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
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. Somerset is a dog’s dream
Wisteria Cottage is everything your furry pal has ever dreamed of — plenty of fresh country air and outstanding landscapes to explore with walking routes straight from your doorstep and ample space to play frisbee or fetch. And once you return from your adventures, there’s a pretty garden and patio for enjoying the Somerset countryside.
Of course, there’s plenty for humans to love in this charming cottage — there’s no better place for a peaceful getaway with the family (and your furry friends). Everyone will adore the super-stylish interior with a brick fireplace and upscale appliances and amenities – and it’s just 5 minutes from the lively town of Ilminster!
4. Hunting dogs will love the 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
Is there any better place to “go walkies” than the Lake District?
Derwent Garden 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.
6. and if you prefer coastal walks…
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 cinema system for movie night with your guests.
The England Coast Path will be finished in 2020, and will make up 2,795 miles of coastal walking opportunities. Find out which sections of this amazing initiative, here.
7. Try a spot of fishing with Fido by your side
County Meath Castle is located in a secluded setting plus a 4,500-acre lake liberally 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 place you’ll ever spend a night.
9. Escape to the Cotswolds with your canine
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.
Old Queens Manor is set in peaceful with beautiful local walks perfect for 4 legged explorers! The peace and quiet will also delight the humans in your group with its gently lit heated swimming pool and a fully stocked herb garden.
The nearby village of Oldbury on Severn boasts one of the best pubs in the region, The Anchor Inn. Is there a better way to enjoy a Cotswolds escape?
10. Walks in the countryside with your pooch is just what the doctor ordered…
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, Daffodil Cottage is calling your name. This cottage is set off the beaten track in Tarlton, located in the stunning Cotswolds.
The cosy cottage with its unique interior and Venetian-inspired bathroom 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!