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Can’t wait for my Dog Friendly holiday!

Being used to certain standards of comfort and luxury, I had assumed that we would have to lower our sights somewhat. Would we really find a holiday that met our expectations for luxury, that would also be welcoming to our dog?

In fact, I had been pondering this challenge for weeks, with little enthusiasm for booking our 2017 holiday. Speaking with other mums at the school gate, I knew many had already booked their next holiday. It was time to get my act together!

Our holiday would include mum, dad, our two children, and “Scotland” Grandma and Grandad who love visiting English Heritage properties and are dependent on rail or air travel. Therefore, we needed a holiday that suited three generations – and of course our dog!

Our ideal holiday would include a lovely self-catering holiday home with 3 bedrooms, a secure garden for our dog, lots to do in the area (particularly stately homes and gardens) and with good access to major transport links to enable the grandparents to join us easily. I needn’t have worried; an internet search found us an elegant house in Sussex within the grounds of Wadhurst Castle and being a Premier Cottages Member, we knew it would be a minimum 4 star cottage.

With its lovely sitting room, open fire and elegant dining area, Wadhurst Castle Cottage is ideally located for visiting the many nearby heritage sites and has the added benefit of handy air and rail links. The 3 large bedrooms, downstairs cloakroom, enclosed garden and dog-friendly walks around the 140 acre estate meant Wadhurst Castle Cottage was a perfect fit for our holiday!

Having spoken to the owner, I knew they catered for their canine guests very well, providing a comfy dog bed, a large “rubbing-down” towel, food and water bowls and even a dog lead! There is no doubt that our dog will make himself at home at Wadhurst Castle Cottage, stretched out on the rug in front of the fireplace!

There are great dog walks within the 140 acre estate – right from your front door and several dog-friendly pubs in the area. You can go for a lovely walk around the Castle grounds and stop in the village for lunch or supper at the dog-friendly White Hart pub in Wadhurst village.

Or a little further afield is The Vineyard at Lamberhurst, a characterful 17th Century inn with a roaring fire, which also welcomes dogs. Alternatively, there is fantastic walking around Bewl Water  – 16 miles right round with a café and several pubs en route!

And when you return to Wadhurst Castle Cottage, there is an outdoor water tap and hose to give your dog a good wash, should he come back with muddy paws.

In the cottage is a handy folder with details of Vets, suggested local walks and dog-friendly places to visit – it looks like they have thought of everything. Thank goodness there is no need to compromise on comfort and luxury after all and I’m looking forward to my dog-friendly holiday at Wadhurst Castle Cottage already!

Contact Fiona Whittington on 01892 785258 or email for more details or to book.


Wadhurst Village

Wadhurst village is a short walk away with an excellent variety of shops, including banks, a post office, chemist, butcher, green grocer, mini supermarket and several hair dressers.  There is also a health food shop and tea rooms with wonderful home made cakes, where you can relax after a walk round the Castle estate. There are also two local pubs in the village – the Greyhound and the White Hart – and also Indian and Pizza restaurants and is just seven miles from Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Contact Fiona Whittington on 01892 785258

Alternatively you can email for more details or to book.