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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Dog-Friendly UK Seaside Accommodation

I have, as needs must, become somewhat the pro at the Great British Dog-Friendly Holiday over recent years. Growing up, that's all my family ever did, and since we brought Ayra into our lives it has been a return for me and Tom to the good ol' days of ice cream, chips and sandy car seats!

Bagwell Farm, Weymouth

This location is the cheapest holiday on this list as it is a camping location. In low season you can pitch for just £13 a night; in high season this rises to £23, so still affordable. When we were really struggling with money but still needed a break, this was perfect. We visited with Tom's brother and sister-in-law and their pup, and had the most wonderful time drinking ciders at sunset and surviving off of delicious barbeque'd sausages. The facilities were modern and varied, with clean showers and toilets, huge tent and campervan pitches for what you pay, and options of hot meals and entertainment in the barn on site in the evening too.

The Weymouth area has loads of great pebbly beaches and Weymouth itself has a sandy section of its seafront just for dogs. Loads of cute touristy shops and cafes are also available. A fab option if you're on a budget.

Crab Cottage, Nr Watergate Bay
At £260-£380 for a week's self-catering stay depending on when you book, this cottage is an amazing bargain.  It has an open plan living space downstairs, with plenty of maps, leaflets and recommendations in the welcome material, and a wall-mounted digital TV for any Netflix addicts! Dogs aren't allowed upstairs, which is understandable, but there are two bedrooms - one king, one single - and a beautiful bathroom with a large double shower. If you were staying as a larger group, you could also book the property next door which shares the driveway space.

Crab Cottage
Photo courtesy of Cornish Cottages

With plenty of room for your car on the driveway and a safe, secluded pebbled garden complete with BBQ facilities, this is a super-secure option for dog owners. Just a mile walk away, via a pretty route through farmland then along the coast path, is the gorgeous Watergate Bay - the location of all of my childhood holidays!

It has a stunning wide white sandy beach, a Jamie Oliver restaurant, parking facilities, extreme sports - and is dog friendly. In the opposite direction is Mawgan Porth with another pretty cove and beach, and Newquay itself is just 10 minutes away.

As much as Newquay is a typical British seaside resort, with its positives and negatives, it is incredibly dog friendly. Even the art galleries allow four-legged friends to come in for a look, so it really is the easiest location I've ever been to in terms of access and options of activities. Our favourite local haunt, however, was Padstow, about 30 minutes from the cottage, with its adorable quirky shops, great food, doggy ice cream and a beautiful working fishing harbour. We also enjoyed day trips to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, King Arthur's Castle and several other fascinating ruins. Ayra could come along for every adventure which was just so lovely.

My top, top recommended place. We had the most wonderful time here.

Sandbanks, Braunton

We rented this lovely bungalow this February half term and found the space to be practical and well-designed. It cost around £380 for four days out of season so it is a more pricey option. However, the decoration is lovely in the property and it was so handy to have all amenities on one level. The garden is secure with 3 different access options which is perfect for muddy boots and sandy pup!

The area is slightly more residential and we visited off-season so there weren't as many activities on offer as the other locations, but we found some beautiful local beaches and coastal walks to enjoy. In the face of the typical British weather we savoured plenty a cosy evening curled up in front of Netflix with a takeaway - the fish and chips shop in Braunton is incredible! It even has its own two-storey sit down restaurant - super fancy.

I am constantly on the lookout for a bargain as I love to go away with Ayra in tow - there is nothing like seeing your pup frolicking in the sand and sea foam! Where have your favourite British holidays been?



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