Our 8 year old dog Teapot is treated as one of the family. She comes on all our holidays. Every year we go to the Isle of Wight for 2 weeks during the Summer and stay at Thorness Bay. It is a lovely site with its own dog friendly beach and it is only a 10 minute walk from the camping area. We find lots of pubs on the island are dog friendly as are lots of shops-in fact lots of the shops have treats behind the counters for dogs. This year there was a dog show in Ventnor , we found out about it while in a charity shop and we entered her into 4 categories,senior dog, waggiest tail, beautiful bitch(where she came 3rd) and beautiful eyes(she came 1st!). She was up against tough competition and it was a fabulous afternoon in a lovely part of the island.We were so proud of her and took her to a pet shop the next day for her to spend the vouchers she won. Every day on holiday we took her to the beach for a swim. We also loved visiting the charity shops in Cowes as they all love dogs. Teapot loves her holidays and we recommend the island to everyone. The campsite at Thorness Bay is dog friendly and there are lots of campers there with dogs. She is not allowed in the complex but there is a patio area attached to the dining area and we eat there with her.
I stayed at the Arrochar Hotel for 4 days with my Service dog Paddy, a Saluki of noble mein lol. We had a wonderful time and both were made extremely welcome. The views were stunning and places to walk were numerable even for someone who cannot climb!
The staff in the hotel were most pleasant and helped me with my wifi set-up (I'm not too great at technology outside my home) and my luggage. The meals were lovely and could be taken in the lovely restaurant or in the lounge, both overlooking the stunning mountains.
Paddy had a great swim in the loch every day and inspected almost every clump of seaweed. We will definitely be back to stay because our visit was so lovely and of course Paddy will have to inspect the beach again!
It was my first gotcha-versary - the anniversary of the day I was 'got' from the rescue centre - and so my humans decided to take me on an October Northumberland adventure to celebrate.
We started on the coast near Alnwick. It was a crisp day with blue skies, despite the fact that inland and further South it was rather damp and grey. Often we've visited the beach at Alnmouth, but due to my previous picnic-thieving success, we went instead to the quieter, very beautiful, beach at Longhaughton. We had an excellent time chasing balls and waves, and I was able to run around to my heart’s content.
Having burned off some energy, we headed to the second-hand bookshop in Alnwick, Barter Books, for a browse and some lunch. My humans pulled me towards the Philosophy section, but I made sure they visited the dog treat jar en route. While they browsed, I said hello to the other dogs, and had a big drink of water from the bowls provided. Then we all settled down by the fire to read.
Next up was the Alnwick pet shop, Northumbria Pets, where we got my gotcha-versary present: a warm, wind-proof coat with a tartan lining. The shopkeepers admired me and gave me lots of treats: I think it’s my favourite shop.
The most blissful experience for the dog owner can be to relax on your holidays knowing your pooch is having the time of his life and what better way to do it as to be right by your side!
One of our truly pawtastic weekends was spent at "Oskada park" campsite in Malton, UK or as my furry friends would call it "doggy heaven".
Fully enclosed (and I really mean it, I have beagles!), secure campsite with room for caravans, motorhomes, tourers and tents of all sizes with easy access for even the largest vans - dedicated to all kinds of dogs - fluffy, tiny, enormous, spotted, goofy and playful - all have a warm welcome from campsite`s owner Gem and her human mum Penny.
Although advertised as an `adults only` this campsite has not only an agility course, but also a slide and two trampolines including one for those "I`m not fat, I`m fluffy" ones and even their humans! If it gets too hot your dog will be thrilled for splashing in the stream which runs through the campsite and a pool for the bravest tail-waggers never mind the extensive field to exercise and sniff all the messages left by other four legged buddies.
Well thanks to Steve sending us an email from 'Dog Friendly Holidays' with a discount for certain holidays and dogs going free with the special code we decided to take the plunge and have a go. Having recently lost our old dog we felt our other one would really now enjoy a Forest Holiday which may have been too much for the old boy so we booked a wood chalet in the Forest of Dean with Forest Holidays for a long weekend (Friday - Monday). The chalet was great, very large with a lovely lounge opening into the kitchen with doors onto 2 decked fully fenced patios, one with a jacuzzi. We had 2 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The chalet had everything you needed and even had underfloor heating which kept it nice and cosy. There was cafe and shop on site and the dogs were allowed in both. The woodland behind our cabin had several trails to follow and even though it rained most of the time on the Saturday we had some nice walks.
