The best dog-friendly properties for 2024 holiday cottages


The best dog-friendly properties for 2024

Ellen Drowne 29 November 2023

Once upon a time, taking your dogs away with you on holiday meant comfort had to be a secondary consideration. Not anymore, as in recent years, there’s been a ‘Rover revolution’, with dogs all across the land demanding the same quality holiday cottages as everybody else - and rightly so! 

From pretty stone bothies and wooden cabins in magical forests to contemporary beach houses and mansions that welcome multiple dogs, our handpicked dog-friendly holiday cottages across the UK ensure that everyone’s welcome, no matter what their size, shape or sprightliness. 

So, whether you’re looking for a family holiday, a walking holiday with friends or perhaps a honeymoon hideaway with both your human and canine loves, have a look at our best dog-friendly cottages and get inspired for your 2024 holiday...

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The most booked dog-friendly cottages

Butterfly Cottage - Keswick, Cumbria

Sleeps 1 canine and 2 humans

Butterfly Cottage - Keswick: montage of front door/porch, lounge with comfy chair and wood burner and one of outdoor table and chairs in gravel courtyard

Three reasons why it gets tails wagging:

  • The suntrap, enclosed patio is a perfect pooch snoozing station
  • Exceptional Lake District dog walks can be found nearby at Derwentwater and Whinlatter Forest
  • The outdoor sink for washing muddy paws will ensure no dirt is walked through the cottage

What our guests say:

Butterfly Cottage is a fantastic little couples retreat in the heart of Keswick. It was our fourth time staying here. And quite simply, I cannot fault it. Big credit to the owners who always freshen the interior or decor every year...we will most definitely be back again in the near future.” – David

The Bathing House, Northumberland

Sleeps 2 canines and 6 humans

Montage of images of The Bathing House - exterior with sea in background, interior including loungs and dining furniture, and two chairs positioned by a window

Three reasons why it gets tails wagging:

  • The area has a wealth of pet-friendly beaches including Craster, Beadnell Bay and Newton Haven, all within 11 miles
  • Your four-legged friend will enjoy joining you in the grassed, terrace garden to take in the spectacular sea views
  • Let the pup lead the way on the Northumberland Coast Path, which runs past the property and allows you to explore the breathtaking coastline

What our guests say:

The Bathing House is a wonderful combination of outstanding location and top quality accommodation.” – Tessa

Plum Tree Cottage - Corfe Castle, Dorset

Sleeps 2 canines and 4 humans

Montage of images for Plum Tree Cottage: lawn, lounge and exterior of lovely stone cottage

Three reasons why it gets tails wagging:

  • The long, enclosed garden is a dream for doggos – watch them scamper as you enjoy a coffee on the patio
  • Your canine companion can explore the lovely village and ruins of Corfe Castle with you
  • There is plenty of space in the lounge for your furry friend to curl up in front of the open fire on cooler evenings

What our guests say:

Plum Tree Cottage is a lovely quiet cottage in a super location. The local walks are wonderful and much appreciated by us, not to mention our dog! We hope to return for another visit in the near future.” – Nicola

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Beach End, South Devon

Sleeps 3 canines and 12 humans

Beach End montage of images: two exterior views of patio and garden with sea in background and one of sofas and table in lounge area

Three reasons why it gets tails wagging:

  • The banks of the River Dart are a few paw strides away, making it perfect for a doggy paddle
  • Lots of beautiful outdoor space, with bi-fold doors into the house so the dogs can come and go as they please
  • Nearby Woodlands Theme Park has free dog kennels if you fancy an adrenaline-fuelled day in Dartmouth

What our guests say:

“What a stunning location. We didn’t get in a car until our final day to explore beyond Dittisham and where the ferry boats take you. The village and estuary are wonderful for exploring, and watching the storms come and go from the kitchen was magical. We paddleboarded and canoed with seals and swans all week and they became our friends! There is so much to do here and Beach End is a wonderful base to call home for a week.” Gemma

Omega, Whitsand Bay, Cornwall

Sleeps 2 canines and 2 humans 

Montage of Omega images: looking out to sea from lounge with patio doors open, bedroom looking out on patio and sun loungers (doors open), and outdoor sofa and hot tub with sea in background

