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·        £400 the average spend on kennels – the cost of a self-catering break

·        Over half (55 per cent) of UK dog owners have cancelled their break because of their pooch

·        Welcome Cottages teams up with Corrie canine, Ozzy, to launch top 10 dog holidays 

Despite claiming to be a nation of pet lovers, when it comes to holidays, it appears 55 per cent of us don't think our pooches deserve a break.  But, new research by Welcome Cottages reveals the true cost Brits pay by leaving their beloved companions behind.  

A fifth of holidaymakers add a whopping £400* to the cost of their holiday by putting their dog in a kennel.  Yet over half (58 per cent) admit they can’t relax because they are constantly worrying about their pet, with 46 per cent even spending up to £100 on daily phone calls to check they are okay. 

According to the survey of 1,000 pet owners by Welcome Cottages, which has over 1,200 properties across the UK where pets stay free , the biggest concern for 81 per cent is that their four legged friend will be neglected, scared or fall ill, with men proving to be the biggest worriers (71 per cent) .  This pooch panic has even led to 55 per cent cancelling their well earned break and a fifth admit they now take shorter holidays for fear of leaving Fido for too long. 

Surprisingly only ten per cent of UK dog owners take a break with their canine companions.  The majority (40 per cent) rely on family and friends to look after them while they are away, with a third leaving their pets home alone, asking their neighbours to check up on them. 

Geoff Cowley, Managing Director of Welcome Cottages, said: “Dogs are man’s best friend, but it seems not on holiday! It appears from our research that worry over their pooch is preventing people from having a relaxing break.  But having a pet shouldn’t stop people from enjoying a well earned rest. We offer over 1,200 dog-friendly cottages in some of the most stunning locations in the UK, providing a home from home for a perfect pet getaway.” 

To ensure booking your pet friendly break is as easy as possible, Welcome Cottages has teamed up with Corrie canine, Ozzy, to launch a special ‘woof guide’ to holidaying with your dog.  Visit www.welcomecottages.com for top tips on the best places to go and what to pack for a pet mini-break, plus a special report from Ozzy on his own recent cottage break in Derbyshire. 

Clarissa Baldwin, Chief Executive of Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest canine welfare charity, commented, “Dogs love a change of scenery and with the falling value of the pound, many holidaymakers are choosing to stay in the UK this year, meaning there is no excuse not to give your pet a holiday too.”  

Clarissa continues: “Of those that do holiday with their pets, there are lots of dog friendly activities, pubs, places to visit and countryside walks you can do when holidaying with your dog, which means everyone is happy including Fido.” 

Research compiled by Dogs Trust on dog friendly UK breaks found that the top ten destinations for dog friendly breaks were:                   

1. Lake District & National Park                  

2. North Wales & Snowdonia                     

3. Norfolk North coast                                                  

4. Northumberland                                                        

5. North & South Cornwall (joint with Dorset)    

6. Cumbria & Eden Valley                                            

7. North Yorkshire coast                                                               

8. South Wales & Pembrokeshire                            

9. Scotland – Ayr, Dumfries, Galloway                   

10. North Devon                                                                                

For more information or to book a pet friendly holiday, please visit www.welcomecottages.com or call 0845 268 1793.

For those who love dogs, but don’t have their own, why not volunteer to be a dog walker at one of the Dogs Trusts 17 Rehoming Centres around the UK?  For more information, please visit the Dogs Trust website at www.dogstrust.org.uk


Lake District
Low Whineray Ground 
Ulpha, near Broughton-in-Furness 
Reference: 16612

This detached 16th-century, listed farmhouse, set back from the road, down a quarter mile unmade farm track, is situated in Wordsworth’s favourite valley. With its original cruck beams and flagged floors each room is full of character. The views are uninterrupted over its land down to the River Duddon, where you can bathe in the rock pools or picnic on the banks. The Duddon Valley provides endless walking country and a haven of peace and quiet in an AONB. Shops and pub 2 miles.

Price: £561.98 for seven nights self catering, starting on 8th May, sleeps six. 

North Wales
Chwilog, near Pwllheli 
Reference: B6453  

In an outstanding position between the Snowdonia National Park and the beaches of the Lleyn Peninsula, these holiday cottages are surrounded by fields on the owners’ working farm. There are lovely views of the mountains and the beach is only 10 minutes’ walk away through the field, making this a wonderful base for your holiday. On site there is an indoor swimming pool (11m x 5m, depth 1m throughout, available 10am - 6pm all year), games room with pool table, table tennis and darts, a children’s play area with swings, slide, climbing frame, sand-pit and toys, as well as a farm trail and pony trekking to be enjoyed (Easter to October, weather permitting). This lovely area is renowned for its good walking and wealth of natural flora and fauna. Come here in any season, whether you want to enjoy a fun-filled and busy holiday, or come to a place where you can relax, unwind, and recharge your batteries. Shop, PO and pub 1 mile.

Price: £445.98 for seven nights self catering, starting on 8th May, sleeps eight.

North Norfolk Coast
Chapel Cottage 
Docking, nr. Brancaster 
reference: W7508

This traditional brick and flint terraced cottage with open fire is peacefully tucked away in the village. Just 5 miles south of Brancaster on the beautiful north coast and 7 miles west of Hunstanton, with its comprehensive resort attractions to suit all ages. Docking is surrounded by unspoilt countryside perfect for walking or cycling with playing field, tennis courts and fishing lake within walking distance of the holiday cottage.

Price: £464.98 for seven nights self catering, starting on 13th June, sleeps four.

Yorkshire Dales
The Farmhouse 
Reference: W2417    

A superior semi-detached farmhouse offering spacious, quality accommodation on the outskirts of the bustling market town of Hawes.  Situated in an idyllic position with panoramic views of the unspoilt countryside and only 5 minute walk into the village with its numerous antique shops, displaying by local crafts people, countryside museums and its many tea shops and restaurants. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

Price: £318.98 for seven nights self catering, starting on 2nd May, sleeps seven-eight

Stable Cottage 
Reference: 17924

This charming cottage has been refurbished and is situated in the centre of Warkworth. Benefiting from ground floor accommodation with spacious rooms, this really is an ideal holiday home. The beautiful village of Warkworth is dominated by its majestic castle. The magnificent coastline provides over 20 miles of golden sands, rocky outcrops and rolling dunes, making this an ideal environment for exhilarating coastal walks. Warkworth village offers superb eating establishments and specialist shops. Shops and pubs 20 yards.

Price: £385.98 for seven nights self catering, starting on 29th August, sleeps three


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