Rural dog friendly properties are the perfect escape for you and your pet to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy all that the majestic countryside has to offer.
Holiday cottages come in different shapes and sizes and while spending time in Europe or beyond is popular, many of us are looking closer to home for a break to remember. Getting away from it all doesn’t mean having to clock up the air miles and for pet owners there is added bonus of picking a cottage, working farm or a lodge retreat in the UK.
Our pets are very much part of our families, so why shouldn’t they enjoy a change of scenery too and to stay in any of the many cosy cottages that are just as much for their holiday as they are for yours? Whether you are looking to stay in England and Wales, Scotland or anywhere in between we have an excellent choice of dog friendly destinations to suit every taste and budget.
Here, you can take a look at our range of cottages and lodges which mean you won’t be leaving your beloved dog or dogs behind and where there is enough open space and fresh air to give both owner and dog an opportunity to spend quality time together. Our country is full of fields and fells, vales and dales, meadows and mountains just waiting for you and your pooches to make the most of.
Whether you are looking for a 5 star property like a cottage boasting 4 bedrooms, a hot tub and a location just 5 miles from all the essential amenities or you want something as specific as a dog friendly secluded holiday cottage on a working farm in East Devon we welcome cottages into our recommendations of varied size and and location throughout England and Wales to help you find the best dog friendly holiday cottages to suit your every need.
You’ll find yourself right in the midst of “Herriot Country” where vet, James Herriot, wrote All Creatures Great and Small. Near Thirsk, the Yorkshire town where Herriot practised as a vet from the 1930s to the 1970s you and your dogs will have plenty of animal-friendly things to do. Stable Cottage made from Yorkshire stone, is on High Paradise Farm making it a real option as one of our remote holiday cottages in the UK. This doesn’t mean you have to compromise on mod-cons such as WiFi and Freeview TV. Formerly a stable, the cottage retains many of its original features and has an oil wood burner and four-poster bed. After a day out in the dales you can look forward to an evening meal (by prior arrangement) prepared by the cottage’s owners and relax in the private hot tub.
Set in the Amber Valley and with good walking from the door, this is one of the many popular cottages with it’s beamed ceiling and all on the ground floor – great for those of us who struggle with stairs. To keep all things cosy it has a wood burner in the living rooms and in the courtyard garden is has a Chiminea to keep the chilly nights at bay. Mulberry Cottage is Grade II listed and in true country style it can only be accessed via a country track. It is close to Ashover where you can follow the Ashover Audio Trail around the quaint Peak District village. It’s not just your dog you can bring with you to Mulberry Cottage because stabling is available on site for a horse at a cost.
This charming, Grade II listed cottage is perfectly situated in the heart of the village of Hook Norton. It dates back to the 17th century and still retains much of its character with beams, stone walls and an inglenook fireplace. Quaint it might be, but its conveniences are modern with a games room for the younger set, free WiFi and a barbeque area in the garden. It is on the edge of the Cotswolds meaning there are walks for you, your family and the dogs right on your doorstep. Enjoy this stunning setting by visiting Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold or for a dollop of history explore Winston Churchill’s home of Blenheim Palace at Woodstock.
Right in Hampshire’s heartland, yet within close distance to main cities such as Winchester and Southampton, this thatched single-storey barn conversion has views over the rolling South Downs. The nearest pub and shop is a 10-minute walk to Cherlton.
The cathedral city of Winchester is just eight miles away. Your dogs, especially those who like water, will be in their element with the riverside walks the area has on offer. For keen cyclists there is the Ox Drove track nearby with scenic routes from Alton to Fareham, linking you to the South Downs National Park. A real dog friendly escape wouldn’t be complete without trying your hand at fly-fishing, which the area’s Meon Valley is famous for. At Meon Springs you can take lessons in how to cast and catch rainbow trout.
You’ll find a hearty “croeso” Welsh welcome for you and your two dogs at this quaint slate-roofed cottage high up in the Clwydian Hills. It is a great option from our rural dog friendly cottages collection as you can make it a brilliant base for walks in the rolling Welsh countryside. You can enjoy a sunrise breakfast or sundowners on the large decking area or after a day’s walking or cycling you can barbeque as the sun sets. It is single-storey making it easily accessible to everyone. The cottage has a cycle shed too. Venture out and experience Betws-y-Coed, the gateway to Snowdonia or give yourself a cultural jab with a day out to the nearby cathedral city of Chester.
