Beautiful dog-friendly self-contained holiday accommodation in the Cambridgeshire Fens
If you’re anything like us, you will have found staycation holiday choices can be considerably narrowed if you have a furry friend (of the dog variety, not your partner!) And it can be a real frustration to be wowed by beautiful pictures of amazing self-catering holiday apartments and B&Bs, all in stunning locations …only to get to the point of booking and see those dreaded words. NO DOGS!
Of course, we understand the reason why some properties make the decision not to be dog-friendly If you’ve spent a small fortune upgrading your premises to make them a luxurious retreat or a cosy ‘home from home’, the last thing you want is for it to be damaged or soiled.
But as proud parents of two beautiful dogs, Prince and Ruby, we know that they are as well behaved as any toddler we’ve ever met, and they have never once caused us any embarrassment.
We believe most dog owners, like us, don’t allow bad behaviour from their dogs. So why should you have to leave a member of the family at home at holiday time?
It was a priority for us from the day Fourwinds became our home and business that your four-legged friends are as welcome here as you. And doing so has not meant we’ve had to compromise on the quality of the dog-friendly self-contained accommodation in the Cambridgeshire Fens that we offer. You only need to look at the pictures and our reviews to know that’s true.
Which leads nicely to…
Your dog-friendly holiday accommodation choices at Fourwinds Leisure
When choosing a holiday, this is what has to tick all the boxes, agreed? After all, it’s where you’ll be relaxing, eating and socialising most of the time. This is why we’ve made each of your choices as comfortable and memorable for you as we can.
Our self-contained self-catering holiday flat
This is a perfect choice for a family of up to 5 who are sharing their holiday with their dog. You’ll be able to relax knowing they are secure and settled, and they’ll have great views of the garden from the conservatory while they doze in the sun.
Our popular rustic log cabin
Another great choice for those of you holidaying with your pet and, again, it’s completely self-contained and self catering. It has its own BBQ and campfire area, but you will need to keep your dog on a lead, as the garden is not secure. We recommend you book early for this one as it’s a popular choice for many of our returning guests!
Camping in the Fens
If you love spending days and nights in the great outdoors and relaxing around a campfire with a glorious view of the stars, this has to be your choice!
Pitching up on one of our spacious dedicated areas is so easy, and in our opinion, worth every second of time you take to set up! Your dogs (up to 2 on a pitch) will love being outdoors and watching all the comings and goings of a friendly campsite (check out our previous blog about why you should camp in the Cambridgeshire Fens). And we’re sure they’ll be delighted if you choose one of our Camper Plate Brekkies too…
Dog friendly activities in the Cambridgeshire Fens
Hopefully, you’ve decided which accommodation option to choose (and don’t forget, you can visit us as many times as you like and try them all!).
Now, it’s time to whet your appetite with all the fun you can have with your four-legged friends this holiday.
Prince and Ruby play a huge part in our lives, and as such, finding places we can visit with them has been a priority. We know you’ll be the same too, so here are some of our favourites for you to enjoy as much as we do:
Dog friendly nature reserves
Rings End Nature Reserve is 8.5 hectares, south of the hamlet of Ring’s End towards the small town of March. Throughout the year, there is an abundance of wildlife to observe and enjoy. For example, in the spring, you can see common lizards: wall brown, brimstones, peacock and orange-tip butterflies, and you can hear the cettis warblers, cuckoos, long-tailed tits and yellowhammers.
Lattersey Nature Reserve, Whittlesey was once a disused quarry but is now a beautiful dog walk and a haven for wetland wildlife.
Gault Wood near March is owned by the Woodland Trust and has two ponds and several open grass areas alongside the woods. This is a glorious morning or late afternoon walk with plenty of benches to stop for a picnic and peace and birdsong.
Dog friendly Riverbank walks
You don’t need to go far for this first one! At the end of the camping field at Fourwinds Leisure, you’ll find the
Old River Nene, where there’s a beautiful walk along the riverbank past gorgeous old houses and taking you into the picturesque town of March. Plenty of shops, cafes and ice cream to be found there…
Benwick Tow Path
A few miles away in a cute little Fen village called Benwick, you’ll find a lovely walk along the towpath with beautiful narrowboats passing leisurely by and plenty of wildlife to see. Don’t forget your binoculars!
If you take off for an afternoon drive, you’ll also find plenty of places to stop for walks on the drain banks, for example, Northbank. There are also pull in places to stop, stretch your legs and enjoy the scenery along the quiet A605 and on the Whittlesey Road at Turves.
We can give you specific directions when you are here.
If you want to go a little further afield (within an hour and worth it!), you’ll find some more gems to enjoy with your dog:
Shouldham Warren is the location of some stunning, signposted, woodland walks ranging from the shortest at 0.75 miles, through to 2.5 miles, with the latter allowing you to experience the site’s undulating nature so you can see views across the open fenland.
Holkham beach is a beachside, dog friendly nature reserve with SO much to do. Walking, cycling, boat hire and of course cafes for refreshments.
Johnson’s of Old Hurst, Huntingdon, is a Farm Shop, tearoom, gift shop and butchers (we don’t think your dog is allowed in that part, so they’ll probably sulk a bit!). But you can reward them by taking them on the lovely woodland walk that’s part of the grounds and deciding to sit in the outside dining area of the cafe.
Book soon; we would love to see you!
Hopefully, your dogs will be as delighted as you that we’ve shared our’ doggy knowledge’, and we hope we’ve convinced you to come and see for yourself how pawfect the Cambridgeshire Fens are for a dog-friendly holiday for you and your furbaby.
We look forward to welcoming you soon,
Hannah & Debs,
We should mention to those of you a little concerned you might be booking into a Cambridgeshire Fens version of Crufts that we insist our dog guests are on leads ALWAYS, no exception. And we have the luxury of plenty of space here, so if dogs really aren’t your thing, you could easily get through our entire holiday without getting close to one.
Although, getting away without a quick tickle of our camp cat Jaffa is doubtful and will be down to you and him!
And in the unlikely event that a non-dog lover has got this far in our article, we want to reassure you that our rooms are cleaned to the highest standards – we guarantee mysterious odours will NOT ruin your holiday…