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The best dog-friendly properties of 2018 holiday cottages

The best dog-friendly properties of 2018

Once upon a time many moons ago, taking the dogs away on holiday meant that comfort was a secondary consideration. Not anymore, as in recent years there has been a ‘rover revolution’, with dogs all across the land demanding the same quality holiday cottages as everybody else. From pretty stone bothies and wooden cabins in magical forests to contemporary beach houses and smart mansions in their own grounds, dog-friendly holiday accommodation has reached new heights, with beautiful properties, luxury furnishings and special canine-friendly extras all a part of every self-respecting canine’s holiday plans.

You may be looking for a family holiday, a walking holiday with friends or perhaps you are looking for a honeymoon hideaway with both your human and canine loves - whatever it is, have a look at our best dog-friendly properties of 2018 to see which ones have topped the list.

The most viewed dog-friendly properties:

Tack Cottage, Shropshire

Sleeps two canines, two humans

 

"Tack Cottage is a little piece of heaven. Beautiful location and so tranquil. A fabulous hot tub is especially gorgeous when the sun goes down; you can watch the stars whilst relaxing in it with a drink in hand."

This beautiful cosy couple’s retreat (right of picture) could be straight out of TV’s ‘Little House on the Prairie’, surrounded by meadows and sloping lawns, gently leading down to a natural pond surrounded with glorious wild flowers. Exposed wooden beams and flagstone floors dominate, while a spectacular inglenook fireplace with a wood burner is just the place for tired canines to curl up after bounding through miles of Shropshire countryside. Long days turn into relaxing evenings as your own private hot tub awaits. Just grab a glass of wine and lie back under the clear night sky as your contented canine stretches out alongside.

Put your paws up for:

  • Its position on the edge of the Shropshire Hills AONB
  • Breathtaking views over 43 acres of glorious countryside
  • Its country-luxe decor with warming wood burner
  • A private hot tub with spectacular countryside views

For larger parties, an additional one canine and two humans can book Tack Bothy next door (left of picture)

The Holly Pod at West Farleigh, Devon

Sleeps two canines, two humans

the holly pod exterior
the holly pod west farleigh
holly pod
holly pod hot tub

 

"Totally relaxing, serene and tranquil with a wonderful view. An amazing place to regenerate before returning to reality."

The Holly Pod is a much-loved canine retreat. Its peaceful and private location at the end of a long farm lane makes it the perfect secret hideaway for two guests and their faithful four-legged friends. A fabulous circular window at one end looks out to gorgeous countryside, the perfect early morning view for sleepy hounds and humans. This unique wooden pod doesn't scrimp on design either – a warm wooden Scandinavian-style contemporary interior leads out to a large private decking area with hot tub and hammock, great for taking lazy days under the scorching Devon sun while hounds snooze peacefully in the shade. There are endless countryside walks to keep your waggy-tailed hounds entertained. A little slice of dog-friendly paradise.

Put your paws up for:

  • A secret hideaway feel deep in the country
  • Endless walks nearby to keep waggy-tailed hounds entertained
  • Enclosed lawn for ball chasing and stick throwing
  • Private hot tub for nights under the stars

Summer Lodge, Somerset

Sleeps two canines, two humans

summer lodge

 

"The lodge was absolutely stunning and set in a beautiful location that felt like heaven on earth. We loved every minute and can't wait to go back!"

We can glean from the top three most viewed properties that hot tubs are a must for canine loving couples, and Summer Lodge is no exception. A contemporary glass-fronted cabin nestled in the beautiful Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, its idyllic and peaceful spot far away from the crowds draws guests back time and time again. Summer Lodge not only boasts huge floor-to-ceiling windows which give you a taste of the outdoors from within, a hot tob with Thai-style canopy overhead allows you to admire the surroundings whatever the weather. 

