Get away this New Year on a pet friendly holiday
Wed 1 December 2010
Struggling to find a pet sitter or accommodation that will accept your furry friends? If you can’t bear to exclude your pampered pets from the festivities this New Year, holidaylettings.co.uk™ has the perfect pet friendly accommodation to suit your pooch and kitty’s needs. Drive to a cosy country cottage and let your dog run through the large parks and forests nearby, or simply hop on the ferry, cat basket in hand, and head for idyllic accommodation in France.
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows dogs, cats and ferrets from selected countries to enter the UK without quarantine, subject to meeting certain conditions. It also means holidaymakers in the UK can take their pets to other European Union (EU) countries and return without the need for quarantine. You must book your trip with an approved transport company, use an approved route and fulfil certain health related criteria. Check out www.defra.gov.uk for a full list of approved countries, companies and routes.
Many holiday home owners are happy to welcome your pets into their homes. Search for properties from Holiday Lettings’™ dedicated ‘pet friendly holidays’ section: www.holidaylettings.co.uk/pet-friendly-holidays/26/ideas/ and see the New Year in with your beloved animals by your side.
Some of the many pet-friendly holiday homes to tempt you....
Manor Farm Cottages, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Sleeps up to six (three bedrooms) for £850 per week (£141.66 per person) over the New Year period
Manor Farm is a charming three bedroom cottage set amongst the rolling hills of Salisbury. The cottage has a large open plan sitting room with an inglenook fireplace, ideal for cosy evenings when it is snowing outside. Curl up with a good book and your furry friend at your feet. At the heart of the cottage, you will find a traditional kitchen where you can cook mouth watering dishes with ingredients hand-picked from the owner’s working organic farm. The cottage is a haven for wildlife, flowers and breathtaking nature trails, perfect for long walks with your dog. Salisbury offers its visitors a variety of activities such as horse riding, cycling and fishing, all a stone’s throw away from the cottage. Remember to wrap up warm when embarking on the Longleat safari with your family or visiting historical Stonehenge. Wander the streets of Bath for a truly cultural experience, admiring the Roman architecture that adorns the city’s monuments. After a long day, treat yourself to a spa at the Roman baths. On your way home, stop over at the pub for locally sourced authentic pub food and beer. Make sure you avail the baby sitting facilities provided by the owners. The cottage is not far away from the local veterinary, Avon Lodge (www.avonlodgevets.co.uk) or pamper your dog by calling Dial a Dog Wash (www.dialadogwash.com) for that ultimate grooming session.
The Granary at Trevosper Barn, Polyphant, Launceston, Cornwall
Sleeps up to four (two bedrooms) for £400 per week (£100 per person) over the New Year period
Set in the heart of Cornwall, this beautiful stone barn oozes character. It is made up of two spacious bedrooms, solid wood flooring, cosy kitchen and diner, creating a large entertaining space, perfect to welcome in the New Year with friends and family. The barn is situated between the villages of Polyphant and Pipers Pool, famous for its castles and tea rooms, selling fresh cakes and clotted cream. Wrap up warm and sit in the sun-trap garden, providing beautiful views across farmland and wooded valleys to the rocky tors
of Bodmin Moor. Take the kids to hand feed deer at nearby Tamar Otter Park, or stroll along some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. There is so much to do and see in Cornwall that one visit is just not enough to take in the numerous tourist attractions on offer such as the Eden Project, Flambards Theme Park and Newquay Zoo. Make sure you read the information pack in the cottage, providing details on dog-friendly attractions and suggested local walks. Take your dog to Foxies (www.foxiesdoggroomers.co.uk) for professional grooming services such as hand stripping, clipping and scissoring. If your pet is unexpectedly taken ill, visit Penbode Pet Health Club (www.penbodevets.co.uk) just 10 miles from the cottage, which offers an out of hours service.
Church Apartment at Lybster, Caithness, Scottish Highlands
Sleeps up to seven (three bedrooms) for £950 per week (£135.71 per person) over the New Year period
The Church Apartment at Lybster is a magnificent three bedroom church conversion offering even the most discerning guest the ultimate in warmth and charm. Tastefully decorated and still retaining the original features of the church, the apartment is enclosed within thick stone walls, making it a very quiet retreat. Spanning two levels, the large gallery lounge is a spacious entertaining space, boasting cathedral style windows, overlooking open fields where you will see sheep grazing. The flat is family-friendly and comfortable with squishy sofas, flat screen TV, Play Station 2, DVDS, books and games to keep youngsters entertained on those cold and rainy days. Caithness is renowned for its remarkable coastline and spectacular countryside. The local village of Lybster has everything you need to make your stay comfortable, including a picturesque harbour, small cove pebble beach, nine hole golf course, and restaurants serving delicious local cuisine and Scottish whisky. Layer up in warm coats and hats and take a visit to The Castle and Garden of Mey to learn more about British history. If you’re a lover of whisky, why not check out the Pulteney Distillery and discover how the world famous amber liquid is made. After a muddy walk, treat your dirty dog to a grooming service by checking out Mucky Pups: www.muckypupscaithness.co.uk.
The Old Vicarage House, Reynoldston, Gower, Wales
Sleeps up to 14 (five bedrooms) for £2,495 per week (£178.21 per person) over the New Year period
The Old Vicarage is a stunning five bedroom house, situated on a hill, overlooking the wonderful Gower countryside. Character and charm ooze throughout the property. A grand staircase welcomes you into the house and leads you to an elegant sitting room with open fireplace - a spot your cat will call its own. Enjoy afternoon tea within the private walled sun terrace or take the dog for a walk across the rolling lawns. Close by is Mumbles, a local coastal village offering a wealth of high quality restaurants, bars and shops, and local produce. Indulge in a wide range of activities on offer in the area, including horse riding, hiking and cycling. Take a day trip to admire the limestone cliffs and sandy bays or walk through the wooded valley and visit the haunted Pennard Castle that overlooks Three Cliff bay. For grooming and vet services, check out Gower Dog Grooming (www.gowerdoggrooming.co.uk) and Gower Veterinary Clinic (www.gowervets.co.uk).
Les Chouettes Cottage, Tremblay, Fougeres, Brittany, France
Sleeps up to 12 (six bedrooms) for £1,079 per week (£89.92 per person) over the New Year period
Named after the barn owls which nest every year at La Haute Manceliere, Les Chouettes is a rural six bedroom stone cottage, set within the rural countryside. This exquisite home is within easy reach of several French channel ports and surrounded by two acres of lawned gardens, providing loads of space for the dogs and children to run around. Cook up some culinary delights with fresh produce from the local markets. Unwind with a glass of French wine after a day walking the dog through an array of nature trails in the area. Explore nearby historical attractions, including Fougères, the largest medieval castle in Europe as well as Dinan and St Malo both fine examples of beautiful medieval towns. You can also rest assured that veterinary services are close by at 7 Vet 7 in case of any emergencies (www.7vet7.fr/).
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