Short Breaks UK

Top Dog Friendly Weekend Breaks

If you’re looking for a quick weekend away with your four-legged friend, you’ve come to the right place. Explore over 500 of the top dog friendly short breaks in the UK. From cosy holiday accommodation nearby to unique and quirky stays perfect for dogs, we’ve got you covered.

Pet Friendly Destinations Near You

Never leave Fido behind with a selection of perfect dog friendly hideaways, ideal for you and your pup.

Best Properties for 2 or 3 Nights Away

  • Cosy Cottages – Working Farm, Coastal, Countryside, Quaint Villages, Enclosed Gardens, Multipet
  • Luxury Lodges – Rural, Secluded, Fishing, Luxurious, Hidden, Exploring
  • Hot Tub Stays – Private, Romance, Bubbles Under the Stars, Parties
  • Beach Breaks – Seaside, Sun, Sandy Beaches, Waves,Surfing, Sea Views, Coastal Towns.
  • Caravan Holidays – Family-Friendly, Fun, Activities, Entertainment, Holiday Parks
  • Glamping Holidays – Yurts, Safari Tent, Shepards Hut, Glampsites, Bell Tent
  • Boutique Hotels – High End Rooms, Swimming Pool, Room Service, Breakfast in Bed
  • Self Catering Airbnb’s – Rental Properties, Private Host, Self Catering, Worldwide
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Weekends Away Inspiration

Are you struggling for a bit of holiday break inspiration? We’ve got you both covered. Firstly our furry friends are happy to go anywhere as long as they make the trip. Check out our ideas to make the most of your next breakaway.

Cottage Breaks

Holiday cottage rentals are easily the most popular pet friendly short breaks you will find. It’s no surprise to anyone that has taken a cheeky weekend away with a dog. There are cottage weekend breaks with dogs in every corner of the UK from Grade II listed house to quaint barn conversions. This is excellent news for guests who love to travel with Fido in tow. 

Whatever your requirements, you can bet on there being a wide selection of holiday cottage rentals available to you across England and the rest of the UK for you to relax in. These are ideal for dog friendly short break, 2 night stays are hard to find, 3 night stays are common, and the breakaways that allow pets are usually really set up for you and your best friend the visit.

In most cases, you will find bonus features like dog cottages with an enclosed garden where your pet can play safely due to the enclosed garden. Because cottages usually have been converted into holiday homes you can expect to see more of these cottages allowing two or even three dogs. Based in villages with stunning scenery, country or seaside towns, the holiday cottages we feature generally don’t have the same restrictions that holiday park may impose. You can often relax in comfort in the enclosed garden admiring the scenery with peace and tranquillity.

Luxury Log Cabins

If you want a dog friendly short holiday or retreat like no other, then dive right into lodge breaks across various locations. These Scandinavian wooden log cabins are different to nearly all the pet-friendly accommodation on this list. I mean, when was the last time you stayed in a log cabin in the woods. Expect fantastic holiday properties away from busy cities and the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Most of these pet friendly weekend breaks are set in woodlands and vast acres of forest countryside. You can even get log cabin hideaways in Areas of Outstanding Beauty and National Parks for an affordable price.

Your furry friend will love lodge holidays, probably even more than you. These type of nights away are usually either in a very secluded location, where you will have total privacy or are on open plan resort where there will be a selection of cabins. In the second case, you won’t have enclosed gardens due to the general open layout. You can explore your surroundings on arrival and enjoy a scenic picnic in the woods, off the busy road, where you can rustle up some food and start a fire or perhaps head to the local park located nearby.

Hot Tub Breaks

Pet friendly UK breaks with their own private hot tub are the most sought-after properties by a long way. So if you find one you want to book, then our advice is don’t hang around as with all these modern properties on our list, you can enjoy endless activities during the day.

Maybe a long relaxing walk, spend a few hours at the local pub or a spot of shopping in the nearby towns. When you return to your gorgeous cottage, a warm bubbling Jacuzzi will be ready for a relaxing evening under the night sky.

Hopefully, by now, your furry friends will be worn out and ready for a good sleep, and you can slip into your private tub and enjoy the beautiful tranquillity of your surroundings.

Beach Holidays

When it comes to refreshing, stress-free holidays, nothing beats short breaks by the sea, both for humans and canines, and there are plenty of coastal holidays to choose from.

With careful attention to detail, we’ve selected the complete puppy retreats by the sea with indoor facilities all pet owners will appreciate; floors, furniture and fixtures that are durable and easy to clean, with easy access to the outdoor activities and information for attractions nearby.

Many are rentals with added extras like an open fire, burning stove, open plan living, enclosed garden, hot tubs and some have excellent special offers and discounts on bookings where you can land a real deal.

We haven’t forgotten about human and adults either; we know that you deserve an exclusive and luxury short break as much as your canine companion.

We have picked a vast range with some of the best properties situated close to the beaches. Woodland walks and lakeside views might be your bag, so there are more than a few to choose from on our list.

Please take a look at the suggestions, and we guarantee that the place or getaway you choose to take your break in won’t disappoint. All of the charming properties are the perfect base to explore the coast and are set within just a few miles from the Sea, providing a memorable get away.

Hire a Caravan

Developers of these UK caravan parks and holiday homes have taken the time to consider the surroundings and to blend into nature.

From woodland walks, cycling beside a river or expending your pooch’s energy on stretches of beach, there are so many great destinations and lots of regions to consider from Scotland to Cornwall, North Wales to the Isle of Wight, the east coast and everything in between for your four legged friend.

