There’s fun for all of the family (the pooch too!) if you book a holiday cottage with a swimming pool for your summer staycation. There’s something for everyone on Big Cottages whether you’re looking for a rural retreat, a coastal cottage or a stylish apartment with beautiful views.
If you need more to keep everyone entertained then why not choose a grand Grade II listed manor with a games room and a private hot tub? Or if you’re looking for something a little more understated then we’ve also got a host of award-winning pet-friendly cottages, cabins and barn conversions to browse.
Location is key and we have an abundance of options, from cottages in buzzing towns or vibrant seaside resorts, as well as remote hideouts surrounded by rolling hills and miles upon miles of walking trails to explore.
Best locations for a dog-friendly holiday
Here’s a guide to some of the must-visit destinations throughout the UK to guarantee a fun-filled and unforgettable family holiday with the hound in tow!
Best for: Welsh coastal escape
Gwynedd is a beautiful coastal area of North Wales encompassing Coed y Brenin Forest Park and bordering Snowdonia National Park. The area boasts rolling Welsh hills and golden beaches making it the perfect place to explore with your dog. Barmouth is a bustling seaside resort lying on the estuary, at the heart of Gwynedd.
Best walk: Harlech Beach stretches for four miles along the Bay of Ceredigion and is home to the World Heritage Site of Harlech Castle.
Dog-friendly place to stay: The Cow Shed is a pretty stone barn that’s been converted into a stylish and contemporary dog-friendly cottage with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and use of a shared heated indoor swimming pool.
Best for: Wild moorlands and beautiful countryside
Devon is a popular staycation destination in the South West of England, which offers historic market towns, beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes. Enjoy a coastal walk with your canine chum, take tea and scones at a quaint cafe, or get lost in the vast moorland that makes up Dartmoor National Park.
Best walk: Explore the craggy tors and undulating moorlands of Dartmoor National Park, in search of its famous four-legged residents, the Dartmoor Ponies.
Dog-friendly place to stay: Swallows Reach is a beautiful barn conversion that sleeps 10 and welcomes three dogs. It’s nestled in wooded farmland outside the little village of Halwell, between Dartmouth and Totnes.
Best for: Forest fun and beautiful broads
Norfolk is a great destination for dog-friendly getaways with an array of fun activities for the whole family; the pooch too! Thetford Forest boasts family-friendly activities like a treetop assault course while the waterways of the Norfolk Broads can be explored by boat. Or you could take the pooch for a fun trip to the seaside along the North Norfolk coastline.
Best walk: Thetford Forest is a Site of Special Scientific Interest - a 19,000 hectare lowland pine forest with an abundance of walking routes and mountain bike trails.
Dog-friendly place to stay: Cottage in Norfolk is a former coach house that’s been converted into a stunning holiday home with facilities, including a shared swimming pool, tennis court, snooker room and hot tub.
Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Best for: Stunning coastal views
Argyll and Bute is located in western Scotland. Visitors can enjoy rugged coastline walks and awe-inspiring views or can get lost in nature at Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
Best walk: Explore the wild landscapes, craggy peaks and serene lochs of Argyll Forest Park with your faithful companion by your side.
Dog-friendly place to stay: Ormidale House is a grand stately home, set on the historic Argyll Estate, which sleeps 33 guests and welcomes four dogs. Guests can enjoy a private pool, sauna and hot tub.
North Yorkshire, England
Best for: Traditional seaside holiday
There’s so much to keep you busy in North Yorkshire. From wandering the winding streets of York and Harrogate, embracing the seaside fun of Scarborough, and getting out into the countryside and exploring the coast, the Yorkshire Dales and the moors. Pull on your hiking boots, grab your map and immerse yourself in this beautiful county.
Best walk: Explore the ancient Cawthorn Roman Camps on this short and accessible loop in the North York Moors.
Dog-friendly place to stay: The Lobster Pot Beach House is a pet-friendly holiday cottage with an enclosed garden.