Our top dog-friendly cottages of 2019

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Dog friendly cottages

We know that your dogs are as much a part of the family as the two-legged members, and so if you’re planning an unforgettable getaway with all your loved ones next year, it would be out of the question to leave your canine companions behind.

Our Dog-Friendly Collection offers over 4,000 pet-friendly properties up and down the UK that not only allow dogs but welcome them with open paws. They include features to delight both humans and canines, including enclosed gardens, access to coastal and countryside walks and sometimes even doggy welcome hampers to ensure your pet enjoys the special break as much as you do.

We've pawed through piles of data to find our most booked dog-friendly cottages of 2019; read on to discover our top 10 or click below for the whole collection, and start planning your dog-friendly getaway.

1. East Neuk By The Sea, Anstruther

East Neuk by the sea
Why we love it:

This is sheer doggy heaven – and we think humans will be very happy with it too! Situated right on the coast at Anstruther and with views across the Firth of Forth, both two and four-legged guests can enjoy seafront walks from the door. No problem if your hound gets sandy paws – there’s a ‘doggy parlour’ near the entrance of the house where you can give him a wash and brush up.

Why guests love it:

“This is without doubt the nicest and cleanest holiday property we have ever stayed in. Loved the welcome pack including special dog biscuits for our dog Millie.” - Bryan

2. West Farleigh Farmhouse, Cadeleigh

West Farleigh Farmhouse

Why we love it:

Exquisitely decorated and enjoying a peaceful location in the Devonshire countryside, this former farmhouse has room for 12 guests and two four-legged friends – perfect for an extra-special get-together. Hounds will love the abundance of country walks from the doorstep and humans can enjoy the cinema, bar, games room or the hot tub.

Why guests love it:

“The hot tub was great, views were fantastic, and the location was very quiet and rural. Bar/games room and cinema room were a big hit. Our two dogs loved running round the gardens.”Geoff

Dog-friendly
Devon cottages

3. Horslett Barn, Holsworthy

Horslett Barn

Why we love it:

Bring the whole family – two dogs included – to this incredible barn conversion which has everything you need to create special memories together. The living spaces are bright and big enough for a crowd: the kids will love the cinema/games room, the adults can relax in the hot tub and the dogs will love the garden – plus the beach is only 12 miles away.

Why guests love it:

We had the most fabulous time here. Total luxury and everything we wanted. Watched stars from hot tub in pitch black – amazing.” – Jane

Dog-friendly
North Devon cottages

4. Dairy Cottages - Big Barn, Wimborne Minster

Dairy Cottage

Why we love it:

Situated between an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the lovely Dorset coastline, this contemporary barn is a great base for an active group holiday and is packed with individual finishing touches. Light the wood burner in the winter or if the sun shines, fire up the BBQ in the outdoor kitchen – just watch out for your dog trying to sneak a sausage or two!

Why guests love it:

It was immaculately clean and had lots of space to accommodate three generations and a small dog. It is beautifully furnished with a nice enclosed area at the back for the whole family to eat outside.” - Jacky

Dog-friendly
Dorset cottages

5. Ardle Lodge, Bridge of Cally

Ardle Lodge

Why we love it:

Welcoming up to four dogs, this large property is a great choice for a getaway to the Perthshire countryside with your hounds in tow. Four-legged guests will love the enclosed gardens, where they can explore safely, while the humans can relax in the hot tub and take in the spectacular scenery.

Why guests love it:

“The enclosed gardens were a godsend allowing all dogs and children to run around safely. The hot tub was a nice bonus. We would highly recommend this house for a family getaway.” – Heather

Dog-friendly
Perth & Kinross cottages

6. The Pod Overlooking Dartmoor, Totnes

The Pod Overlooking Dartmoor

Why we love it:

Enjoy a romantic getaway to the South Devon countryside with a stay in this unique cabin – with your dog playing gooseberry! The wood burner and hot tub both add a touch of luxury to this rural lodge and you can relax safe in the knowledge your dog can safely explore the enclosed grounds.

Why guests love it:

Our first holiday with our 11-month-old puppy. The entire property is enclosed so our dog could run around chasing squirrels in the trees without us worrying. The hot tub is easy to use and perfect after a day exploring Devon.” - Gemma

Dog-friendly
South Devon cottages

7. The Modern Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Modern Shakespeare

Why we love it:

This is an excellent base to explore the history and culture of Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, with two of your four-legged family members. Enjoy waterside walks from the front door – an excellent excuse to leave the car at home – and when you return to your Warwickshire bolthole you can enjoy soaking up the sun on the enclosed patio while your pup dozes at your feet.

Why guests love it:

“A very comfortable, well-equipped apartment in a quiet road, five minutes’ walk from the town centre - a lovely place to visit. Parking for two cars and an outside area a real bonus.” – Jane

Dog-friendly
Warwickshire cottages

8. Mudeford Beach Cottage, Christchurch

Mudeford Beach Cottage

Why we love it:

Just a short walk from Avon Beach – which is dog-friendly from October to May – this stylish cottage is in a great spot for a family break with up to two dogs. Your pups will love exploring the south-facing garden with the kids while you can relax with a coffee on the decking and soak up the south-coast sunshine. 

Why guests love it:

The best holiday property we have ever stayed in. Spotlessly clean and so very comfortable. Even our dogs were made welcome.”Susan

Dog-friendly
Dorset cottages

9. Wheelhouse Cottage, Cartmel

Wheelhouse Cottage

Why we love it:

Exuding a refined and classic country style, this 200-year-old cottage has been extensively updated to offer a cosy home-from-home, just perfect for exploring the Lake District with both your two and four-legged family members. Light the wood burner after a long day’s walking or soothe aching muscles in the hot tub.

Why guests love it:

A lovely interior, clean and all amenities in excellent condition. The enclosed garden meant our dog was safe and away from any sheep. The hot tub was also a bonus!” – Jack

Dog-friendly
Lake District cottages

10. The Cottage At Hall Farm House, Melton Mowbray

The Cottage at Hall Farm House

Why we love it:

Surrounded by delightful Leicestershire countryside, this character retreat is part of our spectacular Joules Collection and boasts stylish, hand-selected interiors for a truly luxurious break. Two dogs are welcome and will love exploring the enclosed paddock, while you can unwind in the hot tub and enjoy the views. 

Why guests love it:

Absolutely wonderful! Grounds were great for the adults, kids and the dog, and the location was perfect for us - we fished, we rode horses, we sampled local produce, we walked and cycled. Great for the soul!” – Helen  

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Make special memories with all your friends and family this year – four-legged ones included!
 

Posted by Ruth on 24th October 2019