A new sort of adventure, dog friendly, countryside hotel…a very grown up weekend away!
We have hired a car, with our littlest elf snuggled up in the back seat we head off to the Cotswolds. We wind our way though little streets ad pass through lots of lovely villages that are gearing up for Christmas. It is a cozy delight.
We stop for a quick lunch in a lovely pub The King’s Inn.
Back in the car we head towards our accommodation for tonight. The Fish Hotel. The Fish boasts its own restaurant and has lots of different options for accommodation, including a dog friendly section.
We check in and drive down to the stable. The room is wonderful and Mowgli even gets a bed, bowl, towel and treats! The treats are a big hit. We take advantage of the location and head our for a walk around the pond and fields. Mowgli is in heaven.
The Fish accommodates it’s canine guests accompanied by their humans in the bar for dinner and breakfast.
In terms of dog friendly, this Hotel really is amazing.
We spend the next day we drive to Woodstock and visit the market and wander in the pretty town. This is the home of Blenheim Palace which is worth a visit if you have time.
We hired the car though Sixt and they were great with Mowgli and would recommend them if you need a dog friendly option.
Mowgli had a great time, and so did we. The Cotswolds is a beautiful location and really lovely for a getaway. There are so many cute little places you can stop and experience something new.
There are many different adventures in life. Some of them are exciting, some are inspirational, some we embark upon because something is missing from our lives, some because there is too much of something in our lives.
Our newest adventures has been moving home. Having been in our Clapham flat for 4 years (possibly one of my longest addresses) we have decided to move on. Not far, but on to a new area of London (I know! Weird right!) and a new house. We’ve a garden and everything now! It has been a big change and a bigger move than we had anticipated.
For one thing, our box labeling game, it turns out was very poor. “Kitchen” is not sufficient. Also our packing skills…whilst very good in terms of space saving was fabulous it was creative in the combinations of items we deemed sensible to pack together at the time.
In any case, we are in. We’ve not enough storage outside the now huge number of cardboard boxes that we are surreptitiously trying to sneak out with the recycling.
Mowgli’s moving must haves:
- Blanket in full access at all times.
- Food at normal times.
- Lots of cuddles and love on demand.
- Explore all the new walks together.
“Let us step into the night and pursue
that flighty temptress,
JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
This is it. Adventure time with Mowgli.
We catch the train to Winchester.
There is a lot of snuggling and loving of a polite dog loving man we’ve not met before. (Don’t worry Mr Elf, Mowgli did the snuggling and loving not me). This seems to be the biggest issue we encounter with a pup on transport…his affection for complete strangers is inexhaustible.
Transport in London is pretty pet friendly. No dogs on the seats and they must be “under control”. So tubes, buses and trains are all open as long as you have these two rules sorted.
The train to Winchester is about 50-60 minutes long and do able in puppy bladder terms. although we do ensure he is empty before we get on and he gets a change to go as soon as we get off.
Pubs and cafes are also for the most part dog friendly in the UK although, do respect the signs that say otherwise when you see them.
We spend the weekend tearing around the garden and avoiding the cat. Said cat…not too keen on this usurper of affection and steal-er of unattended food.
The train ride back is easy…Mowgli is happy to all asleep on a lap and wake up back in London.