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Why Your Pup Will Love These Dog Friendly Cottages

Written by Betheny Ellis on

A happy pup sitting next to the fire in a dog friendly cottage

Finding great dog friendly cottages is essential for a brilliant holiday with your pet. If your cottage isn’t right for both humans and man’s best friend then your whole break can be ruined. These cottages however, will receive a whole lot of puppy love.

Captains Cottage in Thornham on the west Norfolk coast is ideal for salty sea-dogs. A large spacious cottage that sleeps eight, it overlooks Thornham Marshes and the sea, while Thornham itself is between Holme Dunes Nature Reserve and RSPB Titchwell Marsh, great places for you and your dog to explore.

One of many dog friendly cottages in Yorkshire, Pear Tree Cottage is in Gilling East, a town in the Howardian Hills AONB, and just south of the North York Moors National Park. Acres and acres of outstanding countryside are just waiting to be seen (and sniffed), and when the day is done you have a cosy two bedroom stone cottage to return to.

An old quarryman’s cottage that has been fully renovated, West View House is a sunny family home that accommodates all your family, including your pet. The quiet countryside location in south east Dorset is perfect for long roaming walks, and the Jurassic coast is less than five miles away for some stunning views.

Unity Cottage is a dog friendly cottage that stands on a grassy hill overlooking the Poldice Valley, close to Truro. Amazing views greet you as you look out from the cottage, and there are footpaths and bridleways aplenty to help you and your dog discover this wonderful corner of England.

Alondra, a spacious end-terrace cottage, is found in the village of Blacko, Lancashire and has breathtaking views of the surrounding Pendle countryside. Neat and well furbished, it’s a great place from which to explore the immediate area, and the nearby Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Lancashire Coast and Trough of Bowland. Your dog certainly won’t complain about being bored.

Number Eight is a single storey cottage in Westleton that is stylishly furnished, with a secluded rear garden that has a large deck and patio. When it comes to places to go you and your dog will be spoilt for choice. The Suffolk countryside is yours to explore, and the coast is only a few minutes away with miles of beach to run along and the sea to run into.

Dog friendly cottages come in all shapes and sizes, and Cae Lleci near Dolgellau is one of the prettiest. A traditional stone Welsh cottage that was built over 400 years ago, it is in a secluded, elevated position which gives you some great views. Extensive natural gardens with a stream and plenty of rocky outcrops make this a wonderful playground for your four legged friend, and when you want to range further then Snowdonia National Park is just five miles to the north.

In Woolacombe on the North Devon Heritage Coast is Waves End, a perfect holiday home for a couple looking to enjoy the fine Devonshire countryside with their pet. Nestled in between the sea and the countryside, your dog won’t know which way to turn first.

Stone Green Oast is a fabulous conversion from a traditional Kentish oast, which gives this dog friendly cottage a unique shape both inside and out. It is on the Saxon Shore Way, a long distance path from Gravesend to Hastings that you and your dog will love exploring. While you’re there don’t forget to try the nearby pet friendly Ferry Inn – renowned for its Rye Bay Scallop foodie events in February and for quality local fare.

Most dog friendly cottages accept one or, at the most, two pets which isn’t much good if you have three or more hounds who you want to bring. If that’s you, then Orchard House in Newbridge-on-Wye could be your salvation, as the owner is happy to talk with you about bringing more than a duo of dogs to the property. The cottage is located close to the Elan Valley, and the River Wye is only 100 yards away. 

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