Play Hard

Dog-friendly holiday homes

Planning your Summer staycation? Here’s where to book so that you don’t have to leave your fur-babies at home, but you don’t have to compromise on style either

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 27.06.2021

Advertisement Feature


Just a few steps away from Whitby’s renowned Flowergate, you and your four-legged friend can stay right in the heart of the action at Abbey Hus.

A beautiful, bright and airy apartment boasting views of the town’s iconic Abbey and furnished with Scandi style in abundance, Abbey Hus gives a real sense of calm and minimalism – which is just what you need when you’re escaping from reality for a while.


The open-plan living and kitchen area keeps things simple, clean and crisp, but it’s the bedroom that’s the real talking point here. Sink into the king master suite after a day spent exploring and let the bedroom’s pale colour palette, light-finish wood and soft tones of blush and grey soothe you into the best night’s sleep you’ve probably had in ages.

Speaking of exploring, on your doorstep you’ll find a flurry of shops, bars and restaurants, so you’ll never run out of places to visit, while the Blue Flag West Cliff Beach is just a five-minute walk away – so you and your pup can run off plenty of steam.


Climb the famous 199 steps up to the Church of Saint Mary and the renowned Whitby Abbey, (which, if you haven’t heard, was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic novel, Dracula) and make sure you don’t miss your chance to tuck into some of the best fish and chips going at Trenchers.

Find out more


Looking to rekindle a little romance while giving your doggos the A-List treatment too? The Green Door in Richmond is for you. This stylish cottage – right in the heart of this historic market town – has a real cosy feel, while hosting modern appliances and high-spec fixtures throughout to make sure your stay is as comfortable and effortless as possible.

Perfectly positioned for you to explore ‘the jewel in the heart of North Yorkshire’, just a stone’s throw from The Green Door is The Station – a gorgeous, Victorian railway station that has been given a new lease of life with a mixture of artisan shops, a cinema, an art gallery and a café-bar. Go ahead and sample some Herriot Award-winning food or sup on some beer brewed in-house from Richmond Brewing Company while you get your culture fix – you are on holiday, after all.

If getting away from it all is more what you’re after, then Richmond is also the perfect base for plenty of walking trails. There’s a great river walk up to Easby Abbey (an English Heritage site that’s free to visit), or another that meanders down to Richmond Falls, just down the hill from the marketplace. So you and your pups will have plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs. If the sun’s shining, we’d recommend having a cheeky picnic at The Batts, too.


However you decide to spend your days, a highlight will always be returning to your home-from-home at The Green Door – with its exposed beams and traditional cottage features bringing a real cosy feel to a spacious open-plan living and dining area.

After a long day exploring, there’s nothing better than busting out the bubbles (whether for your bath or for your glass) and sinking into the traditional freestanding bathtub here to enjoy a long soak. Just make sure your pooch doesn’t try and join you!

Find out more


Looking for a delightful, modern, family-friendly holiday home right in the heart of the action this Summer? Look no further than Montrose View.



This gorgeous, mid-street house in Saltburn-by-the-Sea has been expertly renovated and furnished to Host & Stay’s 5* standard. With three bedrooms, an open-plan living, kitchen and dining space, on-street parking and local amenities just a short walk away, it’s the perfect place to bring the whole family together for a stress-free seaside staycation.


Bold colours and luxury furnishings combine in Montrose View, so you’ll always feel a sense of stylishness throughout your stay (we can’t always say the same about family life back at home!). The bay window floods the living area with light, which has an electric blue fabric four-seater sofa and a studded, Chelsea-style bucket sofa so there’s oodles of room for the whole family to spread out and kick back. Above the traditional cast-iron fireplace sits a large flat-screen TV, so even if the weather isn’t co-operating you can still enjoy some family time in front of the box.


Designed with a modern take on Victorian styling in mind, the statement L-shaped kitchen (which sits over two levels) has everything you could ever need to cook up a storm on your staycation and opens out into the dining area, which is perfectly shaped for entertaining. Just outside, the well-kept garden and patio area is a dream for alfresco dining and drinking. Our advice? Take your morning cuppa out and watch the sun rise over Huntcliff.


