We had pl lik e W . cottages play at the he ppy although pu w ne the ergetic!” was very en
Who Northcote Manor would and wouldn’t suit The cottages are ideally suited to young families with dogs but could be quite lively during summer holidays. For people looking for a quiet holiday this would be a fantastic base for walking with dogs during spring/autumn while children are at school. Travel cots are available. Baby-sitting can be arranged. During the season bookings are from Saturday to Saturday but out of season there is flexibility.
Dog-friendly places nearby ● Linda recommended an evening meal in The Black Venus at Challacombe (tel. 01598 763251), about seven miles away. Dogs are allowed in the public bar and the meal was well prepared and reasonably priced. ● The Old Station at Blackmoor Gate (tel. 01598 763520) is nearer but only allows dogs in the garden. The menu is reasonable but not exciting and very much suited to families, with a play area outside. ● The Fox and Goose at Parracombe (tel. 01598 763239) is dog friendly with an interesting menu and good presentation. We had an excellent lunch there with the dogs stretched out in front of the fire. ● We also enjoyed lunch with the dogs at Hunters Inn at Parracombe (tel. 01598 763230), and we visited The Bath Hotel in Lynmouth (tel. 01598 752238) for afternoon tea — the waitress offered them a biscuit, which they didn’t turn down! Take advantage of the wonderful countryside.
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Take the chance to wander around The Yorkshire Dales.
Yorkshire relish Great views, great walks and hospitality to match.
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ating back to 1830, the house is perched on the edge of Nidd Gorge overlooking Knaresborough and offers breathtaking views of the River Nidd, the castle and viaduct. A romantic and quaint B&B, it is home to Lucy, a very friendly Welsh Springer Spaniel, is very pet friendly and welcomes well-behaved dogs. Guests can enjoy an oak-panelled sitting room with open fire, and a beautiful dining room with French doors opening on to the balcony overlooking Nidd Gorge. A lovely conservatory allows guests to enjoy the views all year. The gorgeous sitting room has irresistible sofas with lots of cushions in front of an open fire. This leads to the bright and sunny conservatory and balcony overlooking the gorge. Pets are allowed in the dining room. Our well-appointed room was modern,
Dog-friendly places nearby
Mel, Tilly and Stuart.
“From the moment we arrived, w e knew we were in fo r a treat.” with a welcome tray (plus a rawhide bone and towel for Tilly). The bed was covered in cushions and made up with crisp white linen, while the bathroom had an ‘emergency box’ of items you may have forgotten, plus stacks of white fluffy towels and luxury robes. Unfortunately all parking is on-street with the use of a disc which allows only two hours free daytime parking, so it helps if you’re out all day.
What gets Gallon House into this guide? All the little touches were much appreciated. The food is exquisite, with flexible times and dietary needs catered for. Rick and Sue aim to make The comfy bed had lots of cushions.
“I had a fab time in Yorkshire. I loved running around the Dales with the wind in my ears. The B&B was really warm and welcoming and they even gave me a free rawhide bone when we arrived!”
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Admire the views from the sunny conservatory
The Mitre Pub (tel. 01423 868948), is dog-friendly, as is Blind Jack’s, (tel. 01423 869148), in the market square which provides a water bowl. Knaresborough has plenty of places for dog walking, including Mother Shipton’s Cave, alongside the River Nidd. Within a short drive, Fountains Abbey near Ripon and Bolton Abbey in Skipton are both attractive walks. We enjoyed a two-hour walk in The Yorkshire Dales near Skipton, where you can let you dog run free as long as there is no livestock.
guests (including dogs) feel at home and make Gallon House stand out by offering the very best standards of hospitality, comfort, service and quality. From the moment we arrived, we knew we were in for a treat, felt very special and our needs were always met. Rick immediately offered advice on areas to take Tilly for walks and night-time toileting. Sue knew of dog-friendly places in and around town and kennels close by.
Who Gallon House would and wouldn’t suit? Dogs are welcome in all areas but owners are asked to bring their dog’s bed or crate for the bedrooms. There are only three, so I would say that this bed and breakfast is for adults only. An ideal break, the B&B is beautifully decorated with a relaxing atmosphere. All public rooms are decked out with candles in the evening.
Candles light the lounge at night.
Striking the right note Guests become friends among the menagerie in North Yorkshire.
ocated in a quiet backwater of Scarborough, The Harmony Guest House is 10 minutes’ walk from both the town centre and South Beach. Even closer is a parade of shops, as well as a park where dogs can be walked to answer the call of nature. The Harmony is a three-storey building with four guest bedrooms, a dining room, and playroom for youngsters. Each bedroom is ensuite with a TV/DVD player. As well as being perfectly located to take advantage of Scarborough’s varied attractions — including beaches, the Sea Life Centre, county cricket, a castle, pubs and fish restaurants — The Harmony is an ideal base from which you and your dog
“Dogs come ﬁrst .” at the Harmony
Who needs to go abroad when you’ve got the beaches at Scarborough?
Adrian and Rolo.
can tackle the rich variety of walks on offer in North Yorkshire, whether on beaches, cliff tops or moorland.
● Name of property: Th e Harmony ● Location: Guest House Scarborough . , North York ● Type of fa shire. cilities: B& B. ● Tested b y: Dog owne r Adrian Mill Golden Ret edge and hi riever Rolo. s ● Cost: Hig h season £2 4 per person low season per night; (excluding Christmas/N Easter) £22 ew Year an per person d per night. D night; child ogs £2.50 pe ren (five to r under 14) ha fives £5 pe lf price; unde r night; unde r r ones free. breakfast. E Prices includ veni e £14 per head ng meal (by arrangem ent) costs (under 12s £5; under fi Maximum of ves £2.50). two dogs pe r room. ● Who to co ntact: Nan ette Evans Dawson, Th and Rob e Harmony Guest Hou Princess R se, 13 oyal Terrac e, South Clif Scarborough f, YO11 2RP, tel. 01723 37 email harm onyguestho 3562; use@hotmai www.thehar l.com; monyguest ho us ● Tester’s e.co.uk rating: ★ ★ ★★★
What gets The Harmony into this guide? Guests at The Harmony are left in no doubt that this is a dog-friendly establishment within seconds of arriving. In the unlikely event of escaping the notice of Millie, Nanette and Rob’s friendly Whippet X Boxer, the bowl of water at the base of the stairs that lead to the guest bedrooms is a giveaway. So, too, is the extensive montage of pictures on the walls showing snapshots of satisfied guests — canine, of course. All dogs are vetted by Millie, who is described by Nanette as “a fundamental part of the business”, but she is not alone. Oscar the cockatiel, Penelope the terrapin, a couple of cats, and a tortoise named Albert, are members of a mini-menagerie of particular appeal to youngsters. Dogs do come first at The Harmony, which is perhaps only to be expected from
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Nanette, a former RSPCA home visitor. She is a fount of knowledge on where dogs are welcome locally.
Who the Harmony would and wouldn’t suit Any animal lover staying here is not so much a guest as a friend. The Harmony is the only Vegetarian Society-approved guest house in Scarborough. People and dogs with mobility problems might find it difficult climbing the one or two staircases that lead to the bedrooms.
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Homely and refreshing — The Harmony Guest House.
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Miles of beach to explore.
Olde worlde charm
Paddock Cottage combines period charm with all mod-cons.
It’s the little extras that make this holiday special.
estling on a cobbled incline off Cliff Street in the heart of the quaint seaside town of Whitby, Paddock Cottage is just a six-minute walk from the beach and a one-minute walk from shops, including Somerfield — ideal for stocking up on supplies on arrival. The cottage has a small south-facing walled garden with a patio — great for summer barbecues and for keeping dogs safely enclosed. Joanne and Indi.
● Name of property: P addock Cot ● Location: tage. Whitby, Nor th Yorkshire ● Type of fa . cilities: Sel f-catering holiday cott age. ● Tested b y: Dog owne r Joanne B her Golden ednall and Retriever In di. ● Cost: From £300 per w eek, low se to Jan, excl ason (Nov Xmas) up to £750 per w school sum eek in the mer holiday s (July 18 to Low season August 29). special offe rs include £2 a three-day 00 for weekend or mid-week br there are al eak plus ways specia l deals. No for dogs.Thr extra charge ee dogs max imum. ● Who to co ntact: Jean a Shippey, Crescent A 30 venue, Whi tby, North Yo Y021 3ED, rkshire tel. 01947 82 0370/07717 171468; em ail jshippey firstname.lastname@example.org www.direct ; whitbyaccom .co.uk ● Tester’s rating: ★ ★ ★★★
Although this characterful cottage is situated near to other properties in a quiet backwater, you could close your eyes and think you were in the country — only the constant cry of seagulls is a reminder that Whitby’s lovely sandy West Cliff beach is just a stone’s throw away. Inside, there are dog-friendly wooden floorboards in the lounge and a well-equipped fitted kitchen/diner with a tiled floor. Also downstairs is a bathroom with bath, WC and
There’s a real treat hidden inside the coffee table drawer!
separate step-in shower. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms over two floors with fitted carpets, the master bedroom having an ensuite WC with wash basin. The 17th century cottage retains many original features, such as beamed ceilings, but is equipped with 21st century mod-cons including gas central heating, double glazing, three televisions, a DVD player, washing machine and microwave. All linen — but not towels — is provided, and you only pay for the electricity you use. As well as being conveniently located for Whitby’s harbour, pier, pay and display car parks, shops and numerous pubs, there are a host of lovely beach and moorland walks and interesting places for you and your dog to discover.
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ter awaiting a w f o l w bo a , there’s “In the kitchen their journey.” r te f a ts es gu e thirsty canin What gets Paddock Cottage into this guide? Owner Jeana Shippey goes that extra mile to ensure that both dogs and their owners feel instantly at home. In the kitchen, there’s a bowl of water awaiting thirsty canine guests after their journey, along with a box of assorted doggy treats and a pack of scented poo bags, should you have forgotten to pack your own. The piece de resistance, however, is hidden inside the coffee table — large and small bowls, extra leads and a collar,
Eating out ● The Buck Inn (tel. 01947 601378) in St Ann’s Staith is a no-frills pub that welcomes dogs and has Sky TV, a pool table and regular entertainment, including karaoke on Friday nights. The varied menu offers good-quality home-cooked bar meals that represent excellent value for money and are served until 8.30pm. ● Beckett’s (tel. 07766 638352) in Skinner Street is a dog-friendly cafe with a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. ● A short drive (six miles) away in charming Robin Hood’s Bay is the beautifully situated Bay Hotel (tel. 01947 880278), which accepts dogs in the bar. There’s a good selection of tasty bar meals, which can be consumed in warmth and comfort next to a roaring real fire. Food is served until 9pm.
a dog throw/mat and toys. In the informative welcome pack, there’s a list of dog-friendly pubs and places to visit nearby with contact numbers, suggestions for family days out, bus service details, important local numbers and tide timetables. In addition, there are contact details for Whitby’s vets, along with a council information booklet stressing the importance of clearing up your dog’s mess and — crucially — what to do and who to contact if you lose your dog. Dogs have access to every room of the property but it’s requested that they aren’t allowed on the furniture or on beds. As well as Whitby being a McDonald’s and Burger King-free zone, there are plenty of pubs that welcome dogs, while miles of moorland, countryside and beach beckon.
Who Paddock Cottage would and wouldn’t suit
who love peace and quiet, long walks and the sea air. It would especially appeal to people who would appreciate the olde worlde charm of this historical fishing port, with its narrow cobbled alleyways, individual shops, sandy beaches and fascinating smuggling, whaling and ship-building past. The cottage, which sleeps two to five people, is just big enough to cope with two people and one or two small to large dogs, although very large dogs like St Bernards would be a bit of a squeeze. It would also be suitable for a family of four (two adults and two children) and one small to medium-sized dog. Because access involves walking up a short, narrow, steepish path, this property wouldn’t be suitable for wheelchair users, people who aren’t very mobile, or young children in pushchairs, nor would it be ideal for large families or groups. It’s worth mentioning that there isn’t a parking space with the property, which means parking at the nearest pay and display — a minute’s walk away — to unload.
Without a doubt, Paddock Cottage would suit dog-owning single people, couples, or a small group of friends Indi loved the beach walks.
“I liked Whi tby becaus e... I ran mad along the be ly ach, rolled in the sand chased balls , , swam in th e sea, ate treats, play ed with my new holiday toy, and was stroked by lots of friendly peop le in the pu bs.”
