WHAT’S THE SCOOP? This stunning two-bed bungalow is right on the Kent coast. The recently-refurbished property is light and bright has a nautical theme throughout, with cute printed blinds and limited-edition artwork on the walls. A shingle beach is just outside the front door and you can enjoy panoramic views of Folkestone and the famous White Cliffs of Dover from the lounge window. It’s the perfect place to relax, enjoy bracing walks along the waterfront and take in lungfuls of fresh sea air.
ARE MUDDY PAWS WELCOME? Yep. There’s a large, secure garden for dogs to explore with both grassy and paved areas – and if your four-legged friend is anything like Ernie, they will enjoy running out to greet the miniature steam trains of the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway as they chug past. A pack of doggy treats is included in the welcome pack, too (see below).
AND WHEN I’M DOG TIRED? Take your pick from a light and airy double room with views over the garden or the spacious twin bedroom at the front of the bungalow. Both have lovely, comfy beds and a good night’s sleep is practically guaranteed. Apple Fish also comes stocked with plenty of goodies to help you unwind, from board games to books and DVDs for both adults and kids. There’s an excellent wifi connection, too.
HOW ARE THE SCOOBY SNACKS? This is a self-catering property but guests are provided with a handy welcome pack. It includes all the essentials like bread, milk and butter plus some lovely extras like shortbread, chocolate and dog treats. The bottle of white wine chilling in the fridge was very much appreciated, too! The nearest pub to Apple Fish is The Pilot Inn, a ten-minute walk away. The Pilot is renowned for its fresh fish and chips and people travel from miles around to eat there so booking is essential. Dogs are not allowed inside the pub, but are welcome in the garden.
ANY FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS TO PLAY WITH? No, but you’re sure to meet plenty of dogs when you’re out and about.
WHERE’S GOOD FOR WALKIES? Everywhere! The beach opposite the bungalow is a good start but Dungeness – a national nature reserve – is just up the road. Read my Ruff Guide to Dungeness and the surrounding area here.
WHAT ERNIE LOVED: Scamping in the garden, being so close to the beach, the cosy wood burner.
WHAT I LOVED: The nautical theme indoors, sitting in the conservatory with a coffee and watching the trains go by, the big skies of Dungeness.
GET ON THE DOG AND BONE: A two-night stay at Apple Fish starts from £341. For more information or to book, visit mulberrycottages.com or call 01227 464958.