We’ve looked into the best pet-friendly options for you to help make that decision a little easier.
If you’ve read our Top Ten UK Beauty Spots feature and hanker after a cottage hideaway with numerous walks across the Lake District, it’s well within your reach. The benefit of a house or cottage is that many are pet friendly and will allow more than one dog.
Just remember on a holiday park you’ll need to consider the close proximity of other guests and dogs, so ensure your dog is happy around children and other animals.
If self-catering doesn't appeal, why not look on Dog Friendly Britain for a range of properties that will extend a warm welcome to you and your pet. Be aware that the sleeping space in the hotel or guest house may differ from what your pet’s used to, so be sure to pack a favourite toy or two to entertain him. Some hotels will add a surcharge for accommodating your pet, so it’s worthwhile checking before you go.
Camping is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors with your dog. And the great news is that the Camping and Caravan Club lists the top dog-friendly campsites as voted for by their members. So whether you fancy the coast or the forest, it’s a great place to start for inspiration.
If you’re nervous about going away and leaving your dog or cat in a kennel or cattery, there may be some other pet-care options you've not considered.
Boarding allows your dog to stay with a dog-lover in their own home, giving your pet a holiday of their own in a caring home environment. It’s a great way to ensure they’re staying somewhere you’re completely happy with so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Try holidays4dogs.co.uk or waggingtailsuk.co.uk
If you’d prefer your dog or cat to stay in the comfort of their own home with a companion, perhaps you have a friend who would be happy to house-sit for a week or two (offering the added bonus of your home being looked after). If not, there are pet-sitting services that range from popping in to feed your pet once a day to walking them. Take a look at Trusted Housesitters to find a list of pet sitters in your area.
Before you embark on your trip, read our Safer travelling with pets article for more tips and advice. Our friends at the RSPCA also have some useful tips Going on holiday tips.
(Edited 24/05/2016, first published on 06/06/2014)