Family Travel

Dog Friendly Cottages in the Lake District

I love visiting the Lake District, a couple of years ago we took the children up for a week. Yeah, it rained the whole time we were there but even through the rain, it’s a beautiful place to visit.

Dog Friendly Cottages

During our stay we visited a few national trust properties and wondered around the little towns. The Beatrix Potter World was fabulous, we had a wonderful time there. We enjoyed learning a bit more a Beatrix’s and her world of friendly animals. It is more than worth a visit if you are heading to the Lake District.

We had stayed on the edge of Lake Windermere, we enjoying looking out across the water and in the evening seeing all of the lights from houses, made it a little bit magical.

In our house, we have two dogs a crazy cocker spaniel and a sprocker spaniel, they actually didn’t come away with us to the Lakes before. However this year they came with us for a week for the first time. It was lovely to take them away with us and it’s something we will now do again when we holiday in the UK. However it is not always easy to find dog friendly cottages.

Some of our closest friends only ever take holidays that are suitable for their dog, they have even found properties with swimming pools that allows the dog to swim in. It’s amazing how dog friendly some properties can be.

Good Life Lake District Cottages have 35 different properties that cater for dogs, I have put together a few of the ones we would love to stay in with our dogs.

Dog Friendly Cottages

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Wayside Cottage in Ambleside, is a postcard perfect cottage. Just the place I look for when booking a cottage holiday. It’s fairly traditional interior style, suits this grade II listed cottage. Sleeping 6 people and welcomes 2 dogs, it’s also only a mile walk to the nearest pub.

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Fell View in the village of Elterwater, is a lovely converted workshop. It is however set up some steps, so it might not be suitable to everyone or even much older dogs who struggle. Sleeping 6 people and 2 lovely pooches, there is a pub just around the corner. Perfect for popping round in the evening for a drink or a bite to eat.

Brathay-loft-dog-friendly-cottages

Brathay Loft is perfect for a little romantic get away. It only sleeps 2 people and allows 2 dogs but it’s perfect for a weekend away walking and enjoy some quality time together. Every couple needs some ‘us’ time. I would love to take my Hubby here, for a couple of child free nights way. The Brathay Loft has everything you would want for two people. A mile away from the nearest pub and set near the bank of the River Brathay. Beautiful.

Knipefold-barn-dog-friendly-cottages

Knipefold Barn is hidden in the village of Outgate and has stunning views across the fields. Knipefold Barn sleeps 5 people and welcomes 2 dogs, it is a lovely spacious property with a 5 star rating. It does however not allow children under the age of 6, so for us this is something we would have to wait another 18 months before we could stay. It is lovely and would be something we would consider in the future.

Good Life Lake District Cottages, have lots of other lovely places to stay on offer. However with having 2 dogs and being a family of 4, these are my top picks. What do you think?

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Holidays in Devon with Marsdens Devon Cottages

As a child we always holidayed in the UK, with our go to places being Devon and Dorset. We spent many a day on the gorgeous beaches and visiting the wonderful attractions there. When we got married, we actually went to Devon on our honeymoon, it had the most amazing time.

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Woolacombe in Devon is one of the most beautiful locations in the UK, having been voted UK’s best beach in 2012. It is also found in the top European beaches and regularly within the top 20 beaches in the world. Woolacombe is home to a 3 mile long, beautiful sandy beach, that gently slopes down the Atlantic ocean, so it’s very popular with surfers.

Set in North Devon coast line, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Many areas are now owned by the National Turst meaning it will be looked after for generations to enjoy.

If you are looking for a somewhere beautiful to visit then Woolacombe is the place to go, with little shops and restaurants to visit. With lots of little villages near by to visit, and coastal walks. You will always have something to do.

My Aunty has been taking her Grandchildren to Woolacombe each year for a mini holiday, for the last 8 years. They love it. Although I have visited as a child, it’s somewhere I would love to go back to with my own children.

Marsdens, Woolacombe Cottages are gorgeous and they have so many available to choose from. I have picked out a few that I would love to stay in.

My top Marsdens Devon Cottages in Woolacombe

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This is the gorgeous Highfields, a fabulous open plan bungalow. It has recently been renovated to a high standard that gives that beachy feel from walking through the door. Highfields sleeps 4 people, with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, all bed linen and towels included. There is an enclosed garden and plenty of parking. With Fabulous see views and if you fancy a stay in the winter there is a log burning stove. Although no pets are allowed here it does make a lovely holiday home. Oh and there is wifi, a plus note for most people with families now.

