See inside the 'UK's first caravan for dogs' which is made by a Hull firm
The new dog-friendly Lymington caravan by Hull-based Willerby Homes
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 18 Sep 2017
The UK's first holiday homes designed with dogs in mind are rolling off a production line in Hull.
Hedon Road-based manufacturer Willerby Homes says the boom in so-called 'staycation' holidays is behind the move.
Design features in the canine-friendly Lymington caravan include:
- A stable door for owners to keep their pets safe indoors while allowing in plenty of fresh air during warm weather
A specially-fitted dog gate to cordon off specific interior areas
A dedicated sleeping area for dogs in the kitchen to maximise space and avoid the the need for families to bring bulky beds with them
A hidden kitchen shelf to store water and bowls out of sight
Handy hooks shaped like dog tails to hang leads and toys
An outdoor tap to hose down mucky pups after a day at the beach
Dog-themed bedding and decorative paw prints on the outside walls
Kirtsen Bolton, marketing director at Willerby Homes, said: “Our new pet-friendly holiday home is perfect for those who can't imagine taking a break without their furry friends.
"The holiday home is fitted with a number of adaptations to suit pets.
"We have even built a mini replica of the model in the form of a kennel that sits on the porch, so dogs can enjoy some peace and quiet in their own private surroundings."
Britain's reputation as a nation of dog lovers was confirmed in a recent study which revealed an estimated 40 per cent of UK households have pets, with more and more Brits choosing to take their furry friends on holiday.
The new home made its debut at the recent Lawns Caravan Extravaganza in Cottingham, one of the highlights of the calendar of the UK caravan and holiday home industry.
John and Jean Parkes were among those who road-tested the model with their dog Benji.
Mr Parkes said: "This is the first holiday home we’ve ever seen that’s been designed specifically for dogs.
"Benji was into everything. He loved it and we think it’s brilliant.”
Prices for the Lymington range start from £21,200.
Willerby was founded in Hull in 1946 and is now the largest holiday home manufacturer in the country.