11 dog-friendly holidays in the UK

Last updated 2nd June 2017

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1/11 Narrowboat in Warwickshire

Chug along the backwaters on a traditional canal boat, complete with electricity and central heating. Kate Narrowboat Hire offers itineraries ranging from a weekend to three weeks, departing from bases at Warwick and Stockton. Discover leafy canals and backwaters, visiting pretty villages and towns en route.

Plus points: Dogs are allowed on nearly all of the 24 narrowboats, so there’s plenty of choice

Price: From 1,105, plus £25 per dog

Find out more: kateboats.co.uk

Camping in Anglesey

2/11 Safari-style glamping in Anglesey

Get away from it all at a glamping site near Beaumaris in north Wales, run by Wonderfully Wild. The season finishes on 2 November, and the area is perfect for enjoying golden autumn days on the sandy beach nearby. There’s a choice of four- and three-bedroom lodges (sleeping six) with wood-burning stoves, well-equipped
kitchens and views of Snowdonia National Park.

Plus points: Dogs are welcome in all the lodges

Price: From £710 for a September week, plus £20 per dog.

Find out more: wonderfullywild.co.uk

Outside of Foodie Hotel

3/11  Foodie hotel in the Lake District

Discover the vast range of walks around Overwater Hall, an unfussy 18th-century country house serving good food in large grounds near Keswick. Best for families with children five and over, there are a couple of larger rooms which can offer up to two extra beds, plus a couple of dogs. Hotel staff can recommend walking routes and provide picnic lunches.

Plus points: No extra fee for dogs

Price: From £140 per adult, per night, half board (plus £25 b&b per child, sharing)

Find out more: overwaterhall.co.uk

Tin tent in Conrwall

4/11  Tin tent in Cornwall

This quirky accommodation is a converted shipping container, sleeping four, near the beach at Mullion. Nicknamed ‘Rusty the Tin Tent’, it’s one of a variety of dog-friendly properties by West Country self-catering specialist Classic Cottages.

Plus points: Dogs are welcome in many of the local pubs

Price: £561, plus £25 per dog (maximum of two per lodge)

Find out more: classic.co.uk


5/11  Riverside idyll in Oxfordshire

Enjoy riverside walks and sightseeing in Oxford by booking The Old Parsonage in Iffley, through the Landmark Trust. Sleeping up to six, it has a long Thames-side garden and is less than three miles from the city centre. You’ll need to book well in advance, as this property is in high demand.

Plus points: Up to two dogs are allowed at no extra charge

Price: £1,830

Find out more: landmarktrust.org.uk


6/11 Seaside cottage in Pembrokeshire

Pick one of 250 scenically located cottages offered by Holiday Cottages in Pembrokeshire. Bryneithin, near Newport, is a snug cottage providing stunning views, a peaceful setting and a cosy woodburner.

Plus points: Excellent dog walking from the door

Price: £583, plus £25 (for electricity and oil) and £10 for one dog

Find out more: coastalcottages.co.uk

Lochside lodge

7/11 Lochside lodge in Perthshire

Admire the stunning autumn colours at Loch Tay Highland Lodges, where you can try your hand at archery, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and mountain biking, or spend time in the games room and play area.

Plus points: Dogs are welcome in the lodges and wigwams (not the pods).

Price: From £470 for a two-bedroom lodge, plus a charge of £20 per stay for up to two large or three small dogs

Find out more: lochtay-vacations.co.uk

Cosy lodge in East Sussex

8/11  Cosy lodge in East Sussex

Make history come alive by booking South Lodge. Formerly the gatehouse at Battle Abbey, it’s available to rent through English Heritage. It sleeps up to four people, plus a maximum of two well-behaved dogs, and is a great vantage point for discovering more about 1066.

Plus points: Good walking from the doorstep

Price: £1,005, plus £30 per dog

Find out more: english-heritage.org.uk

Riverside idyll

9/11  Riverside idyll in Oxfordshire

Combine the services of a hotel with the privacy of a self-catering cottage at Seaview Hotel and Restaurant on the island’s north-east coast. Two-hundred-year-old Myrtle Cottage, adjacent to the hotel, sleeps four in two twin bedrooms, with kitchen, dining area and sitting room.

Plus points: Doggie treats are left out for canine guests to enjoy on arrival

Price: £800, plus a cleaning fee of £10 per dog

Find out more: seaviewhotel.co.uk

Estate hotel

10/11 Estate Hotel in Norfolk

Let your children and dogs run free on the vast expanse of golden sand at Holkham, one of Norfolk’s most beautiful beaches. The Victoria Inn, a 10- to 15-minute walk from the boardwalk, welcomes dogs in several rooms in the main hotel, and offers secure kennels to those who prefer to stay in the dog-free accommodation in the newly opened Ancient House, opposite the hotel.

Plus points: Dogs are allowed throughout the ground-floor public rooms.

Price: From £250 per night for a family room, or £210 for a spacious double, plus £15 per child and £10 per dog.

Find out more: holkham.co.uk 

chewton glen hotel treehouse

11/11 Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, Hampshire

Set in 130 acres of breath-taking grounds on the edge of the New Forest National Park – this dog-friendly hotel will provide you and your four-legged friend with fabulous views, as well as luxurious accommodation. All dogs are welcome to stay in The Treehouses at Chewton Glen which are built only a short stroll away from the main hotel in a wooded valley. The floor to ceiling glass in each suite will allow you and your canine a panoramic view of the forest – although we’re sure Fido would prefer to explore it! Dog-sitting services are also available with the staff more than happy to help.

Plus points: Dog sitters are available on request and children will love the mini bathrobes and slippers in the room.

Price: From £600 per night for a family tree house (up to six). Dogs stay free when you book with PetsPyjamas.com.

Find out more: PetsPyjamas.com