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Dog friendly holidays

Choosing the perfect pet holiday, by Sarah Whitehead from the Clever Dog Company and author of 'Clever Dog – The Secrets Your Dog Wants You to Know'.

A perfect holiday for your dog

A perfect holiday is one that all the family enjoy together - so as the owner of three dogs that I consider to be part of my family, nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing my dogs having just as much fun as the rest of us.

For many dogs, a holiday with their owners offers a rare opportunity for quality time with the family. Leaving the usual routine behind, a cottage offers all the home comforts, without the daily grind that we live with at home. We know that dogs are a mirror for human behaviour – meaning that a relaxed owner equals a relaxed hound.

Dogs are unique individuals, just as we are. Some like peace and quiet, others like to be right in the midst of energetic activity. Owners know their dogs best and understand their needs, wants, likes and quirks. So, if your dog could choose, what would be on his holiday wish-list?

1000s of cottages allow pets for FREE

And they should enjoy a break too! So forget kennel fees because with Welcome Cottages there is no need to leave your pet at home when 1000s of cottages accept pets for free *

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Planning dog friendly holidays

  1. Make a list of things for you and things for your pet.
  2. Check the property description so you know what your surroundings will be like and what amenities are close by.
  3. Don't forget lots and lots of toys - make the most of the new surroundings by giving your dog some playtime.
  4. Take a good supply of chews and treats - we all like to indulge a little on holiday!
  5. Remember to pack plenty of rugs and towels - perfect for picnics, covering furniture and drying off.
Your dog on holiday

Do’s and don’ts for your dog’s holiday

  • Please keep pets off the furniture
  • Please exercise your pets outside the garden
  • Please remove pet hairs from carpets before you leave
  • Please don't leave your pets unattended in the property or garden
  • Please do not allow pets upstairs or in the bedrooms

Pubs for pooches

Once you have booked your pet-friendly Welcome Cottage, you might want to check out some local places to eat and drink. The website Doggie Pubs helps you find great places across the UK where you and your best friend would be welcome. With almost 4,000 listed you should be able to find somewhere within a stone’s throw of your holiday home. Here are a few favourites from Millie the dog (who runs the site):

• If you’re planning a trip to Kent, make a stop in Sandwich at The George and Dragon. The pub dates back to 1446 and is ideally situated for some lovely wild walks on nearby Sandwich Bay. (24 Fisher Street, Sandwich, CT13 9EJ)

• If you’re staying in Sussex, Danehill’s Coach & Horses comes highly recommended (Haywards Heath, Danehill, RH17 7JH). Set in an idyllic little valley overlooking fields of lambs, admire the pretty garden and prepare to step over pub dog Harvey as you enter the busy bar. A deservedly popular pub, so best to book a table.

• In the historic village of Sawley, on the border of the Yorkshire Dales and Lancashire, The Spread Eagle pub is beautifully decorated, has an excellent menu and is situated right next to the River Ribble with plenty of good walks on its doorstep. (Sawley, Nr. Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 4NH)

Doggie Pubs


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£20 super low deposit

"1.These terms and conditions should be read with the Booking Conditions and insurance information in our brochures or on our website. Especially note Sections 2, 4 and 7 of the Booking Conditions. 2. Offer applies only to bookings for 2020 and 2021 which are booked between 10th January and 20th January 2020 3. The low deposit payable under this offer is £20. 4. Does not apply to properties that sleep 10 or more. 5. The difference between the £20 low deposit and the usual deposit shown in our main brochure or website is payable with the balance payment, which we must receive no later than 10 weeks before your booking starts, or at the time of cancellation if you cancel your booking. This payment will include all applicable charges as detailed on your booking confirmation, including any insurance premiums and any Ferry costs. If payment is not received in full on time, we can treat your booking as cancelled by you for a non-refundable reason. If this happens, you will be responsible for cancellation charges (as shown in our main brochure or our website) including any deferred Booking Fee, Personal Travel Insurance and Ferry crossings that you have chosen to buy, all of which must be paid immediately. 6. Not available with any other offer except offers featured in our main brochure. 7. Depending on popularity and property availability, this offer may be extended or withdrawn."


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