Dog-friendly spots to take your pooch in the Cotswolds*
The lead-up to Christmas is an exciting time, with family get-togethers and weekends away with loved ones, and for many this includes your family pets. The Cotswolds provides a lovely place to enjoy a cosy escape, and there are many rural spots to choose from to get some much-needed peace and quiet.
Our furry friends are a big part of the family, so it makes sense to visit places that will cater to your fluffy companion. Luckily, the Cotswolds is the perfect UK getaway where your pooch can come with you without any hassle. Here are some of the best spots to visit with your dog when visiting the enchanting Cotswolds area.
Batsford Arboretum, Batsford
Home to the country’s largest private collection of trees and shrubs, the Batsford Arboretum is perfect for a long walk with your dog(s) and the rest of the family. It is equally romantic and peaceful, perfect for a winter stroll before heading to the Garden Terrace Café (which is also dog friendly) for freshly baked cakes, pastries and home-made soups. There’s also a garden and gift shop for a souvenir or two to take home with you – it’s the perfect place to visit for an afternoon escape amongst nature.
Cosy local pubs
Whether you’re looking for a bite to eat or a few at the local, you won’t have to leave the dogs at the door if you visit one of the many dog-friendly pubs available throughout the Cotswolds. Local pubs in Oxford such as The Perch and Old Bookbinders Arms are traditional, cosy pubs that welcome tired dog-walkers after a long day exploring the fields and rural trails. You’ll find many of the pubs in this area allow your dog to relax in the chilled atmosphere while you recuperate, just make sure that you plan ahead which you want to visit to avoid disappointment if you happen across a pub to find that it isn’t dog-friendly!
Quaint and homely cottages
There are so many cottages in the Cotswolds to choose from that you and your dog will be spoilt for choice. The Cotswolds has several locations where dog-friendly cottages are available for hire, covering areas such as Churchill, Blockley, Kingham and Little Compton just to name a few. Many Cotswold homes have kept their original features, such as wooden beams, brick fireplaces and rustic features that will make you and your pooch feel like you’re in a home away from home. So, whether it’s a small and cosy cottage for the two of you, or a big family celebration for 16, there’s an option for any getaway occasion.
Woodchester Park, Gloucestershire
Home to wildlife, history and their conservation project, Woodchester Park has typical walking trails surrounding the grounds’ gothic mansion, stables and boathouse to compliment the vast green landscape. The park allows your dog to enjoy acres of land to run around in to guarantee a good night’s sleep for all! Along with this, the play trail is ideal for children joining you for a day of walking and adventure. The climbing frames, bridges, balance beams and much more for children to explore is bound to keep them occupied all afternoon.