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A Dog Friendly Staycation, Lake District

I definitely need to venture out in England more, I forget how beautiful my home country actually is! When I think of weekends away I never think to look in the UK but once I saw pictures of Lake District I was so excited to see it in person, I dreaded the 6 hour car journey but luckily it was worth it.
It looked beautiful in pictures and it seemed like it would be the perfect place to relax and the best thing about staying in the UK is that it meant my little pug Louie could finally come on holiday with us too!

We stayed in a place called Howfoot Lodge in Grasmere. It is so so beautiful surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees with the lake directly opposite, the cottage is actually huge but still seems so cosy and homely, old but grand with higgledy piggledy hallways and dark wood interior and super high ceilings it’s definitely not your modern city hotel, it has so much more character than that! It suits the scenery that surrounds it, it feels like a home away from home, a super friendly welcome and the most amazing cooked breakfast with breathtaking views surrounding it’s honestly perfect and the fact my little pooch can come along with me makes me so so happy!

We paid £85 a night for the deluxe room and that included breakfast. Breakfast was amazing! you fill out a breakfast sheet the night before and choose from the options given, I chose the scrambled egg and salmon on croissant which was incredible! I love eggs benedict or eggs royale and having it on a croissant instead of a muffin or wholemeal toast is so much lighter it was so tasty! Better than any restaurant egg breakfast I’ve had and that’s a bold statement and was completely unexpected from a little modest cottage in the middle of the mountains and lakes.

it’s super close to everything, the little village that is full of quaint little shops, parks with fast flowing streams and constant mountains in the background that looks like a backdrop from a film- it’s perfect.

I will definitely go back to this place, It was such a nice getaway and we had a really nice relaxing weekend. Everything was on our doorstep, the cutest shops and a string of amazing bars and restaurants. The scenery is breathtaking so walking to each village was more enjoyable than the usual standard dog walk back in Essex.

 So many places cater to dogs, they can walk around in shops with you and sit inside and outside the restaurants with you at the table. The Potted House was my favourite restaurant we went to I think, We had a garlic bread starter then I had the tastiest carbonara king prawn risotto, it was incredible! For dessert I had sticky toffee pudding, I might do a separate post for that. We sat outside it was super quiet next to a stream with such a chill vibe with little Louie sitting by my feet, he then ended up snuggling up on my lap.

I had such an amazing weekend, I loved having my little pug Louie with me it honestly made the getaway a million times better! He loved it aswell and walked so much further than usual (probably the fresh air!) It was such a long drive from Essex – 6 hours to be precise! but it was so worth it and I will definitely be returning.

If you have any recommendations for UK staycations let me know! I loved Lake District so much and  I really want to find more pup friendly places in the UK.

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  1. Nai Brown
    June 29, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    Oh my soul, that king prawn risotto looks SO good. I've not been to the Lake District since I was a teenager, but I'm trying to do more UK trips so I may have to give Grasmere a go, it looks lovely! Nai xoxowww.ohsixeleven.blogspot.co.uk

    • Alicia a la Mode
      July 5, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      It was honestly amazing! Its so so beautiful and the food was so nice I was expecting standard pub grub like sausage and mash haha I want to go back already haha – Alicia Xo

  2. Laura Nolan
    July 8, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    Isnt grasmere such a beautiful place?! I love the Lake District but need to go again now I have a dog!Laura xfbl-savvy.blogspot.co.uk

    • Alicia a la Mode
      July 13, 2017 / 11:01 pm

      Its so so beautiful! You should definitely head to howfoot lodge if you have a dog its so close to the village and the lake is just across the road my dog loved it and there were such cute pubs that allowed dogs too defy recommend! – Alicia Xo

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