Fetch the Best: Five Dreamy Staycation Picks for 2021

Missed out on your favourite doggie destination this year? Don’t be deterred. With lots of dog-friendly hotels and cottages totally booked up this summer, it’s time to plan ahead and book your dream dog-friendly escape for next year.

There are so many magical places to choose from – beachside hotels with their own private coves, remote rural cottages with doggie walks from the door and long stretches of endless sand and sea.

Stuck for choice? Don’t worry! We’ve highlighted five of our favourite dog-friendly destinations to choose from. Whether you decide to take a trip in the winter, autumn, summer or spring, now is prime time to get ahead of the pack and fetch your perfect doggie staycay for 2021. 

 

Isle of Wight

 
 
 
Britain’s very own Ibiza, the Isle of Wight has experienced something of a renaissance recently; and whilst it used to have a fish & chips, bucket & spades kind of atmosphere, it has now been discovered by a hip crowd with stylish hotels, restaurants and cafes springing up everywhere! 

The island itself is full of lovely long beaches with sandy bays – perfect for your beach-loving canine. There’s plenty to explore too, with chalk cliffs and rolling hills and many Areas of Outstanding. There’s also the fun of the ferry trip to get there!
 
When it comes to eating out, look no further than the The Hut on Colwell Bay. This super cool waterfront restaurant/cafe is just one of many fantastic dog-friendly places you and your four-legged friend can enjoy together. 
 
For a place to stay, we recommend taking a look at Haven Hall, a boutique B&B with apartments, set on the picturesque cliff tops of southeast side of the island. 

Explore our full collection of dog-friendly hotels and cottages in The Isle of Wight

 

 

The Lake District

 
 
 
Surrounded by fabulous scenery, rugged fell mountains to trek and charming market towns, the Lake District is an ideal place for a dog-friendly adventure.

With so many wonderful walks to enjoy, it really is a doggies dream! Whether you wish to scale the heights of Cat Bells or Scarfell Pike marvelling at the fabulous views on the way, or perhaps prefer a more gentle stroll, there’s plenty for you and your pooch to explore. There’s also dog-friendly boat trips around the lake and even a doggie steam train! 
 
We recommend staying at at one of the gorgeous cottages or houses on the Rowley Estate, which are dotted around Cumbria in beautiful rural locations. Alternatively, try the Swan at Newby Bridge – a luxurious dog-friendly riverside inn set in the Cumbrian countryside. 
 
Explore our full collection of dog-friendly hotels and cottages in the Lake District
 
 
 

Northumberland 

 
 

Northumberland is the least densely populated county in England, and one of the most undiscovered! Of course it takes a little longer to get there, but when you do it has so much to offer for a dog-friendly escape.

In fact, our Pet Inspectors Rufus & Kiki recently took a trip to Northumberland. You can find out what got their tails wagging here

The county is blessed with fabulous, wide open beaches that are so breathtakingly beautiful that you can almost imagine you are in the Caribbean! The beach at the charming coastal village of Alnmouth is just one of many spectcular bays in Northumberland waiting to be discovered by you and your furry friend. 
 
Full of natural beauty, Northumberland also bears some absolutely stunning countryside, which is dotted with fascinating castles like Bamburgh Castle, and of course the magical Holy island. You’ll also be able to explore some fabulous museums and historic houses with lovely gardens to visit like Belsay Hall.
 
We recommend staying at St Valery in Alnmouth – a cute boutique B&B that is totally dog-welcoming. You could also check out the The Joiner’s Arms in Alnwick. 

Explore our collection of dog-friendly hotels and cottages in Northumberland
 
 
 

Devon

 
 
Devon remains one of the favourite destinations for a dog-friendly escape – perfect for a beachside stay or a walking holiday in the fabulous countryside. It’s home to some of the country’s most amazing beaches like Saunton Sands, Babbacombe Bay, Slapton Sands, and Thurlstone with many PetsPyjamas hotels set right by the beach!
 
Amongst the scattering of gorgeous sailing towns like Salcombe and unspoilt villages like Dittisham, are a series of wonderful coastal paths that make for the most memorable dog walks. You and your pooch can also enjoy some fantastic country walks through the wild moorlands of Dartmoor.
 
We recommend staying at The Cary Arms & Spa – a fabulous beachfront Inn that exudes all the charm and fun of an ‘Inn on the Beach’, with the style and comfort of a luxury boutique hotel. Set on the dog-friendly Babbacombe Bay, it makes for the perfect retreat.
 
Alternatively, try Soar Mill Cove with its own private beach, or perhaps The Fox & Hounds country hotel if you’re looking for somewhere more rural. 
 
 
Explore our full collection of dog-friendly hotels and cottages in Devon
 
 
 

Norfolk

 
 
 
Norfolk is blessed with huge sandy beaches, nature reserves, woodland walks, and fabulous historic houses like Houghton Hall. The wonderful landscape is teaming with wildlife and is also home to Sandringham, the Queen’s country estate.
 
It’s also home to our all time favourite year round dog-friendly beach – the famous beach at Holkham, which is renowned for being one of the most unspoilt beaches in the country. Set in the Holkham Estate, it’s a nature reserve that combines beach with pine forest – absolutely perfect for a long stroll with your canine companion. 
 
You can also explore the gorgeous Norfolk villages of Burnham Market and the small coastal town of Wells next the Sea.

The Ship Inn, overlooking Mundsley Beach, Clipper Cottage at Wells next to the Sea, or The Dial House are just a number of fantastic dog-friendly places you can stay in Norfolk.
 
Explore our full collection of dog-friendly hotels and cottages in Norfolk
 
 

Whichever destination you pick you are sure to have a fabulous time and what’s more you and your dog will have something to look forward all year!

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