I recently went on a long weekend away.
Along with James and myself came Frank, my fluffy reactive lurcher.
Finding somewhere to go on holiday with your reactive dog can be a nightmare. Trying to find a place that “gets” your dog is a challenge.
But I’ve found that place. I’ve struck the doggy holiday jackpot!
Now let me tell you first that I don’t go on holidays that far away with Frank. He can cope with journeys of an hour to two hours but anything more would be a push.
I also like to look for cottages that are rural. When I go on these kind of holidays I don’t spend all day everyday out, so home comforts are important to me too.
What I found was a cottage near Swaffham in Norfolk. It was set in the owners garden and attached to the owners house. The bit that was linked was their entrance hall into their house, so don’t let that put you off.
In the cottage itself was a modern kitchen with a dishwasher. This is a plus point for James and myself as neither of us have that luxury of a dishwasher in our respective homes.
The floor was tiled, ideal for mucky paws. Plenty of room to put down your dog bowls and to dry off said mucky paws.
By the way this is a character cottage built in the 18th century. The cottage is filled with beams and is decorated tastefully to match.
The living room has a sofa, large foot stall, armchair and a table for two. This particular cottage sleeps 2 only, although I imagine you could take a baby too.
On the foot stall were 2 throws. In the welcome manual it stated that these throws are for putting on the sofa for your dogs.
Most dog friendly cottages tell you not to let dogs on the furniture so this was a refreshing change. The manual also said that if more throws were needed to just go and ask.
Frank does love a cuddle on the sofa so this met our needs.
Upstairs is one huge bedroom with a super king sized bed. Built into the bedroom is a luxurious bathroom with a deep roll top bath and a double sized shower.
Now you will need to know the person you are going away with quite well. The bathroom has walls but they do not got all the way up.
And nor should they because the exposed beams demand to be shown and enjoyed. The bathroom walls are plenty tall enough for privacy.
There is more wardrobe space than you can ever dream off, a dressing table and an armchair.
In the manual the owners ask you to keep the dog of the bed but say it’s fine for the dog to be upstairs.
Again, very refreshing.
But let’s head outside, where the magic really happens.
Directly outside the cottage is a communal garden. You are asked to keep dogs on lead in this part.
In the garden is a very old building that is home to a hot tub. A six person hot tub. Lush.
The first time I went in the hot tub, Frank came along too. Not in the tub though, just in the building.
After that he stayed in the cottage by himself and was fine for an hour whilst we bathed away.
Also by the hot tub is a bathing area for your dog. It even had a clip for you to attach your dog too. Handy for those muddy, wriggly pups!
At the end of the communal garden is a gate leading to the paddock.
You have full access to this paddock. It has got poles for your dogs to weave round, a platform for them to climb up and tyres to jump through. There are also swings for the human children.
If your dog is friendly then they can go in and are welcome to join any of the other guests dogs in there.
If your dog is reactive you put a red pole in front of the gate. This then means no one else is allowed in there. Genius!
This was perfect for us. Frank could have a lovely run around and I felt very safe in the knowledge that no one would come in.
Each house has a very small secure garden, perfect for those late night wee breaks!
I will definitely book to go here again. I can’t recommend it enough as being perfect for Frank.
You view more about the cottage and book it here.
Love, Sally xx
Sally Cousins is a self confessed mad dog lady!
After being mum to several rescue dogs she decided to turn her passion in to her career and set up her own dog walking business back in 2015.
Sally not only runs her business, she also writes for her own blog and also does guest blogs for other dog businesses. You can also find Sally chatting as a guest on dog related podcasts.