Friday, 07 August 2015

Dog-friendly holidays

Treat yourself and your pet to a dog-friendly holiday

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Come home with a more well-behaved pooch after a dog-training holiday at Polean Farm, Looe, in Cornwall. The farm has three dog-friendly cottages – the one-bedroomed Mealhouse (sleeping two adults and up to two children), Waggoners (sleeping up to four adults and one child) and Rosebud, sleeping up to six adults and two children. Guests booking a week-long stay, from £275 for the Mealhouse, pay £50 per booking (covering up to two dogs) for three one-hour tailored sessions, covering everything from agility training to pet obedience. Then see how well the hard work has paid off on the safe, sandy beaches just two miles away.

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The Old Swan and Minster Mill at Minster Lovell provides freshly cooked dog dinners from a bespoke canine menu. Dog-friendly rooms come with a dog basket, water and a food bowl (with one portion of food) and dog-waste bags for use during the stay. Visitors can explore beautiful countryside where there are special dog routes, taking between two and eight hours. The Canine Traveller Trip, from £245, based on two people and one dog sharing, includes overnight stay, breakfast and a dog dinner selected from the chef’s canine menu, a three-course dinner for two people and one packed lunch for walks. Guests can dine with their dogs in the bar area.


Hallmark Hotel Hull welcomes dogs at no extra charge and includes a doggy goody bag in the room. While furry friends are not permitted in the restaurant and bar area, guests are welcome to eat with their canine companions in the Sunken Lounge and Lounge Terrace overlooking the Humber Estuary. The 95-room hotel is close to the East Coast and the Yorkshire Wolds and also has beautiful grounds for walkies. Rooms cost from £100 per night, including breakfast.


A converted 18th-century barn on the edge of Brechfa Forest in the Cothi Valley, Carmarthenshire, The Barn sleeps up to four guests, plus dogs. Water bowls, towels, beds, toys and dog crates are among the many useful items provided. There are designated doggy walks on the owners’ land and dog training can be arranged. A four-night, self-catering break at The Barn costs from £300. And if your hound needs a makeover, Dial a Dogwash – 01269-831550 – will drive out and clip, wash and finish with a blow dry. Prices from £20.


PetsPyjamas’ travel department has details of many dog-friendly hotels, pubs and cottages, and the Pet Concierge can help you find the perfect place for you and your pooch. Each booking includes a personalised Pet Travel Kit.

020-3642 3162,

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