From watching dogs bounding into the ocean waves, chasing sand on beaches and rolling in the long countryside grass, we’re sure that all pups love a good cottage holiday. With so many new walks to explore and with a plethora of pubs across the UK that will welcome both you and your dog, there are plenty of good reasons to bring your pooch along on your next staycation.
At Snaptrip we think that our furry friends should always get to join in on holiday fun, and to help with this we have an incredible range of last-minute pet-friendly cottages to choose from. Here are some of our favourites in Wales.
Best for: A relaxing retreat
This homely little detached bungalow is set on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park. With panoramic views across peaceful water meadows and towards the mountains beyond, this is the perfect spot to relax and unwind, with your faithful four-legged companion close by, of course!
The bungalow boasts two cosy bedrooms, both with en suites, a spacious kitchen and a gorgeous sun-filled patio, ideal for sitting and enjoying the afternoon sun on.
There’s plenty of exciting adventures to be found in the local area. From the majestic peaks of the Black Mountains in the National Park, to the lush rolling hills and pretty winding rivers of The Wye Valley, you’ll never be short of relaxing rambles to go on.
If you do one thing: Should you fancy a spot of culture, the lovely market town of Hay-on-Wye is within easy reach – make sure you take some time to browse the incredible bookshops for which the town is famous (Richard Booth’s is our favourite), only thing is that you might have to leave the pooch outside for this one.
If you’re looking to make up to the pooch afterwards for the hour spent in a bookshop (“don’t give me those puppy eyes, I just found an interesting book, okay!”) then a wander around the remains and grounds of the majestic Hay Castle will do the trick.
Where to eat: Have an honest, hearty meal at the Harp Inn. The traditional country inn dates back to the 1720s, sourcing fresh food and amazing ales, all from the local area. It’s a 15 minute walk, so take your pooch along as they’re more than welcome to join.
Best for: Nature and history lovers
Based in the picturesque village of Carrog, this charming terrace house is the ideal spot for nature and history lovers who are looking for a last-minute holiday in rural Wales with their faithful four-legged friend.
On the ground floor of the house, you’ll find a well-equipped kitchen, spacious sitting room, complete with a cosy wood burner. This is perfect for warming up next to after a day spent exploring the local terrain. There are two double bedrooms upstairs and outside you’ll find a garden, patio area and a sturdy brick-built barbeque – ideal if you’re staying in the summer.
Carrog has a station on the famous Llangollen Steam Heritage Railway, which is just a 10-minute walk away from the house. The train takes you on a stunningly-scenic route, following the Dee River through the valley. It’s the second stop to last, so a great idea for a day out would be taking the train a stop or two either way and then walking back home. Although dogs are permitted on the railway, they will charge you a small amount for them on the day.
If you do one thing: The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is also a great day out (although bound to be busier than the mountains). A World Heritage site, this striking 18-arch structure carries the Llangollen Canal across the River Dee. If you’re feeling brave, then you and your doggo can walk along the top of the aqueduct and admire the breathtaking panoramic views – just remember to not look down!
Where to eat: If you’re feeling peckish but don’t fancy cooking, then welcoming The Grouse Inn is a great option. Not only are they a dog-friendly pub, but they also have a great selection of beers on tap and do a cracking dinner too. Oh, and they’re just 10-minutes down the road from the house too (next to the railway station).
Best for: Exploring and adventure
Set on a remote part of the island of Anglesey, nestled amid lush fields and rolling hills, a stay in this stunning cottage promises to be a blissfully-bucolic break. The sturdy exposed oak beams and light-filled rooms of this gorgeous barn conversion will have you and your pup feeling instantly at home. The ultimate in dog-friendly cottages, this is the ideal spot if you’re looking for a last-minute break with your furry pal.
Inside you’ll find a cosy living room area on the ground floor and spacious double bedrooms on each of the first and second floors. Climb up the steep staircase and you’ll come out into a third-floor living room. Here boasts a balcony with stunning views stretching out across the local countryside.
Close by is Rhosneigr Beach, its broad sandy swathes, rocky outcrops, undulating dunes and dog-friendly status making it the ideal walking spot. In fact, with an incredible 125-miles of coastline stretching along the island of Anglesey, you and your mutt will never be short of rocky coves to explore, beaches to discover and waves to chase. The hills of Snowdonia are also within easy reach in case you fancy a good old uphill hike.
If you do one thing: Head to the South Stacks Cliffs – an RSPB nature reserve which is fantastic for bird watching. Here you’ll get the chance to see guillemots, razorbills and puffins raising their young, with the pretty backdrop of a towering white lighthouse perched atop a rocky outcrop. Whilst dogs are allowed in the reserve they are not permitted to enter the lighthouse itself, due to nesting birds.
Where to eat: Experience the wonder of The Oyster Catcher. Not far from Rhosneigr Beach, it’s an outstanding beachside bar and restaurant. Enjoy great views of the sea with your pooch and even better food. Their menu is sourced from local farms, ranging from fresh oysters to flavourful salmon.
Best for: Culture and sight-seeing
Last, but by no means least, this stunning barn-conversion in Abergavenny is everything you and your dog have ever dreamed of. Set in a pretty courtyard complex, this 3-bedroom last-minute cottage is light-filled, spacious and spotlessly clean. The garden here is large and fenced in – ideal for letting your dog (and/or kids) run around and blow off steam in.
Once you’re settled in, it’s time to explore the local area. In the pretty town of Abergavenny (just a 5-minute drive away) you’ll find streets lined with cafes, bistros, restaurants, pubs and bars. Spend a leisurely afternoon wandering around the town, sampling the local produce and browsing the local wares, before heading back home to cook up a storm on the BBQ.
If you do one thing: If you’re a fan of history then you’re in luck with this cottage. Situated close by the trio of Monmouthshire fortresses known as the ‘Three Castles’ (White Castle, Grosmont Castle and Skenfrith Castle), you’ll be able to add some spectacular castle-walks into your staycation schedule. You can even combine a jaunt to White Castle with a stop off at the White Castle Vineyard. They produce a variety of delicious Welsh wines here (who knew Wales had its own wines!?) and also do tours and tastings from Fri-Sun.
Where to eat: We’d recommend The Crown. Not only are they known for being particularly nice and dog-friendly, it’s a flourishing pub that gets lots of visits by travellers as well as locals. Retaining their bygone heritage and a popular choice in the area, we’d recommend phoning and booking in advance if you can. Using only local produce, we’d recommend their Welsh black beef or lamb. If you’re looking for something less meaty, they have a marvellous range of fish, vegetarian and vegan options.