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Get away from it all at Outgang Cottage.
Escape the ‘real’ world The location of this traditional cottage means you’re in walking heaven.
“The cottage has a large entran ce hall, ideal for mu cky walking boot s and wiping muddy paws.”
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utgang Cottage is a traditional, stone, semi-detached cottage situated in the centre of Thornton Rust, a tiny village between Leyburn (which has a fantastic grocery with bakery, deli and butcher’s counters) and Hawes, which is famous for the Wensleydale Creamery. It is in the heart of Wensleydale, one of the most picturesque areas of the Yorkshire Dales and first impressions are fantastic. The cottage has a large entrance hall, ideal for mucky walking boots and wiping muddy paws. The beamed sitting room is comfortably furnished and has an open fire with coal provided, which tops up the central heating. There is also a cupboard full of maps so that you can plan walks in the area, a stereo and a colour TV and video. The stone-flagged dining room is well stocked with books and games to help while away the time on rainy days or The large double bedroom.
Peter and Ben with Meg.
d during quiet evenings. T The well-equipped k kitchen (a step down from the sitting room) boasts a fridge, ffreezer, washing machine, electric c cooker, microwave, kettle and toaster but beware of the very wobbly table and chairs! There is an enclosed dog-friendly garden, equipped with patio furniture and a barbecue, to the rear. On the first floor there is a huge double bedroom with wooden floor, brass bed and TV/DVD player, while the second bedroom has two single beds and an extra ‘put you up’ if needed. Both bedrooms are comfortable and bed linen is provided. The bathroom has a functional three-piece suite and an electric shower but don’t expect luxury and remember to take your own towels.
What gets Outgang Cottage into this guide? Location, location, location! The cottage itself has plenty of space and some pet-friendly aspects but it is definitely the surroundings that make it really dog friendly. There are numerous walks to be had right from the doorstep and some
dog-friendly pubs in the nearby villages. When reading the letting agency’s terms and conditions, the property sounded dog tolerant rather than dog friendly. However, it seems that the owner understands that for some of us, pets are family members.
Who Outgang Cottage would and wouldn’t suit This cottage would suit anyone wanting to escape the ‘real’ world for some peace and quiet and long walks, and with the right people it could even be quite romantic! Foodies will like it because of the array of Wensleydale cheeses available in Hawes and the award-winning fish restaurant in Aysgarth. Outgang Cottage would be OK for families because there is plenty of space downstairs but there are steps between rooms so it’s not really suitable for toddlers. It’s not the ideal choice if you want nights out either, as the nearest pub is a very dark 40 minute walk away. It is also only for those who are prepared to go without luxury bathrooms and power showers. If you like walking, the simple life and amazing scenery then this is the place for you and your dog.
A welcoming open fire in the winter.
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Pets at home… or away! Taking your pets on holiday can be wonderful. After all, they’re part of the family and you want them to join in the fun. Once you’ve read this guide, you will realize that some places not only accept pets, they positively welcome them!
■ Tie out stake and 15ft cable set, £12.99 — leg-stretching freedom for your dog.
Make your holiday more comfortable for you and your pet with the following items: ■ Dog bed and blanket. ■ A few of your pet’s favourite toys. ■ Non-spill bowl for fresh water throughout the journey. ■ Pet food. ■ Towels to wipe muddy paws. ■ Poop bag dispenser. ■ Seat cover. ■ Lead. ■ Spiral tie-out stake and cable. Order online and we’ll fetch it: petsathome.com
■ Travel safe water bowl, £12.99 — innovative non-spill bowl.
■ Pets at Home safety car harness, from £11.73 — dogs need to belt up too! Available in XS, S, M and L sizes.
■ Pets at Home car boot and rear seat covers, £11.99 — waterproof protection from dog hair and muddy paws (machine washable).
■ Handi-Drink, £3.99, and Mini Handi-Drink, £3.49 — the portable way to supply your dog with drinking water.
Forgotten something? Don’t worry, sniff out your nearest store by logging on to petsathome.com/storelocator
■ Ready-filled bowls of food for the mutt on the move. From 77p.
■ Premium mesh car guard, £44.99 — quick and easy to install, suitable for most vehicles.
When you’re preparing to go away, make sure you’ve got everything you need to keep your pets safe and happy, both on the journey and while you’re there.
■ Pets at Home travel feeding kit, £7.82 — sturdy four-piece set to provide food and water for your dog while out and about.
Top travel tips
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The exterior of Bracken Cottage is as pretty as the interior.
Country cottage Head out to the West Country for a memorable holiday.
“The cottages are lovely and the dogs were very w elcome.”
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horney Farm Cottages are in the middle of the Somerset countryside surrounded by fields. There are four cottages and we stayed in Bracken Cottage, which was a beautiful, newly decorated stone building with a very modern feel. There is an open-plan, fully equipped kitchen/diner plus a 32in plasma TV and DVD player, and comfy leather sofas. The bedroom also
Ruth and the dogs outside Bracken Cottage.
boasts a handmade four-poster bed with ensuite bathroom and Jacuzzi. Bed linen and towels are provided and there is central heating. A shared conservatory leads to a secure courtyard for the dogs to run around in. The nearest shops are three miles away.
What gets Thorney Farm Cottages into this guide? As soon as we arrived Carolyn showed us where we could walk the dogs and where the nearest dog-friendly pub was. The only rules were that we cleaned up after the dogs and didn’t leave them alone in the
Dog-friendly places nearby ● The Wyndham Arms in Kingsbury Episcopi (tel. 01935 823239) is a lovely country pub with friendly staff. Delicious food, excellent service and reasonable prices. ● Cheddar Caves and Gorge were very interesting and dogs are allowed in all the caves and shops. We also walked the 274 steps to the lookout tower. Oscar wasn’t keen but Maisie dragged me up! You can also do a three-mile cliff-top gorge walk. ● We also drove to the beach at Weston-Super-Mare where the dogs had a good k run around, but they are not allowed all year so check first (tel. 01934 750833; www.visitsomerset.co.uk)
cottage. Carolyn and William were very helpful, making a fuss of our dogs. They keep chickens, sheep and cows and we could walk through their field to reach the fishing lakes. Once out of their field we let the dogs off-lead for a run and walked towards Thorney Lakes, which were beautiful. When we returned we had two very dirty dogs, but a handy hosepipe washed down muddy paws. The cottage was fantastic and a weekend wasn’t long enough. Everyone was friendly including the other guests, and as we all had dogs everyone got on well.
Who Thorney Farm Cottages would and wouldn’t suit The cottages are lovely and the dogs were very welcome. It was lovely to be able to treat the cottages as home, as I allow our dogs to go on to the furniture and it’s really hard to stop them! The only problem is that there is nowhere to leave them if you want to visit the many attractions that don’t allow dogs, such as Glastonbury and Stonehenge, and even going to the supermarket meant leaving the dogs in the car.
The beach at Weston-Super-Mare proved to be a big hit with Oscar and Maisie.
The stylish interior of the cottage was open-plan and contemporary in design.
“We met a few dogs on the beach, which was fun. The sea was really far out but we walked out to have a good paddle. I’d never been on a beach before and was very excited. I enjoyed chasing the seagulls but Oscar had to be reminded not to drink the water!”
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Cider with Ozy Food, ale and superb walks make this a perfect break.
There are walks for people of all ages.
Adrian and Dena thoroughly enjoyed their Somerset break.
he Old Cider House is in the pretty and historic village of Nether Stowey at the foot of the wonderful Quantock Hills. The couple’s black Labrador called Ozy is a big hit, greeting guests as they come and go and is extremely calm and well behaved. Dogs can sleep in a dog bed in the rooms but are not allowed on furniture or in the kitchen and dining areas. They can be left unattended while guests dine, plus a dog-walking service and kennels are available, although we didn’t use these. A pet information folder is provided plus a water bowl, home-made dog treats, and a supply of poo bags, all of which are free of charge. The dogs can go into the enclosed garden to toilet. Free-roaming hens supply eggs, and a vegetable garden provides delicious fresh produce.
What gets The Old Cider House into this guide? The Old Cider House is the winner of the 2008 Kennel Club Open for Dogs ‘Somewhere to Sleep’ Award. We stayed in the Poets’ Room, a basic but comfortable room where guests are invited to create a poem, which may be added to the ones already displayed. We found an information folder from Ozy, detailing numerous walks and places to visit. There was also a dog bowl and a dog
● Name of property: Th e Old Cider ● Location: House. Nether Sto wey, Somer ● Type of fa set. cilities: Gue st house. ● Tested b y: Adrian an d Dena Des son Bradley borough, w (13), Wire Fo ith x Terrier Mill Terrier Meg ie and Welsh . ● Cost: From £45.00 sing le occupanc twins/doub les for B&B y and £60 and £65.00 cost £3.50 for DB&B. D for the first ogs night then £2 night. A max per subseq imum of tw uent o dogs is al ● Who to co lo wed. ntact: Ian P earson and 25 Castle S Lynne Abbot treet, Nethe t, r Stowey, S tel. 01278 73 omerset TA 2228; emai 5 1LN, l info@theo co.uk; www ldciderhouse .theoldcide . rhouse.co.uk ● Tester’s rating: ★ ★ ★★★
mat, which were nice touches. We felt very welcome and were given a village tour by Ian and Lynne who were very helpful. The food is delicious and fresh local produce is used wherever possible. Breakfast included ‘furmity’ — a wonderful Wessex creation of oats, sugar, rum, raisins and cream. We also enjoyed freshly laid and cooked free-range eggs. The dinner menu included home-made dishes such as game pie with rabbit, pigeon and pheasant, and chocolate and banana bruleé. Ian also runs a microbrewery, which guests can tour, and the village pubs host several guest beers.
Who The Old Cider House would and wouldn’t suit I think it would suit people and dogs of all ages who can enjoy local walks and attractions or venture further afield for more challenging hikes.
A pet information leaflet in the room details everything that a dog owner needs to know.
“We found an informatio n folder f rom Ozy, detail ing numero us walks and places to v isit.”
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Resident dog Ozy keeps a look out for the guests returning.
Millie and Meg’s view “We loved being on the beach and splashing in the sea. We didn’t see a single other person on the coastal path and ran for miles. We can’t wait to go again!”
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The elegant exterior of this Edwardian guest house.
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Ormonde House Hotel is in the heart of the New Forest.
Adrian, Bradley, Meg and Millie.
Perfect privacy Your own suite and the chance to explore in the heart of the New Forest.
he Ormonde House Hotel is a two-star facility in Lyndhurst village, situated in the heart of the New Forest, which offers friendly, relaxed accommodation. Dogs aren’t allowed in the restaurant of the main hotel, but are very welcome in the self-contained Pinewood and Linwood suites, which are in the grounds of the hotel, where you can fully relax in your surroundings. We stayed in one of the Pinewood suites, which had a very spacious conservatory attached — ideal for cleaning muddy paws after walks in the New Forest. Little touches like towels and a throw were supplied, which was very useful if you allow your dog on to the sofa. We breakfasted in the conservatory each morning although the option
to eat in the main hotel was available. While there are no cooking facilities in the cottage, ample breakfasts are supplied every day consisting of cereal, bread for toasting, juice, croissants, muffins, yoghurts, and tea and coffee making facilities. We also enjoyed a very nice evening meal at the Ormonde, which I would recommend, although there are numerous other places close by where you can enjoy a meal. The Pinewood suite is adjacent to the hotel but despite this you feel you have total privacy in a very relaxed setting and while not the most luxurious accommodation, it certainly provided everything we needed for a comfortable and memorable stay.
A five-minute walk up the road leads into the main village and the New Forest museum and visitor centre, as well as some welcoming dog-friendly pubs.
What gets Ormonde House into this guide? As a family we have stayed at various establishments over the years that claimed to be dog friendly but ultimately proved otherwise, whereas during our stay at the Ormonde we felt totally relaxed and at ease with our dogs and thoroughly enjoyed the break. Muddy forest freedom for dogs!
Millie and Meg’s view “We loved staying at Ormonde House because we had so much freedom during our walks in the New Forest. We just loved being off our leads, running around exploring everywhere and there were no cars for our owners to worry about. It’s a fantastic place and we even spotted the odd pony or two!”
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The Pinewood suite offers self-contained private accommodation.