Bullions Farm Cottage is as perfect as it gets when it comes to holiday cottages. This cottage boasts 2 bedrooms and is set on a rare breed Belted Galloway beef farm that also keeps Clydesdale horses. You have no fear for your pooches getting out and disrupting the farm life because this stone cottage has an enclosed garden. The cottage is comfortably furnished with ample space for four. Northumberland is a National Park so you are going to be faced with choices when it comes to walking, hiking and cycle routes. Stargazing is a must in this area – which has the clearest night skies in England. This is Catherine Cookson country, with Hexham only 11 miles away. Relaxing in your own outdoor hot tub overlooking the rural scenes of this ancient county, you’ll find it hard to believe that Newcastle is only 22 miles away.
Located at the end of a quiet country lane in the beautiful village of Mouldsworth, Woodfield is a superbly presented, detached cottage on the edge of the Cheshire Plains. The living room has a wood burner for chillier months and there’s plenty of space in the garden for the pooches to play in. The bedrooms, 3 in total are all well equipped and cosy. One of Cheshire’s best destination pubs is only a two-minute walk away. The county’s largest area of woodland, Delamere Forest, is on your doorstep and the famous Sandstone Trail is within striking distance.
The Lloyds Meadow fishing lakes are just over the road if you’re a keen angler. For a break from your rural setting visit historic Chester, which is only just over 5 miles away. You don’t have to drive either because the Mouldsworth Railway Station is only a short walk up the lane.
This converted stable is on the grounds of a Grade II listed thatched cottage that dates back to the 15th century. It is surrounded by more than an acre of meadowland and gardens overlooking the River Stour. You’ll be between the historic towns of Sherborne and Blandford where you can explore to your heart’s content. Visit nearby Shaftsbury sitting at 750 feet above sea level giving you uninterrupted views the countryside. You and your dogs won’t have to travel far from your rural setting to enjoy the Jurassic coast. If you aren’t planning on cooking every night then there is a pub and restaurant a mere 200 yards from Rose Cottage’s front door. The exciting coastal town of Bournemouth is an hour’s drive away.
Honey Cottage has been recently refurbished and is an excellent base for touring the Cairngorm National Park. You’ll have pure water direct from an outdoor spring and the enclosed garden is great for your three dogs to scamper about in. Here you’ll have a selection of outdoor pursuits to choose from. Bird watching could be your bag and you’ll be sure to spot Golden Eagles and Snow Buntings. From advanced hacking to “wee womble” rides pony trekking allows you experience a part of the Cairngorms walkers and cyclists don’t get to experience. Seasonal pursuits such as salmon fishing and even skiing are on offer. For days out Balmoral Castle where the royal family spend their summer holidays, Inverness and Aberdeen aren’t far away.
Originally the ticket office for Ardgay Railway Station, this semi-detached, single-storey stone cottage has been beautifully converted to make it a rural retreat with a difference. It is situated in a quiet no-through lane and adjoining the local railway line with eight small local trains per day and no night service. You’ll look out across the waters of the Kyle of Sutherland to the Northern Highlands beyond. The garden is fully fenced making sure that your dogs won’t escape. The Badvoon walking circuit is just south of Ardgay and heads through forestry and boggy heather. It is not for the faint-hearted but is worth it because it offers outstanding views of Dornoch Firth. There’s also salmon in the clear Highland streams during the fly-fishing season.
This selection of cottages in the UK offers the perfect option for those looking for anything from 2, bedrooms and up to 4 bedrooms. We are proud to have so many UK based varied options – from converted stables on beef farms, to secluded cottages, to old ticket offices in the Northern Highlands.
If you want to make a clean break for unspoiled countryside and mountains then we are sure that there will be a destination that will tick all your boxes. Most cottages in these retreats realise the importance of bringing your dogs along for the experience and welcome more than one pooch. If your hounds like to bound about then check to see if the cottages have enclosed gardens to keep pets safe.