Our South East Canine Critic, Barney, set off to Leicestershire to sniff out the best dog-friendly attractions, places to eat and, of course, accommodation in Melton Mowbray. He’s shared his holiday diary with us – here’s how he got on:
We had only just walked through the door and my Mumma was already asking poor Lynne, the owner, if we can move in – she is so embarrassing! But to be honest, I can understand why – this cottage is PAWSOME!!
Let me give you a quick overview:
• It’s in Melton Mowbray (famous for its pork pies – I can confirm they are delicious)
• The cottage sleeps six people and allows two dogs
• It has a hot tub AND a games room! (The hoomans made full use of the hot tub and me the pool table!)
• Secure, dog-friendly garden – I ruled this area, as you can imagine
• Coffee machine (Papa loved this)
• Washer and dryer!
• I tried and tested each spot of the house and I can confirm – super-duper cosy!
• To top it off, its interior is pawmazing!
So, we set off on our adventure to The Cottage at Hall Farm House. The drive was very easy and as we started getting into Leicestershire, we were met with gorgeous country roads which I was dying to get out and play in!
Upon arrival, the fabulous Lynne came to meet us and give us a tour of the cottage and answer any questions we had. She showed us the helpful information manual she had put together, which the hoomans used a lot! It was a home from home – the little touches to the cottage were out of this world! We had tea bags, butter, milk, bread, dressing gowns, slippers… too much to even remember! Of course, I do remember the ham and cheese in the fridge for yours truly!
After the long drive, you can imagine I was super tired, so we chilled out in front of the television and fire, ready to start the adventures in the morning!
The cottage was such a home from home the hoomans didn’t really want to leave it to venture out, but I reminded them this is my holiday and we are doing what I want to do, so off to town it was!
First pit-stop was to ‘Off the Beaten Path’ and boy oh boy was this a good choice – everyone was friendly and the food was paws-itively awesome. We then had a walk about town and around the local country park before we headed back to the cottage for an afternoon snooze (duh, can’t miss out on nap time!)
Once I had regained some energy, off we went to the clubhouse which is less than a 5-minute stroll (10 minutes in Barney time, as I like to sniff every grass blade along the way!) It offers food and drink in a gorgeous ski lodge-type setting and there is even evening entertainment if you are adventurous enough!
Then back to the cottage to relax in front of the fire and watch the variety of offerings on the television... mainly pupflix (Netflix to you hoomans) which is offered, wait for it, FOR FREE! Are you getting the gist the hoomans didn’t really want to leave The Cottage?
A Sunday morning started off in true fashion... LAZY! We chilled out for most of the morning, then I ran around in the cottage’s dog-friendly field for a lot of the day because who wouldn’t? I had so much space for activities!
The hoomans once again went for a stroll to the clubhouse for a mooch and I made some pawpals! Then it was back to The Cottage for games night! They played pool, darts and had their pick of all different board games to play! Can you guess who won? Yes, you’re correct – it was Mumma, much to Papa’s dismay! Then it was off to the hot tub for some R&R. The hoomans say it was well deserved but who are they kidding? That’s all they’ve done!
Where to start with Lynne, Wayne and Rolo? They are the best hoomans and pupper! They were extremely helpful with any questions the hoomans had and gave lots of recommendations for us all to eat and go out. Guys, if you read this, we miss you!
If we were allowed, we’d give The Cottage at Hall Farm House a 10 out of 5 paws but I guess we can’t, so it’s getting a solid 5/5 paws from the hoomans and I!
If you do go on this adventure, I am paws-itively sure you’ll enjoy it as much as me and the hoomans did!