Climbing and exploring the New Forest is great fun.
nd lly relaxed a a t o t lt e f e “W our dogs and at ease with .” yed the break jo n e ly gh u o r tho The staff were all extremely pleasant and on talking to them we learned that the Ormonde has many regulars who return year after year. The location is ideal for exploring the New Forest and enjoying a multitude of wonderful walks, which the dogs loved. We were provided with a very useful list of attractions that included beaches, veterinary surgeries plus a comprehensive list of dog-friendly places and attractions to visit. The New Forest is a superb holiday or short break destination and offers an array of activities to keep the most energetic person happy, including horse riding, kayaking, birdwatching, gardens, museums and of course dog walking!
Who The Ormonde would and wouldn’t suit The Ormonde is ideal for families and older couples who enjoy taking their dog away with them. There are plenty of dog-friendly beaches to enjoy in Hampshire.
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The interior is homely, with extra towels and throws for dogs.
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Relax in style Comfort, excellent cuisine and friendly local staff make this Scottish hotel a winner.
● Name of property: Tr igony House ● Location: Hotel. Closeburn, Thornhill, D ● Type of fa umfriesshire cilities: Cou . ntry house ● Tested b hotel. y: Dog owne r Charlotte Labradors Culham an Inca and Iv d her black y. ● Cost: From £45 per pe rson B&B, dinner, B&B or £70 per , to £70 pe person for r person B& £95 per pe B in the ga rson for dinn rden suite, er, B&B. Spe two nights or cial breaks dinner, B&B available: from £62.50 person in th pe e garden su r person to £85 per ite. Dogs £2 with no rest .50 per dog riction on th per stay e number of ● Who to co ca ni ntact: Adam ne guests. and Jan Moo Hotel, Close burn, Thornh re, Trigony House ill, Dumfriess tel. 01848 33 hire DG3 5E 1211, emai Z, l info@trigon countryhou yhotel.co.uk sehotelsco ; www. tland.com ● Tester’s rating: ★ ★ ★★★ Charlotte with Inca and Ivy.
Trigony House Hotel.
he Trigony House Hotel dates from 1700 and was a shooting lodge. Although the hotel is just off the busy A76 to Thornhill, it is set in four acres of gardens and woodland and the Lowther and Keir hills create a wonderful backdrop. The hotel is welcoming with open fires in the hall and dining room and Bess, the resident black Labrador, to meet you. It is comfortable with delightful rooms The dining room French doors open on to the garden.
all individually decorated. The dining room has French doors opening on to the garden and although dogs are not allowed in there, you can eat in the bar with your dog curled up at your feet. The food, which is home cooked and locally sourced, is excellent and served by local girls who are friendly and helpful.
What gets Trigony House Hotel into this guide? Owners Adam and Jan Moore have created an atmosphere which is relaxed and ‘familyish’ but also luxurious. Dogs are definitely welcome here. The website has a prominent section on the hotel’s dog friendliness. Drying towels, dog beds and bowls
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“You can eat in the cosy bar with your dog cur led up at your f eet.” are available on request and bowls of water sit outside the front door. In the bedroom is a welcome pack for every dog, which includes a hand-drawn map of the land around the hotel and all the best walks in the area as well as some doggy treats. Dogs are allowed to sleep in the bedrooms although discouraged from sleeping on the beds. Walks from the hotel are clearly marked on the map and there is plenty of walking to be done whether in woodland or open fields without having to get into the car.
Who Trigony House Hotel would and wouldn’t suit Any dog owning person who likes the peace and quiet of the countryside, walking and exploring. It would also appeal to anyone who wanted to relax, be well looked after and eat well. Ideally it would suit a couple with one or two small to large, well-behaved dogs rather than a larger number of dogs.
Inca and Ivy’s view
“After a fr iendly hello to our host Bess, we ess were delig hted to fin some dog d gy treats waiting fo in our roo r us m. We we re made to very welc feel ome.”
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Bailey Mill is surrounded by open countryside.
ailey Mill. re. property: B oxburghshi ● Name of castleton, R ew N . y, ts le en ai B tm rrier. n: ar o ● Locati catering ap shire Bull Te lities: Selfthe Stafford ci e 88 fa si f £3 o as C e to ) p d ● Ty Haw an w season y: Margaret per week (lo eak 88 br t £1 or sh om ● Tested b t Fr le: two nigh r two peop d August); ) to £398 ● Cost: Fo on — July an as (low season k se h ee ig w r (h pe 98 : From £1 le per week op om . For six pe ur people: Fr on). Dogs t break £148 as £118. For fo or se sh h ); ig on (h k igh seas 58 per wee £5 accepted to ) gs per week (h on do as Two to four . eek (low se w nd r ke pe ee 58 w £3 per per week; £3 £5 per dog ty. ill, Bailey, er op pr on d, Bailey M depending am Copelan P 8617; t: 74 7 ac nt 69 shire, tel. 01 ● Who to co hs rg bu aileycottage ox .b n, R o.uk; www t.c Newcastleto ne .fs ill baileym email pam@ ing.com Riding-Rac ★★★★ ’s rating: ★ er st Te ● Bailey Mill has a welcoming atmosphere.
Off the beaten track Some holiday apartments that are ideal for those who love wide, open spaces and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
ailey Mill is an 18th-century grain mill converted into a series of apartments within a farm complex. There is also a well established riding stable offering riding holidays for all abilities. Set in the unspoilt Scottish Border Reiver country Bailey Mill has unlimited walking through miles of forest and quiet country lanes. It is also a working farm and home to 250 sheep and 20 horses for racing, breeding and riding. The ground-floor self-catering apartments, set around a courtyard, have access to a paved area and garden which is fenced. Beyond are open fields, many of which you and your dog can explore. This is a busy place so there are always things going on, either at the riding centre or in the farming sheds. Inside the apartments p are compact p and
Cassie’s view “I loved the freedom of the countryside and there was plenty to explore. I enjoyed making friends with the resident dogs.”
well appointed. There are dog-friendly wooden floors in the kitchen, a living room with TV, bathroom with shower and varying numbers of bedrooms, depending on which apartment you stay in. Dogs are not encouraged to sleep in the bedrooms but can sleep in other parts of the centrally heated apartments. There is a communal laundry room, a games room with a pool table and darts board, and a fully licensed, friendly bar. It is possible to eat in the bar but also a choice of food can be brought to your apartment. Cassie received a great welcome, although dogs are not normally allowed in if other people are eating. There are musical evenings throughout the summer and a barn dance in June.
What gets Bailey Mill into this guide? The atmosphere is genuinely welcoming and cheerful and the owners are very knowledgeable of animals whether dogs or horses. There is a genuine feeling
The apartments are set around a courtyard.
Things to do ● There are a lot of country dog-related activities in the area throughout the year, for example sled dog racing in the local forest in February and March and sheep dog trials at the end of May. ● There is little restriction in the walks nearby although during lambing certain fields may be off-limits. ● Keilder Forest and Hadrians Wall, with limitless walking, are both within half an hour’s drive. ● Newcastleton is the nearest small town. Dogs are welcome in the bar at The Grapes Hotel (tel. 01387 375245) in Douglas Square which offers good quality home cooked bar meals.
that nothing is too much trouble and a flexibility to meet requests. For example dogs can be left if necessary, if not in the apartment than in a horse loose box.
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Margaret with Cassie.
The apartment was compact and well appointed.
Bailey Mill would suit country loving dog-owning people, couples or groups who like to be off the beaten track in a rural setting. Children would love the open spaces, the busy atmosphere of the stables and farm with the resident sheepdogs. The three apartments range from sleeping two to six and there is certainly room for one or two small to large dogs in all apartments.
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Back to nature
One of the Airdent chalets surrounded by trees and blossom.
Be active or relaxed at these wildlife-friendly chalets.
A comfy double room in the chalet.
The chalet’s kitchen, minus the welcoming loaf!
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irdeny has seven chalets set in 3½ acres of natural habitat. The resort has joined the Green Tourism Business Scheme and has been awarded a silver grading. Guests are asked to try and adhere to this policy and recycling facilities are available on site. Our chalet had a double ensuite room, a twin room and a room with bunk beds.
Out and about
● Oban is 20 minutes from Taynuilt. From Oban, there is plenty of scop e to visit the Western Isles with a regular ferry service. ● We drove 10 miles south to Seil, the mos northerly of th t e Slate Island s accessible over the incred by car ibly steep Atla ntic Bridge. W headed for th e e settlement of Ellenabeich after a walk ro and und the smal l harbour happ upon the Oys ened ter Bar restau rant and brew (tel. 01852 30 ery 0121). Here w e were all give a warm welco n me, especially by the open fi casting a cosy re glow over the flagstones. ● The village of Taynuilt ne stles on the sh of Loch Etive ores and has shop s, a post office tea room, hote , l and bar and a nine-hole go course and te lf nnis courts.
Katrina and Gaea both found the wildlife exciting.
There is a large stock of books, CDs and DVDs in the reception, which can be borrowed free of charge. Dogs aren’t allowed to be left alone in the chalet nor on to the furniture.
What gets Airdeny Chalets into this guide? Our wooden three-bedroom lodge was clean with comfortable furnishings and plenty of space — and an impressive home-baked fruit loaf sitting on the table when we arrived. Just outside the gates is the quiet road to Glen Lonan which offers an easy route to walk. At night we ate in the chalet, which was very well equipped. The local fish van visits the site on Wednesdays at 6.30pm. Jenifer appeared very relaxed about dogs in the lodges and there were no regulations about where we could walk or the resulting muddy paws Gaea made a friend while on her holiday!
“It’s a beautiful place to sit the deckin outside on g the wildl and watch ife.” on the carpet. However, we did ensure paws and coats were rubbed down before entering the main accommodation. The chalets look towards Ben Cruachan and Glen Etive. The Airdeny grounds are frequently visited by a host of wildlife including otters, red squirrels, deer, woodpeckers and many wild birds. There’s a wildlife diary which you can complete in the reception. There is plenty of information on local walks and attractions within the chalet.
Who Airdeny Chalets would and wouldn’t suit Airdeny offers a range of activities including painting courses, fused glass workshops, fly fishing and wildlife photography. It is an excellent location for a relaxing break where you can be as active or inactive as you like. It’s a beautiful place to sit outside on the decking and watch the wildlife.
Gaea’s view “I had lots of walks in the beautiful, peaceful countryside and slept soundly in my cosy chalet. I made a few friends and enjoyed watching all the different wild animals that came to say hello.”
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The more the merrier!
● Name of property: B raehead Cot ● Location: tage. Angus, Forf ar. ● Type of fa cilities: B& B. ● Tested b y: Dog owne r Allan Mac two English Leod and hi Pointers Fo s ssil and Rol ● Cost: £3 o. 0 per person per night fo double and r the large twin rooms; £28 per pe for the smal rson per nigh l double. Sin t gle person £15 per nigh supplemen t. N t of ● Who to co o charge for dogs; no limit. ntact: Sheila and Phill In Braehead C gham, ottage, Fina vo n, By Forfar DD8 3PX, te , Angus l. 01307 85 0715; emai braeheadba l enquiry@ ndb.co.uk; w w ● Tester’s w.braeheadb rating: ★ ★ andb.co.uk ★★★
Dogs are the priority at this charming B&B.
Allan, Fossil and Rolo.
Braehead Cottage and its lovely garden.
he Braehead Cottage B&B has three rooms — one large twin, a large double and a small double. All the rooms are very spacious, with a TV with freeview and DVD player, and tea and coffee-making facilities. All the rooms are ensuite. There is a living/dining room with very comfortable leather sofas and a widescreen TV. There’s also a large selection of books and DVDs that you can borrow.
What gets Braehead Cottage into this guide?
area especially with the dogs in mind. There is a large field where you can exercise dogs, and some woodland paths for lovely walks — just be careful that your dogs don’t disappear chasing the resident roe deer! Poo bags are provided free of charge at the B&B. You can’t leave dogs unattended in the bedrooms, and if you do want to leave them behind when you go out they would have to be left in the car. Nearby there is an hotel where you can go for a meal or drink, but the path is along the side of a busy road. Dogs are unfortunately not allowed. You can bring takeaway food to the B&B and eat it there, where they can provide you with plates and cutlery.
Who Braehead Cottage
Dogs are allowed in all the stylish rooms.
The cottage’s lounge has comfy leather sofas.
