Popular Dog Friendly Short Breaks & Weekends Away in the UK

Can you remember a time when dog friendly breaks weren’t even a thing? Now you can search for almost every type of pet-friendly holiday you can imagine. See below the most popular dog holiday choices from across the UK. Whether it’s a family summer holiday or a cheap weekend break, then we cover it below.

What are the Best Dog Friendly Holidays in the UK?

  • Cosy Cottages – Working Farm, Coastal, Countryside, Quaint Villages, Enclosed Gardens, Multipet
  • Luxury Lodges – Rural, Secluded, Fishing, Luxurious, Hidden, Exploring
  • Hot Tub Stays – Private, Romance, Bubbles Under the Stars, Parties
  • Beach Holidays – Seaside, Sandy Beaches, Surfing, Sea Views, Coastal Towns.
  • Caravan Holidays – Family-Friendly, Fun, Activities, Entertainment, Holiday Parks
  • Glamping Holidays – Yurts, Safari Tent, Shepards Hut, Glampsites, Bell Tent
  • Boutique Hotels – Luxury Rooms, Swimming Pool, Room Service, Breakfast in Bed
  • Private Airbnb’s – Rental Properties, Private Host, Self Catering, Worldwide
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A-List of the Top Dog-Friendly Accommodation Choices Open To You

Holiday Cottages

Dog-friendly cottages are easily the most popular short breaks with dogs you will find. It’s no surprise to anyone that has taken a cheeky weekend away with your four-legged friend that’s there are pet-friendly cottages in every corner of the UK. This is excellent news for us who love to travel with Fido in tow. 

Whatever your requirements, you can bet on there being a wide selection of holiday cottage rentals available to you. These properties are maybe the most ideal for dog friendly weekend breaks, 3 night stays are common, and the properties that allow pets are usually really set up for you and your best friend the visit.

In most cases, you will find bonus features like an enclosed garden where your dog can play safely. Because cottages usually have been converted into holiday homes you can expect to see more of these properties allowing two or even three dogs. Based in villages, country or seaside towns, the dog friendly holiday cottages we feature generally don’t have the same restrictions that holiday park may impose.

Luxury Log Cabins

If you want a dog-friendly holiday like no other, then dive right into luxury lodges. These Scandinavian wooden log cabins are different to nearly all the pet friendly accommodation on this list. I mean, when was the last time you stayed in a cabin in the woods. Expect fantastic holiday properties away from busy cities and the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Most of these weekend breaks with dogs are set in woodlands and vast acres of countryside. You can even get hideaways in Areas of Oustanding Beauty and National Parks.

Your four-legged friend will love lodge holidays, probably even more than you. These type of pet friendly holidays are usually either very secluded, where you will have total privacy or are on open plan parks where there will be a selection of cabins. In the second case, you won’t have enclosed gardens due to the general open layout.

Holidays with a Hot Tub

Dog-friendly weekend breaks with their own private hot tub are the most sought after properties in the UK today. So if you find one you want to book, then our advice is don’t hang around as with all the properties on this list you can enjoy an endless amount of activities during the day.

Maybe a log relaxing do walk, spend a few hours at the local pub or a spot of shopping in the nearby towns. When you return to the rental, the bubbling Jacuzzi will be ready for a relaxing evening under the night sky.

Hopefully, by now, your four-legged friends will be worn out and ready for a good sleep, and you can slip into your private tub and enjoy the beautiful tranquillity of your surroundings.

Beach Holidays

When it comes to refreshing, stress-free holidays, nothing beats a pet-friendly break by the sea, both for humans and canines, and there are plenty of dog-friendly coastal holidays to choose from.

With careful attention to detail, we’ve selected puppy retreats by the sea with indoor facilities all dog owners will appreciate; floors, furniture and fixtures that are durable and easy to clean, with easy access to the outdoors

Many are rentals with added extras like an open fire, and some have excellent special offers where you can land a real deal.

We haven’t forgotten about human comforts, either; we know that you deserve a luxury pet-friendly break as much as your canine companion.

There is an excellent choice of dog friendly holidays by the beach available throughout the length and breadth of the country, from Northumberland to Cornwall, Wales to Kent and much more.

Coastal properties are easier to come by in the UK than anywhere else, without breaking the bank to enjoy it.

Caravan Holidays

Developers of these UK dog friendly caravan parks and holiday homes have taken the time to consider the surroundings and to blend into nature.

From woodland walks, cycling beside a river or expending your dog’s energy on stretches of beach, there are so many great destinations to consider from Scotland to Cornwall, North Wales, the east coast and everything in between

Holiday parks that allow dogs have the advantage of having on-site facilities that will go a long way to making your break away one that’s as stress-free as it gets.

If you are a lover of beaches, we have picked some of the best. Woodland walks and lakeside views might be your bag, so there are more than a few to choose from on our list.

Please take a look at the suggestions, and we guarantee that the place you choose to take your break in won’t disappoint you or your dogs.

