One positive to come out of last year has to be the rise of the dog-friendly staycation, with dog-friendly holidays in the UK set to remain a firm favourite amongst the UK’s 10 million dog owners for 2021, once we’re allowed to travel again that is. We took or first proper dog-friendly staycation to the Isle of Wight last year instead of our usual holiday abroad, and we’ve caught the dog-friendly staycation bug.
And it seems that we’re not the only ones. London’s leading dog-friendly travel company Pets Pyjamas has already seen a surge of more than 80% for 2021 dog-friendly holiday bookings and have revealed their top dog-friendly travel predictions for 2021, with WFDFH (working from a dog-friendly hotel), dog-friendly spa detoxes and activity-based breaks amongst them. We may not be able to travel just now but we can dream ahead to when we can, read on for some inspiration…
Dog-Friendly Holidays in the UK – Top Trends For 2021
WFDFH (working from a dog-friendly hotel)
If you need a change of scene from WFH (working from home) then working from a dog-friendly hotel (WFDFH) could be the stress-busting change of scene you need, especially when you can take your pup too. Pets Pyjamas recommends Cowley Manor in Wiltshire which boasts spacious mid-century modern style bedrooms to work from, an award-winning spa with indoor and outdoor pools to unwind, a chic cocktail bar and 55 acres of Grade II listed gardens for walks. Or why not try dog-friendly Birch in Hertfordshire – just 30 minutes from London but you’ll feel like you’ve escaped much further. When staying at Birch, either for a midweek WFB (work from Birch) stay or at the weekend, you’ll get full access to the screening room, co-working space, wellness space and all the classes taking place there, as well as the Lido (due to open in Spring 2021). And as a bonus, when booking for Friday and Saturday nights, Birch throw in the Sunday night for free!
Dog-friendly Spas in the UK
PetsPyjamas predict a trend for dog-friendly holidays in the UK this year of more and more dog-friendly spa hotels offering dedicated doggie grooming and spa treatments. The Lygon Arms in the Cotswolds offers guests the ‘Nails and Tails’ package. While humans get to enjoy treatments such as ‘Glow on the Go facial’ in the resident spa, your four-legged friend can visit a nearby professional dog groomer for a body groom and Blueberry facial treatment.
Wild Adventures with your Dog
Demand for quirky places to stay, such as shepherd’s huts and treehouses, is also rising. Close to London, The Merry Harriers in Surrey offers a collection of luxurious and colourful dog-friendly Shepherd’s Huts complete with resident llamas – which owners and well-behaved dogs can trek with. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a wild but luxurious adventure, then the Treehouse Suites at Chewton Glen in Hampshire come with a terrace and hot tub as well as a panoramic view of the forest.
Dog-friendly Activity Breaks
With fitness front of mind these days, PetsPyjamas also predict a rise in dog-friendly holidays in the UK that incorporate plenty of activity. Expect to see hotels offering dedicated doggie walking maps featuring dog-friendly pub stops on route. The activity breaks can be first and foremost for your pups too – the gorgeous The Fish Hotel in the Cotswolds has its very own dog agility course in the grounds and offers Doggy Afternoon Tea for relaxing afterwards. Another firm favourite just two hours from London, the New Forest makes for a fabulous active getaway with your pup with walks, beaches and even dog-friendly canoeing on offer. Plus you can book your trip to coincide with Dogstival, the must-do event for active dogs.
Puppy getaways will be big in 2021, with many puppies embarking on their first of many dog-friendly holidays in the UK. PetsPyjamas advise against travelling with a puppy until they are six months old (and many hotels won’t accept dogs younger than this) but suggest it’s a good idea to get them used to travel as soon as possible with shorter day trips. Hotels that offer ground floor rooms with outdoor access and enclosed gardens, as well as toys and treats to keep pups happy such as The Eastbury Hotel’s Potting Shed suites in Dorset, with private patios are ideal.
After months spent apart from our loved ones, multi-generational holidays with close family and friends (and our pets) look set to rise. Perfect for this kind of holiday are locations with multiple properties on-site, with plenty of space (if social distancing is needed) and gorgeous landscapes for walks together. The cottages at Combermere Abbey in Cheshire and Wilderness in Suffolk are great spots for this type of trip.
Last minute trips with your dog
In these uncertain times, booking travel last minute to avoid the disappointment of having travel plans cancelled will likely still be something we see a lot of in 2021. With most of us looking for dog-friendly holidays in the UK where we can spend plenty of time outdoors, last-minute getaways also allow us to take advantage of the elusive English good weather. And if you need a helping hand to find those deals, the PetsPyjamas’ Pet Concierge team are always on hand to find a last-minute trip to a dog-friendly bolthole. A top tip for Londoners is the Spread Eagle Hotel in West Sussex (which is close to London but just a 30-minute drive to the beach), as a great choice for a last-minute weekend getaway.
For more dog-friendly holidays in the UK inspiration, do check out the PetsPyjamas Barking Britain packages, designed to support the UK’s hospitality sector and offering guests local produce or a local experience as part of their stay, as well as lots of perks for pups. On the subject of pup perks, if you book via PetsPyjamas you automatically become members of their Priority Paws club, giving you access to their own VIP Pet Concierge, complimentary 24/7 Vet Line access for the duration of your trip, VIP discounts and more.