We’ve all been there – that feeling of guilt when you are going on your summer holidays and have to drop the dog off at the kennels. I feel awful every time, so we have been looking into dog-friendly holidays for the whole family to enjoy – including Bramble.
One of the places we really enjoy visiting is Devon, it is just so beautiful there, they seem to enjoy a much slower pace of life, plus it has some of the best beaches in the UK. Having a little search online, we stumbled upon Marsdens Devon Cottages, which look like the ideal choice; over half of their properties allow pets.
Most of the beaches in Devon are dog-friendly all year round, plus they are sandy too. Have a day out in Woolacombe or Mortehoe or take a lovely walk to Putsborough.
Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks
As well as the amazing coastline and beaches that you can enjoy with your dog, Devon also boasts some stunning National Parks like Exmoor and Dartmoor, meaning you can get out exploring as a family and have plenty of exercise and fresh air.
Devon Pet-Friendly Accommodation
You can choose from cottages, cabins and converted barns with plenty of outdoor space; some even have hot tubs! Not that you’d need it with all that outdoor adventuring to do, but properties all have WiFi, so if the kids need some screen time, they can.
Bearing in mind that if you have brought your dog along, you will probably be looking for dog-friendly days out, here are a few other places you could visit.
Places of Interest
Lundy Island is a 3-mile stretch of rock off the coast of North Devon. Here, you can see puffins, seals and basking sharks, as well as a huge variety of seabirds.
Lydford Gorge is the deepest gorge in the southwest of England, surrounded by woodland and filled with waterfalls. Stand under the White Lady Falls and get close to the churning Devil’s Cauldron.
Salcombe is filled with pretty pastel-coloured houses and sandy coves, perfect for a little stroll around.
Hartland Quay has giant cliffs and huge giant waterfalls which crash through rocks and a lovely hotel at the end.
The Two Moors Way hiking trail links both Dartmoor and Exmoor together; it is apparently a gruelling walk, so that it may be best for an energetic family with their four-legged friend.
So, there you have it, you needn’t worry about leaving your last family member behind when you go away, there are plenty of options and places to choose from.
Have you ever taken your pet on holiday? How did it go, and would you do it again?