It’s always good to see another self catering property allowing dogs and especially in such dog friendly and human friendly locations such as Cartmel in Cumbria.


Ducks Haven lies within the Aynsome Manor Estate just outside of the village and is one of a group of adjoining holiday properties. It has recently been taken over become dog friendly and has undergone a complete refurbishment, very stylish and practical.

With more and more people wanting to enjoy their holiday or weekend away with their dog or dogs so has the choice of dog friendly places to stay and as you will have read in previous posts, I am very pro self catering when we all go away. Now with the quality of Lake District self catering accommodation available such as Ducks Haven, a Visit England 4 star gold award property, both 2 and 4 legged members of the party needn’t take second best.

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The exterior and interior of Ducks Haven

If you’re not familiar with Cartmel then you and your dog are missing a real treat. Rolling hills, endless footpaths and bridle ways, close to the Lake District fells yet within touching distance of the coast, basically open space in every direction is what you get. But Cartmel Village itself is the true gem as it’s as some refer to it, the foodie capital of Cumbria. This small, quaint and ultra picturesque south Cumbrian village is home to the UK#s best restaurant L’Enclume but also Simon Rogan’s bistro and pub. On top of that there are 3 other superb pubs which all allow dogs, cafes, artisan food producers and outlets and a regular food market.

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View from summit of Hampsfell, cartmel

As well as the food, what is ultimately and easily noticed is the amount of our fabulous four legged friends wandering about (all on leads with their owners of course!). Even some of the shops allow (obviously very well behaved!) dogs within them.

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