Welcome all to our brand new feature; Doodles on the Road! We are thrilled to be beginning our foray into dog-friendly travel, it is something I have been interested in doing for a while. We’ve been living vicariously through our friends’ Instagram pages, specifically Lily and Sev (@spaniellife) and Alfie (@_alfiebear for some time so, when we were offered a trip to Yorkshire by Holiday at Home I’m fairly sure I actually jumped at the chance! Our base for the trip was the lovely Greenbank Barns located in North Yorkshire and we were thrilled to share this trip with Steph and her two gorgeous Cocker Spaniels, Sev and Lily who also have their own blog at www.stephandthespaniels.com.
Greenbank Barns are located less than 10 miles from the A1(M), just off the A66, making them easily accessible from both the north and south. The nearest town is Barnard Castle which has everything you’d need, from bakeries and supermarkets to small, local shops. The Yorkshire Dale are just to the south and the Lake District is less than an hour to the west, both areas are fabulous for walking and not to be missed when you have four-legged friends ready for adventures! Highlights for us included a day in Ullswater in the Lake District and Brimham Rocks in the Yorkshire Dales. The National Trust is a fabulous resource for planning day trips and almost guarantee beautiful views and a tea room!
Local Food and Drink
The Greenbank Barns are set up as self-catering accommodation, with fully equipped kitchens, there is really no need to spend lots of money eating out! That said, sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking and thankfully, for such evenings, there is a lovely pub/restaurant called Fox Hall Inn less than a miles away that is dog-friendly and serves great food. The dogs were made to feel extremely welcome, there was even a doggy menu with handmade biscuits and dog beer! Fox Hall Inn also does take-away fish & chips should you prefer to eat in the comfort of your barn.
We stayed in Shorthorn, the smallest of the Greenbank Barns, which boast an impressive 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a spacious downstairs entertaining area comprising a kitchen/dining room, a lounge and a games room. Shorthorn can sleep up to 8 adults with additional beds and cots available for children under 10 on request. All the bedrooms are spacious and beautifully decorated, light and fresh and all but one have their own equally lovely en-suites.
The whole of the ground floor is set up perfectly for entertaining, as well as the Foosball table, there are board games to keep any children in the party amused as well as two Smart TVs for those occasional rainy days. For such a huge expanse of space, the lounge and games room felt remarkably cosy with a lovely country house feel about them and lots of unique, statement furnishings. One of the highlights for me was the log burner in the lounge, it was much appreciated when we returned with numb extremities from our long walks! The kitchen in Shorthorn was the dream for someone like me who loves to cook, stocked with everything you could even need, even if you decided to host a dinner party!
The outdoor dining and BBQ area, although use minimally by us due to the drastic drop in temperature the week we visited, would be perfect for al fresco dining in the warmer summer months. We did manage to take advantage of the hot tub once on our trip, looking out over the Dales from within the warmth and comfort was exceptionally beautiful.
The dog were allowed free roam of the downstairs of the house however they were not allowed in the bedrooms or on any of the furniture. There was a lovely, warm utility room on the ground floor with two large dog beds provided so there was no need for us to transport ours hundred of miles! All the barns had a spacious outside area which was great for the dogs to run around and expend some energy but they were not enclosed so if you have a dog without a solid recall or one that likes to wander you would have to keep them on a lead. It is also worth noting that the barns usually have a two dog maximum.
We hope you enjoyed our first edition of Doodles on the Road, we had such an amazing week away with our friends at Greenbank Barns and can’t wait for our next adventure!