February 2018 saw the Chinese calendar roll into a brand-new year – it was goodbye to the year of the rooster and hello to the year of the dog.
In traditional Chinese culture, each lunar year is associated with one of twelve animal signs – the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig – animals that are traditionally Chinese domestic pets or associated with good luck.
Despite making our home in beautiful Wales, we have yet to get a request for a dragon-friendly cottage. A little surprising perhaps, though maybe Welsh dragons like to go elsewhere for their jollies.
Furrier friends, however, are a different matter entirely. Almost half of all our holiday cottage bookings are made by Dioni guests looking for a pet-friendly place to stay. And we very much welcome them!
Whilst pet-friendly occasionally means a place to park a guinea pig or rabbit cage for a week or two, more often than not our guests are looking for somewhere that will welcome their pooch as a much-valued member of the holiday tribe.
Being dog-lovers ourselves, we know how important it is to be able to include your dog on your hols in a cottage that will suit their needs (like an enclosed garden, great walks, nice fire to lie in front of at the end of a long day’s walk).
To get tails wagging at the start of this new year of the dog we’ve rounded up our top five favourite dog-friendly getaways in North Wales. We hope you and yours enjoy!
£500 – £990
SLEEPS 5 + COT | WIFI | NEAR PUB | PET-FRIENDLY | REAL FIRE
This is a stunning location for anyone who loves mountains and steam trains – the Snowdonia of picture books and postcards. Bron Eifion is a traditional Snowdonia cottage with views over Snowdon and the Welsh Highland Railway. Every window frames a stunning landscape. Spacious living space with toasty log fire. Enclosed garden. A walker’s paradise with miles of hikes and trails right on the doorstep.
£550 – £1090
SLEEPS 8 + COT | WIFI | PET FRIENDLY | REAL FIRE
The perfect family-size dog-friendly holiday cottage. Pandy is a traditional Snowdonia cottage which has been beautifully decorated withhigh quality fabrics and furnishings. A large sunny conservatory for daytime relaxing, and a wonderfully cosy lounge with log burner for cosy evenings. Enclosed garden and surrounded by the most fantastic Snowdonia landscapes and walks. Ten-minute drive to the coast.
£430 – £850
SLEEPS 4 + COT | WIFI | PET FRIENDLY | REAL FIRE
This 16th century stone cottage is packed full of quirky character and style. You’ll find it just on the edge of the hamlet of Bryncir, right in the middle of the Llyn peninsula (about six miles to the coast on either side of the peninsula). Huge inglenook fireplace and deep, comfortable sofas. Enclosed garden. Brilliant walking out of the front door, and if your dog likes to trot as you cycle you can get as far as Caernarfon on the local bike track. A wonderful peaceful rural haven.
£340 – £670
SLEEPS 4 + COT | WIFI | NEAR BEACH | NEAR PUB | PET FRIENDLY
Laundry Cottage is a romantic self-catering cottage in Dyffryn Ardudwybear Harlech and just oozes charm and character. A unique 14th century stone cottage with original inglenook fireplace, hand carved oak beams and a spiral stone staircase. Enclosed garden. Plenty of walks right out of the door. Close to the coast at Harlech and walking distance to village pubs.
£450 – £890
SLEEPS 5 + COT | WIFI | NEAR BEACH |NEAR PUB | PET FRIENDLY | REAL FIRE
This three-bedroom cottage on the banks of the River Artro in Llanbedr is within easy reach of both the mountains and coast. It’s a great base for families wanting to explore this lovely part of Snowdonia. Original inglenook fireplace offers great afternoon snooze potential for post-walkies recovery. Enclosed garden. Great walking right out of the door. Sleeps 5 + cot from £450 per week.