Top dog-friendly fishing holidays holiday cottages


Top dog-friendly fishing holidays

Ed Roberts 05 February 2024

If you are a keen angler, your dog can be a great companion – just remember to keep the lid on your bait box! We’ve all done it: headed down to the riverside, sat down with the dog, and attached a bit of juicy bait to the line while, unbeknownst to you, your hound has polished off the rest. 

Otherwise, your four-legged chum is perhaps the ultimate fishing buddy. They don’t look at their watches, get impatient, or laugh when a fish gets away; if anything, they welcome the quality time spent together and they love to watch you reel in and then release your prized catches back into the water. 

We have many dog-friendly fishing lodges and pet-friendly coastal cottages for you to discover, as well as riverside cottages if you're after a spot of river fishing. So, if you're planning a pet-friendly fishing holiday, get your fishing license in order and check out the following dog-friendly fishing lodges and cottages in our collection where you can unwind this season.

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Robin Barn Lakes, Cornwall | sleeps 2 dogs + 2 humans

Robin Barn Lakes exterior and interior, showing picnic benches, the open-plan living space and a barrel dog bed

Set within 7 acres of land, Robin Barn Lakes near Launceston in dog-friendly Cornwall offers visitors a fishing lake to enjoy alongside their four-legged best friend. Welcoming two dogs as well as two humans, this could be the perfect fishing holiday prospect for a romantic lakeside holiday. There’s a large paddock where your hound can exercise and play to their heart’s content close to the property. On the same site, you could also rent out Otter Barn Lakes if you are planning a fishing trip with friends.

Why your dog will love it: The paddock gives your pooch space to be free and to run mad.

Why our guests love it: “We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at Robin Barn which was very well presented in a lovely location and a perfect holiday base for our day trips around Cornwall. The freedom to walk our dog around the grounds and lakes was a great start to the day – highly recommended.” – Stephen, 2023

Robin Barn Lakes

The Lake Retreat, Devon | sleeps 2 dogs + 4 humans

The Lake Retreat: montage of interior, balcony, fishing lake and external image of lodge

This welcoming lodge is set on a leisure complex that is home to a fishing lake and an indoor heated swimming pool. There’s also a children’s play area for younger family members to enjoy. Inside the property, the open-plan living space offers plenty of room to relax after a fishing session at the well-stocked lake. The enclosed decked balcony is a wonderful spot to dine alfresco with Fido at your feet watching the world go by.

Why your dog will love it: As well as the wonderful on-site sounds and smells to explore, a gate from the complex leads directly onto the Ruby Trail.

Why our guests love it: “Lovely accommodation, very clean with all the equipment you could think of. Great for our dog, with lovely walks. The pool is fantastic and we pretty much had it most days to ourselves. The fishing pond was absolutely brimming. A few good local pubs, and the food and service at the Devil Stone Pub in Shebbear are highly recommended. We would definitely recommend, and we will hopefully be having a return visit.” – Martin, 2023

The Lake Retreat

Clovelly Lakes Heron Lodge One, Devon | sleeps 3 dogs + 6 humans

Clovelly Lakes – Heron Lodge One montage around the property, showing the lake, the dining table, the kitchen and the bedroom

Only residents can fish at beautiful Clovelly Lakes, where you and your dog can enjoy days sat by the water’s edge angling for a variety of coarse fish such as mirror, common and ghost carp, tench, perch, bream, roach and rudd. This bijou property is located close to the North Devon coast and the border of Cornwall; the picture-postcard village of Clovelly is just 2 miles away where you could do some onshore fishing. 

Why your dog will love it: The fisheries are very peaceful for lakeside doggy naps.

Why our guests love it: “We've made this place our second home…yes, it is that good. If you like a quiet holiday to do your own thing in superb accommodation, this is a no-brainer. Any fishermen, this is your nirvana.” – Steven, 2023

Clovelly Lakes Heron Lodge One

Lake Rise - Paradise, Devon | sleeps 1 dog + 4 humans

Montage interior and exterior of Lake Rise, showing the kitchen, the decking, the sitting room and the bedroom

Set on a small leisure complex with a fishing lake, this dog-friendly lodge in dog-friendly Devon is bound to be popular with those looking for a quiet holiday off the beaten track. The fishing lakes provide a very peaceful backdrop for a getaway with the pooch. The leisure park is also home to a heated indoor swimming pool, a BBQ area and a play area for children. When you return to this single-storey lodge, open up the French doors to let the outside in or relax on the decked patio with your four-pawed friend.