Glamping Holidays

When looking into dog-friendly weekends away, be honest, did you consider glamping? I bet you didn’t, but it’s the craze of dog-friendly holidays sweeping the UK right now. Aimed at couples and small families, this cute form of luxury camping is as exciting as affordable.

We are not saying Safari tents, and Shepard’s huts are cheap to rent, but they are in comparison to the rest on this list.  Most of all, they offer a very different experience and most glampsites, you will be close to nature and have all the essentials you need for a well deserved short break with your dog.

Private Airbnb's

To put it simply, Airbnb works by matching hosts and travellers together to create an ideal holiday. Millions of hosts are people who own a property, whether that’s a cottage, cabin, chalet, basically anything and want to rent it out to travellers who are looking for a weekend away with dogs

A host may not know how to advertise their property correctly to gain the traction and audience it needs, so they sign up to Airbnb, allowing millions of travellers to view their property potentially. 

From there on, if someone books that property, Airbnb take a percentage of the booking fee and the rest then go to the property owner. All the while Airbnb allows the host and the traveller to remain in constant communication with each other.

One of the many unique features about Airbnb that set it aside from other travel companies is the sheer volume of hosts and travellers that land on the platform. It’s a global marketplace with millions of hosts from all around the world advertising their property.

Boutique Hotels

We left dog-friendly hotels until last as everyone knows what to expect with hotels. Although not many people have taken weekends away with dogs and chose a hotel as their choice of accommodation, it’s now more than ever worth considering. 

Hoteliers in the most magical places like the Lake District and Loch Lomond are opening their doors to pets which was never the case when I was younger. Now you will bump into a lovely golden retriever in the lift or a cockapoo at breakfast. 

Maybe not for everybody, but we are huge fans of dog-friendly hotel rooms. The other huge benefit is that hotels open up the entire UK, allowing for pet-friendly weekend breaks in cities like Manchester, Liverpool, or even London where your dog couldn’t join you before.

Find Your Next Pet-Friendly Break

We’ve handpicked a selection of the very best dog-friendly properties from across the most popular destinations in the UK.

We’ve included everything from cosy holiday cottages, luxury lodges to the top holiday parks that allow dogs. We also know a tonne of dog lovers who love nothing more than a stroll on the sand.

Staycations have never been more prominent in the UK than right now, so we want to try and remove as much of the guesswork as possible with your next pet-friendly holiday search.

Our research has covered 7 of the best dog-friendly accommodation websites so you can book with confidence.

We are adding new and unusual properties for pets all the time, for the city lovers, we recently added our top pick Airbnb’s that also welcome dogs.

Below you will find all the popular dog-friendly destinations that we look at.

These are tourist hot spots in the UK, and nearly all are big on welcoming pets. For loads more visit the DFG homepage

Where To Go: Top Destinations

Scotland

Whether you choose the vibrant city life of Glasgow or Edinburgh for a pooch activity adventure packed with wildlife and dog walking trails in the Scottish Highlands, check out Aviemore, Inverness, Dundee Highlands.

North of England

We have a great list of areas in the North, all with a fantastic selection of family-friendly retreats. See the choice of holiday homes with dogs welcome in Newcastle, Northumberland, Lancashire, Blackpool, Cheshire, Cumbria.

Yorkshire

You’ll always find the perfect pet friendly break in the United Kingdom’s biggest county. From a Grade ii property in Harrogate or York, through to a variety of family holiday properties in the Yorkshire Dales, Scarborough, Whitby

Heart of England

Popular with waggy tails and humans, this collection we have is the largest. Find your cottage in the heart of the English countryside. The Peak District especially is perfect for sightseeing and activity seekers. See the choice of properties in the Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Peak District, Staffordshire, Shropshire.

The Lake District

Find a lodge, cottage or caravan park quickly in the Lakes, an ideal base to explore Cumbria with its endless rivers, lakes, tarns, and a valley or two, a walk around Lake Windermere and Troutbeck with your best friend is a real treat.

The East

Whether it be for groups or the whole family, this is a place people flock back to every year. Loved by dog owners, the area has all the surrounding and facilities you and your pup will need. For a choice of properties that allow the dog, we cover Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk

The South West

One of our all-time favourites. Cornwall, Devon, New Quay and the harbour cottages of Polperro, what’s not to love. There are more lodges and cottage accommodation in this area than you can shake a stick at. See the choice of properties from the following areas. Dorset, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Somerset, Torquay.

The South

From Kent to the Cotswolds, you’ll find an idyllic cottage here that welcomes dogs. Enjoy the peace of your surroundings or venture to Brighton front and eat fish and chips by the waves. Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Sussex, Surrey.

Wales

From the historic Blaenau Ffestiniog to much-visited Cardigan Bay near Pembrokeshire, It’s no wonder the cottage accommodation dotted around the country are in high demand. A pets paradise and not too bad for dog owners too. Dog-friendly properties in and around Snowdonia National Park are very popular.

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