Monthly archives: July, 2015

Introducing dog friendly accommodation on another level

Being dog owners themselves, the Gordon family owners and founders of Waternook, the new luxury lakeside accommodation properties on Ullswater, know how important it is for the whole family to be together when on holiday.

This is why our four legged friends are allowed in Waternook, the larger of the two properties which sleeps 12 people in total and 2 dogs. Dogs get their own room complete with underfloor heating, plenty of dog bed and food bowl space (the top two doggy points!) and even a pooch eye fell view. Their room is located in the heart of the property, not tucked away and has doors at dog eye level so they can see what is going on (be nosy). They also get their own entrance in case of inevitable muddy paws.

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A dog friendly, fell view suite at Waternook

Mac and Cam went to visit a few weeks ago but as the flooring was going down, they weren’t allowed in although they did get out of the car to see the view and dog walking heaven surrounding the house, it is endless, 27 acres to be exact. Needless to say, the pair of them didn’t want to get back in the car!

Dogs will love the fact they have direct access to the lake, handy when it’s hot. Ullswater Steamers are dog friendly so everyone can go cruising and even some of the activity providers in the area do dog friendly outdoor pursuits, obviously accompanied by a human.

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We think 27 acres may just be enough for dog walking?!

Date for your doggy diary, August 29th Patterdale Dog Day down at the southern end of the lake. Waternook luxury lakeside accommodation is available for booking that week and its Bank Holiday and the final week of the school holidays so a great time to visit. For more information visit http://www.waternookonullswater.com/



Vote for Cumbria’s hotels in the KC Be Dog Friendly Awards

After a triumphant Keswick on best dog friendly town in the annual Be Dog Friendly Awards in 2014 and the Lake District as a whole winning the great outdoors category, let’s not rest on that, let’s try and get a Cumbria/Lake District hotel winning he best hotel category this year.

It’s only when venturing out of the county or choosing another destination to visit or for a holiday that it dawns on people how dog friendly Cumbria is. There are very few places that don’t allow dogs with the number of businesses, eateries, shop, hotels and accommodation increasing daily. To be able to come to a place that adults, children and dogs love is just ideal.

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Dog’s love visiting and staying in the Lake District

Last year The Kennel Club ran a brand new campaign in conjunction with DogFriendly.co.uk, Be Dog Friendly “a Kennel Club Campaign to encourage, recognise and reward places and businesses that go the extra mile for the benefit of the UK’s 8 million dogs and their owners”. It proved an enormous success with dog owners in their thousands contributing, recommending and voting for dog friendly businesses spanning the whole of the UK and in a variety of categories.

With 2 categories under the Lake District and Cumbria belt and with so many dog friendly places to stay, it only seems right to focus on accommodation and winning one of those classes in 2015. Voting, suggesting and recommending is in full force with voting closing on September 18th 2015. So if it’s somewhere you stay at regularly or a new place discovered just this summer get online at http://www.bedogfriendlyawards.com/. We’ve been on and suggested our fav, the Tebay Services Hotel on the M6, Lily’s Kitchen treats always seal the deal with Mac & Cam!



Dog and family friendly Lake District shows this August

We’re now firmly into show season in Cumbria and the Lake District right now. Great news is none have had to be cancelled due to the weather in fact each show so far has been blessed with a fair day. Let us all hope that continues!

But looking ahead and an ultra busy, mid summer weekend of August 15th and 16th, what we like to call, double show day. If you’re staying or looking to have a holiday or short break around these dates, these two shows are a must and especially if you’ve got a four legged friend.

Firstly on Saturday August 15 and Sunday 16 is the Lowther Show. What a location set in within the Lowther Estate and Castle the show and being a full weekend events confirms this as one of the biggest events in the Cumbrian show calendar. So much to see and do for adults, children and dogs. Under 16’s go free and look out for the leaflets that entitle adults to £2 off. Tickets ccan be purchased online or on the day.

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Lots to see and do for two and four legged visitors

Next onto a lovely little show, the Lakeland Country Fair at Torver near Coniston on Sunday 16th August. A completely different part of the county, the true heart of the Lake District, smaller yet by no means less enjoyable. Surrounding the show field are the Coniston Fells including Coniston Old Man and they provide simply stunning scenery. This show is a traditional Lakeland show in its purist form with Lakeland sports and activities, lurcher, terrier, beagle and foxhound shows and races as well as traditional skills such as basket weaving and leatherwork and not to forget Herdwick and Swaledale sheep naturally. Just £5 gains entrance to the show and that including free parking.

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With both of these events, you’re sure to be entertained the whole day, sure to be well fed and watered and no doubt sure to come home with plenty of yummy goodies, and most definitely have very tired children and dogs!
These shows are the perfect way to spend a day that gets all the family together and involved including the dogs and Cumbria and the Lake District is so dog friendly. For dog friendly accommodation within easy reach of both Lowther Show and the Lakeland Country Fair, visit https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/ and look at their choice of dog friendly Lake District cottages.

P.S Mac & Cam recommend a post show pint at the Church House Inn at Torver after the Lakeland Country Fair.