Pet Friendly Accommodation In The UK and Ireland
Taking a break from the stresses and strains of everyday life is something everyone looks forward to. And, if you have pets you will want to include them in your holiday plans. The British are well known as a nation of pet lovers and owners of holiday accommodation have now taken this on board so your pets will be welcome in self catering cottages and hotels in a wide variety of holiday destinations.
These days it is so much easier than it was in the past to find pet friendly accommodation in the UK. If don’t want to holiday abroad which entails the hassle of getting your pet vaccinated, micro chipped and issued with a pet passport, there are thousands of pet friendly self catering cottages, hotels and Bed and Breakfast establishments in the UK where you can all enjoy a well deserved break.
The UK is bigger than you think. And, this is a country that is so diverse you can choose a beach holiday in the beautiful county of Devon, a rambling break in the splendour of the Lake District or even take a ferry ride to the Isle Of Wight.
All of these areas and more have lots of choice when it comes to pet friendly cottages. Or, if you prefer to be cossetted, you can go to a pet friendly hotel where the owners will treat you and your cherished pet to a luxury break. Plan ahead and take your time and you will find the right place where you and your family will have a great time.
If you have never taken your pet on holiday you might be nervous but there is no need to be as there are plenty of tips that can help you to get it right first time.
The most important aspect should be to find accommodation that is going to suit you and your family and this means that it really should be pet friendly and not just one that ‘allows dogs’. Contact the owners of the accommodation and get all the information you need. e.g. are dogs allowed to be left alone in rooms and are there any restrictions on numbers, breeds and size?
This way there will be no unwelcome surprises when you reach your destination. It is also important to make sure that your pet has a clean bill of health. Pets which meet up with others can easily pick up ticks and fleas so get the vet to check your pet and if necessary to apply treatments before you go. Microchipping is also a good idea so that if your pet becomes lost a vet can be enlisted to help you become reunited.
Finally, make sure that your pet responds to basic commands and this will ensure that everyone has a good time including other guests at the holiday accommodation of your choice.
Going on holiday with a pet involves a little more planning than if you are just travelling with adults. You need to consider frequent stops on the journey and doing some research in advance will mean you will be confident that there are cafes or restaurants en route which welcome animals.
Make use of the Internet to do some research and also include some plans for any emergencies that could crop up. Once you have chosen your holiday destination you should also make a note of the nearest vets and make a list of the essential items you need to take on your trip.
Where To Go
One of the most stunning areas of the UK is the Lake District and there are some fantastic pet friendly cottages where you can enjoy a self catering break. The Lake District is a National Park that has it all. Beautiful mountains, stunning lake vistas and enough events to satisfy all the family. If you love walking, riding, cycling, water activities or just want to experience the solitude that Wordsworth described in his poems, you can find it all at the Lakes.
Accommodation In The Lake District
Right at the heart of the Lake District is Windermere Marina Village which features luxury apartments and pet friendly cottages which will accommodate up to two dogs. Rated as four star and just a ten minute walk from the town of Bowness, there is accommodation to sleep up to 10 people and you can book for a few days or for a longer stay.
Everything you need to have a fantastic holiday is on offer at this beautiful establishment which is fitted out with TV, Hi-Fi, dishwasher, microwave and all linen. If you prefer not to cook there are plenty of places to eat in Bowness. There is also free Wi-Fi in all the accommodation. With spectacular views over the lake and marina and easy access to all the other lakes and villages, this is a highly recommended choice of pet friendly accommodation.
Families flock to the Lakes because there are so many attractions, events and activities. You don’t have to be an experienced sailor to enjoy the Lakes. There are small kayaks and canoes to hire and in a safe environment you can hire these kinds of crafts as well as rowing boats and dinghies. Cycles and helmets are also for hire and the Lakes have hundreds of routes with many different levels of expertise so all the family can take part in rides. There are even listed dog walking routes that will take you to some of the most stunning backdrops of the area. And, you can wash your dog off at one of the many dog washing facilities.
The Lakes Alive Festival is an annual event that takes place in Kendal in September. Three days of activities that include live music, puppet theatres for the children, poetry and artists. Kendal Castle hosts an ice sculpting event and in 2017 the festival takes place between 8th and 10th September.
