Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Doxford Farm Luxury Glamping Northumberland - Dog Friendly Stay

Situated on a 500 acre family run working farm in the heart of the beautiful Northumberland countryside, Doxford Farm define the term 'luxury' with their stunning new glamping pods. 

With each pod featuring a king size bed, underfloor heating, WI-FI, flatscreen TV, fridge/freezer, gas hob and power shower there really is no sacrifice to your home comforts. Equipped with bunk beds to comfortably sleep a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) this is the perfect place to take a break where all family members are equally as welcome. 

When speaking with Katryna she said she wanted to create somewhere that welcomed both children and pets without making families feel like their accommodation had been 'downgraded' by doing so. That vision has certainly been achieved! From the quirky decor, modern furnishings and numerous thoughtful touches throughout, guests comfort is at the heart of it all. 

Upon arrival we were greeted with a bottle of prosecco, luxury handmade chocolate and iced 'woofins' for the dogs. A thoughtful touch that sets them apart, ensuring guests feel thoroughly spoiled during their stay, even their four legged kind!

We stayed in the pod named 'Ribbons & Raisins' and was pleasantly surprised by how spacious it was. The quirky, yet tasteful decor throughout adds character to each pod (they're all unique) and the sumptuous velvet sofas make for a great place to relax and unwind after a long day exploring!  

Just 4 minutes from the most beautiful (and quiet) dog friendly beach at High Newton this was a gem of a recommendation that came from the owners and a place we are already desperate to return to! 

If you're looking for a luxury getaway that the whole family can enjoy this is definitely the place for you! 

Love Kelly & Murphy x x



Thursday, June 9, 2022

Netherby Estate Woodland Yurt - Dog Friendly Stay


A hidden gem on the England-Scotland border, Netherby Yurt is hidden away in its own private woodland clearing. With acres of land that's yours to explore this really is an outdoor lovers paradise. 

From the Yurt you can see up to the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders in one direction, the Lake District in the other, and the Solway coast is close. With a whole host of woodland trails across the Netherby Estate also mapped out as an option for you during your stay you really are spoilt for choice! 

The Yurt itself is beautifully decorated with a boho vibe. An array of soft furnishings from beanbags and footstools to rugs and throws, coupled with the log burner give the place a really cosy feel. The coffee table made from upcycled driftwood and adorned with tealights further added to the cosyness once the light faded and the fire was roaring, The vintage suitcase at the foot of the bed made me reminisce of Harry Potter and Hagrids hut. 

Just outside the Yurt there is a firepit with natural log benches placed around the sides for enjoying in the evening (unfortunately for us the weather had other ideas!) There is also a BBQ (you do need to bring your own charcoal) as well as a wood fired hot tub. The hot tub is surrounded by a sea of trees and you really do feel like you're miles away from everyone and everything!

As well as the Yurt, guests have access to their own private cabin which is situated just a short walk away. The cabin is fully heated and includes a fully equipped kitchen, sofa and bathroom area with shower, toilet and sink. All bedding and towels are included but it is worth mentioning you might want to pack a robe/extra towels for the hot tub! 

I would highly recommend packing a torch for if you do need to walk from the yurt to the cabin (toilet) at night. The path down is very dark and although there are a few solar powered lights that dot the path, we found that these weren't working. I'd also recommend packing a camping stake for pups. Although this is fully private it is also open woodland and inquisitive pups are likely to wander! 

We loved our stay here and enjoyed every second, despite the constant rain. It was just made even more cosy listening to it from inside the yurt! 

Love Kelly & Murphy x



Saturday, June 4, 2022

Seven Spires Walcott - Dog Friendly Stay

We recently enjoyed a lovely stay at Seven Spires Walcott, a stunning and modern barn conversion that oozes style and luxury in abundance. Located on a family farm in Lincolnshire, Seven Spires is perfect for those wanting a peaceful and relaxing break. Upon arrival we were welcomed with crisps, fresh baked bread, milk and eggs which was such a lovely touch and went down a treat for breakfast! Murphy wasn't left out and was also welcomed with treats, blankets, bowls and poo bags. 

