The best dog-friendly properties for 2020 holiday cottages


The best dog-friendly properties for 2020

Simon L 12 January 2020

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 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 2020 holiday...

The most booked dog-friendly properties:

East Neuk By The Sea, Fife

Sleeps one canine, four humans

Three reasons it gets tails wagging:

  • It has an enclosed garden with gorgeous sea views
  • There’s a welcome pack waiting for you, including dog biscuits
  • You’ve got a dog parlour at the front of the cottage, ideal for pampering windswept dogs!

What our guests say: 

“This is without doubt the nicest and cleanest holiday property we have ever stayed in. The property is fitted out to the highest standard and the bi-fold doors in the living room open up to a stunning uninterrupted views of the sea. The owners have thought of every detail. Loved the welcome pack including special dog biscuits for Millie. The area is excellent with many lovely small fishing villages to visit and only a few miles from wonderful St Andrews. We will go again without fail!” - Bryan

West Farleigh Farmhouse, Mid Devon

Sleeps two canines, 12 humans

Three reasons it gets tails wagging:

  • There are stunning walking routes in the woodland and valleys nearby
  • You’ll have a large patio and enclosed garden to run around in
  • There’s underfloor heating - meaning pups who love snoozing on the floor will be toasty and warm!

What our guests say:

“We had a wonderful family weekend at the farmhouse and spent the days on long walks with the dogs around the beautiful surrounding countryside and the evenings around the massive kitchen table or in the games room which was great. Our hosts were fantastic, always on hand and very welcoming. We have already booked for next year and can’t wait to get back.” - Debra

Thatched Cottage, the Cotswolds

Sleeps one canine, two humans

Three reasons it gets tails wagging:

  • It has an enclosed garden with plenty of room to run around in
  • The local CAMRA pub The Norman Knight is super dog-friendly
  • It’s set in the Cotswolds, home to an abundance of picture-perfect walkies

What our guests say:

“Really well decorated, comfortable, practical and peaceful cottage. Great mix of a boutique hotel and a home away from home. Excellent and very safe location on a quiet residential road. Every single detail was very well thought out. Lots of green areas on the same road of the cottage to take your dog for a walk which was great. Every single item and corner in the cottage was spotless which was very much appreciated when cleanliness is one of the most important things for you as a guest.” - Maria

The most viewed dog-friendly properties: 

Tortworth Estate - Keepers Cottage, the Costwolds

Sleeps two canines, six humans

Three reasons it gets tails wagging:

  • There’s a welcome pack for both humans and pups - including treats and dog towels for four-legged friends!
  • The large, enclosed garden will help expel that late night/early morning energy
  • There’s a safe, outdoor kennel available for short use when popping out

What our guests say:

“Second visit for me, so it must be good! A delightful cottage. Well equipped throughout, with comfy beds and lovely bedding. Spotlessly clean. A wonderful setting for getting away from it all, relaxing and enjoying country life. Garden large and perfect for dogs, safe and secure. Can't fault Keepers Cottage....when can I stay again?!!” - Neil

Lime Tree Cottage, North Devon

Sleeps two canines, four humans

 Three reasons it gets tails wagging:

  • You’ll be close to Westward Ho! beach, part of which is dog-friendly all year round
  • It’s set on a farm, home to a symphony of smell and lots of animals
  • It’s one of three comfortable cottages, pawfect for group escapes (including up to seven dogs!)

What our guests say:

“Nice quiet area and within easy reach of beaches and seaside towns. The cream tea was a nice touch and the hot tub was relaxing. Nice places to walk the dog and shops and cafes allowed dogs inside, very handy when the rain set in.” - Joanne

Sleeps three canines, 42 humans

Three reasons it gets tails wagging:

  • You’ll be in the perfect location to explore Snowdonia National Park and its range of mountain walkies
  • The enclosed courtyard in the centre of the house is the perfect space for four-legged pals
  • It’s set in the middle of Dolgellau, a little village with many dog-friendly shops, cafes, bars and pubs

What our guests say:

“Perfect size house for large gatherings and location is superb. Almost everything provided which makes gives the organiser ease not to bring so much equipment. Location in snowdon is perfect for hiking or a short travel to zipline, Barmouth beach or Portmeirion. Highly recommended.” - Sukhjinder

The highest rated dog-friendly properties:

Roseberry View, North Yorkshire

Sleeps three canines, seven humans

Three reasons it gets tails wagging:

  • There’s an amazing dedicated “dog house” area - including a chaise lounge for dogs!
  • You’ll have treats waiting for you on arrival
  • You can make friends with the resident dogs Archie and Jenson!

What our guests say:

“I booked Roseberry View to celebrate our pearl Wedding Anniversary with our family & 2 Labradors & I was not disappointed, it was everything as advertised and so much more. Just WOW what more can I say, stunning property with everything you could ever think of, stunning views & a great place to go walking & explore the area. Our dogs had the time of their life running round the adjacent field & swimming in the lake. Pete & Jackie are the most wonderful couple who make sure you have the best holiday.” - Helen

Earth Ship, Perth and Kinross

Sleeps two canines, seven humans