Three reasons why it gets tails wagging:

  • Your furry friend will love the direct access to the South West Coast Path, which you can follow to Port Wrinkle
  • Having a snooze on the patio after a wonderful coastal walk will appeal to any pup
  • The underfloor heating keeps paws warm on cooler days and evenings  

What our guests say:

Omega provided us with the perfect location for our holiday... being able to watch the waves crashing against the cliffs from the comfort of the sofa was just amazing! The holiday chalet itself was very cosy and comfortable, very well equipped (kitchen equipment, linen, BBQ), and stylishly decorated. The owners had left some welcome treats, which was a lovely touch. We made good use of the hot tub, which again was extra special because of the sea views. We will definitely be going back!” – Nayanee

Scafell Lodge, Lake District

Sleeps 2 canines and 2 humans

Scafell Lodge image montage: exterior image of wooden lodge, a covered hot tub, and lounge area

Three reasons why it gets tails wagging:

  • Located wonderfully close to Coniston Water, perfect for a four-pawed paddle
  • Place the dogs’ beds in front of the fire and let them have the snooze they deserve
  • The enclosed balcony will mean the dogs can get some fresh air without you worrying about them scampering off

What our guests say:

Scafell Lodge was a great, great location for exploring the Lake District. Coniston Water is a short walk away with access to the lake if you love fun on the water and kayaking. Great place to stay, there's walking from here, and Coniston is fantastic. Very peaceful place to stay too, we will be looking to come again.” Simon

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Sunset Bay - Appledore, Devon

Sleeps 2 canines and 6 humans

Montage of Sunset Bay images: view from decking across estuary, exterior of property, looking at garden from hot tub

Three reasons why it gets tails wagging:

  • The hounds can enjoy letting off steam in the sizeable garden while you relax in the hot tub
  • Old sea dogs can hop aboard the Appledore to Instow ferry and make the most of the wonderful beach on the other side
  • A doggy welcome pack is provided, including bowls, blankets and treats! 

What our guests say:

“This was by far the most luxurious property we've ever stayed in. The location was perfect overlooking the bay and nature reserve. The property was spotlessly clean and very well-equipped. It was lovely to return after a day out to soak in the hot tub. Garden was safe and secure for our dog.” – Martin

Cosy Nook - Rushton, Peak District

Sleeps 2 canines and 2 humans

Cosy Nook montage: side image of cottage and garden, picture looking from seating area to lawn and lounge with oak beams, gas fire and cosy furniture

Three reasons why it gets tails wagging:

  • As well as the garden offering plenty of space for scampering paws to explore, there is a field next to the property where your furry friend can run around
  • A hose is provided to clean off muddy pups after outdoor playtime and walkies
  • If you’re on holiday in the colder months, Fido can bag a spot in front of the wood burner-effect gas fire   

What our guests say:

“We enjoyed our stay at Cosy Nook cottage. It was very comfortable and very well-equipped with everything you could need. The easy walk to Rudyard Lake was beautiful with an excellent coffee shop at the end where you can relax and enjoy the view. The Knott Inn, just a few metres from the cottage, was very friendly and the meal we had there was delicious. We would recommend Cosy Nook to anyone wishing to stay in that area.” – Kathleen

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The Lodge – Avon, Christchurch, Dorset

Sleeps 2 dogs and 2 humans

The Lodge montage: interior of lounge with wood burner, logs in the walls and cosy sofa, exterior showing hot tub, veranda and patio furniture, and bedroom with fluffy grey throw on bed

Three reasons why it gets tails wagging:

  • Situated on the edge of the New Forest National Park, this property is the gateway to a whole range of exciting countryside walks
  • The shared boot room includes a dog washing area for cleaning mucky paws after a day’s adventures
  • Weary paws can rest on the veranda, ears tuning into the sounds of the neighbourhood ducks on the owner’s pond

What our guests say:

“We absolutely loved our stay in The Lodge. The whole property was so tastefully decorated and high quality, it felt completely special to be allowed to stay there. As a dog owner, it is rare to find a property that is of such quality, that welcomes and accommodates the needs of dogs and their owners. The "Boot Room" concept with dog washing and drying facilities is unprecedented. Cannot recommended highly enough.” – Simon

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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.

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