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I found this gem on Trip Advisor when I couldn't find what I needed on dog friendly websites. It is a family-run rental in an ideal position. We spent 2 weeks at the house during Wimbledon fortnight, but unfortunately the weather was cold and windy with very little sunshine. It was like home from home and much more. It is an upside down house and I loved the window seat in the lounge upstairs, which is great to watch the world go by and gets the sun all afternoon (if you are lucky). The walled patio is also great as it is a suntrap all day long and keeps out most of the wind.
The fridge and freezer in the garage were a godsend. The second TV in the kitchen was perfect during the Euros, so one of us could be ostracized! Then a third TV in the bedroom - incredibly unusual in a rental. The HDMI connection allowed us to connect the PC and to get iPlayer and Netflix. Plenty of seating, storage and space for large families.
The half of the beach opposite is forbidden to dogs from May - Sept, but people ignored this if the board was not out. You can walk round the prom to the middle and join the other half there. The sea goes out to the large rock and so there is a large expanse of flat, soft, yellow sand, perfect for children to play on the edge. A very family friendly beach. The beach is self-cleaning because the tide comes almost up to the wall. If you have a kayak, this place is a great and popular place because you can put it in the water opposite and children can body board safely.
Tesco, Morrisons and Asda are together less than 10 mins away. Spar and Costcutter are a couple of minutes for emergency buys.
Anglesey is dog friendly, but you need to get in a car to vary your walks because everywhere is fenced off locally. Some amazing dog walks all around, particularly the Holyhead Breakwater Park.
The best restaurant we ate at on the island. Good atmosphere as soon as we walked in. We were very welcome, including the dog in the restaurant, who was given a biscuit and a bowl of water.
The chef was excellent; all the meals were faultless. Triple cooked chips! Steak and peppercorn sauce on the side and the fish cooked to perfection. Good selection of food - something for everyone and a specials board. All the various types of fish were very fresh.
The staff were very friendly and attentive. We returned for lunch another time which confirmed our original impressions.
A very good position with restaurant and decking outside upstairs with a unique feature of several beach huts set as booths to protect from the wind, which did a good job.. There is a bar and café downstairs.
This is a dog friendly venue, but dogs are not allowed in the restaurant, which is fine, but they will not serve main meals to the other areas which was a problem given we had to drive to get there in the first place and the vision of a ribeye steak disappeared. Hence not 5 stars. You can only get lite bites on the decking.
The restaurant did come recommended to us, but we could not see this ruling on their website.
The Stag Inn, Cemaes Bay
Traditional menu and selection of sandwiches. Haddock and chips was freshly cooked with proper, crispy chips. Dogs are welcome in the bar to the right of the front door and welcomed with a bowl of water.
If approaching from Amlwch need to park in the car park on the right as parking is at a premium. Value for money and friendly staff.
Perfect for a family picnic on the beach with the dog. Quite apart from the geological features of the island itself, which we were unable to see because dogs are not allowed, this is a beautiful bay.
The £4 entrance fee to the park seemed a lot, but if you consider you have all day parking at the beach, with toilets, an ice cream van and a refreshment van, not a bad deal.
The sand dunes overlook a large bay with a wide expanse of yellow sand with a backdrop of the Snowdonia mountains. It is an ideal place to spend the day with the children.
There are lovely walks for the dog in the pine forests and they are allowed on the beach.
Holyhead Breakwater Park
This gave us endless walks for a dog who gets bored with the same routine. There is something there for everyone. You can take walks for hours; some along the coast are reasonably flat, but dogs needs to be on the lead as there are horses in the fields. There is also a trek up to the cliff tops, if you feel fit enough. There are plenty of treks towards the South Stack lighthouse and the ruins of an old castle and the former Soldier's Point Hotel, which burned down in 2011, which was intended to be the focal point of a waterfront maritime museum development.
Hope this is helpful
“our dogs first holiday!”
