24 Best Dog Friendly Cottages in the Lake District & Cumbria

Handpicked Cottages to Rent

With nearly 16 million visitors each year, the Lakes is a pup owner’s paradise. The quality and prices of these rental properties can vary hugely. We have sorted through hundreds of dog friendly cottages in the Lake District to bring you handpicked pet-friendly places that we think are perfect for you and your best friend’s next mini break.


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These self-catering dog-friendly Lake District cottages are set to the highest standard. Whether it’s a cottage or chalet you book, you will have everything you need for a memorable couple of nights without having to spend meals out. The extensive gardens make for a great area to rustle up a barbeque. There’s no need to worry about hotel catering or menus.

Broughton Beck, Cumbria

Detached barn conversion in Broughton Beck. Ground floor property with original beams. Patio furniture. BBQ. Decked area. Wifi. Windermere 16.2 miles. Ulverston 2.7 miles.

Melmerby, Cumbria

Large converted farmhouse in Melmerby. Open plan lounge with woodburning stove. Off-road parking. Hot tub. Bike hire. Garden. Penrith 9.1 miles. Pooley Bridge 13.6 miles.

Orton, Cumbria

Lovely family-sized cottage in the heart of Orton. Ground floor bedroom with en suite. Working farm. Enclosed garden. Parking. Open fire. Howgill Fells 7 miles. Smardale Reserve 9.8 miles.

Cartmel, Lake District

This beautiful detached barn conversion has three bedrooms, an en suite shower room and a ground-floor WC. Facilities at this home include a dishwasher, tumble dryer, coffee machine and outdoor seating. Just 6.5 miles from Lake Windermere, there’s a wide variety of outdoor activities to try here.

Portinscale, Lake District

Superb cottage on a private lane with an open plan kitchen/diner and three bedrooms. There’s an enclosed lawned garden, three patios and parking for two cars. Head into the popular town of Keswick which is just 1.5 miles away or visit Derwent Marina and hire a kayak.

Pooley Bridge, Lake District

A detached stone cottage, ideal for a group with three bedrooms across two floors. There is an enclosed lawned garden, smart TV, wood burner and parking for three cars. The popular resort of Ullswater is just 2 miles away where you can enjoy a wide range of activities.

Killington, Cumbria

A stunning Georgian farmhouse nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Three Mile House has more than enough room for all the family. There are 5 bedrooms, including one with ground floor access, 3 bathrooms, a luxurious outdoor jacuzzi and off-road parking for 5 cars.


Located on a private estate close to Coniston Water, this romantic bolthole is perfect for couples. The kingsize bedroom and jacuzzi bath are ideal at the end of each busy day exploring the area and for a small charge, you can bring along your canine companion too.

Ullswater, Lake District

Close to all the delights of the Lake District, this charming stone cottage has 1 bedroom with a four-poster bed plus en-suite. The bright and airy lounge diner is the ideal spot to enjoy meals or plan your day and the large garden is the perfect place to enjoy a drink and watch the sun go down.

Underskiddaw, Lake District

Surrounded by outstanding views, cottages in the Lake District don’t come much better, this dog-friendly rural cottage offers spacious accommodation with 2 bedrooms, a double and a single contemporary bathroom, well-equipped kitchen and stylish living room. Outside is a garden, parking for 2 cars and shared electric charging point.

Lamplugh, Lake District

Ideal for an escape from everyday life, this handsome cottage in the heart of the lakes offers dog-friendly quality accommodation in a hard to beat location. There is a twin bedroom along with an elegant double room, family bathroom and open plan living area. Outside the private garden awaits

Newby, Cumbria

With an abundance of cycling and walking trails on the doorstep, this traditional stone cottage has everything you need for a family break. There are 2 light and airy bedrooms, an en-suite with bath and additional shower room. Plus, a contemporary open plan living area with cosy wood-burning effect fire.

Cartmel, Lake District

A 200-year-old riverside detached cottage, sympathetically restored, provides a hi-spec historic rental. Its conservatory dining area overlooks the River Eea and Wheelhouse Bridge. 

Coniston, Lake District

Taking Lake District short breaks to an unsurpassed level, this grand rental, with views over Coniston Water. Four and a half acres of land are made up of a magical garden.

Coniston, Lake District

This is Lakeland splendour at its best, as this luxurious Victorian getaway combines contemporary finishes with original features. A short drive from the shores of Lake Windermere, Outdoor hot tub & pretty garden area.

South Lakeland, Lake District
Ambleside Village, Lake District
Caldbeck Village, Lake District
Grasmere, Near Ambleside
Skelworth Fold, Near Ambleside
Wray, Near Ambleside

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Find the other amazing dog-friendly places to stay the Lake District has to offer. Below are some of the top destinations.

Why Choose Lake District Pet Friendly Cottages

The Lake District is a stunning place to visit with your pup, and you must find the proper holiday lets where dogs are welcome. From Lakes and mountains to a rugged coastline on the West. We’ve handpicked some of the most sought-after pet friendly cottages in the Lake District.

