You long for serenity, beauty, peace and harmony, the teenagers want adventure and entertainment, hubby is looking forward to a round of golf and the dog just wants to bark his way up many wrongs trees until he finds the one which has the squirrel tearing up it at 90 mph. Seems like you need a dog friendly holiday cottage in The Chilterns. This is the one place where all of your family’s needs will be catered for. Set in over 324 miles of sweeping countryside yet just an hour away from bustling, vibrant London, your family really can enjoy the best of both worlds. Dog owners often find that they have to compromise on one or two luxuries when it comes to having a holiday with the bow wow but The Chilterns are very dog friendly. They cater for pooches of all shapes and sizes whilst still maintaining an equally high standard of luxury and comfort for their guests. Take a look at some pet-friendly country cottages in the Chilterns.
If you would describe yourself as a hill seeker rather than a thrill seeker, this is a part of the UK which will certainly tick every one of your boxes, so go grab the doggy leash because you are on good dog-walking territory. Say bone voyage to the family for a few hours and allow Mother Nature to tell you her tale. Walk with your four-legged friend along the many winding paths, gaze up at the striking blue sky, feel the sun on your skin, marvel at the blades of grass dancing in the breeze and the song of the birds happily chirping away and you will remember that it is the little things in life that mean the most. There are many fascinating castles and museums along the way all waiting to stir your senses. So take a step back in time and immerse yourself in days gone by whilst your dog pounds the ground, frantically sniffing for ancient bones. These monuments stand bold and proud, each one etched with a chunk of the sky and a piece of the earth lodged into its soul. Walk beside the river and embrace the gentler side of life…the swans gracefully floating past and the odd fish breaking through the surface of the water. Stillness and peace oozing throughout, cleansing and purifying the soul. It will feel as if there is something naturally healing amongst all of the greens.
It won’t be long before you and your dog wander into the heart of an old market town like Amersham. When it comes to stopping for a little something to ‘whet the whistle’, you will be spoilt for choice. The Chilterns are renowned for their magnificent inns which cater for all tastes. So if you want to bring the family down later, there is sure to be a drinking hole to suit the whole clan. As for you and your four-legged friend, you will be drawn to those places which don a big pair of muddy, well used walking boots and a big pile of doggie biscuits on the bar. There will always be a warm welcome as you order a big bowl of water for your panting pooch and a big glass of something for yourself. The quaint little village of Old Amersham certainly oozes with charm, from its cottages lined with silver bells and cockle shells to its medieval school and red bricked cloistered almshouses. A photograph of Amersham Museum is shown below.
The much loved children’s author Roald Dahl lived in the Chilterns village of Great Missenden. His former home is now a museum and shrine to his memory.
A dog friendly holiday cottage in this part of the country should carry a government health warning which says “You could come away from The Chilterns with a new found liking for poetry as some of the scenery may be just too beautiful to express with every day words”.