When you’re travelling with your dogs it’s important to make sure the holiday home you’ve chosen is big enough for your pack. Is there an enclosed garden that’s big enough for playing fetch and is there enough space in front of the roaring fire for all of the dog beds? 


If you’re looking for dog-friendly holiday cottages for your staycation, Dog Friendly Cottages will have a property for you. Whether it’s a charming stone cottage in a pretty village, a stunning barn conversion in an area of outstanding natural beauty, or an idyllic cabin perfect for a romantic break.


Pick your pet-friendly cottage here and all the hard work is done for you so all you need to do is pack up the leads, tennis balls and dog beds.



Best locations for a dog-friendly cottage

Here are some of the best locations for pet-friendly holidays and a selection of the finest cottages accepting dogs. 

1. Peak District

Ideal for: Walking, walking and more walking!


The Peak District is a 555 square mile national park that straddles Derbyshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire. Explore the limestone valleys, rolling hills and quaint villages on foot or by bike.


Best walk: You and your four-legged friend can follow The Monsal Trail for eight and a half miles along the former Midland Railway line from Chee Dale to Bakewell.

Dog-friendly place to stay: Steeped in history and charm, The Manor House is an idyllic 16th century home in Bakewell. The six-bedroom home sleeps 14, welcomes three dogs and has a hot tub. 


2. Norfolk

Ideal for: Ticking all the boxes!


Norfolk is a great place for a rural retreat whether you prefer staying beachside, in the woods or near a bustling town. There’s plenty to keep visitors entertained from playing at one of many sandy beaches along the North Norfolk coast, exploring Norwich’s shops and restaurants or cruising through the Norfolk Broads on a boat. 


Best walk: Head to Thetford Forest to enjoy a stroll through Britain’s largest lowland pine forest and try out the family-friendly facilities at High Lodge. 

Dog-friendly place to stay: Sandyshore is a cute little bungalow on a holiday park on the North Norfolk Coast, just a stone’s throw from the beautiful sandy beach at Bacton. Three dogs can stay.


3. Lake District

Ideal for: Outdoor fun


With its stunning landscapes, beautiful lakes, tall peaks and charming towns, the Lake District is the perfect place for a staycation with the pooch. There are hundreds of walks to choose from - all with breathtaking views - and a whole host of other fun outdoor activities to have a go at within this world-famous national park. 


Best walk: Follow the Lakeshore Path from Wray Castle to Claife Viewing station. Here you’ll enjoy beautiful views of Windermere and can let the pooch paddle. 

Dog-friendly place to stay: Lake Lodge is a cosy one-bedroom cottage with a hot tub and stunning views across Lake Windermere, perfect for a couple and their three dogs to make themselves at home. 


4. Hampshire

Ideal for: City, coast and country


Hampshire has it all; from stunning countryside to magical forests and vibrant coastal cities. Home to two of Britain’s busiest ports, Southampton and Portsmouth, and one of the country’s finest national parks, The New Forest, there’s loads to do in this busy county. 


Best walk: Stroll across the wetlands and through beautiful heather fields at the New Forest’s Northern Commons

Dog-friendly place to stay: Three dogs and two humans are welcome at West Lodge, one of two quirky 19th-century gatehouses located at West Park in Rockbourne. 


5. Somerset

Ideal for: Rural retreat


Home to the world-famous Glastonbury Festival, Somerset has so much more to offer visitors than just music, cider and cheddar cheese! Choose from hunting for waterfalls, paddling at the beach and exploring historic cathedrals to find out all about Somerset’s most famous past. 


Best walk: Follow this four-mile trail around Cheddar Gorge for spectacular views of the 400 foot deep and three-mile-long gorge. 

Dog-friendly place to stay: Strawberry Lodge is a cosy retreat nestled in woodland in Cheddar. The one-bedroom cabin has space for three pups to snooze in front of the open fire.



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