Holidays in the Lake District with dogs are trendy due to the vast array of cottages available, from tiny two-bedroom homes to large country houses that host an occasion. With stunning locations throughout, including Keswick, Ullswater, Pooley Bridge and Windermere, you are spoilt for choice with walks, cycling routes and days out with your dog.

National Park Holidays

Enjoy the vast countryside, rolling hills and tranquil lakes on your accommodation’s doorstep. The Lake District’s abundance of great walks means that many of the homes welcoming pets in our list will put you up close and personal with the best of the natural area.

Cheap Weekend Breaks

Budget friendly breaks in the Lake District are a perfect alternative for those who require a holiday without spending a fortune. You can rent one of the cottages for a long weekend at a bargain price whilst enjoying all the available luxuries.
It’s cheaper than you think to take your pets with you to explore the National Park. Not all cottages will come with a swimming pool or four-poster bed, but we can guarantee you great value in all you’ll find here!

Ideas For A Dog Holiday In The Lakes

The Lake District in Cumbria is visited by almost 16 million people every year who visit the beautiful countryside, pretty villages and traditional pet-friendly market towns. You are ideally placed with 16 lakes, numerous tarns, and several waterfalls. With these self-catering property stays, you will indeed have an unforgettable holiday.

When browsing dog friendly holidays in the Lake District, don’t forget there is plenty to do to get out onto the lakes themselves. There are organised boat tours, sailing courses, self-drive motors boats and paddle-boarding options to book. The price range for such trips and adventures tends to be reasonable!

However, if you are serious about showing your pets the best of British countryside and Lakeland walks, then Cumbria is the place to be, with plenty of places to stay and holiday homes with pets. 

Cumbria is a dog-friendly destination – strolls across fells with stops at country pubs are what breaks here are all about. 

When booking properties or holiday rentals here, note there are three major towns in the Lake District, and you’ll see doggies with their owners in everyone. Keswick, Bowness-on-Windermere, Newby Bridge and Ambleside offer plenty of shops, restaurants and coffee shops when you need a distraction from the scenery.

It’s worth looking for a location less than 5 miles away from towns such as Newby Bridge, and close enough to the fabulous walks around lakes such as Tarn Hows and Lake Windermere. 

Holidays in the Lake District with dogs are a must as your pets are bound to love Cumbria and the Lake District – make sure to take a look at the best cottages in our list and find a dog friendly Lake District getaway you and your furry friends deserve. 

Visit The Lake District - Things Your Dog Will Enjoy

  • Lake District National Park – The Lake District is bursting with dog-friendly attractions and endless miles of walking opportunities both you and your four-legged friend will love.
  • Grizedale Forest – Nestled in the heart of the National Park between Coniston Water and Lake Windermere, Grizedale Forest boasts a plethora of walking routes for all abilities surrounded by spellbinding scenery.
  • Pooley Bridge – At the Northern end of Ullswater you’ll find this picturesque village. Streets lined with dog-friendly pubs and eateries make this the ideal spot for cake and people-watching.
  • Keswick Market Square – This bustling market town is a must-visit. You’ll find local delicacies like Borrowdale Tea Loaf or Cumberland Sausages and cafes selling local fare in Keswick Market Square.
  • Majestic Walking Routes – Whether you and your pooch tackle the iconic Old Man of Coniston or trek the less populated Northern Fells, there’s a walking route for dogs of all shapes and sizes in the Lake District
  • Lake Windermere – Surrounded by attractions and stunning scenery Bowness on Windermere is the perfect destination for lovers of the great outdoors and their furry friends.
  • Northern Fells – Not as populated as the Southern Lakes, The Northern Fells offers a peaceful break for dog lovers. Outdoor activities abound and there are literally hundreds of walking and cycling trails

Even if you’re not a hiker, you’ll feel the urge to take long walks when you visit the Lake District with your pet. The dog friendly Lake District National Park is massive – there’s so much to see and do out here, and it would be a shame to leave your pooch out of the fun.

With your doggy best friend at your side, stride across the pretty landscape along lakes, beside waterfalls and to the top of peaks. 

There’s also plenty of local history and town scenes to explore around Cumbria and the Lakes. From Coniston Water to Bowness on Windermere, you’ll be able to take your canine with you on a variety of adventures out in the rolling hills of Cumbria and the quaint, cobbled streets in and around the Lake District. 

Our selection of Lake District cottages makes finding your ideal retreat a breeze. The National Park remains one of the best-loved and most-visited holiday destinations for couples with a four-legged friend up and down the UK. 

From a family-run park to an open-plan Cumbria escape tucked away in the Lake District corner, you and your pets can settle down in many locations. The Lake District is great to visit all year round, too. Find more dog-friendly cottages in the North West on our county page. 

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