Feeling a festive break, but also feeling guilty about leaving your pet, well there’s good news as you can now bring them along too. Search below some of our best dog friendly Christmas breaks across the UK.
Check out just some of our cottages and lodge offerings, and their location, many within 1 mile of the local shop or pub. These prove a dog is for not just for the festivities but all year round too. Take your pick from our cottages to rent for Christmas, wrap up the gifts, pack and declare: “it’s a wrap” and make those “same old, same old” festivities something of the past for your family and furry friends.
With properties galore to cater for you and your furry friend never again will you need to ask “Where can I take my dog for Christmas?”. Many of our recommended cottages are within 1 mile of all the local amenities and best walking spots for you and your pooch, these properties have been selected for their cottage features, things to do and see within a 5 miles radius and most importantly, their suitability for you and your dog or dogs.
From 7 nights in Cornwall’s “sanding the stone” location to Scotland’s Hogmanay we’ve given you a choice of dog-friendly retreats where you can experience a Xmas cottages like never before. The festive season is often the only time couples or families can take a break. The big but is that pet owners are often reluctant to click the “book now” button because it means leaving your beloved dogs behind.
Luckily we have a range of properties in England and Wales that include a variety of amenities including an open fire, or secure garden, Many of our properties have special offers for 7 nights and all are pet friendly. So, you don’t need to despair because our dog friendly getaways for Christmas compilation proves that there is no need to hold back on holidaying at this time.
How many times have you almost booked a self-catering getaway over the festive season but backed off because the choice of cottages and lodges are limited? It’s time to try again and make that almost an out-and-out absolute with what we’ve found for you. Do it, because you’ll thank yourself for as many times you’ve considered but never committed.
Croft-like St Orans, in northeast Scotland, is the equivalent of a 1 bedroom chocolate box cottage in England. Keeping its original characteristics intact, the owners have given this off-the-beaten track property a sympathetic makeover with a modern twist. Understated luxury such as under floor heating and free Wi-Fi exist comfortably side-by-side with a wood burning stove and views of the surrounding woodland. It’s a doggie heaven with walks and trails at each turn, but it also offers pet owners piece-of-mind with its enclosed garden. St Orans is decorated at Christmas so there’s no need to pack the tinsel. Grantown-on-Spey, a half an hour drive from Aviemore has a free firework display on Hogmanay where you’ll sing auld-lang-sayne like never before.
It’s from a reliable reviewer source that mince pies and Prosecco is a festive season fixture at this traditional, 1 bedroom Yorkshire cottage, in the rural village of Caldwell, near Richmond. This dollop of Christmas and New Year’s welcome only adds to the charms of Tom’s Cottage and its surrounds. Properties like this one are hard to find and this is one of the more popular cottages being on the border of County Durham gives you have to best of both counties. Walking trails in this Area of Outstanding Beauty will leave you and your pooches spoiled for choice. After a day out, you might opt for some quiet time at the cottage’s open fire with Fido at your feet or choose the short walk to the village pub for a meal and a chinwag with the locals.
Darlington, just across the border, about 5 miles away is jam-packed with New Year’s Eve events and there’s a good taxi service if you plan on a bit of bubbly. The perfect location with everything within a 5 mile radius to make this the perfect cottage to celebrate the festivities in style.
Nestled in Catherine Cookson country, this converted blacksmith’s forge is a marriage of history and heart.
If it’s a Christmas and New Year cottage retreat with privacy that you are after, then this is going to fit the bill. You’re in Ovington and within walking distance of the heart of the village pub. This could well have been where the blacksmith Blunt in Cookson’s romantic novel The Glass Virgin, shaped horseshoes. Romance aside, a quarter of Northumberland is a national park and its fascinating coastline, ideal for energetic dogs, is a mere half hour’s drive away. Ideal a couple and two dogs and there’s even room for an extra guest.
The Lake District has a few romantic rivals and stone cottage properties and Willow Barn certainly keeps this flag flying high. Festive season magic also prevails in this part of the UK that has inspired the likes of poets Wordsworth and Coleridge. Almost in the shadow of England’s highest mountain, Scafell Peak and the majestic lakes below, this is what a Christmas and New Year is all about. Great for energetic couples and their best friends, there’s the cosy wood burner to cuddle up in front of after a bracing day out. If you’re up for something completely different then why not drive the eight miles to coastal Whitehaven to join the crowds in its annual.
