Our 5 Top Picks For A Dog-Friendly Vacation In The UK
It's never too late to em-BARK on a spontaneous vacation, and it's also never too early to plan next year's vacation while fetching yourself a fantastic deal.
We often take ourselves off for a dog-friendly vacation; sometimes we go solo, other times we go as a family and we understand that it can be a real challenge finding decent stays that are dog-friendly in your desired UK locations. So, we have assembled together, five dog-friendly stays from personally recommended sites to help get the ball, literally, rolling!
Take a look at our finds and links to the official booking sites - we hope that you will find them useful.
Hotel Stay - Passford House Hotel, Lymington, Hampshire
The Passford House Hotel in Lymington boasts 10 acres of garden and lies midway between the idyllic New Forest and village town, Sway.
There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, boutiques, things to see and of course, dog walks for you and your dog to enjoy together. And with this dog friendly hotel, you can experience the luxuries of a hotel stay!
Pawsitive points about this stay:
- Offers a combination of a traditional and contemporary cuisine
- Rooms feature TV, tea and coffee facilities
- Ensuite bathroom with a hairdryer
- On-site multi-gym
- Heated indoor pool
- Law games like croquet
Lymington is a port town on the west bank of the Lymington River on the Solent, in the New Forest district of Hampshire, England and a hidden gem with so much to offer.
The small town of Lymington faces Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, and offers frequent car ferry services operated through Wightlink; so while you are there, you can pop over to the Isle of White to experience the quaint seaside towns as well as Lymington!
It's worth knowing that while the Passford House Hotel do have some dog-friendly rooms on the ground floor, they recommend that you call the hotel to check availability before booking. They charge £20.00 per dog per night too - a pretty standard rate for dog-friendly hotels.
Group Getaway - Beechcroft Cottage, Dartmouth
Now you're woofing! This is such a stunning cottage ideal for groups of up to 10 people. Advertised by one of our favourite dog friendly websites Dog Friendly Cottages, here's why we think this is a top pick for anyone looking for a sociable getaway with their friends and/or family in a stunning location.
With an indoor bar, games room, balcony and huge lounge space, not to mention the outstanding views of the River Dart, Beechcroft House is situated just a short stroll from the town centre with plenty of delightful pubs, restaurants, galleries and shops. The best part? It's dog-friendly, yep! This cottage also has its own enclosed terrace-style garden so your dogs can enjoy some outdoor space too.
A great little accessory to take with you on this trip would be our Tummy Tamer, which helps to relieve dogs of any tummy troubles or allergies, fast! Just in case they pick up something while you're away #alwaysbeprepared.
We can totally envisage table nights full of chit-chat, waggy tails and wonderful memories being made, so feel free to take a look via Dog Friendly Cottages directly, here.
We have to admit, we're definitely in love with this one...
Simple and Chic - Poplands The Lodge, Symonds-Yat, Herefordshire
Hosted by Canine Cottages, another reliable source for dog-friendly stays, this two-bedroom stylish lodge makes the perfect, simple yet momentous stay for 2 people and small doggy. With stunning river views, an enclosed garden space equipped with a chiminea and outdoor stove, we can see this being the pawfect mini-getaway.
"The lodge is situated in the Wye Valley an area of outstanding natural beauty, on the fringes of Goodrich renowned for its 13th century castle and the popular Coppit Hill trail.
Local activities include canoeing, fishing, cycle trails, rock climbing and many miles of footpaths. You may wish to visit the Forest of Dean and take a steam train ride through spectacular scenery or visit the locations of Harry Potter and Star Wars. Nearby are the historical towns of Ross-on-Wye with its 17th-century market house and Monmouth the birthplace of King Henry V. The cathedral city of Hereford offers an array of shops and restaurants."
Family Stays - Gorselands Cottage, New Forest, Burley
Another top pick from Dog Friendly Cottages, Gorselands Cottage just stood out to us as family 'home from home', fully-equipped and just a 20-minute walk to the New Forest village of Burley.
While pet fees apply at £30 per pet (up to two pets allowed), this family stay is located in the heart of the New Forest National Park that offers picturesque walks, superb independent cafes, restaurants, markets and shops that will add to your family vacation.
If you fancy a trip to the beach, then the nearest beach is just 6 miles away! So you can take a short drive down to enjoy that South Coast ocean as well as the forest - perfect for a dose of vitamin sea!
If you're taking two doggies with you, why not try our multifunction dog lead, ideal for two dogs!
The New Forest offers so much for our four-legged companions like new smells, new animals (try not to get kicked by the local horse!), spaces to explore and even cosy up after a long adventure, we think this makes a great place to stop and enjoy a week or less with the whole family, fluff and all!
Remote Stays - Cairn Hideaway, Kirriemuir, Angus
Fancy a remote trip away just you and your bestie to unwind and switch off from the rest of the world? This glorious dog-friendly cabin stay is within the Cairngorms National Park in Angus, Scotland. Nothing says remote like dramatic scenery, your own private hot tub and sauna, with day-hikes available at the tips of your paws!
Memories are sure to be made between you and your dog and no doubt he or she will enjoy soaking up all your attention and company while making memories together here.
"Grab a new leash of life whilst exploring the dramatic basin of Corrie Fee (4 miles), the flat-topped Ben Tirran (2 miles) and the superb mountain corrie of Loch Brandy (2 miles). Further afield, discover the awesome Reekie Lyn Waterfall (23.5 miles) with a walk through deciduous woodland on the rim of a deep and dangerous gorge.
Monikie Country park (31 miles) is both wide and flat and perfect for stretching those doggy legs, whilst for munro enthusiasts, the start of the ascent to Driesh and Mayar is but 3.5 miles away. With a pub and restaurant within walking distance, it’s easy to indulge after a day in the Scottish elements!"
Well, that brings us to the end of this pawcket-guide and we hope that you have found this helpful.
Whether you're going alone or heading away with the family and your fluffy companion, we hope you vacay yappily wherever you go - it's who you're with after all that trumps everything else, the location is the bonus!
Feel free to look at our sister-blog Best Dog Friendly Travel Apps & Websites for more tips on sourcing dog-friendly places to eat, drink and walk all year round.
Nicky, Caroline & The Pups x