Friday, March 3, 2023

Humble Bee Farm - Scarborough Dog Friendly Stay


Set within a peaceful, rural valley overlooking the Wolds Way, Humble Bee Farm is the perfect escape for couples and young families alike. Offering a number of accommodation options and an impressive array of onsite facilities and activities, Humble Bee Farm sets the bar high for self catering sites. 

Set on a family run working farm, every effort has been made to make this site as inclusive for all as possible. Whether you're looking for a romantic couples break or a family holiday that keeps the kids busy. With a calendar packed full of events throughout the year from lambing experiences and alpaca walks to pumpkin picking and Halloween parties, the stress of keeping little ones entertained is taken care of. As well as all this, the site also offers numerous farm walks, a nature trail, bird hide, football field, indoor play barn, duck pond, reflection garden and farmyard animals. 

Offering premium wigwam lodges (with private hot tub), smaller glamping cabins known as 'big chief wigwams', yurts, bell tents, cottages and a camping and caravan site there is something to suit all budgets and needs. All accommodation types other than the yurts and bell tents are dog friendly and doggy guests are treated to their own little welcome pack on arrival. 

We stayed in one of the 'Premium wigwam lodges' named 'Farnsdale.'  Despite the size of the site and the many activities and animals that they have, we found it to be very quiet and relaxing whilst maintaining a nice level of privacy (each of these pods are separated by hedging.) The self check in process was very straightforward and we were emailed all of the relevant details and information prior to our arrival. Upon arrival we were left the loveliest welcome hamper, full of high quality local produce including tea, coffee, chocolate, biscuits and crisps. These gestures are always so unexpected but really add such a special touch for guests to enjoy during their stay. 

 Our lodge was incredibly spacious and sleeps up to 6 people! (maximum 4 adults) Kitted out with 1 double bed and 2 sofa beds, bathroom with shower, kitchen area with oven, 4 ring hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dining table, TV, WIFI. Towels, bedding, crockery, pans, utensils etc are all included making packing a breeze! Being fully heated and insulated meant we were warm and cosy despite the chilly temperatures outside!

Outside our lodge there was private parking for 2 cars, an electric hot tub, BBQ, fire pit and ample seating. With fairy lights adorning the entrance of the lodge and privacy hedging to the sides it was easy to feel immersed in our own little haven. 

For those looking to embrace a more 'back to basics' glamping experience the 'big chief wigwam cabins' still offer ample of the home comforts and are a more budget friendly option. Sleeping 5 on raised mattresses, they are fully heated and insulated still and include a toaster, microwave, kettle and fridge. Toilet and shower facilities are shared and guests will need to bring their own bedding, towels, cutlery, pans etc. 

Image courtesy of Humble Bee Farm

Image courtesy of Humble Bee Farm

As well as the many onsite activities, Humble Bee Farm also offers an onsite cafe bar. 'The Hive' offers guests barista coffee, breakfast, freshly baked sweet treats and stone baked pizza nights on selected evenings throughout the year as well as local beers, wines, cocktails and gins. 

Humble Bee Farm really is one of those places you could visit and have enough onsite to not feel as though you need to leave at all during your stay. However, if you do wish to venture out the Yorkshire Coast offers numerous dog friendly beaches just a stones throw away, as well as the majestic moors and wonderful wolds to explore. There's also a handy guide full of suggestions for guests to browse, emailed prior to your stay to help you plan and make the most of your time there. 

We would like to say a huge 'Thank You' to all at Humble Bee Farm for having us, we won't hesitate to return in the future.

Love Kelly & Murphy x 


Monday, December 5, 2022

The Globe Inn Wells-Next-The-Sea Sandy Paws Stay


The Globe Inn is perfectly placed for an adventure on the beautiful North Norfolk coast. With 19 rooms (all of which are dog friendly) varying in size and style, either in the pub itself or situated around the beautiful courtyard, there is something to suit everyone. 
We recently stayed in one of their double rooms which are all situated on the first floor around the courtyard. The room was cosy yet spacious and the decor subtly and tastefully paid homage to the maritime charm of the coast. Doggy guests are welcomed with their own bed, bowl, towel, shampoo, toy and treats to enjoy during their stay and showered with fuss throughout!

The charming coastal town of Wells-Next-The-Sea has everything you would expect from a Norfolk seaside town and more. With 12 miles of dog friendly beach adorned with an array of colourful, whimsically named beach huts as well as an expanse of pinewoods to explore, raised dunes and space in abundance, this really is a doggy haven. Wells beach is situated a mile away from Wells town, the two are connected by a raised path with fabulous views across the channel. It's an easy walk and lovely to take in the sights, however there is a large car park next to the beach with ample space if you don't fancy the stroll. 

The town itself is full of charm, with narrow cobbled streets, old alleys and boat yards leading down to the quayside. Bursting with an eclectic array of independent shops, bakeries, delis and coffee shops. I fell in love with the quaint allure of this little seaside town. 

After a busy day exploring it was lovely to head back to our room, freshen up and then enjoy a wonderful 3 course meal in the pubs restaurant, which also welcomes dogs. With a seasonal menu, as well as staple classics, we were spoilt for choice. Embracing the regions nautical heritage, with locally sourced ingredients, the result is delicious, freshly cooked, hearty food. Dogs are not left out of the dining experience as they have their own 'dog menu' which features sausages, pigs ears and a selection of tasty Denzel treats. 

As part of our Sandy Paws Stay, as well as dinner for two (to the value of £60) breakfast is also included. With a range of cooked options there is also a buffet cart for guests to help themselves to a selection of toast, pastries, fruit, cereal and juices. It was the perfect start to the day and set us up for another round of adventures. 

Throughout our stay the staff were attentive and friendly and could not do enough to make us, and Murphy feel welcomed. From bringing over fresh bowls of water, to offering us tips on where to visit. 

If you're looking for a lovely nights escape where you don't have to lift a finger we thoroughly recommend checking out The Globe Inn's 'Sandy Paws' packages which include: 

  • Overnight Stay
  • Dinner for two (to the value of £60)
  • Freshly prepared breakfast in the morning
  • Welcome treats for your pup 

To find out more visit The Globe Inn website. 

Love Kelly & Murphy xx 

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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 


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