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Dog Friendly Days Out

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
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The demand for dog friendly days out in the UK is on the rise and with hundreds of attractions now welcoming dogs, it’s never been easier to plan a trip with your four legged friend. If you’re planning a dog friendly day out this year but are still unsure on what to do, then keep reading as we suggest our five favourite places to visit for a day out with man’s best friend.

Coed y Brenin Forest Park

With numerous trails to choose from, the smells, noises and texture of the Coed y Brenin Forest Park are sure to excite your dog’s senses. Whether you decide to walk or run through the park, we’re sure your four legged friend will have a fantastic time keeping pace, even if they do make the occasional stop in search of the biggest stick! The staff at the visitor centre are extremely friendly and always happy to help, so if you need advice on which route best suites your skill level it’s worth stopping by to make use of their expert park knowledge.

Crich Tramway Village

For a museum visit with a difference, we suggest taking a trip to Crich Tramway Village in Derbyshire. This wonderful attraction welcomes dogs free of charge, so you and your pooch are free to explore the village at your leisure, with the exception of the catering establishments and indoor children’s play area. Take your dog on a tram ride through the village and let them hang their head out the window as they take in their surroundings, or visit the great exhibition hall which houses the largest collection of vintage electric trams in the UK!

Framlingham Castle

If you’re looking for a historic day out for you and your dog then Framlingham Castle is the place for you. This impressive structure has been around for more than 800 years but with towers reaching a spectacular height of 10.5 metres and walls as thick as 2.3 metres, it’s not hard to see why. Explore the grounds of Framlingham Castle this summer and you and your pooch can enjoy extensive views over the Suffolk countryside whilst learning all about this formidable castle’s intriguing history.

Compton Bay

Whether they’re digging in the sand, playing amongst the surf or chasing frisbees over the dunes, dogs just love to be at the beach. One of our favourite dog friendly beaches is Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight; with both golden and dark sands, spectacular coastal views and great walks nearby, it’s a must for dog owners. Playing on Compton Bay will allow your pooch the opportunity to meet lots of new doggy friends and as long as you stay between Hanover Point and Brook Chine, you and your dog can enjoy the beach all year!

Eden Project

The Eden Project is one of Cornwall’s most popular attractions and since 2013, it has allowed dogs to explore the outdoor gardens at no extra charge. This is a perfect area for exercising your dog, with miles of outdoor garden paths to discover. The Eden Project has gone to great lengths to ensure that you and your dog feel welcome at the attraction and even provide water bowls and an undercover dining area, so that you and your four legged friend can enjoy a picnic together in the grounds.

These are just some of the fantastic days out you can have in the UK with your dog and with hundreds more out there, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to planning a day with your best friend. If you were hoping to spend a little more quality time with your pooch this year then why not take a look at our dog friendly cottages? With over 3,000 to choose from, we’re sure to have something that suits both of your tastes!

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Scotland’s Best Pet Friendly Pubs

Saturday, February 21st, 2015
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Here at Sykes we know how much people love to take their dogs away on holiday with them; after all, we’ve got over two and a half thousand cottages that welcome pooches with open arms! And our four legged friends love it! Instead of being left back in the kennels they’re living it up in the fresh surroundings, with plenty of new people to meet and smells to sniff. And then there’s the walks! Rather than a march around the block or a trip down to the park they get long wanders through the Great British countryside and, as it turns out, just like us they’re rather partial to a stop off in a quaint country pub – especially if there’s the chance of a bit of grub. But believe it or not, there are some pubs that don’t welcome our pups! So we’ve taken a look at some of the best pet friendly pubs north of the border so you know where to take your pooch when you’re away!

Clachaig Inn, Glencoe

Tucked away in the heart of beautiful Glen Coe is the Clachaig Inn. Ever popular with the numerous tourists who pay a visit to Glen Coe each year, the Clachaig Inn makes the perfect spot for you and your pooch to kick back and relax after a long day exploring the glen. Both of the bars in the inn are dog friendly meaning that you’ll have the run of the place and with an incredible variety of locally sourced foods – from a full Scottish breakfast through to venison pastrami – it might be a hard job forcing yourself to leave!

 The Drover’s Inn, Inverarnan

Second on our list is The Drover’s Inn, just off the West Highland Way at the top of Loch Lomond. Originally forming a stop off point for the cattle drovers moving their herds southwards down from the highlands it now plays host to the countless walkers making their way through the beautiful countryside. Rumour has it that the Inn is haunted by the ghost of one such drover who was killed by a rival gang over three hundred years ago, but you and your four legged friend needn’t worry about that! Instead you can just put your paws up and maybe even test yourselves against the Braveheart Burger.

