Waggy Tails in Untouched Wales

It’s exhausting fetching sticks, being a loyal friend and companion, running after balls, day in day out! So Menai Holidays is offering your best doggy friend a FREE holiday! Now that is something to wag a tail about surely? And not only that but we can show you all the dog-friendly places where you and your best friend can go together.

  See our full range of Dog-Friendly Cottages here: https://www.menaiholidays.co.uk/cottages/types/dog-friendly-cottages/

However, it doesn’t stop there. Once your cottage is sorted we have your rest and play covered too. With our newly launched website not only can you find the perfect dog-friendly cottage but you can research and find …

Dog-friendly beaches https://www.menaiholidays.co.uk/explore/see-do/beaches/dog-friendly/

Dog-friendly cafes. https://www.menaiholidays.co.uk/explore/eat-drink/cafes/dog-friendly-cafes/

And… dog-friendly walks and attractions. https://www.menaiholidays.co.uk/explore/see-do/attractions/dog-friendly-attractions/


So that wherever you go, your dog can come too! We look forward to seeing you and your furry friends very soon.

See our blogs on dog-friendly cafes in Anglesey, Snowdonia and the Llŷn and on dog-friendly beaches.

There is some small print to our “dogs go free” offer, so read on!

Bookings must be made between midnight 1st October & 31st October 2018 but you can stay between 1st October and 15th December 2018
The maximum we’ll pay towards dogs is £50. If there is a higher dog charge (staying for multiple weeks, or having more dogs than this amount covers) you’ll need to pay the difference.

Only one discount per customer
Dog owners can take full advantage of this offer by entering ‘WOOF18’ in the notes when making a booking online and hey presto, Menai Holidays will pay for the cost of up to two of your dogs to go with you for free, up to a maximum of £50.

An Overnights Stay with Man’s Best Friend!

When you’re looking to book a weekend away, the last thing you want to do is worry about what you are going to do with your pet whilst you are away. Over 46% of UK households have a pet, and we know it can be hard to leave them behind when you go on holiday, so why not take them with you? Whilst we know it’s not really viable to put your pet through the stress of getting on a plane if you’re going abroad a few times a year, a mini-break here in the UK could be the perfect opportunity to take your four-legged friend with you on holiday, as he can be easily packed in to the car with your weekend bag to enjoy some time away from home with his owners.

Booking a stay in a pet-friendly hotel has so many benefits, read on to find out how an overnights stay with man’s best friend in the Lake District could be your best break yet!

Dog friendly holidays in Keswick

Save Money!
In most cases, there will be an extra charge for you taking your pet with you on holiday, this will depend on the kind of hotel you are staying in, and where it is. This cost is usually just to make up for the extra cleaning costs, bedding, bowls etc. that will be utilised by you and your dog throughout the trip. Generally, though, this cost will be much less than what you would expect to pay for booking an extended stay in a kennels, or if you are looking into a dog sitter for the time you are away. Not only does this mean you will be saving money on your trip away, but taking your four-legged friend with you can give you the peace of mind you need to have a really enjoyable break, without worrying about how your pet is doing back home!

A Different Daily Walk  
Booking a mini-break in the Lakes gives you a chance to explore an area of outstanding natural beauty; there are so many walks and trails that you know your dog would absolutely love to join you on. Having a stay-cation with your four-legged friend too, means your dog can experience some of the best walks of his life and enjoy spending some time away from home with his family on holiday.

Pet-friendly hotels are becoming increasingly popular, especially in the Lake District. There are so many areas of beauty that you might not be able to imagine spending time in without your four-legged friend. Explore the countryside this year and enjoy an over night’s stay with man’s best friend.

Keswick has been voted the UK’s most dog-friendly town by the Kennel Club, with a number of dog-friendly hotels covering the town allowing you to have your dog join you on your break to the Lake District. The Inn on the Square is located in the heart of Keswick and offers excellent accommodation for the whole family and your dog, get in contact today to book your break!

Ar you relocating to the seaside to run a dog friendly B&B or hotel?

Pi Productions is casting for a brand new documentary series for Channel 5 that follows people as they relocate for a major lifestyle and career change.

We are looking for families or couples who are planning to ditch the 9 to 5 to be their own boss and pursue a career in something they are passionate about. You could be relocating to the seaside to run a dog friendly B&B or hotel, moving to the countryside to take the reins of a boarding kennel, or you could be setting up a pet grooming salon in a popular tourist hotspot. We want to showcase the amazing lifestyle business opportunities out there and show what it takes to make a new business a success.

