With many vacation plans scuppered due to COVID-19, more and more holidaymakers are seeking out something a little closer to home…
Almost a third (30%) of people plan to take a post-lockdown trip within the UK, while 69% are keen to do so once restrictions are lifted (source).
Planning a getaway is an exciting time, but sometimes the thought of leaving our cats behind can be a little too much to bear.
Thankfully, an increasing number of hotels, hostels, B&B’s and other establishments are bucking a long-held trend of not allowing pets, allowing travellers the opportunity to take along their feline fellow adventurers with them for full family getaway.
From cat friendly hotels to B&B's and even a whole cat friendly cottage, here are five of our favourite cat friendly accommodations in the UK
The Roast Ox Inn
Located in Painscastle, Wales, this cat friendly Inn offers an eye-opening visit to the Welsh Borders.
Anyone who has visited the area will know of the awe-inspiring sights from rivers to forests, mountains to the nearby sleepy market towns such as Hay-on-Wye and Kington.
With 8 en-suite bedrooms featuring super-king sized beds to choose from and pet-friendly hosts, this is the perfect place for a digital detox, as mobile phone signals are hard to find in the area (no chance of disturbing a cat-nap, then).
The resident cat, Michael is always on hand to welcome guests, and when he is not available, Tony and Julie will take care of your needs.
The Jack Russell Inn
Don’t let the canine name fool you, the Jack Russell Inn in Faccombe, Andover caters to pooch and puss alike.
Expect local food that celebrates great British produce with a focus on the conservation of the natural beauty and wildlife in the surrounding areas.
There’s 11 bedrooms, stunning views of the surrounding estate, and all mod cons including smart TVs and underfloor heating you and your cat will want to curl up on.
Another plus are the vegan and environmentally friendly British bath and body products provided on arrival. Perfect for guilt-free pampering.
The landlord, Ross, is always on hand with his two trusty hounds, Barnie and Betty.
Dryburgh Abbey Hotel
Nestled in the Scottish Borders, this majestic 19th Century country house hotel is super pet-friendly.
Winner of the Scottish Hotel Awards’ “Dog-Friendly Hotel of the Year” for three years in a row, the hotel is home to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe (so your regal kitty should feel right at home).
Your cat can join you for a meal in one of their two exquisite lounges, relax by the fireside with a pint and a plate or unwind in the sauna (maybe leave puss in your room for that one).
If your cat likes walking on a lead, there’s eleven acres of private land to explore along the River Tweed, and Edinburgh is just an hour’s drive away if all that open space and fresh air gets too much.
Set in the heart of Bray-on-Thames, Berkshire, this 180 year old Tudor cottage has it all for a quiet weekend getaway with your favourite feline.
The cottage is a short walk from the highly-Instagrammable Bray High Street, a culinary heaven with 7 Michelin stars within walking distance (including the famous Fat Duck).
The elegantly decorated cottage can be hired as a one or two bedroom retreat. From the beamed ceiling to the ornate coal fireplace and Yves Delorme bed linens, you and your cat can enjoy the luxurious lifestyles you deserve.
The owners’ two lovely Labradors, Sambuca and Truffle, are always on hand to join you for a walk if your cat would rather luxuriate in the pretty enclosed garden.
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel
If you and your cat fancy a spa weekend, this is the purr-fect choice!
Located in idyllic Evershot, Dorset, this five-star country house hotel is surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful countryside.
Winner of the 2015 Best Pet-Friendly Spa Hotel award in The Resident’s Travel Awards, four-legged friends are more than welcome, and a range of pet beds, bowls, mats and menus are available for your cat.
Also on-hand are a gift pack of delicious homemade biscuits that you’ll be tempted to eat yourself!
Here are our top tips to make travelling with your cat less stressful
- Plan ahead - Always make an advance reservation, either through a pet-friendly travel site or through the accommodation’s website, there’s nothing worse than surprise guests!
- Bring a little bit of home with you - Don’t forget to bring along your pet’s toys, blankets, and whatever else they need to feel comfortable in a new space. If you use a cat carrier, leave it out for a few nights with your cat’s favourite blanket inside so they can get used to it, and leave it open in the room so they have a space of their own to retreat to.
- Don’t forget the litter! - We may not admit it, but everyone prefers their home toilet, and the same is true for your cat. Bringing the litter your cat is used to is a great way to make them feel at home, without having to contend with too many new smells.
Natusan’s new 7L litter bags are perfect for taking on holiday, with their compact size and lighter weight, they fit easily into an overnight bag, so there’s no more decanting litter into a smaller bag, and all over the kitchen floor in the process.
The natural odour-trapping properties of Natusan also remove any worries about stinking up your B&B room, so you can keep your cat’s tray in the bathroom, everyone likes a bit of privacy…
01/07/2020 by NatuTeam