Palms 1 is an awarding winning cottage, with it’s very contemporary interior and sea views. It’s just lovely. Sleeping 4 people in 2 bedrooms, bed linen and towels, open plan kitchen and living space. There is also private parking and a private garden. Palms 1 also allows you to bring a dog with you, the location is perfect for hours of dog walking.

Broadside is a lovely bungalow, which has garden of beauty, decked patio area for enjoying during the evening or for having you breakfast at. I could imagine spending hours just taking in the gorgeousness of this garden and wishing mine looked anything like it. Sleeping 4 people, it has everything you could want from a holiday get away in Woolacombe.

Number 53 is a detached bungalow, sleeping 6 people. It is a gold award winning cottage, with a fabulously large garden, sea views and a beautiful interior. Number 53 has 3 bedrooms, and not only does it have a wonderful garden there is also the decked balcony area that has plenty of seating for everyone to enjoy.

So what do you think to my picks? I would love to spend a week visiting Woolacombe and although it would be fabulous to visit during the Summer I think it would also be a great place to visit during the winter months. I am starting to think it might be the place for us to go for February half term.

 

*This is a collaborative post. Images are credited to Marsdens Devon Cottages. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

Making memories in Crete

2017 was the first time we went abroad as a family. In fact it was the first time me and the Hubby has been abroad in the then 11 years we had been together. We headed to Crete one of the many Greek islands, with our 2 very excited children and my Mother and Father in law.

We chose the tiny little coast town of Almyrida and the most fabulous private villa up on the hill side about a 5 minute drive out of the town itself. We hired 2 cars that we collected at the airport nice and easily, it was about a 45 minute drive along to the coast from the airport to our villa. The drive gave us time to take in the beautiful island.

The villa

Our villa was fabulous, set up the hill with views over the valley, across the town and out towards the sea. The villa also had it’s own private pool, set in a olive grow. The villa had 3 bedrooms, 2 double and a twin each with ensuite bathrooms on the ground floor. Then upstairs there was an open plan kitchen, dinning and living room, with doors out on to the wrap around balcony. The balcony became home to breakfast, board game in the evenings and many glasses of wine of the adults.

The Beach

The beach was lovely, sat right in Souda Bay. We spent a couple of lovely days on the beach. We hired lounger chairs from the local hotel at €3 each, but it was also perfect because it mean that the bar staff from the hotel came down onto the beach taking orders for food and drinks.

Although as a family we had been on UK coastal holidays, being able to spend a whole day on the beach was lovely. We made sand castles, played with the beach ball and swam. We ordered food and drink from the hotel bar, which was all reasonably priced. For those couple of days of family fun making memories was worth every penny that the holiday cost us. Even now almost a year later we are talking about the holiday and the child are asking about when we can return to Crete.

The food

Greek food is some of the best in the world. Freshly made salads that are just out of this world, fresh fish dishes are very popular, things like moussaka, stifado, souvlaki are all popular. They also cater wonderfully for the children. The hubby tried the very popular lamb and goat meals, while I stuck to the fresh fish and salads. Oh I also loved the fried cheese, stuffed vine leaves, that we shared for starters most evening. Every time you go into a restaurant for a meal, they bring you ice cold water to drink while you choose your meals, they when they bring you your bill they bring out a small dessert, or bite size piece of cake.

The Island

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The island of Crete is just beautiful, steeped in history. We visited Chania and Rethymnon both old Venetian harbour towns. We wondered around, popping in and out of the shops and beautiful cafes. If you love seafood you must pop to Rethymnon as the restaurants around the harbour have the most amazing selection of fresh sea food. Although we didn’t you can take a boot trip out to sea from the harbours which we plan to do when we next visit the island.

Even though Almayda is small town, they have everything we wanted. A couple of small super markets, a bakery that sold the tastiest cakes, an ice cream shop, only a hand full of shops and then a nice selection of restaurants and taverns.

We loved our week in Crete, the Cretans are some of the friendliest people you could wish to meet. All so helpful in shops, brilliant with the children and in the restaurants more than happy to explain what the food is and what it contains. We are going to go back but next time with think we will look at an all inclusive holiday. We have found some great ones here https://www.holidaygems.co.uk/all-inclusive-holidays We made memories that will last a lifetime and cannot wait to make some more during our next adventure.

Have you ever visited Crete? What did you think to the island?

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Holiday Gems. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*