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Paws on Home Soil


Dog running through sea with frisbee in mouth
A dog may be man’s best friend, but taking one abroad with you can be expensive. There are plenty of less stressful options and we’ve listed four of the best dog-friendly destinations around the region


Beadnell Beach House, Beadnell
Two dogs, four bedrooms
Who doesn’t love a seaside holiday? There’s special accommodation in the extension of this beach house for two pooches, as well as a BBQ, a hammock and a terrace with sea views (those are for you). The beach house’s private steps lead onto Smugglers Cove (which sounds straight out of an Enid Blyton novel), so it’s perfect for a run along the sandy beach, or a dip in the sea. 
Where to go: 
The Joiner’s Arms, a four mile walk away to the south, always has a bowl of water ready. Your pooch will be welcome here and you could spoil them with a dog beer (a meaty, malty drink made especially for dogs).


The Cragg, Hawkeshead
One dog, four bedrooms
Dating from 1695, and set in Beatrix Potter country, this Grade II-listed farmhouse comes with a large garden, log burner and snug. The flagged floors downstairs are more friendly to your pet’s paws, with plenty of rugs to curl up on, and a peaceful garden and patio for exercise. As for the location, think quiet country lanes, lakes either side to splash about in, and a hike up Helvellyn to dry off. 
Where to go: 
Hawkeshead has everything for day-to-day shopping as well as pubs and cafés, and the Sun Inn, Queen’s Head and Kings Arms are all dog friendly.


West Steading, Farndale
Two dogs, two bedrooms
This barn conversion is smack bang in the middle of the North Yorks Moors National Park, in an area known locally as ‘Daffodil Dale’, plus there’s an enclosed garden for your four-legged friend to run about in. Inside there are lots of original features, plus some more modern ones too: flagstone floors mean you don’t have to worry about getting a carpet dirty, you can switch on the underfloor heating to keep toasty in winter, and there’s a wood-burning fire to snuggle up in front of.
Where to go: 
While the cottage itself seems like an isolated haven, the Feversham Arms is actually just over the road. Dogs are welcome in the bar area (where you can dine) and in the beer garden.


Aikwood Tower, Ettrick
Dogs welcome downstairs, five bedrooms
In the heart of Ettrick forest, and where a wizard named Michael Scot split a hill into three and was turned into a hare by a neighbouring witch (according to the legend), Aikwood Tower is exactly what you’d expect from a 16th century Scottish tower. Now a boutique self-catering castle, the tower is bijou but tall (there are 62 steps to the master bedroom), and includes a spiral staircase, a Great Hall, a small reading study, four double bedrooms in the main tower, and a fifth in the adjoining byre. The south west-facing walled garden, including a terrace, two lawns and an orchard, is a great place for you and your dog to explore.
Where to go: 
The Cross Keys in the neighbouring village of Ancrum is super-friendly to dogs, who are welcome in the bar area, in the beer garden, and the outdoor seating area.

Published in: August 2017

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