The Red Book

Our thoughts and ideas on how to live with a little more adventure in your life and make the most of the world around you.


Three days in Edinburgh with a dog

Three days in Edinburgh with a dog

Three glorious summer days in the beautiful and wonderfully dog-friendly city of Edinburgh. Here are my favourite places and travel tips.

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Why I fell in love with the UK

Why I fell in love with the UK

Karin de Bruyn writes about how the stereotypes she had of the UK were all wrong and how the UK turned out to be the best place to travel with her dog Rufus.

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Running away to join the Circus | Deborah Collella (the Dog Nanny)

Running away to join the Circus | Deborah Collella (the Dog Nanny)

Deborah Colella, the Dog Nanny, tells us why the circus means so much to her and why her Incredibly Clever Canine Circus is the most fun dog training class around.

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How we choose our dog products

How we choose our dog products

We believe in dog products designed for you and not just for your dog. Click through to read why.

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Our enemy is normal

Our enemy is normal

We don't go a bundle on normal at Bleak House, in fact you could say it's our enemy. We are for anti-normal.
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Glamping Essentials

Glamping Essentials

The advantage of glamping is that everything should be provided for your stay. But you'd be surprised how often there is something critical to life that is missing or not up to scratch.

Here are the things we always pack, just in case.

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Why every British holiday needs a Land Rover

Why every British holiday needs a Land Rover

Hiring a Land Rover Defender could be just the thing to supercharge the fun on your UK holiday and connect you to your surroundings in a way no other vehicle can.

Click through to read more and watch our short video.

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Middleton Lodge | North Yorkshire

Middleton Lodge | North Yorkshire

A bit of a secret gem, Middleton Lodge is the perfect dog-friendly place to stop for a night en route south from Scotland.

Forget motorway service stations, this is the most stylish pitstop anywhere on the A1(M).

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The Brew House Café at Kenwood House

The Brew House Café at Kenwood House

Every good walk should have a destination, and Kenwood House is usually ours when we walk on the Heath. Click through to find out more.

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The Bell at Sapperton | Cotswolds

The Bell at Sapperton | Cotswolds


A pretty, cosy pub in an unspoilt village where people arrive for Sunday lunch on horseback.

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The Wheatsheaf | Cotswolds

The Wheatsheaf | Cotswolds

The Wheatsheaf is perfectly placed to provide an escape from the city for a night or two.

It is super-dog friendly, has great food and a perfect pub interior with just the right amount of rustic charm. 

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The Swan At Southrop | Cotswolds

The Swan At Southrop | Cotswolds


This vine covered pub is picturesque from the outside and the tiny windows, settles, candlelight and open fires make it dark, cosy and inviting on the inside.

And when a pub has its own kitchen garden you know the food is going to be very good indeed.

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