Dog-friendly holidays on the beach holiday cottages


Dog-friendly holidays on the beach

Elianne Reed 14 October 2020

More and more of our canine chums are insisting that they deserve a holiday just as we do. The constant stresses of daily life – whether to eat or bury the Bonio, how many power naps to have each morning, whether to fetch the stick or stare blankly at the human… there are a whole host of problems that the thinking dog needs some time away from. So instead of making them spend time away from the family, take them with you to one of our dog-friendly cottages by the beach.

Let them have a read of our top ten dog-friendly coastal cottages below – we’re sure they will let you know their favourite!

Pevensey Bay Beach Retreat, Pevensey Bay

One dog welcome

Paws up who wants direct access onto the beach? When we say direct access canine friends, we don’t mean you have your own key – you still have to take the human with you. However, you do have a decked area and enclosed (if you aren’t a jumper) beach garden to run around at your leisure until the human takes you through the magical gate to the sparkling waters beyond - the setting for the ultimate beach holiday in Sussex.

Bedroom at Pevensey Bay Beach Retreat dog-friendly cottage in East Sussex

Obviously, a fellow canine had a hand in the design of this contemporary beach house as while you are surveying your land from the terrace, you are equidistant from three main human areas of food – outside table, inside dining table and breakfast bar. No dog wants to be too far from the action.

Headland House, Newquay

One dog welcome

You simply can’t beat Cornwall for amazing coastline and stunning views and at Headland House, you really get a feel of the Atlantic, just inviting you to get your paws wet. This Regency house with a Juliet balcony allows you to drink in the spectacular views across Fistral Beach and if you prefer to not walk too much (after all, we’re not all athletes), there is an enclosed lawned garden where you can have a relaxing heavenly snooze at any time of day.

The beach view from Headland House dog friendly cottage in Newquay, Cornwall

There is also a BBQ at this house, so you can plan some sausage stealing of an evening. There are numerous National Trust properties nearby with many being dog-friendly so days out should be a doddle - after all no one wants to be left at home on holiday.

Number 1 St Anns Head Lighthouse, Dale

Two dogs welcome

What fun-loving dog wouldn’t want a lighthouse as its neighbour? Isolated and peaceful, with sea in front and fields behind, this property overlooking a huge lighthouse is great for long interesting walkies. There are lots of other beaches around Pembrokeshire – West Dale is only three miles away, Marloes five miles and Broad Haven six miles so make sure you tell the human where you want to go in West Wales.

No 1 St Anns Head Lighthouse dog-friendly cottage in Dale, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Anyway, enough exertion - the most exciting thing about this house is that there is a pizza oven outside – that means stealing crusts and everything! Even better - if you visit the house in the winter, there is an Aga to snuggle up next to, and an open fire in the sitting room to get dry after brisk walks on the beach. There is even storage for bikes, so now is the time to ask the human for one of those dog carriers that go on the back of their bike so that you can get driven around in the manner to which you are no doubt accustomed.

Villa Surfside, Hayle

Two dogs welcome

The first thing you will notice about this coastal property in Cornwall is the wooden bench overlooking the sea, perfect for you and the human to have a moment together - you’ll be met with spectacular views across the golden sands of Hayle and across the bay to St Ives. You can then suggest a walk to clear the head as at the end of the enclosed garden, there is the South West Coast Path, which follows a scenic route across cliffs to Godrevy Point.

The view from Villa Surfside dog-friendly cottage at Hayle in West Cornwall

Alternatively, stroll down to Hayle Sands, only a few hundred yards away; the beach is dog-friendly all year so you don’t have to worry about when you go. There is a surf school there as well which is fun as you’ll see some dogs on boards with their owners. You can then suggest to the human that you take a visit to one the many interesting places around, including the picturesque harbour of St Ives, Land’s End, Penzance and the Lizard Peninsula. Be warned canine chums – there are no actual Lizards here – it is just a name so you won’t need to protect the humans this time, just enjoy the miles of wonderful walkies and relax.

The Coastguard Cottage, Plymouth

Two dogs welcome

A magical slice of Devon overlooking the sea and just minutes away from a sheltered sandy beach, there is lots of scope for not only long runs along the beach but for exciting ball games too – just try to keep to your own ball and not steal other pooches. A lot of other dogs play in this area too so it is great to make new pals and maybe even meet a significant other.

Looking out of Coastguard Cottage (dog friendly) in Plymouth, South Devon

In the cottage, there is a lovely double-sided log burner to snuggle up to – just the spot for a post-walk nap. There is a great window seat area where you can look across the enclosed tiered gardens to see if your canine pals are on the beach waiting for you – if you are a bit short-sighted, you can ask the human to use the telescope. For the more active dog who can’t sit still, Dartmoor is not far away with lots of fun stuff to do. There are miles and miles of moorland to explore, dotted with dog-friendly pubs and cafes.

