Top dog-friendly cottages in the Cotswolds

Posted by Ed Roberts on 15th March 2020

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The Cotswolds is an exceptionally beautiful area of England, characterised by its charming villages and rural beauty spots to explore. The natural visitor attractions all add up to the ideal dog-friendly holiday location for the whole family. Walk for miles in the lush green countryside and stay at one of our welcoming self-catering holiday cottages in the Cotswolds.

This exceptional pet-friendly destination makes for the quintessential English holiday retreat; with its limitless open spaces to explore, it’s a wonderful choice for dog-owners. The region encompasses areas of six different counties offering a diverse and interesting holiday experience. You and your hound will just adore playing games in leafy woodlands and the rolling hills of the Cotswolds.

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For visitors who love the outdoor life, the Cotswolds is the perfect place to holiday at a bucolic dog-friendly retreat. Choose from a variety of dog-friendly cottages to rent in the Cotswolds, brimming with charming character and delightful settings.

We have a large selection of dog-friendly accommodation options scattered all across the Cotswolds. Our self-catering dog-friendly cottages include some special extra features like dog beds, blankets, enclosed gardens, outdoor taps, and tasty snacks on arrival. We love dogs and our range of pet-friendly holiday cottages in the Cotswolds are canine perfection!

Read on to discover some inspiring properties in the Cotswolds for you and your dog.

Trevosso Cottage, near Cirencester

Sleeps: 1 dog plus 4 humans

Trevosso Cottage

This dog-friendly property is a refurbished former farm cottage. Located in a secluded countryside setting near the ancient market town of Fairford in the South Cotswolds, it’s a superb prospect for a rural break away from the norm. Just 6 miles from Cirencester, you could also reach Cotswold towns and villages such as picturesque Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bath, Badminton, Tetbury, and Cheltenham which is famous for the races and its literature festival. Other local attractions include The Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens and Chedworth Roman Villa.

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Pound Barn, Cheltenham (8mls NW)

Sleeps: 2 dogs plus 2 humans

Bredons Norton

A cute and characterful barn set within a traditional farming village, close to the Herefordshire border, Pound Barn is the perfect place for a relaxing retreat with your favourite person and pets. With numerous walks nearby taking in highlights such as the River Severn, the Forest of Dean, Wye Valley and Malvern Hills, there's no end of natural spaces for you to explore. The regency spa town of Cheltenham is just 8 miles away - a delightful destination for a day out with many dog-friendly pubs, cafes, shops and parks.

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Pear Tree Cottage, Bourton-on-the-Water

Sleeps: 1 dog plus 5 humans

Pear Tree Cott

Great for a dog-friendly holiday in the Cotswolds, this characterful Grade II-listed cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water is heaven on Earth. Bourton-on-the-Water is known to be one of the most attractive villages of the Cotswolds and is a big favourite of ours. Lying in the verdant Windrush Valley, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the village is characterised by the River Windrush that flows through the heart of the village, spanned by low arched bridges. Idle amongst Bourton-on-the-Water’s numerous village greens and lovely period Cotswold stone buildings. It's an ideal base for touring the Cotswolds with many dog-friendly attractions within short driving distance, including the Royal Gardens at Highgrove, Tewkesbury Abbey gardens, and numerous National Trust properties and gardens.

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Thimble Mill, Lower Slaughter

Sleeps: 2 dogs plus 2 humans

Thimble Mill

Deep in the Cotswolds, you will find this pet-friendly holiday cottage. Finished to perfection, this picture-perfect, traditional-style stone cottage, offers the chance for a peaceful break. Thimble Mill, just a few steps from an attractive water mill, boasts luxurious accommodation and will welcome you as soon as you set foot inside. Stone walls, exposed beams, and deep windowsills are just part of the Cotswold country character here. Situated by the riverside in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Lower Slaughter, Thimble Mill has charm and character in spades! Said to be one of the prettiest villages in England, the cottage is perfectly placed for exploring the wonders of the Cotswolds. Visit the historic market towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Broadway, and many more.

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Earl Grey Cottage, Bibury

Sleeps: 1 dog plus 2 humans

Earl Grey

Enjoy an encounter with this lovely dog-friendly holiday cottage for two humans plus one dog. Perfect for a romantic break, this property is in the countryside with lots of walking trails and beauty spots close by. Set at the heart of the Coln River Valley, in Quenington, this beautifully renovated hayloft is a perfect backdrop from which to explore the local Cotswolds villages and countryside. Head to the River Coln for fly fishing or exploration of the riverbanks as it joins the River Thames at nearby Lechlade. This gorgeous dog-friendly holiday home in the Cotswolds is within easy reach of visitor favourites like Broadway, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cirencester, Stow-on-the-Wold and Cheltenham which is famous for the races.

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Clattercote Cottages, Banbury

Sleeps: 4 dogs plus 10 humans

Clattercote

This large and wonderful holiday property is dog friendly and ‘then some’. By combining two properties, these adjoined former farm buildings are located within the gorgeous grounds of 12th-century Clattercote Priory. Welcoming four dogs, this is a great choice to book for a celebration or a school holiday break; there’s lots of space for everyone! It’s also just 6 miles from Banbury with its array of interesting shops, pubs, and restaurants. Other top visitor attractions in the area include Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle, Sulgrave Manor, the British Motor Museum at Gaydon and more.

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Even more brilliant ideas for your pet-friendly holiday can be found in our dog-friendly Cotswolds pub guide.

Holiday at one of our self-catering dog-friendly cottages in the gorgeous Cotswolds. Whether you are looking for somewhere to stay with your partner or with a larger group for a family gathering or a reunion of friends, we have a great collection of holiday homes where your dog is made to feel just as welcome as you are.

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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.