Fossil and Rolo’s view
Sheila and Phill have three dogs would and wouldn’t suit — two Golden Retrievers and a huge Newfoundland, who are all very friendly. The Braehead B&B would probably suit The owners give priority to guests with mainly couples but families would be dogs rather than those without. If you welcome as well, and the more dogs “We wante have forgotten your dog’s bed or basket the merrier! d to stay on the be d ay long, b one can be provided on request at no ach all ut at tr e ats to com least we had tasty extra cost. Water bowls and doggy treats e back to in our roo are provided in all the rooms as well as m.” cleaning products for any accidents. Dogs are expected to sleep on the floor and are not allowed up on to the furniture. The owners are very understanding about accidents, and will come and clean up if you Allan’s Pointers are unable to do so yourself. disappeared into the distance on the beach! Dogs are allowed in all areas, including the dining ach that e reserve has a be room while you are eating, as ● St Cyrus natur 4 830736). 69 01 l. (te les mi for long as they are well-behaved seems to go on Glen Clova ens we went up and don’t cause a nuisance. ● At the Angus Gl ll. We ep-sided Glen Do There is also a small enclosed and up into the ste l. 01575 (te tel Ho a Glen Clov garden just outside where they had lunch at the the in gs are welcome can be left. Prior to our visit 550350), where do a. Sheila sent me some information climbers’ bar are on things to do in the surrounding
iority “The owners give pr rather to guests with dogs than those without.”
Dog-friendly places nearby
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Dog owners’ delight A characterful Cotswold cottage where your dog’s comfort and safety is the prime consideration.
he Old Coachhouse is a two-bedroomed cottage in the Cotswolds, built in the grounds of the Edgecombe Estate, Brimscombe. With its traditional, homely décor, it is equipped with everything you could possibly need for a week away and suitable for up to five people. The main entrance is at the back of the cottage, via a gate and a number of large
Ryan, Liz, Adele, Poppy and Murphy outside The Old Coachhouse.
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The Cotswolds offer stunning views and walks.
● Name of property: Th e Old Coach Holiday Cot house tage. ● Location: Brimscombe , Glouceste ● Type of fa rshire. cilities: Sel f-catering co ● Tested b ttage. y: Dog owne r Liz Thomas Mills, Ryan , Adele Com ● Cost: From pton, Murphy and Pop py. £150 for a weekend br (low season eak ) to £675 pe r week (high Dogs are fre season). e but a £35 returnable de requested. posit is Number of dogs negotia ● Who to co ble. ntact: Mrs Smith, The Old Coachho use, Toadsm oor Road, Brimscombe , Stroud, G loucestershi GL5 2UL, te re l. 01453 88 3147; emai doggybreak l ros@ s.co.uk; ww w .doggybrea ● Tester’s ks.co.uk rating: ★ ★ ★★★
steps, at the bottom of which is the 24ft circular swimming pool (covered in winter). This whole area, including the garden, is enclosed so you can let your dogs out without any risk of them venturing off into the surrounding fields. There is patio furniture and a barbecue. The living room is small and cosy but has two sofas (one a bed settee) and a table and chairs. There is also a wood-burning stove in this room — a fantastic addition for winter visits. Off the living room is the kitchen, small but perfectly well equipped. This leads to a hallway — ideal for muddy boots and jackets. The bathroom and second double bedroom lead off the hallway. The main double bedroom, which is absolutely gorgeous with a very romantic feel, is on the first floor, reached via a wrought iron staircase. This room can also be accessed from outside the cottage. Both bedrooms have televisions and the there is a TV/DVD combi in the living room.
The cottage also boasts a hot tub under the gazebo, but the real winner for dog lovers has to be the dog kennel — a large converted stable, full of beds and toys! There are some heaters in this room to keep the dogs cosy in winter. It really is fantastic to be able to go out for a few hours and leave your dogs in the kennel knowing that they will be safe and secure, and can’t cause too much damage.
What gets The Old Coachhouse into this guide? This property is most definitely dog friendly; the enclosed garden is perfect and the dog kennel a godsend. The owners of the cottage have their
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The cottage boasts a hot tub under the gazebo.
Out and about ● Dogs are welcome on leads in Keynes Country Park (tel. 01285 868096; www. keynescountrypark.com), which is part of the Cotswold Water Park (tel. 01793 752413; www.waterpark.org). We took the dogs round one of the lakes where there were a number of sculptures. Although dogs are not allowed on the main beaches within the country park, there is a dog swimming beach for them to enjoy. Keynes Country Park offers ● If you are happy leaving your dog some interesting walks. in the cottage kennel take a drive into Stroud. It is a beautiful town full of individual shops, including a fantastic chocolate shop called Confection Affection (tel. 01453 755777; www.confectionaffection. co.uk) which sells, among other things, some wonderful dog-shaped chocolates!
own dogs and are very friendly and welcoming; they made a great fuss of Murphy and Poppy and had provided lots of information about dog-friendly places to go. The surrounding area is beautiful and there are many lovely walks from the cottage. I just love the way that this cottage is so safe for your dogs, the garden is enlosed and there is kennelling if you need it. While the cottage itself is clean and comfortable you still don’t feel overly concerned about the dogs being there — the flooring is dog friendly and the soft furnishings too (not white or cream!).
Who The Old Coachhouse would and wouldn’t suit The cottage is suitable for families and for couples, although the steps to the back door are quite tricky, so the elderly might struggle with them and also disabled
The Old Coachhouse has two bedrooms…
There are a number of dog-friendly pubs near the cottage; we visited The Lamb Inn in nearby Eastcombe (tel. 01452 770261). The staff were very friendly and fetched a bowl of water for the dogs when we arrived. We ate there both days and both meals were excellent value for money and very tasty.
people, similarly families with very young children in pushchairs. Care needs to be taken around the pool with younger children. Inside The Old Coachhouse has been decorated traditional style, but it has all the mod cons. This all adds to the charm of the cottage and we thought it was perfect!
s dog lover r o f nverted o r c e e n g r in a w l l nel — a “The rea n e k g o d the d toys!” n a has to be s d e b ull of The Old Coachhouse is stable, f
…and a small, well-equipped kitchen.
The exterior is pretty and welcoming.
Murphy tests out the cottage kennel.
traditional and charming.
Murphy and Poppy’s view “We got a wonderful greeting from the owners who made us feel very welcome. But we got very excited when we discovered a special playroom just for us. There were lots of dog-friendly places to visit as well as lovely walks. True doggy heaven!”
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Picture perfect Combine designer chic with rural bliss for a p peaceful break. Picturesque Looe is only 10 minutes away.
● Name of property: Tr enant Park ● Location: Cottages. Sandplace, near Looe, ● Type of fa Cornwall. cilities: Sel f-catering ho ● Tested b liday cottag y: Your Dog es. secretary S her mum D ophie King allas and th and ei r Ja ● Cost: From ck Russell Boo. £255 – £395 to £560 – £1 per week (lo ,150 (high se w season) as week; extra on). Dogs £1 dogs by arra 5 per ngement. ● Contact Details: Mrs Li z Lodge, San Chapman, dplace, Looe Trenant , Cornwall P 01503 2636 L13 1PH, te 39; email Li l. z@holiday-c ● Tester’s ottage.com rating: ★ ★ ★★★ The exterior is pretty and welcoming.
renant Park Cottages are located deep in picturesque countryside but close to the friendly town of Looe. There are four cottages in total and we stayed in Holm Oak Cottage, which was immaculate and beautifully decorated. This cottage has three bedrooms, each a good size and tastefully arranged. The views from the bedrooms are breathtaking, with trees, hills and what seems like everlasting greenness! It was lovely to wake up to every morning. The lounge/kitchen is a large room towards the front of the cottage and is very welcoming with a cosy open fire, leather sofa and several nice little touches. There are two bathrooms, one ensuite, and all towels and bed linen are included. The cottage also has a meals service, where you can order a range of different meals and have them delivered. The back garden is completely fenced off for dogs to run around in
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Dallas and Boo enjoying the sun.
and d there th h is i a dog d run. Cattle graze further down the drive and there are plenty of walks to enjoy.
What gets Trenant Park Cottages into this guide? The cottage was a pleasure to stay in and I couldn’t fault it. Liz Chapman is warm and friendly and when we arrived, she made sure we had plenty of logs and coal for the fire and gave us a booklet with details of all the dog-friendly restaurants/ pubs you could take your dog to and walks you could try. The surrounding countryside is fantastic — there is also a lot of wildlife including wild ducks, owls and squirrels. It’s a lovely environment for any dog and their owner.
Stylish comfort throughout.
A cosy fire and homely touches are in abundance.
Who Trenant Park would and wouldn’t suit These cottages would suit virtually anybody although some children might get a little bored as there are no swings or toys to play with, and while there are more than enough places to explore outdoors, inside the only things to keep them occupied are the TV and jigsaw puzzles. I think the cottages would be better suited to a group of adults. They are quite tucked away and the drive leading up to them is a long walk so having a car is advisable. Obviously there are ways around this, perhaps by getting a taxi into Looe and surrounding areas, or catching a bus.
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There are eight Wringworthy Cottages.
Cottages. all. ringworthy ● Name: W Looe, Cornw . Morval, near ay cottages n: lid o ti ho g ca rin Lo te ● ca her fel d S an s: g cilitie ophie Kin ● Type of fa secretary S og D ur Yo . y: Boo ● Tested b ck Russell ason) to and their Ja eek (low se w r r pe mum Dallas 25 £3 – £18 each pe 80 s £1 og D ). ● Cost: From igh season (h k ee w r 40 pe £430 – £1,2 negotiable. Spencer, ber of dogs week; num hael & Kim l Details: Mic oe, Cornwal t Lo ac l, nt o va C or ● lidays@ Cottages, M ho y l th ai or em ; gw 0685 Wrin tel, 01503 24 .wringworthy.co.uk PL13 1PR, www k; .u co y. th wringwor ★★★ rating: ★ ★ ● Tester’s
The games room would appeal to children.
Cornish cream Children and dogs alike will love the quaint charm of these Cornish cottages.
ringworthy Cottages are set in the countryside about 10 minutes’ drive from Looe. There are eight cottages; we stayed in Weaver’s Cottage, which was one of the largest. On first impression it looked very appealing and the gardens were neat. The interior was impeccably clean but plain and quite old-fashioned. Our cottage had five rooms, with three bedrooms sleeping seven people. The kitchen/lounge is large but again very basic, with a meter that you have to top up when the heating goes off. There is also a two-bar electric fire. There are two bathrooms, one Sophie ensuite, and bed and Boo. linen and towels are provided. The facilities include a games room and a heated outdoor swimming pool. Dogs are
One of the bedrooms.
allowed everywhere, although we kept Boo on a lead, as we were worried he might chase the chickens or run on to the road. The main road is very close so dogs need to be on a lead or very well behaved, as there is no fencing to stop them running into it. Although the property was completely dog friendly, dogs are excluded in July and August. This seems a shame, as many people might like to bring their dogs for a summer break.
The large kitchen/lounge.
are dog “The cottages dogs are friendly and here inside.” w y n a d e w o ll a
What gets Wringworthy Cottages into this guide?
Who the Cottages would and wouldn’t suit
The cottages are dog friendly and dogs are allowed anywhere inside. You can also rent crates for car journeys or if you want to leave your dog for a short period while you go out. The surrounding Cornish countryside is absolutely beautiful, with lots of fields, hills and walks. On arrival we received a booklet with details of walks and dog-friendly beaches and pubs.
This property would definitely suit children and older couples. There was a large games room with a pool table and plenty of videos/DVDs, books and toys. Outside there was a heated swimming pool and lots of room for football or cricket. Children can also feed the chickens. In my opinion the property would be perfect if it was modernized a little. Enjoy some wonderful sea views.
Out and about ● I thought Cornwall was the most dog-friendly place I’ve ever visited! We ventured into Looe, which was about 10 minutes away by car and noticed that water bowls were often placed outside pubs, shops and restaurants for dogs to drink from. ● Almost every pub we went into accepted dogs, provided we sat in the bar area to eat and not the restaurant. Even when we wandered around the shops, shopkeepers happily invited us to bring Boo in. ● The walks around this area are fantastic. The harbour is lovely although dogs are not allowed on the beach but there are plenty of other beaches a short drive away that are dog friendly. ● We drove to Polperro, which has lots of shops and a lovely, dog-friendly pub on the corner as you walk towards the harbour. We did a coastal walk here, which we thoroughly enjoyed — lots of fresh air, fantastic sea views and plenty of exercise!
