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 




 

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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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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Defender Camping Yorkshire

 

I don't think I can adequately put into words how epic our experience with Defender Camping Yorkshire was. With a fleet of four defenders to choose from (three of which are dog friendly) they offer the ultimate stay-cation adventure. Bursting with charm and character, these unique, iconic vehicles take road trips to the next level. 

It's evident that Tom and his family have a genuine passion for what they do and want to make your defender experience as easy and memorable as possible. A few days prior to our trip we were emailed with an extensive guide that covered every question we had (and even those we didn't know we had!) This simple guide covered everything from arrival information, tips on how to drive the vehicles, emergency info and easy to follow setting up and taking down instructions (with videos). Although a full brief is given when you collect the vehicle, I found this guide really useful, especially when it came to packing and knowing what to take. I was reassured that these guys have literally covered everything you could possibly need and all we really had to take was sleeping bags and food! The thought that these guys have put into their kit is second to none. From power banks and cool boxes, to washing up liquid and sachets of cooking oil. When I say they covered everything, I mean everything! 

Upon arriving we were introduced to the stunner that is Sheila, a silver defender 110 (who immediately stole my partners heart). Rugged and immaculate aren't usually words you'd use together to describe the same thing but that's exactly what she was. Tom took his time to talk us through every aspect of the vehicle, roof tent and side awning, even offering us to test drive the vehicle to ensure we felt comfortable and confident before setting off. 

With nothing left to do but enjoy the drive and armed with a generous 150 mile mileage allowance per day we headed to the Lake District (under 2 hours away). Now I've heard a lot of things about defenders (not always good) and maybe that's why I was so pleasantly surprised by the comfort and joy of driving down winding single track lanes and over rougher country roads. There's just something about its quintessentially British simplicity, yet all-round capability that you can't help but fall in love with. 


Another pleasant surprise was how easy it was to set up the tent box. Arriving in the dark, I wasn't relishing the idea of setting up camp for the night. However it really is the most simple and straightforward piece of kit and was up in under 5 minutes! Plenty spacious for two and with a comfy foam mattress we cosied down for the night. It's worth mentioning here that whilst these campers are dog friendly and have an optional large secure dog crate within the back or back seat hammock and seat belt for travelling, dogs are very understandably not allowed within the roof tent, meaning they must sleep within the crate at night. 

The most pleasant surprise of all came in the morning when we wanted to make a quick getaway to try and catch the sunrise over Wastwater. Everybody knows packing the tent away is the worst part of any camping trip right?! The tent box went away just as easily as it went up and we were good to go within 10 minutes. 




For me the absolute pinnacle of the trip was being able to pull up at the side of the lake, fire the stove and enjoy freshly cooked food as the sun went down. It's rare that you can enjoy moments of complete and undisturbed solitude, when you feel like the only ones on earth, but the true beauty of defender campers is that they allow you that respite. That break from reality to escape to the roads less travelled. 


If you're looking for a unique and memorable adventure of your own, we couldn't recommend Defender Camping Yorkshire more. For me the gear and the vehicle only make up part of the experience. The other part is made by the people behind the scenes who work tirelessly to ensure everything is taken care of and you have the best time possible. We can't thank Tom and Sophie enough for making this the perfect trip and sharing your passion with us. 



Love Kelly & Murphy x x


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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Seaside Hideaway Scarborough - Dog Friendly Stay


The Yorkshire Coast has become a firm favourite of ours, especially at this time of year when the beaches are dog friendly and quiet and the winter sun provides some stunning and dramatic sun rises over the sea. 
We recently stayed at Seaside Hideaway, an apartment bursting with character on the south side of Scarborough and just a 15 minute walk from the beach. 

The colourful and quirky decor fits with the seaside location of this apartment perfectly and you can't help but feel a sense of joy as soon as you step through the door! From the local beach hut print and ukulele's on the wall to the jug of fresh flowers, the hosts, Sarah and Jim have created a unique and welcoming space. The apartment is equipped with everything you could ever need. The kitchen area includes a dishwasher, small fridge freezer, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle, toaster, freestanding counter top over, microwave and 2 ring induction hob as well as all crockery, utensils, pans etc. 


The spacious bedroom hosts a king sized bed, television, hairdryer and dressing table as well as double and single sofa beds. All linen, towels and toiletries are provided as well as toweling dressing gowns - something we were super grateful for when getting in and out of the hot tub! There really is nothing you need to remember to bring, other than yourselves! 



