Luxury properties across the UK
Encompassing Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, the South West is one of the most popular cottage holiday destinations in the UK. Boasting some of the most unspoilt countryside and coastline in the UK, it is easy to see why booking holiday cottages in the South West is so popular. See all of our South West Cottages
The Southern counties of England are varied, each with their own character and charm. Our collection of holiday cottages in Southern England covers the areas of Berkshire, Greater London, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire. See all of our Southern England Cottages
The North West England region is home to the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire, each with their own unique qualities that draw in international visitors. The region is steeped in history as well as popular tourist attractions making it a popular destination to visit all year round. See all of our North West Cottages
Visit historic North East England with its castles and ruins, beautiful coastline and family attractions whilst staying in one of our luxurious holiday cottages. The region is home to countless Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks and World Heritage Sites. See all of our North East Cottages
Highlands of Scotland
Borders & The Lothians
Perthshire, Fife & Tayside
Skye & The Hebrides
Grampian & Speyside
Handpicked Cottages have selected what we believe are some of the finest holiday cottages in Wales. We have some superb properties in the most beautiful areas of the country. Rural valleys meet with the stunning coasts to make Wales a perfect self-catering cottage destination. See all of our Wales Cottages
The UK is blessed with some of the most beautiful and diverse National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty anywhere in the world. For us, these stretch from Isles of Scilly holiday cottages in the south to the very tip of Scotland. The largest of these is the Lake District but there are well over 50 in total. See all of our Cottages in Special Places
Nov 17, 2023
Choosing your Dog-friendly Holiday Cottage
For many of us, it wouldn’t be a holiday without our dogs, which is why at Handpicked Cottages, we have a selection of luxury holiday cottages that welcome four-pawed guests.
Let’s take a look at just a few of these lovely dog-friendly cottages. They’re in beautiful locations across the UK, and all have something special to offer your pet.
What to look for in a Dog-friendly Cottage
When you’re choosing a holiday cottage for your dog, what do you need to look out for? Here are a few features that will help your pooch have the best holiday.
But the best thing? Being together on holiday. Just look out for the Pet-Friendly icon next to a property.
Luxurious Cottages in Great Dog Walking Spots
Do you and your dog love going on long walks together? (Step forwards, border collie owners.) If so, look out for a holiday cottage that has access to footpaths and trails directly from the door (it’ll save you getting your car boot muddy!). Natcol is a traditional cottage in Gwynedd that has beautiful walks straight from the house, as well as dog friendly beaches a short drive away.
When we think of walking holidays in Britain, we often think of the Lake District. The Old Barn is in the heart of the Cumbrian countryside and has a super-cosy wood burner and farmhouse kitchen for post-walking cosiness. If you want a lot of countryside on your doorstep, take a look at beautiful Loch an Eilein cottage, which has a lovely lakeside walk and easy access to the Cairngorms National Park.
Holiday Cottages for Sea Dogs
If your dog loves a paddle or a sprint across the sands, check out this coastal cottage. Just up the coast in Devon, Sloopside gives you stunning contemporary accommodation with the most spectacular outlook across to Burgh Island. As a bonus, it’s also close to the coast path for walkies.
This property is definitely worth snapping up: a cottage in the heart of beautiful St Ives that welcomes pooches. Maranatha sleeps eight humans and even has its own parking space. St Ives is a great holiday destination for pets because some of its beaches are dog-friendly all year round. It’s always worth checking this before you book a seaside holiday, as many places do have seasonal restrictions in place.
Dog-friendly Cottages with Great Gardens
We mentioned that a garden is a great idea for your dog-friendly holiday. It gives you a safe and easy place to exercise your dog and on a sunny day, you can all enjoy hanging out together. The garden at The Snug near Falmouth is doggie holiday heaven: three whole acres of private land, including a meadow and a riverside walk. There’s even a dog-friendly pub on your doorstep…
With lots of lovely walks and beaches, the Isle of Wight is a great place for a pet-friendly holiday. The Farm Cottage has a pretty enclosed garden with a sun sail for shelter and garden furniture for the humans. The rural setting is absolutely gorgeous.
Cosy retreats that Welcome Pets
Are you looking for a cute getaway that welcomes pets? A snug wooden cabin makes the perfect base for a walking holiday or simply a cosy retreat. Older and less active dogs will love a spot by the fire, while more energetic pooches will enjoy the rural locations.
Meadow View is a charming thatched cottage in Suffolk with lots of features for a happy dog: a warm fire, an enclosed garden and access to a two-acre dog-walking meadow. Maple Shepherd’s Hut is a delightful retreat for two (plus pets) close to fantastic walks on Dartmoor. The Little Barn in North Norfolk has the most charming (and safe) little garden, with a lovely wood burner for snug evenings in.
Find your Perfect Dog-friendly Cottage
This is just a small selection of our dog-friendly holiday cottages. Take a look at our website to explore the full collection. We know you’ll find something that your furry companion will adore!
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