For those looking to pamper precious pooches, you can do no better than by giving them your companionship. That’s right, man’s best friend prefers nothing more than to be by your side (or curled up at your feet, or on the other end of a long-throw ball…). That’s why when you’re planning your next getaway you’ll want to make sure that all the family – furry members and all – can come along. For dog friendly cottages Kent – and particularly here at Harty – is quite simply canine cottage holiday heaven, and here’s why…
Wide open spaces…
Take a look at the landscape surrounding the Mocketts Farm Cottages and you’ll see just why Kent is known as ‘the garden of England’. Our little corner of the county certainly got Mother Nature’s attention – and more than our fair share of natural beauty!
With mile upon mile of rolling countryside and wide open spaces, it’s perfect for exercising four legs (as well as two). Looking out across the Swale – the tidal channel and estuary that separates the Isle of Sheppey from the rest of Kent, there are also long beaches and stretches of coastline that are often near-deserted and make for wonderful walks or games of ‘fetch’.
Staying at Mocketts Farm, each of our five properties are ‘paw-fect’ dog friendly cottages. Set in a quiet cluster around a fenced duck pond on the periphery of a working farm, this is country life at its best, with plenty of large grassy areas to explore and sniff in doggy delight.
‘Walkies’ are quite simply what doggy dreams are made of. Luckily for you on holiday in Harty there are plenty to be had. The Isle of Harty Trail is perhaps our favourite local amble. Just shy of six miles long, it’s a very flat, circular route that is mostly traffic free. Starting at the nearby village of Leysdown (where you’ll definitely want to stop in the local bakery!), your dog can spend some time on four-leg frolics on the long sand/shell beach here.
Walking along the seafront passed the Leysdown Country and Coastal Park, you’ll then turn inland toward Muswell Manor and into the wild, rugged beauty of the Harty marshes. Crossing the narrow Capel Fleet (which still just separates Harty from the rest of the Isle of Sheppey) your bucket list stop-offs from here include the RSPB Capel Fleet Raptor Viewing Point, the Swale National Nature Reserve, The church of ‘St Thomas the Apostle’ (otherwise known as Harty Church, dating from the late 11th/early 12th century) and award-winning country restaurant, The Ferry House.
Dog friendly dining
Whether you’re walking the Harty Trail, another route, or are just taking the pleasant five minute amble from your holiday cottage, a short stroll will bring you to The Ferry House – an AA Rosette restaurant overlooking the estuary. Dogs are very welcome here, so they can curl up by a cosy fire while you make the most of the local hospitality! Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus afternoon teas, cream teas and drinks, most of their produce is home grown in their large kitchen garden, comes from their family farms, or the wider Kent area.
What more could your canine companion ask for? A pet friendly cottage – cosy, characterful and in a blissful rural location. Check. Some of Kent’s finest countryside and coastlines, with more walks than you can shake a stick it. Check. An excellent, dog-loving restaurant just around the corner. Check. So it turns out, perhaps it is a dog’s life after all.