Dog-friendly holiday review: Llamedos Holiday home, Essex

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<p><img src="" alt="" /></p><p>The Hudson family tell us all about their stay at Llamedos Holiday Home, Harwich in Essex with their English Springer Spaniel Winston...</p>

 llamedosAccommodation: Self-catering bungalow.

Cost: From £60 per night for two people; from £399 – £499 per week (£8 per night per additional person).

Tested by: Mel, Stuart, George, and Elizabeth Hudson, with English Springer Spaniel Winston.

The accommodation

Llamedos is a lovely, clean two-bedroomed bungalow situated on the edge of Harwich. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The hallway and kitchen have laminated floors for easy cleaning. The kitchen is large and well equipped with a door that opens directly on to a well kept, large, enclosed garden, ideal for dogs.

The lounge also has double doors leading out into the garden. It has two comfortable sofas, TV with Sky and a dvd player, and an electric heater which the dog can curl up in front of after those long walks. One bedroom has a double bed with a wall-mounted TV, the other twin beds. There is parking available directly outside the property.

How dog-friendly was your reception?

When we collected the key to the property there was no one to greet us. However, the owner, Kim, is in constant contact via email prior to your stay and is happy to help with anything via the telephone. Dogs stay for free and are allowed anywhere in the property.

Any added extras for dogs/owners?

On arrival we discovered a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine. For Winston there were two dog bowls with food mats, a box of poo bags, and a bag of treats for him to enjoy. The large, enclosed garden was perfect for Winston to access when he pleased and he spent many hours sitting watching the birds. The only downside was that there was no mop and bucket to clean the laminated floor when he came in, and no poo bin. Kim welcomed the suggestion of getting one and said that a mop and bucket should have been supplied.

Out and about in the area

*You can walk to the beach directly from the bungalow. Dovercourt Bay is a tranquil seaside resort with sand and shingle beaches, near to the historic town of Harwich. Dogs are allowed on the beach here but are banned in the summer months between May 1 and September 30.

*Old Harwich is very historic and hosts a lovely little pier called Ha’Penny Pier. Dogs are allowed along the esplanade on a lead.

*Stour Wood Estuary Nature Reserve is a five-minute car journey away; parking is free and dogs are allowed to run free throughout the wood. On the way back we popped in to the Castle Inn at Ramsey — dogs are allowed anywhere in the pub, except the restaurant, as long as they are on a lead.

At a glance

Charge for dogs? None.

Maximum number of dogs allowed? Two, but may be willing to accept more.

Enclosed exercise area/garden? Yes.

Can dogs be left unattended? Yes, if they are well behaved. Owners will be responsible for any damage caused.

Want to find out more?

Contact Llamedos, 30 Beryl Road, Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex CO12 4RE; call 020 8984 1993; email [email protected]; visit