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Review: A dog friendly stay at Log House Holidays, Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 11:54 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:54 11 September 2018

Lily enjoys the woodburning stove in the log house

Lily enjoys the woodburning stove in the log house

Stephanie Walton

Stephanie Walton takes her best friends Severus and Lily for a water-based adventure on the Cotswold lakes

Although we love to visit and explore new places, remembering there’s beauty on your doorstep is sometimes forgotten. Living so close to the Cotswolds is the perfect opportunity for a staycation; not having to travel too far to really enjoy the English countryside with your pet in tow.

No doubt a favourite of ours is Log House Holidays, eight stunning log cabins set around the Cotswold lakes. Severus and Lily have visited a few times and each time we fall in love with it more and more.

Severus in the log houseSeverus in the log house

The location is a breathtaking Cotswold retreat, with both the humans and hounds falling in love with what it has to offer. Although there are eight cabins on site, each cabin gives you a feeling of privacy and paradise; it also provides a great base for adventuring further into the Cotswolds. There are so many wonderful towns and villages nearby. We adore Stow-on-the-Wold and The Slaughters.

For us, having the lake on your doorstep is really wonderful; the dogs usually start the day with a morning swim, our spaniels love the water! Seeing them so happy fills us with heart-warming joy. Sev and Lily have also become keen water sports fans, enjoying paddles in the kayaks and even paddle boarding around the lake.

Exploring the lakes around the log houseExploring the lakes around the log house

If your dog isn’t as adventurous then the row boats are a great way to see the lakes and the cabins around it. Sunrise on the boat in the autumn, and sunset in the summer is truly the best time to be on the lake.

Each cabin comes with a traditional Finnish hot tub – perfect for us humans at any time of year. In the cold weather it is great to jump in, warm up and enjoy the surroundings. In the summer months the hot tub provides the perfect opportunity to wind down after a busy day exploring the local area.

Making friends lakesideMaking friends lakeside

On our trips, we enjoy the 130 acres of nature reserve, and tend to fill our days pottering along on a dog walk and enjoying the lakes in the sunshine. Bicycle hire gives another fantastic opportunity to get back to nature and take in all the Cotswolds has to offer. The cabins are set back from a main road so the dogs can run free alongside.

Staying at Log House Holidays during the cooler autumn months allows the perfect opportunity for cosy relaxation. Warming up by the log burner is what cold nights were made for. Severus and Lily enjoy sleeping with the warmth of the fire on their backs after a busy day swimming and playing.

Lily stands majestically at the prow of the rowing boatLily stands majestically at the prow of the rowing boat

We are already excited to visit Log House Holidays again, with such luxury for dogs and humans, it’s always such a special trip that really makes me feel so positive and enjoy the smaller things in life like being outside or roasting marshmallows around the fire.

It might have to be said that this was the best dog-friendly holiday we’ve been on; self-catering breaks are so easy with pooches and, although you lose some of the luxury that may come with hotel stays, the whole feel of these breaks are of peace and beauty.

Severus goes kayakingSeverus goes kayaking

Severus and Lily had such a wonderful time on the break, having so much freedom to run and swim but also cosy up by the fire too. Spending our days on dog walks, drinking fizz in the hot tub and adventuring out onto the lake meant for such a relaxing time away...and we cannot wait to do it again soon.

Visit the Log House Holidays website here.

Pet-friendly possibilities:

Here’s just a small selection of our favourite dog-friendly stays in the Cotswolds...there are many more!

Manor Cottages offer a good selection of pet-friendly cottages in the Cotswolds and beyond.

The Fish Hotel in Broadway offers plenty of facilities for dogs and their owners, including their own hotel bed.

The Red Lion Inn in Long Compton, with its resident Chocolate Lab, welcomes dogs for a small additional charge.

• Well behaved dogs are welcomed at Owlpen Manor’s gorgeous cottages.

Old Stables Holiday Cottages provides lovely dog-friendly accommodation in the village of Poole Keynes, near Cirencester.

Sev and Lily are two travelling spaniels; along with their humans they like to sniff out the best dog-friendly places to visit and stay in the UK and beyond.

See more adventures on their Instagram account: instagram.com/spaniellife

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