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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.

(pet­spy­ja­mas.com)

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.

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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).

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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

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