Criccieth is on the south side of the Llyn peninsula so benefits from a beautiful late afternoon sun and is an ideal time to walk one or both of it's two beaches and in mid September the tide is at it's lowest around 15:00 revealing miles of open sand. We headed for the east beach so parked up on the esplanarde, if this is full there is also a carpark at the far end. The beach directly infront of the esplanarde is Blue Flag awarded so not open to dogs, so walk eastwards down a concrete ramp infront of Dylan's Resturant and the pitch & putt coarse, the first hundred yards or so is shingle and pebbles so take apropriate footware but after that it's barefoot all the way on gorgeous golden sand. Behind you are the snowdonian mountains providing a shelter from the westerly winds and infront of you the water is shallow and warm, benefiting from the gulf stream passing close by which brings in seals, porpoises and dolphins along the surf if your lucky. With the tide at it's lowest you can walk all the way to the neighbouring beach of Black Sands, passing rock cliffs with caves and rockpools to explore, just remember when the tide comes back in it will cut off the beach side access from one to the other. There are numarous beaches in Wales but for me this is one of the finest for it's view's of Cardigan Bay, the snowdonian mountains and miles of walking at low tide.
Lakes, Cakes and Automobiles
We’ve just had a week’s dog-friendly stay in Pepper Cottage located in Hawkshead near Ambleside in the Lake District. This is myself, my husband and our three Basset Hounds...Buddy-love (10), Peach (7) and Daisy (5). Pepper Cottage is fab, a two bedroomed single level cottage with slate flooring, large enclosed garden and huge dog bed!
We visited many dog-friendly locations over the week. In fact I’d go as far to say dogs were encouraged let alone accepted! In Hawkshead itself, all the pubs and cafes allowed dogs plus to my amazement, most of the shops.
On the first day we went to Derwent Water and took the Hounds on a lake cruiser where dogs travelled free. We enjoyed a 50 minute cruise around the lake.
We also took the Hounds to Carlisle Castle being as we are English Heritage members who are notoriously dog-friendly at over 90% of their sites. The dogs were allowed everywhere in the castle apart from the cafe although there were seats outside and luckily the weather was kind. From here we went to Birdoswald Roman Fort Hadrian’s Wall where again, dogs were welcomed. On the way back we called into Lanercost Priory where the dogs were allowed everywhere including in the church. There was a dog-friendly seating area in the cafe called “Bark and Brew” however the extremely low tables were a huge temptation for the Hounds especially when cake appeared (and I’m not talking liver cake!). Buddy-love took a dive for it but luckily my reactions were quick enough to save the cake however the coffee took a tumble!
We always travel by car to a village in Austria called Brand, with two overnight stops on the way, in France and Germany. In Valenciennes the Campanile has a 5 euro charge for dogs and is a clean, comfortable hotel. In Germany we stay at a roadside hotel on the B10 called the Frauenstein, midway between Pirmasens and Landau. The food is excellent and dogs are made very welcome, with Carys usually being brought a handful of steak from the kitchen.
In Brand we stay with our daughter, but every restaurant in the village and surrounding area welcomes dogs, as do the hotels. It is a beautiful village and Carys really enjoys her walks there.
Second visit to Hidden Gem cottage...it does what it says on the tin ...it is proper dog friendly ... a holiday for dogs . A top class cottage with all facilities in the best location . Out of the door and on to the beach . East Ruston Cottages in Norfolk go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that your holiday is full of fabulous memories . I can’t stop coming back ...we are booked for our third time in April .
Not seen anyone else yet who does dog friendly like ERC .
Earlier this year me, my son and Patch and Sasha had a lovely holiday at Holywell Bay Park, Cornwall. The site is in the valley a 10 minute walk from the glorious Holywell Bay - Poldark Country ! The caravan was warm, comfy, well fitted out and sitting outside on a sunny afternoon it was peaceful and relaxing. We enjoyed the easy walk down to the beach, with sand dunes for the more energetic (Jesse and Patch ) or level walk for the less so (me and Sasha)and Sasha even managed to chance some seagulls! A visit to Caerhays Castle gardens was a highlight, walking through the expansive grounds where the dogs were welcome in the dog friendly cafe. The castle and grounds are only open in the spring but the beach at the bottom of the drive has plenty of parking, a cafe/shop/toilets and is dog friendly all year. We will be returning !
Back on site there is an outdoor pool, play areas for children, a nice bar/ restaurant, cooked breakfast - yum ! There are walks through the valley and the site is well sheltered. Definately a family friendly site in a great location.