One Woman and Her Dog on Holiday

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A holiday in Pembrokeshire with a Puppy

by Cathrene

Poppy on the Beach at Marloes

Poppy on the Beach at Marloes

Last year, for mother’s day, I treated my mum to a weekend away.  She cashed it in June.  Poppy, my Cockapoo puppy of just 6 months, came along for the ride. 

This is the first holiday I booked with my dog, and so we started slowly.  There are many websites around for dog-friendly holidays, holiday cottages, B&Bs etc.  What the accommodations don’t tell you is that there is often a restriction on the Number – or type – of dog(s) that you are permitted to take with you. 

There are numerous websites (see links below) which advertise dog-friendly accommodation (please see links below) so that seemed like a good start!

Requirements: Far enough away that it felt like a real holiday – Pembrokeshire was decided upon – , a beach, long enough for a puppy to run for miles (Poppy had never been on a beach before), but both the beach and the location needed to be dog friendly.

I found a charming Guesthouse , in a small village called Marloes called the Foxdale Guest House, which I booked immediately as it ticked all of the boxes and was situated just a few hundred meters from the sea.

Pembrokeshire Coast

Pembrokeshire Coast

I then looked at the Visit Pembrokeshire website ( to find out what we could do and see during our 3-day stay.

I was surprised at the number of activities which the area had to offer, to be honest – many of which (e.g. horse riding, scuba diving, windsurfing and climbing) were not open to puppies, of course, but have been noted for the future!

Marloes offers some spectacular scenery, a wide variety of landscapes, some fantastic walks and plenty of birdlife for those interested.  It is a very peaceful and tranquil place – so if you are looking for wild nights out this is not the answer! 

Marloes is situated within the Pembrokeshire coast National Park

Beach on the Pembroke Coast near Marloes

Beach on the Pembroke Coast near Marloes

But the beach was the main attraction for us and Marloes Sands turned out to be one of the finest and cleanest beaches in the country and because my mother and I enjoy looking at places of geological interest, we spent a lot of time scouring the cliffs and beaches, where the geology is breath-taking and there are many fossils to find, corals brachiopods, trilobites and much more.  (In theory – I have to admit that we came home with very little in the way of fossil finds, but this was mainly due to us being entertained to the full by a puppy who was having the time of her life!)

The Guest house was fantastic: clean, roomy, homey and the owners were wonderful with Poppy!

They even had a campsite within their grounds, so Poppy and i will certainly be going there again!

Pembrokeshire is a wonderful county, with so much to offer, and Poppy and I will certainly be returning in the future to explore the area further, and maybe even bring home some fossils!

Dog-Friendly Websites (Accommodation, beaches, parks etc.):

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