Thanks to an influx of luxurious dog-friendly destinations across the country, the days of having to choose between hound or holiday are – finally – long gone
For many people, a holiday isn’t complete without their four-legged companion. Understanding that you don't want to leave your furry friend behind nor compromise on the quality of your stay because of the dog, we have turned to dog-friendly holiday specialists PetsPyjamas.com to share their tips for a fabulous getaway with your dog.
These days, most dog-friendly bookings come with the trimmings and dogs may even be more pampered than their two-legged counterparts. However, there’s still the journey to plan for and understanding that some dogs can be quite particular about their home comforts, it's important to take the essentials. Food, treats, water, travel bowl, collar, lead, chews, toy(s), pet coat (if rain or a chill is predicted), their favourite blanket – whatever will make your pooch happy and comfortable.
Travelling with your dog doesn't need to be stressful, but a little planning helps. Whatever mode you take, avoid giving your furry friend a large meal prior to travelling, and give them a walk so they can relieve themselves and burn off some steam to avoid restlessness. Always take fresh water, too!
If travelling by car, be safe and invest in a dog seat belt. Smaller dogs might prefer a travel crate, which will keep them from moving about. If you think your dog might be anxious about the journey, use a drop of lavender on their travel blanket, to help them to relax and sleep. Stop for regular breaks so that your dog can stretch their legs and do their business. Offer water every few hours, too – this is essential on a warm day. If it is warm, keep the car ventilated or pop on the air con. Consider a window shade and NEVER leave a dog in a hot car.
When you arrive at your dog-friendly destination, relax and let all your stresses melt away – just be sure to follow a few steps to get your dog used to their new surroundings. When you arrive, show your pooch the grounds and find a spot that you think will be good for a doggie toilet.
Always clear up after your pet, and check where the staff would like you dispose of your dog’s ‘gifts’. Create their space in your room. Lay out their belongings so they soon feel right at home. If you plan to leave your dog in your room, consider damage limitation: for example, if you think your dog will scoff the complimentary (human) biscuits or chew up the door stopper, put them out of reach.
Pay attention to their hygiene! While your dog might love nothing more than running through mud or rolling in unspeakable things, the other residents might not share their passion. Packing dog wipes is a great idea, and if your dog is prone to getting mucky ask staff to arrange for a bucket of soapy water for you when you come back from your walk. Be mindful of other guests when relaxing in the public areas or dining with your dog. Some people might be anxious around dogs so unless prompted, don't let your four-legged friend get over familiar.
The Lake, The Lake District
Another Place promises a brand-new (opened 1 August), breathtaking, dog-friendly hotel where you can explore some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes with your dog. With endless space, footpaths and trails to roam, and Ullswater – England’s second largest lake – to enjoy a cooling summer dip, your dog will enjoy the time of their life. A former Georgian building, the new hotel fuses original features with a modern makeover, and offers a choice of standard rooms, suites, and cottages, all with stunning views of the lake and fells. For dining with your dog, The Living Space is dog-friendly and has doors which open onto the terrace for al fresco summer dining.
THE CARY ARMS
Coastal getaways get an upgrade at The Cary Arms, which is full of all the charm and fun of a good old English pub, with the style and comfort of a luxury boutique hotel. A beachside retreat set in the stunning location of Babbacombe beach, there are eight deluxe beach huts and suites with amazing views to choose from. The Cary Arms offers gastro-pub food, real ales, exceptionally dog-friendly facilities and year-round access to this dog-friendly beach, making it the perfect bolt-hole to recharge, catch some rays and feast on gourmet grub – you can even take to the seas in a Kayak with your pooch. You’ll struggle not to enjoy every second of this coastal getaway!
The Rosewood is one of the top five-star hotels in the capital. Winner of PetsPyjamas Best Resident Dog Award 2016 on account of Pearl the resident Retriever, this stunning Grade II-listed building has the ambience of a stylish London residence, blending quintessential English heritage with contemporary sophistication. With Covent Garden on your doorstep and The Thames within dog-walking distance, fill your days exploring some of the best the city has to offer. Back at the hotel dine with your dog on The Terrace, which has under-seat heating and a retractable roof, allowing guests and their dogs to eat al fresco year-round. Then retire to your Rosewood room to relax – plush bathrobes and an extensive pillow selection will help!
DORMY HOUSE & SPA
Perched above the beautiful and historic village of Broadway, this 17th century luxury farmhouse is a fabulous base for exploring the Cotswolds with your dog. When you are both walked out, let your dog relax in the room while you head to the Dormy House Spa to unwind in the 16-metre infinity pool and with a choice of over 50 luxury treatments. Dormy House has three beautifully decorated dog-friendly rooms for you and up to two small dogs to stay in, which are located in its own courtyard. Dine with your dog in the lounge, or on the outdoor terrace of The Potting Shed.