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5 Unique Holidays With Dogs

A Holiday With a Difference in Dog Friendly UK

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Take Me With You Please!

A holiday without your furry best friend would leave both you and them fretting. You’d miss them and they most certainly will miss you. Nowadays that doesn’t have to happen, because the holiday industry has recognised the need for us to take our dogs away with us. Our dogs are part of the family, and as such they deserve to enjoy a holiday with the whole family being together. So holidays for dogs and dog friendly self catering are just some of the things that are covered here.

Like ourselves, dogs like a change of scenery, a new meadow to chase through, some new scents to sniff and cool water to splosh in. Because you will feel more at ease, knowing that your pooch is safe and enjoying time with you, then so will they be happy and content.

How about trying a holiday with your dog that is a bit out of the ordinary? Something that you’ll all find exciting!

Do Not Forget the Doggy Essentials

  • Bed
  • Dishes
  • Food and chews
  • Toys
  • Tether
  • Plenty of towels
  • Medication

Skiddaw – Shepherd’s Hut in Cumbria

Skidaw-shepherds-hut1 Double and 2 Bunks

An away from it all, a little bit of heaven with the North Lake fells to cast your eyes over. This shepherds hut is set at the edge of the woods in your own clearing, with all the mod cons you could want. It’ll be an adventure, it’ll be peace and quiet, it’ll be as one with nature, but with all the comforts of home. Although there is a fully equipped kitchen, there is the opportunity to do camp fire cookery in the fire pit as well. Luxury’s provided are, full size double beds with feather down duvets and sheepskin rugs, a wood burner to keep you warm and a bath and shower. The two single bunk beds can be adapted into a sofa.
The traditional shepherds hut has solar powered electricity which can be used to charge phones etc.

Tab and Rob can arrange for a hamper of fresh local produce to be in the camp on arrival and will deliver groceries if needed. They’ll send you a list of provisions prior to your arrival for you to order in advance, which will then be delivered to the camp.
Complimentary free range eggs are also available from Scales Farm.

Space for 2 Dogs – no charge
Gas hobs
Wood-burning range oven
Fire pit & BBQ
Dining area
Utensils all provided
Gas-powered fridge
Bath with shower attachment is next to the hut in a private, enclosed unit
The bathroom also has a little wood-burning stove
Heating, lighting, bedding and towels provided

Places to Eat

  • The Mill Inn, Mungrisdale (2.5 miles). A beautiful 17th Century coaching inn in a striking location with the Glenderamakin River flowing below and the Lakeland fells above.
  • The Boot and Shoe, Greystoke (6.5 miles). A 17th Century pub overlooking the green in a picturesque village. famous for Tarzan and the Gordon Richards Racing Stables.
  • The Old Crown, Hesket Newmarket (5 miles). Owned by a co-operative of more than one hundred local people and other supporters, all dedicated to maintaining the essential character of the pub.
    Both Greystoke and Hesket Newmarket have a Post Office and shop

There are numerous outdoor activities in the Lake District National Park plus mountain biking that your hosts can arrange.

Showmans Waggon Welsh Borders

showmans waggon walesExperience what it was like for the 1920’s ringmaster of a circus, living in an elaborately decorated and restored Showmans Waggon. A touch of opulence, with cut-glass mirrors, crystal lamps and ornate ceilings. Situated on the Welsh borders, the waggon enjoys an enviably peaceful position alongside the stables on a stud farm. With great views and fantastic wildlife, you will be suitably impressed.

Accommodation Details

  • Compact kitchen with full size fridge, fitted units and a small table with 2 chairs
  • Microwave, toaster and kettle
  • Parlour with multi-fuel stove, first hod of coal provided
  • Logs can be supplied – ask on arrival
  • Electric heater for back up
  • CD Radio
  • No TV, you can always bring a laptop to watch DVDs
  • Bedlinen provided

Double bedroom with good quality sprung mattress double bed. It is 6’4″ long (standard) and 4’1″ wide – so comfortable for two but slightly narrower than a modern standard double.

Outside there is a small cabin adjacent which has a newly fitted electric shower, a proper flushing toilet and the only sink (with hot water)+ electric heater.

There is a barbecue, a fire pit, seating and a table.