Why your dog will love it: It’s perfect for older dogs and pups that want to have an undemanding break. 

Why our guests love it: “A nice stay. The chalet was quiet and clean with almost all you would need and the location, although a bit remote, was ideal for trips to the north or south coast. The milk, coffee and cream tea provided on arrival was a nice surprise. The small lake had lots of small carp averaging 2-3lb – a good sport in the evening. If you like peace and quiet though, this is the perfect place.” – Stephen, 2023

Lake Rise - Paradise

The Farmhouse at Coking Farm Fishery, Dorset | sleeps 4 dogs + 8 humans

A montage of images of The Farmhouse

Book in advance and you can partake in a lovely week’s worth of fishing at The Farmhouse and Coking Farm Fishery in dog-friendly Dorset. This large, pet-friendly property offers delightful accommodation for eight guests and four dogs. This makes it the ultimate fishing lake property because you could have a fishing weekend with a group of friends and a whole pack of dogs – doesn’t that sound incredible? The house is full of mod cons to make your time away memorable, with special features that include a hot tub and a fantastic large garden lawn. 

Why your dog will love it: Your dog will adore the large lawn on sunny play days.

Why our guests love it: “My wife has very high cleanliness standards and it is not unknown for us to spend the first evening doing some cleaning. NOT IN THIS PLACE! This is a beautiful farmhouse and Sally's attention to detail is second to none. Lovely welcome gifts on arrival including two pints of milk in the fridge so we can make a hot drink. This is our first family holiday with a dog, and it is VERY dog friendly (right down to a supply of poo bags in the kitchen). We highly recommend it. Loved it and will be back!” – Mark, 2023

The Farmhouse at Coking Farm Fishery

Alverstone Ponds - Hobbits Landing Lodge, Isle of Wight | sleeps 1 dog + 2 humans

A montage of images of Hobbits Landing Lodge

Known as one of the best fisheries on the Isle of Wight, Alverstone Ponds offers peaceful surroundings for you and your dog to sink your line and catch some cool fish. The property is a pondside cabin with a deck to dine outdoors on or, in the evening, have a fireside snooze with the pooch. This is a great prospect for a romantic break with your partner (with your dog coming along for the ride). The neighbouring Willow End Lodge can also be booked.

Why your dog will love it: The decking is a superb spot for your dearest and best to sprawl out and take in the ambience.

Why our guests love it: “Amazing place, so peaceful and idyllic. The fishing is good and the wildlife is beautiful to see, even down to the ducks that left an egg for us one morning. The lodge is well-equipped. The bed is comfortable and the reclining sofa/chair is a bonus. The prosecco in the fridge and homemade biscuits next to the tea and coffee were a lovely surprise. This is our second visit and we have booked again for next year.” – Catherine, 2023

Alverstone Ponds - Hobbits Landing Lodge

The Old Cart Shed, Norfolk | sleeps 1 dog + 6 humans

The Old Cart Shed interior and exterior images, Norfolk, East of England

This characterful barn conversion in dog-friendly Norfolk is close to Fendicks Fisheries which welcomes well-behaved dogs at its idyllic estate. This Thetford property is very spacious with space to store your rods and kit. The rooms are lovely and comfortable, offering you and your four-legged darling a holiday setting to enjoy. Fendicks Fisheries has five well-stocked lakes in an idyllic woodland location, perfect for a day of peace. 

Why your dog will love it: The charming garden lawn is a prime playing real estate for pooches.

Why our guests love it: “A fantastic place to stay with great facilities. Very secure gardens both front and back for our dog. Positioned in a quiet location with good access to local amenities, I recommend the local chippy at least once. A lovely, modern, well-equipped kitchen and all bedrooms had very good, modern en-suites. We would have no hesitation in recommending The Old Cart Shed to any future holidaymakers, you won't be disappointed.” – Stuart, 2023

The Old Cart Shed

The Malvern Chaff House, Worcestershire | sleeps 2 dogs + 6 humans

The Malvern Chaff House montage, showing the pond, the living room, the exterior and the hot tub

This quaint timber-framed cottage enjoys a secluded location in the Teme Valley, adjacent to a coarse fishing lake and a gorgeous plum tree orchard within a complex of eight properties. This means that as well as six of you and two dogs staying in this property, you could invite a further 38 guests and 14 dogs to have the fishing holiday of a lifetime. There’s a selection of outdoor toys to keep the children entertained while you visit the adjacent coarse fishing lake to see who can bring in the biggest haul. There’s also a nearby river that offers free fishing opportunities, so you’re really spoilt for choice. As the sun sets, rejoin the rest of the pack with your pooch by your side and play some table tennis and pool in the games room.

