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Our top Peak District cottages perfect for pups

Sam T 10 February 2020

Undoubtedly, the Peak District is amongst the finest landscapes in the UK to choose from for a holiday with man’s best friend, boasting magnificent mountains and epic valleys for you to explore together as well as plenty of cosy dog-friendly pubs you can visit too. Here at Canine Cottages, we have a fantastic selection of dog-friendly Peak District cottages where you and your pup can rest weary feet and paws after days of adventure.

Dog-friendly Peak District

Full of rugged mountains and peaks, some of which only the most intrepid human and hound would dare to scale, the Peak District is absolutely perfect for those who like a spot of adventure.

Separated into the Dark Peak, which is made up of remote moors and imposing mountains, and the White Peak, which is a treasure trove of pretty villages, chocolate-box cottages and gorgeous lowland, there is something for every human and canine. You can find endless dog-friendly walks with low fells, woodlands and lakes to explore all across this fantastic region.

Peak District cottages

Then when you’re ready to rest and recharge, there are plenty of excellent dog-friendly places to eat, where you and your canine companion will be most welcome. Discover everything the Peak District has to offer with our Canine guide to the Peak District or read on to discover just a selection of some our top dog-friendly cottages perfect for pups in the Peak District.

If you’ve got a bit more time, why not sniff out our full range of dog-friendly cottages?

1.     Best cottage for multiple dogs

Rylea Cottage, nr. Baslow

Rylea Cottage

Sleeps:  3 dogs, 4 humans

A beautifully decorated 100-year-old stone cottage with excellent enclosed spaces for the pups outside as well as a spacious interior and wood burner to sprawl in front of.

Why we love it:  This cottage is in a glorious setting in Grindleford near the ‘drowned’ Derwent village, making it the ideal location for a plethora of walks – straight from the back gate. And, with a full wall map in the property, you can plan your day’s adventures. With spectacular views over the valley and a great, safe, outdoor space for your four-legged friends, it’s perfect for exploration.

Why guests love it: ‘We had the most wonderful time staying at Rylea much so we are already planning our trip next year! The house is amazing, as is the totally enclosed dog-friendly garden. Loads of walks around still to explore...and pubs!’ - Moira

What’s nearby: There are some spectacular walking routes nearby include the Padley Gorge, Haywood and the Longshaw Estate. A fantastic dog-friendly attraction just 10 miles away is Treak Cliff Cavern, where dogs are welcome to explore the cave by your side.

After a long walk, there’s nothing better than some pub grub so head to The Maynard – just 1.2 miles away or for a sedate afternoon, visit Chatsworth House which is 6 miles away and welcomes dogs on leads throughout the garden and the park.

Rylea Cottage

2.     Best cottage for a luxury celebration

Roman Farm, nr. Buxton

Roman Farm

Sleeps:  2 dogs, 18 humans (or up to 24 if necessary)

This superb former country manor house allows you and your guests to live like a lord or lady whilst staying here; enjoy countryside seclusion at its finest.

Why we love it: This property is elegant and stylish with enough entertainment within the house itself and surrounding areas to bring a large group together for a great celebration.  The spacious country kitchen is a dream to cook in and the hot tub and two wood burners provide cosy luxury.

Why guests love it: ‘Our party of eight adults and two dogs had a fantastic, long weekend in this lovely, spacious house with its nice homely, relaxed feel. Dogs loved running in the football/golf meadow with access to various footpaths/walking routes straight from the door.’ - Paul

What’s nearby: Whether you’re on four or two legs or even two wheels, there are some great trails to follow including the Monsal Trail, Tissington and High Peak Trail – perfect for some outdoor adventures.

The Church Inn at Chelmorton, less than 2 miles away also welcomes dogs in the beer garden and bar so you can enjoy a round with your hound.

Roman Farm

3.     Best romantic dog-friendly cottage

Stowe Cottage, Middleton

Stowe Cottage

Sleeps:  2 dogs, 2 humans

A beautifully traditional little cottage which is perfectly cosy for you and your loved one as well as your two best, furry, four-pawed pals.

Why we love it: This cottage has everything you could possibly need for romantic evenings in as the property comes complete with a hot tub and wood burner. By day, fuel your adrenaline with a choice of nearby activities and fantastic walks.

Why guests will love it: We stayed in this beautiful cottage for a weekend of walking - the bedroom and bathroom are stunning, and we had a lovely weekend.’ - Rachel

What’s nearby: For energetic pups, take on the 17.5 miles of the High Peak Trail and experience fabulous views and a walk which will really set tails wagging. Dog-friendly pubs on the route include The Rising Sun at Middleton, less than half a mile from your property or The Royal Oak at Hurdlow, both of which have crackling open fires for your four-pawed pals to have a snooze in front of.

If your dog has a head for heights, they are welcome aboard the Heights of Abraham cable car – at the top, there are caverns to explore, wonderful walking routes and cafes where you can grab a bite to eat.

