When you have a dog, summer holidays tend to be a lot harder to arrange. Do you try and get a pet passport and take your dog with you? Or do you put them up in a kennel with strangers whilst you are away? Logistically both options are far from ideal, it’s hard to find places abroad that accept pets and it can be unreasonable to expect them to travel the distance; however, leaving them can be emotionally difficult for both parties not to mention having to trust a stranger with your dog. Why not get the best of both worlds this year by considering a holiday suited to both you and your furry friend?
Derbyshire is somewhat known for its beautiful walks and scenic views. There are several places to consider in this county. Such as the breath-taking Linacre Reservoirs, it has both flat paths and forest rambles, dogs are allowed off lead for two of the three reservoirs. Calke Abbey is a beautiful destination under the care of the national trust; it has a bit of everything, flat paths, hilly terrain and forest grounds. It also boasts reservoirs and lakes, but dogs must be kept on a lead. Now, if you can’t quite trust them around water perhaps Hardwick Hall would be more appropriate with numerous walks around the hall some of which link to a traversal trail. Don’t fret over the accommodation – The Devonshire Arms in Beeley will happily house both you and your pet. These walks would be just a short car ride away.
If you would prefer something a little more centrally located why not try Cliveden House in Berkshire? The former Astor family home turner five-star hotel is located inside its own huge acreage. That’s the dog walks sorted. Cliveden House also offers a ‘doggy break’ package which includes: a bed, bowl, mat, gourmet meals from the chef’s canine menu, personalised lead and a dog walking map of the estate. You and your dog will be in the lap of luxury if you choose Cliveden House.
Devon is the perfect location for people who like to go abroad. The Cary Arms is a stunning beachfront hotel just minutes from Babbacombe Beach. If you catch the right weather, you’ll never notice you stayed in Britain – take advantage of the beach, catch a tan and you and your dog can take a dip in the sea (tide permitting). Book the hotels ‘doggy getaway’ package and you’ll be treated to a massage, three-course meal, breakfast or lunch picnic whilst your pup will get dinner and a welcome pack.
If I still haven’t convinced you to take a ‘staycation’ or if you would just like a couple of days pet free to relax, you’ll need to think about where to leave your pet. A doggy daycare facility could be the perfect solution for you. Professional staff care for your pet and its individual needs. You get to relax, and your dog gets to hang out with other dogs playing and socialising. It sounds like a win-win to me.