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Isle of Wigsorhted by Spon
There are many great walks that criss-cross the Isle of Wight.
Dogs come first A self-catering bungalow built with dogs in mind.
adgers’ Watch has two double bedrooms — one with twin beds and one with a double bed. No children under 12 are allowed except by prior agreement. Bed linen and towels are provided, and the beds are made up. There is car parking for two cars. A water bowl is provided in the house. Cleaning equipment for accidents are provided, plus poo bags and a bin. You are asked to pick up the dog poo in the garden before leaving. The bungalow is very comfortable the lounge/dining area has a large gas fire and there is central heating throughout the property. The kitchen is very well equipped with a washing machine, fridge, microwave and separate freezer. There is a split hob and double oven and plenty of crockery, cutlery and glasses for those who wish to eat in. There’s a drying-off yard alongside the bungalow including a hosepipe for washing down dogs. Dogs are allowed anywhere in the house. Laminate flooring in the hall and porches and a tiled floor in the kitchen mean accidents are easy to
● Name of property: B adgers’ Wat ● Location: ch. Winford, Is le of Wight. ● Type of fa cilities: Sel f-catering bungalow. ● Tested b y: Dog owne r Liz Scott her husban and d Bob plus their dogs S and Snip. prout ● Cost: From £315 – £675 breaks avai per week (s lable at prohort rata cost pl additional cl us an eaning char ge ). Dogs go and the num free ber of canine guests wishi to stay is ne ng gotiable. ● Who to co ntact: Willia m Franklin, tel. 07971 09 7998; emai l sales@ dogfriendly holidays.ne t; www. dogfriendly holidays.ne t ● Tester’s rating: ★ ★ ★★★
clean up. There is plenty of room for dog cages and beds. A welcome pack includes tea, milk, butter, wine, nibbles and biscuits.
What gets Badgers’ Watch into this guide? Badgers’ Watch welcomes dogs with a mat saying “Wipe your paw” and a bowl of fresh water. The owners set up the property for dogs first and humans second, after encountering problems when hiring dog-friendly self-catering properties themselves. A plaque on the sitting room wall explains how the self-catering property came about. The large garden is divided into two sections. The top garden, with two netted
The views are stunning on a clear day.
ponds, is securely fenced and is totally dog-proof, from the smallest to the largest dog. The bottom garden isn’t guaranteed against digging terriers. The yard between the front and back gate is totally secure and an ideal spot to leave dogs to dry out after a long walk.
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The Isle of Wight is wonderful holiday destination for dog owners.
There are some great coastal walks on the island.
welcomes h c t a W ’ “Badgers t saying a m a h it dogs w ” and a w a p r u o “Wipe y h water.” s e r f f o bowl There is also a bin for dog waste which is emptied for you by the proprietors. The Country Press, which is free on the ferry, details all the current attractions and there are plenty of brochures to browse through in the bungalow. The information folder gives details of local vets and also a dog grooming parlour. The visitors’ book also makes a good read, and offers plenty of advice and ideas should you need them. There are lots of local walks straight from the bungalow — you can You are never far from the sea during your stay.
Out and about
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walk all day. Many well signposted walks are within easy driving distance. The island is full of pubs and restaurants selling local produce and locally caught fish. There is also the award-winning fish and chip shop at Brading which is quite close by. The owners are full of information about the island and what dogs can do and where they can go. Their own dogs enjoy a wonderful lifestyle, and use the grooming parlour on a regular basis. Although the owners are not always around, if you need any help you can call or email them. They have just about thought of everything your dog and you might need while staying at Badgers’ Watch — as their visitors’ book will testify! They are hoping to do up another dog-friendly holiday bungalow in the area in due course. The bungalow gets booked up well in advance so an early booking is essential. The whole island appears very dog friendly and a wonderful place for a holiday with dogs.
Liz explores with Snip and Sprout.
Who Badgers’ Watch would and wouldn’t suit Badgers’ Watch is an ideal let for older people, couples with parents, or couples with their dogs. However, it isn’t suitable for wheelchairs as there are steps up into the property both front and back. This is ideal for nature lovers, as red squirrels are resident in the garden and badgers call in the evenings. Food is provided for the animals and fish. The wildlife can be watched through the big French windows, which open out on to a decking area.
Sprout and Snip’s view
“After a long walk over th e downs it great to be was able to stre tch out in fr the fire and ont of dream of do ggy things. lovely to sp It was end time in the garden without havi ng to be wat ched over.”
Sprout and Snip relax after a day of walking.
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The countryside views are stunning.
Isle of Wigsorhted by Spon
Whisky invites you in Liz with Sprout and Snip.
“Seahorses is a perfect family guest house.”
A family guest house with a welcome from the resident dog, Whisky.
orses. operty: Seah ● Name of pr of Wight. le Is , er Freshwat ● Location: lities: B&B. t ● Type of faci and Bob Scot g owners Liz Do : by ● Tested . ip Sprout and Sn (low season) on per week with their dogs £217 per pers m stay for half fro 13 ts to ar e St ● Cost: ren aged thre ld hi C ). on own cot. High as ur se please take yo to £245 (high t bu e fre ay rees st e number of price; under th r dogs and th . No charge fo ed id ov pr r ai ch s, is negotiable. coff, Seahorse canine guests and Boris Mos da en Br t: P, ac nt PO40 9P ● Who to co Isle of Wight k; , Freshwater, email@example.com io sVictoria Road se or ah 2574; email se 75 3 98 01 l. te om sisleofwight.c www.seahorse ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ g: tin ● Tester’s ra
eahorses, a former Victorian rectory and owned by The Sheiling Trust, has four large ensuite bedrooms. Dogs are allowed in all the rooms apart from the dining room, but shouldn’t be left on their own in rooms. There are two conservatories and a large sitting room. Should you need to let your dog out during the night there is a quick and quiet route through one of the conservatories on to the back lawn. Dinner isn’t served unless by prior arrangement. However, there is a barbecue which you can fire up — Brenda and Boris are more than happy for you to bring your own food, wine and beer.
Seahorses has a large sitting room.
The large double bedroom.
What gets Seahorses into this guide? Seahorses sits in just over a hectare of garden with plenty of lawn for dogs to romp and play on. The garden is walled and fenced, but dogs can get out of the back into the front garden and car park. There is a spade in the greenhouse for lifting the dog poo off the lawns. Should There is an art and craft centre at Seahorses.
Out and about ● The Red Lion pub (tel. 01983 754925) serves delicious food and “loves dogs”. The Kings Head (tel. 01983 760351) in Yarmouth is another dog-friendly pub. ● The bus stops outside Seahorses and goes all round the island — dogs are welcome on the buses. ● There are loads of fantastic walks on the doorstep — the coastal path runs through the bottom of the garden. Beaches towards Freshwater are dog friendly in the summer but towards Yarmouth there are restrictions. There are maps all over the walls in the lobby and a tide clock in the reception area.
your dog go into the large fish pond a towel can be supplied to dry him off. Brenda is happy to make coffee and tea and light the fire when the weather is cold on your return from the pub. The two resident dogs, Whisky and Pippa, live in one half of the house, but will come and meet you if invited. There is a sign from Whisky in the front porch welcoming visitors.
Who Seahorses would and wouldn’t suit Seahorses is a perfect family guest house. There is an art and craft centre for children and adults, but you do need to make sure you are booked in before you arrive. Groups of people are also welcome with their dogs — perfect for ramblers. Brenda is very happy to include dinner for groups but you would need to discuss this in advance.
Sprout and Snip’s view “A fantastic place for sniffs, we thought the big garden was just the greatest fun! Whisky and Pippa were lovely hosts.”
There are lots of great walks.
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East Sussexsored by Spon
To the manor born! The perfect country house getaway for a relaxing break.
● Name of property: P ekes Manor ● Location: . Near Hailsha m, East Sus ● Type of fa sex. cilities: Sel f-catering co ● Tested b ttages. y: Dog owne r Carolyn M Polish Low enteith and land Sheep her dog Digby. ● Cost: From £200 per w eek for the the Gate C smallest pr ottage, whi operty, ch sleeps fo for the larg ur – six, to est, the man £4,830 or house its between 16 elf, which sl – 18. Not al eeps l properties in those that are dog frie are, two do ndly but gs go free. are charged The next tw at £7 each o dogs with four be number, alth ing the max ough this is imum open to ne ● Who to co gotiation. ntact: Pekes Cross, Nea Manor, Nas r Hailsham, h Street, G olden East Susse 020 7352 80 x BN27 4A 88; email pe D, tel. ke s.afa@virgin pekesmanor .net; www. .com ● Tester’s rating: ★ ★ ★★★
Tudor View — one of the properties at Pekes Manor.
“It was com fortable, relaxing, had great views...”
The beach at Brighton isn’t far away.
here is a property at Pekes Manor to suit just about everyone. Situated in the middle of the beautiful East Sussex countryside, down a private drive well away from main roads, Pekes Manor is located 12 miles inland from Eastbourne, and 18 miles from Brighton. It is fairly isolated but that is part of its charm, and it has spectacular views from some of the properties, including the one we stayed in, Tudor View. The décor is immaculate and the cottage we stayed in was beautifully and tastefully decorated.
What gets Pekes Manor into this guide? It has many additional facilities that make it a fabulous place to stay. First of all there is a heated indoor swimming pool, which is shared by all the people who are staying at Pekes. It is large and set in a building surrounded by exotic plants. Then there is a jacuzzi and sauna. While this is also shared, some of the properties have their own jacuzzi. There is also a hard tennis court, a table tennis table and a sandpit for children. Pekes Manor is certainly dog friendly. All the properties where dogs are allowed have private and totally enclosed gardens. The one we stayed in had the door to the garden going off the main bedroom, so it was easy for emergency wees at 3am! The rooms at Pekes Manor are tastefully decorated.
“I felt like the lord of the manor in these wonderful surroundings. The house had a great garden for me to explore. I’m sure I spotted the odd hen or two during my stay!” The swimming pool is a real bonus.
Outside of your own property, dogs should be on a lead, as there are free-range hens as well as cats.
Who Pekes Manor would and wouldn’t suit These properties would suit everyone from a couple who wanted to get away for a week with their dog, to larger groups who wanted to have a country house party with some canine company. They really would suit country lovers who are looking to get away from it all but not people who don’t drive, or who want to be able to walk to the shops or local pub. As there are no obvious outdoor dog-washing facilities, the properties might be a bit too upmarket and immaculate for those who want to tramp across the countryside all day in bogs and swamps, and then bring their wet, slimy, mud-encrusted dogs back to crash by the fire. We loved it; it was comfortable, relaxing, had great views and a garden that I could put Digby into and then not worry. It felt grand enough to imbue a sense of spoiling ourselves but not so grand that we felt uncomfortable. I would have liked some poo bins however!
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Cosy cottages Fantastic sea views and cliff top walks that go on for miles. Beach Cottage (the grey one) looks directly over the sea.
● Name of property: B each Cotta ● Location: ge. Seaford, Eas t Sussex. ● Type of fa cilities: Sel f-catering co ● Tested b ttage. y: Dog owne r Carolyn M Polish Low enteith and land Sheep her do g ● Cost: From Digby. £300 per w eek (low seas (high). Dogs on) to £450 go free. Num ber of dogs ● Who to co negotiable. ntact: Julia Lewis, Clare Seaford, Eas mont Road, t Sussex, te l. 07973 48 cottage@be 2896; emai achcottages. l info; www.b ● Tester’s eachcottage rating: ★ ★ s.info ★★★ Your dog will love the walking in this area.
his small but cosy self-catering cottage sleeps up to five people (in three rooms), and looks directly over the sea at Seaford, a town on the East Sussex coast. It isn’t a big property but is spread over three floors. Beach Cottage is right on the seafront just outside Seaford centre; two of the three bedrooms have fantastic sea views and in the main bedroom you can sit in the window and watch the waves. There is one bathroom on the second floor. There are two flights
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of stairs, both narrow, steep and open-sided. The ground floor consists of a living room with an open fireplace, a small room with a table and a wood burning stove, and a small galley kitchen.