Stowe Cottage

4.     Best cottage on a complex

Red Hurst, Chelmorton

Red Hurst

Sleeps: 2 dogs, 6 humans

A fabulous barn conversion set on the fringes of the delightful Peak District village of Chelmorton, which can be booked along with two other barns to provide space for 22 guests.

Why we love it: It’s super stylish and super dog-friendly with a grassy field neighbouring the site – ideal for morning rounds of fetch – and a local pub welcoming four-pawed friends just 1 mile away. There’s fantastic flexibility to suit you and your group too! While this cottage sleeps six, you can book all barns together for a group of up to 22 guests, so invite all your pals along on your next Peak District holiday.

Why guests love it: What a super find. Ideal for three couples all wishing to have their own room with an en-suite. Great space and location. Would highly recommend.’ - Diane

What’s nearby: Put your best paw forward with a gentle 5-mile walk to Brierlow Bar from Chelmorton (this walk but backwards!) or venture down to Arbor Low Stone Circle and Gib Hill Barrow for a blustery hilltop ramble with wonderful views and historical interest.

When bellies begin to rumble, take a trip into Buxton just 6 miles away and delve into a dog-friendly pub for a feast with Fido by your side.

Red Hurst

5.     Best cottage for a wonderful family escape

River View Barn, Miller’s Dale, Peak District

River View Barn

Sleeps: 1 dog, 6 humans

This beautiful former mill is set in the heart of the Peak District and with views of the River Wye, the location is an absolute walkers’ paradise.

Why we love it: It’s quaint and charming, tucked away in a secluded location yet with a whole host of walking and cycle trails that Fido will go barking mad for. You can see the history in every inch of this Grade II-listed former mill building and the cosy sitting room complete with wooden beams, a bookcase and a TV is the perfect place for the whole family to gather together to unwind after busy days.

Why guests love it: ‘A charming cottage with spacious accommodation. The three en-suites are a bonus. It comfortably housed six adults, a toddler, a baby and a dog. Ideally situated with several good walks on the doorstep and plenty of pubs within a short drive.’ - Susan

What’s nearby: Less than 500 metres from this pet-friendly cottage in the Peak District sits Anglers’ Rest, a riverside pub where pups can put their paws up after days out and about. For a change of scene, The Refreshment Room sits 0.5 miles away right on the renowned Monsal Trail so, after a family cycle ride, you and your canine companion can grab a sandwich and a drink.

Another place to head to for some adventure is the 4-mile Cheedale circular route, where you’ll pass deep gorges and walk alongside the River Wye.

River View Barn


After all that dog walking around the Peak District, days out at wonderful attractions and playing fetch among stunning scenery, you and your canine companion will be more than ready to sit down and refuel at a pet-friendly pub.

Peak District pubs

Peak District pubs

We know how important it is that both you and Fido keep fuelled for your adventures, so we’ve included a shortlist of a few fantastic dog-friendly pubs to stop by as you explore the Peak District. Which of these delicious eateries will you visit first?

The Boat Inn at Matlock will make a huge fuss of your canine chum as he enters – after all, nobody wants to be ignored! He will get biscuits and perhaps have a conversation with the dog behind the bar if he is in the mood for a chat.

The Flying Childers Inn at Matlock not only offers dog treats kept in a special tin behind the bar, but is also full of lovely locals who often have a pocketful of treats – win-win!

The Holly Bush Inn at Belper is a mecca for walkers, and the staff here don’t worry about muddy boots or paws. There are two resident pub dogs to chat with if your pooch gets lonely.

The Bluebell Inn at Tissington makes pooches feel very welcome, however wet and muddy! If they are lucky, they may be given some offcuts of ham.

The George and Dragon in Ashbourne has its own dog to greet you and provides dog treats on the bar as well as water bowls. The Bowling Green Inn and Ye Olde Vaults in Ashbourne will also welcome your pooch.

The Rising Sun in Middleton has good food and great ales for you, and a lovely warm fire for your dog to relax by after a brisk walk on the High Peak Trail and Middleton Top.

The Malt Shovel at Bolehill has the claim to fame that there are often more dogs than people in the pub! Greeted with a chew stick and water after the exertion of a Peak walk, your dog will love it there. They also have a wonderful selection of ales and bar snacks for humans.

Discover more dog-friendly cottages in the Peak District

If you’re still hunting down that perfect paw-friendly holiday retreat, browse our full collection of dog-friendly cottages in the Peak District. With luxury cottages for a five-star getaway, romantic retreats just for two (plus the pup!) and large holiday escapes where you can invite the entire family, we have plenty of wonderful accommodation for you to look through.

Get ready for a dog-friendly holiday to the Peak District that you and Fido will be barking about for years to come!

Peak District cottages


Head over to our full guide to the Peak District to discover a whole host of great things to do, places to eat and dog-friendly attractions across this phenomenal region.

Dog-friendly Peak District

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