Gather up family, friends and Fido and head for a Xmas and New Year retreat to remember. Once the head gardener’s cottage of Donington Hall, Grange Lea isn’t shy when it comes to space with 4 bedrooms, an eat-in kitchen, separate dining room, conservatory, games room and garden. Book 7 nights and Xmas shop early, carefully pack the gifts, making sure there’s a few stocking fillers for the four-legged friend and break with tradition by spending this time away from it all. Xmas and New Year is not all about tinsel and tipple, making this destination a strong contender for those of us taking a keen interest in what is being done environmentally in the UK. Grange Lea is on the fringes of The National Forest, a project taking in 200 square miles of tree regeneration.
A serious consideration for a young families because festive cottages and retreats like Pear Cottage with 2 bedrooms will go a long way to create special memories for the whole clan for years to come. Pick this destination if the time is right to give your kids a different take on the celebrations of December. You’ll be overlooking the market town of Wirksworth, which your party and dog- in-tow can amble into to find out what’s happening on New Year’s Eve and stock up on local produce for Christmas Day.
Not only that, you and your brood can explore the wide-open spaces of this part of the Peak District. When the stars come out under a clear night sky quality time beckons around a wood-burning stove.
The Lincolnshire Wolds is somewhere you can expect to enjoy a Xmas and New Year retreat with wide-open spaces and coastal walks. Break from the festive frenzy and give you and your partner some well-earned breathing space. Even better, there is no need to leave your dogs behind because, at Blue Stone, up to two pooches are more than welcome. Louth, a typical Lincolnshire market town, is only four miles away ensuring that your Christmas dinner or New Year’s nibbles are all locally sourced. Half an hour’s drive away from the cottage is Donna Nook Nature Reserve, where seals abound and you can pick samphire from the rocks. Keep your dog on a lead and you might get the opportunity of seeing the seals in their natural habitat.
How many of us have dreamed of time away in idyllic Cornwall? Xmas and New Year could well be the best time to take Xmas breaks with dogs. You won’t be competing with the deluge the summer season, instead you’ll experience a side of Cornwall not many tourists get to know.
Granary cottage offers 2 bedrooms and is ideal as a cottage to escape the bright lights in favour of a Xmas and New Year retreat. Kennel quandary aside too, because this getaway says yes to one family pet. See in the New Year Cornish-style in this West Cornwall converted cider and grain store dating back to the 1500s.
The owners have gone the extra mile to give it a tastefully decorated festive theme.
The Old Dairy, a semi-detached barn conversion provides a different take on a Xmas and New Year retreat and is probably the closest getaway to going abroad. It’s brilliant for a family with young children because it has access to a children’s play area and games room. Better still, the garden is enclosed for piece-of-mind for pooch owners who want to leave all their stresses behind for a well-deserved festive break. Both bedrooms, a double and a twin, have en-suites, making it particularly suitable for families with teenagers. Don’t go crazy buying gifts before embarking on your festive trip because Wimborne, Bourne and Poole are on the doorstep.
If your dream has been to visit Wales as a location then why not try it over the festive season and plump for this delightful Xmas and New Year retreat that welcomes a pooch too. Situated near to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Trewindsor is perfect for a festive family holiday that will take in sandy beach and walks on coastal paths. Your dog will be in his or her in their element in the cottage and garden as much as you are. While the turkey is in the oven, enjoy breath-taking views of the countryside from the terrace. Xmas crackers could well be on your tick list, but consider finding Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” to give your stay a taste of where you’ve decided to spend it.
Xmas and New Year comes but once a year, so take a look at the properties out there to give this precious downtime for your family and your dog an unforgettable experience to remember. The UK might seem small by most accounts, but it certainly delivers when it comes to accommodating you and your pooch our dog-friendly holidays and Christmas cottages to rent offer some great special offers over 7 nights during the festive period.
Don’t dismiss the possibility of spending a Christmas and New Year with a difference this year, our selection of Christmas breaks with dogs is a simple taster of what you can enjoy without compromise. If your still browsing, head back to our homepage for a greater selection of properties.