What gets Beach Cottage into this guide? When I booked, the owner said that it wasn’t a luxury cottage, in fact it was a bit scruffy but homely — and that was exactly how it felt. It was a bit like staying at a friend’s house while they were away and I felt comfortable and at home. Beach Cottage is dog friendly — the owner has a dog who lives there when they are on holiday. As soon as you walk into the dining room, you spot the dog bowls. The owner asks that if your dogs sleep on the bed you bring a throw to protect the covers. While there is no garden, there is a large green area outside which has several poo bins and is good for last thing at night or first thing in the morning.
● The Beach Cottage website has a wealth of information on places you can visit nearby (some dog friendly, others less so). The highlight of this holiday though is the walks and the access to the South Downs. ● Eastbourne is only a short drive away if you fancy visiting a seaside town and having an ice cream while walking along the beach. ● There are lots of dog-friendly pubs The views from the around Beach cottage are fantastic. Cottage and there is a list in the cottage. We visited the Cricketers’ Arms (tel. 01323 870469) in nearby Berwick Village and had an excellent meal.
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Carolyn and Digby watch the waves.
“You can s it in the win dow and watch the waves.” But the best thing about Beach Cottage is its proximity to fabulous walks. The beach is stony and not great for walking but the esplanade is long and good to walk on. Just outside the town you can get on to Seaford Head and walk along the cliff tops for miles.
Who Beach Cottage would and wouldn’t suit Beach Cottage would suit a couple, a family, or maybe two couples, and of course their dogs, who want to enjoy staying by the sea. It wouldn’t suit people who want an immaculate show home to stay in, or who like a lot of space, or who want ‘extras’. You can get about by public transport, but it would be better to have a car to explore the area and access some of the amazing walks.
Digby’s view “I felt very at home in this cosy seaside cottage, particularly when I saw the dog bowls! There were lots of lovely countryside walks and some great dog-friendly pubs to chill out in afterwards.”
Beach Cottage is basically but comfortably furnished.
I’ll be back! A lovely self-catering property in stunning surroundings — what more could you ask?
ilcolgan Premier Bungalow is surrounded by beautiful downs just 15 minutes’ walk from Rottingdean village centre. It has three bedrooms: one double, one twin, and one single with a pull-out guest bed. The twin bedroom has an ensuite shower and washbasin and there’s a family bathroom with bath and shower, plus a separate WC. A large living room with TV and DVD player, a dining room which seats six, and a lovely family kitchen, with breakfast bar, table, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, electric cooker, microwave and toaster complete the layout. There is also a washing machine and tumble-dryer in the utility area just off the kitchen. The split-level back garden has a patio The bungalow has a large living room.
● Name of property: K ilcolgan Pre ● Location: mier Bunga Rottingdea low. n, near Brig ● Type of fa hton, East cilities: Thre Sussex. e-bedroom bungalow w ed self-cate ith fully encl ring osed garden ● Tested b . y: Adele an d Tom Mills and German with Staffie Shepherd M Mansun urphy. ● Cost: £6 00 – £930 pe r week, depe and £35 pe nding on se r pet. Numbe ason, r of dogs ne ● Who to co gotiable. ntact: Mr J. St George, 7250 3678, tel. 020 email jc.stg eorge@virg holidaybung in.net; www alowsbright onuk.com ● Tester’s rating: ★ ★ ★★★
Tom, Adele, Mansun and Murphy.
“The area is lovely for relaxing dog walks and trips to the beach.” area with garden furniture and a built-in BBQ. The bungalow has a drive for off-road parking.
What gets Kilcolgan Bungalow into this guide? The lovely garden is fully enclosed with double lockable gates to the side of the property (ideal to use when you come in with wet, soggy dogs after a trip to one of The property is the many nearby beaches or the downs). very welcoming. Wooden floors in the hall, living room and dining room and a tiled floor in the kitchen remove the worry of messing up carpets. This property is very inviting; you walk into the long hallway and the bedrooms are all situated at the front of the property with the living/dining room and kitchen overlooking the pretty gardens at the back. ling the p m sa ys a g as The bungalow is ideally placed; it’s ouple of d n c ri a tu t n n e ve ● We sp the area, h nice and quiet but within easy reach of eaches in pretty wit b l ry u rf ve e s d a n wo hich w ber Rottingdean village centre (although bourne w ogs (Octo far as East h for the d c a llywell e o it’s uphill coming back so be b H le e b th b t e a p e ly e ff ve o a lo f prepared!) and literally has the downs pped for c o o s st d a e lo W h – April). afront wit water for s on the se sh e m fr o f o o R ls a Murphy loved playing Te bow ating and on the beach. outdoor se even S e th d n you will fi y the dogs. a h w it a w s ) 0 10 mile 3 87028 ● Around (tel. 0132 ng untry Park o C gain offeri a , rs m te o is S nd a tea ro a s lk a w lovely h ach, whic your dogs. ted the be si water for m vi a e re w c n y gdea scrumm ● In Rottin wed by a 2837) llo 0 3 fo , 3 7 d 2 ve 1 lo l. 0 the dogs aurant (te Trellis Rest galow. n u b tea at The e th 01) lk back to 273 3003 on the wa tel (tel. 01 o H s e g o rs d o ite H food and ● The Wh e th ffers lovely ll o a t n d o fr ye a (ours enjo on the se r a b e th me in are welco ffer). fuss on o Where to
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on the doorstep. Our dogs loved these, although there were sheep and horses in the first few fields to be aware of. The area is lovely for relaxing dog walks and trips to the beach, with Brighton just three miles down the road if you want a little more excitement.
Who Kilcolgan Bungalow would and wouldn’t suit There are steep steps at the front of the property which could be a problem for the less able-bodied although the entrance from the side is sloped and could be used as an alternative. Plenty of WCs and showers, preventing squabbles over the use of the bathroom, mean the bungalow is ideal for a larger family. A cot and high chair are also available on request. All in all this was a lovely property in stunning surroundings which I would recommend and definitely revisit.
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Liz, Sprout and Snip.
Take to the hills Relax at the Castle Inn Hotel’s bar after a walk in the Purbeck Hills.
he Castle Inn Hotel is a family-run 16th century thatched pub and hotel. The rooms are ensuite, with tea and coffee-making facilities, and TVs. Dogs are allowed in the two comfy snug bars, which sell a wide range of wine and real ale. The large landscaped garden has won awards, with several terraces and seating from which to admire the views of the Purbeck Hills. Dogs are allowed in the garden if under control. Canine guests aren’t allowed in the restaurant, but food can be served in the bar areas and the garden.
What gets the Castle Inn Hotel into this guide? The reception is extremely friendly, with nothing too much trouble for the long-standing staff. Our room was warm, clean and non-dog smelling. Dogs may be left in your room during meals or during the day. With permission and if not overweight, they get a sausage for breakfast and sometimes a slice of beef in the bar at the end of the day. The food at the Castle Inn is excellent and varied. Lulworth village is very picturesque. It’s dog friendly but dog poo has to be picked up — there are receptacles in the village and in the main car park. Lulworth Cove is a five-minute walk
The pretty and welcoming Castle Inn Hotel.
There are lots of games to choose from in the bar.
ars, which b g u n s o w t owed in the .” “Dogs are all and real ale e in w f o ge n a sell a wide r without using your car. There are walks in from the hotel through the village. There are footpaths along the side of the main road to avoid most of the traffic.
Who the Castle Inn Hotel would and wouldn’t suit The Castle Inn is the perfect pub for families and single people alike. The bar is busy and the locals are very chatty and welcoming. The pub is perfectly located for walks
cafes, fish and cream parlours, ● Lulworth has ice ntre. ce ge rita he ll as the chip shops, as we g fudge, fossils, llin se s op sh ral ● There are seve and wine. bss newspapers, gifts o dog-friendly pu the village has tw of e ntr ce the e d Th an ) ● 400253 Hotel (tel. 01929 — the Cromwell 0333). 40 9 92 01 l. (te Lulworth Cove Inn times and local gazine, with tide ● The Lulworth ma r. ba able in the main activities, is avail
every direction from the pub, either down to the coast or up on the hills. The coastal path, which takes in some fantastic views, is very steep in either direction so could be a problem for less able-bodied people. The path up to Durdle Door is tarmacked and easy to walk up — wheelchairs have been taken up there, although I wouldn’t suggest it! I’d thoroughly recommend the Castle Inn to everyone at any time of the year.
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“Sausage s for brea kfast, yum — set us yum up nicely for an ene day walkin rgetic g the coa stal path.”
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● Name of property: Th e Castle Inn ● Location: Hotel. West Lulwor th, Dorset. ● Type of fa cilities: Pub and hotel. ● Tested b y: Dog owne r Liz Scott husband B and her ob plus thei r dogs Sprou ● Cost: Sin t and Snip. gle room £4 9 per night; twin £79 pe double or r night; fam ily room £8 A non-refund 9 per night. able deposi t of £40 requ booking. D ired for each ogs go free of charge; no ● Who to co maximum. ntact: Stuar t and Wendy The Castle Inn Hotel, M Halliday, ain Road, W Dorset BH20 est Lulworth 5RN, tel. 01 , 929 400311 office@lulw ; email orthinn.com ; www.thec lulworthcove astleinn.co.uk ● Tester’s rating: ★ ★ ★★★
A local fishing family hangs washed-up buckets on their ‘Bucket and Spade Tree’. Plenty of room for comfy dog beds.
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reat. ky Paws Ret perty: Muc ro lk. p f fo o or e N , ● Nam ingham Great Cress ● Location: B. cilities: B& as, Lesley ● Type of fa ner Liz Thom ow og D y: el. ni pa S r ● Tested b ke one dog, py the Coc op P d people and o an tw r fo t Turner gh ni more r £59 pe charge for ● Cost: From g. No extra ba y gg do ganic negotiable. includes or r of dogs is and Kevin , dogs; numbe ntact: Leigh Huthwaite Cressingham co at ● Who to Street, Gre e l Th ai s, em ne ; Vi 760 756303 Taylor, The 6NL, tel. 01 l.com Norfolk IP25 @googlemai at re wsret uk o. .c themuckypa at re pawsret www.mucky ★★★ rating: ★ ★ ● Tester’s
The garden will soon be enclosed for safe playing.
Liz, Lesley and Poppy.
Rural retreat Get away from it all in this charming country cottage.
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Careful of the low beams if you’re over 6ft!
he Mucky Paws Retreat is a wonderful 15th century cottage in rural Norfolk. There are six ensuite bedrooms and a dining room where dogs are allowed. Leigh and Kevin’s own dogs greet you happily. The rooms are beautiful, with digital TV and tea and coffee facilities — Leigh even brought us tea and cake on arrival. The beds are very comfy. The garden isn’t enclosed but the owners plan to do this and are also going to build a kennel. A dog-sitting service is available. Breakfast is delicious, with locally sourced produce and home-made jam. There is no separate guest entrance, so you can’t come and go without disturbing the owners, although I’m sure they don’t mind. The pale carpets made me conscious of bringing my wet and muddy dog in however.
What gets Mucky Paws Retreat into this guide? The property has a garden to let your dog out last thing at night and in the morning. Walks are plentiful and the owners are
Poppy’s view “I loved joining Liz and Lesley at breakfast, much nicer than sitting on my own in a room. Swimming in the sea was a bit cold but lots of fun!”
huge dog fans, making a big fuss of Poppy. Leigh immediately asked if Poppy would go on the beds and provided throws. For dogs who don’t sleep on their owner’s bed, a dog bed and bowls are provided. An organic doggy bag is given at the end of the stay, containing a ragger, dental chew and treats. It is great to be able to take your dog with you at breakfast. There is plenty of information on dog-friendly attractions.
“There is p lenty of inform ation on dog-friend ly attractio ns.”
Who Mucky Paws Retreat would and wouldn’t suit This B&B really caters for couples or families with older children as younger children are only allowed by prior arrangement. It is very peaceful and there isn’t really anywhere for children to play apart from the garden. There is one ground floor room, suitable for disabled people. The rooms have quite low ceilings and original beams so anyone over 6ft will need to duck! This is a great place to escape to and appreciate the great outdoors, but if you’re looking for somewhere to party with your dog, it’s not for you. The nearest town is Swaffham, about eight miles away, but there is a village pub. The cottage is very traditional with original features such as an open fireplace
and beams. It is beautifully decorated and charming but if you prefer something modern than this is not for you.