The open plan lounge, dining area and kitchen has underfloor heating throughout and is beautifully decorated. The large arched window that overlooks the farm makes the barn light and welcoming and was of course a favourite viewing spot of Murphys! The plush sofa, log burner and smart TV also made this the perfect spot for us to relax and unwind. The vase of fresh flowers adorning the dining table added a real homely touch. 

The spacious bedroom has a king sized bed complete with sumptuous Egyptian cotton sheets, toweling robes and electric blinds covering the skylight! 

The wet room is a dream and features a stunning free standing bath as well as a large walk in shower. Luxurious Bramley toiletries are provided and so a relaxing bubble bath or two was enjoyed! 

The outside area is super dog friendly as it is fully enclosed with a high fence, meaning you can relax and enjoy the garden area without having to worry about the pups whereabouts! The hot tub is enveloped in greenery and surrounded by fairy lights which is the perfect touch when stargazing at night.

From the doorstep of the barn you're able to enjoy some lovely country walks and Jenny has many fantastic recommendations. There is an extensive guide of local attractions, places to eat, things to do and a whole section of specific places that are dog friendly. I loved this touch as it meant we didn't have to spend time researching these things for ourselves! Lincoln is just a short drive away and boasts a number of amazing dog friendly pubs and cafes. 

If you do enjoy visit during the winter months and still like to enjoy a muddy country walk, there is a heated pet shower outdoors to clean those muddy paws (and boots!) As well as a drying off area in the utility room and as mentioned before underfloor heating throughout making this a wonderful dog friendly getaway! 

Love Kelly & Murphy x 



Monday, May 9, 2022

Log House Holidays Cirencester - Dog Friendly Stay


After two cancellations due to Covid lockdowns, we waited two years to visit Log House Holidays and it didn't disappoint! It was so worth the wait and it's easy to see why this place is so popular. Set in a private 130 acre nature reserve, this rural Cotswolds oasis is the perfect luxury escape. 

Despite boasting a total of eight different lodges and cabins (ranging in size.) Log House Holidays have scattered these around the lake and maintained the feeling of being secluded. We stayed in the 'Elsa' Lodge, which sleeps 4 and is surrounded by beautiful coppiced silver birch tress, wildflowers and reed beds. Enveloped in unspoiled beauty and home to a variety of different birds and a family of otters this really is the perfect place to switch off, kick back and immerse yourself in nature. 

The decked veranda leads down to the lodges very own private jetty which moors your own large wooden row boat to use as you please during your stay. We absolutely loved this and had plenty of laughs trying to manoeuvre it at first until we'd got the hang of it! This jetty is also the perfect place for a spot of fishing if that's something you enjoy. 

Off to the side of the lodge, a wooden footbridge leads to it's own little private island with wooden chairs by the lake, perfect for enjoying evening drinks and the sunset. There is also a raised fire pit and benches for toasting marshmallows. Outdoor blankets, two boxes of seasoned logs, firelighters, matches and marshmallows are all provided for the duration of your stay. 

There is a private hot tub to the front of the lodge which is an optional extra. What we loved about this hot tub is the fact that it is underfloor heated and kept at a constant temperature throughout your stay. This meant we could just dip in and out whenever we felt like it and didn't have to think about heating it ourselves and waiting for it to warm up! 

There is also a large outdoor BBQ, swing chair, small private beach and private parking next to the lodge.

The lodge itself was full of rustic charm and we loved that it was a proper authentic wood cabin. Double doors lead straight into the kitchen area which is fully equipped with electric oven and gas hob. Fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave etc. It really is home away from home and there is nothing you'd need to bring apart from yourselves!

The living area has a woodburner, smart TV and DVD player, mini library and binoculars complete with bird identification sheets for helping you spot all the wildlife that surrounds you!

