Your pooch is part of the family, so it’s no wonder it tugs at your heartstrings when you have to leave them behind to go on holiday. Gone are the days where you couldn’t take Fido anywhere though, because as staycations have grown in popularity, so has the demand for dog-friendly cottages and holiday homes.
If you’re planning a UK break this year, we have some incredible 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 dog-friendly cottages and holiday homes…
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/her 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-ceiling 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 your doggy to frolic — and no close neighbours to disturb your fun. Even better, there’s a stream and waterfall nearby to explore and a hot tub to soak your muscles in afterwards.
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 walking the Perthshire countryside and napping near the massive log fireplace in this 16th-Century castle.
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 BBQ 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 views 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…
You’ll love the amazing views at Beaconview Beach House, which looks out over the coast and the valley – and even better, the beach is only 300m away! Close to Downderry, a popular seaside village, the holiday home is an idyllic retreat from the hustle and bustle, and there’s so many walking trails surrounding it for you and your pup to enjoy. If you fancy going further afield, you’ll find Whitsand Bay, Looe and Polperro all within easy reach.
The England Coast Path should be finished in 2021, and will make up 2,795 miles of coastal walking opportunities. Find out which sections of this amazing initiative are open, 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 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.
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 grounds with beautiful local walks perfect for four-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 walking alongside wild flowers blooming in the tranquil countryside.
Ready to stay in one of our dog-friendly cottages?
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? Take a look at our dog-friendly collection here, or alternatively, just get in touch with our concierge team who can organise the trip for you!