The best dog-friendly staycations for your summer getaway

There are lots of pup-friendly staycations you can take across the country, to avoid leaving your furry companion in the kennels. 

Whether you’re after a bit of beachside luxury or a retreat in nature, a trip to the southern coast, or a hiking trip in the Northern Peaks - here’s a selection of dog-friendly breaks across the UK to consider. 

Luxury Herne Bay beach break

Bellevue - Panoramic Sea Views, Beachfront Luxury

If you’re after a high-end getaway at a beachside location, the stunning Bellevue by the Bay is the place for you. The two bed apartment sleeps four people and two well-behaved pups. 

However, what really sets this holiday rental apart is the panoramic coastal views - enjoy breakfast on the balcony overlooking the sea, or if the weather isn’t on side, sip a glass of wine at the dining table, with period windows overlooking the coast. 

There are a number of dog-friendly beaches around Bellevue, including Herne Bay itself and Recluver just a short distance away. 

With limited availability remaining in July and September, make sure to snap up a stay here before it’s too late. 

Car free camping on the Inner Hebrides

For some, ultimate relaxation comes when completely detached from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and there’s not much further from urban life than a car-free island in the Inner Hebrides.

The Isle Of Iona Campsite is situated on the tiny, peaceful island just a few minutes walk away from the beach. The campsite only has non-electric grass pitches, so you’ll need to take your camping gear.

The island can be accessed via ferry, and the campsite is just a 20 minute walk from the port. Cars are only allowed for residents so you’ll need to leave your vehicle behind, but given the island is just three miles long, you should cope without it. 

Dogs are welcome at the campsite all year around, and you can enjoy leisurely walks all around the island and across its beaches. However, don’t forget to pack dog toys and treats - with just a handful of amenities on the island, you won’t find a pet shop to stock up. 

Cotswolds cottage break

If camping isn’t your style, but you still fancy a trip to the country just with a little more luxury, Bay Tree Cottage is a great fit. 

Located near the small Cotswolds town of Chipping Norton, Bay Tree Cottage has all the charm you would expect from a quaint countryside cottage. You may stumble across the odd celebrity (or even a royal) during your stay in this high-end Cotswold corner. 

You’ll be surrounded by plenty of scenic country walks to enjoy with your pooch and plenty of dog-friendly cafes. 

Peak District 

2 Pheasant Lane, Peak District

If you want an active holiday, the Peak District has many fantastic hikes, climbs and cycle routes to follow. 2 Pheasant Lane is the perfect base to explore the Peak District and the Derbyshire Dales, plus it’s dog-friendly too!

The detached cottage and accompanying Shepherd’s hut sleeps eight guests combined, so whether you’re planning a trip with friends or family, you’ll have plenty of room. The outdoor space boasts a BBQ, pizza oven, hot tub and a sauna! 

The property allows two well-behaved dogs, but extra furry friends are welcome as long as you let the property owners know before your booking is confirmed. 

Welsh beach break 

Wales has a huge list of impressive beaches - from surfing hotspots, to quaint coves and family friendly stretches. The county of Pembrokeshire in the southeast of Wales is home to a number of excellent beach towns and beautiful coastal views. 

Willow Cottage is a two bedroom holiday rental in central Pembrokeshire, making it the perfect base to visit a great selection of nearby beaches. Just a short drive from Tenby and Saundersfoot, you can enjoy plenty of coastal walks with your pooch. 

If staying in and relaxing is more your scene, the property has an outdoor hot tub and log burner so you can enjoy British summer nights, regardless of the weather!

Wherever you plan to staycation with your pup, make sure you’re prepared with dog supplies, and take a dog bed along with you, in case your stay does not provide one. Our Pillow Beds are easy to pack away, and can even be laid out in the car!

Where have you visited on a dog-friendly staycation? Let us know! 

Ralph & Co. Team

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