It’s a dog’s life
As the owner of two dogs – a mischievous chocolate Labrador and a young, slightly over-exuberant German Shepherd – I know first hand what a nightmare it can be to find quality accommodation where your four-legged friends are welcome too. As a responsible dog owner who cleans up after your pet, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to stay somewhere stylish.
Our dogs, Bobbie and Wolfie, are very much members of our family and we love to be able to take them away on holiday with us. Therefore, when Kirsten and I launched Boutique and Breakfast last October one of my top priorities was to establish which of our featured properties are dog-friendly and include this information in the check box options on the search panel to make life easier for people with canine companions. After all, there’s nothing worse than finding the perfect B&B or guest house and then realising that you can’t stay there because dogs are banned!
I’m pleased to report that almost a quarter of our featured properties welcome dogs and there’s plenty of choice when it comes to location, and the type and style of property. We even have two dog-friendly restaurants with rooms – the elegant Windlestraw Lodge in Scottish border countryside in Peebleshire and The Outbuildings, a super cosy, rural idyll on Anglesey.
We have a selection of dog-friendly B&Bs in Norfolk – an area of the country known for its wide open spaces and a place where I’ve enjoyed many a lovely walk with my beloved mutts.
The self-contained, luxury suites at Penbontbren, which is located at Glynarthen, close to the Welsh market town of Cardigan, are a great option for people with dogs. Other fantastic, dog-friendly places to stay in Wales include Dolffanog Fach (The Welsh Retreat) in Snowdonia; Pentre Mawr Country House in Denbighshire; and Plas Dinas or Ffynnon in Gwynedd.
Then there’s the charming Woolbeding Cottage in the South Downs; Gallon House in the North Yorkshire market town of Knaresborough, which is close to great walking spots such as the Yorkshire Dales; the uber glamorous Maybury House in Chichester; the modern and funky South Lodge in Milton Keynes; Westcoft on the picturesque Rame Peninsula in Cornwall. You can even take your hound on a city break in the North East if you wish - The Rosebery Hotel in Newcastle is located next to a park popular with dog walkers.
Bobbie and Wolfie can’t wait to work their way through the list – and neither can I for that matter!
When you’re planning your next break with your pets, make sure you check the dog-friendly box on the search panel.
The Boutique and Breakfast team.