To many of us our pets are as much a part of the family as the people so it’s sometimes nice to take them along when we travel. That’s not always possible or easy and conditions at the destination have to be just right in order to make that a relaxing and worry-free aspect of the trip. So what conditions would make it a good place to take pets?
You’ll need a place that allows pets and is designed to accommodate them. A substantial outdoor area is needed. Having some part of it fenced is also a must. A large area for dogs to run off leash is a big plus and having an undercover outdoor area for resting, sleeping and staying out of the rain and sun is essential. A nice pond or dam for the Labradors and other water loving dogs to swim in can also be a big win for the four legged visitors. Some access to the inside of the house is also nice. Pet owners can be relied on to apply the same considerations to having animals inside as they would at home, such as drying them off before entry and giving them a bath periodically.
Englewood Ridge, in the Lovedale area of the Hunter Valley wine country, suits these needs very well.
The owners, Mike and Louise Bosch, have been dog owners for decades, including a few Beagles, a Bichon cross Poodle and two Cavoodles, all of which are truly outdoor dogs. The Bosches currently have two Cavoodles, named Ted and Rupert. The dogs love to run off leash and have always slept outside or in the laundry…They also love to be by the fire on a cold Hunter evening.
Englewood Ridge is a very well equipped self-contained four bedroom house with three new bathrooms, a recently outfitted kitchen, and an outdoor swimming pool. There are two indoor dining areas plus an outdoor BBQ and two outdoor entertaining areas. There are digital TVs in the breakfast room and the lounge room. The house sits on a ridge looking across a wide stretch of vineyard covered Hunter Valley land, with the Brokenback Ranges (part of the Great Dividing Range) on the far horizon.