Dog Friendly Breaks in The UK for Families
Winter can be a magical time of year and there’s always something exciting about heading off for a winter getaway with the family. And with a little research, and some proper planning, you can ensure your whole family can enjoy a fun-filled family break away, furry best friend included,
You know as a pet owner, nothing beats wintery walks with your loyal best friend, and getting cosy with your family at your accommodation after a day of exploring. Because the simple pleasures make some of the best memories.
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While booking a family break with your dog might not be as easy as securing a ‘regular’ booking, you will find that there are accommodation options, apart from hotels, that will allow you to enjoy a winter holiday with your whole family.
In this article ‘Winter Travel Inspo – Dog Friendly Breaks in The UK for Families‘, we’re highlighting our top three suggestions to help you get planning.
Further Reading: 8 Wonderful Health Benefits of Getting a Dog
Winter Travel Inspo – Dog Friendly Breaks in The UK for Families
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Dog Friendly Hotels & Road Trips
One of the best ideas for a winter getaway with your furry friend is a road trip. You can hire a bigger car for more space, or use your own vehicle, and travel with your family by road – visiting new destinations, and enjoying and exploring the countryside together, along your planned route.
Of course, you will want to research accommodation in advance to ensure that you find and book hotels that are dog friendly. Thankfully, in recent years, the demand for such hotels has greatly increased meaning it’s as simple as searching ‘dog friendly hotels’ online.
To help you turn your dream break into a reality – check out Lonely Planet for tips on how to travel Britain with your dog. You’ll also find a number of publications listing their top hotel choices for example the CN Traveller article on the best dog friendly hotels in the UK – use these listings to help you compare what’s on offer, and create your own list of potential hotels to stay at.
Photo by Mikhail Nilov
Cosy Cottage Getaways
If you want to enjoy a warm and cosy winter getaway then a cottage holiday is ideal, and many properties will allow your dog to stay too.
A cottage getaway can give you the opportunity to enjoy private accommodation, but also provides a base to get out and about to explore.
There are many great areas for a cottage holiday with your dog, including The Cotswolds. The Cotswolds is a scenic and quaint region with charming towns and villages (and dog-friendly pubs!) as well as mesmerising English countryside to enjoy on long dog walks.
Another destination that is a good option for a cottage holiday with your dog is Edinburgh. Edinburgh is a very dog-friendly county with many brilliant areas for walking, including Calton Hall, Holyrood Park and the coastal suburb beach of Portobello. Edinburgh City itself is welcoming of dogs and there is even an upmarket pet supply store called ‘House of Hound’ – where you could find the perfect seasonal gift for your four-legged friend. The added bonus if you plan on city-hopping – as a major city, it is also never too hard to get the train to Edinburgh – and pets are usually welcome!
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Holiday Parks & Resorts
Another option for a holiday with your dog this winter is staying in a holiday park. There are pet-friendly holiday parks dotted all over the UK, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find somewhere suitable – whether you’re looking for a seaside resort or a rural getaway.
Consider staying in Devon near the dog friendly beach of St Mary’s Bay. Or Dorset and the dog friendly beaches of Milford on Sea Beach and the western end of Sandbanks Beach. How about a lake-side lodge in the Lake District, or the numerous holiday parks from Cornwall to Wales that include agility parks. This article by Holiday Park Guru has some great inspiration for families looking to holiday with their pet.
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