Why your dog will love it: There’s a gorgeous plum tree orchard to wander next to the cottage and a field where dogs can run free before settling downstairs for a snooze.

Why our guests love it: “We have had a wonderful week in this lodge. As a family of four including a 15 and 18-year-old, there was plenty of room in the lodge itself but also enough to occupy the kids on site. The lodge was clean, comfortable and contained all we needed; the rooms were all a lovely size. We made the most and had two BBQs, enjoying the view. The fishing was a hit with the family, as were the animals, games room and cafe. Plenty to do in Worcestershire, and set in a beautiful location.” – Helen, 2023

The Fisherman's Retreat, Shropshire | sleeps 3 dogs + 6 humans

The Fisherman's Retreat montage, showing the river, a bedroom, the exterior and the living room

The name says it all really. This traditional three-bedroom cottage sits within a cluster of cottages that can accommodate 24 guests and 12 canine companions in total. That means you can bring all your angler friends along for a memorable fishing holiday by the river. This property is adjacent to a 0.75-mile-long beat on the River Severn which is famous for its barbel fishing, and daily tickets for fishing are available on site. The property itself has a large patio garden for serving up the fish you have caught, and there’s even a warming wood burner to soothe toes and paws after a soggy day by the river.

Why your dog will love it: The other dogs on site, the toasty wood burner, the fish suppers and the dog-friendly 18th-century inn along the banks of the river.

Why our guests love it: “Enjoyed the stay which the dogs also enjoyed. Two very nice dog-friendly pubs, The Ship next door and The Bull’s Head in Chelmarsh with good food and dog treats. Nice views and walks beside the River Severn, and close to the Severn Valley Railway with the station a few hundred yards away.” – Anthony, 2023

Fig Tree Cottage, Yorkshire | sleeps 3 dogs + 4 humans

Fig Tree Cottage montage around the property, showing the bedroom, the kitchen and the garden

This alluring cottage in dog-friendly Yorkshire, with a French country design, is a treat for dog lovers. Three hounds can accompany you and your party on holiday near the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the city of Ripon with its castle. Fishing folk will also love the fact that this accommodation is located close to rural Swinton Estate with its river fishing and raft of outdoor activities to discover. Back at the cottage, there's a cosy wood burner for snuggling beside and an enclosed garden for letting your pups burn off that last bit of energy.

Why your dog will love it: Welcoming three dogs, this is a real treat for all the pack.

Why our guests love it: “Lovely cottage in a great location. The village is charming. Great base for exploring the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Garden was dog friendly, our small terriers were fine. Thank you, Wendy, for the lovely chocolates, wine, flowers and dog treats.” – Elizabeth, 2023

Fig Tree Cottage

Lowfold Barn, Ambleside, Lake District | sleeps 2 dogs + 7 humans

Lowfold Barn property pictures, showing the exterior, the fire, the kitchen and the bedroom

A fishing holiday in the Lake District with your dog is well worth your time. This picture-perfect stone lodge close to Ambleside is a short drive from Esthwaite Water (Windermere’s comparatively tiny neighbour), where you can enjoy endless fishing opportunities alongside your friendly canine. The cottage itself is extremely comfortable with wooden touches here and there, and a pretty courtyard garden with hilltop views. Spend time out here with your pooch and breathe in that resplendent Lakes air.

Why your dog will love it: Esthwaite is a stunning location for a long day of fishing and dreaming.

Why our guests love it: “Stayed at Lowfold Barn on several occasions and, as always, we had a lovely stay. Cosy home in a great location in the heart of Ambleside. Lots of good walks around also. The added extras the new owner has in place are a lovely touch, as was the bottle of champagne and treats for the two dogs. Will definitely be back at one of our favourite cottages.” – Clare, 2023

Lowfold Barn

Top dog-friendly fishing holidays in Wales

Fishermans Catch, North Wales | sleeps 1 dog + 2 humans

Fisherman Catch montage, showing the pond, the breakfast table, the exterior and the raised decking

If you’re the type of fisherman who likes the certainty of knowing where you’re going to fish each day instead of chancing finding a peg on a first-come-first-served beat, then Fishermans Catch is the place for you. That’s because this property has its own private pond stocked with carp and tench. This romantic Welsh retreat is set in an elevated position, meaning you have beautiful views of the rolling countryside to take in while you drink your morning coffee with your pooch by your side and dream about the fish you might catch. The ground-floor utility area is perfect for storing your fishing gear and there’s a BBQ where you can cook up your catch, as carp and tench are considered delicacies in some parts of the world.