French doors open from the dining area onto a secure and enclosed courtyard complete with wood fired hot tub overlooking a beautiful green space (perfect for doggos!) All wood for the hot tub is provided for the duration of your stay free of charge. 

Sarah and Jim are the most thoughtful of hosts who really went that extra mile to make our stay memorable from start to finish. We arrived to twinkling fairy lights bordering the length of the courtyard and the woodfired hot tub roaring and ready to be stepped straight into, allowing us more precious hours to enjoy it. A simple gesture that was so appreciated (I'm impatient and was beyond thankful I didn't have to wait 2/3 hours for it to heat up after the long drive!) Yes, it was as dreamy as it looks! Is there anything better than a super cold winters evening and a hot tub?! 




We were also treated to a stunning hamper bursting with high quality, local goodies as well as milk and prosecco chilling in the fridge. Seaside Hideaway also spoil their four legged guests leaving bowels, treats, poop bags and a ball for Murphy. These extras were so unexpected but really added such a personal and luxurious touch to our stay making it truly special and memorable. 



Being just a 15 minute walk from the beach and shops, you're close enough to enjoy all that Scarborough has to offer whilst benefiting from the quiet of a residential street and ample free parking. Having a dog themselves, Sarah and Jim are more than happy to recommend local walking routes and dog friendly places to eat and drink should you wish (of which there are many, Scarborough is super dog friendly!)
We visited Taylors Bar & Kitchen for breakfast and I can seriously recommend the breakfast wrap to set you up for the entire day (it was huge!) 

As well as enjoying the local beaches, this time round we decided to explore a bit further afield and travelled into the Moors visiting Levisham Moor and the Hole or Horcum. The 5 mile circular route we followed was straight forward and a nice, none challenging route taking in natural wonders and ancient monuments. The large walk in shower was perfect for cleaning a muddy Murphy up once we arrived back. 

We thoroughly loved our stay with Seaside Hideaway and couldn't have felt more welcome and at home. 

Thank you for truly spoiling us and for such a wonderful few days.

Seaside Hideaway currently have some amazing winter offers, you can find out more HERE



Love Kelly & Murphy x x 


*Whilst this stay was gifted, all opinions are my own.







 

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

K9 Connectables Enrichment Starts Here.

 


We all know that enrichment is a key aspect of any dogs routine and a good mental workout is just as important as physical exercise. Just like humans, dogs need stimulation to keep them happy and healthy. Did you know that 15 minutes of mental stimulation is equivalent to a 3 mile walk! Not only does mental stimulation keep your dogs brain sharp, it will also help eliminate boredom and destructive behaviors. 


K9 Connectables have designed a large range of toys aimed to engage and entertain your dog in a variety of ways every day. The beauty of these toys is that they can be connected in so many different ways that you can give your pup a new challenge each time, keeping them active, thinking and busy! 

Physical, Mental, Dental

K9 Connectables are designed to work on all 3 elements. 

Physical - Connecting together to trap treats inside ensures your dog has to work and play for their rewards. 

Mental - Your dog has to use their brain to figure out how to break the connections and get their rewards. With numerous different ways to connect the toys together you can provide a different challenge for your dog every day! 

Dental - These puzzle treats can help aid oral hygiene, reduce plaque and tartar build up. When combined with the texture and grooves of the K9 Connectables toys they'll help keep your pups teeth healthy! 


We recently got to try out the 'Pro Bundle' which includes the 'Tuff Stuffer Pro', 'The Yes Bone' and the 'Tuff Toothie'. We opted for the toys in a size 'medium' based on Murphys weight and were really impressed by their size and durability. They're super strong and sturdy and have so far withstood hours of vigorous chewing, licking and clawing! 


I love the versatility of this range, especially the 'Tuff Stuffer Pro' which is a really good size and can be stuffed with anything! (raw, natural yogurt, pureed fruit and veggies etc)

I was really impressed with how long these keep Murphy engaged and how difficult the treats are to get out once pushed in. Murphy was at it for a solid hour and had only managed to partially get to 2 of the 8 treats!


