Who needs a vacation? This summer is all about taking a staycation with your four-legged-bestie!
Get your summer started with a weekend getaway or a family holiday to one of our handpicked dog friendly destinations. We’ve taken all the hard work out of finding the perfect country escape or seaside haven just for you. Whether it’s fine dining, relaxing at a spa and a round of golf you are looking for, or a cosy country cottage close to historical seaside towns and villages with plenty of room for your two-legged and four-legged children to play - we’ve got four fantastic staycations to suit any budget. That’s your next vacation in the south of England covered, now don’t forget to pack your Ruff and Tumble gear:
Dog Drying/ Cooling Coats – a multipurpose drying/ cooling coat is an essential must have for every dog owner. Dry your water-hound quickly and efficiently after an impromptu swim or a trip to the beach. Also, great for providing your dog with instant cooling relief on hot summer days (simply spray or immerse your coat in cold water).
Sofa Throws & Fitted Dog Bed Covers- perfect for keeping your car and holiday accommodation shake-off, dog hair and odour free. No more wasting precious relaxation time cleaning up after your mucky mutt!
Drying Mitts– the ideal travel companion. Keep a pair handy in your car for rough drying wet dogs, cleaning up unexpected mess and wiping clean sandy paws.
Yew Tree Cottage: Hyde, Hampshire
A real hidden treasure– this rural Elizabethan cottage in the heart of the New Forest has plenty of charm and family-friendly features; four double bedrooms (can sleep up to eight people), modern kitchen and bathrooms, large enclosed garden, perfect for dogs and bbq’s, and an open fire in the living room, with complementary firewood, to keep the midges at bay and warm your toes on chilly evenings.
There is a local country shop that stocks just about anything and everything. Plenty of scenic countryside for hiking, or you can work up an appetite with a leisurely stroll to one of the many watering holes and gastro-pubs that range from half a mile to four miles away. If you feel like venturing out, the quaint riverside town of Fordingbridge boasts many interesting attractions and places to eat out, and is just a ten-minute drive away.
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Prices start from £410 for a seven day stay.
Titchwell Manor: Near Brancaster, Norfolk
The ultimate getaway- a stone’s throw from the stunning North Norfolk coast, Titchwell Manor is a beautiful, boutique 27-bedroom country retreat offering chic contemporary accommodation and spectacular, uninterrupted views across open marshes to the North Sea.
With local golf clubs, stately homes, nature reserves, an abundance of inland and costal walks there is plenty to see and do. Titchwell Manor’s restaurant ‘Eating Rooms’ has been awarded a prestigious three star AA award and is a culinary experience not to miss out on.
Prices start from £145 per night based on 2 people sharing.
The Royal Oak Inn: Dunsford, Devon
Family adventure in sunny Devon– Nestled between rolling hills and patchwork quilt fields on the outskirts of Dartmoor, Dunsford is a picturesque, post card village steeped in history and tradition – cream tea anyone? The Royal Oak, a family owned pub / B&B in the heart of the village offers ensuite rooms in a quaint converted barn, generous portions of good food, as well a menagerie of animals; rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Chipmunks, Alpacas, Ponies, Donkeys and Budgies for the guests to enjoy.
There is plenty of family fun things to do in the local vicinity; pony trekking on the moor, kayaking and canoeing on the river Teign, a visit to the Donkey Sanctuary or Miniature Pony Centre, exploring the many moorland towns and villages, or a family excursion to the city of Exeter (just 6 miles away).
Prices start from £50 per night based on a 2 adults staying for 2 nights (£15 extra per child per night)
Historic Sussex Hotels: Bailiffscourt, West Sussex
Get away from it all– a series of charming houses and cottages set in 30 acres of private parkland, there’s; rose gardens, a spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, croquet lawn, tennis courts, a medieval chapel and of course Climping Beach, just a short walk away. Bailifscourt restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, mid-morning coffee and afternoon tea. With beautiful medieval architecture, mullioned windows and tapestry-hung walls it truly is a magical setting.
If having your own secluded hideaway to explore is not enough, Arundel Castle is just a 10-minute drive away, or you could hire a boat and drift across Swanbourne Lake. Historic Chichester, nestled at the foot of the South Downs, is just a 25-minute drive away and is surrounded by beautiful countryside, sandy beaches, fishing villages and family attractions.
Prices start from £255 per night based on 2 people sharing.