The Stein Inn, Waternish

Next up we’ve got the oldest pub on the whole of the Isle of Skye, the Stein Inn. Situated on the Waternish peninsula on the North Western tip of the island, the Stein Inn was founded back in the 18th century and still retains much of its original charm. Featuring a traditional highland bar complete with over 100 different varieties of malt whisky and the Stein Inn’s very own ale the “Reeling Deck”, a smouldering peat fire and stunning views out over the Hebrides it’s the perfect place to sink a pint in the company of your pooch.

So there you go, hopefully you and Fido will have found this useful and who knows, your furry friend might even be planning his next trip north of the Border. Or maybe you know of some other great pet friendly pubs in Scotland? If so let us know and we’ll help spread the word!

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By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

Sykes’ Spotlight on Pet Friendly Cottages for More Than One Pet

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
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When I was a child I hated having to wave goodbye to the family dogs as we left on our annual holiday so now that I’m older I take every opportunity I can to pack them into the car with me and head off on an adventure together. It turns out I’m not the only one who hates to leave my loyal companions behind as thousands of people book up our pet friendly cottages each year.

Booking a cottage when you have just one pooch can be hard enough but what happens if you have a pack? Well here at Sykes Cottages we have the answer: hundreds of pet-friendly cottages that will accept two or more pets! Keep reading to see a selection of our favourite pet friendly cottages for more than one pet or head on over to our pet friendly cottages page and start searching for your next holiday today!

The Stables, Horton-in-Ribblesdale


The Stables (Ref. 912240)

Located on the outskirts of a picturesque country village, The Stables are ideal for dog owners who like to stretch their legs. This gorgeous two bedroom property offers visitors and their four legged friends various walks straight from the doorstep so you can head out and explore famous areas such as the Pennine Way and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Driftwood Cottage, Baycliff


Driftwood Cottage (Ref. 26010)

Driftwood Cottage offers everything you need on a dog friendly holiday; there is a comfortable enclosed patio with spectacular views over Morecambe Bay and direct access to the beach as well as a cosy woodburner in the sitting area. Days can be filled playing amongst the surf whilst cosy evenings are spent reading by firelight – something for both dogs and owner!

Loo Bridge Railway Station, Killarney

Low Bridge Railway Station (Ref. 17893)

Low Bridge Railway Station (Ref. 17893)

Ideally situated between the two popular towns of Kenmare and Killarney, Low Bridge Railway Station not only benefits from fantastic amenities but also easy access to the National Park which is home to some of Ireland’s best scenery. When you’re done exploring the local area simply sit back and relax in the large lawned garden or one of the four stylishly decorated bedrooms.

Hillbrook House, Nolton Haven

Hillbrook House (Ref. 30296)

Hillbrook House (Ref. 30296)

This charming seaside cottage is perfect for a family or a group of friends wanting to explore the Welsh coastline with a wonderful sheltered beach just 30 strides from the front door. Once you’ve had your fill of the beach (if that’s possible!) visit the enclosed natural grass garden and unwind in the summerhouse or host a delicious BBQ as the sun sets over the Welsh countryside.

The Barn, Saham Hills

The Barn (Ref. 26593)

The Barn (Ref. 26593)

Nestled in the Norfolk countryside, The Barn has been finished to a high standard making it a welcome retreat for the whole family. This property accommodates four dogs and the owners even offer a dog sitting service by prior arrangement should you need it. At The Barn you’ll have your own private enclosed garden as well as use of the paddock so plenty of room to exercise the dogs!

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Advice for Pet Owners on Bonfire Night

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
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If you’re a pet owner you’ll know just how difficult, stressful and sometimes heart-breaking Bonfire Night can be. With a number of dogs, cats and small animals having a hard time coping with the bangs and flashes of fireworks, it’s easy to feel useless as your best friend cowers in the corner. Here at Sykes, we love animals and want to do everything we can to help both you and your four legged friend enjoy a stress-free Bonfire Night. So, we’ve put together some helpful tips on how to do just that.

Tips for all pet owners

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Image via Flickr.

Whether your pet is big or small there are a number of ways you can help them through Bonfire Night. The following tips are easy to put into practise and are a must for all pet owners.

  • Make sure your pet has a secure hiding place; for many pets this will be under furniture, tucked into an alcove or even in the cupboard.
  • Close all curtains and play some music or turn up the TV to muffle the noise from the fireworks.
  • As hard as this may be you need to give your pet some space. Unless they are harming themselves, you should leave them to it; fussing over them will only make things worse.
  • Don’t leave the house. Yes your pet needs space but don’t leave them alone; they need your support.

