Why Suffolk is the perfect dog friendly holiday destination

By Steph


20th June 2023

Planning a holiday can often be a challenging task when you have a furry friend to consider. Many pet owners struggle to find destinations that are not only accommodating to their four-legged companions but also offer a range of activities and amenities for both humans and dogs. If you're looking for an ideal dog-friendly holiday destination, look no further than Retreat East, a stunning dog-friendly retreat in Suffolk. Here are just a few of the reasons why Suffolk makes a great dog-friendly holiday destination. 

Dog-Friendly Accommodation

Finding suitable accommodation that welcomes dogs isn’t always easy. In Suffolk, you'll discover a wide range of dog-friendly options, including our stunning barns, cottages and Shepherds Huts (with a few exceptions). We also treat your pup to a host of holiday luxuries including an Earthbound dog bed, dog bowl, Wild For Dogs mini shampoo and Pooches dog treats. A fee of £25 per dog will be applied to your stay and there is a limit of 2 dogs per barn and 1 dog per Shepherd Hut.

With plenty of pet-friendly places to stay, you can explore the beauty of Suffolk without worrying about leaving man’s best friend behind.

Stunning Coastal Walks

Suffolk is blessed with a breathtaking coastline that stretches for miles, providing ample opportunities for long, leisurely walks with your furry friend. From the charming seaside town of Southwold to the serene beauty of Aldeburgh, you'll find a plethora of dog-friendly beaches where your pooch can frolic in the sand and surf. The Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering stunning trails and coastal paths that cater to all levels of fitness. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike, you and your dog will be spoilt for choice!

Pawsome Attractions

Suffolk is home to a host of attractions that welcome dogs with open arms. From historical sites such as Framlingham Castle and Sutton Hoo to beautiful gardens like Helmingham Hall Gardens and Kentwell Hall, there are plenty of places to visit and explore with your canine companion. Many of these attractions have designated dog-friendly areas or allow dogs on leads, ensuring that your furry friend can enjoy the experience right alongside you.

Welcoming Pubs and Cafes

One of the joys of going on holiday is sampling the local cuisine, and in Suffolk, you won't have to leave your dog behind while you indulge. The county boasts numerous dog-friendly pubs and cafes where you and your four-legged friend can relax and refuel. Whether you fancy a traditional pub lunch, a cream tea in a quaint tearoom, or simply a refreshing drink after a long walk, you'll find plenty of places that are more than happy to accommodate both you and your dog. When staying with us, speak to our team who will be able to provide you with recommendations of pubs and cafes that will keep both you and your dog happy. 

Lots of dog friendly locals

What sets Suffolk apart from other destinations is its warm and welcoming community. The locals truly embrace the dog-friendly atmosphere, and you'll often find water bowls outside shops and doggy treats at various establishments. Suffolk's residents are not only dog lovers themselves, but they also appreciate the joy that dogs bring to their community. This welcoming and inclusive spirit makes Suffolk a truly enjoyable place to explore with your furry friend.

Suffolk ticks all the boxes when it comes to being the perfect dog-friendly holiday destination. With its stunning coastal walks, dog-friendly accommodation, welcoming attractions, pet-friendly pubs and cafes, and a community that adores dogs, Suffolk offers a truly memorable experience for both you and your canine companion. 

So, why wait? Pack your bags, grab the leash, and head to Retreat East for a truly tail-wagging adventure.