Multi award-winning holiday park Cofton Holidays has invested £300,000 in four new dog-friendly lodges to cope with record demand for staycations from dog owners.
Shortlisted in the iTravel Staycation Awards 2020/21 for Dog-friendly Accommodation of the year, the family-run holiday park, situated close to Dawlish Warren’s Blue Flag Beach, has added to its existing luxury hot-tub lodge collection with four dog-friendly Kingfisher lodges close to the coarse fishing lakes.
The launch follows research conducted by Cofton which showed that online searches for UK dog-friendly holiday destinations increased by 665% year on year (May 2020 vs May 2021).
Following the success of the Cofton Copse luxury lodge collection launched in 2020, the two-bedroom Kingfisher lodges add to Cofton’s impressive dog-friendly offering which includes self-catered cottages and wheelchair friendly static caravan holiday homes.
After a year full of turbulence for Devon’s hospitality businesses, the team at Cofton have not let a pandemic stall their investment plans. Since 2020, Cofton has invested £1.2m in the Cofton Copse luxury lodge collection, £200,000 in 48 new super pitches and £60,000 in electric car charging points for the local area.
Helen Scott, Director of Cofton Holidays, is looking forward to welcoming owners and their dogs to the new lodges, Cofton’s latest investment: “Lockdown has seen a huge rise in dog ownership, and that’s driving unprecedented demand for dog-friendly holidays.
“As dog owners ourselves, we know just how important it is to be able to take your dog on holiday with you. That’s why we have gone the extra mile to ensure that Cofton is leading the way in dog-friendly breaks. The introduction of our new lodges is our latest response and builds on our collection of pet-friendly cottages and holiday homes.”
Ideal for anglers or those simply wanting to enjoy the sounds of nature, the lodges are just a one-minute walk away from Cofton’s popular coarse fishing lakes and come with a handy utility room for fishing equipment, muddy boots, dog leads and coats. Offering all the creature comforts, each lodge comes with an open plan fully fitted kitchen, living and dining area. Here, dog owners can kick back and relax on the cosy sofas whilst their four-legged friends stretch out in front of the wood burning-effect fire.
The master bedroom features a luxury king-sized bed with a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite shower room. Kids will enjoy the separate twin bedroom with two single beds and access to the family bathroom, which features a bath and overhead shower.
The decking areas are safely enclosed with one gate at the entrance to the lodge and another separating the hot tub area from the outdoor al fresco dining area.
Dogs are welcomed with a pet mat, blanket, stainless steel water bowl and food bowl, whilst their owners can look forward to the complimentary hamper filled with local handmade treats. Each lodge comes with VIP passes to Cofton’s heated indoor pool and gym, as well as access to the park’s on-site restaurant and an enviable list of facilities, activities and experiences including free daily kids’ clubs throughout the school holidays and from Easter to the October half term.
In addition to free access to the heated indoor pool with a splash pad area and hydrotherapy loungers, guests can enjoy Cofton’s award-winning range of facilities including a steam room, sauna, fitness studio, gym, outdoor pools, dog-friendly on-site pub, restaurant, soft play area, playground, sports wall, and much more. Guests also have access to a dedicated dog exercise field, miles of cycle paths and nature trails that take you through woodland to Dawlish Warren’s dog-friendly beach.
Cofton benefits from having the Dawlish Countryside Park right on its doorstep where dogs can run free around its circular walks. Further afield, guests can explore the Exe Estuary trail or take amazing day trips to nearby Dartmoor.
The Kingfisher dog-friendly hot tub lodge collection offers two-bedroom lodges from £428 for a four-night mid-week break, £474 for a three-night weekend break, and £651 for a week break. For more information and to book, visit www.coftonholidays.co.uk or call 01626 890111.