Finding the perfect place to stay for the whole family (babies, toddlers, and pets included) isn’t always an easy task. That’s why when we stumble upon a hidden gem that offers both luxury and convenience plus child-friendly and pet-friendly facilities, we’ll revisit it time and time again.
These are the places that help us create everlasting memories. And many families these days only feel that their circle is complete when their beloved pet is with them. So why should we leave them behind when we go on holiday?
Pets are wonderful at interacting with children, and are great for keeping our little ones entertained. This makes them the best holiday companions to have around. Here are some of the best pet-friendly weekend break ideas that your whole family will love, right here in the UK.
Seaside Break in Cornwall
A break at the British seaside is superb at any time of year. Whether you’re in shorts and t-shirts or wrapping up for cold weather, Cornwall is a truly beautiful destination. And it’s got something for everyone – including traditional fish and chips, and ice cream for the kids! Coastal walks will be such a treat for your furry friend, and beachcombing or building sandcastles will ensure your tots are just as happy.
And don’t worry about finding a suitable beach for the rabble, as many beaches are pet-friendly whilst also being safe for children. Some of the best beaches are Deadmans Cove, Portscatho, Greenaway Beach, Boobys Beach, Hemmick Beach, Eastern Green, Carbis Bay Beach, Towan Beach, St. Antony’s Head and Lantic Bay.
There are also a number of pet-friendly cafes throughout the county. Such as Snail’s Pace Café in Bodmin Moor, Cafe Mylor in Falmouth and Delicious in Marazion. So stopping for tea and cakes after your dog walk will be easy too.
Where to stay: Book your stay at Atlantic Cottages near Bude, just off the Atlantic Highway and a short walk from the quaint village of Stratton. Both Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver’s restaurants are less than 40 minutes away.
Cabin Holiday in the Isle of Wight
Get away from the stresses of the city with a quiet escape to the Isle of Wight. It’s one of the best places for experiencing the British coastline, and it’s great for seafood fans. With top seafood restaurants being one of the island’s biggest draws, many serving the freshest catch of the day at very reasonable prices.
Some of the areas to check out during your stay include Yarmouth, Cowes, Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor, Niton, Newport, Gurnard and Freshwater. If you’re a lover of sailing or just enjoy the atmosphere of walking around gorgeous marinas, Yarmouth is particularly pleasant during the summer season. It’s also home to some fantastic shops, restaurants and cafés, so you’ll be completely spoiled for choice. With a long stretch of sandy coastline suitable for families all year round. Yarmouth’s South Beach is also open to dogs at any time of year, whilst the main beach area has restrictions during peak tourist periods.
Where to stay: Check into Tapnell Farm and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. With plenty of outdoor space for dogs to run around and boasting some of the best sunsets on the island.
Walking Holiday in Wales
If you want to get your little ones into outdoor pursuits, a walking holiday in Wales is a great way of introducing them to nature. The Brecon Beacons is one of the most beautiful national parks in Britain, with plenty of fun things to do with the kids. It’s also an exhilarating environment to explore with your furry friend and as long as you abide by the rules (and your dog doesn’t disrupt other animals in the park), much of the area is open to pets all year round.
For active kids, there are also a number of adventure play area. Including Cantref Adventure Farm, Llangorse Multi Activity Centre, The Play Barn and Cragfit Climbing. The surrounding towns and villages near the national park are also wonderful places to explore – such as Llandovery, Llandeilo, Aberdare and Abergavenny.
Where to stay: The Coach House at Cwmcrwth Farm Cottages is tucked away in the stunning rural countryside of Carmarthenshire, just a few miles from Brecon Beacons National Park. It welcomes families with children, babies and dogs. And the lovely Llandeilo is just a short drive away too.
Camping Weekend in the Wye Valley
Herefordshire and the Wye Valley is one of the best UK destinations for walking, cycling and many other outdoor activities. As well as camping (or glamping for those who desire home comfort). Camping is such a great way to reconnect with nature, teaching the importance of the simple things in life to young children and letting them experience the natural world without technology and distractions. And this beautiful county is the place to bring the whole family if you are looking to experience the authentic English country life.
There’s also so much history and culture to be enjoyed in this region. As well as the culinary delights that many of the gastropubs and restaurants have to offer. Local produce is a big theme in Herefordshire, so you can always expect the food here to be fresh and honest. The famous Hereford beef is not to be missed and there’s also a ‘Cider Route’ for those who enjoy trying out different tipples.
Where to stay: Spend a few nights in the luxury ‘glamping’ tents at Woolly Warmer. They are stylish and spacious, featuring real beds with soft linens, log burners, private bathrooms, handy kitchenettes and even electricity to power the lights.
Scottish Highlands Retreat
Discover the Scottish Highlands and take the whole family on some of the most scenic walks in the world. You will find so many different walking routes (suitable for all ages and all levels) and plenty of dog-friendly days out. There are multiple lochs where you can ramble, cycle, sail or just enjoy a water’s edge picnic with the kids. You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to location too. There are so many stunning regions within the Highlands; Skye and Lochalsh, Cairngorms National Park, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn, Moray Speyside, Northern Highlands, and Fort William.