We would love to feature a new pet business – the pets industry is hugely aspirational right now, and dogs are the nation’s favourite pet, so it would be fantastic to capture and represent this in our series.

We are keen to feature positive and aspirational stories. This is a brilliant opportunity for “life changers” to feature themselves and their new venture on a prime time documentary, and inspire other people in the process.

We are looking for people who are embarking on their journey this summer.

If this sounds like you, or if you would like to recommend someone you know, then we would love to hear from you.

Interested parties can email the casting team on casting@piproductions.tv or give us a call on 0203 761 4522. There is no pressure to take part at the initial enquiry stage.

Pi Productions is a TV company run by John Silver, who created Grand Designs and reinvented MasterChef. Please have a look at our website for more information about us: www.piproductions.tv/

You can also follow us on Twitter: @PiProdCasting.


Our top 5 dog-friendly holiday cottages in North Wales.


North Wales ticks all the boxes for a pet-friendly holiday.  Wide open spaces, miles and miles of walks, dog-friendly beaches, welcoming restaurants and cafes….the list goes on.

All you need to do then is find somewhere to stay!  Here’s our top 5 dog-friendly North Wales holiday cottages where both you and your pets can relax.

Bron y Foel Bach – Porthmadog (Sleeps 5)
Just THE most perfect spot! Breathtaking sea views, a rural setting, open fire and close to restaurants and shops in nearby Porthmadog and Criccieth.  A great location for exploring both Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula, with some excellent dog-friendly beaches nearby including Black Rock Sands.


Saron – Cwmystradlyn, Snowdonia (Sleeps 6)
This converted chapel has to be dog heaven.  Tucked away in a remote valley in Snowdonia, with mountain footpaths and valley trails leading in every direction from the door.    The peaks of Moel Hebog and Moel Ddu are just waiting to be conquered – or perhaps a gentle stroll around the Cwmystradlyn lake instead?!


Cae’r Borth – Lligwy, Anglesey (Sleeps 12+2)
If you are looking for some wow factor – then here it is.  Built by the 8th Lord Boston, and still owned by the family today, Cae’r Borth is the ideal venue for a family gathering or special occasion.  Private beach, direct access to the coastal footpath, beautiful paintings, fabulous dining room, not to mention the seaviews. Oh yes, and a kennel too!


The Bay – Trearddur Bay, Anglesey (Sleeps 4)
If you prefer something a little more contemporary, then this beachside ground-floor apartment in Trearddur Bay on Anglesey’s west coast will fit the bill.  Dog-friendly pubs, walks and a great expanse of beach are all on your doorstep. Walk along the coastal path, pass Bwa Gwyn (the White Arch) towards Rhoscolyn where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch on the decking at The White Eagle, with views across the bay, before heading home – a great walk, and apartment, year round.

Dog friendly

Ty Capel – Rhoscolyn, Anglesey (Sleeps 4)
Colourful and quirky.  This characterful holiday cottage is super cosy. Just imagine coastal walks and pub lunches, lazy days on the nearby beach, stopping off to buy locally caught lobster and crab for supper, before returning home to spend an evening by the fire here? I do…..regularly!


Find a Pet Friendly Cottage for your next holiday
Menai Holiday Cottages has over 150 dog-friendly holiday cottages in North Wales, including  Anglesey, Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula. Many have sea views, enclosed gardens, scenic walks from the door or are tucked away in the heart of the mountains. Many will also accept more than one pet

Everyone at Menai Holiday Cottages lives in (and loves!) the area, and many are dog-owners themselves – so if you need any advice, from dog-friendly beaches to the nearest shop for your Sunday paper, just ask.

The Realities of Taking Your Dog on Holiday

I’ve been planning on taking my dog away. He’s a Glen of Imaal terrier called Jeff and I really don’t want to leave him in the hands of a kennel or pet hotel. The pet passport has meant that it’s so much easier to keep your pooch with you at all times. There is nothing worse than getting home from a holiday to a stroppy dog who is moping around because he thinks you’ve abandoned him.
It’s not as easy as just hopping on a plane with your dog and hoping for the best. It took a fair amount of planning to get everything arranged for the trip. I decided to take Jeff to Lanzarote, so did some research into which of the hotels on the island would allow pets, deciding in the end on the hotel Iberostar Papagayo in Lanzarote. It took me a while, so do ring around to find a hotel at your chosen destination that allows pets in the rooms.


First thing first was to make sure Jeff was ok to travel. He’s only three, so in the prime of his life. Older pets may have issues with the travel and change, so go to your vets to make sure. You’ll need a record of vaccinations, plus a microchip in case your dog wanders off anywhere when you are away.