Why your dog will love it: Your pup will love wandering around the pond, finding dragonflies and saying hello to the ducks, before padding inside to warm their fur by the electric wood burner-effect fire.

Why our guests love it: “Found this amazing place, fantastic grounds, fishing great for the other half. Well located for discovering more areas. The accommodation had everything we needed, so relaxing with everything to hand. Very highly recommended. Hidden treasure.” – Janette, 2023

Ty Isaf, North Wales | sleeps 1 dog + 2 humans

Ty Isaf montage showing the hot tub and its view, the living room, the exterior and the bedroom

This luxury retreat is perfect for a romantic fishing weekend away with your loved one and your most loved pup. It was once a 17th-century dairy and grain store but now provides the perfect escape to the North Wales countryside in the Vale of Llangollen. Boasting a private garden, a bubbling hot tub and access straight onto a golf course, you could easily forget that you’re here to fish. However, the River Dee is a mere stroll away and offers incredible fishing opportunities. After a day of free-spooling and jigging, head back to your welcoming cottage to sink into the hot tub or set up on the outdoor furniture and cook up a fish supper on the charcoal BBQ.

Why your dog will love it: The enclosed garden is perfect for letting off a little steam and inside, Fido can curl up by the wood burner-effect electric fire.

Why our guests love it: “Great location, Martin and Sue were the perfect hosts and extremely helpful. The cottage was superbly decorated (it looked like it had never been used it was so clean). The garden was perfect with a pergola offering shade, and decking with sun beds. We used the hot tub every day – so relaxing with great views. So much to do in the local area with great tips from our hosts. Loved staying here, probably the best holiday cottage we’ve stayed in.” – Ian, 2023

Top dog-friendly fishing holidays in Scotland

The Hideaway, Eyemouth, Scotland | sleeps 2 dogs + 6 humans

The Hideaway montage around the property interior and exterior, showing a telescope looking out of a window, the living room and the bathroom

The handsome duplex apartment has sea views and warming rooms to make your own on your dog-friendly fishing holiday in dog-friendly Scotland. Enjoy some onshore fishing up the coast or head to Coldingham Loch to enjoy some excellent fly-fishing prospects. Contact the Coldingham Loch Fly Fishers for permits. The main living space of this apartment is filled with gloriously retro furniture where you can relax and play some vinyl on the record player, maybe some Toto or some Snoop Dogg. There's also a warming open fire here where your furry best friends can snooze after long days discovering the coast.

Why your dog will love it: Does your dog like to watch the ocean? Then this place is perfect.

Why our guests love it: “This was a lovely place to stay. The cottage was well equipped and had some nice extra touches (record player). It was warm and comfy. The photos don't do it justice – it was much more spacious.” – Joanne, 2023

The Hideaway

Old Fishing Station, Badachro, The Highlands | sleeps 1 dog + 2 humans

Old Fishing Station montage. View from the property, dining area, exterior and view from the hot tub

Fish the day away at one of the loveliest Highland retreats. Situated in a secluded location, you’ll have the island almost to yourself when staying at the ground-floor apartment which also has a hot tub. You can leave your car and your cares on the mainland and cross the floating footbridge to your island paradise. In fact, you’ll be passing into the independent kingdom of Islonia which is ruled by King Ian and his fair maiden, Queen Jess. Allow King Ian to take you out on a traditional creel fishing boat tour, and trawl for lobster, langoustine and crabs, all the while keeping an eye out for sea birds, seals and dolphins. Back on land, those looking for a little adrenaline can hire bikes or if you’re eager to get back on the water, canoes can also be hired.

Why your dog will love it: There’s plenty of water to go paddling in around the island and so many places to sniff out on land. These include the sandy beaches of Gairloch, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve on the banks of Loch Maree and the circular trail in Achnashellach where you’ll find pine woods and waterfalls.

Why our guests love it: “A wonderful location and excellent hosts. Will certainly be visiting again.” – Duncan, 2023

Stay in a dog-friendly holiday cottage on your fishing holiday

The best way to enjoy a dog-friendly fishing holiday in the UK is from a self-catering holiday cottage. Somewhere that offers luxury, practicality and space to store your fishing rods is just what you need, and we have a huge collection of pet-friendly holiday accommodation for you to choose from all across the UK from Scotland to the edge of Cornwall. Visit our collection today.

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