Dog owners mostly take holidays within a certain travelling time because pets do not necessarily travel well. Anyone living within a three hour distance of the south coast may be interested in finding a pet-friendly holiday home to rent near the sea.
Although busier than other parts of Britain, the beaches and coastal walks in the south of England are stunning, especially during the warmer seasons. Looking out over the sheltered waters of the English Channel, the southern part of England has rolling Downs that sweep down to the sea in Kent, the South Downs National Park in Hampshire and Sussex, the New Forest National Park and in between them lots of seaside towns and villages with numerous holiday cottages to rent for full weeks, and short breaks at weekends of mid-week.
Dogs welcome cottages with sea views near St Margaret's at Cliffe
The character of the coast varies from east to west. It is possible to rent a dogs welcome cliff top cottage with sea views at the charming village of St Margaret’s at Cliffe. This area is famous for white cliffs which extend to Dover and beyond. Go walking along the cliffs during your holiday, visit fascinating Dover Castle and perhaps enjoy a day trip to Calais.
The National Trust owns the cliff walk area near Dover and overlooking the ferry port. A spacious visitor centre sells tourists refreshments and gifts. They also own the car park.
Anyone choosing to stay near Dover would find plenty of places to visit and also a fair amount of self-catering accommodation to rent. Lots of people rent cottages just for weekend breaks. It’s always nice to get away and see something different for a few days and a pet-friendly accommodation allows for that.
Dog-friendly cottage in Folkestone
Travelling westwards is the fishing port of Folkestone which has a fine harbour and a pleasant walk along the quayside down to the beach, where a statue of a mermaid sits and surveys the shore. Lots of people walk their dogs along this stretch and perhaps stop to treat themselves to fresh sea food.
There is plenty of self-catering accommodation in Folkestone should you prefer to stay in a busier place than the countryside.
We cannot promise a castle to stay in but there are plenty to visit on the south coast
There is a string of castles along the south coast that were known as the Cinque Port defences for the harbours of Dover, Romney, Hastings, Rye, Hythe, Sandwich and Romney against potential invaders. Nowadays, the invaders tend to be Dutch, German and French holidaymakers making a foray into England and exploring the castles, harbours and beaches. There are numerous places along the coast that welcome guests with pets. It is easy to find a pub or eatery where dogs are allowed. One of the nicest aspects of British pubs on holiday is that so many have a garden where dogs can be taken whilst their owners enjoy a pub lunch.
Pet-friendly breaks near Hastings
Hastings is an interesting place to stay for a pet-friendly holiday. The town has several faces; the busy family-oriented beach and entertainment section where children would find all kinds rides and multiple ways of spending their parent’s holiday money, and the old fishing area where there is a museum and fishing lofts to discover. There is also residential Hastings where one would find holiday homes to rent.