We LOVE dogs here at Forest Holidays and that’s why we make sure that each and every one of our locations is perfect for your four-legged family members! Here, we follow the Yorkshire adventures of 11-year-old Border Collie, Meg, her owner Emma, and Emma’s mum June, during their recent week-long stay at Keldy and Cropton. Over to you, Meg!
“As soon as I saw my bed being packed into the car I knew something was happening… and when my bowls and favourite toy followed, I knew we must be on the move. Emma and June were taking me on my very first Forest Holiday!
Meg's paw-some rating:
The journey took about three hours from our home in Staffordshire and our first destination was Keldy. Check-in at the Forest Retreat was a breeze and we were soon making our way to our home for the weekend; a 2-bed Golden Oak cabin.
The cabin was super clean and in a great spot! The huge floor to ceiling windows were fantastic for watching passing woofs and all the local wildlife. The cabin, split over two levels, had a double bedroom and en-suite upstairs and a twin room and another bathroom downstairs. It was lovely and cosy and had a really homely feel – something that you don’t often find in other holiday places. Even though we didn't get chance to use the log burner, Emma and June both said how cosy it would be on colder evenings.
After a peaceful first night Emma wasted no time getting acquainted with the hot tub! Mid-morning we had a knock at the door – Emma had organised 3 hours of In-Cabin Spa Treatments as a surprise for June! We decided it best to leave her to be pampered and headed out for a walk (YAY!). We’d heard that deer had been spotted in a field past the Forest Retreat so we followed the yellow trail and went to take a look. While we didn't manage to see any, the views and fresh air were worth the walk.
That afternoon, with June in full relaxation mode, we took a stroll down to the Forest Retreat for some lunch – I loved going there as I didn't have to wait outside and had lots of fuss from all the friendly people. The lunch looked amazing but I was more than happy munching on the yummy biscuit one of the nice people behind the bar gave me.
Meg's paw-some rating:
Sunday morning we got back in the car and made the 20 mile journey to Scarborough - I LOVE the beach and it was brilliant to have this nearby! After finding the high street we headed down to the seafront on the tram. It was my first time on the tram and, even though I was quite nervous to begin with, I soon got the hang of it. Dogs ride for free and it's quite cheap for people too.
During our walk along the seafront we stopped off for breakfast at a small cafe by the Ferris wheel for some of the best sausages I've tasted! Woofs are welcome in the seating area outside and, as it was so sunny, it was a brilliant pit-stop.
Re-fuelled and ready to continue exploring, we headed up to the castle. It was a long walk but the views of the town and seafront were definitely worth it! If you weren't feeling quite as energetic, or had an older woof, there is car parking not too far from the castle entrance.
After exploring a little more, we headed back to the car, called in at the local Tesco, and made our way back to the cabin. That evening it was off out again down to try something called a zip-wire. Unfortunately, AJ (the instructor) didn't have any harnesses to fit me so I just had to watch as Emma flew through the air. She seemed to love it and said she’d definitely go again and would recommend it for everyone to try!
Monday morning came around a little too quickly for my liking and that meant it was time to leave, (which I wasn't happy about) but Emma told me that this was only the first half of our holiday and that we were now on the move to nearby Cropton! As we’d opted for a Late check-out from Keldy, we didn't have to leave our cabin until noon which was great to be able to stay relaxing that bit longer.
This holiday was definitely made for dogs and I can easily see why the pet-friendly cabins book up as quickly as they do! Be sure to check out my holiday gallery below and click here to learn more about the fantastic breaks Forest Holidays have to offer! And don't forget to read part two of my Yorkshire adventures!”
Emma and June’s top 5 tips for Keldy
• Spoil yourself with an In-cabin spa treatment – June had a Back, neck and shoulder massage, a Repairing hand and arm treat, and a De-stress scalp, face, and neck massage. The therapist explained every stage of the treatments and June felt fully relaxed and completely pampered.
• Take a trip to the seaside at Scarborough – worth a visit just for the complete change of pace (and the beach). You can easily spend a full day, or afternoon, walking along the seafront, exploring the castle, or trying your luck in the amusement arcades.
• Test your knowledge in the Forest Retreat Quiz – even though we didn't win, we still had a great time. Our host for the evening was really warm and welcoming and we had lots of laughs.
• Breathe in the fresh air and see the beautiful scenery on the forest walks – they’re right on your doorstep so make sure to take full advantage of them! The trails are all carefully marked out, vary in distance, and are suitable for all ages and activity levels.
• Let your cares melt away in the hot tub – even though Meg wasn't too sure, we loved relaxing in the hot tub, listening to the birdsong and breeze blowing through the trees.