Find a Cottage that is Pet-Friendly for Your Holiday in Kent
So you’ve decided to take a weekend break in Kent, and you need somewhere to stay. Only one major issue to resolve – can you find dog friendly holiday accommodation that allows you to bring the family pet? Don’t worry; there are pet-friendly cottages and hotels in every part of the county that welcome pets, and dogs especially.
Kent offers such a variety of outdoor activities that it would be unthinkable to leave your dog pining in a kennel. Man’s best friend certainly wouldn’t be giving you any likes when you returned. Start your holiday planning by finding somewhere to stay that has a big “Dogs Welcome” notice in all its advertising; call the owners to check details of the arrangements and make sure you can take care of all your dog’s needs.
Old Bay Cottage in Birchington, near Margate, is a typical Kent holiday cottage with plenty of room for all the family – it sleeps 10 – and a large private garden for your children and your dog to enjoy. This Grade II listed building dates from the early 14th century; the cottage is only a quarter-mile from the local beach and is ideal for a traditional seaside family holiday.
Visitors wanting to get closer to nature may prefer the more rural setting of Palace Farm in Doddington, near Sittingbourne. Located in the heart of the Kent Downs – designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Palace Farm boasts both a traditional tents-only campsite and a separate hostel that offers dog-friendly accommodation with a Green flavour.
Staying anywhere around the Kent Downs means that you have scenic walks, wildlife, woodlands, cycle tracks and the county’s history on your doorstep. You can spend most of your time outdoors, ensuring that your dog has the chance to enjoy the change of scenery as much as you do.
Families with younger children may decide to book a caravan holiday in a purpose-built holiday park. Alberta Holiday Park near Whitstable, on the northern Kent coast, makes a wonderful base from which to explore the local countryside. The kids will also love the heated outdoor swimming pool and splash area when they need to cool off during the heat of the British summer. Caravans at Alberta Park are suitable for dogs – just ask when you make your booking.
The Kent coastline also offers much for the family with dogs. Aside from the obvious attractions of a day by the seaside, explore some of the beautiful but less-well-known areas like Reculver Beach, near Herne Bay. You can park easily, and walk along the shingle beach or into the surrounding countryside.
Eating out should also be a pleasure, and finding a local pub that welcomes dogs won’t take long. Hostelries like The Bell in Bredhurst, The Wheatsheaf in Bough Beech – situated in a hunting lodge once owned by King Henry V – and the Cock Inn at Boughton Monchelsea all provide water and biscuits or nibbles for visiting pets.
When you choose a holiday break in Kent, take your entire family, including your dogs, with you. You’ll receive a warm welcome, wherever in the county you stay. Take your time before booking your holiday accommodation and make sure you select one of the many dog-friendly cottages or hotels in Kent.