Put your paws up for:

  • Lots of brilliant local dog walks
  • An enclosed garden and terrace
  • Beautiful views across the Somerset Levels 
  • Sparkling hot tub with Thai-style canopy 

The most booked dog-friendly properties: 

Cwm Cloccs, West Wales

Sleeps three canines, six humans

cwm cloccs

 

"Amazing place for dogs as they can run free without you having to worry about them. My two were never out of the stream and thought they had died and gone to heaven!"

Tucked away at the end of a private lane and only a few miles from the beautiful West Wales coastline, this former clog maker's cottage is one of our most booked dog properties. With just the sounds of the local wildlife and a stream trickling by, you’ll think that you have arrived in paradise. Tired hounds will love curling up next to the glow of the wood burner, housed in its own inglenook fireplace while owners settle back on the comfortable sofas. Outside, a terrace with bubbling hot tub leads to an impossibly pretty retreat of a garden, bordered by wild flowers and woodland. A grassy front lawn is just right for playing fetch on sunny days or just rolling around and being silly whatever the weather. 

Put your paws up for:

  • Beautiful gardens bordered by wild flowers 
  • An abundance of footpaths and beaches nearby
  • A rustic yet contemporary interior, with exposed walls and wooden beams
  • A private terrace and hot tub

Tack Bothy, Shropshire

Sleeps one canine, two humans

tack bothy

"We have never been so relaxed as we were when we spent our time at Tack Bothy, it has everything you need and more."  

There are some places which are found in out of this world locations and Tack Bothy is one of them. A paradise for walking and exploring, dogs and their owners will have a great time sniffing out the best places for long walkies, as well as hunting out the best dog-friendly pubs in the area. When evening falls back at the retreat, step into your own private hot tub where you can drink in the views across the garden towards the sweeping hills beyond, a tired pooch lying by your side.  A welcome pack on arrival is a delightful touch and hungry hounds aren't left out with special dog biscuits provided especially for them. 

Put your paws up for:

  • Local Wildlife Site, surrounded by friendly sheep and horses
  • Set in 43 acres of grounds, meadows and fields
  • Private hot tub with spectacular views
  • Friendly pub a short walk across the fields

For larger parties, an additional two canines and two humans can book Tack Cottage next door (right of picture)

Woods Hideaway, Somerset

Sleeps two canines, two humans

woods tv area
woods hideaway
woods bedroom
woods hideaway garden

 

"Excellent property with excellent hosts in Simon, Celia and Badger. Beautiful area and lovely waking up to birdsong and donkeys braying."

If comfortable contemporary living is a priority when you take a holiday, then you won’t go wrong with Woods Hideaway. Many of our guests, both two and four legged would agree as it’s one of our three most booked dog properties of 2018. The beautifully-styled barn conversion is an ideal couple’s getaway, with the most important family member invited too. When busy days come to an end, exhausted doggos can rest in front of the warming wood burner, dreaming of sheep as you pop out to the private hot tub to relax under the star-filled Somerset skies. What could be more perfect?

Put your paws up for:

  • A pretty village location
  • Near to the Quantock Hills and Blackdown Hills AONBs
  • Warming wood burner 
  • Private hot tub

The highest rated dog-friendly properties:

Greystone Cottage, Brook, Isle of Wight

Sleeps two canines, six humans

greystone cottage
greystone cottage bedroom
greystone cottage lounge
gretstone patio area

The unique-looking Greystone Cottage is the perfect holiday escape for you and a couple of canines. Coastal paths lead from the cottage and it’s a stick’s throw to the famous surfing beach of Compton Bay, perfect for the laid-back canine who likes to sit back and let others do the work. Back at the cottage, you’re reminded of the ocean with breathtaking sea views from the upper floor and the most wonderful light and airy shaker-style lounge area leading out to the terrace. On warm summer days, hot dogs can lay on the cool tiles while you whip up something delicious to enjoy al fresco. 

