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Quirky Dog Friendly Staycation Spots Around The UK

Nothing will chill you out and relax you like one of these quirky dog friendly staycations.

Hotels are wonderful and cottages are cosy but these quirky accommodations are truly a touch of something different.Your pooch is part of the family so why should they have to miss out on the family holiday?

At Dog Furiendly we don’t believe that they should. With 59% of households in the UK now having a dog staycations are on the rise. Staycations offer a break with your loved ones away from the stresses and worries of modern life. The added benefit of staycations is that your poor pooch doesn’t have to spend hours in a cage on a plane like they would if you went abroad.

As staycations become more and more popular we thought that we’d offer you some staycations with a difference. That’s why we’ve picked out some of the quirkiest dog friendly staycation locations in the UK for you!

Hidden River Cabin, Carlisle

These luxury cabins are in a beautifully secluded spot between the Scottish border and Lake District. It’s so dog friendly that pooches are welcome for free and will be in their element amongst the sights and smells of the forest.

There are five log-built lodges available, each sleeping from six to ten guests in king sized beds. Wood burners, a hot tub and the surroundings of the River Lyne promise a perfect getaway. Hidden River Cabin is surrounded in all directions by beautiful countryside. Nearby Kielder Forest, Pennines and the Lakes are all perfect destinations for scenic dog walks.

Dogs are welcome in the on site-restaurant provided they are kept on leads. There are plenty of dog friendly pubs and places to go nearby, including Honister Slate Mine near Keswick.

Bamff Ecotourism, Scotland

The Bamff estate boasts 5 different accommodation options. Enjoy long walks to nearby Alyth or even do a section of the Cateran Trail, named by Observer Magazine as one of the best long distance walks in the UK. There are also any number of short, scenic walks you can enjoy through the woods on the estate. Many of these are beside wetlands inhabited by beavers!

The estate has free WiFi access and free parking onsite. Next door to the estate is a medieval castle as well as beaver and wildlife watching tours that you can purchase tickets for. Enjoy nearby activities like golf and fishing.

West Stow Pods, Suffolk

If it’s a quirky dog friendly staycation you want then look no further. Enjoy the magic of middle earth with your furry little hobbit in West Stow’s enchanted forest. The hobbit inspired dwelling is nestled in the side of a grassy knoll in Suffolk.

The wonderfully welcoming accommodation is completed by home comforts including telly and WiFi. The pods are equipped with two double bedrooms, each with a comfortable King sized bed. There’s also a fully equipped kitchen, shower room and comfortable living area. Nearby are walking routes including Lark Valley Path and right on the doorstep is Bury St Edmunds, a bustling town filled with plenty of pubs.

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Treehouse Hideaway, Blean, Canterbury

This is no rickety tree house experience from your childhood, this is a luxury experience you’ll never forget! Under floor heating, smart TV and a private hot tub offers a getaway that’s tranquil, luxurious and unique at the same time.

The treehouse is made up of two connected hexagonal pods, six metres high off the ground amongst fruit trees, willows and conifers. This makes the ultimate romantic getaway for two experience but dogs are also welcome at the hideaway. The Tree House is situated and overlooks a wildlife park next door, completing the quirky feel.

Birdholme Glamping Nottinghamshire

Located in Stanton on the Wolds in Nottinghamshire. Birdhome Glamping provides the perfect base for a quirky dog friendly staycation. Up to two dogs are welcome to stay and enjoy the 17 acres of woodland and meadows that surround the site. This includes a pond and a winding stream for memorable photos of your stay.

Expect luxury from the interior of this accommodation with a log burner, underfloor heating, TV, Wifi and fully equipped kitchen. The veranda features a private hot tub to be enjoyed in all seasons. Nottinghamshire is a great place for a getaway with dogs with many dog friendly restaurants and pubs nearby.

Lower Keats Glamping, Devon

Six people and two dogs can stay in these luxury lodges. Being near the borders of Somerset and Dorset mean that this is the perfect base to explore the West country with your furry friends. The terrace boasts views of lovely farmland and a fire-pit for your own delicious barbecue.

Dogs are supplied with their own hard dog bed and bowls, there is even a dedicated fields for dogs to exercise in where they can run around off leash. Inside the lodges are antique furnishings, wood-burning stoves, a well equipped kitchen and comfortable king size and twin beds.

The farm is well located, just four miles away from the pretty market town of Axminster. There are numerous pubs and restaurants nearby and is just a thirty minute drive away from the stunning Jurassic Coast.

Highland Shepherd Huts, Inverness-shire

This quirky dog friendly staycation spot is ideal for nature lovers. You’ll see an incredible array of wildlife here including red squirrels, capercaillie, pine marten, osprey, crested tit, golden eagle and if you’re lucky even reindeer!

Highland Shepherd Huts are based in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. There’s something for everyone with a treasure trove of outdoor activities to take part in. You’ll have the chance to take part in mountain biking, fishing, hill walking, pony trekking and bird watching. There are also a number of rivers and lochs within the valley which offer excellent fishing. 

The nearest village to Highland Shepherd Huts is Nethy Bridge. Nethy Bridge is known as the ‘Forest Village’ for it’s lovely walks and RSPB Abernethy Reserve. There is a shop, post office, butcher, Nethy House Cafe, 9 hole golf course, 2 hotels and tennis courts within the village.

Cornwall Ekopods

These fantastic geodomes combine the fun of camping with the luxury of a hotel or holiday cottage stay. Enjoy the great Cornish outdoors in your own serene and private space. The site itself boasts stunning views across acres of woodland, meadow and moors.

Each Ekopod contains a cosy bedroom with king sized bed and living room, kitchen and bathroom. Sit out on the terrace and cook up a mouth watering barbecue under the stars. Don’t worry about it being cold either as every pod is equipped with a wood-burning stove.

On the doorstep are beautiful coastal paths and country pubs. The perfect recipe for a dog friendly staycation!

Beavers Retreat, Tenby

This quirky Tenby hideaway is just two miles away from the secluded and lovely Manoribier beach. Located in the middle of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park there’s loads to do in this dog friendly destination. This includes rock climbing, golf, local castles and beach and coastal walks.

You can choose between original geodomes, stargazer domes, cosy domes and bell tents to stay in. You’ll have a convenient kitchen and bbq/firepit as well as your own log burner to enjoy. With no passing traffic you can forget the stress of modern life and just enjoy your quirky dog friendly staycation.

Tenby is an exceptionally dog friendly place, explore it with your furry companion or just relax in the peace and quiet!

In The Stix, Rutland

This is camping but not as you know it. Enjoy classic camping activities like campfires and barbecues but in the comfort of your own dome. The domes at In The Stix are functional but comfy and luxurious in equal measure. They even have hot tubs.

This quirky, dog friendly staycation is the perfect opportunity to escape the stress of modern life. Switch off your phone, tablet and laptop and get back to nature with your loved ones, including of course your pooch.

Nearby is Oakham, a pretty market town that’s rich in history. Just a ten minute drive from the campsite it has plenty of cafes, pubs and shops. There is even Oakham Castle which is in fact, not a castle but a Norman Manor house dating back to the 1100s.

What Do You Think Of Our Selection Of Quirky Dog Friendly Staycations?

Which one is your favourite? Did we miss out any fantastic quirky options?

Let us know in the comments!

For more ideas of places to go with your furry best friend click here or use our search engine dogfuriendly.com to start planning your own adventures!

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