With National Pet Month starting today, LUCY GILMORE finds pet-friendly spots
Dogs can stay for free during National Pet Month at Titchwell Manor (normally it's £8 per night).
Located on the north Norfolk coast, this old farmhouse turned boutique hotel has bags of charm.
Doggie treats include a beach towel, blanket, drinking bowl and biscuits plus a map marked with the best short walks. There are wide, sandy beaches to race around and paths to meander along (on a lead) in the nearby RSPB Titchwell Marsh reserve.
Titchwell Manor (01485 210221/ www.titchwellmanor.com) offers two nights from £260 (two sharing), B&B. Guests with dogs stay in allocated rooms.
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A Dalmatian called Toby tested the walks around Bosinver Farm near St Austell.
The clutch of country cottages is cradled by 30 acres of wildflower meadows and woodlands. You can walk across the fields down to the lake or along a leafy lane to the village shop and pub at Polgooth.
Nearby, there are miles of sandy beaches and streams to splash through plus plenty of farmyard smells to investigate. Luckily there's also a hose-down area for your dog, spare bowls, leads and brushes. Bosinver is just five miles from the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Bosinver Farm Cottages (01726 72128/www.bosinver.co.uk) offers seven nights in Rose Farm Cottage from £345 (sleeps three), self-catering, plus £30 per dog per week.
Linthwaite House in Windermere aims to be the best dog-friendly hotel in the Lake District.
The elegant Edwardian hotel bedded into 14 acres of wooded hilltop gardens overlooking Lake Windermere has just allocated two ground-floor rooms for canine guests. Add water bowls, dog blankets, spare leads, buckets and sponges for muddy dogs and that all-important list of dog-friendly pubs.
Nearby attractions include Beatrix Potter's house, Hill Top, along with William Wordsworth's homes, Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount.
Linthwaite House (01539 488600/ www.linthwaite.com) offers doubles from £189 per night (two sharing), B&B, plus £9 per dog per night.
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This funky little eco-friendly log cabin (think groovy Seventies retro-style), sleeps two and is in the woods in the lovely Teifi Valley.
There is a special poochie bedroom with built-in dog's bed and mattress, water bowls and easy-to-clean wooden floors.
There are also acres of woodland to explore: doggie heaven!
Nearby attractions include Cilgerran Castle and the Woodland Trust Visitors Centre.
Caban Casita (0844 5005 101/ www.underthethatch.co.uk) offers two-nights from £131 (two sharing), self-catering.
Forty per cent of the guests who check in to the lovely Trigony House Hotel, in four acres of gardens in Dumfriesshire's rolling hills, bring their dogs.
The hotel also has a black labrador called Bess, which is always a good sign. The doggy welcome pack includes drying towels, a dog bed and map of local walks. From the door you can trek to the Glenkiln Sculpture Park.
Trigony House Hotel (01848 331211/www.countryhousehotelscotland.com) offers doubles from £165 per night (two sharing), half-board, plus £5 per dog per night.
Lecale Cottages, a handful of cosy traditional properties with log fires and wood-burning stoves, huddle in a valley below the Mourne Mountains, just two miles from the coast.
There are nature trails, river walks in Kilbroney Park and along Cranfield Beach, nearby craggy mountains (Cloc Mor and Slieve Martin) and crunchy woodland (Tollymore Forest Park).
Dogs are also allowed in the grounds of local National Trust property Castle Ward.
Rostrevor Holidays (028 4173 8727/www.rostrevorholidays.com) offers seven nights in Lecale Cottages from £280 (two sharing), self-catering, plus £25 per dog.