Dog friendly accomodation in the Canary Islands

Check your airlines reputation for pet travel. There have been horror stories about a certain American airline’s way of handling pets in transit. Ensure that the carrier you have for your pet is the right size. Too big or too small could cause issues. Don’t leave your pet on the lead in the carrier as they might end up choking themselves.

Food can be an issue in foreign clines, especially if you have a fussy pet like I do. Jeff refuses to eat anything apart from the best steak or Iams, so I had to pack enough for the week. You will also need to make sure that your pet can deal with the water if you go somewhere with dodgy plumbing. Take water from home and mix with the local tap water to get their stomach used to it, or just give your dog the same bottled water that you have. Bottled water is generally much cheaper in hot countries than the UK, thankfully.

If your dog has a long coat, you can get them a haircut before you go, but be prepared to get some funny looks off people if like me, your dog ends up looking like a demented tiny lion with a trim.

Dog friendly holidays

A Dogwalker’s Guide to the Peak District

With its many hills, mysterious woodland, wild moors and burbling rivers the Peak District is a dog’s paradise; and it’s not a bad place for a dog owner to explore either.

These geographical aspects, together with myriad dog-friendly holiday cottages to stay in and pubs to eat at, make the Peak District a smashing holiday destination for dog owners and their loyal companions.

If you are considering a break in the Peaks this summer, the sheer number of places to visit and great walking trails to explore might make it difficult to decide which part to choose. So, to get you started we have pick three of our favourite dog-friendly areas to visit that provide fantastic walks.

Walk 1: Discovering Legends and Literature

Located in the heart of the Peak District park is the village Hathersage. This is the perfect base for those who want to combine exploring the Peak’s literary past with long walks. Hathersage was not only the inspiration behind several of the locations in Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre, but legend has it that it also has strong connections with Robin Hood.

Dog Friendly walks in the Peak District

If you’re based in or near to Hathersage head to St Michael’s church where one of the most famous of Robin Hood’s merry men, Little John, is said to be buried. According to legend, Robin Hood also has roots in the area and was born only 8 miles away in Loxley.

Venturing out of the village and into the surrounding countryside you will find many intriguing connections to the legend with places like Robin Hood Cave north of the village. If you head west of Hathersage you will pass Robin Hood’s Stoop at Offerton Moor and Robin Hood’s Cross on the nearby Abney Moor, be aware however that on sections of the moors, dogs are only allowed on the public rights of way and you should remain vigilant about the livestock.

Charlotte Brontë visited Hathersage in 1845 and when writing Jane Eyre she choose to base the village Norton on it, as well as using the surname of the leading local family of the time, the Eyres, for the surname of her heroine. Head 3km out of Hathersage and you will come across North Lees Hall, an Elizabethan house said to be the inspiration for Thornfield Hall in the novel.

Walk 2: Exploring the Dark Peak

The Peak District has a split personality: the White Peak in the south and the Dark Peak in the north. The Dark Peak is the wilder, less inhabited part of the Peaks and it also has some of the best walks this National Park has to offer, including those your dog might enjoy the most.

The Peak District Dog Walks

The Edale Valley is a great place to base yourself if you want to explore the Dark Peaks. Edale is surrounded by hills which not only provide excellent walking trails but also some great views over the landscape. There are numerous walks that can be tackled within a day, however some can be quite challenging, and you can expect to find a range of terrain from woods to moors. Head north of Edale to explore the popular hiking territory Kinder Scout, while there are also popular walking routes to the west and east to discover as well.

If you are looking to take your dog on a longer walk you can choose to tackle part of the Pennine Way, which starts at Edale Valley. This National Trail covers 268 miles along the Pennine Mountain tops and heads north through the Yorkshire Moors and ends beyond Hadrian’s Wall.

Walk 3: Chatsworth House Splendour

The Peak District is home to some of Britain’s most famous stately homes, most notably Chatsworth House. This stunning country house has been used as the backdrop for numerous Hollywood films and television series. If you fancy a more sedate stroll with your dog, then the Chatsworth grounds offer up ample territory.

Dog Walking in Chatsworth House The Peak District

If you are based in or near the village of Rowsley you are within easy walking distance of Chatsworth House. The walk will take you across fields, over scenic bridges and through small woodland areas.

