Our first holiday of 2018 has officially been booked! Woohoo!

We love Scotland and try to visit at least once a year, but when it came to finding somewhere to stay for our first break this year we just couldn’t find anywhere that we fancied. I would find a lovely house but it would be in the middle of nowhere – ideal for husband, Mia and I but not great for an 11 year old! Then we would find something next to the sea but the house would have no garden or no parking so would be struck off the list.

So, after spending 2 weeks looking and not finding anything we could all agree upon I decided to try a little closer to home and look at Wales. We go into Wales for day trips quite often, and have spent many camping holidays on Shell Island, Nantcol and Fforest Fields as well as long weekends in Snowdonia but we don’t really look at it for one of our main holidays. I think with it being on our doorstep and so easy to access you tend to take it for granted . So I thought I would take a closer look and see what was available.

I had seen Dioni holiday cottages pop up on my Facebook feed so I decided to head on over to have a look. Wow, their cottages look gorgeous! Every photo makes me want to stay there, whether it’s a shot of the kitchen Aga, a bottle of wine ready to pour after a long walk or the breath-taking views of some of the properties. I spend a lot of time looking for dog friendly places to stay as we try to have a few short breaks away each year and some of the images people use to promote their accommodation are awful. At the end of the day these self catering properties are a business and need to earn their keep. Displaying photos of unmade beds, blurred bathrooms and dark kitchens is not the way to sell it. Well, whoever takes the photos at Dioni needs patting on the back, because they know how important it is to take a good photo. -First impressions count!

After selecting my dates and checking the all important “pet friendly” box I was spoilt for choice. They all looked gorgeous, welcoming cottages and houses. All immaculately presented, enticing you to come and stay in them.

I eventually narrowed it down to 2 cottages near to the coast just outside Snowdonia National Park. The one that won is a lovely 2 bedroom stone cottage within walking distance of the great sandy beaches between Shell Island and Barmouth, there is a local pub, a little post office and a Spar with a butchers inside. I’ve visited this area many times since I was little, but usually we are camping and I haven’t really explored the area except for what is along the main road between Harlech & Barmouth. So we are looking forward to a week away exploring the area in more detail and finding lots of dog friendly places to visit. So far on the list are the dog friendly Llanfair slate caverns, Harlech Castle & we might even venture down to Devils Bridge.

We are always looking for dog friendly places to visit, so if you know of somewhere, then give us a shout and we will do our best to visit and give a review!

So, all I have to do now is count down the weeks until we can go away and stay in our gorgeous little Dioni cottage for a week. But in the meantime, I can get looking for our next break – where shall we stay next? May well be another Dioni cottage because every one looks stunning!



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