If you're interested in the K9 Connectables range you can save save 10% with the discount code 'murphythemagnificent10' 

Love Kelly & Murphy x x 

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Bike & Boot Scarborough - Dog Friendly Stay

 


Bike & Boot really does break the mould when it comes to being 'dog friendly'. Not only are their 4 legged visitors greeted with a warm welcome, there are NO restrictions within the hotel on where they can go. In the past I've often found that 'dog friendly' hotels will only offer certain rooms to guests with a dog and they aren't welcome in the restaurant and dining areas for example. I love that with Bike & Boot this isn't the case and doggy guests are made to feel equally as welcome and at home as their human guests!

That's not the only thing that sets Bike & Boot apart from other hotels. During our stay I noticed so many little touches for guests that made our time with them all the more memorable. 

Our Room 


We stayed in a gorgeous sea view suite with fabulous views over Scarboroughs Spa Bridge. The room itself was clean, spacious and modernly decorated and included all the usual amenities you'd expect to find; tea, coffee, kettle, mini bar, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, safe etc. I also loved that the TV had the option to cast movies from Disney + and Netflix apps straight from your phone using the hotels free Wi-Fi. Being so close to the beach (a 2 min walk) it was blissful to lie in bed at night with the windows open and listen to the sound of the waves crashing. Given the hotels location is atop a hill and the road outside leads only to the hotel it was really quiet at night allowing for a peaceful nights sleep. If you're lucky you'll be treated to a stunning sunrise over the sea in the morning! 


The Wadobi 

I am sometimes put off staying in hotels with Murphy as I worry about taking him back muddy, walking him through the hotel covered in sand from the beach etc. One of my absolute favourite parts of the Bike & Boot is their doggy wash and blow dry facilities. You can enter this room straight from the street outside using your room card, meaning you can get cleaned off straight away! There's plenty of complimentary doggy shampoo and conditioner and a quality dryer for afterwards. There are also towels to dry off if your pup is noise sensitive and scared of the dryer, so you don't need to remember to pack your own! The dog wash and dryer are both height adjustable. I found this a total godsend after an afternoon on the beach with Murphy, it meant he could fully enjoy himself and I didn't have to worry about taking half the beach back into the room with us afterwards! 


Within The Wadobi there are also bike cleaning facilities where the humans can hose their boots down also. This would also be great for hosing bigger dogs down or if your pup is nervous of the doggy bath! The large wash and drying room is also perfect for those brave enough to take their paddleboard for a spin on the sea! 

The Retreat

I loved this space and found it great that the hotel offered places for guests to sit and relax should they choose to other than being confined to their room or bar area. Within The Retreat guests are treated to an array of comfy chairs and sofas, soft lighting and 24/7 free hot drinks with takeaway cups, perfect for grabbing before heading out! Within The Retreat area guests are also treated to free homemade cake served at 4pm everyday (be quick, it goes fast!) There are also a small selection of family games such as Jenga and Monopoly. I found this to be a lovely touch and a very social room. It gave guests the chance to mingle and felt really homely. 


The Film Club

Grab some snacks and experience a trip to the cinema without having to leave the hotel! Bike and Boots very own Cinema is free to hotel guests and yep you guessed it, dog friendly too! There are three films shown per day at 3pm, 6pm and 9pm. You don't need to book tickets or reserve seats and it's a fab addition for rainy days. The films shown each day change regularly but during our stay they were Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice and IT. 



The Bareca

The hotels very own bar, restaurant and cafe. It was lovely to enjoy breakfast in the restaurant with the dogs. In hotels we've stayed in in the past we have been forced to either find somewhere else to eat or eat breakfast within our room as the dining areas haven't been dog friendly. Breakfast was a continental buffet style complete with a waffle station where you can make your own waffles which we loved! You don't need to be a guest of the hotel to visit the restaurant, so would highly recommend popping in if you're there for the day and sampling the pizzas or cocktails. Sea views guaranteed. 



Thank you to all at Bike & Boot for a wonderful stay and for making us all feel so welcome. It's a breath of fresh air to find somewhere that fully embraces what it means to be dog friendly and is revolutionary in the concept of facilities it offers for pets and their owners (I mean, a dog friendly cinema come on!) 

If you'd like to find out more about Bike & Boot Scarborough or book a stay of your own you can do so by clicking the link HERE


Love Kelly & Murphy x x

*Whilst this stay was gifted, I wasn't asked to post this blog and all opinions are my own.

 




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