Today the sky is pouring with rain, and it makes writing a post about a sunny day out on one of Hampshire’s dog friendly beaches so ironic. A couple of weekends ago the weather was the exact opposite of today, and we decided not to miss a chance to enjoy the sea. We are not particularly beach people and we try to avoid crowded places with sand castles and picnics. One reason is that we like to walk on a beach, not to sit on it. But the main reason is that Milo likes picnics very much. He also thinks people’s things lying around are perfect for marking. So, to save us from those awkward moments when we pretended it’s not our dog, we prefer to seek out some remote and semi-wild beaches, where we can let him off the lead.
We love travelling. Milo, however, is not the biggest fan of it. Although Milo is used to transatlantic flights and long road trips, today we prefer to leave him in the kennels. Sometimes, we take him with us on short weekend breaks, but taking a dog on a plane is too much of a hassle, especially, when travelling to and from England. Milo has been to a number of pet resorts in England, in Russia and in America. I decided to share my experience in choosing kennels. So, how to choose a pets’ hotel?
Last weekend we went to South Wales for a short break. We chose Gower Peninsula, because we came across a nice and dog-friendly self-catering cottage. I am sure that many of you know the challenge of finding a dog friendly holiday accommodation. To find a one bedroom cottage for a decent price is even more difficult. We were lucky to find Tankey Lake Farm Bluebell Cottage.
The cottage is on a working farm land, so we enjoyed a company of farm animals during our walks. The views are stunning, especially in foggy weather. All this land seen on pictures is available for dog walks, but don’t forget your rubber boots. Milo likes to bark at horses and sheep (he is a hound after all and expresses his emotions vocally), but, fortunately, the animals kept their distance.
The cottage itself is quite clean and pleasant. One of the problems we often encounter, while traveling with Milo, is that he steals things, when he is stressed. Luckily there wasn’t that much decorative clutter that a lot of holiday properties have. It was easy to put most things out of reach of the dog.
Just a couple of miles from the farm we discovered a beautiful Rhossili beach, which is open to dogs year. We spent around three hours walking, playing with Milo and taking pictures.
Milo even attempted some rock climbing.
I strongly recommend Gower Peninsula to those looking for a dog friendly holiday location. You will enjoy spectacular views and lots of quality time with your dog(s).