While many people are looking forward to jetting abroad for holidays now covid travel restrictions finally seem to be easing, there are plenty of pet owners who don’t want to leave their beloved companions behind and are instead booking for dog-friendly breaks in the UK .
Veterinary experts at dog supplement firm YuMove have issued advice on what you need to think about when traveling on holiday with your pet, after reporting that Google searches for ‘dog friendly holiday cottages’ have increased by 850% since this time last year.
With 12.5 million dogs now living in the UK, many hotels, holiday lets, restaurants and attractions are choosing to welcome both two and four legged guests through their doors.
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But Dr Jayne Laycock, resident vet at YuMOVE warns pet owners to do their research before they book: She said: “It’s amazing that so many dog owners want to take their pets away on holiday with them. It’s definitely a great time to bond with your pet, and exploring new places allows you to be more active together. However, it’s also important to think carefully about your dog’s needs to ensure they stay safe and well throughout your time away. Yes, this may require a bit more forward thinking and planning than usual, but it’ll be worth it to build those lasting memories together with your pet.”
We’ve rounded up some of the best dog-friendly holiday cottages around Snowdonia.
The Hollies, Prenteg
A stylish looking lodge on Aberdunant Woodlands Park, The Hollies sits nestled in 200 acres of woodland and is surrounded by nature trails, bird life and woodland walks.
Some cottages might say they’re dog friendly but others go the extra mile to provide four-legged family members are welcome and, according to reviews left by happy guests, The Hollies is the latter. Dog treats are included in a welcome hamper along with tea, coffee and cake.
Sleeping four people in two bedrooms, this cozy cottage has everything you need for a break, with one reviewer describing it ‘as near a home from home as it’s possible to get.’ The owners even leave tupperware containers in the kitchen cupboards so you can pack picnics to take on your walks.
Guests also flagged up the lovely walks and opportunities to see lots of wildlife including nuthatch, woodpecker, birds of prey, owls, bats and squirrels.
The Hollies costs from £320 for seven nights.
Ty Nain, Dolwyddelan
With a perfect 5 star rating based on 55 reviews – one guest describes it as ‘without a doubt the best holiday let I have ever stayed in’ – Ty Nain is a beautiful single-storey one bedroom chalet in the Lledr Valley at the foot of Moel Siabod.
It’s an ideal getaway for nature lovers keen on long walks with their dog – there’s an ante room with space for muddy boots and wet jackets and there’s dog treats and even a pair of binoculars to borrow on your adventures.
Dogs have to be on a lead in the garden because the owners of the main house also have a pet, but with so many walks available from the doorstep that isn’t too much of a hardship. Guests can walk in the mountains and the Gwydyr Forest, while the railway line along the valley makes it possible to combine a walk one way with a return by train if legs are too tired by the end.
Internally the property has everything you need including a fully-equipped kitchen, full broadband and a smart TV with DVD, Blu-ray and a selection of books, games and DVDs to enjoy when relaxing after a busy day.
Ty Nain costs from £339 for seven nights.
Snowdon Vista Cabin, Beddgelert
If you love a stunning view from every window then this detached Swedish-style cabin on the outskirts of Beddgelert is the perfect getaway, with breath-taking views over Nant Colwyn. On a clear day you can even watch the Snowdon Mountain Railway train climbing to the summit.
Guests praise it for being cozy, comfy and ‘an amazing location that’s great if you have a dog.’ The owners even leave wine and dog biscuits so everyone feels welcome on arrival.
The property has two bedrooms, one double and one twin, full kitchen, sitting room and dining area. There’s a patio area outside, wifi and all the other things you’d hope for from a holiday home.
Beddgelert is a short walk away and ideal for meals out although, of course, dog lovers might also want to visit Gelert’s Grave, the final resting place of perhaps the most famously loyal dog in history.
Snowdon Vista Cabin costs from £406 for seven nights.
Bryn Derwen Lodge, Bethesda
A luxury wooden lodge surrounded by woodland, Bryn Derwen is in a perfect spot to explore not just Snowdonia but also Bethesda and Aber Falls.
Ideal for bigger groups, sleeping six across three bedrooms, the lodge also has an idyllic outdoor space not just perfect for dogs but also boasting a barbecue, two patio areas and a hot tub.
While guests mention it being ‘a gem’ with a safe garden area for pets, there’s also a shared child-friendly park with swing, climbing frame and zipwire making it fun for the entire family.
Internally there’s everything you’d need for a restful break, including full kitchen with washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher, smart TVs, and wifi.
Bryn Derwen Lodge costs from £489 for seven nights.
Woodlands Lodge, Brithdir near Dolgellau
This modern and spacious open-plan lodge sleeps four in two bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite.
The Scandinavian-inspired lodge has a wood burner in the main room perfect for snuggling up in front of after a busy day exploring everything on your doorstep and with plenty of room in front of it for snoozes for tired pups.
There’s a picturesque stream right next to the property, but sandy beaches are only a short trip away at Barmouth, Fairbourne and Aberdovey making it ideal for walks by the water.
Woodlands Lodge costs from 549 for seven nights.