Our top dog-friendly cottages of 2020

Accommodation, Pet friendly

Posted by Ruth on 21st December 2020

Our top dog-friendly cottages of 2020

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 2020; read on to discover our top 10 or click below for the whole collection, and start planning your dog-friendly getaway.

Dog-friendly Collection


East Neuk by the Sea

East Neuk By The Sea, Anstruther

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 of East Neuk By The Sea. 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

All Fife cottages


Springfield House, Rookwith

Springfield House, Rookwith

Why we love it:

Full of warmth and atmosphere, this cosy family-friendly holiday retreat is a quiet setting to get away from it all with up to two dogs very welcome. Springfield House has a fantastic fenced-in lawn providing a delightful place for energetic pups to race around and play, while their humans can soak in remarkable views across the Dales Fells and Moorland from the patio or within the conservatory.

Why guests love it:

“For the most relaxing break in a luxury cottage in a wonderful rural location, look no further. We’ve booked up again for next year, one of the very best cottages we have ever stayed in!” – Richard

Yorkshire Dales cottages


Y Daflod, Denbigh

Y Daflod, Denbigh

Why we love it:

Rustic yet contemporary, the beautiful blend of old and new in Y Daflod creates a romantic space perfect for a big group getaway. Style can be found in every corner of this top dog-friendly cottage in Wales, from exquisite fireplaces to concrete-grey bathrooms, while a hot tub and games area offer fun and entertainment for the whole group.

Why guests love it:

“This cottage was absolutely fabulous we couldn't have asked for any more. The hot tub was amazing. The views from all around the cottage were spectacular.” – Susan

North Wales cottages


Horslett Barn

Horslett Barn, Holsworthy

Why we love it:

Bring the whole family – two dogs included – to the incredible barn conversion of Horslett Barn 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

North Devon cottages


Granary Cottage – Robin Hoods Bay, Robin Hoods Bay

Granary Cottage – Robin Hoods Bay, Robin Hood's Bay

Why we love it:

Plan days full of outdoor exploration and evenings of good food and wine in front of the fire during your escape to this romantic dog-friendly cottage by the Yorkshire Coast. Two dogs are welcome at Granary Cottage and will enjoy time spent by your side venturing along the Yorkshire Coast Path and splashing through waves on Robin Hood’s Bay Beach.

Why guests love it:

“Granary cottage is absolutely stunning, immaculately clean and (very importantly) doggy friendly too! I wasn’t expecting a doggy friendly cottage to be so high end, someone has put a lot of thought, time and love into this little cottage and it shines through! Robin Hood’s Bay is impossibly beautiful and we would stay here again in a heartbeat! Thank you!” – Patrick

North Yorkshire cottages


Greenway Sandpiper, Westward Ho!

Greenway Sandpiper, Westward Ho!

Why we love it:

Lounge in the hot tub with coastal views all around at this unforgettable coastal getaway in Devon. Westwood Ho! beach is a local favourite with wide, open sandy spaces, moorland, pebble ridge and dunes to explore, while this bright, light cottage is full of a seaside holiday vibe. A balcony, skylights, stylish furnishings, and French doors leading out to a lawned garden with BBQ, all make Greenway Sandpiper a perfect place for a family holiday with your dog.

Why guests love it:

“The property was in a fantastic location, amazing views, great for dog walks, local amenities and the beaches. The facilities in the property were first class and had everything you needed.” – Joanne

Devon coastal cottages


Ardle Lodge

Ardle Lodge, Bridge of Cally

Why we love it:

Welcoming up to four dogs, Ardle Lodge is a large property that makes 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

Perth & Kinross cottages


Clearbrook Barn, Bicester Village

Clearbrook Barn, Bicester Village

Why we love it:

A charming two-person cottage complete with a thatched roof and serene, mature gardens – not to mention an indulgent hot tub – Clearbrook Barn provides a warm space for you to relax. Cook a feast in the stylish, contemporary kitchen before retreating under cover in the garden to dine alfresco. Best of all, this cottage welcomes three dogs to join you on your Cotswolds break.

Why guests love it:

“Words can't describe what a beautiful and perfect holiday we've just had. It's such a peaceful haven with a great hot tub, gazebo to sit in day or night and the fire pit hut is perfect for a cold evening too. Our two dogs were also well provided for and are given the freedom to roam the grounds which are perfectly safe.” – Janice

Cotswolds cottages


Ford Barn, Cartmel

Ford Barn, Cartmel

Why we love it:

In the heart of the Lake District, this enchanting dog-friendly retreat combines rustic, stylish furnishings with calming, warm tones. Artwork, wooden beams and large windows add to the peaceful ambience of Ford Barn, while a stone-walled garden provides a private outdoor space to unwind in. Walk to the local shops or pub in this characterful village, before returning to snuggle up in elegant bedrooms.  

Why guests love it:

“Really lovely cottage in great location, very comfortable and well equipped, lovely and warm, with good quality everything. Very dog-friendly, safe and enclosed garden, fantastic walks straight from Cartmel. Charlotte the host is really friendly and very helpful, and just next door.” – Sarah 

Lake District cottages


Wheelhouse Cottage

Wheelhouse Cottage, Cartmel

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 during your retreat to Wheelhouse Cottage.

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


2020 asset

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

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.