Six of the Best… doggie holidays

doggie holidays

Taking your dog on holiday with you can be complicated and stressful – but it doesn’t need to be. In our February issue, we sniffed out some of the best dog-friendly holidays in the UK…

Dog-friendly Mylor
Our five self-catering holiday cottages are set in the heart of Mylor Yacht Harbour in south Cornwall. We welcome salty paws, windswept ears and waggy tails all year round, including Christmas and New Year.With direct access to coastal footpaths and beautiful dog-friendly beaches surrounding the harbour, you can let them off-lead to explore hidden nooks, jump in the sea, roll in the sand and maybe indulge in an ice-cream or two in one of the dog-friendly eateries on site.

The Quantock Cottages
Combine the luxury of a boutique hotel but with the independence, space and style of a country home when staying in one of our three truly dog-friendly retreats, which are set within the privacy of our country estate on the Quantock Hills in Somerset – a place where ancient moorland meets Jurassic coast.Each cottage has its own private dog-secure garden, covered hot tub and sleeps up to four humans. Three dogs most welcome, more possible on request. Enclosed dog-exercise paddocks, coast 1.5 miles, 9,000 acres of moorland for walkies at the end of the garden.

Cuckoo Brow Inn
Cuckoo Brow Inn is a haven for dog owners visiting the beautiful Lake District. With all of the rooms being dog friendly, along with the bar area for dining, Cuckoo Brow has an enviable reputation as welcoming hosts for both walkers and their furry friends. Located just 10 minutes from the picturesque village of Hawkshead, and a short walk to Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop House, Cuckoo Brow is the perfect base to explore the Lake District’s stunning surroundings. Muddy boots are welcome, and the team would love to add your pet to their doggie wall of fame.

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Stainsborough Hall
Stainsborough Hall’s cottages are the ideal destination for those with dogs! This stunning country estate in rural Derbyshire is a great place to explore together. The grounds are full of fascinating sights, and there are plenty of long walks through the rolling hills and lush fields. Inside the comfortable, cosy cottages, you’ll find dog-friendly amenities and each cottage has a secure terraced area. Plus, there are lots of nearby attractions and dog-friendly pubs to visit. So whether you’re looking for a relaxing retreat or an exciting adventure, Stainsborough Hall is the perfect place to stay with your dog!
The Shelbourne Hotel LLandudno
The Shelbourne is a small family-run hotel on the promenade in Britain’s favourite seaside resort. Easily accessed by rail or road, the hotel has specific dog-friendly rooms that can only be booked directly. There’s a small private car park and a residents’ bar where you can sit with your dog and enjoy a drink along with the stunning views.Bowls are provided, together with a long list of dog-friendly venues tested by the owners, who are dog lovers themselves. The hotel is walking distance from many attractions and a short drive from Snowdonia National Park.
01492 879660

Principal York
From the awe-inspiring cast-iron staircase and highly glazed original Victorian floors to the sweeping landscaped gardens, Principal York’s historic Grade II listed building is an elegant dog-friendly retreat in the heart of the city. This graceful 155-room hotel welcomes guests and their four-legged friends seeking the splendour of a time gone by, whether in a sleek classic room, elegant deluxe room or luxurious suite. Set only a stone throw away from York train station, the hotel with its Refectory Restaurant and Chapter House Bar is the perfect base to explore the historic city of York.
01904 653681


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