Once at Chatsworth House you can explore its 105 acre garden that includes permanent sculpture displays and a renowned waterworks, including a 300-year-old Cascade, the trough waterfall and an enormous gravity-fed Emperor fountain. As well as this there is a 1000 acre park to explore that includes a large woodland area that provides great views of the house and gardens. Dogs are welcome in both the gardens and park, but must be kept on a lead. Enjoy!

Difficulties Finding Dog Friendly Rental Property Could Become a Thing of the Past

As a dog owner, if you live in rented accommodation you may well have experienced problems in finding an appropriate property where the landlord is happy to accommodate pets. While it’s never a good idea to conceal the fact that you have a dog from a new landlord, with the prospect of living in a house unsuitable for your dog, having to part with your four legged friend or facing up to the fact that you could be without accommodation, it’s understandable why some people do so. However, with the advent of new insurance for landlords letting to pet owners, perhaps the shortage of dog friendly accommodation could in time be but a memory.

Dog Friendly Rental Property
Insurance to cover pet owners
Often landlords are reluctant to let to tenants with pets fearing that their furniture, carpets and woodwork will be damaged and that it will be difficult to remove traces of the animals even once they have left the property. However, 88% of landlords in a poll undertaken by the Dogs Trust would consider renting their homes to pet owners if appropriate cover was available against potential damage that might be caused. This is now possible thanks to a new insurance product offered by Endsleigh. This policy not only covers pet related damage, but also insures contents, potential unoccupancy and against owner liability.

Seeking responsible dog owners
Having been instrumental in bringing about the availability of landlord pet insurance, the Dogs Trust are also encouraging those renting out their properties to use the checklist available on their Lets with Pets website to identify responsible pet owners, as these same people also make responsible tenants. So don’t be surprised when looking for your next rental property if you are asked questions relating to your dog’s health care, exercise routines, toilet training and what arrangements you make when you leave your dog at home by itself. You will more than likely also have to provide a reference from your current landlord regarding your dog, though if you are new to renting, your dog’s vet can provide a suitable alternative. It also wouldn’t be unusual for your prospective landlord to ask to meet your dog so that they can see for themselves whether they would be happy for them to live in their property.

The small print
All being well and you and your dog are accepted as tenants, be sure to read the clause relating to pet ownership in the tenancy agreement so that you are fully aware of your obligations. It is also important to be clear about the deposit – which may well be higher if the landlord doesn’t have specific insurance for pet owners – and whether there is a non-refundable cleaning charge to cover the cost of professional cleaning of carpets, curtains and soft furniture after leaving the property.

Landlord obligations
As a responsible dog owner you recognise that you need to ensure that your dog is well exercised, behaves appropriately within the home, that you keep up to date with vaccinations and preventative measures against fleas and worms and always clean up after them. However, be sure that your landlord also takes their responsibilities seriously, as inviting pet owners to live in their properties requires them to take some additional measures themselves. If you notice that the boundary fence for instance has come into disrepair or that the gate does not close properly, both can pose a hazard to your dog, increasing the likelihood they escape, so your landlord has a duty to address these issues. Equally, if they have not provided covers for soft furnishings, ask whether they can do so; it shows you are responsible, seeking to protect their contents. Similarly, the vacuum they provide you with should be fit for the purpose of regular cleaning to take up the dog hair from carpets, so any issues with the appliance should be raised with your landlord. When both dog owners and landlords keep to their responsibilities, renting to pet owners works well for both parties.

Blog kindly added by ProBuyToLet (One of the UK’s leading sources of news and information for landlords and buy to let property investors)

A Guide to Dog Friendly Holidays in West Cornwall

Dog Friendly Holidays in Cornwall

This is our guide for having the best time in West Cornwall with your dog, without having to leave them behind. Having a smooth time with no stress is what everybody wants on holiday and trying to find places that are dog friendly can become a hassle, particularly if you get there and find out they are not; so this is a chance to find out where the best places in West Cornwall are to go with your dog. 


Holiday Parks:
There are a number of holiday parks in West Cornwall that will accept you and your fury friends, ranging in price and location; there is plenty of choice. The choices for West Cornwall start up at Hayle and go all the way down to St. Ives with plenty of choice in between. Prices for a weeks stay generally range from £99 – £1500, which is dependent on the size of your party and budget, but there really is something for everyone.

Holiday Cottages:
Holiday cottages can be a fantastic form of accommodation that are extremely comfortable. One of the best selections of holiday cottages available to book that are dog can be found at West Cornwall Cottage Holidays – they fully understand just how important your four legged friends are to you and don’t want to see them left behind in kennels or with friends. They actively encourage their cottage owners to accept dogs.

