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With foreign holidays still out of the question, we’ve all been looking at those destinations a little closer to home.
And as well as revealing some hidden gems we had right under our nose, it also means we can take the dog on holiday too - it’s not a real family holiday without our furbabies.
It’s another reason to book a staycation this year, for sure.
While it’s not as simple as packing up the car, grabbing the dog and heading off on your jollies, it does mean your pet can enjoy some exploring too.
But not everywhere accepts dogs unfortunately. Not everyone loves our four-legged friends as much as we do.
To help you with your search, we’ve rounded up 10 quirky dog-friendly properties.
From wagons to yurts, which ones take your fancy?
Conker - Powys
Sleeping in a conker...yes, we really did just say conker, although it looks more like a giant football to us.
Offering an off-the-grid glamping experience, this property can be found in Powys and boasts a stunning Welsh mountain location.
While the property features a deluxe micro kitchen, take the chance for some al-fresco cooking and enjoy the outdoors with its newly added outdoor wood-fired pizza oven.
1955 Airstream - Aberdeenshire
Offering the chance for some off-the-grid living, The Sawmill is a unique outdoor retreat with accommodation that even includes a restored 1950’s Airstream safari caravan.
Set deep in Scottish countryside in secluded woodland, this property is not only quirky but allows guests to switch off without forgoing those creature comforts.
Guests can also take advantage of the wood-fired hot tub. After all, what is a staycation without a hot tub?
Treehouse safari tent - Powys
It’s hard to believe you’ll be glamping with a stay at this treehouse safari tent - it’s charming, comfy and luxurious.
Located in woodland off the bank of the River Wye in Herefordshire, it offers glorious views over both the river and the Brecon Beacons and beyond.
Perfect for dogs, there are lots of walking routes nearby. But with just one of the lodges dog-friendly, make sure you mention you’ll be bringing your furry friend.
Waterside cabin - Staffordshire
Sometimes you just can’t beat a staycation next to the water. Whether that’s by a river, a lake or by the coast, there really is something quite relaxing about it.
Set on the Rudyard Lake on the edge of the Peak District, this cabin really is something else. Don’t fancy sleeping inside? There’s an outdoor wooden sleeping pod giving you the option of sleeping under the stars.
And there’s plenty to do. There’s a hot tub, sauna and cedar wet room as well as use of the kayaks, boats and fishing equipment.
Gypsy wagon - Cambridgeshire
Sleeping two plus one dog, this Vardo, bowtop, gypsy caravan is brimming with tradition, charm and character - it’s certainly quirky.
Located close to the border of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, this cosy property has a separate kitchen and bathroom hut offering guests more living space. And while basic, there are a few luxury features included to make your stay more comfortable including underfloor heating and a private hot tub.
Shepherd’s hut - Devon
Shepherd’s huts are becoming big business in the staycation industry with a choice of locations throughout the UK. They’re often located in the picturesque countryside offering guests the chance to get back to basics and enjoy some R&R.
And while some can be quite basic, this North Devon shepherd’s hut is a little bit more luxurious with a cosy living area and fully equipped kitchen.
It’s located on a small holding and vineyard and is perfect for a couple’s getaway. There’s even a wood-fired hot tub.
Glamping pod - Sidmouth
This glamping site has been specifically designed to accommodate our pets with the owners being dog owners themselves. They understand what our four-legged friends need from a holiday so as well as some lovely walks nearby, they provide beds, food and water bowls, leads and collars as well as washing facilities for dogs.
The adult-only site features handcrafted pods full of charm and character, and they were all built in the owner’s workshop.
Perched on the slopes of the Otter Valley, this site offers views over East Devon countryside - a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Yurt - Ceredigion
A stay in a yurt, although it might look tent-like from the outside, offers a few more of those home comforts including a double bed, log burner and a compact kitchen.
Sitting on a raised deck overlooking the Ceredigion countryside, it’s perfect for families and couples alike, and of course the dog. It provides the perfect tonic for a bit of peace and tranquility in its secluded location, although you might see the odd farmer trundling through the fields.
And you’ll have every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors at this rustic retreat with an outside dining area complete with barbecue.
Wagon - Ellesmere
Ever wanted to run away to the circus? Well now you can, almost, and you can bring the dog.
Offering a truly unique stay, this genuine 1920’s showman's wagon is authentic, quaint and full of character. It’s actually owned by former circus performer Nink, and would have been the travelling home of the ringmaster himself.
Now showing a few signs of age, but this just adds to its character, the wagon is divided into three rooms with a dinky kitchen, a living room and bedroom. The bathroom is located in a nearby heated cabin.
Hut - Norfolk
Ideally placed to enjoy long days at the seaside, Jacob’s Folly is a unique hut located in North Norfolk.
Sleeping six guests and two dogs, this unusual abode provides the perfect base for families wanting to enjoy the area including a choice of Blue Flag beaches and a lovely harbour town.
And for those who want to make the most of the outdoors, there is a gas barbecue and plenty to do on site including access to a heated swimming pool.