Since arriving to the UK I have been researching dog friendly getaways and was surprised to see just how many there are in such fabulous locations! After a week of searching we decided to book a gorgeous little cottage via ruralretreats.com called Holly Cottage. Holly Cottage is a Grade II listed, 17th century property located in the Suffolk village of Huntingfield.
Huntingfield is a quite little village town located between Framlingham and Southwold.
The drive from London takes a little over 2 hours, however, is worth it to take in the spectacular scenery.
Our accommodation was gorgeous and full of old English charm. It was also very accommodating to Sacha, she had her very own cupboard with everything she would need like, blankets, food and water bowls. Upon our arrival we received a complimentary hamper full of all the essentials such as milk, bread, butter, biscuits, cheese, eggs, fruit and most importantly wine! This hamper came in use because the closest store is a 15 minute drive away. But don’t stress, it makes up for the lack of stores by having the local pub, Huntingfield Arms, literally opposite the cottage.
Huntingfield Arms is full of character and is very dog friendly with seating inside and out which allows your four legged friend to dine with you. Don’t feel like eating out? No problem, just order and walk your meal back to the cottage! We opted to do just that. We had the home made beef lasagne and bread mushrooms which were both delicious. Sacha had a homemade sausage which she seemed to enjoy as it was gone in 2 seconds flat. Just make sure you are hungry before you order because the servings are HUGE.
You can build up an appetite by taking your pooch for a stroll through the many bushwalks surrounding Huntingfield. The scenery is beautiful and there is loads of wildlife to been seen. However if your pup is anything like Sacha and likes to chase anything that moves, I would recommend keeping them on their lead to keep the wildlife and your pup safe.
While you are in the Huntingfield area I would also highly recommend visiting Southwold. Southwold is a charming little seaside town about 14 miles from Huntingfield and features a working lighthouse, beach huts, pier, seaside cafes, Adnams Brewery, busy harbour, cliff top cannon and of course the beach. We stopped by here on our way home to London, and although we did not eat here I did see some very cute cafes and restaurants on the pier which might be worth checking out.
However, if you would prefer to get back on the road and explore somewhere else for lunch, I would highly recommend The Queens Head Inn in Blyford. It’s only a 6 mile drive from Southwold and offers an array of delicious meals which change daily. The pub itself was built around the 15th century and still has many of its original features. When we visited they had their resident pup sitting at the entrance to greet us which I think made Sacha’s day.
We will definitely be coming back and I would highly recommend booking through ruralretreats.com they went above and beyond to make our stay special and comfortable for all of us. If you are looking for a relaxed getaway that you and your four legged friend can enjoy, this part of the world might just be what the doctor ordered.