Dog-friendly places nearby ● The Olde Windmill pub (tel. 01760 756232) in the village allows dogs everywhere except the dining room but there is plenty of seating outside. We didn’t eat but the food looked delicious! ● Thetford Forest Park (www. forestry.gov.uk/thetfordforestpark) is very close and great for dogs. Sandringham Estate is about 30 minutes away and dogs are welcome in the grounds. ● Gooderstone water gardens (www.gooderstonewatergardens. co.uk) has lots of lovely walks and dogs are welcome on leads. ● Within half an hour there are some dog-friendly beaches, including Heacham and Old Hunstanton, where Poppy loved swimming.
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The Norfolk countryside is perfect for walking.
Home comforts Everything to keep you and your dog happy on holiday.
t was over eight years ago that Helen and Tony Richardson relocated to Norfolk and bought the derelict property and outbuildings that now successfully combines as their home and business. The first visitors came in July 2004 and it is easy to see why many return to stay in one of the three exclusive barn conversions that attained a five star rating from the outset. Our welcome email had included great directions that even without sat-nav eliminated any possible spousal conflict on map-reading skills! We arrived in fine fettle to a warm welcome and were shown around our sumptuous accommodation while the dogs eagerly explored in the safety of the fenced, lawned Digger adored the beaches.
● Name of property: W hite Lodge Farm Cotta ges. ● Location: Hingham, N orfolk. ● Type of fa cilities: Sel f-catering co ● Tested b ttages. y: Alison an d Ken Queen Digger the borough, Jack Russe ll and Purde the Labrad y or. ● Cost: Sta ble Cottage and Diary C prices start ottage from £300 (midweek br season) to eak/low £895 (weekl y break/high Cost per do season). g, £25. One dog per co this numbe ttage, abov r is discretio e nary. ● Who to co ntact: Helen and Tony R White Lodg ichardson, e Farm Cot tages, Hardi Hingham, N ngham Roa orfolk NR9 d, 4LY, tel. 01 email df@w 953 850435 hitelodgefar ; mcottages.c www.white o.uk; lodgefarmco ttages.co.uk ● Tester’s rating: ★ ★ ★★★
Alison and Ken enjoyed their stay.
garden, which overlooked the paddocks to the countryside beyond. It yielded great walking as far as the eye could see and it was so relaxing after a journey to unload the car and unpack without having to worry that the dogs might escape. The accommodation comprised two double bedrooms, a twin/double, all with ensuite bathrooms, a farmhouse kitchen with a table large enough to A paddle in the sea is always part of the fun.
seat eight, a living room with a log burner and a garden room. The cottage was comfortably furnished and well appointed, with all the usual mod cons including a dishwasher, tumble drier, washing machine and food processor - the most well-equipped selfcatering kitchen I’ve ever experienced.
What gets White Lodge Farm into this guide There was a welcome letter along with a tray of basic provisions, including cleaning paraphernalia, a basket of logs, the local paper and an in-depth ‘Cottage Guide’ on everything, from how to work the washing machine, send a fax or find a pampering beauty treatment. It was a relief to have arrived straight from work on a Friday and be able to survive until the next morning without visiting the local store. With prior notice, groceries can be delivered to await your arrival and a local
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catering company will either deliver or cook for you at the cottage – the menu looked mouth-watering! Even more delightful was a letter from Oxo and Tia, the resident Doberman and Weimaraner, addressed to our dogs and giving them the ‘house rules’ for four-legged guests, as well as a welcome gift of a towel each (to keep), poo bags and dog biscuits.So practical, yet really appreciated. Despite us having come well equipped, we liked the way this had been delivered and it left us in no doubt that our dogs were truly welcome. Also, the central heating was on and the under-floor heating in the kitchen was heaven to the old joints of our Labrador, especially after our long walks. It didn’t matter to us that the dogs weren’t allowed on the furniture or in the bedroom, or that they had to remain on
the lead in the immediate vicinity around the barns and near the resident horses, as just beyond the doorstep of the cottage were miles and miles of bridleways and footpaths to enjoy walking. Even when it came to clearing up in the garden after the dogs, there was a specific bin near the back door to deposit used poo bags! The charming village of Hingham is a ten-minute walk, with plenty of well stocked shops. We can recommend the local butcher (great sausages!) and the general grocer Harrods (yes they’d even had a dispute with another well known store over the use of their family name), though we suggest if you walk there, two of you go; one to hold the dog, as although there is somewhere to tie the dog outside, it is on a busy road. On the way back we called in for a drink at The White Hart pub, and the dogs were given a bowl of water by the owner. A guest book was an up-to-date reference for good places, and many with The charming village of Hingham is close by.
Eating out ● The Gamekeeper at Old Buckenham, (tel. 01953 860397), is a short drive away. Booking is strongly advised as the food is excellent and the atmosphere buzzing – dogs were made very welcome. ● The Kings Head, Bawburgh, (tel. 01603 744977). Dogs are welcome in the garden and bar area, with guests with dogs being asked to occupy tables nearest the door. Menus change daily and booking is essential. ● The lounge of the Victoria Hotel at Holkham (tel. 01328 711008), is just a few minutes walk from Holkham Beach and is great for a pint after a walk on the beach.
nerally “Norfolk is ge county, a dog-friendly ortages of there are no sh include your days out which footnotes from other guests with their dogs – even extolling the local vet who had treated a diabetic dog! Walking straight out of the back door of the cottage was such a bonus. We walked for five hours using maps provided in the cottage, crossing a few minor back roads and only seeing the postman – it was heaven, especially returning to the warmth of the log burner. Although you can’t leave dogs alone in the cottage, you can make arrangements with the local kennel, Lime Leigh Boarding Kennels, (tel. 01953 850907).
Who White Lodge Farm would and wouldn’t suit A holiday here would suit a family, a group of friends or a couple like us. Bigger parties can rent more than one cottage and while we were there the other two properties were occupied by several generations enjoying a weekend break. Disabled access was good, as the property is all on ground level.
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What gets Ollands Farm into this guide? Kim and Mary Ann are dog owners and their dogs Ruby, Finn, Monty and Lizzie will welcome you on arrival. Tea, coffee, milk and biscuits were provided for our stay and even treats for Poppy. Outside the property is a hosepipe so that dogs can be cleaned on a muddy day, and a doggy towel is also provided. The secure courtyard garden means that you can let your dog out safely. There are some lovely walks nearby and Norfolk’s a great place to holiday with your dogs — Ollands Farm Barn making an ideal base for touring the area. This is a lovely tranquil place to stay and relax with your dogs. Kim is planning to add an outdoor kennel so that dog owners can leave their pets safely and secure in a kennel, if needed.
Who Ollands Farm would and wouldn’t suit Ollands Farm Barn is perfect for a couple who would like to get away from it all, or a family if they’re happy to
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ely tranquil “This is a lov and relax y a t s o t e c la p gs.” with your do use the sofa bed in the living room. The beautiful galleried bedroom is only reachable via the paddle stairs, making it tricky for the elderly and virtually impossible for disabled people. It is also difficult for dogs (although Poppy managed it just fine), and if you had a larger dog who couldn’t get up the stairs and is used to sleeping with you, this could be a problem. The barn’s peaceful and secluded location means that if you enjoy a leisurely stroll to one of the local dog-friendly pubs in the area, then this is ideal place to stay. The courtyard garden is safe for doggy exploring.
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The gorgeous galleried bedroom.
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Poppy’s view “I loved the garden, there was plenty to investigate and sniff. I also loved paddling in the sea at Sea Palling beach.”
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CHIVERTON PARK Caravan & Touring Holidays North coast of Cornwall
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ARGYLL FOREST PARK Five 4 berth self catering chalets on the shores of Lochgoil in the heart of Argyll Forest Park, with superb lochside views. Open all year, reductions for 2 people. PETS WELCOME FREE. Short breaks available. Darroch Mhor, Carrick Castle, Lochgoil, Argyll. PA24 8AF
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Cumbria Peaceful Eden Valley. Five 3* s/c cottages by guest’s fishing lake. Pets paradise. Near Lake District & Hadrian’s Wall Tel: 01768 898711 www.crossfieldcottages.co.uk
TWO LOG CABINS & COTTAGE IN 12 ACRES. Stunning mountain scenery, peaceful. Well equipped, linen & towels provided. Red squirrels come to the birdtables. Local walks. More than one dog welcome. Ardoch Lodge, Strathyre. Call 01877 384666 email email@example.com www.ardochlodge.co.uk
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BLACK ISLE, INVERNESS B&B. A very warm welcome for you and your dog(s) from only £20.00 pppn. Check out our website:www.blackislebnb.co.uk or phone Katie Stewart for more information on 01381 610766
BEAUTIFUL COTTAGES in a farm setting right in the heart of the Somerset Levels. Plenty of walks and trails from the doorstep. Call 01458 253886 or visit www.thorneyfarmcottages.co.uk
BABLOCK HYTHE Right on the Riverside. Take your dog on holiday. Hire or buy a caravan at tranquil Bablock Hythe, Northmoor, Witney. Apr-Nov. S/H vans from £5K. Hire from £172 a week. Brochure 01243 514433
Must be one of the best quiet family run caravan parks for you and your dog. C/Heated 3 bed caravan for hire Sat-Sat. Or why not think of buying your own caravan? A few pitches still available for sale. Wonderful Walks and a Warm Welcome. Mar 1- Nov 1. Winter licence up to Jan 2 by arrangement. Itchenor Caravan Park, Nr Chichester PO20 7BZ Call Margaret 01243 514433 • www.greenwoodparks.com
SCARBOROUGH Dog Friendly Guest House, 5 mins from beach and Spa Complex. Five bedrooms all en-suite open all year. Evening meal available Tel: 01723 373562 (please quote YD)
Whitby town centre picture postcard paddock cottage sleeps 2 to 5 people in 3 bedrooms, own fully enclosed garden and patio PETS FREE OF CHARGE
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Lincolnshire Cavendish Lodge
Situated in the Lincolnshire Wolds on a large corner plot with direct access to surrounding woodland rich with wildlife. The lodge has three large bedrooms, two of which contain twin beds. The master bedroom has en-suite facilities. There are outside hot and cold water taps for bathing muddy dogs and cleaning walking boots. With large gated covered veranda complete with outdoor electrical socket for plugging in a hairdryer to dry your dog! The Kenwick Park hotel, with its award winning restaurant, is also dog friendly with well-behaved dogs allowed into the hotel. For more information please give us a call or visit our website
www.luxurycavendishlodge.co.uk • 0115 984 7979 CAVENDISH LODGE, KENWICK PARK, KENWICK PARK ESTATE, LOUTH, LINCOLNSHIRE LN11 8NR
Call 01866 822648 for more information DOGS VERY WELCOME
Devon Set in a peaceful natural habitat with spectacular mountain views.
www.airdenychalets.co.uk Cheshire ASTLE FARM EAST Your dog will love staying on our beautiful arable farm. Close to Chester, Manchester ASTLE FARM EAST Chelford, Macclesfield SK10 4TA
Call 01625 861270 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.astlefarmeast.co.uk
Walkies on Dartmoor is FANTASTIC! Stay at The Cherrybrook with your owners and you can step straight from the hotel onto the high moor and walk with them for miles. In the evenings, they can enjoy a drink in our cosy bar followed by our delicious award-winning home-made food. They must deserve a treat – go on, get them to call.
Your dog will love the Purbeck beaches and hills and will be more than welcome at The Limes, Swanage. Close to coastal walks and town with dog-friendly pubs.
STUDLAND BAY A restful oasis in 100 acre grounds with secluded gardens leading to three miles of golden beach Plenty of walks and squirrels! Golf, tennis, outdoor pool, health spa Open Easter - end November
Knoll House Hotel Studland Bay • Dorset • BH19 3AH • 01929 450450
East Sussex Kilcolgan Premier Bungalows (self catering) Rottingdean Village, nr Brighton VisitBritain “Five Star” quality standard
Your dogs will be spoilt as much as you will. The perfect place to get away from it all, relax in sumptuous surroundings and dine on the best food that Devon has to offer. Blagdon Manor Hotel Ashwater Devon EX21 5DF 01409 211224 www.blagdon.com email@example.com
Tel: 01206 262261 www.gladwinsfarm.co.uk
THE CHERRYBROOK Two Bridges, Devon PL20 6SP Call Anne or Roy Daniels on 01822 880260 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.cherrybrookhotel.co.uk
48 Park Road, Swanage, DORSET BH19 2AE Tel: 01929 422664
Set in wooded grounds in Suffolk’s beautiful Constable Country with marvellous views, nine high quality cottages. Charming villages to explore, 30 mins from the sea. Heated indoor pool, sauna, hot tubs, tennis, fishing, excellent dog walking.
