As most of you will be aware I have a lovely dog called George who is often by my side whether I am working or on holiday. Finding true dog friendly accommodation is still quite difficult in the UK. Many venues advertise as being dog friendly, but their idea of accommodating dogs can sometimes mean they will allow them in a tiny corner of the bar but you have to put the dog in your car at night ! Er, no thank you.
I am always on the lookout for dog friendly accommodation as my husband and I love to go away for weekends with our dog George. If we cannot find good accommodation for the three of us, then quite frankly we just don’t go. George is an important part of our family and we would never compromise his comfort and safety just so we can go away.
We are frequent visitors to the village of Goathland in the North Yorkshire Moors, which some of you may know as the location for Heartbeat, a popular TV series some years ago. My husband proposed to me in Goathland and we renewed our wedding vows there a few years ago. We even had our wedding reception on the North York Moors Steam Railway !
Goathland is a fantastic dog walking area with so many walks and trails through stunning countryside and spectacular scenery. We often go up just for the day as it is only ninety minutes from where we live. We love to have a long walk with George and then stop off at a tea room or pub for a nice hearty lunch. Sometimes we do love to stay for a couple of nights in Goathland with George so we can enjoy much more of the area without having to rush off home.
So we came across this new Bed and Breakfast place in Goathland that opened in early 2016. Mill Croft is a small B & B with just three en suite rooms but they also advertise as dog friendly. We booked a few months ago for a two night stay with George in October during the Railways In Wartime event. This event is themed and set in 1940’s wartime with numerous activities for all the family with much of it centred around the North York Moors Railway and Goathland.
Mill Croft is ideally situated in the village of Goathland on a quiet and peaceful lane with views over the countryside. There is perfect dog walking areas just a few minutes from the front door and a perfect area opposite the house for your dogs toilet should he want to go during the night.
We were welcomed by Gill and Dave the friendly owners, who, on our arrival were thoughtful enough to provide a towel for George’s muddy paws, saving me scrabbling around in my bag looking for his towel. They were both so welcoming to us and to George and showed us to our room which was located on the first floor.
The bright and airy room was beautifully decorated to a high standard with a neutral decor. There was a beautifully appointed shower / ensuite bathroom with toiletries and soft towels. Tea and coffee making facilities were in plentiful supply with added biscuits. Gill very kindly brought up fresh milk to our room although there was plenty of long life milk. Each room also has a hairdryer, flat screen TV with Freeview and free Wi -Fi throughout the house. I hate going anywhere now without Wi-Fi as do most of the population so it’s good that this is provided.
We always take George’s cage with us when we stay over anywhere other than home, as he settles better in his little ‘den’. It also stops him jumping on the bed at night when he is in need of a human cuddle ! Although the room was a standard size there was enough space to put George’s cage in the corner and all his belongings. Don’t you find that you end up taking more luggage for your dog than yourself ?
The bed was extremely comfortable and we both had a really good nights sleep and woke up feeling refreshed. There was an extensive choice for breakfast with juices, cereals, yoghurts and full English breakfast with unlimited toast. I opted for poached eggs on toast while Mr L went for the full English. I had a sneaky piece of bacon and it was delicious. It was a proper full breakfast using the best, freshest ingredients and certainly put us on until the afternoon.
Dogs are not normally allowed in the dining room for breakfast because of lack of space so you will have to take it in turns so one of you can watch your dog upstairs. However we did take George ( and our friends dog Molly ) in to the dining room as there was only ourselves and our friends staying there.
For our evening meal we ate at the Mallyan Spout Hotel where we have stayed many times before. The food here is amazing and for us is the best place in the village to eat on an evening. And yes, it is dog friendly too so you can take your four legged friend into the bar for drinks and food.
There is no lounge at the Mill Croft B & B and as we had friends staying there too we thought this might be an issue as we couldn’t socialise with them on an evening. However Gill kindly offered us the use of the dining room so we sat in there for a couple of hours chatting with a glass of wine.
All in all our stay at Mill Croft with George was wonderful. The owners Gill and Dave were friendly and welcoming and we never felt awkward having George with us. Of course it probably helps that the owners were also dog lovers and understand that it is important to provide a proper dog friendly establishment. Happy dog = happy owners.
The B & B is in an ideal location in Goathland whether you are there for a special event or just to enjoy the dog walking in the area. We will definitely be returning to this lovely house again with George for a short break in the near future.
Until next time dear friends
Love Susanna x