You have free access over 60 acres of this land which has the feeling of historic estate parkland, with mature oak trees among pasture, with some woodland and a small lake. You can even borrow the rowing boat (at own risk).

Sleeps 2
Dogs Welcome – Maximum of 2

Romany Caravan and Owl Cabin

romany caravan and owl cabin

This is an authentic 1940s Romany ‘bowtop’ caravan situated in a secluded spot in the foothills of the Black Mountains, designated as a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest.’
The caravan sleeps a couple, plus up to 2 children and 2 very well-behaved dogs.

Please note – that there are farm animals, chickens, cats, dogs and ponies in the vicinity.

Bedding (duvet for winter is a top-of-the-range goose-down duvet), bedlinen and towels are provided for a couple, and are stored in the caravan. Please bring extra bedding and towels for children.
Electric heater

Comfy spacious cabin a few feet away provides all facilities…

  • Bathroom with huge shower, little antique roll-top bath, loo and wash handbasin.
  • Living-area and neat kitchen with all cooking equipment, crockery and cutlery, microwave, toaster, 2-burner gas hob and fridge, as well as a table and chairs.
  • Coal-burning Queenie stove.
  • Sofa-bed, electric heater, books, guide books, a CD-player/radio, and tourist info.

A verandah with table and chairs for morning and daytime sun plus a little garden the other side with table and chairs for evening sun.

All basics (soap, loo roll, cleaning materials) and electricity supplied.
The owners can do a service wash but hand-wash liquid is supplied in the cabin, and there is a pull-out washing-line on the verandah.

You will find wonderful walks and wildlife in the area to explore.

West Lexham Treehouses

west lexham treehousesThe magical fairy tale setting of these charming treehouses will take you right back to your childhood dreams. The romantic and rustic atmosphere is enhanced by the decor of bunting and fairy lights. Certainly a spellbinding place; fall asleep in the treetops, under the canopy of twinkling stars.  There are two treehouses to choose from and both are part of a 21 acre estate that is a natural haven with beautiful landscapes.

Sunrise Treehouse

This is the larger of the two and has two double bedrooms and an additional twin. A Moroccan-inspired living area looks out over the woodland and has vibrant cushions and a beautiful dining area. A cosy double bedroom sits above on a mezzanine level and has vivid colours and a unique personality.

Tinker Treehouse

This is small but perfectly formed and has one double bedroom and a treetop balcony. Its boutique design has a captivating allure that each and every guest is destined to fall for. Bright bedding sits atop the comfortable mattress, while leaf-lined trunks head up into the canopy.

The luxury glamping facilities are available to both treehouses and can be found down in the valley. The vintage outdoor bathroom provides hot water showers and flushing loos. The garden kitchen is perfect, with a pizza oven, fridge and traditional gas burners, and the kitchen is well-equipped for al fresco dining. If you have a fancy for a take-away, then you can treat yourself to one of the ready-made hampers or home-cooked meals.

  • Dog friendly
  • Baby cot
  • Highchair
  • BBQ
  • Coffee maker
  • Internet Access (Wi-Fi)
  • No smoking
  • Open fire/Woodburner
  • Shower
  • Television
  • Towels (bath)

Nestled in the heart of Norfolk, there is plenty to see and do if you do want to venture away from this delightful spot.

Big Green Bus, East Sussex

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This really can be said to be a quirky holiday destination that’s a bit of the beaten track. On the edge of a wood, in the heart of the Sussex countryside, sits a 1982 converted green bus on its own totally private plot. The bus is a truly unique and unusual place to stay with many of the original bus fittings reused throughout the high quality conversion. The Big Green Bus was seen on series 2 of the Channel 4 TV series with George Clarke ‘Amazing Spaces.’

An awesome space that has all that you would need, and sleeps six people comfortably in three bedrooms upstairs. Two full size doubles and one bunk bed room.dog holidays

  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Full size kitchen
  • A few essentials: tea, coffee, milk, herbs & olive oil
  • Log burner
  • Logs for stove
  • Toilet and wet room

Well behaved dogs are allowed on the bus (downstairs only) for an additional £10 a night.

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The bus has its own decking area and a fire pit next to a beautiful pond, with lots of wildlife all around.

There is also a wood fired hot tub, which for a small extra amount, can be hired for the duration of your stay.

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