The English Riviera is located in Torbay, a district that encompasses the towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. This popular destination has all the amenities of holiday resorts with stunning beaches and coves, a close proximity to Dartmoor and a climate that can often rival that of the South Of France.
This is an area of many resorts that have a host of pet friendly hotels and smaller properties that accommodate for bed and breakfast. There are many camping sites with caravans or the most modern tents and camping pods. Amongst all of the available accommodation in Devon you will find a splendid selection of pet friendly establishments.
Pet Friendly Accommodation In Devon
Open from March until October, Ladram Bay Holiday Park is one of the most attractive holiday destinations in Devon. The park boasts a private beach and the accommodation is rated five star so you can choose from a pet friendly luxury lodge, an apartment, or take the option of one of the latest glamping pods.
The leisure facilities include a large swimming pool complex, watersports, entertainment throughout the day and night and the restaurant has absolutely stunning views over the sea. Situated just 20 minutes drive from the M5, Ladram Bay has easy access to Dartmoor, the resort of Sidmouth and is at the heart of one of the most beautiful counties in England. Exmoor National Park is also close by so you can enjoy this historic heritage coastline.
There are so many events and attractions in Devon that it is hard to know where to begin. At the World of Country Life you can feed Llama or deer and bottle feed a lamb. The model village at Babbacombe has long attracted thousands of visitors each year and is a great favourite with children. Take a ride on the South Devon Railway and enjoy a historic trip on a steam train or visit the National Marine Aquarium and be amazed at the sharks, sting rays and turtles that comprise just some of the species which are part of a conservation programme.
The world of Devon is an oyster that offers unlimited events especially if you love music. Choose from small musical events at local pubs, Sidmouth Folk Week or a large organised festival like the Langaland festival at Newton Abbot. This fabulous festival has live music, lots of beer and the organisers are set to make this an annual event that they hope will one day rival Glastonbury.
A short ferry ride from Portsmouth will take you to the Isle of Wight which lies just 4 miles off the coast of England. Known for its mild climate and associations with royalty (Queen Victoria had a holiday home here), the island is host to many music festivals, sailing regattas and you can also hunt for dinosaur fossils!!!
Tourism plays a large part in the economy of the Isle of Wight and the resorts have many pet friendly hotels and cottages which will make you and your entire family welcome.
Accommodation On The Isle Of Wight
Sit on the balcony at Waters Edge and enjoy the panoramic view over the sea which stretches as far as Lymington on the English coastline. This luxurious three bedroom house is just a ten minute walk from historic Yarmouth.
It has three double bedrooms and three bathrooms so no one will have to queue. The well appointed kitchen has every amenity and there is a garden terrace where you can sit and enjoy the sunshine. This is one of the most well appointed pet friendly cottages where you and your family can enjoy the freedom that can only come with luxury self catering accommodation.
There are small and quiet beaches where you can enjoy the best of the Isle of Wight. However, wherever you stay you are close enough to all the other attractions of this beautiful island. Sailing aficionados will love the annual regatta which is held in August each year and all the towns on the island offer a glimpse of the history of this wonderful part of the UK.
Carisbrook Castle is medieval and this is where Charles 1st was imprisoned by Cromwell. You can walk around the walls and soak up the atmosphere. There are tours with jousting and a knight’s school for the children.
Osbourne House is where Queen Victoria stayed during her summer retreat. Throughout the year there are many events such as theatre for adults and special performances of Wind In The Willows for children.
You can experience an exhibition of Victorian falconry and if you happen to visit during December there is a magnificent Christmas Fayre.
Making the most of your annual break does not mean leaving behind your beloved pet in expensive boarding kennels. There is a wealth of choice for pet friendly bed and breakfast accommodation, pet friendly hotels and pet friendly cottages to rent.
Throughout the UK, owners of holiday homes now offer more choice than ever and also try to make your holiday a wonderful event that will live on in your memory for years to come. Finding the right pet friendly place to stay takes a little research and time but it is always going to be worth the effort.
Blog written by Patricia Roach