Like us, you are probably dreaming of a time when you can escape to the country or seaside with the family, a group of friends, or if you are a couple for a romantic stay with your best furry friend. Here we round up 10 of our favourite seaside escapes, rural retreats and hound friendly hideaways including country lodges, a Cumbrian castle, shepherds huts and wooden cabins, all set in beautiful grounds or beachside settings.
With wonderful sea views and year round dog-friendly Thurlestone beach on the doorstep, the luxurious Thurlestone hotel is the perfect summer seaside escape for you and your pet. Expect ultra comfortable rooms, a doggie welcome pack with a guide to local beaches, treats and even a ball to take to the beach, Fantastic spa, swimming pool and great walks along the South West coastal path. The charming sailing town of Salcombe is also just a 15 minute drive away.
Planning to celebrate a birthday or planning to dog-friendly getaway with a party of friends? Rowley Estates , nestled in the Eden Valley and the Cumbrian Hills, is a cluster of cottages and historic houses in a wonderful rural setting. If you fancy hosting a milestone party – why not book Blencowe Hall, a Cumbrian castle that sleeps 24 with furry friends included. With crenellated towers and buttressed walls – Blencowe is really stunning. It features flagstone floors, roaring fires, high ceilings with chandeliers, a lovely terrace and amazing dining room where catering can be arranged. There are also lovely private gardens with fabulous views.
Nestled in a hillside within a 400 acre private hotel is the Fish Hotel which is really more of a collection of glorious houses, huts all in a woodland setting. Especially dog friendly, you and your four legged friend can stay in one of their outdoor rooms in the Stables. The rooms are spacious and have hardwood floors and fabulous walks from the doorstep. Explore nearby Cotswolds villages and take advantage of all the doggie treats on offer including comfy dog beds, doggie afternoon tea, dog agility course and hydrating station!
An Elizabethan Castle set in the rolling valleys of Dartmoor’s National Park, this luxury hotel and spa extends a warm welcome to four legged friends. Set in 275 acres of beautiful countryside for your dog to roam, we recommend staying in one of the hotel’s 22 three story country lodges tucked away in the grounds – perfect for a private country estate stay with all the amenities of the hotel close by. Each lodge has three bedrooms sleeping up to eight people – perfect for a family group. You can self cater or eat at the hotel. And golf enthusiasts will love the 18 hole championship golf course.
One of our most dog-friendly destinations but seriously dreamy too! Located in the heart of the beautiful village of Ticehurst village this stylish 16th century hotel features charming decor and offers dog-friendly rooms in the hotel or luxury lodges including the Love Nest with its own gardens and fire pit. Country walks on the doorstep and coastal towns and beaches are just a short drive away. Plus you can dine with your dog in the super cool bar in the evening.
Your pampered pooch with enjoy being the lap of luxury at the Barnhouse – a five bedroomed house built from green oak and Cotswolds stone and set in a lush woodland on the famous Lakes by Yoo Estate. With stunning contemporary interiors designed by Kate Moss, fabulous outdoor pool and access to the on site spa. Your furry friend will love the private garden as well as walks around the lake and to the gorgeous Cotswolds villages close by.
One of the finest hotels in Wales, Pale Hall is a luxury country house hotel with a grand entrance and a wealth of period features. It is also super dog-friendly where your dog will feel like Lord of the Manor. Set in a wonderfully remote location in the Dee Valley with an idyllic woodland garden for your dog to play and the spectacular Snowdonia National Park close by, Foodies will love the award-winning restaurant with acclaimed chef Gareth Stevensen at the helm and with dog-sitting also an option. Or if you want to dine with your dog you can in the Huntsman Bar and Bistro.
A beautiful waterside retreat, dog-friendly The Mill House in Suffolk is part of The Letheringham Water Mill cottages – four five-star properties located in a gorgeous and tranquil part of Suffolk. Sleeping six, the cottage has sleek, super stylish interiors throughout and a few touches of rock n roll too. With ceramic floors, leather furniture, wall hooks for your pet’s lead, the cottage is very dog-friendly and also has an outdoor washing station for your mucky pups after long walks.
Set along the River Deben, there are glorious views from every window and your four-legged friend will love exploring the surrounding countryside – there are fantastic trails from the doorstep! And if your pooch fancies a trip to the beach, the Suffolk coast is only a half hour drive away.
A dreamy destination away from the crowds is Glen Dye – a private estate in Scotland with around 30,000 magical acres for you and your pet to explore. Super stylish cabins and cottages are surrounded by wilderness forest and moorland on the banks of the River Dye.
At the Saw Mill you sleep in an Airstream safari caravan nestling in a small pine wood and a few metres away is a kitchen, dining room and sitting room in an amazing wooden building originally created in the late 1800s as a seed store for the Estate. There’s an outdoor wood fired hot tub, outdoor shower plus Big Green Egg barbecue.
A slice of paradise with the South Downs National Park and Surrey Hills, is the Merry Harriers, a traditional pub in a gorgeous location. For a unique glamping experience you and your furry friend can stay in one of their delightfully quirky Shepherd’s huts which surround a tranquil pond and have stunning views to the Surrey Hills beyond.
With underfloor heating, wood burning stove and charming decor – in the summer months you have your own loungers and individual fire pits. Llama walking is an option, and after a day of walks in the hills enjoy a three course dinner at the delighted 16th century inn with your four legged friend in tow.
If these wonderful secluded hideaways have got you dreaming, why not book now? You can beat the rush and book for late summer or for 2021 with our low refundable deposit. You’d be barking not too!