From seaside getaways to country escapes, your pup will love these holidays as much as you do

LOOKING for a perfect staycation where you can take your beloved pet while enjoying breath taking views and delicious food? Here we round up three stunning must-visit.

Bike & Boot, Scarborough

LIFE'S a beach in beautiful Yorkshire for Beauty Editor Tara Ledden, her mum Alison and pooch Teddy.

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This laid-back, quirky hotel isn’t just dog-friendly, it’s pawsitively dog-crazy! The rooms are spotless – try to book one with sweeping views of South Bay – with special touches for guests with four legs, including blankets and toys.

Pets are welcome throughout the hotel, from brekkie right through to late-night cocktails. Snuggle up in The Retreat lounge area, which serves complimentary hot drinks and cakes every afternoon, with its Film Club showing free movies three times daily.

The Wadobi area, designed for muddy boots, umbrellas and the like, even includes a free pooch-grooming table for a post-beach clean-up.

Bike & Boot is a great place to stay, with or without a fur baby, and it’s proven so popular that they’re soon opening another hotel in the Peak District.

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There’s heaps to explore within walking distance of the hotel, including Scarborough Art Gallery, a pre-Raphaelite church, great independent shops and, of course, the beach. Get your kitsch on at one-of-a-kind Scarborough Fair Collection, a museum full of the finest elements of the town’s past – think vintage cars, steam engines and classic fairground rides.

Adult entry costs £9, kids, £6 (Scarboroughfaircollection.com). Then walk up to Scarborough Castle for panoramic views of the Yorkshire coast. Entry costs £9 for adults, £5.40 for kids (Englishheritage.org.uk/visit/places/scarborough-castle). 

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Look no further than on-site restaurant Bareca and its seaside classic ice-cream sundaeCredit: Getty Images

Look no further than on-site restaurant Bareca for great food, local ​​craft ales and seasonal cocktails. We loved the whole baked camembert to share, which comes with beetroot chutney, pine nuts and highly dippable crusty bread, £15.50.

The burger is a beast, complete with house sauce, pickles, tomato, lettuce, bacon, cheese and fries, £14.75. Finish up with a seaside classic ice-cream sundae. Our favourite was the caramel, ginger and chocolate ice cream, with toffee sauce and chocolate chips, £5.50.

DON’T MISS

The beautiful Peasholm Park is one of Scarborough’s most treasured attractions. With a boating lake, woodland tree trail and live music, it makes the perfect picnic spot (Peasholmpark.com).

BOOK IT

Rooms cost from £75, plus £15 per dog, per night (Bikeandboot.com/scarborough).

The Bell, Ticehurst

Fashion Director Tracey Lea Sayer, husband Lou and dog Reggie recharged on a cosy country weekend.

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Situated in the beautiful, sleepy village of Ticehurst, on the Kent and East Sussex border, this pub with rooms warmly welcomes those with two or four legs. Dating back to the 16th century, quirky features abound – from bowler-hat light fittings to trombone urinals – plus there’s a garden with a fire pit for marshmallow toasting.

There are seven bedrooms and four fairy-tale lodges, all of which allow dogs. Our lodge, Pour L’Amour, lived up to its romantic name with 100 faux roses hanging above our king-sized bed. Reggie was well catered for too, with a bowl, dog bed and treats.

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The four-mile circular walk from The Bell over to Bewl Water takes in beautiful sights and brilliant independent shops. Greenfinch is a relaxed gallery space showcasing local craft makers (Greenfinchshop.co.uk), and The Old Haberdashery sells vintage textiles and cool homeware (Theoldhaberdashery.com).

It’s a 15-minute drive to Scotney Castle, a beautiful 1700s fortress where dogs on leads are welcome to enjoy the walled gardens with you. Adult entry costs £14, children, £7 (Nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle).

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A 15-minute stroll takes you to cosy, dog-friendly pub The Bull. Tuck into the fried chicken burger with Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, mayo and onion, £13, washed down with a pint of local Harvey’s ale, £4 (Facebook.com/TheBullInn). Back at The Bell, Reggie was most welcome at our table for a slap-up dinner – there are even sausages for pooches on the menu!

Our pick of starters was the home-smoked salmon with trout caviar, £9, followed by south coast sea bream with saffron gnocchi and a seaweed butter, £25. If that hasn’t filled you up, after vanilla crème brûlée and Yorkshire rhubarb compote, £9, you’ll sleep like a log.

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Bedgebury Pinetum, home to a world-leading collection of conifers, is a must-visit, and will tire out even the most energetic dogs (Forestryengland.uk/bedgebury).

BOOK IT

Rooms cost from £150 per night and dogs stay free (Petspyjamas.com). 

The Merry Harriers, Surrey

Deputy Editor Gayle Schoales, her partner Nick and their Jack Russell puppy Dixie Rose found the country pub of dreams.

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If you could conjure up the perfect spot for a dog-friendly break, it would be The Merry Harriers – a picture-postcard 16th-century village inn complete with inglenook fireplace, timber beams and a relaxed but buzzy vibe.

Nestled in Hambledon in the glorious Surrey Hills, it has boutique rooms plus five luxe shepherds' huts dotted around a lovely lake.

We chose the latter, and what a treat it was, with underfloor heating, a mini fridge with complimentary bottle of wine, walk-in rainfall shower, fire pit, plus doggy bed, bowls and a new toy for Dixie. 

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You’re surrounded by miles of walking and cycling routes through glorious fields and woodland with stunning views, and each room has a handy booklet outlining trails of varying levels of difficulty. Fancy a potter around the shops?

The nearby market town of Godalming has beautiful historic buildings and cobbled lanes. Head to Church Street for independents, including lovely homeware store Wattle & Daub (Wattleanddaubhome.co.uk) and sweetie emporium Godalming Delights for its mint-choc-chip ice cream, £2.50 per scoop (Godalmingdelights.co.uk). 

REFUEL

It’s all about classic pub grub made with flair from seasonal ingredients at The Merry Harriers. For dinner, settle into a cosy nook and tuck into fish and chips, £16.50.

There’s even canine cuisine on the menu, so Dixie could chow down on chicken, rice and peas, £5. Breakfast is included and has options including a full English, or crushed avocado and eggs on toast, plus sausage for Dixie.

DON’T MISS

Try your hand at trekking with the pack of llamas who live in a paddock behind the inn. Treks cost from £60 per adult and £34 for children aged 8-15 years old.

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BOOK IT

A two-night dog-friendly Barking Britain package costs from £495 for two adults and a dog, including breakfast (Petspyjamas.com). 

Compiled by: Emma Ledger

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