If you are a dog lover who wants to take their four footed friends with them and if you love history and love an establishment where the staff make you feel like you are the only people they have to care for then Craig Y Nos is for you
I would like to " shout this from the topmost point of Craig Y Nos " is how amazing , caring and professional all the staff were and how much they cared for us all and that includes the dogs - actually I think the dogs might have been more spoilt than we were and they were usually spoken to first
The first mention I had of Craig Y Nos was, when trying to find somewhere for a quick break where we could take our two dogs, was via the dog friendly site run by Steve Bennett. When I was having issues with my computer log in , necessitating my speaking to Steve personally, he said Craig Y Nos was one of the top places to stay with dogs and he was so so right!
As we had dogs with us, and one of them we have only had for a few weeks we had breakfast in the bar area - this was fine - the dogs loved being offered sausages each morning - and by the end of visit were waiting for it .We were asked if this ok the first day and agreed. One morning I went to breakfast earlier than the others and with one dog and Wendy was so so lovely and helpful - I was worried how would get on but no problem at all. My husband's requirement of a vegetarian breakfast was meet each day with a smile and he had the same choice of number of dishes as I did.
Craig Y Nos do not serve meals at lunch time but we had three evening meals - served in the bar area as we were with the dogs - the food was very nice but the choice was limited - it appeared that the menu was not changed each day when we visited but I think this may since have changed - my husband is vegetarian and this meant he had a very restricted choice- it might be a good idea to ask re this when booking especially if you have a vegetarian with you
the service given by the waitresses was brilliant - they felt like friends very soon rather than waitresses - we were served by Wendy, Catherine and one other lady whose name I forget( if I even knew) - she made me a lovely Sambuca and she flamed it - which many people wont do now( health and safety!)
Please do not miss the History tour - I just cannot praise Nicole enough for this tour - we had learnt a little about the history of Craig Y Nos whilst staying but nothing prepared us for the 2 hour amazing time we had and I am so sad Adelaine Patti is not remembered more and that the hotel is struggling to get funding for this amazing theatre and location -- I want to learn more Adelaine Patti . We were taken on the tour by the lovely Nicole who is so passionate and learned about Adelaine Patti .
We stayed in the courtyard in a family suite - this had originally been the staff quarters . Our rooms were functional and adequate - the furniture was Victorian to fit the ambiance of the castle - sadly we didn't see much sun on our visit so on one occasion I had to ask if the heating could be put on - it was although not for the whole day
One lovely touch was that throws were provided for the dogs so they didn't mark the bedding.
Our dogs loved the walks we were able to access - around Craig Y Nos castle itself and then in the country park next door - and then we also visited the café Changing Seasons café where the dogs were again welcomed - it seemed that north wales welcomes dogs - maybe the weather might be a bit dryer please
I do so hope we will be able to return here soon- maybe the dogs will carry wallets and purses and will pay all the bills for us !
Hi Everyone I’m Mack the Spoodle puppy here well I’m nearly 1 year old my mam tells me on 13th June. I’ve been checking out dog friendly places to go for a short break either midweek or at weekend’s with my human mam and dad.
Often hotels or pubs say dog friendly but this often means that I can stay in the room with my people or that I can only sit with my humans somewhere like the bar areas. They often have to go hungry as there’s nowhere for them to eat whilst I’m with them. I so often feel bad as I know they won’t leave me alone in the room cos I’m too young and they love me anyway.
So now what my dad does is look for places that are really dog friendly. A few months ago now we hit upon the Crown Hotel in a little village just off the main A69 on your way to Carlisle. We’ve been a few times now and its fab I love it.
The hotel has a few dog friendly garden rooms. When I arrive they have already put a dog bed in the room with some dog biscuits, poo bags, food and water bowls which makes me feel great as I know I’m welcomed here. Whilst I’m not allowed in the restaurant for food I can go in the bar where my people can book a table and eat some delicious food I know cos I sometimes get a little taste he he.
The kind staff also set a table for brekky in the bar for my mam and dad and aunty Jean (the waitress) always brings me a spare sausage. I love my aunty Jean.
The village is great for walks too as it has some lovely areas where I can exercise like the huge village green where I can run crazy with the wind in my coat it’s just what I need. If you walk up the green and a little up the street you come across another dog friendly pub called “The Wheatsheaf” where Lynne, Graham and the team serve some delicious fresh homemade food its yummy.
So if you are looking for a great place to visit check it out I might even see you there sometime.
Love MACK x