5 Beautiful Dog-Friendly Glamping Sites for Great Holidays
The UK is a nation of pet owners, with 34% of households having a canine companion. So it makes perfect sense why so many of us are interested in dog-friendly holidays. If you’re looking to take your furry friend on holiday with you, glamping is one of the best choices you can make.
In today’s blog post, we’ll talk about what makes glamping such a great holiday option for pet owners and introduce you to some of the best dog-friendly glamping sites the Wigwam® Holidays franchise has to offer. Let’s get to it!
Why go glamping with your dog
These days, lots of hotels allow for pets, but depending on where you’re travelling to, a hotel stay with your dog might not be the best option. Something like a city break will likely involve leaving your dog behind for long periods of time as you visit tourist attractions that aren’t dog-friendly. While your pooch might be used to spending afternoons alone at home, the unfamiliar and cramped setting of a hotel room might stress them out.
In contrast, glamping with your dog makes for a very natural holiday for both you and your pet. Having nature just beyond the doorstep of your glamping pod means that beautiful long walks in the forest, along the beach or on the moors with your four-legged friend are easy as pie. Your dog never has to leave your side, sleeping at the foot of your comfy bed, begging for scraps of your breakfast cooked on the campfire, and joining you on the hiking trail.
5 Great dog-friendly glamping sites
More than half of the 80+ Wigwam® Holidays glamping sites in the UK are dog-friendly, so there’s no shortage of great options for your pet-friendly glamping holiday. Here are just a few of the great glamping sites on that list.
1. Wigwam® Holidays Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire
Situated 20 minutes outside Leicester, Wigwam® Holidays Charnwood Forest is in an ideal spot for a holiday with your pooch in tow. Their dog-friendly glamping pods sit around a wildlife pond and are surrounded by lush woodland for a piece of peace and quiet. You can even book a pod with a hot tub for extra relaxation.
The glamping site is situated within the awe-inspiring, ancient Charnwood Forest. You can trek up Beacon Hill for beautiful views at sunrise and sunset or visit the 800-year-old deer park, Bradgate Park, for brisk walks and a packed calendar of events. The area is also dotted with picturesque and quintessentially English villages like Newtown Linford, perfect for a bit of window shopping and lunch at a dog-friendly pub.
2. Wigwam® Holidays Penbugle, Cornwall
With eight glamping pods sprinkled across a working organic farm, Penbugle Organic Farm is perfect for a country getaway with your dog. The site won the Cornwall Tourism Gold award in 2019, so you know they’re doing a thing or two right! Each glamping pod has its own firepit for an authentic camping atmosphere,
Situated near the seaside resort towns of Liskeard and Looe, windswept walks along England’s most beautiful coastline and a number of charming country pubs are a mere stone’s throw away. The site is also close to the majestic Bodmin Moor, the fascinating Eden Project, and Restormel Castle.
3. Wigwam® Holidays Sandwath Farm, Cumbria
A two-hour drive from Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow, and within easy reach of the Kirkby Stephen railway station, Sandwath Farm in the Yorkshire Dales is perfectly positioned for a weekend escape to the countryside. The site’s six glamping pods, some complete with hot tubs, are nestled within a busy working farm. Here, you can take part in lambing experiences and enjoy the pastoral landscape surrounding you.
The farm is located between two beloved national parks, The Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park, so you have no shortage of great hikes within easy reach. The area is also home to plenty of cute cafes and gastropubs for refuelling in between your outdoor adventures. The picturesque Settle to Carlisle railway line means discovering this beautiful region is easy even without a car.
4. Wigwam® Holidays Montrave Estate, Fife
Just a stone’s throw from the historic university town of St Andrews, Wigwam® Holidays Montrave Estate offers a tranquil getaway just an hour’s train ride from Edinburgh. Situated on a working farm, this glamping site has plenty to explore and experience. You can book a glamping pod with a hot tub, buy some BBQ goods to cook on your firepit at the on-site farm shop, and take advantage of the ping pong tables, football field and swings by your pod.
Montrave Estate is within easy reach of charming coastal towns and fishing villages, such as Anstruther and Pittenweem in East Neuk. Here, you’ll find amazing seafood and lots of arts events for a great day out. Falkland Palace and Garden and the popular Elie Beach are also nearby.
5. Wigwam® Holidays Hafren, Powys
Offering another picturesque glamping getaway on a working farm, but this time in Mid Wales, Wigwam® Holidays Hafren is ideal for a relaxing weekend away with people and canines you love. The site’s en suite glamping pods each have a private outdoor dining area perfect for taking in the majestic sight of the surrounding Cambrian Mountains.
Known as a designated Dark Sky area, Elan Valley is fantastic for stargazing as well as daytime activities like cycling and birdwatching. Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons are just 13 miles from the glamping site, offering plenty of challenges for hillwalkers and mountain climbers.
Book your dog-friendly glamping holiday
We hope our list of five dog-friendly glamping sites has inspired you. To view our full list of dog-friendly glamping sites, visit our Locations page and select “Dogs Welcome” in the filters menu on the left. We’re sure you’ll find a site perfect for you and your four-legged friend there.