Providence House, Fife, Scotland

Two dogs welcome

This dog-friendly apartment is right at the beach, and just a stone's throw from Kinghorn's sandy beach and harbour. Having been fully-refurbished, this holiday home is delightful home-from-home for anybody looking for a pet-friendly base from which to discover the Neuk of Fife in Scotland. Take a walk along the long-distance Fife Coast Path, at 114 miles long, it's bound to provide some memorable coastal walks with your dog.

Providence House, Fife

Providence House is close to Pettycur Beach (1 mile) and Silver Sands Beach (6 miles) too, as well as fine dog-friendly visitor attractions such as Townhill Country Park, Blairadam Wood and St Bridget's Kirk. There's so much natural beauty all about around Fife, so be sure to bring your camera and your walking boots.

Fistral Beach House, Newquay

One dog welcome

This detached coach house-style property sleeping 4+1 in Cornwall is perfect for the pooch with an eco-conscience as it is situated on the Duchy of Cornwall eco-development. With the fabulous Fistral beach on your doorstep, it's easy for older dogs and those who don't like car rides as you can just stroll over for a little walkie whenever the mood takes. You can build up to slowly navigating the headland and beach at your leisure, perhaps stopping for a biscuit and bowl of water while your nose gets accustomed to the salty sea air.

Fistral Beach House Newquay Cornwall

The house is decked out in blue and cream seaside tones, so you'll really feel that you are on holiday, especially with the amazing sea views over Fistral Beach. Canines who like to sit outside and sniff the air will love the cosy kitchen which leads out to an enclosed lawned garden with a picnic bench. That's two perfect areas for the humans to drop crumbs while you lie alongside waiting for your next walkie.

Seagulls, Pevensey Bay

One dog welcome

Overlooking a great expanse of sea, and right on the beach, this spacious house in Sussex is perfect for adventurous dogs who love to just run for miles and miles. With an enclosed garden, it even has a garden hose to wash off those sandy paws. There is also an upstairs terrace to just sit and relax and look at other dogs letting off steam while you enjoy a nice chew.

Pevensey Bay pebble beach, next to Seagulls dog-friendly cottage in East Sussex

The house is big enough for all the family so you can be sure to get attention from everybody. Being perfectly situated between Hastings and Eastbourne with a multitude of beautiful country towns and villages to visit, Seagulls is a great house to base yourself from; with the Firehills at Fairlight and the beautiful South Downs each within a half an hour drive, this is impressive dog walking country.

Sandy Cove, Portmellon

Two dogs welcome

This little cottage in Cornwall couldn’t get any closer to the sea – with uninterrupted views over the beach and cove of Portmellon, it is as coastal as it gets. There is a lovely pub next door and you can walk down to the beach as it is right in front of the cottage. Decorated with a fantastic nautical theme, it also has its own little enclosed garden if you fancy an alternative countryside view. On winter nights, you can snuggle up next to the wood burner with your favourite human – what could be more perfect?

The dining area in Sandy Cove dog friendly cottage in Portmellon in Cornwall

The cottage is only a short stroll to the picturesque harbour of Mevagissey and the popular town of Truro is only a 20-minute drive away. In high seas and stormy weather, your car will need to be parked slightly further back, so pack your wellies and mackintosh for exciting maritime adventures!

Ysbryd Y Mor, Freshwater East

Three dogs welcome

This quirky property in Wales, separated into two buildings, has the most amazing views across Freshwater East and you can take THREE of you so this trip will be fun! The beach below is dog-friendly all year round and brilliant for exploring – the path can be a bit steep for older dogs but there are alternative routes for those of you who are a bit wobbly. Pembrokeshire is the UK’s only coastal National Park and its famous path runs right past the bottom of the enclosed garden.

The lawned garden at Ysbryd y Mor dog-friendly cottage at Freshwater in Pembrokeshire, Wales

This property is the perfect place if you are a beach-loving dog who needs to just get away from it all – there are so many opportunities to splash about in the sea with your pals, perhaps popping into the dog-friendly beach bar afterwards for a snack. After all, what is a holiday if you can’t enjoy it with your best buddies?

More coastal canine cottages

If you still haven't found your perfect doggie beach holiday, there's still plenty more to choose from amongst our collection of dog-friendly coastal cottages. They cover locations from the tip of Cornwall right up to the reaches of Scotland, meaning there's somewhere to discover for every canine explorer, each boasting a great location within easy reach of the sea and welcoming pooches with open arms.

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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