Looking for a firework-free zone for you and your dog during fireworks season? Check out these dog-friendly holidays.
Dog owners with pets who are very worried by fireworks may be keen to find a ‘get away from it all’ type holiday where they can escape scary loud noises and flashing lights. Here, we feature a selection of dog-friendly accommodation to help kickstart your search for a future firework-free holiday for you and your dog.
Carmarthenshire, South Wales
Brechfa Forest Barns
If you like the idea of staying in one of three dog-friendly mountain top retreats in the heart of rural Carmarthenshire, South Wales, then the award-winning Brechfa Forest Barns with their secure, private gardens could be perfect for you. The beautiful accommodation boasts breathtaking views over three counties, and you can walk directly from your door to explore trails through a magical forest, or visit one of the nearby dog-friendly beaches. A menu of superb frozen meals is available, or you can hire the BBQ hut to cook your own culinary delights for an extra special meal, with dog-sitters available for an extra fee. Best of all, guests at Brechfa Forest Barns have exclusive use of Scentral Bark, a unique dog park and sensory garden complete with ball pool, tyre mountain, and a splash pool. The accommodation is advertised as a firework-free zone and unlimited dogs are welcome.
For more information, visit www.brechfaforestbarns.co.uk
Dumfries & Galloway, South West Scotland
Balmaghie dog-friendly holidays
Balmaghie combines wide open spaces with gorgeous scenery and an abundance of wildlife, as well as access to miles of exceptional coastline. With 18 acres of private woodland exclusively for the use of guests, this is a perfect rural getaway and ideal for reactive dogs as each lodge has its own padlock to the gate. The owners are experienced dog owners, so the entire complex has been designed to ensure the well-being and enjoyment of dogs and their people.
The holiday accommodation is offered at a flat rate all year round, in three new, well-equipped self-catering holiday lodges. Each lodge has its own garden, made totally secure by a six-foot panel fence, and all guests have exclusive access to the 18 acres of fenced-in woodland, so their dogs can explore and play in total safety. There is no limit to the number of dogs that you can take. Although the lodges are based in a secluded, rural area you are also located fairly close to many dog-friendly inns and cafes, as well as castles, cairns, and historic abbeys. Dog-sitting can be arranged for any trips that you would like to make to attractions that are not dog friendly.
For further information, visit www.dogfriendlyholidaysscotland.co.uk
Riverdale Rural Holidays
The stunning location of Riverdale Rural Holidays in the foothills of the Yorkshire Dales, close to the village of West Tanfield, makes this a truly idyllic and fi rework-free destination at any time of year. There are three types of holiday accommodation on off er: a stay in a Grand Luxury Lodge, glamping in a uniquely glamorous Riverdale Safari Tent, or a ‘get away from it all’ Riverdale Couple’s Retreat in one of four stunning shepherds’ huts situated in a secluded riverside location that is only accessible on foot through a wildflower meadow!
Dogs are very much welcomed at Riverdale, and every effort is made to make their stay as happy as possible. Hot shower dog washing facilities (complete with shampoo and brushes) are provided, and supervised dogs are allowed off -lead around the park. By speaking to the owner prior to booking, you will be advised which type of accommodation would best suit the number of dogs you have, and arrangements can be made to provide beds, crates, sofa throws, and dog gates. You will be spoiled for choice for gorgeous off -lead dog walks while staying at Riverdale, and if your dog loves water he will enjoy splashing in the river! To take advantage of a 10 per cent discount, use the code FIREWORKS10 and visit www.riverdaleruralholidays.com/no-fireworks
For more information, visit www.riverdaleruralholidays.com
West Heath Barn
These stylish dog-friendly self-catering cottages provide a lovely haven from which you and your dog can enjoy a tranquil holiday. Although there are no guarantees regarding fireworks, West Heath Barn is based in a very quiet area, and many guests book to try to escape the noise and worries that fi reworks can bring in more urban areas. Located just outside the quaint North Norfolk village of Great Massingham, these characterful cottages are superbly equipped to make the stay for you and your dog as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
The owners, who also have dogs, have created a fully enclosed dog exercise paddock for the convenience of guests. The paddock is just a short distance from the Peddars Way National Trail, which provides a network of beautiful rural pathways to explore. Alternatively, you can travel 30 minutes by car to have a day wandering the many beaches and other attractions that are in the vicinity. Up to two dogs are welcome, with the possibility of more by arrangement at £10 per extra dog.
For more information, visit www.westheathbarn.com
YOUR DOG MEMBERSHIP OFFER: Two dogs can stay for free (usually £15 for one dog and £25 for two) and weather permitting you may also book a complimentary alpaca walk! Simply state you are a Your Dog member when booking and present your membership card on arrival. For more details, visit www.yourdog.co.uk/dog-friendlyattractions/dog-friendly-cottages/west-heath-barn
Greetham Retreat offers stylishly modern, self-catering holiday cottages and an exclusive certificated location touring caravan site. Set in over four acres of private country park-type grounds, complete with wildlife meadows, seating areas and ponds, Greetham Retreat is located in the glorious Lincolnshire Wolds, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The owners do not allow any fireworks on site and for this reason their dog-friendly accommodation gets booked very quickly.
Dogs are required to be on-lead on site, but there are some lovely off lead dog-walking tracks, paths, and bridleways just 30 metres from the front entrance. Dog-friendly, tranquil beaches are just a short drive away, as well as the seaside resorts of Mablethorpe, Skegness, Sutton on Sea, and Cleethorpes.
For more information, visit www.greethamretreat.co.uk
St Austell, Cornwall
Bed and Basket
What could be nicer than cosying up in one of these beautiful traditional Cornish stone buildings near St Austell in Cornwall? The owners, who are dog lovers, have worked very hard to create self-catering holiday accommodation that provides a wonderful, homely experience, complete with log burners and comfy sofas.
Dogs are also very well catered for, with private patios to ensure safety and security, as well as access to large, communal exercise fields that are perfect for burning off excess energy. One of the owners is a qualified dog trainer, so you can also brush up your skills by booking a one-to-one training session if that is something you might be interested in. Bed and Basket barns are conveniently located for easy access to lots of dog-friendly attractions, but you can also enjoy some beautiful coastal walks and explore many of the other trails and footpaths in the local area.
For more information, visit www.bedandbasket.co.uk
YOUR DOG MEMBERSHIP OFFER: Your Dog members can take their dogs for free, and the owners also provide a range of treats for dogs and humans. Please mention Your Dog Magazine when booking and show your card on arrival. For more details, visit www.yourdog.co.uk/dog-friendly-attractions/accommodation/bed-basket
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