Tips for dog owners

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Image via Flickr.

As well as the tips above, there are extra precautions to take when you own a dog. We’d suggest the following to help keep your dog safe and calm this November.

  • Walk your dog during daylight hours. You never know how early the fireworks will start or how late they will run so walking your dog during daylight hours is the best way to keep them safe.
  • Before the fireworks start, make sure your dog is near their safe place and provide him or her with toys and their favourite things.
  • Ignore the fireworks yourself. Don’t bring attention to the fireworks. Instead see if your dog wants to play; if not then don’t force them but sit back and watch some TV or read a book instead.
  • If you have another dog or know a dog that isn’t afraid of fireworks then leave the two dogs together, this may help your dog understand there is nothing to be afraid of.

Tips for cat owners

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Image via Flickr.

Cats are pretty independent creatures but even they get scared during Bonfire Night. To help them cope with the noise and bright lights, follow these three tips.

  • Close all doors, windows and cat flaps. If your cat is scared they may try to run; this can be dangerous as in the panic your cat could get lost or hurt.
  • Don’t try to tempt your cat out of its hiding place as this will just make them more stressed.
  • Have a litter tray available during and after the fireworks.

Tips for small animal owners

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Image via Flickr.

It can be easy to forget about our smaller pets but they need just as much care as the larger animals so make sure to follow these tips to ensure a stress free fireworks night.

  • If your pet is kept outside bring them indoors and place them in a quiet area of the house.
  • If it’s not possible to bring them indoors, partly cover their cage and try to sound proof it as best you can.
  • Give your pets lots of extra bedding for Bonfire Night. They will need something to burrow into as it will make them feel a lot safer.

We hope our list of handy hints and tips has helped you this Bonfire Night. If you need any further information on keeping your furry companion safe then please visit the RSPCA website.

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

The UK’s Pet Friendly Pubs

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
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For many of us, considering a holiday without our four-legged friend is not an option. There is an ample choice of pet-friendly accommodation on offer, but I find myself thinking is that enough? A comfy bed for the night and a garden to run around in provide a great starting point for a dog friendly holiday, but our canine chums need more!

Along with great walks and other dogs to interact with, our pups need somewhere safe and warm for a break from the day’s activities. To give your dog a rest and to experience the regional delicacies why not try a local pub? Sites like Doggie Pubs and Pet Friendly Britain give great suggestions for pet friendly pubs throughout the United Kingdom and, after searching both sites, we’ve put together a selection of three pet friendly pubs which are a must.

The Ship Inn in Irvine, Scotland

Dogs playing on Irvine beach - image via Flickr.

Dogs playing on Irvine beach – image via Flickr.

Built in 1567, The Ship Inn is the oldest pub in Irvine. Obtaining its license in 1754, the pub still retains its heritage, with traditional folk music and seasonal fish dishes. In August last year, the pub updated its status to ‘Dog Friendly’ and they haven’t looked back since. Now you can treat yourself and the pup to a well-deserved drink and a slap up meal after an exhilarating walk along the shores of Irvine beach, which happens to be dog friendly too!

The White Eagle in Rhoscolyn, Anglesey

Dog walking the Anglesey Coastal Path - image via Flickr.

Dog walking the Anglesey Coastal Path – image via Flickr.

After undergoing a complete rebuild in 2007, The White Eagle is now a favourite stopping point along the Anglesey Coast Path, attracting tourists and locals alike with amazing food and fantastic views. The warm Welsh welcome offered by staff and the comfortable atmosphere makes this pub the ideal stop off for you and your dog. With dogs welcome in the sung area of the bar, you can chow down on great food as your four-legged-friend is treated to a biscuit or two.

The Treguth Inn in Holywell, Cornwall

Holywell Bay - image via Flickr.

Holywell Bay – image via Flickr.

When we think of Cornwall we picture rolling green hills, beautiful sandy beaches and peaceful villages filled with thatched cottages. The Treguth Inn matches our vision of Cornwall perfectly; full of character and charm, Treguth Inn is located in the attractive village of Holywell just back from the picturesque beach at Holywell Bay. Here the friendly proprietors offer home cooked food which has been prepared with locally sourced ingredients, award winning cask ales and even complimentary biscuits for the pooch – perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

We hope that this selection of pubs has shown you that the UK is a fantastic destination for doggy holidays and that there is no need to leave your furry pal behind. For assistance with planning your next dog friendly getaway please feel free to contact us or browse our selection of pet friendly cottages for inspiration.

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.