Our pick of the best dog-friendly cottages in the Lake District

Accommodation, Pet friendly

Posted by Elianne Reed on 28th May 2021

Three Mile House Lake District

A cottage in the Lake District is a wonderful opportunity to witness the changing colours of the seasons amongst some of the UK's most spectacular scenery. With 16 lakes to choose from (though only one is officially a lake), you will be hard pushed to not find somewhere to spend a few special hours with your faithful friend by your side. 

We've handpicked some of our favourite dog-friendly cottages in the Lake District for you to enjoy a relaxing break, far away from the crowds. After you have been inspired by this blog, continue onto our full collection of Lake District cottages to find your perfect place.

Dog-friendly cottages in the Lake District

Three Mile House, Lake District

Three Mile House, Killington | Sleeps: 10 guests + 2 dogs

When you think of the quintessential Lake District house, this is it. A spacious, Georgian, sash-windowed farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales and less than 10 miles from the Lake District, it offers the best of both worlds for ample dog-walking adventures. A warming interior with roaring wood burners and heritage leather sofas welcomes weary walkers back from days at the lakes, while a majestic conservatory is a perfect place for lazy hounds to catch the sun.

Why we love it:

  • Fabulous central location between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes
  • Beautifully designed interior with sumptuous soft furnishings 
  • Huge glass conservatory leading out to a stone terrace for optimum relaxation 

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Bramblewick Lake District

Bramblewick, Windermere | Sleeps: 2 guests + 2 dogs

A fairytale cottage in an idyllic setting, this contemporary yet traditional property makes an ideal weekend escape to the Lakes for a couple and their two holidaying hounds. It looks like a cabin in the woods, yet its beautifully designed interior with fresh pastels and plush furnishings give it a luxury feel. It's only 5 miles from the famous Lake Windermere, so dog-friendly lake cruises and riverside walks are just a short car drive away.

Why we love it:

  • Private covered area for al fresco dining and stargazing
  • Spa treatments and private chef available on request
  • Shared indoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna and gym 

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Arresting View Lake District

Arresting View, Hawkshead | Sleeps: 2 guests + 2 dogs 

The clue is in the name at this gorgeous stone cottage in Hawkshead. Set in a converted courthouse and police station, it boasts views across to the stunning Claife Heights - also a lovely spot for a dog walk with its pup-friendly viewing station over Lake Windermere. It's close to Coniston Water too, where you can hop aboard a steamer to see the lakes; it really is in the heart of some wonderful walking country.

Why we love it:

  • Cute-as-a-button stone cottage in the prettiest of Lakeland villages
  • Glass-fronted balcony for a glass of wine and an evening of stargazing with the dogs
  • Huge designer wood burner to warm icy paws on the coldest of days

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Lyme Cottage Lake District

Lyme Cottage, Lindale | Sleeps: 2 guests + 1 dog 

Situated on the edge of the Lake District National Park, this quaint cottage sleeping two adults and one lucky dog makes a uniquely stylish romantic retreat. Chocolate box on the outside, warm and cosy on the inside with traditional heritage design and roaring wood burner, it is only 6 miles from beautiful Lake Windermere and its plethora of waterside dog-walking opportunities. 

Why we love it:

  • Situated in a small Cumbrian village but near to lots of fabulous lakeside walking
  • A cosy and welcoming sitting room with wood burner and leather sofas
  • A dressing room to get ready for evenings out or to just relax with a book

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Carter Ground Barn Lake District

Carter Ground Barn, Broughton Mills | Sleeps: 8 guests + 4 dogs 

All that amazing green space is on offer for eight guests and up to four country-loving dogs. Situated on a sheep farm in the South Lakes, this stone and glass delight boasts stunning views in all directions - take the bridle path from the end of the garden to Coniston Fells or hop in the car down to Silecroft beach for a run along the sands and a spot of wave jumping. A hot tub and BBQ make evenings a delight, where gazing out at the huge skies above is a pleasure for those with both two and four legs alike.

Why we love it:

  • Views of the National Park from all around the house, with expansive gardens for a runabout
  • Private hot tub for relaxing evenings after long walks around the South Lakes
  • Warming wood burner for four sets of paws to stretch out in front of on cold winter days

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Poppys Nook Lake District

Poppy's Nook, Grange-over-Sands | Sleeps: 3 guests + 1 dog 

On the edge of the Lake District National Park and a short drive away from the southern shores of Lake Windermere, this delightful stone cottage makes the perfect retreat for a small family and their dog. As pretty as can be, you will have trouble choosing your favourite room - will it be the single bunny room with its hints to Beatrix Potter, the luxurious bathroom with its beautiful mosaic tiles and roll-top bath, or the cosy sitting room with its warming wood burner? 

Why we love it:

  • Gorgeous sun-trap courtyard for morning coffee and croissants
  • Views from the second-floor bedroom down to the coast beyond
  • Lovely hints to Beatrix Potter throughout, with the famous museum nearby 

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Stay at a dog-friendly Lake District Cottage

Spend long days visiting attractions by the lakes and top dog-friendly pubs, before returning to the warmth of one of our pet-friendly cottages in the Lake District. These are only six highlights - have a browse of our full dog-friendly collection of Lake District properties.

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.