Somewhere for All the Family
Dogs are valued family members so pet friendly cottages are increasingly a must for hols
More and more of us are choosing to take our pets away with us, particularly when we holiday in the UK. Dogs are valued family members and are expected to be treated as such but there’s a big difference between accommodation that accepts rather than welcomes dogs. And, just because we are travelling with our four legged friends, does not mean we want to forgo life’s little luxuries.
Premier Cottages has a wide selection of four and five star homes across the UK that truly welcome rather than tolerate animals. They offer all the essential kit they need as well as some added luxuries like treats, toys, suggested walks and lists of local dog friendly attractions, pubs and beaches. Plus they’re not short on luxuries for us either, think comfy beds, crisp linen, log burners and even hot tubs and games rooms.
So, if you are looking to get away with your pooch, here’s some properties that tick all the boxes.
Wheeldon Trees Farm Holiday Cottages, Derbyshire
Set in the dramatic scenery of the Peak District National Park, dog-friendly Wheeldon Tree Farm offers nine award winning cottages plus a communal games room. There’re self guided dog walks from the door and two pet-friendly pubs nearby. Pets are treated like royalty here with toys, towels, bowls, mats, leads, holiday tags, waste bags, an exercise paddock and even a doggie hairdryer.
A three-night short break in Wheeldon Trees Farm’s Nadin Cottage for five guests costs from £414 and a week’s stay from £600.
Kernock Cottages, Cornwall
Set on a secluded private estate, Kernock Cottages’ four dog friendly properties are surrounded by the beautiful Cornish countryside and come with their own hot tubs. Onsite there’s a trampoline and glorious fields and woods to race around in.
Pooches are welcomed with towels, blankets, treats, water bowl, poo bags plus a dog toy and there’s an outside dog poo bin for each cottage. Crates are provided for use when the owners are out without their dog. All cottages have enclosed gardens and there is a large dog-walking area “Central Bark” – with mown paths, a loop through the woods, solar lighting, poo bins and garden sculptures. Kernock also offers doggy daycare and onsite grooming and was the 2017 Gold winner for the South West Dog-Friendly Business of the Year, and also at the Cornwall’s Tourism Awards. One of the cottages is fully wheelchair accessible.
A week’s stay in Kernock’s Tree Barn for four guests costs from £850 and a three-night short break from £510.
Higher Wiscombe, Devon
Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Higher Wiscombe features three cottages in 52 acres of rolling countryside. Each has an enclosed garden perfect for dogs. The South West Coastal Path and Dartmoor are nearby for bracing walks. There are sofa throws, poop bins & bags, dog cages, beds, treats, bowls and even a free Dicky bag to store the poo bags in when out walking. There is also a guide to dog-friendly places to eat, visit and walk.
A week’s stay in Higher Wiscombe’s The Flint Barn for six guests costs from £595 and a three-night short break from £525.
Platform 1 – Castle Howard Station, Yorkshire
Once the jewel in the crown of the York-Scarborough Railway, Platform 1 – Castle Howard Station is now a Grade II listed building offering a luxurious getaway for two guests and their dogs. Located in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the property is close to a network of public footpaths great for walks with many dog-friendly pubs nearby.
The owners, a vet and his wife, provide dog beds, furniture covers, dog bowls and towels, poo bags and a few tasty dog treats. Dogs have free access within the property and its self-contained grounds. There’s over an acre of well-fenced garden, as well as a courtyard, that is enclosed and securely fenced. The owner even provides a personal dog-sitting service (£10 per day per dog).
A three-night break for two at Platform 1 starts from £385, and a week’s stay starts from £595.
Wallops Wood Cottages, Hampshire
Nestled in beautiful countryside, Wallops Wood offers five four-star cottages sleeping six to eight people in the heart of South Downs National Park. The wonderful woodland walks direct from the cottages are perfect for long dog walks, and the individual enclosed gardens are ideal for dogs to run around off lead.
Wallops Wood will provide bowls, dentals chews, scoops, poo bags, toys and bedding. For guests going out for the day without their furry friends, the property can arrange a local walking service (additional charge).
A three-night break for six people in Wallops Wood Sundew starts from £557 and a week’s stay from £795.
Fletchers Combe, Devon
Fletchers Combe is a 200-year old farmstead set in a secluded south Devon valley surrounded by 60 acres of farmland perfect for pooches to run around. The property offers spacious accommodation, perfect for families and groups, with facilities including: a games room with traditional skittle alley and table tennis. The property is located between the historic market towns of Totnes and Kingsbridge, with many of Devon’s gorgeous beaches within a 30-minute drive away.
After an afternoon wetting their paws in the onsite pond and stream, guests can arrange for their dogs to be pampered by a mobile groomer (additional charge). It can even be arranged for a beauty therapist to visit so guests and their four-legged friends can be pampered at the same time…