Put your paws up for:

  • A short stroll from an unrestricted dog-friendly beach
  • Breathtaking ocean views from the upper floor
  • Large enclosed gardens, ideal for a game of chase
  • Cosy snug, ideal for children

Hadrians Wall Rest, Cumbria

Sleeps one canine, two humans

hadrians wall rest outside
hadrians wall rest
hadrians wall rest interiors
hadrians wall rest view

"The most immaculate and cosy little living space we have ever seen! An amazing place to just get away from it all and relax"

If it’s spectacular rural views that make your holiday, then this contemporary bespoke pod, located on the historic Hadrian’s Wall is just the ticket. Beautifully furnished with a bright and breezy design, the pod has large French doors at the end looking out to magnificent walking paths, just the spot for inquisitive pooches to keep an eye out for red squirrels, errant rabbits and the odd visiting deer. Set in a rural position with three other pods, your dog will have ample opportunity to make other furry friends while you sit back on your own private decking area welcoming in the sunset with something bubbly in hand. With fabulous walking country right on your doorstep, including trails along Hadrian’s Walk, the Talkin Tarn Country Park and the ancient woodland of Gelt Woods, you and your canine won’t ever want to come home.

Put your paws up for:

  • Contemporary bespoke pod
  • Located on Hadrian's Wall path
  • Can hire other pods for larger parties
  • Beautiful countryside location

Cappele Cottage, North Wales

Sleeps one canine, four humans

cappele cottage
cappele cottage bedroom
bath tub at cappele cottage
cappele cottage kitchen

 

"A beautiful tastefully appointed traditional cottage. Good walking from the door but not too far to take on the mountains. A stunning, very rural setting - a real escape."

This cute as a button stone cottage tucked away in the Welsh valleys is the dream holiday destination. Inside, a cosy country interior invites guests to kick back and relax, a flickering wood burner just the place for a sprawled-out dog to warm tired paws after long days traversing Snowdonia. Bringing the hound along doesn’t mean that you have to forgo life’s little luxuries however - one of the most talked-about features of this cottage is the beautiful roll-top bath which invites you to lie back with a glass of wine and gaze out at the truly wondrous vistas. Wildlife walks are available right from the front door and Brenig Lake is 15 minutes away from the cottage with flat walks welcoming less able pooches to its gentle shores. When you get home, an outside tap is on hand for washing off muddy paws before dinner.

Put your paws up for:

  • Gorgeous contemporary design with original features
  • Warming wood burning for cold winter evenings
  • Luxurious roll-top bath overlooking the valley
  • At the foot of Snowdonia National Park

People’s Choice

Barrow Hollin, Lake District

Sleeps two canines, six humans

barrow hollin
barrow hollins sitting room
barrow hollin garden view
barrow hollins garden

"We have had the most magical Christmas spent in this idyllic cottage. We have had cosy evenings around the fire and our children loved it."

How could this picturesque and atmospheric 18th-century cottage in the lakes not be the People’s Choice? Offering beautiful fell views and with a pretty cottage garden to escape to, this delightful cottage in the Lake District National Park is a superb holiday retreat. The surrounding fells are a dog walker’s dream and picturesque local villages are just the place for that post-walk pint. Inside, oak panelled walls and comfortable hunting lodge-style furnishings are a stylish backdrop to the glow of the flickering wood burner which gives a cosy ambience on cold winter's evenings. Paths take you through the twists and turns of the landscaped gardens and a little tumbling beck, a small pond and an old beehive barn give the outside space a unique feel. A fully-tiled boot room where your dogs can have their very own beds or crate by the radiator and dog treats on arrival are the icing on the cake – after all, they are on holiday too!

Put your paws up for:

  • Comfortable hunting lodge-style interior
  • Close to Lake Windermere and Simpson Ground Tarn
  • Recognised by Visit England with a 5-star gold rating
  • Fully-tiled boot room for dogs to snuggle up next to the radiator

Tempted by our best dog-friendly properties of 2018? We’re sure they’ll continue to have the same success next year so get your holiday in before they get booked up. We also have a wide range of equally lovely dog-friendly cottages all across the UK so why not book your dog-friendly cottage for 2019 here.

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