<p><img src="https://azure.wgp-cdn.co.uk/app-yourdog/posts/top_six_may_week3.jpg" alt="Dog-friendly holiday properties of the week" /></p><p>This week's dog-friendly holiday properties include; a rural hideaway in Rutland, a charming dog-friendly cottage in Cheshire, a barn in the beautiful Norfolk countryside, and a Victorian gamekeeper's house in Herefordshire.</p>
Exton Park – Rutland
The rural hideaway has solid deck floors throughout a spacious interior, extending to the terrace at the front and a practical porch entrance, shower room and separate WC at the rear. The tent has an open plan kitchen, lounge and dining room with a log burner at the heart.
The Exton Estate is a large rural estate located in the heart of picturesque Rutland, the smallest historic county in England. The Estate is within easy reach of Oakham, Stamford, Leicester, Peterborough and Nottingham. This beautiful 18th-Century park, which is Grade II listed, contains a sheltered five-acre walled garden which gradually slopes down to an ornamental lake at the southern end, where ospreys have been known to catch their dinner!
Kittisford Barton – Somerset
Kittisford Barton is set amongst the stunning scenery of Somerset, just half an hour west of Taunton. Though surrounded by unspoilt countryside, the site is just 10 minutes from junction 26 of the M5, making it easily accessible and well located for local amenities.
Lantern & Larks have chosen this secluded spot on the Somerset-Devon border as one that oozes peace and tranquility. With the Blackdown Hills AONB creating an incredible backdrop, Kittisford Barton is spoilt for choice when it comes to country walks and patchwork scenery.
Curlew Cottage – Cheshire
The charming Curlew Cottage is situated in Lower Peover, a mere four miles from the historic town of Knutsford which offers a wealth of local shops, restaurants and cafés. The cottage has a wonderful country style while having all the modern conveniences you would expect. Enjoy a lovely al fresco dinner whilst enjoying the sunshine in the pretty garden which even boasts a small pond.
You are also within an hour’s drive of the spectacular Peak District boasting a mass of wonderful walks as well as many other outdoor pursuits. For the golf enthusiasts you can play a round at the prestigious Mere Golf Club. In addition, there is the well-known spa town of Buxton and the magnificent underground caverns at Castleton.
Keepers Cottage – Herefordshire
Keepers Cottage is a Victorian gamekeeper’s house and has been completely refurbished to a very high standard, it offers high quality accommodation for up to six people in the cottage and the adjacent converted barn. The house and barn are completely enclosed with a courtyard for outside dining and letting children and dogs run free but safely.
Guests have the opportunity to walk or mountain bike on the owner's private estate and in the woods around the house. Ideal den making opportunities for the young, the surrounding countryside is a haven for wildlife and is steeped in history. Offas Dyke, the border between England and Wales in the Dark Ages, runs directly through the estate and the only neighbours in the woods are fallow deer and badgers as well as buzzards, red kites, ravens and woodcock.
Bromholm Barn – Norfolk
Set in a quiet, rural location surrounded by beautiful open countryside, yet only one mile from the nearest beach, Bromholm Barn is a stunning 200 year old red brick and flint barn recently renovated to provide stylish accommodation, all on one level. Incorporated into the barn walls are stones from the 13th century ruins of Bromholm Priory mentioned in Chaucer's 'A Reeve's Tale' and once believed to be home of the True Cross.
There is a private and secure south/west facing courtyard with patio. Further area of lawn to the rear of the property. There is also a grassed area to the front of the property suitable for children to play.
Classic Cottages Ltd – Cornwall
Holidays spent with the ones you love are always the best, and who can give you more unconditional love than your four-legged best friend? Whether you’re after a short break for just you and your dog or a longer holiday to treat all the pack, Classic Cottages Ltd have got a luxury selection of hundreds of dog-friendly cottages and glamping accommodation waiting for you.
Across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire, many of our dog-friendly cottages have enclosed gardens, so you don’t have to worry about any unplanned adventures. With less time to stress and more time to spend together, you’ll also have more opportunity for walkies and scratching a certain canine’s belly – a sure way to earn some brownie points.