One of our favourite areas to explore is near Inverness. You can enjoy all the convenient amenities of the city and you will be perfectly positioned to visit Beauly Firth, Moray Firth or the infamous Loch Ness. Little ones usually love to hear about the legend of the Loch Ness Monster and will have so much fun trying to spot him in the water!
Where to stay: Book into The Dairy at Daviot, located less than 20 minutes outside of Inverness. The cottages have a farm café on-site serving homemade ice cream, and they offer top facilities for children, babies and toddlers, as well as dogs.
Lakehouse Stay in the Cotswolds
Imagine a relaxing trip with views of the water’s edge, access to endless outdoor activities and a safe, secure area for kids and pets to roam. The Cotswold Waterpark is one of the most spectacular trips you make in the UK, and it’s superb for dog walking or exploring the great outdoors with young children. This impressive wetland area comprises 150 lakes, with nature walks, cycle routes and water sports for all ages. Wildlife spotting and bird watching are fantastic here. Other activities you may enjoy during your stay are sailing, canoeing, wakeboarding, paddleboarding, angling, archery, plus swimming and beach.
There are also lots of chocolate box villages in the Cotswold region, which make a great day out. And as locals are traditional country folk, cafes and restaurant are usually very family friendly. So you’ll feel welcome everywhere you go.
Where to stay: Book at the Cotswolds Lakehouse, with a Lake Brasserie just a few minutes’ walk away for complete convenience during you stay. The menu offers plenty of choice of children and small pets are permitted on the grounds for an additional £30 per week.
A Farm Stay Adventure
The great benefit of a farm stay holiday is that it’s so inclusive. It’s so much fun for all ages, including kids that are still very young. Plus farm accommodation usually means that your pets are allowed too, so you won’t have to leave them behind. We feature a number of different farm stay cottages across the UK, with some prime locations in Cornwall and Devon, Dorset, Norfolk and Wales. Many of these locations have access to wonderful countryside, some great walks as well as child-friendly activities to do on the farm. And many of our listed farm stays will have free-roaming animals, giving your little ones a chance to interact with chickens, sheep, cows and much more.
Where to stay: Check into the beautiful cottages at North Farm, located in Norfolk’s Bure Valley. Here, families can help the owners feed the chicken and ducks and there’s also a vintage farm machinery collection to wow your little monkeys!
Luxury Hotel Break in Wiltshire
Finding a luxury hotel when you have toddlers and four-legged friends isn’t easy. But there are still some establishments that cater to families with dogs, so you can really relax and get the best of both worlds. One of our favourite destinations for this is in Wiltshire, which is bordered by the beautiful counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Making it the perfect stomping ground and base for nature, culture, food and drink, and much more.
Wiltshire alone has the stunning tourist city of Bath, Stonehenge, Avebury, New Forest and Longleat. As well as many pretty towns that are worth exploring too. Including Salisbury, Trowbridge, Chippenham, Marlborough and Bradford Upon Avon.
This is also a great destination for children who adore animals. Kids will love Longleat Safari & Adventure Park as well as Roves Farm and Cholderton Charlies Farm. And there are a number of dog walking routes not to be missed during your stay (such as Erlestoke Woods, Southwick Country Park and Savernake Forest).
Where to stay: Woolley Grange is situated close to the medieval wool town of Bradford Upon Avon and is a great place to stay for anyone wishing to tour Bath and Stonehenge. Set in a Jacobean mansion with 14 acres of grounds, complete with a spa and heated swimming pool. Dogs are welcome with an additional charge.
A Holiday in the Lake District
The Lakes is one of the most popular regions for tourism in the UK. With its outstanding natural beauty, quaint towns and villages, Michelin Star restaurants and amazing walks, it’s easy to see why. From the challenging fells and waterfall rambles to sailing on Lake Windermere, there’s so much to do outdoors. And if you’re looking for shopping, tearooms or pubs, there are many communities that you will want to check out. Including Bowness, Ambleside, Kendal, Ulverston, Cockermouth and Keswick.
There are also plenty of fun things do with the kids. We particularly love the Gilcrux Trout Fishing Ponds, where kids can try their hand at catching their own fish with an opportunity of cooking it afterwards. Or the Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre at Lowther, where to whole family can see more than 150 falcons, hawks, eagles, buzzards and owls. As well as Aquarium of The Lakes with a range of sealife and even diving ducks – kids always find these extremely fascinating. Children will also be enthralled at The World of Beatrix Potter, a magical indoor recreation attraction located near the main town of Bowness-on-Windermere.
Where to stay: The beautiful Pudding Cottage near Ambleside is a multi-award winning cottage that is stylish and comfortable, with plenty of pre-school and nursery facilities to welcome your family. It’s also located close to many shops and pubs for your convenience.
All of the properties mentioned in this post are pet-friendly and have ample amenities for families travelling with babies or young children. You can also search the site to find other similar homestays in the UK.