Dog Friendly Cottages in Ambleside: 12 Beautiful Properties

Handpicked Cottages to Rent

One of the friendliest destinations for dogs in the country, we’ve found the best dog friendly cottages in Ambleside. There is plenty for you and your four-legged friend to enjoy. Set in the heart of the Lake District, these rental properties are the perfect base to explore Cumbria.


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Grasmere, Near Ambleside

Perched right on the river with scenic walks and all the Lakes attractions within easy reach, this idyllic two-bed, two bathroom stone cottage located in the picturesque village of Grasmere offers everything you could need on a self catering break. After a day of exploring, you can enjoy a tipple gazing at the stars on the outside decked area.

Skelworth Fold, Near Ambleside

Comfortably accommodating four guests plus one furry one, this 17th-century Ambleside cottage is packed with character. The exposed beams, inglenook fireplace and other period features blend seamlessly with contemporary fixtures and fittings. Outside, the lush green garden is ideal for unwinding after a busy day’s adventure.

Wray, Near Ambleside

Families will fall in love with this outstanding period cottage just minutes from the shores of Lake Windermere. This house is a 3-bedroom property providing superb self-catering accommodation in a peaceful location close to the many Lakes attractions.

Wray, Near Ambleside

This charming Ambleside countryside cottage can accommodate five people in a double, single and twin bedroom. The large lawned garden is the ideal place to soak up the sun and relax, whilst plenty of outdoor activities such as cycling, riding, and some stunning walks for all abilities nearby.

Wray, Near Ambleside

This traditional cottage lies in a gorgeous rural location, with stunning views of Blelham Tarn and the surrounding mountains of the Lake District. A spacious home with room to sleep 6 and up to 2 dogs, it’s ideally located to explore Lake Windermere and Wray Castle

Skelwith Bridge, Near Ambleside

A peaceful detached cottage set in the tranquil countryside, this welcoming property features breathtaking views from its large garden. There’s room to sleep 6, and easy access to the local beauty spots of Grasmere, Windermere and Coniston.


This spacious barn conversion has room for seven guests, with a gorgeous outdoor patio for evenings in the country air. Just a short walk from the town of Ambleside, there are plenty of local amenities to enjoy.


Ambleside dog friendly cottages don’t come much better than this cosy bungalow. With its private garden, secluded patio and impeccable interior worthy of a magazine cover, this stunning barn conversion is hard to beat. You can enjoy an evening BBQ and drink on the patio admiring the superb views or take a short stroll to the nearby pubs and restaurants.


This superbly presented holiday cottage in Ambleside oozes with character features. It has a wood-burning stove, a double walk-in shower, and underfloor heating, ideal for warming cold feet and paws after walking the surrounding hills. The local shop is just a stone’s throw away, or take a stroll to the pub and enjoy a hearty meal.


With shops and pubs on the doorstep, this stylish second-floor apartment that welcomes dogs is ideal for small families or couples. Contemporary in style with a well-equipped kitchen and fantastic views.

Ambleside, Lake District

This beautiful single story property has one bedroom, one bathroom, perfect for a couple. There’s a wood burner in the lounge, underfloor heating throughout, and there’s a shared lawned garden next to the river. Visit Wray Castle which is two and a half miles away, or head into Coniston or Rydal Water, which are three and seven miles way respectively.

Ambleside, Cumbria

This cosy retreat is perfect for a small family with two bedrooms and one bathroom. In the lounge, there is a smart TV and there’s lockable storage for bikes. Lake Windermere is 0.5 miles away or you can head to nearby Newby Bridge.

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Dog Friendly Ambleside Holiday Accommodation: Booking Guide

Ambleside is the perfect place if you are looking for a weekend away, mini-break or holiday with your family, friends and, of course, your faithful friend. 

So there you have it, a list of top dog friendly holidays in Ambleside. From luxury barn conversions perfect for special occasions and celebrations to a hot tub retreat for couples wanting to spend quality time together, this little dog-friendly town on the shores of Lake Windermere has it all!

What A Dog Friendly Cottage Break Should Include

Luxury Self Catering

Here’s a list that make dog-friendly properties that little bit more exciting. Watch out for these when making bookings.

  • Woodburning stove
  • Private enclosed garden
  • Off-road parking
  • A swimming pool
  • Private Hot Tub 
  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Open plan living
  • Open fire

A Short Distance to the Village Pub

For most having Ambleside’s pubs within walking distance, it is a necessity when booking cottage holidays. 

Plenty of Doggy Walks and Countryside Trails

All the accommodations we feature have a range of walking routes close by. Remember to bring your poop scoop and poo bag to keep the areas pristine.

Good Restaurants Not too Far Away

No short break is complete without good food. Find excellent pet-friendly restaurants that offer a great dining experience and a water bowl for Fido. 

A Safe and Secure Garden

A must for holiday homes that advertise pet friendly, an enclosed garden allows our best friends to play out with their toys unsupervised.

Unique Location with Views

Whether it’s a rural rental or a coastal holiday home, spectacular views can make your holiday special. 

Family Attractions & Adventure Days

With a quick online search, you’ll find plenty of activities and things to do near these rental properties. Most of the time, dogs will need to stay on a lead at attractions in England and across the UK.

Explore Ambleside with your dog from your pet-friendly property

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to pubs, cafes and restaurants that welcome your furry friend when staying in Ambleside cottages. Enjoy coffee and cake at the Copper Pot or enjoy a beer at the Towerbank Arms.

Places to visit near Ambleside, Lake District

The surrounding area of Ambleside has an abundance of attractions and activities to suit everyone, from strolling around the shores of Lake Windermere to taking a ride on a steam train at the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. There are water sports galore and idyllic spots to enjoy a picnic and enjoy the views.

Ambleside is as dog friendly as it gets, and you will be glad you booked one of our recommended holiday cottages.

Windermere Lake Cruises 

There is no better way to take in Ambleside and the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District than embarking on a Lake Windermere cruise. With sailings all year round, you can hop on the boat at Ambleside Pier and best of all, dogs are allowed on the boats, too (not the night time dining cruises)

Fido will get his ticket, and there are several places on the shores of Lake Windermere where you can disembark and enjoy a stroll. Check out Claife Viewing Station, Explore Bowness on Windermere and don’t forget your camera for all those selfies.

Ullswater Walking and Hiking 

Ullswater is a haven for ramblers and lovers of the great outdoors, and the hills and trails are a doggy paradise.

More than that, though, the stunning scenery and laid-back ambience of the Lakes means you can take time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spend some quality time with your loved ones, including your dog.

The Armitt

Opened in 1912, this hidden gem in Ambleside is dog friendly and well worth a visit; combining an art gallery, library and museum, you can view a collection of watercolours and first edition books by its most famous advocate Beatrix Potter.

Ambleside Roman Fort

Another little-known dog-friendly attraction in the area is the Ambleside Roman Fort, nestled on the shores of Lake Windermere in Borran’s field. These 2nd Century remains offer the chance to step back in time and learn a little about Roman times.

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