If you haven’t ever considered it, there has never been a better time to take your dog on holiday with you. You might not be able to take your pet on the next flight to Spain, but there are plenty of options for a great canine-friendly holiday here in the United Kingdom. After all – what to dogs enjoy most? They love the great outdoors, long walks and fresh air. Which, incidentally, we have in abundance in this country, without the need to travel half the world.
Another great reason to bring your four-legged friend – or indeed friends – with you, is that it’s easier than leaving them behind. Not only are goodbyes difficult, organising regular walks and feeding while you’re on holiday can prove nigh on impossible. And who really wants to send their dog to the kennel while they’re away?
At this point you might be thinking: can I really bring my dog on holiday? Well the answer to that is a resolute yes. While you’ll still be hard pushed to find a dog-friendly hotel (there are some, but they are still uncommon), you won’t find it difficult to source a dog-friendly cottage. In fact, you can even rent dog-friendly cottages with swimming pools, which can make for one incredibly fun holiday experience!
There are lots of great UK holiday destinations for dog owners and their companions, but you would be hard pushed to find a better spot than the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. Its National Park status means the area is backed by the UK government, due to its outstanding natural beauty and rural significance. As a result, you will notice that the area is immensely green, has thriving wildlife and isn’t overly built up. All good things when you’re seeking sanctuary from the din of urban life.
Renting a self-catering dog-friendly cottage is a great place to start for an exciting holiday here, where you can set up base for a few days and explore everything the Brecon Beacons and Wales can offer. By adding a swimming pool to the mix, you and your dog can have boundless fun when you’re not too busy exploring the region’s streams, hills and challenging, but fun, walking routes. And while this may sound too good to be true – a true dog lover’s paradise – it really is easily accessible. As long as you’re willing to do a little bit of hunting for the right dog-friendly cottage online, you won’t have any problems. There are more accommodation owners who are happy to host dogs than ever before, while the popularity of private swimming pools has seen a steady increase in their inclusion in properties over the years. View pet-friendly holiday lets with a swimming pool in the Brecon Beacons.
Of course, a cottage holiday isn’t all about the property – even if it is a good place to start. You want somewhere that can offer everything you want from a country break, and the Brecon Beacons in Wales does exactly that. It doesn’t matter if you’re into adventurous activities like abseiling and rock climbing, or if you’re happier nosing around local pubs and eating at excellent restaurants – the Brecon Beacons is versatile enough to accommodate everyone. So, if you fancy a few days in the Great British countryside with your partner and dog, the Brecon Beacons is a sound bet. Equally, the whole family can enjoy the area, as there is just so much on offer. The kids might enjoy horse riding lessons, while parents can enjoy simpler pleasures like a scenic walk, or bike ride.
To make your holiday even more memorable, there are some extras worth looking out for – above and beyond a swimming pool. Seeing as you’re likely to be spending a lot of time out on the muddy trails, it could be worth booking a cottage with a power shower, so you can easily wash away the day’s dirt and massage tired muscles. Or it could be a widescreen TV that makes your cottage feel like home, as you can curl up on the sofa after a long day rambling in the Welsh hills and relax in front of your favourite show.
Ultimately, the perfect cottage will be a different thing to you than it will to someone else. So when reading property reviews, just remember: what warrants a five star rating for the reviewer might not warrant a five star rating for you. There are, however, some staples you might want to look out for. Many self-catering cottages will come with Wi-Fi – but not all of them. If this is a deal breaker for you, make sure you double check that the cottage you plan on booking has Wi-Fi. It’s also worth noting any additional charges for dogs, as you don’t want to be footing an unwanted bill at the end of the holiday!