They have the advantage of having on-site facilities such as pubs and play areas for children and that will go a long way to making your break away one that’s as stress-free as it gets.

Glamping Holidays

When looking into dog friendly weekends away, be honest, did you consider glamping? I bet you didn’t. Aimed at couples and small families, this cute form of luxurious camping is as exciting as it is affordable and is usually nestled within idyllic woodland providing a quiet and comfortable stay with wonderful views of the hills and picturesque surroundings. 

We are not saying Safari tents and Shepherd’s huts are cheap to rent, but they are in comparison to the rest on this list.  Most of all, they offer a very different experience and get away. Most glampsites, you will be close to nature in fields which is the perfect base and have all the essentials customers need for a well deserved short break with your canine companion.

Dog Friendly Airbnb's

To put it simply, Airbnb is amazing and works by matching hosts and travellers together to create an ideal holiday for relaxation. Millions of hosts are people who own a property, whether that’s a cottage, cabin, chalet, basically, anything and want to rent it out to travellers who are looking for a weekend away with dogs.

A host may not know how to advertise their property correctly to gain the traction and audience it needs, so they sign up to Airbnb, potentially allowing millions of travellers with a four legged friend to view their property. 

From there on, if someone books that property, Airbnb take a percentage of the booking fee and the rest then go to the property owner. All the while Airbnb allows the host and the traveller to remain in constant communication with each other.

One of the many unique features about Airbnb that set it aside from other travel companies is the sheer volume of hosts and travellers that land on the platform. It’s a global marketplace with millions of hosts from all around the world advertising their property. 

Last Minute Hotels

We left dog friendly hotels until last as everyone knows what to expect with hotels. Although not many people have taken weekends away with dogs and chose a hotel as their choice of accommodation, it’s now more than ever worth considering with your four legged friend.

Hoteliers in the most magical places like the Lake District and Loch Lomond are opening their doors to well behaved pets which was never the case when I was younger. Now you will bump into a lovely golden retriever in the lift or a cockapoo at breakfast. 

Maybe not for everybody, but we are huge fans of these hotel rooms. The other huge benefit is that hotels have food and drink facilities onsite and open up the entire UK, allowing for a dog friendly break in cities like Manchester, Liverpool, or even London where your dog couldn’t join you in this area before. You will often only be a short drive from a town or city when staying in a hotel.

Find Your Next Dog Friendly UK Holidays

We’ve handpicked a selection of the very best dog friendly breaks from across the most popular locations in the UK.

We’ve included everything from cosy holiday cottages near a market town, and short break lodges to the top holiday parks that allow Fido to come along. We also know a tonne of owners who love nothing more than a stroll on the sand.

Staycations have never been more prominent in the UK than now, so we want to try removing as much of the guesswork as possible with your next mini break away.

Things Dogs Love to Do

We all know that these rural and coastal holiday lets will have plenty of dog walking routes locally. But what else can you do with dogs on their holidays? 

Where To Go: Top Destinations


Whether you choose the vibrant city life of Glasgow or Edinburgh for a pooch activity adventure packed with wildlife and dog walking trails, or learn to ski up in a mountain in the Scottish Highlands, there is so much to do. Also, check out the top cottage getaways in Aviemore in the Highlands, Dundee or stay in one of these Inverness cottages that welcome dogs.

North of England

We have a great list of areas in the North, all with a fantastic selection of family-friendly retreats. See the choice of holiday homes in Newcastle, Northumberland, Lancashire, Blackpool, and Cheshire.


You’ll always find the perfect pet friendly break in the United Kingdom’s biggest county. From a Grade ii property in Harrogate or York, through to a variety of family dog friendly properties in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, Scarborough, and Whitby.

Heart of England

Popular with waggy tails and humans, this collection we have is the largest. Find your cottage in the heart of the English countryside or near a market town. The Peak District especially is perfect for a sightseeing trip and activity seekers. See the choice of accommodation in the Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Peak District, Staffordshire and Shropshire.

The Lake District

Find a lodge, cottage or caravan park quickly in the Lakes, an ideal base to explore Cumbria with its endless rivers, lakes, tarns, and a valley or two, a walk around Lake Windermere and Troutbeck with your best friend is a real treat.

The East

Whether it be for a romantic trip, groups or the whole family, this is a place people flock back to every year as it will always welcome pets. Loved by dog owners, the area has all the surroundings and facilities you and your pup will need. We cover Norfolk’s charming cottages for dogs, as well as Lincolnshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire, and Suffolk for a choice of properties that allow the dog.

The South West

Enjoy the Sun in one of our all-time favourites. Cornwall, Devon, New Quay and the harbour cottages of Polperro, what’s not to love. This area has more lodges and cottage accommodations than you can shake a stick at as well as attractions such as the Eden Project. See the choice of properties from the following areas. Dorset, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Somerset, and Torquay.

The South

From Kent to the Cotswolds, you’ll find an idyllic cottage here that welcomes the whole family. Enjoy the peace of your surroundings, visit a nearby village or venture to Brighton front and eat fish and chips by the waves. Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Sussex and Surrey.


From the historic Blaenau Ffestiniog to much-visited Cardigan Bay near Pembrokeshire, It’s no wonder the cottage accommodation in Wales dotted around the country are in high demand. A pets paradise with canine friendly beaches and it’s not too bad for dog owners too. Dog friendly properties in and around Snowdonia National Park are very popular.

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