For many people planning a holiday involves finding pet friendly accommodation. Lake District B&B’s, cottages and hotels meeting these needs are to be found all over the National Park and also more widely in Cumbria.
In this article we’ll assume in that the pet is a dog, although people certainly do take other pets away with them. I recall many years ago taking a cage of gerbils for a fortnight in Exmouth, but on a holiday in the Lakes it’s more likely to be a dog.
For walking over the hills, and giving your dog opportunities to play in the rivers and lakes, the freedom of a self catering cottage in a country area may be the preferred option. Arriving back wet and muddy after a delirious day of sliding and splashing around can easily give a dog owner pricks of conscience on arriving back at the clean and shiny hallway of even the most dog friendly B&B. Lake District terrain combined with Cumbrian mountain weather could well turn your mind toward dog friendly holiday cottages.
Having said this Cumbria has many dog friendly hotels. Lake District hoteliers, especially at smaller establishments, are often themselves dog owners and may tend to attract like minded guests. They will have little problem with a boisterous young golden retriever whereas a large, glossy, luxury hotel may well think of “dog” as the miniature variety carried around in the owner’s arms.
Don’t be put off, though, by any of that. Check out what the hotel really means by “dog friendly”. Cumbrian hotels, large and small, do tend to be very accommodating. If it’s not already listed in the hotel details don’t hesitate to phone and ask about facilities and any house rules. Oh yes, and check for any additional charges.
Having considered the services available from accommodation owners and managers it is only right to think also about the other side of the arrangement, the dog owners and their dogs. Here as in other areas of life it is important to consider the wellbeing of other people. Even in the most dog friendly B&B other guests do not expect to be woken at six a.m. by a yapping hound in the next room. We ourselves may be dog lovers but not everyone has infinite tolerance for our four-legged friends.
We need to be considerate. On a campsite also there can be challenges. An energetic pup thieving from the next tent’s barbeque is not likely to make us the most popular of neighbours. If we are likely to cause problems for others we might be better in a detached dog friendly self-catering property.
A good source of general advice on holidaying with canine friends used to be the Kennel Club web site, but I think they must have redesigned it as in spite of a ten minute search I couldn’t find much; however, there is (as of July 2015) a useful downloadable article on road travel with a dog and quite a few references to overseas travel.
Dog friendly accommodation can be found by clicking the following links. There are many and varied options in the dog friendly Lake District.