Where do dogs go on holiday? holiday cottages


Where do dogs go on holiday?

Kirsty 26 March 2018

Dogs are our best friends and ever-faithful companions, so why would we ever leave them behind on a holiday?! As it turns out, our four-legged pals know their stuff when it comes to picking the best places for a relaxing retreat; sniffing high and low, they've got their favourite spots and pawfect holidays all planned out, with lots of pups using Canine Cottages to fetch a furnomenal property for their trip.

Read on to discover where’s ‘top dog’ when it comes to hounds and their holiday habits.

Top five most searched destinations

They’re the top places that come to mind when searching for the pawfect holiday destination, and whilst they may not be the locations that are ultimately booked, there’s a reason they spring to mind before anywhere else!

5th place – Cornwall

Jug in Cornwall

With its huge array of stunning beaches, and more than just a handful of pubs that welcome your four-legged friend, Cornwall is paw-ever a favourite holiday destination in our eyes – and it would seem so in our canine customers’, too!

4th place – Scotland

Dog in Scotland

Ah, bonnie Scotland! Highlands, haggis and a whole lot of furnomenal coast and countryside to explore lend this magnificent country to offer endless opportunities for exploration with your pooch.

3rd place – Peak District

Hiker in the Peak District

There’s no wonder this National Park has made it into our top five most searched for destinations. The delights of Derbyshire draw many a doggo and their human’s attention thanks to the plethora of walkies on offer in stunning surroundings.

2nd place – Lake District

Dog in the Lake District

Another National Park makes it into our most-sought after destinations! Emerald Hills and giant sapphire lakes make this National Park a must-visit for anyone with two or four legs. It’s no wonder it’s such a desired location by adventure-seeking hounds.

1st place – Wales

Dog on the beach in Wales

Mountains, waterfalls, and an 870-mile coast path; there’s not much here that you can’t fall head over paws in love with, which is exactly why it’s our most searched-for destination!

Top five most visited areas

Some of the most dog-friendly areas you could find in the whole of the United Kingdom feature in our most visited list, and we’re pup to our ears with incredible cottages throughout them all!

5th place – Norfolk

Norfolk Broads

Be bowled over by the Broads, beaches, and magnificent countryside in Norfolk – just like many of our four-legged friends! This extraordinary county has made it into our top five most visited places for good reason; the diversity it offers to holidaymakers is second to none, with a bit of everything to explore with your canine companion – not to mention some of the most dog-friendly beaches and pubs in Britain!

4th place – West Wales

beach in West Wales

Wales, or specifically West Wales, makes it into our most visited destinations list for a few reasons, but namely this: it is an incredibly beautiful region littered with outstanding beaches and, of course, some gorgeous cottages! The human food is wonderful, the landscape is breath-taking, and puppers fall head over paws time and again for the stretches of sand they get to run along.

3rd place – North Cornwall

dogs on a beach in North Cornwall

Home to historical castles, quaint fishing villages and some of the county’s most adored towns, it’s no wonder that doggos love Cornwall as much as their humans! There’s so much to do for people and pooches of every age and size, whether you’re searching for an active break, a relaxing retreat or a taste of Kernow life.

2nd place – Somerset

dog in the Somerset countryside

It might not be your first choice for a holiday, but our traveling hounds sure do love a taste of the West Country! Perhaps it’s the sprawling emerald countryside, the rolling moors, the sandy beaches, the world-renowned towns and festivals, the delicious food and drink… Well, that’s us sold, we’re just off for a break with some fluffy friends – are you coming?

1st place – North Devon

Looking across Saunton Sands

Pride of place at the top of our list, North Devon draws dogs from across the land to come and experience all that it has to offer both those with two and four legs. Experience a Saunton Sands sunset with your beach-loving pooch, stay on the fringes of Dartmoor and explore the landscape, discover hidden bays and beaches together along the coastline; however you choose to spend your holiday, it comes highly recommended by many of our adventurous canine customers!

Top five dog-friendly cottages

It takes a lot to stand out as a region, but a great deal more to stand out as an individual… These cottages come out the top dogs when it comes to the most loved properties on Canine Cottages – and it seems there’s a distinct hot tub theme running through them all, too… 

5th place – The Pod Overlooking Dartmoor

Dartmoor, Devon

Sleeps two humans, one dog

Is it any surprise that this is fifth out of our entire collection when it comes to the most booked properties? Just look at it! The Pod Overlooking Dartmoor is exactly what it says, but don’t be fooled; there’s so much more through the doors of that pod!

Beautifully designed with panoramic views through the wall-of-glass front doors, the light floods into the cabin on a morning, then when evening comes, light the wood burner and cosy up with Fido on the patchwork sofa. The king-size bed offers the cosiest of sleeps, or for the full relaxation experience, the private hot tub means you can stargaze to your heart’s content, or simply look out across Dartmoor – all while your beloved pooch has a snooze on the decking!

4th place – Little Orchard Retreat

Brecon Beacons, Wales

Sleeps two humans, two dogs

With so many walkies to discover with your four-legged friend in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, it’s no wonder that Little Orchard Retreat is so popular with our canine customers, and with such breath-taking views of Sugar Loaf Mountain, it couldn’t be in a better location.

As the ground floor wing of a detached cottage, this accessible property features a wet room, a spacious kitchen, and a bright lounge with a wood burner electric effect fire, not to mention a hot tub on the decking so you can sip something cold whilst enjoying the view of the mountains. There’s lots of shared grounds around the property too, so there’s room for walkies without even leaving the perimeter!

3rd place – The Wolds Escape

Louth, Lincolnshire

Sleeps four humans, three dogs

Found in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds, but within easy driving distance of the coastline, this pretty little escape is pawfect for you and your furry friends.

While your pooch cosies up by the wood burner, you can pick a room to relax in, whether it be the conservatory with countryside views, the pretty lounge, or perhaps just for a lie down on one of the comfortable beds. Outside there’s a hot tub and brick-built BBQ, as well as an idyllic stream, fruit bushes and herb garden. It’s our third most-booked property for a reason, you know!

2nd place – Trehayle

Bude, Cornwall

Sleeps four humans, two dogs

Already booked for the whole of summer, the pawsomeness of this property is undeniable. There’s so much to love, whether it’s the location, style, sleek touches or, quite possibly, the hot tub!

The north coast of Cornwall not only has furnomenal beaches, but it’s home to the gorgeous Trehayle. The contemporary décor throughout lends it to be a cool canine pad, with stylish leather sofas, an elegant fireplace, beautiful kitchen and stunning bathroom. Step outside onto the decking to discover a world of relaxation, where the sea views are breath-taking, the hot tub is sunken ready for stargazing, and there’s plenty of sunbathing space for your darling doggo.

1st place – The Lodge – Moffat

Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Sleeps five humans, two dogs

Top dog of our cottages comes courtesy of bonnie Scotland, where The Lodge showcases all the charm and allure you’d expect from a property loved by so many.

Located just north of the Scottish border in the vibrant tourist town of Moffat, it’s a beautiful cottage in an equally beautiful area. The light and airy décor of the property provides pretty accommodation during your stay, with a delightful hot tub overlooking the countryside and a huge enclosed rear garden – pawfect for playful pooches! It’s also close to magnificent waterfall walks and the awe-inspiring St Mary’s Loch, so you’ll never be short of places to visit with your four-legged friend.

Have you been inspired to take a trip with your pooch? Will it be to one of our top places, or do you have another destination that’s simply unpawgettable? We’re pup to our ears with cottages across England, Scotland and Wales, so start planning your next dog-friendly holiday 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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