Staycations have boomed in the last few years and as they become ever more popular, growing numbers of people are looking for holidays that can cater for both them and their furry friend.

Admit it, your weekend in the Cotswolds would be even more pawfect if you could go for long walks with your dog at your side!

Well, we’ve got some good news for dog-lovers if you’re planning a UK break this year! We have some amazing dog-friendly cottages for your four-legged friends, offering an abundance of amenities and convenience for people travelling with dogs.

Here’s a look at 10 of our favourite…

 

1. The best place to doggy-paddle


Waterside House is a lovely English country home with a magnificent 800-acre lake and lush lawn leading right to the water’s edge. Your dog can swim and fetch sticks to his heart’s content and soak up the warm sun on the spacious terrace.

Of course, there’s no lack of amenities for the humans in your group. The huge glass-ceilinged kitchen and luxurious, cosy furnishings are perfect for entertaining. With room for up to 18 guests, this is a superb choice for a family party or gathering of friends.

Best of all, this country splendour is just an hour from London, ideal for a weekend getaway.

 

2. Spend quality time with your four-legged friend

Valley Cottage - Pet friendly holiday - Wales

Valley Cottage – Pet friendly holiday – Wales

If your dream holiday includes plenty of privacy, peace, and quiet in a secluded hideaway deep in the mountains, Valley Cottage is the place for you. There’s virtually unlimited space for Fido to frolic—no close neighbours to disturb your fun. Even better, there’s a stream and waterfall nearby to explore and a nice, cosy Aga to curl up to at night.

And if you’ve always wanted the ultimate unplugged holiday, Valley Cottage delivers in spades. No WiFi, just serene surroundings that let you connect with your family and friends.

 

3. Devon is a dog’s dream

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The Barn, Devon

The Barn is everything your furry pal has ever dreamed of — plenty of coastline and clifftops to explore and acres of tranquil farmland for playing frisbee or fetch. And once you return from your adventures, there’s a charming garden and patio for enjoying the Devon country air.

Of course, there’s plenty for humans to love in this romantic cottage for two — there’s no better place for a romantic getaway with a partner (and your fur baby). Super-stylish interior with bio-ethanol fireplace and upscale appliances and amenities. And it’s a short walk to charming Cotleigh and a 10-minute drive to Honiton to shop for lace and pottery.

 

4. Hunting dogs will love the Highlands

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The Fortalice, Highlands

If you fancy a Highlands shooting holiday with your dogs, The Fortalice is an excellent choice—partridge, grouse, and even stag. And if fishing is more your style, there’s nothing like fishing in Scotland from your base at The Fortalice. You can even enjoy winter getaways here; how does a weekend skiing at Glenshee sound?

You and your furry friend will love the walking the Perthshire countryside and napping near the massive log fireplace in this 16th century castle. Why not organise a shooting party for you and 11 guests?

 

5. The Lake District offers unrivalled routes for walkies

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Wood Hall Estate, Lake District

Is there any better place to “go walkies” than the Lake District?

Wood Hall Estate features six lovely acres with a mile-long private drive adjacent to the park. Plus, there’s a stone barbeque and spacious outdoor dining area, the perfect place for Fido to catch a stray burger or chip.

Humans will love the commodious kitchen with vegetable and herb gardens and gorgeous panoramic view of Skiddaw, Grassmoor and the Lorton and Buttermere Valleys. Don’t forget the charming stone summerhouses—an idyllic spot for an evening tipple.

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6. and if you prefer coastal walks…

Coastline in late evening sun at Port Quin - Cornwall

Coastline in late evening sun at Port Quin – Cornwall

Tidewood Cottage is a rustic cottage packed with all the modern conveniences. It’s located just steps from the Cornish coast and the start of the Cornwall South West Coastal Path for wonderful waterlogged walks and plenty of boats to bark at and birds to chase. Plus, there’s a village pub close at hand for an afternoon pint.

You’ll love the amazing views of Whitsand Bay and the private deck with luxurious jacuzzi hot tub (great in both good and bad weather). Don’t forget the home cinema system for movie night with your guests.

 

7. Try a spot of fishing with Fido by your side

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County Meath Castle, Ireland

County Meath Castle is located in a secluded setting plus a 4,500-acre lake liberally stocked with perch, pike and even brown trout—what’s not to love? Not to mention, the castle is situated on the banks of the River Inny as it enters Lough Sheelin.

Of course, there are bogs and forests full of birds and wildlife to chase, too.

This majestic castle dates back to the 12th Baron of Delvin, who completed it in 1537. You’ll fall in love with the period antiques and furnishings that speak to Ireland’s glorious past. The tower bedroom may be the most beautiful place you’ll ever spend a night.

 

8. Take your pooch overseas (sort of)

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Kingshearth Manor, Isle of Wight

The marvellous beaches and coastlines on the Isle of Wight will delight both you and your dog. Of course, the 15 rolling acres of manicured gardens are an added bonus, making Kingshearth Manor a perfect getaway for you, your dogs, and 15 of your family members or friends.

The swim spa and hot tub are a welcome respite after your outdoor adventures and a games barn with exercise equipment and a full-size snooker table. There’s even a stable and paddocks if your four-legged friend is of the equine variety.

 

9. Escape to the Cotswolds with your canine

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Beamers Cottage, Cotswolds

The Cotswolds — a dream destination for both owners and dogs — is bursting with tranquil landscapes, pretty parks, and charming wildlife, perfect for long walks and excursions.

Beamers Cottage features a charming fenced garden for taking dog naps in the afternoon sun. This quaint abode will also delight the humans in your group with its vaulted ceilings and warm natural light that floods the living areas.

The nearby village of Churchill boasts the best pub in the region, Lucky Onion’s Chequers Village Pub. Is there a better way to enjoy a Cotswolds escape?

 

10. Walks in the countryside with your pooch is just what the doctor ordered…

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The School House, Midlands

Are you keen for a romantic getaway — long walks with your partner and your pet followed by cosy evenings in front of the wood-burning stove with a bottle of wine and some lovely cheese?

If so, The Schoolhouse is calling your name. This cottage is just minutes from the Easton Estate and Walled Gardens — and as a guest, you have unlimited access, even when it’s closed to the public.

The huge bath and walk-in shower is a special treat for your couple’s break — and there’s nothing so lovely as waking alongside wild flowers blooming in the tranquil countryside.

 

Ready to Go?

We hope we’ve inspired you to take your dog further afield than the local park for his next walkies.

Why not plan your next UK break with your dog and enjoy one of these fabulous cottages or castles? Just send us a few details and let’s get started!

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Love going on holiday but hate leaving your pooch behind? Why not just take Fido with you? Here are 10 of our favourite dog-friendly cottages in the UK.
Love going on holiday but hate leaving your pooch behind? Why not just take Fido with you? Here are 10 of our favourite dog-friendly cottages in the UK.
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