Well-appointed 3-bedroomed bungalows. Sleeps 5/6. 5 Star grading for comfort, standards and location. Bathroom suite, 2 WCs and en suite shower unit. Peaceful semi-rural with secluded gardens. Dog-friendly walks over Downs. Picturesque village with seaside promenade to exercise dogs. Rental £600 to £930 pw. Pets £35 pw. Non-smoking.
Tel: 0207 250 3678
Yorkshire Family run 18th Century Beck Hall in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales village of Malham welcomes all dog lovers. Large gardens, huge breakfasts and pet friendly accommodation makes your holiday a happy one. There are two pubs within a minutes walk that welcome pets, and Beck Hall is licensed and serves food all day on our patio and in our dining room. Evening meals served at the weekend. Free wifi available, midweek special prices. Four-Poster’s also available.
Tel:01729 830332 www.beckhallmalham.com
‘Where to Stay’ Guide
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The great outdoors Enjoy exploring this beautiful part of Wales.
he brochure describes Ffynonwen as retaining the feel and character of a traditional Welsh farm and it’s a very apt description. The 300-year-old farmhouse has been updated and extended to incorporate a number of comfortable ensuite double and twin rooms and a family suite, all with TVs, and tea and coffee-making facilities. In addition there is the garden suite, which is wheelchair friendly, and comprises a double bedroom, lounge, conservatory, and walk-in shower/bathroom. Just one mile from the sea, Ffynonwen is set in 18 acres of farmland. Resident on the farm are pigs, a horse, chickens and three dogs. Cattle graze the fields in summer.
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Monty’s view “Look at all this space!”
“This was my idea of heaven — some new girlfriends to spend the evening with and then out on the beach all day, exploring the sand and enjoying some sea air.”
What gets Ffynonwen into this guide? From the moment we stepped out of the car there was no doubt that Ffynonwenn was dog friendly. While Monty introduced himself to resident dogs Ely, Sian and Nina, Neil and Stefani showed us around. Dogs are allowed in all areas of the guest house, except the dining room, and you’re free to exercise your pet in the fields and woodland, complete with streams and lakes, that surround Ffynonwen. All Neil and Stefani ask is that you keep dogs on leads in the yard,
which is home to the free-range chickens, and that you shut the gates behind you. If your dog is unfamiliar with livestock, it would be wise to exercise caution. Meals can be taken in the restaurant or the comfy bar, where your dog can join you. We enjoyed an excellent home-cooked meal while Monty settled down with the resident dogs beside us. The atmosphere at Fynonwen is friendly and very much geared to making dog owners — and their pets — feel at home.
Seven-year-old Alice plays ball with Ely and Sian.
Ffynonwen has a number of double and twin rooms.
When Monty jumped up on to the bed in our room (not something he’s allowed to do at home), Stefani was immediately reassuring and explained that the guest rooms are all provided with throws on the beds to guard against muddy paws — so no problem. Neil and Stefani are happy to take more than one dog and have even had three dogs to a room before. Dog-owning guests are provided with a leaflet detailing information on nearby beaches, places to visit and local dog-friendly pubs. Towels are on offer to dry off wet dogs after exploring the beautiful countryside, and there are treats available in the bar.
Who Ffynonwen would and wouldn’t suit If you’re looking for a genuinely dog-friendly place to stay, where the welcome is warm and the surroundings breathtakingly beautiful, then Ffynonwen will tick all the boxes. The accommodation is comfortable and the food is good but it’s in really having dog-owners’ interests at heart that Ffynonwen triumphs. This part of Wales is off the beaten track; it is full of charm and a kind of peace and tranquillity that much of mainland
Britain has lost. It might not be lively enough for some children but mine (aged 13, 11 and seven), who are used to a fairly rural lifestyle, absolutely loved it, and would definitely go back. Other outdoor pursuits you can experience from Ffynonwen include clay pigeon shooting, fishing, dolphin watching, horse riding, and cycling. The beach at Aberporth.
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● Name of property: Ty Newydd Cot ● Location: tages. Moylegrove, Pembrokes ● Type of fa hire. cilities: Sel f-catering co ● Tested b ttages. y: Dog owne r Sarah Wrig one-year-o ht and fam ld Norfolk Te ily and rrier Monty. ● Cost: From £395 per w eek to £510 depending on cottage per week, and time of free with a year; dogs maximum of are four, althou subject to ne gh any extr gotiation. S as are hort breaks the winter m are availabl onths. Ther e during e’s a £50 re booking tw duction for o consecut those ive weeks. ● Who to co ntact: Daw n Cotton an tel. 01239 88 d Jay Billim 1280. oria, ● Tester’s rating: ★ ★ ★★★
Monty tries out the weave poles.
Escape to this wonderful part of the Welsh coast.
The sitting room with multi-burning stove.
The Pembrokeshire Coast offers some exciting walking.
y Newydd consists of three cottages: Ty Newydd Bach (a one-bedroomed bungalow), Ty Newydd No. 2 (a semi-detached two-bedroomed cottage), and Ty Newydd No. 3, where we stayed, (a two-bedroomed detached cottage) in the pretty village of Moylegrove on the North Pembrokeshire Coast. All the cottages are equipped with electric cookers, microwaves, fridges and washing machines. No. 3 has a multi-burning stove in the comfortable sitting room, a well-equipped kitchen,
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and upstairs two bedrooms — one with a double bed and the other with two singles — and a shower room. Bed linen is provided but not towels. Dogs are not allowed upstairs or on the furniture and there are stairgates to help you keep to this stipulation. Dogs should not be left in the cottage alone unless they are in a crate. The cottage has a small, enclosed garden, which is ideal for dogs and even proved Monty proof!
What gets Ty Newydd into this guide? Owners Dawn and Jay are very welcoming and reserved a special ‘hello’ for Monty, who lapped up all the attention. Just down the road from the cottage, they have an enclosed paddock where guests can go and exercise their dogs. The paddock contains picnic tables so guests can sit back and relax if they want to and get to know the other holidaymakers in the cottages while their dogs explore and sniff about. When we visited they’d even left out some agility equipment so my daughters wasted no time in setting up some weave
“Pembrok eshire off er freedom and openn s a ess your dogs will love. that ” poles to put Monty through his paces. There are some wonderful walks in this area (all detailed in the cottage), several from the cottage itself and Dawn directed us on a lovely woodland walk that led to picturesque Ceibwr Bay.
Who Ty Newydd would and wouldn’t suit Couples or families and their dogs who would enjoy exploring this beautiful part of Wales with its spectacular coastline and picturesque villages. Pembrokeshire offers a freedom and openness that your dogs will love and you will find exhilarating. Ty Newydd cottages are traditional and charming. They are not luxurious but comfortable and relaxing and provide an environment into which guests would be happy to take their dogs. The Wright family are certainly up for another visit!
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The Royal Sportsman Hotel provides traditional well presented accommodation.
Spectacular Snowdonia Porthmadog provides a perfect base for walking in Wales.
he Royal Sportsman Hotel is located in the middle of the town of Porthmadog, North Wales. It is easy to find, with a large garage for undercover parking. The hotel has 28 bedrooms on three floors and the Orchard patio rooms are most suitable for dog owners. It was lovely to be greeted by Gelert, the hotel owner’s rescued sheepdog, and nice to be given a list of nearby walks. The hotel is traditional and well presented, with friendly and accommodating staff. The only downside is that there is nowhere to let dogs out first thing in the morning or at night.
What gets The Royal Sportsman into this guide? Dogs are allowed in the aptly named Gelert’s Bar where they can relax by the open fire while you enjoy a drink and an excellent meal. You are also allowed to leave dogs in the rooms so you can eat in the dining room. You can even leave your dog with the staff in reception if you need to pop out, which is a particularly nice touch. I am a huge fan of Wales and while
Flora and Spigit’s view “It was great lazing around in Gelert’s Bar with a chew treat!”
The nearest off-lead walk is 10 minutes from the hotel.
The walks are wonderful but Emma, Callum and the dogs enjoy a well earned rest.
Romantic Snowdonia on a winter’s weekend.
oved “The dogs l he woods t in g in n n ru squirrels.” and chasing I wouldn’t normally stay in a town, this hotel is perfectly situated to explore Snowdonia, with some beautiful places within easy reach. Nursery Woods is just up the road and perfect for a morning stroll. The dogs loved running in the woods and chasing squirrels — although due to a miscalculated jump Spigit did end up in the river! If you forget to take any dog essentials there is a pet shop in the town.
Who The Royal Sportsman would and wouldn’t suit The Royal Sportsman is ideal for couples or families, and is close to all the local amenities, but you can go further afield if you enjoy walking and peace. The ground floor patio rooms give excellent access for disabled people or owners of multiple/large dogs. If you’re not used to walking your dog on a lead regularly you may struggle because the nearest off-lead walk is approximately 10 minutes away. Once there it is a nice circular walk, bringing you back past the harbour to the hotel.
Dog-friendly places nearby ● Festiniog and Welsh Highland Railway both allow dogs on their trains. There is a flat charge of £2.50 per dog and it is well worth the trip. We took the train to Festiniog and even though my two dogs took up the whole passageway, making it difficult for staff to get past, they didn’t mind and made a great fuss of them. Visit www.welshhighlandrailway.net (tel. 01766 516000). ● GreenWood Forest Park, Snowdonia, is a great day out with rides and attractions for all the family; dogs are welcome on leads which means even they can join in the fun. For more information visit www. greenwoodforestpark.co.uk (tel. 01248 671493).
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Red kite country
Enjoy the stunning views of Elan Valley.
A chance to sample the freedom of some wide open spaces in Mid Wales.
Seeing red kites in flight is an awesome experience.
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ak Wood Lodges, of which Tawny Owl Lodge is one, are located just outside Rhayader, in Mid Wales, offering unspoilt, rural countryside with stunning views over the Elan Valley. This small self-catering site (there are 11 lodges in total) offers comfortable facilities in a remote, hilltop location. Each self-contained lodge is equipped (TV, cooker, gas heating, shower) to look after your needs, however Oak Wood Lodges really come into their own because of the opportunities to get out and about with your dog and thoroughly enjoy yourselves in the
Meg’s view “I really enjoyed the walking and there were lots of wonderful smells. The best bit was being able to run about off lead in safety.”
One of the Oak Wood Lodges.
e the “If you lov , there is outdoors life to do.” just so much great outdoors! This is a wonderful base from which to explore the Elan Valley and is a fantastic location for walkers (a comprehensive list/guide to walks is supplied in the accommodation), twitchers (I spied red kite, buzzard, nuthatch and several species of finches), kayaking, pony trekking, angling, and dog owners wanting a ‘get away from it all’ type break. There are several areas on site where you can responsibly let your dog off for a run: two fields (one above and one below the lodges) and also a wooded walk where The countryside is unspoiled and the pace of life relaxing.
Bradley and Meg outside the entrance to Gigrin Farm.
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Catch the kites If one bird is synonymous with Mid Wales, it is the red kite. With its vast wingspan (up to 1.7m), it was voted ‘Bird of the 20th century’. No more than a 10-minute car journey from Oak Wood Lodges is Gigrin Farm, the official red kite feeding station, where you can watch these birds feed. Gigrin Farm (tel. 01597 810243; www.gigrin. co.uk) is open to the public 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day). Dogs are welcome on leads.
you can hear owls calling to one another Every cabin has a comprehensive pack of dog-friendly places to visit, walks, restaurants, and pubs — in fact everything you could want to know.
What gets Tawny Owl Lodge into this guide? If you love the outdoors life, there is just so much to do. Tawny Owl Lodge is the kind of accommodation and Oak Wood Lodges is the kind of site that we really like — not only do they offer wonderful unspoilt countryside to explore but the pace of life is calming and relaxing.
Who Tawny Owl Lodge would and wouldn’t suit If you are looking for a luxurious, all creature comforts break, then this isn’t for you. If, however, you love nothing more than getting out with your dog and enjoying the great outdoors, then this is right up there!
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