5 dog-friendly post-Christmas getaways
Most of us love Christmas but the festive onslaught can be stressful too. A quick mini-break can be just the remedy to banish the January blues.
Of course our dogs are very much a part of the family but finding pet-friendly accommodation can be tricky.
But there are some great places in the UK where your beloved pooch will be welcome too. Read on for our round up of some of the best cottage breaks.
Loch Ness Cottage near Errogie, Inverness, Scottish Highlands
This cozy cottage with no neighbouring properties offers a totally isolated escape yet is just 20 minutes from the city of Inverness. High up 1000 feet above sea level, it offers wonderful views of the Glen Affric mountains, the Beauly valley and beyond.
The cottage sleeps five, has a roaring log fire and a well-fenced garden to keep your canine friend safely enclosed.
Try your luck at spotting Nessie at Loch Ness, which is just 5 minutes away. The picturesque village of Beauly is 20 minutes away and has a good choice of eateries and pubs and a renowned salmon river for the angling enthusiast.
Prices start from £63 per night through Owners Direct.
Oak Lodge, near Dartmoor National Park, Devon
Sleeping four guests in two bedrooms, this is one of five detached lodges set back from the owner’s friendly, family-run inn. Here you can enjoy a dip in your own private sunken hot tub – perfect even in the winter months!
One small dog is allowed and there’s a spacious gated decked area.
Local attractions include the Granite Way National Cycle Track, Meldon Reservoir, Meldon Viaduct and Lydford Gorge.
Prices from £315 for three nights through Holiday Cottages.
The Coachman’s Cottage, Steeple Ashton in Wiltshire
Situated in a quiet no-through lane off the village green, this two-bedroom cottage sleeps four guests and boasts a real log fire and courtyard garden.
Country walks start at the cottage gate…perfect to unwind and enjoy life at a slower pace. You can take a wander round the award-winning conservation village of Steeple Ashton or visit historic Bath and Stonehenge nearby.
Prices from £78 per night through Owners Direct.
Farringdon Hill Farm Cottage, near Bridgwater, Somerset
Situated on a 350-acre working farm, this charming accommodation sleeps five in two bedrooms and two dogs are allowed.
Guests are welcome to enjoy a guided tour of the farm, watch the milking and meet the cows and calves when the season is right. Children can help collect the eggs from the free-range poultry.
It’s ideally placed for trying Somerset’s attractions including Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, West Somerset Steam Railway and Dunster Castle.
Prices from £295 for three nights through Holiday Cottages.
Beudy Bach, Llangoed near Beaumaris, Wales
This stone-built, end-terrace barn conversion enjoys a delightful, tranquil setting with sea views, just under a mile from the village of Llangoed, three miles from Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey.
Situated on the owner’s working livestock and arable farm, the cottage sleeps four and benefits from underfloor heating along with oak flooring throughout.
A 10-minute stroll will take you down to the coast and Menai beaches. You can also take a boat trip to Puffin Island to spot the plentiful sea life. Two dogs are welcome.
Prices from £268 for seven nights through Sykes Cottages.