Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Great UK (Dog Friendly!) Autumn Getaways

Autumn is a beautiful, tranquil season across the UK. The crowds of summer are long gone and crisp, bright days are ideal for taking in the beautiful colours across the landscape. If a UK autumn getaway sounds appealing, why not bring the dog along too! There are many dog friendly retreats up and down the country, and not just self catering. Here we have compiled a range of options from far and wide across the land, in hotels, castles, lodges and farmstays for you and your four-legged friend!

Scotland: If a trip to the Scottish Highlands sounds like a perfect getaway this autumn, take a look at Tomich Holidays. These self catering cottages and woodland lodges overlook Glenn Affric, close to Loch Ness. Spectacular views and scenic walks are guaranteed, with woodland walks, hidden waterfalls and ancient Caledonian pine woods all on the doorstep.

Push the boat out for a special occassional or treat, at the stunning and much sought after Ackergill Tower. Located on the coastline of northern Scotland, in Sinclairs Bay, Wick, it is the perfect retreat from which to explore the beautiful, rural wilderness and the range of outdoor activities on offer in Caithness.

Bedroom at Ackergill Tower. 

Lake District: Close to Windermere, 22 Thirlmere is a cosy, detached lodge, sleeping up to six people. Featuring a decked terrace with private hot tub, furniture and fire pit barbeque, it is an ideal place to relax with friends or family.

Deep in Cumbria's National Park, overlooking the famous Langdale Valley, Blelham Tarn sits in tranquil, secluded woodland. Step right out onto the fells and enjoy the natural scenery.


                              22 Thirlmere (left) and Blelham Tarn (right) in the Lake District                                                                                               
Yorkshire: Treat yourself and your dog to a break in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
Family owned since 1739, The Talbot Hotel at Malton is perfectly placed for exploring the wild North Yorkshire Moors, the dramatic coastline of Robin Hood's Bay and the stately home and gardens of Castle Howard. Malton is a growing tourist town with a thriving market and emerging reputation as a food lovers paradise. The Talbot Hotel is a good choice for food lovers, with chef James Martin now in charge of the kitchen.

The Stone House in Hawes, Wensleydale is a scenic rural retreat, ideal for a relaxing short break in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The Peak District is a mix of stunning scenery with many charming villages to explore and to unwind in a country pub at the end of a long day. Situated near the town of Bakewell, Burton Manor Farm boasts six self catering holiday cottages, created out of converted former farm buildings, on a working family farm near Over Haddon, right in the heart of the National Park.

Nestled on the edge of the National Forest and the Peak District, Oaklands Country Lodges comprises three, luxury, four star timber cabins. Within easy reach of attractions like Chatsworth House, Alton Towers, Uttoxeter Racecourse and Tutbury Castle. The area has many walking paths, cycle routes and outdoor pursuits opportunities.  

In the heart of Devon's Dartmoor National Park is Burnville Farm, near the village of Tavistock. This Georgian house, with 250 acre livestock farm, offers B+B or self catering options, and dogs are welcomed.

With easy access to Exmoor and the North Devon coast, Country Ways Farm Cottages are an idyllic retreat, hidden away on a small Devon farm.

In the Cotswolds, spoil your dog with a short break to The Pear Tree at Purton. Set in the Wiltshire countryside, this Cotswold Stone former Vicarage offers free stays for dogs (with their fee paying humans of course!), treats in the room on arrival, bowl, a large bottle of mineral water, and a bath towel – incase they discover the lily pond!


In Witney, Oxfordshire, the Old Swan and Minster Mill offer luxury accommodation, with over 600 years of history. On the banks of the River Windrush, it is an ideal location for a fishing break or relax in the hotel's spa.

Snowdonia: For a short break with a difference look at Hywell Sele Lodge. This Tudor gothic style lodge stands guard over the deer park on the Nannau estate in southern Snowdonia.

If you prefer a log cabin resort, Trawsfynydd Holiday Village, near the Rhinog Mountains, is nestled on a hillside in the Snowdonia National Park.   


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