Make Christmas that extra bit special this year with one of these dog friendly Christmas breaks. Our dog-friendly cottages at Christmas are perfect for unwinding during the often hectic festive season. With your four-legged friends by your side, you won’t need to worry about anything at all. So let your stresses drift away as you snuggle in a cosy cottage!
The great thing about Christmas cottages is that you can choose the ones with all the features you need for a stress-free dog-friendly holiday. Whether you’re after a spacious kitchen to cook your turkey and all the extra trimmings, or a cosy sitting room complete with a traditional open fire - you can easily find a property for the festive season with us here at Dog Friendly Cottages.
Of course, you’ll have to choose your location first. Why not choose somewhere with excellent Christmas markets nearby? There’s nothing more festive than getting yourself a cup of warm mulled wine and exploring local crafts and food stalls to your heart’s content.
Dog friendly Christmas getaways
The properties below have been picked as they're available over the Christmas period in 2023, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day too! So for dog friendly Christmas breaks, look no further than these top picks:
Best locations for a dog-friendly Christmas cottage
Ideal for: A bustling city break with the pooch
Make your way to the capital for excellent Christmas shopping opportunities, as well as plenty of festive events. From outdoor ice skating rinks and markets to the sparkling lights of Oxford Street, there’s plenty to see here in the winter. If you’re not looking for a city apartment, you can always book a holiday cottage just outside of the city and travel to London by train.
Best Christmas market: A Christmas break in London isn’t complete without a visit to the annual Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park! With rides, activities and market stalls, it's a great evening out for families.
Dog-friendly place to stay: Stop in the pet-friendly Baldwin’s Hill Cottage in Loughton - a 15-minute train journey will take you into the centre of London.
Ideal for: A relaxing spa weekend with a spot of festive retail therapy
The historic Roman city of Bath is best-known for its luxury thermal spas and swimming pools, but it’s also a wonderful place to be over the festive months. With the cathedral and other historic buildings beautifully lit-up, last-minute Christmas shopping has never looked so good!
Best Christmas market: The Bath Christmas Market is excellent for picking up handcrafted goods and delicious festive foods. Community choirs and brass bands will really get you into the festive spirit.
Dog-friendly place to stay: Just seven miles from Bath, The Chapel is a traditional and charming former chapel sleeping up to six guests.
Ideal for: Exploring the historic city of York with the pup
Famous for its historic landmarks and Viking roots, York is a popular city throughout the year. It's Christmas Market brings in thousands of visitors each year - but there’s still plenty of festive charm elsewhere in the city if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds.
Best Christmas market: The annual York Christmas Market has a real festive feel to it, with carousels, delicious food stalls, and local arts and crafts.
Dog-friendly place to stay: The cosy Cottage on the Green is an ideal base for exploring York and the Howardian Hills - a popular area of outstanding natural beauty.
Ideal for: A quieter festive break in the scenic surroundings of Norfolk
If you’re looking for a city break without too much hustle and bustle, then Norwich may be the answer. It’s especially wonderful during the festive period, as it’s host to not one, but three major Christmas markets. Home to a nice mix of museums, restaurants, cafes and boutique shops, it offers plenty for you to explore.
Best Christmas market: The Norwich Global Village Christmas Market is excellent for mulled wine, German hot dogs and lots of quality crafts.
Dog-friendly place to stay: The Old Hall Coach House in Diss is perfect for a weekend away. It even has a bubbling hot tub and a safe enclosed garden for your dog.
Ideal for: Picking up some unique gifts from the independent shop
Situated on the edge of the scenic Lake District National Park, Kirkby Lonsdale is a quaint market town best known for its boutique shops. A relaxing base to discover the rest of the Lake District, you’ll find plenty of excellent walks to be had with your furry-friend in tow.
Best Christmas market: The Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Market transforms the town into a cosy chalet village complete with traditional stalls and a guided lantern parade.