December’s may be a little bit cold but I think that makes it perfect for crisp winter walks and roaring log fires. And that’s the very reason I decided to stay at Burtersett Cottage! This pet friendly holiday cottage in the Yorkshire allowed all my family to come along and enjoy the experience of a real open coal fire after a day out walking in the blustery cold air. The perfect dog-friendly holiday in the Yorkshire Dales.
Burtersett is a gorgeous traditional 2 bed cottage which has lots of character and nice warm friendly feel to it. With two wood burning fires in the cottage – one in the kitchen, it’s perfect for drying out your dogs paws before retiring beside the fire in the living room.
With cases packed, walking boots on and dogs on leads, we arrived at Burtersett Cottage. We got a warm welcome at this cosy cottage with little treats for the humans and doggies alike. Earl (the Great Dane and Woolfie (the Jackapoo) thought the doggy treats were simply delicious. They were loving the start to their dog friendly holiday!
Dog friendly walks galore
There are walks directly from the door at Burtersett Cottage in every direction. In fact it’s a dog walkers paradise! We saw plenty of friendly sheep, chickens and pheasants in the surrounding fields so kept our dogs safely on their leads.
We took the 1 mile walk from Burtersett to Hawes, which took us across fields where a little bit of climbing over styles was required but oh did I feel fit, healthy and proud of myself after each style was accomplished!
The views were stunning, the air was fresh and a beautiful rainbow we did see. The dogs were in their element with ears flapping in the wind and peculiar smiles on their faces —yes dogs do smile!
Hawes is a lovely town in Wensleydale (probably most famous as the home of Wensleydale Cheese) and we passed quaint little antique shops, art galleries and cafes before we decided to stop at The crown to have our lunch. The Crown is a fabulous dog friendlypPub where they welcome all dogs and (most) people!
After much deliberation we all had the Steak & Ale Pie, whilst the dogs were admired by the bar staff and the guests. Earl became quite a celebrity and lapped up the attention whilst Woolfie was quite happy sat by the open fire toasting his paws!
A cosy family night in
After a full afternoon of walking and socialising with the locals we made our way back to the cottage where we lit a wonderful cosy fire, popped on our PJs, curled on the sofa and had a little sip of Baileys (or maybe two).
We absolutely loved the fact there was an assortment of family board games – traditional games, where all the family interact, talk and laugh. Not a computer game is sight! (fabulous)
Relaxing in the Yorkshire Dales
We played games into the early evening and the dogs laid in front of the fire. After a wonderful nights sleep it was wonderful to wake up in total silence, look out of the window to the amazing moody views of the dales. A thoroughly great time was had by all.
Burtersett Cottage is a 2-bedroom stone holiday cottage available for short breaks and holidays through Gorgeous Cottages. This blog was written by Marion Burns, the Booking Manager at Gorgeous Cottages.