Just before Christmas we headed up North for a little festive getaway. Going on holiday with the dogs is one of my favourite things to do, I’d much prefer going somewhere dog friendly in the UK than going abroad without them. However saying that it is not always easy finding luxury accommodation that allows one dog…let alone two!
Holiday at Home have a range of properties available to book across North Yorkshire. We were invited along to Brompton Lakes where they have 21 self catering luxury lodges – with 15 of these being dog friendly.
The dogs had to be on the lead around the site, however there was a huge enclosed field where they were allowed to run free. But you’re in the Yorkshire dales so you don’t have to go far for a good off lead walk. Inside the lodge understandably dogs weren’t allowed in any of the bedrooms or on the furniture [Woody & Wilma were NOT happy about this haha]. But the main living area of the kitchen and lounge is perfectly big enough for the dogs to relax in.
Most of the lodges have 3 bedrooms, with the exception of one with 6 bedrooms – great for a big group holiday. There’s then a lounge and kitchen looking out onto a decking area over the lake. There are gates either side of the lodge so you can enclose the decking area with the dogs running free.
On site you can walk around the two lakes [I could have stayed there all day, it was so peaceful and relaxing], play tennis and borrow their rackets to do so. There are bikes available to cycle into the nearby town of Richmond, or you can hire the Hot tub and Sauna area.
We only had one full day to explore which definitely wasn’t enough but it just means we’ll have to visit again for more fun! There’s so much to do in the surrounding areas so stay tuned for a separate blog post about that.
A minutes drive away from the lodges was Millbry Hill Country Store. Available both in store and online they have everything you could need for a dog friendly getaway for both human and hound. So you can pick up your dog beds, coats & treats etc when you arrive.
The only negative thing I would have to say about the accommodation is that there is a further prohibited breeds list to Brompton lakes. Unfortunatley the following breeds are not allowed – Rottweilers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Chow Chows, Alaskan Malamutes, Bull Mastiffs, English Bull Terriers, Japanese Akitas which is quite upsetting that the 1% of owners of these breeds who are irresponsible have meant that these holiday homes are out of bounds for everyone else to not be able to enjoy. We know many of these breeds who’s owners would absolutely adore the lakes. Just remember it’s not the breed but it’s the owners who influence them.
Our lodge was kitted out for absolutely everything you could need for a holiday home. With a hamper and festive Yule log on arrival they also had simple essentials such as cling film and tin foil, things you don’t think to pack when going away. As well as this there was ample logs and kindling to light a log fire after a day out in the cold.
Each Lodge had it’s own interior theme so they were all unique. We chose Florence which was just perfect for us and we would definitely book the same lodge again. The Holiday at Home team were so helpful, on hand for anything you need. It’s so nice to find another luxury dog friendly accommodation to add to the list.
Be sure to follow @holidayathomeyorkshire on Instagram to keep up to date with their dog friendly accommodation. You can get 5% off your stay with them using our code HAH18 .
Thanks for reading,
Megan, Woody & Wilma
Click here to watch our mini vlog of our stay.