The bow wow factor
direct access to a secure, dogfriendly garden. THE DEAL: B&B doubles from £115 per night (dogs stay free). mirror.co.uk/traveltop10
4 DOG’S DINNER Popular holiday spots have a mixed approach to welcoming pets. Beaches, particularly those that attract families with children and want to retain Blue Flag status, ban dogs from Easter until October.
Check out thebeachguide.co.uk/
dog-friendly to save yourself a wasted journey. Enlightened regions like Cornwall have a filter on the website that selects all of its listings – attractions, events, accommodation etc – where pets are welcome
(visitcornwall.com). One Cornish establishment, the trendy Lusty Glaze restaurant near Newquay (lustyglaze.co.uk/restaurant) is so dog-friendly it has introduced a three-course dog menu. THE DEAL £3 per course on Woof Wednesdays. mirror.co.uk/traveltop10 5 RUFF AND READY Campsites, often the cheapest form of accommodation, may also be the most pet-friendly, particularly if your hound likes a good howl around the campfire. Most sites accept pets. Check campsite guides
(pitchup.com). But if canvas walls are a bit flimsy for your mutt, the new wooden wigwams
(wigwamholidays.com) could work. Many have en suite facilities. Or how about a cabin from Forest Holidays in one of nine UK locations. THE DEAL A cabin sleeping four in Sherwood Forest costs from £575 for three nights, pets are free. mirror.co.uk/traveltop10 6 POOCH PAMPERING There are a few places in Britain that go above and beyond when it comes to a pup’s care. The Dog Spa in Caerphilly in Wales (thedogspa.
co.uk) gives great grooming and hydrotherapy as well as lodging. Or check into dog-friendly hotel The Arch London and ask the concierge to book a pampering session at Chelsea’s luxurious Pet Day Spa.
The five-star hotel is a few paws away from Hyde Park – perfect for walkies. THE DEAL: Doubles at The Arch London are from £350, £15 per night pet fee includes dog bed, bowl and treats. mirror.co.uk/traveltop10 7 MUTT DO RESEARCH Styletails’ Luxe Pet Guide
(luxepetguide.com) has curated what it judges to be the most dog-friendly UK hotels, pubs and restaurants.
Pets Pyjamas is similar, but includes Europe and includes curated selections, such as “property of the month”, best walks in the Cotswolds etc.
mirror.co.uk/traveltop10 8 HOUSESIT AND STAY! If you haven’t got a dog or cat of your own but would like to holiday with a furry friend, several firms offer the chance to house-sit for pet-owners who want someone to care for their animals while they’re away. When it works well, this can be a passport to very inexpensive rent-free holidays for the sitter, as well as a great source of reassurance to the pet owner. With Trusted Housesitters, potential sitters are vetted, profiled and reviewed, and the only outlay is the membership fee of £7.42 per month that both sitters and owners pay to get full access to each other. Similar agencies include The Home Service
(Housesitters.co.uk), with more limited horizons, which pays a small fee to “guardians” and
charges a day rate to clients.
9 MOG STANDARD If you’re looking for posh digs for your cat – or dog – there are catteries and kennels that aim high. Some promote themselves as pure luxury, particularly Paw Seasons
(thepawseasons.co.uk from £40 a night), which organises “country house holidays for dogs” at manorial properties in the Cotswolds, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. A little less exclusive is the Essex Pooch Palace ( from £21), just outside Basildon. Cats from Cambridgeshire can stay in one of 13 luxury suites at Westlodge Cattery ( from £16.50).
10 HORSE SENSE Some households have far larger pets that won’t easily fit in the boot or snuggle down in the spare room. Owning a horse can be a mare when it comes to holidays, but there are options with stables for those who have a horsebox and are willing to travel. Website
weacceptpets.co.uk has a useful search filter for places with stabling, and traditional cottage company historic-uk.
com has 66 properties that accept horses and owners. THE DEAL: A cottage such as Ryall’s Stud (sleeps four) near Sherborne comes with adjacent stabling, and a week’s selfcatering starts at £490. mirror.co.uk/traveltop10
5 Cabins are perfect for canine guests 6 Great grooming at dog spa in Caerphilly 7 Pet guides point you to dog-friendly options
4 Dogs can roam Polzeath beach from October to Easter 8 Adopt a pet and get a cheap holiday too
9 Suite dreams at luxury cattery 10 Ryall’s Stud is a trot property