With UK dog ownership reaching record levels over the past two years, many pet lovers are choosing to take their pets with them when they take a break, rather than putting them into boarding kennels.
Increasing numbers of holiday cottage providers are making this possible by opening up their accommodation to allow dogs – so rather than leaving him behind, your four-legged friend can enjoy a well-earned break too.
Don’t just assume it is only you that will benefit from a change of scene and some fresh air. Rural destinations like historic Warwickshire offer the ideal base for a dog-friendly break, with miles and miles of wonderful walks, hedgerows, woods, tow paths and riverbanks to explore – your pooch will be in doggy heaven!
Many pubs and cafés have also woken up to the increase in dog ownership by making their establishments more canine friendly. Country pubs often allow dogs into their bar areas, whilst cafes provide sheltered outdoor areas and there is often a refreshing bowl of water and maybe even the odd doggy treat on offer, to give an extra warm welcome.
Some of Warwickshire’s most popular attractions including Kenilworth Castle, Baddesley Clinton, Compton Verney’s 120 acre estate and Packwood House allow dogs on leads to enjoy the lovely footpaths within their grounds, whilst dog-friendly pubs like the canal side Tom O’ the Wood in beautiful Rowington and the riverside Four Alls in picturesque Welford-on-Avon, will make your treasured pet feel more than welcome.
Savvy accommodation owners are now realising that on the whole dog owners are a responsible lot who will not simply let their pets run riot in their holiday homes, leaving muddy footprints over sofas and jumping on to beds. Keen to ensure that more and more holiday properties become and remain dog-friendly, most dog owning holidaymakers are extremely responsible when it comes to their pet’s conduct and are more than happy to abide by house rules that might prevent their dogs from being allowed upstairs or into certain areas of the property.
There is sometimes an additional charge to pay when taking dogs into self-catering accommodation, and there may be a higher damages deposit than that charged for non-dog owners to cover the owner’s insurance. But even a premium of an additional £30 a week for your faithful friend, pales into insignificance in comparison to the expense of kennel fees.
So next time you’re considering a countryside break, make sure you factor Bella, Max or Buddy into your plans too. Visit dog friendly Warwickshire and you won’t be disappointed, and at the end of your relaxing break everyone’s tails are sure to be wagging!
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