A distinct advantage of holidaying in low season is that dogs are allowed back onto UK beaches from October 1 through to April 30, meaning the autumn/winter air need not necessarily bring a chill to dog-friendly places to stay along the coast. Almost a third (29 per cent) of guests staying with self-catering company Luxury Coastal bring their canine companion, and over 6,000 dogs have holidayed with the south west specialist already this year.
Over half of Luxury Coastal’s retreats accept pets, with a myriad of choice for those looking to holiday with their four-legged friend in tow. Here’s a selection of dog-friendly places to stay to tempt you:
Town house in Budleigh Salterton
The Pink House is literally footsteps from the beach, making morning walks on the shingle shore an absolute must. The three-bedroom, light-filled, Edwardian house has recently been refurbished to a high standard and it is just a short stroll into the characterful main street of the Devonshire market town. (Sleeps six and two dogs). luxurycoastal.co.uk/property/devon/budleigh-salterton/the-pink-house
Nature reserve in north Cornwall
Salt Life, Dunes at Upton Towans, Hayle, Cornwall is a two-bedroom eco lodge with a hot tub, a short walk across the dunes to Upton Towans Beach. Stylish interiors are married with green credentials including timber framing, bee bricks, an air source heat pumps and high levels of insulation. Enjoy the Atlantic swell while walking your pooch along the three-mile Gwithian Beach or relax in the private enclosed garden. (Sleeps four and two dogs). luxurycoastal.co.uk/property/cornwall/hayle/salt-life-dunes-at-upton-towans
Looking for an outdoor adventure with your pooch? Why not browse our top 5 coastal spots for dog-friendly hiking trips.
Cottage on stilts in Sennen Cove
Surf Loft has a cosy cottage vibe but is a newly built, two bedroom, timber framed cabin built on stilts to afford wonderful sea views out across Sennen Cove, Gwenver Beach and the coast. Enjoy the ultimate surfer’s beach with pooch in tow, take lessons at the local surf school or simply amble the coast path – it’s just three miles to Land’s End. Price: (Sleeps four and two dogs). luxurycoastal.co.uk/property/cornwall/sennen/sennen-surf-loft
North Devon surf reserve
Within easy reach of the shimmering three miles of Saunton Sands, Broadpath at Great Field Lodges in Braunton is a wonderful escape, complete with a hot tub to relax aching limbs. Saunton Sands is close to the UNESCO-protected Braunton Burrows Biosphere Reserve and boasts some of the country’s best surfing conditions. Price: (Sleeps two and two dogs). luxurycoastal.co.uk/property/devon/braunton/broadpath-great-field-lodges
Affordable chic in Brixham
Bay Cottage is a three-bedroom hideaway in the heart of one of Devon’s most iconic working harbour towns. There is a choice of shores to stroll, but Breakwater Beach is one of the best and within minutes of the front door. The cottage has been recently refurbished and has a wonderful coastal vibe inside with a pooch-friendly, secure outside terrace. (Sleeps six and one dog). luxurycoastal.co.uk/property/devon/brixham/bay-cottage
Riverside escape in Mylor
Nestled on the banks of the River Fal, Cregoes is a family-friendly bolthole ideal for a tranquil, river-side escape with dogs in the beautiful village of Mylor, home to the last remaining fleet of oyster fishermen. The four-bedroom white-washed cottage has large windows that frame the river view, enjoy watching the boats bob along the estuary. There is a large garden for dogs, riverside walks, and the nearby marina is a hub of activity with a café, bar, and restaurant. (Sleeps eight and three dogs). luxurycoastal.co.uk/property/cornwall/mylor/cregoes