The sweet smell of lush green countryside, a gentle breeze rustling through the foliage, the sound of the bubbling stream meandering past and a cold glasses of vino in hand – this Summer is all about escaping the city and going luxe-country with your canine.
Glamping is the ultimate dog-friendly getaway – stunning walks, secluded swimming spots and a hint of adventure, all with a few home comforts. So, to help you pick the perfect glamping getaway for your and your four-legged friend, StyleTails have teamed up with Canopy & Stars, curators of the most beautiful glamping experiences.
Whether it’s a hut, yurt, tipi or even a converted truck, each unique place has been hand-picked for the special little touches, from wood-burning stoves to hand delivered breakfast hampers and of course plenty of opportunity for a pup to play. Now you just have the horrible task of deciding which one to choose…..
1. Laverstock Shepherd’s Hut, Dorset
Shepherds Hut for 2
Hidden away in the woods of Laverstock’s family farm, this little gem is the perfect weekend escape for both human and hound. Greeting you on arrival in the cute Shepherd’s Hut, you’ll find a cosy bed and comfy furnishings with Laverstock’s own apple juice, fresh baked cake and eggs if the hens are laying. Situated ideally for day trips to the beach, Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast, or long hikes up Dorset’s highest hills, there’s plenty of adventure to be had for playful pups.
Price: From £65.00 per night (2 night minimum)
Yurts & Tipis for up to 6
Truly unwind and get back to nature at this sustainable, pet friendly glamping site in the wild Northumbrian countryside. Explore Northumberland National Park and take in the bubbling of the Tarset River. Don’t forget to look up at night for some bat watching and stargazing and then relax inside one of the site’s Tipi’s and Yurts, where you’ll find furniture made locally from reclaimed wood, sumptuous feather duvets, and fairtrade rugs and sheepskins.
Price: From £58.00 per night
3. Inshriach, Aviemore, Scotland
Yurt, Fire Service Truck & Bothy Cabin, all for 2
Grab your hound and head to the Scottish Highlands for a truly memorable fling at Insiarch House pet friendly glamping site. Take in the full beauty of the Cairnigorms, Britain’s highest mountain range with huge native forests, sparkling clean rivers and lochs, and a wealth of local wildlife. Enjoy the cosy, eclectic inteior of the Insirach Yurt complete with grand Victorian double bed, a tapestry tub chair and an old mahogany writing table. If you’re feeling peckish, why not whip up some grub with the state of the art wood burning oven.
Each accommodation also has its own large private space where dogs can run around freely at a distance from other campers.
Price: Yurt from £70, Fire Service Truck from £60 and Bothy from £80
Truck for 4
You’ll be spoilt for choice at his family and pet-friendly glamping site, with more activities than you can poke a paw at. Pile into the spacious Horsebox with its kooky red leather chesterfield and reclaimed oak flooring for a fun-filled weekend. Take your pick of wilderness walks in the woods, junior ranger programs for the kids and outdoor candlelit dinners. The spacious Horsebox is big enough to accommodate a couple of dogs, with even enough space to bring their beds for some home comfort.
Price: From £80.00 per night (2 night minimum)
Yurt for 4
Step out of city life and into a haven of peace and tranquility at Fresh Spring Yurt in the glorious Herefordshire countryside. Unwind and take part in a guided meditation session in the old barn, take a long walk on Offa’s Dyke Path or head down to the markets on Hye-on-Wye. Dogs are very welcome but be aware there is livestock around.
Price: From £70.00 per night (2 night minimum)
Cabin for 4
For the ultimate in quiet contemplation, this secluded pet-friendly cabin set in woodland on the edge of the Lake District is the ideal getaway. From the simple, homely cabin perched on the banks of the River Eamont, explore private stretches of the river, go hiking in the woodlands or even do a spot of Salmon fishing. For something special, arrange for a chef to come and cook for you or enjoy a massage from a masseuse after a long day’s walk.
Price: From £165.00 per night
Carriage for 2
Get away from the hustle and bustle in this romantic converted railway carriage in the spectacular Brecon Beacons. The perfect little space for two (and a pooch of course), relax while listening to the stream running past the terrace and your pooch will no doubt enjoy curling up in front of the wood-burner. After a long day exploring the expansive terrain of the Brecon Beacon Mountains, have a piping hot shower and take a load off in the grand wicker-headboarded bed.
Price: From £80.00 (2 night minimum)
Wagon for 4
For a touch of the eccentric, spend the weekend in this converted 1940′s showman’s van nestled in a tranquil bamboo garden by the Yorkshire Dales National Park. In keeping with the bold theme, the interior is awash with a rainbow of bright colours and you’ll also find a handy fire pit and cooking gear right outside the Mollycroft to whip up an evening meal. Take your time to explore the delights of the local area including the huge Sunday market, Greville’s mordern art collection and the glorious coastal scenery. The owners have a dog on site that often says hello and pooches love splashing about in the lake just below the wagon.
*Dogs must be kept on a lead
Price: From £80.00 per night
Yurt, Tipi & Cabin for up to 5
For a cool coastal escape, head to Lombard Farm near Fowey in Cornwall. Set up camp one of their spacious Tipis or Yurts and explore stunning coastal paths, get adventurous with some watersports, or just wile the day away at one of dog-friendly beaches, pubs and cafe’s. To help you slip into holiday mode, a bottle of local apple juice and a pile of wood for the fire pit are waiting on your arrival, and for a truly relaxing experience, sink into the hot tub and let the tension melt away.
Price: Tipi from £80.00, Cabin from £90.00 and Yurt from £105.00
Cabin for 2
Take a break in the glorious Welsh countryside in this quirky converted hay trailer. Set in a private woodland glade in the Cambrian Mountains there’s miles of custom made bike tracks and a wealth of pretty countryside to explore with your faithful friend. Chill out after a long day in the cosy cabin complete with an eclectic mix of vintage and home made furnishings.
*Dogs must be kept on a lead on site
Price: From £80.00 per night
And we were having such a good time, we couldn’t stop at 10, so here’s one extra for the road!
Shepherd’s Hut for 2
We just couldn’t resist slipping this last one in – tucked away in the beautiful Devonshire countryside with it’s own private lake, this Shepherd’s Hut is the ultimate in blissful seclusion. Spend an afternoon rowing around the lake and try your hand at spot of fishing then unwind the evening with a BBQ and a glass of wine on the deck. Best of all, guests have exclusive occupancy of the site so it really is your own little slice of heaven. Fido will also be spoilt for choice with 60 acres to explore – although beware as there are some other inhabitants including alpacas, heifers, horses and a friendly goat.
Price: From £130.00 for 2 nights + £4.00 surcharge for pets (two dogs maximum due to limited space in the hut)
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