Pet Travel – UK Dog Friendly Hotels

Pet Travel - UK Dog Friendly HotelsDogs are part of our family and it is hard to leave them behind, even if it is to jet off to the sun for a week or two! Particularly when they give you those puppy dog eyes; the ones that quietly beg to be taken with you and ultimately make you feel like the worst doggy parent ever when you don’t.

But what if you didn’t have to leave them behind? Pet travel is currently one of the fastest growing sectors of the travel market, with many hotels now not only welcoming dogs, but also offering unique packages to make their stay as comfortable and enjoyable as yours.

If your holiday just wouldn’t be the same without your four-legged friend, here is a taste of some dog friendly hotels across the UK, so both you and your pet can have a break this summer!

London
If you are after a city break there are several hotels across London that not only welcome dogs, but ensure they are treated just as well as you are. If you are looking for luxury then The Milestone Hotel is the place for you and your pup! In the heart of London with views across Kensington Gardens and Palace, The Milestone provides you with a pet preference form in advance so you can request their favourite food and book grooming services.

Your dog will also be provided with a comfy bed and turndown treat, as well as concierge services such as dog walking. However, if it is a budget stay you are after the Travelodge in Battersea or Waterloo welcome animals but with no extras available so you will need to take everything they need. The cost will be £20 for the stay, far cheaper than that of kennels or pet sitters.

The Cotswolds
If you are looking to head out of the city and enjoy a countryside break with your hound then The Cotswolds is the perfect place. Surrounded by meadow walks is The Old Swan and Minster Mill, situated in the pretty village of Minster Lovell in Oxfordshire. Here your furry friend can dine with you and even take part in Canine Etiquette Classes if you wish.

Devon
If you like to be beside the seaside and take your four-legged friend for long walks along the beach, then check out The Cary Arms in Babbacombe. The area boasts dog-friendly beaches and costal walks, your pup can join you for meals in the bar and they will even be provided with a bowl, bed, treats and meals themselves.

Scotland
Fancy a spot of golf at the host venue of last year’s Ryder Cup? Why not take your pooch to Gleneagles so they too can experience the best golf resort in the world? Here your dog will experience complete luxury staying in a state-of-the-art indoor heated kennels, with a king-size bed complete with a deep, comfortable mattress. The staff will clean out, feed and water your dog as well as walk it if you wish. Or alternatively use your personal kennel door key to access your pooch and enjoy a walk across the beautiful countryside that surrounds the hotel. It’s a dog’s life!

Wales
How about a spa break at Lake Country House Hotel and Spa in mid Wales? The beautiful rural setting is perfectly situated to explore the countryside with miles of walking routes around the ground for your dog to enjoy. Resident dog Molly is always on hand to play chase around the 50 acres of ground or to lie by the fire in the evening.

Lake District
Overwater Hall was named in the ‘Top 10 Places to Stay with your Dog’ by the Telegraph in 2014. It is set in 18 acres of grounds and surrounded by spectacular scenery and lakes, perfect for long dog walks! Dogs are allowed in all areas on the hotel, but a dog sitting service is also available. There is no extra charge for bringing your dog.

If you don’t own a dog but have been eyeing one up in Freeads, now is the time to add that new addition to your family. Then you can book dog-friendly hotels and add extra enjoyment to your British breaks.

Have you discovered the perfect pet friendly get away?

If we wanted a short break where do you think is the best place for us to go with our two hounds?

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UK Winter Breaks – where would you go?

Most of us when asked about going away on holiday immediately think of summertime! I never understood why… winter is such a great time for a break. There is no crowds (or at least not as huge as during the peak summer months), prices of things like airplane or boat tickets are lower (especially if you take a trip off peak) and you can still see and visit the same places. For me most of all I think its best because I (and I believe most of us do) feel much more run down during the winter months, so we benefit from a break much more than during the summer months.

The UK is such a beautiful and diversified country. Everyone can find something they like from city breaks to countryside back to nature holidays.

We do not go away as often as we would like (who does?) mainly because we have to take 2 big furry creatures with us and this is not always an option. Sure we have a support network full of friends who will, and already have, a few times looked after the cats and dogs whilst we went away somewhere, but we know that this is not an easy task, so we try not to exhaust their good will or misuse their help.

I have a couple of ideas for some great UK winter breaks, which I would love to take:

Christmas Shopping

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This break would be just for me and my sister – a trip to London to do some present shopping before Christmas.  Mark hates shopping; kids probably wouldn’t survive a day shopping as they get bored to fast… so someone has to take this “burden” on themselves. I love shopping, especially before Christmas when the streets look festive, people are generally in a good mood and the shop shelves are always stocked “to the roof”. London during the festive season is fantastic, and there is no better place for finding all your essential gifts, shopping on Oxford street and Regent street will see your Xmas to buy list shorten dramatically. But after a day of shopping it would be great to rest up somewhere for the night. St Georges Hotel on Regent Street seems to be ticking all the right boxes. It is perfectly suited for shopping trips due to its location. And if you worry about money, use the code TEN to receive a 10% discount from their standard rates.

Country Escape

Wentbridge

For me it is the perfect type of break to relax and recharge my batteries during the busy Christmas period. Ideally I would love to go for Christmas Day. As I never spend Christmas away from home, with my extended family and our friends, I would love to experience it.  A stress free Christmas, with no worries about whether everything will go according to plan, if the food will be cook on time and with no need to please everyone around you. Wentbridge House Hotel in West Yorkshire  looks like the perfect place to celebrate festive season. The hotel is set in 20 acres of gardens and grounds which will be ideal for a nice family walk after Christmas dinner (I checked and they have Rock Lobster Bisque planned :-))And afterwards you can just sit and relax by the fire, listen to the crackles and observe the warming glow from the logs while sipping your favourite wine. Bliss, would you not agree.

Coastal Jaunt

Ox Pasture Hall in Scarborough

This is the type of break I love to take with Mark – a trip away from everyday life; perfect time to reconnect and enjoy romantic strolls on the beach and the nearby countryside.  Ox Pasture Hall in Scarborough is an excellent choice for this type of a trip. Located in 17 acres of manicured gardens and rolling grounds. As a bonus it is only 2 miles away from the seaside makes it an ideal place (weather dependent of course) for couples. And they even specialise in romantic short breaks, so flowers, chocolate, champagne on arrival are not a problem… all you have to do is ask.

And if you cannot leave your pets at home, no problems, as they are pet friendly. So grab your hat and scarf, wrap up warm and take the dogs for a long walk on the beach (regarded as the ultimate doggy Xmas present) before coming back for some lovely food and a glass of mulled wine to help restore some feeling back into your cheeks.

Dog Friendly BritanDog Friendly Holidays

Dog Friendly Britain has a lot to offer. You can find dog friendly accommodation to meet your requirements from self catering cottages to hotels which offer full included service. As essential read for any pet loving, holiday seeking family.

So, where would you go?

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