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The best dog-friendly properties for 2021 holiday cottages

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The best dog-friendly properties for 2021

Simon L 12 January 2021

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 2021 holiday...

The most booked dog-friendly properties:

East Neuk By The Sea

Sleeps one canine, four humans

East Neuk By The Sea

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 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

Sleeps two canines, 12 humans

West Farleigh Farmhouse

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

Sleeps one canine, two humans

Thatched Cottage

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

Sleeps two canines, six humans

Tortworth Estate - Keepers Cottage

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

Sleeps two canines, four humans

Lime Tree Cottage

 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, 27 humans

Bodweni Hall



Three reasons it gets tails wagging:

  • Sit back and soak up spectacular views of the private river and idyllic countryside from the hot tub
  • With 75 acres with lake, river and woodland on-site, there’s plenty of space for four-legged pals to explore
  • Entertainment includes a 14-seater cinema room, games room, water sports and lake fishing available

What our guests say:

"What an amazing venue. It was perfect for our family get together. The venue is big enough to accommodate us all, yet still kept the cosy feel of a family home." - Pippa


The highest rated dog-friendly properties:

Roseberry View

Sleeps three canines, seven humans

Roseberry View

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 and two labradors and 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 and a great place to go walking and explore the area. Our dogs had the time of their life running round the adjacent field and swimming in the lake. Pete & Jackie are the most wonderful couple who make sure you have the best holiday.” - Helen


Earth Ship

Sleeps two canines, seven humans

Earth Ship

Three reasons it gets tails wagging:

  • There are gorgeous country views and walkies direct from the property
  • It’s a single-storey eco home - pawfect for older pups who can’t manage stairs anymore!
  • Loch Leven is 5 miles away, where canines can splash and frolic to their hearts’ content or take a long walk around the lake’s 13-mile heritage trail

What our guests say:

“Exceeded all expectations. Out of this world property, unlike any other we have stayed at. Lisa and Ally, the owners, are the type of people we could imagine being friends with. Their guests comfort is paramount to them. Fabulous views, off the beaten track, but central enough to be accessible when visiting other places. Idyllic. Garden totally secure for children and dogs. Loved it.” - Andrew


The Puffin At Bonerbo

Sleeps one canine, four humans

The Puffin At Bonerbo

Three reasons it gets tails wagging:

  • There’s lots of secure outside space which is perfect for children and dogs
  • It’s within easy reach of Fife’s Coastal path and the charming East Neuk’s fishing villages
  • In Pittenweem (4 miles), a pretty seaside town, you can have a drink at a fisherman’s pub that serves up dog beer

What our guests say:

“Amazing lodge with great facilities. Secluded enough for peace and quiet to relax but within easy reach of Anstruther and St Andrews. Well thought out lodge containing all necessary amenities especially for our dog who was able to run freely in the secure enclosed garden area.” - Graham 

Top new additions:

Alpaca Retreat

Sleeps two canines, two humans

Alpaca Retreat

Three reasons it gets tails wagging:

  • It’s set in a whopping 3 acres of lovely gardens
  • You can make friends with the lovely resident dogs Digby and Cookie - and of course the alpacas
  • It’s the perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds, Warwick, Henley and Oxford

What our guests say:

“Absolutely loved our stay here! So peaceful and relaxing, perfect size for two of us and the dog! Had planned to do lots of walking but the cabin was so cosy with the log burner that we didn’t want to venture out! Highly recommended!” - Anna


No.36 By The Beach

Sleeps two canines, six humans

No.36 By The Beach

Three reasons it gets tails wagging:

  • There’s a secure back garden and patio area
  • You’re a short distance from dog-friendly beach Westward Ho! and coastal walks
  • You’ll be on the outskirts of Westward Ho! village, home to many dog-friendly restaurants, shops, bars and cafes

What our guests say:

“Just as shown in the photos - spacious, welcoming, clean & comfortable. Afternoon scones/tea was provided which is a different idea although I am a coeliac so not able to enjoy the lovely scones (the others did though)! The location was extremely relaxing overlooking the golf course & nature reserve (sheep/horses roam). A 10-15 minute walk to the beach where dogs are allowed & could have a good run - tide dependant - as it does come right up! We enjoyed the pitch & putt - take your own golf balls.” - Jacqui


Beck Head Tarn

Sleeps two canines, three humans

Beck Head Tarn

Three reasons it gets tails wagging:

  • It’s very private, rural setting - perfect for dogs who love seclusion and new smells
  • There’s plenty of local wildlife to see in the surrounding woodland
  • It’s central to all the main areas of the walkie-wonderland that is the Lake District

What our guests say:

“Beautifully located, clean and well appointed cabin. The view is stunning, we saw deer and squirrels. The grounds are fantastic and safe for both children and dogs to walk in. Pool is definitely for the kids or the more adventurous as very cold. Lovely short walk to the local pub and hotel where you will find fantastic food, however it is quite a demanding walk and steep gradient on your return! Lovely footpaths throughout the site. Excellent communication with owner. Would return.” - Donna

 

Tempted by our best dog-friendly properties for 2021? 

We have thousands more equally lovely dog-friendly cottages all across the UK, perfect for dog-friendly holidays - take a look, and book your 2021 getaway today.

 


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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