Remote farmhouses and flower-strewn cottages sound idyllic in themselves and many of these properties from across the UK are also pet friendly too. Plan a trip with your furry friends and whisk them away on a great British escape.
Upper Letton Farmhouse in Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Expect your dog to linger on the views as much as you do
Perched on a gentle slope just outside of the ancient village of Letton, Upper Letton Farmhouse is a quintessential bed and breakfast. A pale stone cottage with double rooms that overlook the surrounding meadows, there’s an immediate sense of calm to this property. For pets, the appeal lies in the space and comfort provided both indoors and out. If you’ve just arrived, drop your bags and race off through the farmhouse gate and explore the undulating countryside. If you’ve come by car, stop by the traditional black and white villages of Herefordshire, where you’ll find the distinctly Victorian timbered and half-timbered cottages that were once in fashion. While your pet may find the architectural history of less interest, once you’re back at the B&B, the prospect of snuggling up by the fireside and later waking up to a locally-sourced breakfast will no doubt perk them up.
An Taigh Mor in Eriskay in Eriskay, Outer Hebrides
The property's charm lies in its remote location
Located in the rugged Outer Hebrides, An Taigh Mòr is ideal for seadogs and those in search of gorgeous scenery. Standing in stark contrast to the traditional squat, thatched Hebridean cottages, An Taigh Mòr is a whitewashed, modern home. Complete with airy rooms and a spacious dining area, there’s plenty of space for you and multiple pets. The property’s charm however, lies in its location – cerulean waters crest the rocky shoreline and mossy mounds of land cup the few other homes for a feeling of welcome remoteness. Take advantage of the walking tours on offer and do a lap of the island’s craggy perimeter past flocks of lonely sheep, before you head back to the comfort of your room and its sea views.
Middle Burrow Bed and Breakfast in Timberscombe, Somerset
Charming and bucolic, days here are best spent in the garden
A classic example of Somerset-style cottages, Middle Burrow Bed and Breakfast is a tranquil escape in the heart of Exmoor National Park. Ivy-clad and flower-strewn, it’s a picturesque home with three acres of garden made for pets – though try and keep them from jumping in the pond. In case they do, the property provides facilities to wash your pet, a welcome addition for any particularly energetic dogs and their owners. Once you’re all dried off, head inside where exposed beams, tartan accents and neutral furnishings combine for a restful look – and expect your pets to quickly make themselves comfortable on the plush beds. Lounge in your private sitting area or head out to the village of Dunster, home to the impressive Dunster Castle. Stop by a pub for dinner but save some room for breakfast the next morning – the homemade cakes and granola are worth the wait.
Troon Cottage in Hunstanton, Norfolk
Try and keep your pups off these plush, blanketed beds
Proof that being pet friendly doesn’t mean scrimping on style, Troon Cottage is a gorgeous contemporary-style bed and breakfast. The bedrooms are decorated in muted greys and charcoals which are a lovely dose of calm after a long day, and the living room – with its Victorian fireplace, plentiful supply of cushions and three-seater sofas – is an inviting space for you and your pets to stretch out in. The kitchen is equally appealing in its decor, with Hague Blue-coloured cabinets and stylish grey shelving units, however, it’s likely to be the scent of the homemade scones that draws you in. Pack some of these to go and make the most of the coastal location, with a stroll along the beach promenade or bask out in the Norfolk sunshine on the property’s patio.
Chart House in Totland, Isle of Wight
Make the most of your coastal location with a bracing walk along the beach
Amid lush greenery and creaking trees, you’ll eventually stumble upon Chart House. Located on the western edge of the Isle of Wight, it’s a private oasis just for you and your furry friends. A bed & breakfast with a handful of its own distinct charm, tuck into a full English breakfast next to the roaring wood-burning stove, and you’ll be warmed both inside and out. If you can drag your pet away from the fire, wander down to the nearby Needles Headland and Tennyson Down for a dramatic coastal walk past open downland and sheer chalk cliffs. When you’ve worked up an appetite, The Waterfront restaurant is right nearby Chart House, and you’ll still be greeted with spectacular sea views.
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