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Dog Friendly Cottages in Lake District National Park & Cumbria

With nearly 16 million visitors each year, the Lakes is a dog owners paradise. Finding somewhere to stay is easy. When it comes to luxury dog friendly cottages in the Lake District, the quality and prices of these properties can vary hugely. We have sorted through hundreds of cottage holidays to bring you handpicked pet friendly places that we think are perfect for you and your best friend’s next mini break.

Top Destinations

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Pooley Bridge

Grasmere and Rydal Water




Bassenthwaite Lake

Latest Lake District Cottages

Sleeps 4
2 Bedrooms
2 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 1

Lazey Cottage

A charming terraced cottage sleeps 4 across 2 bedrooms, has its own neat little garden and patio in a peaceful location. It also offers broadband and access to Sky TV. Open plan holiday living along with off road parking and baby facilities.

Sleeps 2
1 Bedrooms
2 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 1

Rusland View

Rusland View sleeps 2 in a king size bedroom, with a wood burning stove, inclusive linen and towels, and your own garden / gravelled area for you and up to 2 pets to enjoy. Your power’s also paid for in the price, and what’s more, there’s a kitchen with all mod cons you’d expect. There is also off road parking, and there is a dining room nook that blends into the kitchen space.

Sleeps 6 Guests
Bedrooms 3
Pets 1
Bathrooms 2

Ghyll Cottage

Another charming cottage that sleeps 6 across 3 bedrooms and has en suite and bathroom facilities. It boasts a full kitchen and white goods suite, as well as a log burner in the dining and sitting room, with space for a single dog on its best behaviour! This cottage even has its own food menu if you don’t feel like cooking.

Sleeps 2
1 Bedrooms
1 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 1

The Sheep Pen

The Sheep Pen sleeps 2 and welcomes one pet, with access to WiFi and all linen and towels included. The property has its own patio area and a kitchen replete with microwave, iron, kettle and toaster. There’s private parking available for a single car or vehicle, too.

Sleeps 2
1 Bedrooms
1 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 1

Kidsty Cottage

Kidsty Cottage, near the Lake District, sleeps 2 and offers space for a dog,and guests can expect a ground flour room to shower in, complete with WC. Mod cons in the kitchen at the cottage include WiFi throughout, a washing machine, a TV and DVD unit, and a complete oven with hobtop.

Sleeps 4
2 Bedrooms
1 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 1

The Old Apple Barn

The Old Apple Barn sleeps 4 across 2 bedrooms, and you’re able to bring one dog with you to stay. It boasts its own enclosed garden, with a ground floor bathroom available for ease of access. There’s Wi-Fi available here, too, along with access to a DVD player and smart TV in the open plan lounge.

Other Dog Friendly Lake District Breaks

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Types of Dog Friendly Accommodation

By The Coast

Home to majestic lakes, mountains and a rugged coastline, the Lake District is an ideal destination for coastal properties. The golden beaches are perfect for letting your canine run for hours as you stroll spending time with the family.

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 Breaks

Budget friendly breaks in the Lake District are a perfect alternative for those who are in need of a holiday without spending a fortune. You can rent one of the cottages for a long weekend at a bargain price whilst still enjoying all the luxuries on offer.

It's cheaper than you think to take your pets with you to explore the Lake District National Park. Not every property will come with its own swimming pool or four poster bed, but we can guarantee you great value in all you'll find here!

Family Self Catering

Our self-catering cottages to the highest standard, whether it’s a cottage, or chalet your after, you will have everything you need for a memorable couple of nights without having to spend on meals out. The enclosed gardens make for a great area in which to rustle up a BBQ.

Take advantage of some you time - for both you and your pets! There's no need to worry about hotel catering or menus.

What To Expect

A place for everyone

  • Countryside views
  • Sea views
  • Lakes and mountains 
  • Walks from the door
  • Coastal paths 
  • Countryside trails 
  • Adventure days
  • Dog walks
  • Family attractions

Luxury features

  • Outdoor tub
  • Woodburning stove
  • Private enclosed garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Pub within walking distance
  • Off road parking
  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Four poster bed
  • Open plan living
  • Open fire


The delightful village of Hawkshead is a really popular tourist spot for families, as is the village of Grasmere which can get extremely busy in the summer months. 

To the north side of Windermere is the quaint village of Ambleside which is another must visit. 

The Lake District is one of the most popular destinations for holiday makers traveling with dogs. You’ll find some of the best pet friendly pubs in England, where dogs are not just welcome but catered for with water bowls outside many establishments. 

The Lake District is a big pull for courting couples as it has all outstanding natural beauty and things to do around every corner. The properties that sleep 2 are affordable and mainly private so you can enjoy a relaxing break with your partner.

About Holidays in the Lake District With Dogs

The Lake District in Cumbria is visited by almost 16 million people every year who travel to see the beautiful countryside, pretty villages and traditional pet-friendly market towns. With 16 lakes, numerous tarns and several waterfalls, our dog friendly cottages in the Lake District mean you are ideally placed to spend time by it all. With our self-catering properties, you’re sure to have an unforgettable holiday.

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 amazingly 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. Cumbria is a dog-friendly destination – strolls across fells with stops at country pubs are what breaks here are all about. When booking properties here note there are 3 major towns in the Lake District, and you’ll see doggies with their owners in everyone. Keswick, (click here) Bowness-on-Windermere, Newby Bridge and Ambleside all offer shops, restaurants and coffee shops plenty when you need a distraction from the scenery.

It’s definitely worth looking for a location that’s 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. While looking for a property with an enclosed garden, always be sure to find somewhere close by that your pets will love exploring.

Your pets are bound to love Cumbria and the Lake District – make sure to take a look at the best cottages and gardens in our list and book a getaway you and your furry friends deserve.

The Last Word

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 Lake District National Park is truly massive – there’s so much to see and do out here, and it really would be a shame to leave your pooch out of the fun. That, of course, is why there are so many great dog friendly holiday cottages.

With your doggy best friend at your side, stride across the pretty landscape along lakes, beside waterfalls and to the top of peaks. And make sure you climb aboard a boat at least once during your stay – choose a day trip, a rowing boat or a motor cruiser and enjoy messing about on the lake.

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 pet with you on a variety of adventures both out in the rolling hills of Cumbria as well as the quaint, cobbled streets in and around the Lake District. To end each fun-filled day, there’s nothing better than returning to one of our properties which are comfy, relaxing, peaceful and of course dog friendly.

With our selection of pet friendly cottages in the Lake District, finding your ideal retreat is a breeze. the Lake District 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. Therefore, if you’re looking for a cottage that sleeps 2, sleeps 4 or sleeps 6, with all mod cons and a quaint Lake District appeal, there’s nothing to say you won’t be able to find a lovely breakaway for you and your dogs from season to season.

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

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