7 Reasons Why Winter is Perfect for a Dog Friendly Break

Long, waggy-tailed walks in wild winter landscapes. Hunkering down in a paw-fect cottage beside the log burner. Seasonal discounts on accommodation and days out… No wonder we think that winter is the perfect time for a holiday with your hound. Here are just a few reasons to book a getaway and embrace the chilly days with your dog. 

1. Wild Winter Walks

Dog walking in the winter Lake District

If you could label the finest season to don your walking boots and embrace the elements on a brisk walk that brings a glow to your cheeks, it would have to be winter. It’s so easy to sit indoors and hide from the cold weather, but the cooler temperatures are perfect for longer walks be it beach or woodland. And your four-legged friend’s wagging tail and puppy eyes might be just what you need to grab your all-weather gear and get outside. Not only will your pooch appreciate it, but you’ll come back feeling happier and healthier after getting some exercise, getting close to nature and experiencing the astonishing beauty of the wild and empty winter landscapes.

2. Crackling Log Fires In Cosy Pubs

At the end of a wild winter walk, there’s nowhere better to paws and warm your cockles than a cosy countryside inn… think roaring open fire, local ales on tap, hearty winter fare on the menu, and doggy treats on the bar. From the Gurnard’s Head perched close to the cliffs of West Cornwall, to the Old Bridge Inn on the banks of the River Spey in Scotland’s Aviemore, there are plenty of local pubs that welcome muddy boots and paws for a post-walk pint beside the fire. 

3. Great Value Dog Friendly Cottages

Dog friendly retreat bude

When you take your dog on holiday in winter, you’ll find stacks more dog-friendly accommodation available at a much more affordable price than in peak season. For example, a luxury sea-view pad sleeping four people and a dog in Cornwall (with a hot tub, to boot) is just £725 per week from December to February, yet £2,243 in the peak summer season. And not only will you find it easier to book a pet-friendly property for a snip of the price, but you’ll also find great deals on entry to dog-friendly attractions and special winter menus in paw-friendly pubs and eateries. 

4. Save Money On Kennels

Taking the dog on holiday with you on your Christmas breaks means you’ll save plenty of pennies on dog sitters and kennels. This adds up to more to spend on festive days out, Christmas presents and tasty treats while you’re on holiday. Plus, you won’t have the stress of leaving the dog behind or missing your four-legged friend on your adventures, which means your holiday memories will include the whole family.

5. Come Home To A Hot Tub And Log Burner

After a day enjoying the crisp winter landscapes, why not kick off your walking boots, bubble in a hot tub, pop the cork on your favourite bottle of wine and sink into a fireside sofa with your pooch at your feet? While it’s great to relax by the crackling log fire in a country pub, there’s nothing quite like coming home and whiling away the long winter’s evenings snuggled down in front of a log burner. And if you’re a dog lover, the experience just isn’t the same without your pooch curled up at your feet. Many of our pet-friendly holiday homes are equipped with hot tubs and log burners. Just use the search filter to choose the perfect dog-friendly cottage for your winter break. 

6. Staycations Are Still The Best Option For Winter Breaks

What with the cost of flights and the rise in household bills, staycations are the most sensible option for an affordable winter break. Not only is a holiday at home better for your pocket and for the planet, but it’s also better for the dog, too. And while you bag a great value holiday in England, Scotland or Wales, you’ll be supporting the UK economy and avoiding the stress of busy airports, flight delays and the less environmentally friendly option of going abroad. 

7. Dog-Friendly Winter Days Out

Bath christmas market
Photo courtesy of Bath Christmas Market

Thinking about some festive fun on your winter holiday? There’s no need to miss out on Christmassy days out when you’ve got your dog in tow –  an array of dog-friendly attractions invite Fido and his friends to join in your family days out in winter wonderlands. From Christmas markets and twinkling light displays, to festivities at castles and attractions, there are plenty of wonderful things to do for festive days out with the dog.

Book A Dog-Friendly Cottage This Winter

Getting away in winter with your dog is a magical experience. Check out our collection of dog-friendly accommodation in stunning locations around the UK and find the perfect base for your winter holiday. 

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