Time to Plan Your Pet Friendly Lodge Holidays
Where are the best places to go on holiday with your four-legged friends? Funny you should ask, because we've got everything you need to know.
Imagine being a bored cat or dog waiting for its
owners parents to come home. Won’t it be surprised when you arrive to announce that its coming on holiday with you? This will be the trip of your pet’s relatively short lifetime. Just think of the exciting new sights, sounds and smells. But there are lots of things you need to consider to make sure the holiday is accommodating to your feline or canine (or hamster or whatever) friend. Let's be honest, it's probably a dog, right? In any case, we’ve got a good feline about this Plum Guide list of ideas, and we know your pets will too after reading it. From Cornwall, to London to Somerset, we’ve got you covered. So, where are the best places for pet friendly lodge holidays in the UK?
They say all good dogs go to Devon. But what kind of canine would pass up the opportunity to visit doggie heaven in Devon with the whole family? Its extensive rolling hills make for ultimate walkies territory, while you can delve into the Dartmoor National Park with your pup. The Moorland Guides provide docent-led tours where you’re encouraged to bring your little pet along. Take it through the Valley of Rock to improve its knowledge of the local geometry and ecosystems. Fancy a break from walking? The historic Dartmouth Steam Railway permits dogs. They’ll appreciate the wind in their…tongues…even if they’re not as excited by the architecture of the Exeter Cathedral as you are.
Just a little further west is Cornwall and its remarkable Eden Project. The massive bio-domes containing what seems like the entire Amazon Rainforest are off-limits to pets, but you can walk your dog through the extensive paths outside. Take the pets on a stroll along the Cornish Coastal Path, which wraps around the entirety of Cornwall. Relax on the beach in St Ives and delve into the harbour of Mevagissey. Show your canine friend the westernmost part of England at Land’s End and explain to the pup how the Americas lie over the horizon. It'll blow its puppy mind.
If it’s good enough for Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells, it’s good enough for your pedigree chum. What do you mean you don’t know who they are? OK, well the Cotswolds was a filming location for Harry Potter and Bridget Jones’s Diary. That’s more like it. Take the little scruffy thing with you to the Cotswold Water Park, the Broadway Tower or the Birdland Park & Gardens. They’ll love sniffing around the Batsford Arboretum. And while they may not quite appreciate the history, they’ll enjoy dipping in and out of the arches of the Hailes Abbey ruins.
Apple cider, cheddar cheese, Roman baths…and Glastonbury. There's a lot to be discovered in Somerset, including plenty of areas of outstanding natural beauty to let your pet roam free walk your pet on a leash. Take your pick from one its many chocolate-box villages – hike across rolling hills or cosy up in one of the many log-fire pubs. Either way, we're sure the pets will be delighted.
The New Forest
Packed full of nature trails and coastlines stretching across southwest Hampshire and southeast Wiltshire, how could the New Forest not make it onto our list of the best pet-friendly lodge holidays? In fact, some New Forest families still make use of their Rights of Pasture, allowing ponies, cattle, sheep and pigs to graze the forest to their belly's heart's content. It really is a veritable paradise for all things four-legged, but no doubt you'll fall in love with it too. Discover the quaint and quintessential villages and towns of Lyndhurst, Sway and Brockenhurst. Head down to the coast and you'll be met with the charming port town, Lymington.