While there may be fewer dog-friendly hotels in West Cornwall than other forms of accommodation, there are some lovely places that you can stay in. For instance, the Mullion Cove Hotel is dog friendly, and has some wonderful sea views with prices per room per night starting from £100. There are many beautiful views in West Cornwall, which can be provided by many hotels, it just depends on your preference as to where you want to stay.

Bed & Breakfasts:
Bed and Breakfasts can offer a very warm and comfortable environment where you can relax and feel like you have a home from home in a holiday destination. With your dog and family this will be the cozy holiday at the English seaside you really want. The Elysian Fields is an example of the type of bed and breakfasts that West Cornwall has to offer.

There are a lot of dog friendly campsites in West Cornwall, which can offer you everything you need when holidaying. The prices range massively from £15 to £250 so whatever you need it can be catered for. Campsites are a great place to take your dog on holiday as there are a lot of open spaces to go on walks and the campsites are often placed in a good location for easy access to local tourist attractions and also hidden coves, if you want to get away from the busier spots.

Beaches are in no short supply in West Cornwall and in the height of summer are understandably very popular destinations for locals and tourists alike. They are a great way to get some fresh sea air and relax in the sun. Some beaches do restrict access for dogs, however the main beaches that do allow dogs on in West Cornwall are:

Long Rock beach
Prussia Cove
Cape Cornwall

Although there are some smaller, tucked away beaches that wouldn’t mind dogs on them, it is always best to make sure with the local authorities before taking your dog onto them.

Cafés, Pubs and Restaurants:
Finding somewhere to have a drink or a bite to eat is a key part of your holiday and can be a place where you have some of your best memories so to have to leave your dog outside while you do so is always a shame, as you have to check they’re ok and feel rushed when inside. Therefore, thankfully, West Cornwall has a lot to offer in accommodating man’s best friend; allowing all of you to go inside and have a fantastic time together.

A big part of taking your dog on holiday with you is trying to find walks that are interesting, fun and safe, and when looking for this West Cornwall is one of the best places. The beauty of walking in Cornwall is that while going on a seemingly normal walk you can come across some wondrous forms of nature, you can see sublime cliff edges, bright blue seas or find a great secluded walkway through fields and trees. Walking in Cornwall is a real place to get in touch with nature alongside your family and pets.


Taking your Dog on holiday to Yorkshire

Pet friendly Yorkshire Yorkshire is the perfect location for a holiday if you want to bring your dog along with you. And with our gorgeous collection of pet friendly luxury cottages, you are sure to find the perfect one to suit. The sheer scale of the countryside here means there is always the perfect dog-walking location somewhere close by, be that on a jaunt across the Yorkshire Dales, along one of the many gorgeous beaches on the Yorkshire coast or on a dash up and over the Moors.

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Luxury Pet Friendly Cottages Yorkshire Gone are the days when choosing a pet-friendly Yorkshire cottage means you have to sacrifice any of the home comforts you would expect from a luxury cottage. We offer several stunning luxury pet friendly cottages in Yorkshire; from beautiful Agra Cottage in the Yorkshire Dales to the charming Wortley Cottage on the Yorkshire Coast, each have their own unique charm and appeal. You can find all of our luxury pet friendly cottages in Yorkshire here. You’ll see all of them have some fantastic dog walking opportunities nearby, usually from the very front door.

Dog friendly pubs in Yorkshire When you build up a thirst from all of that walking, you can rest assured that your furry pal will be welcome with you in a host of friendly pubs. For more info take a look at The Good Dog Guide directory of dog-friendly pubs in Yorkshire. Some, like the wonderful Kings Head in Gunnerside, even offer your pet their own doggie themed menu featuring such delights as a roasted pigs ear and doggy beer!

Dog friendly walks in Yorkshire We’ve cherry picked just a few of our favourite locations for dog walking here, but for more inspiration including detailed route guides and images take a look at The Good Dog Guide

Helmsley to Rievaulx At 6 miles this is a medium distance walk that takes in some of the most peaceful and serene areas of the North York Moors. There are also plenty of off-lead opportunities for well behaved dogs. It’s an easy to follow route which starts from the Cleveland Way car park in Helmsley.

Arboretum walk at Castle Howard A lovely sedate stroll through Castle Howard’s stunning grounds. At only 2.5 miles it’s not overly tiring and provides lots of wide open spaces for your dog to run around in. Starts from the Arboretum car park.

Leyburn and Wensley A medium distance walk taking in some amazing views across Wensleydale. Lots of space again for your dog to run through the fields. Starts from Market Square car park in Leyburn.