Image courtesy of www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
As it happens, Scooby is taking some time off from mystery solving to spend a few days in the Cotswolds! Although the Cotswolds itself can be a bit of mystery; being made up of large areas of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire plus parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire - it’s a great location for dog friendly holidays.
In fact, the protected Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers 790 square miles of undulating landscape, ideal for walking with your favourite four legged friend. At Manor Cottages there are plenty of dog friendly holiday cottages from which to choose and, when you book your cosy Cotswold accommodation, you can look forward to a break that’s full of fresh air, picturesque views, heavenly walks and quality time in the great outdoors.
There are many miles of dedicated footpaths and bridleways linking the traditional Cotswold towns and villages such as Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow on the Wold and Chipping Campden. Another popular destination is Broadway, which has access to miles of open countryside. Shepherds Hay in nearby Stanton sleeps up to four people and provides a secure garden for your dog.
Alternative pet friendly holiday accommodation can be found at the picturesque Cotswold Water Park which offers dedicated footpaths around the area, with the added bonus of it being very flat! There is even a dedicated dog beach to enjoy. Dog friendly self-catering properties at the Water Park include Damselfly, a contemporary apartment sleeping six and overlooking Swillbrook Lake. Once your pooch is pooped, you can also enjoy complimentary access to the superb ArtSpa facilities, including gym and indoor pool. Larger pet friendly properties at the Cotswold Water Park include Number 8 Howells Mere which sleeps eight people, and Goslings which sleeps 12.
For something a little different and to get away from it all in the Wye Valley, try the Game Larder, which sleeps two plus a dog in an unrivalled historic setting. Alternatively Bibury in Gloucestershire is a popular walking destination where Lavendar Cottage sleeps four people. You can download free local walks from WalkingGlos.co.uk, including two around Bibury.
Batsford Arboretum, silver winner of the Cotswold Tourism Awards Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014 is home to the UK’s largest private collection of trees and shrubs. It is beautiful at any time of the year and dogs are welcome on a lead. Nearby is Stowaway Cottage in the heart of Stow on the Wold which sleeps six. If you’re a larger group with a dog, the magnificent Slad Manor in Painswick sleeps 12 people, or if you have more than one dog to accommodate, consider Hazelnut Barn, Chestnut Barn and Wainway on the wonderful Notgrove Estate.
What’s that Scooby? Book your holiday accommodation with Manor Cottages, pack up your pooch, climb into the magical mystery machine and head off to the Cotswolds to enjoy its freedom and unspoilt beauty? Don’t mind if I do!
To book pet friendly self-catering accommodation in the Cotswolds, head to manorcottages.co.uk for a list of dog friendly holiday cottages or call 01993 824252 to speak to one of our dog friendly team members!