Pet-friendly holidays

Joanne Cowdery on 10 October 2020

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It’s never been easier to enjoy dog friendly holidays in the UK and this year many of my customers have given them a try. They say that being able to take their dogs away with them made the holidays special and, of course, they’ve also saved the money they would usually spend on kennels.

So why not think about a ‘Staycation’ with your four-legged friend in 2021?

There are lots of pet-friendly hotels which do far more than just offer accommodation. As part of their holiday offer they will provide everything from dog walking maps to personalised bedding, toys and treats. There are even some that offer in-room grooming, pet-friendly room service and doggy afternoon teas!

If you’d rather be a bit more independent then choose from a pet-friendly cottage, lodge, log cabin or boat. Or maybe you’re looking for an enclosed garden, or a dog friendly beach that’s open all year round? The choices are endless so you just need to let me know your requirements and I’ll do the rest.

This summer two of my customers enjoyed a walking holiday in Northumberland with their dogs. After a bit of searching I found the ideal cottage for them near Corbridge, which offered some fabulous walks nearby, and as far afield as Hunstanworth and Blanchland.

It was the first holiday they’d taken with their dogs but it’s not likely to be the last. As they told me: “We were, of course, really lucky with the weather. But even if we hadn’t been, the cottage you found us would have been a lovely place to spend a wet day. The views were amazing and it was extremely comfortable. It was wonderful to have the dogs with us too.”

The thing to realise is that dog friendly holidays can be as varied as your four-legged friends. And it’s no longer the case that pet friendly accommodation is likely to be down-at-heel and less than comfortable. Nowadays pets are welcome everywhere from luxury hotels to bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation.

How far you travel and how long you stay is entirely up to you. You might choose to go completely off the beaten track to somewhere wild and remote; or somewhere you can enjoy amazing walks and scenery as well as sightseeing, shops and superb accommodation. Whatever you’d like to try, call me to discuss your ideas and let me do the leg work!

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