If you’re bringing a four-legged friend away with you to Dawn Chorus Holidays in the Suffolk countryside, you’ll be spending the night in a South Down shepherd’s hut. This 21-by-8-foot space – painted a cheerful mint green and sleeping up to four people – welcomes well-behaved dogs of all shapes and sizes. It’s equipped with modern amenities such as an integrated full-size fridge, a king-sized bed and a spacious bathroom, with Egyptian cotton towels and bed linen adding a touch of everyday luxury to your camping experience. Potted flowers by the wooden table and chairs on your patio brighten up the space and nod to site’s serene outdoor setting.
Order a full English breakfast to your door for the next morning, or cook up your own feast in the hut’s adorable farmhouse-style kitchen with its authentic basin sink. For the rest of the day, make the most of this destination’s bucolic walks with your dog. Located in the Waveney Valley, and straddling the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, Dawn Chorus Holidays is surrounded by varied treks through marshland, past quaint inns and imposing manor houses. There are also three circular routes setting out from the campsite itself – really handy for an easy dog walk. If you’re staying closer to home, you can spend a morning exploring the farm, with its roaming livestock including chickens, sheep and cows.
Huts are fully insulated and heated for your comfort if you’re travelling in the cooler seasons. When the evenings turn sultry, stoke up your barbecue and time your meal so you can eat as twilight falls, with sunset reds and pinks dancing on the horizon. The next day, after touring the local sights – perhaps the market town of Beccles, with its open-air lido and Georgian architecture, 2.5 miles away, or the Victorian pier on Southwold beach, a 20 minute drive – you’ll have worked up an appetite. Pick up a carefully curated hamper from Bailey’s Deli on your way home. These contain treats such as Spanish wines and English chutneys for a picnic spread on your porch. You’ll need to supply your own dog treats so that your pooch can join the feast.