Here’s to a pawtastic 2016!
Our New Year’s resolution is definitely to try and keep up with regular blog posts this year! We had a lovely break away over the festive period at a dog friendly holiday cottage in Shropshire. We have spent the last few years finding holiday cottages across the UK as we certainly don’t go without our pets, we’d be so lost! We’ve even taken them to France with us in the past. Since last year we have had 3 dogs, which has proved more limiting because fewer properties allow 3 dogs. After recently being asked for advice by Woofies Pet Services on UK cottage holidays, it has inspired us to come up with our 10 top tips:
- Look for holiday cottages which offer ‘pets stay free places’, otherwise expect to pay anywhere between £10-50 per pet, per week, with some bookings. Many are starting to have a 1, 2 or 3+ pet search options now, which saves vast amounts of time searching for the relevant cottages.
- Check out Quidco as you can earn cashback booking through certain cottage rental companies.
- Have a look at some companies we can recommend: Sykes Cottages, Welcome Cottages , Cottages.com. We have booked a couple of cottages through Trip Advisor Rentals for the first time in 2016, the advantage being that you get to liaise directly with the owners.
- Make sure you tick the cottage features or extended search options you are looking for, e.g Pub within a mile, Wifi/Broadband, nearby shops, open fire etc.
- Do some research online, is the local pub dog friendly? Are places to eat dog friendly? What is walking like in the area? Are the beaches dog friendly? Have a look at sites such as Dog friendly Dog Days Out, Dog friendly or Trip Advisor
- If you’re planning on walking, why not look for free printable walks online prior to going and buy/download an OS Map for the area, not all cottages have these items available.
- Don’t forget to take dog beds or bedding, plenty of dog towels, dog food and items which make your dog feel comfortable away from home e.g. favourite toy.
- Keep the payment due dates for instalments on a calendar and don’t forget to print the directions and key collection details prior to travelling. Sometimes you are required to contact the owner/housekeeper a week before to arrange collection, some have keys in coded boxes at the property and others require you to collect keys from a local office.
- Plan stops and find out dog friendly motorway services where your dog(s) can stretch their legs and take a comfort break.
- It’s handy to find out on arrival where the safest place to walk your dog before it gets dark. Check the information pack, ask a neighbour (if you have any) or dog walkers you see in the area.
There is also some links to our own dog friendly finds here. Hope this helps, if you have any questions we can help you with, please do not hesitate to contact us or send us a message through Facebook. If you’ve got any of your own top tips we’d love to hear from you.
Happy Holidays for 2016 paws and all!