To celebrate National Pet Month (April – May), which promotes responsible pet ownership and its benefits, Premier Cottages highlights six properties from its “Dogs Welcome” collection – where four legged friends are treated like royalty.
Kernock Cottages, Cornwall
On a secluded private estate surrounded by beautiful Cornish countryside, Kernock Cottages has four award winning barns in 25 acres of scenic gardens, woodland, paddocks and fields – ideal for cosy stays with a furry friend. The property is a short distance from dog-friendly beaches and offers fabulous walks locally and on site. Each cottage has its own hot tub and enclosed garden, providing a secure space for dogs to explore. There is also a large dog-walking area “Central Bark” – with mown paths, a loop through the woods, solar lighting, poo bins and garden sculptures. The walkable (1/2 mile) local pub is dog-friendly. Kernock was the 2017 Gold winner for the South West Dog-Friendly Business of the Year and can organise doggy day care and onsite grooming. A week’s stay for four in the newly refurbished Tree Barn arriving 27 April is available at £1062.86, saving 20%. A three-night stay arriving 27 April is £576. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01579350435).
Higher Wiscombe, Devon
Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Higher Wiscombe features three luxurious cottages on 52 acres of rolling Devon countryside. With woodlands, an orchard, pasture and streams on site, the cottages are an ideal spot for dog walks and also feature enclosed gardens to keep curious pets away from harm. The property is close to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and The South West Coast Path, with beaches at Beer, Branscombe and Sidmouth all a short drive away. Higher Wiscombe has previously won the Visit England National Gold Award for the Best Dog Friendly Accommodation and both canine and human guests are provided with hampers on arrival. A week’s stay for six in Thatched arriving on 4 May is available at £1075. A three night stay arriving 4 May costs £800 (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01404 871360).
Gladwins Farm, Suffolk
With ten bespoke, award winning cottages overlooking the Stour Valley, Gladwins Farm provides a picturesque getaway. The cottages are situated on 22 acres of stunning farmland grounds ideal for dogs to roam around in. There is also an onsite lake and a number of charming dog-friendly walks, pubs and beaches in the surrounding area. The property comes equipped with a dog bed, biscuits and place mat. The cottages also boast an indoor heated pool, sauna and hot tub and for families a children’s play areas, tennis courts and farm animals to be discovered on the farm’s woodland walk. A week’s stay for two in Melford Cottage arriving 27 April is available at £700. A three-night break arriving 27 April is £525 (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01206 262261).
Wheeldon Trees Farm, Peak District
Nestled in one of Derbyshire’s most breathtaking valleys within the majestic scenery of the Peak District National Park, Wheeldon Trees Farm is a dog-friendly haven. It offers nine award winning cottages with self guided dog walks available from the door and two dog-friendly pubs nearby. The Cottages provide excellent care for pets, providing toys, towels, bowls, leads, holiday tags and even portrait sessions by the artist Julian Marsh. A week’s stay for five in Nadin Cottage arriving 28 April costs £864. A three night break arriving 28 April costs £610 (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01298 83219).
Hoste Barn, Norkfolk
Enjoy a stay in a stunning 16th century thatched barn conversion and explore the North Norfolk coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The dog-friendly property boasts endless countryside views and guests will be spoilt for choice with the variety of nearby walks, from the pine woods and sandy dunes of Holkham to the traditional English resort towns of Cromer, Sheringham and Wells. The barn is close to a number of market towns and seaside villages brimming with pubs, restaurants, delicatessens and antique shops. A week’s stay for four in Hoste Barn arriving 30 April is available at £1077. A three-night break arriving 4 May is £564.50. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01692 538224).
Cwm Connell Coastal Cottages, Pembrokeshire
Proud winners of the Pembrokeshire Tourism 2017 Best Dog Friendly Accommodation award, Cwm Connell is a set of six cottages overlooking the sea and the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The cottages and grounds have been designed to accommodate dogs comfortably, with room to house up to four dogs in Fron Haul cottage. Just a 15 minute walk through the woods is Ceibwr Bay, a dog friendly pebbly beach with a stream, which links onto the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and there is a great selection of dog friendly pubs and restaurants in the nearby villages of St Dogmaels and Newport Pembs. A four acre paddock within the cottage gardens provides excellent sea views for owners and a safe place for dogs to play and there is also a dog wash area. A week’s break for four in Fron Haul cottage arriving 27 April is £544 saving £136. A three-night break arriving 27 April is £354 (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01239 881691).
Mark Bibby Jackson
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