There are two bedrooms within the lodge and a large bathroom complete with bath and shower. 

There is also a large traditional kitchen maid clothes airer which was absolutely perfect for drying off wetsuits etc after a day on the lake! 

As stunning as the lodge was, the best part, for us is the private lake. Being watersports fans it was beyond perfect to be able to step outside and launch your SUP/Kayak straight onto the water and not have to worry about noisy motorboats and rowdy groups. SUPS and Kayaks can be added to your booking and provided for you at an extra cost so don't worry if you don't have your own! This is also the perfect place to give these activities a go with your pups as there are no distractions, it's private and quiet. 

Just behind the 'Elsa' lodge is a 4 acre playing field which was absolutely perfect for letting the dogs run around. During our stay we didn't venture away from lodge, there really was no need to as there was so much to do and we wanted to make sure we made the most of every second of our stay! 

We absolutely adored our stay with Log House Holidays and wish we could do it all over again!

Love Kelly & Murphy x x x 



Wednesday, March 30, 2022

East Farm Glamping Northumberland - Dog Friendly Stay


It makes my heart so happy when I see the words 'boutique glamping' and 'dog friendly' in the same sentence. East Farm Glamping take luxury to a new level and offer couples (and their four legged friends) the ultimate rural escape. Surrounded by nothing but vast open fields and quiet countryside, this haven of tranquility is the perfect place to relax and recharge. 

Set in 100-acres of private land in rural Northumberland, this area of outstanding natural beauty is hidden away, yet easy to find. Before your arrival, the hosts Jack and Laura e-mail through an online guestbook which includes detailed directions, arrival information, a local area guide, full instructions on how to light the hot tub etc, wi-fi password and guest rules. With this information at hand the whole check in process was so easy and Laura was only a phone call away if we had any questions. 

Overlooking a large private pond, the cabin is beautifully decorated both inside and out and the attention to detail to provide guests with as much comfort and luxury as possible is clear from the many little touches throughout. Towelling robes, fairy lights (both in the bedroom and outside along the decking) and fresh local brownies left with a welcome note to name a few. 

The large feature windows in the bedroom and living area of the cabin make it super light and welcoming and ensure you can enjoy the beauty of the setting whether inside or out, no matter the weather. Murphy did particularly enjoy the panoramic bird watching this allowed! 

Being a glamping cabin, all the stress of camping is taken away and everything you could possibly need for your stay is already there and provided for you. Including a fully equipped kitchen with cooker, hob and microwave, kettle and all cooking equipment, smart TV, sheets, power shower, towels, toiletries, tea, coffee and milk. There are also a selection of board games for guests to enjoy (we had a lot of fun playing Mr & Mrs!) and for doggy guests there are bowels, blankets, a dog lead, poo bags and treats. 

We were lucky to have such amazing weather when we went and the cabin was plenty warm enough but there is a cosy wood burner in the cabin for those colder months. 

Outside there is an outdoor firepit, BBQ, wood fired hot tub, day bed and mini bar. All logs are supplied free of charge for the duration of your stay. Relaxing in the hot tub with only the sounds of nature all around us was pure bliss. 

Being so close to part of the Hadrian's Wall, we had originally planned to do a walk there, however the weather was that nice we decided to head to the beach instead. Laura and Jack were only too happy to recommend several different beaches to us as well as a good circular route for Hadrian's wall. 

Being surrounded by nothing but wide open fields allows East Farm to get the best of both sunrise and sunset with nothing in the way to spoil the view! The large window beside the bed is in prime position meaning you can simply roll up the blind and enjoy the stunning sunrise without even having to leave the warmth and comfort of your bed!  

If you're looking for a rural escape without compromising on all the home comforts and added luxuries East Farm Glamping is the one for you. We had a fantastic stay and will definitely be back again in the future. 

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Love Kelly & Murphy x x x


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