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Holiday with Suffolk Secrets and your dogs

Believe it or not I don’t think I have ever been to Suffolk. I’m not sure how that is even possible, being as we love visiting different places in the UK. Suffolk just has not appeared on our places to visit list, although I am not sure why. It has so much to offer.

Suffolk is on the East Coast of England with miles of beautiful coast line to enjoy, areas of outstanding natural beauty, little villages to visit. Suffolk is also very popular as it was home to artist John Constable, people visit Constable Country see what inspired the artist. If you are a fan of the horse racing then New Market is the perfect place for you to visit.

Suffolk Secrets Holidays with Dogs

As I have spoken about before, when we holiday in the UK we like to be able to take our dogs with us. As we have two, it really does cut down on the the accommodation that will accept both and the kids. Sometimes I think it’s the kids the owners should be more worried about than the dogs…….

Suffolk Secrets offer a fabulous range of dog friendly cottages, perfect for a break away with the dogs. Suffolk Secrets actually have a lot of different dog friendly cottages available so it was difficult for me choose my favourites, but here they are.

Suffolk Secrets dog friendly cottages

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The Stables is a gorgeous new barn conversion in the small village of Bramfield. It sleeps 4 people over two bedrooms, one double and a twin, not forgetting two dogs. With open plan living, a large garden with a fabulous patio to enjoy. The Stables is in the perfect location for lots of walks and only a mile from the nearest pub.

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The Dairy is newly converted, and has stunning interiors and beautiful views. Located just outside Lavenham, it’s only a mile away from the nearest pub and shop. The Dairy also has it’s own lift, so it’s perfect for people with mobility issues then it’s the perfect holiday property. The Dairy sleeps 4 people and 2 dogs, with shared gardens that are perfect for the dogs and the children.

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Little Ducks is a gorgeous little cottage in the heart of Southwold, close to the high street and only 150 yards from the shops an nearest pub. The cottage is beautiful inside, with plenty of space, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, plus welcomes 2 dogs. Although the garden isn’t massive, its a lovely court yard style space that is plenty big enough. The cottage is perfectly located for hoping in the car and heading out for long walks with your dogs.

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The Coach House is located in Dunwich and was originally a stable block, that has lovely been restored into this gorgeous holiday home. The Coach House sleeps 8 people over 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Not forgetting the 3 dogs, which will be perfect for when we holiday with my sister as her family. There is a large garden with gorgeous views over the marshes and out to the sea.

Have you ever visited Suffolk? Which location would you recommend for first time visitors?

 

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

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.

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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.

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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.*