At Montrose View, you’re only a hop, skip and a jump from the centre of the Victoria Spa town of Saltburn – where you’ll find plenty of restaurants, cafés, bars and independent boutiques. Take the oldest functioning cliff lift in the UK down to the promenade and you’ll find the 208–metre pier stretching out into the sea, or take a stroll along the long, sandy shoreline overlooked by colourful beach huts and high cliffs.

Find out more


Bags of room? Check. Stunning interiors? Check. Beautiful garden? Check. Hot tub? Absolutely! With room to sleep up to 15 guests, there really are few better boltholes than The Farmhouse @ The Grange for your next group getaway. This recently refurbished holiday home in the coastal village of Flamborough boasts two reception rooms, a spacious kitchen-diner, seven bedrooms, three bathrooms and a large garden – so whether you’re planning a cheeky retreat with your friends or you’re bringing all the family together under one roof, this incredible property will give you plenty space to make memories you’ll treasure forever.

With premium furnishings and gorgeous interiors throughout, any stay at The Farmhouse @ The Grange has guaranteed comfort at its heart. Traditional in style, the kitchen is fully equipped with everything you could need to whip up some grandiose meals (or dish out the takeaways) with style. And with exposed beams, vaulted ceilings and a large table, the dining area is bound to become the centre of all your evening’s entertainment.


Just as comfort is at the heart of The Farmhouse @ The Grange, so too is accessibility. Everyone should be able to join in the group gathering and, of its seven bedrooms, The Farmhouse @ The Grange offers an ensuite twin room on the ground floor, complete with accessible shower. The other bedrooms are all located on the first floor. Featuring a four-poster king bed and an ensuite bathroom with a roll-top bath and a walk-in shower, try not to fall out with anyone over who gets the master.



It would be remiss of us not to take you out into the large garden, which provides the perfect entertaining space for those sunny Summer days. Stylish outdoor furniture means you can make any meal alfresco with ease, while the hot tub boosts this holiday home up a level or two into the ‘uber-luxurious’. It’ll be whether you can ever bring yourself to get out of it that becomes your only problem!

If you can convince yourself to, there’s plenty to explore in Flamborough. Surrounded by white cliffs and boasting long, sandy shores, this quaint coastal village really is picture-perfect. Whether you want to relax on the sand, try your hand at kite-surfing or enjoy a spot of rock-pooling, a day at the beach always goes down a storm (especially with your four-legged friends).

A dream landscape for hikers, you can travel up from Bempton Cliffs to Flamborough Head to soak up some panoramic views of the coast that are, honestly pretty unbeatable. And if you’re a wildlife lover, check out the biggest and most accessible mainland nesting colonies of gannets here. But if your holiday pursuits are more hospitality-based, don’t despair – there are plenty pubs, restaurants and cafés to tuck into here too. Bon appetit!

Find out more


Host & Stay are the local business transforming the world of staycations – one holiday home at a time.

Born from a passion for property and a desire to lead the change in the holiday home industry, Host & Stay’s aim is simple: to help make the UK one of the most popular, guest-centric holiday destinations in the world. But not at the expense of holiday homeowners.

With a wealth of professional experience behind them, brother and sister duo Dale and Emily Smith are dedicated to helping more holiday homeowners unlock the potential in their properties by creating better guest experiences through advanced technology and lightning-fast response rates.

Fancy finding out more? So did we – that’s why we caught up with Dale earlier – read his interview here.

If you need any more info, inspo or just your daily dose of wanderlust, visit Host & Stay’s websiteFacebook page orInstagram

Other stories by Becky Hardy

Your ultimate North East theatre guide to Christmas 2023

Becky Hardy
Northumberland stargazing spots

A beginner’s guide to Northumberland stargazing

Becky Hardy
Christmas light trails in the North East

7 Christmas light trails across the North East in 2023

Becky Hardy
Christmas events in the North East

11 of the North East’s best family Christmas events 2023

Becky Hardy
Fenwick Christmas Window 2023

Fenwick’s window through the ages

Becky Hardy
24 Doors of Desk Delights – £120.00 

8 of the best alternative advent calendars 2023

Becky Hardy