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Picking Perfect Holidays for Pet Owners!

Picking Perfect Holidays for Pet Owners! Picking Perfect Holidays for Pet Owners!
Posted 31 August, 2018

Get the scoop with Darwin Escapes for picking your perfect UK break!

The prospect of leaving your pet back home when you go on holiday is simply a nightmare for animal lovers and has the potential to completely ruin any prospect you might have of relaxing whilst away from home.

Approximately 45% of Brits now own a pet, so holidays which take pets into account are becoming a far bigger consideration for accommodation providers.

We’ve therefore put together some handy tips on picking the perfect pet-friendly holiday break where no members of the family get left behind and you can enjoy your break without threating about the welfare of your furry friend:

1. UK Vs. Abroad

Taking pets overseas can be quite a kafuffle. Not only do you have to deal with the stress of airborne travel itself, but you also have to arrange for a pet passport, appropriate vaccinations and much more. This is not only worrying and time-consuming but also has the potential to be highly expensive.

It is far easier to simply holiday in the UK. Additionally, an increasing number of UK residents are now beginning to appreciate the vast number of attractions and natural wonders which exist on their very own doorstep which has led to a surge in “staycations” in recent years.

There are plenty of regions which are perfect for pet-friendly holidays in the UK, most notably the Lake District with its plethora of scenic walking routes and outstanding landscapes which are a joy for both pets and their humans.

2. Location, Location, Location…

The Lake District is just one of the many regions in the UK which are likely to appeal to pet owners. This is usually the ideal location for those who prefer peace, quiet and greenery away from the crowds where you can really get in touch with nature.

Alternatively, you may want to head to the beach and allow your four-legged friend to make a splash on our world-famous coastline. Devon and Dorset are potential destinations for this, with the Jurassic Coast being a designated World Heritage Site which stretches over 96 miles from Exmouth to Studland Bay.

3. Accommodation

Of course, one of the most vital considerations is to ensure that your accommodation provider is welcoming of four-legged companions. Once you’ve got a list of potential pet-friendly accommodation options, it is then a matter of narrowing this down to the right choice for the requirements of you and your holiday companions.

Quality can vary widely, with pet owners traditionally being forced to sacrifice quality in order to bring their furry family members along on the break. This is no longer the case, with an increasing number of accommodation providers now taking pets into consideration. A great example of this is Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat in the Lake District, where facilities on-site even include a dog washing facility so you can give your pet a good wash down after exploring the countryside surroundings.

Dogs are even welcome in the restaurant here at a resort which truly has something for all members of the family. This is all part of Darwin Escapes new Yappy Days Holidays offering.

4. Attractions

Not all of us are content to simply spend our holidays walking and would prefer having attractions to visit and entertainment to take advantage of. This is particularly important for those with young children.

If this is the case, then make sure that you pick a location which is filled with appeal visitor attractions where pets are welcome. There are numerous websites available to find pet-friendly attractions in different parts of the UK including petfriendlybritain.co.uk as well as regional council website.

5. Additional Costs

Unfortunately, we don’t all have an infinite budget, so price is often a prohibiting factor when it comes to us picking our accommodation.

Many accommodation providers will place a premium on those who are planning on bringing their pets along with them on their break. It is therefore advised that you check on this prior to making a booking to ensure you don’t get hit by any extortionate and unexpected fees. 

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