1. FORT LEICESTER, Jersey
Sleeping eight, this majestic 19th century fort sits above the picturesque harbour of Bouley Bay on Jersey’s north coast and has a private garden and terrace perfect for watching the fishing boats. Quirky Fort Leicester is built into the rock-face on three different levels, requiring guests to move outside to get from one room to another, with sections of grass between. Dogs are welcome and a car is essential, given the remote location.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £572 for two nights (low season) and £10 per dog.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01534 633304 or see jerseyheritage.org/holiday/fort-leicester.
2. CLIFF HOUSE HOTEL, Waterford
The five-star Cliff House Hotel enjoys a superb seaside location on Ireland’s south coast, an hour’s drive from Cork or Waterford airports and Rosslare ferry terminal. Enjoy cliff-top walks and doggy paddles in the sea with your fluffy friend, before drying them off with their complimentary towel. Dogs can join their owners on the terrace and enjoy a relaxing nap, and homemade dog treats are available on arrival. A sleeping crate is available to borrow from reception. For health and safety, dogs must be on a leash and supervised at all times and not left alone in rooms. They are not permitted in bar or restaurant areas.
WHAT DOES IT COST? The Sandy Paws offer is available from around €284 per night for two, including breakfast, plus one dog. Pre-booking is a must, as dog-friendly rooms are subject to availability. Dogs must be no heavier than 30lbs, as rooms are not suitable for larger dogs.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call +353 24 87800 or email [email protected].
3. BEACH COTTAGE, Anderby Creek, Lincolnshire
Right on the sand dunes overlooking the shore at Anderby Creek, Beach Cottage is a gem of a retreat for a couple. Selected by Sawday’s as a Special Place, it sleeps two (but has two bunks downstairs if needed), has a wood-burner, a freestanding bath, and, best of all, you’re welcome to bring your dog. Adjacent to the un-spoilt Lincolnshire Coastal Park, with its abundant birdlife, wildlife and flora, this ‘get away from it all’ spot offers an ever-changing seascape to enjoy whatever the weather.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Prices from around £400 for a weekend, up to £800 for a full week.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 07799 144806 or see thorganbyhall.co.uk/properties/beach-cottage.
4. 21 SHOREGATE, Crail, Fife
This stylish 18th-century fisherman’s cottage is close to the harbour in the heart of the ancient East Neuk fishing village of Crail. Sleeping four, it makes the perfect luxurious base for a relaxing break. For summer there is a secluded garden with a BBQ and a terrace looking out to sea, and a wood-burner that will keep you cosy in winter. In all seasons the beautiful Fife coastline is on your doorstep, the home of golf – St Andrews – is just along the coast, so there is lots to do, and one well-behaved dog is welcome.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £370 for a short break (low season) to £840 for a week-long stay (high season), with a charge of £20 for your dog.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 07879 480529 or visit 21shoregate.com.
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5. LETHERINGHAM WATER MILL COTTAGES, Suffolk
This was named 2017 Dog Friendly Business of the Year at the Visit England Awards for Excellence, so you can be sure it will be a treat for your pet as well as yourself. The site, close to the Heritage Suffolk Coast, offers four places to stay – three riverside decked cottages and The Mill House – beside the River Deben in seven acres of trees and greenery. Think fabulous interiors plus an indoor dog shower and welcome packs for dogs.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £90 a night midweek, three-night minimum stay, with no charge for dogs.
HOW DO I BOOK? Visit letheringhammill.co.uk.
6. THE MAYFLOWER, Lymington, Hampshire
All six spacious bedrooms at this stylish pub overlooking the harbour at Lymington are dog-friendly, and with both the Hampshire coast and the New Forest on the doorstep, there is no shortage of excellent places to go walking if you base yourself here. The Mayflower prides itself on its food – the restaurant boasts an AA rosette – and if you want to dine with your dog you can do that in the bar or on the terrace. There’s also an enclosed garden.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £140 per night, two dogs are welcome, and there’s a free travel pack included.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 0203 6423162 or go to petspyjamas.com.
7. 2 WEST POINT, Sandbanks, Dorset
If you fancy living the millionaire lifestyle in Sandbanks, this chic property could be the one for you, if only for a short while… Sleeping six, 2 West Point is a stylish townhouse close to the famous Blue Flag beach, as well as the peninsula’s restaurants and shops. It has a superb cinema room, parking for two vehicles, and a secure enclosed garden, perfect for one well-behaved dog. The seaside town attractions of Poole and Bournemouth are close by, not to mention the majestic Jurassic Coast itself, for awesome exploring from walking to fossil-hunting, or take the Sandbanks Chain Ferry across to the Isle of Purbeck.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Seven nights from around £1,218, plus £30 per dog per week.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01297 443550 or go to toadhallcottages.co.uk.
8. RAGLAN PLACE COTTAGE, Kent
In the pretty town of Broadstairs close to independent shops and cafés is this spacious cottage, which sleeps four, has a roll-top bath, Smart TV with Netflix, cosy fire, and an enclosed patio garden. Sandy Viking Bay is close by, and there are a number of cycle paths and walking trails in the vicinity – perfect for families or couples to get out and about, with their canine companion of course.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £652 for seven nights, with an additional charge for dogs.
HOW DO I BOOK? Go to airbnb.co.uk.
9. MILLSTONE COTTAGE, Northumberland
Millstone Cottage is a Grade II-listed former flour mill, which has been transformed into a stunning self-catering holiday cottage in the village of Lucker, just three miles from Bamburgh and the beautiful Northumberland coast. Sleeping up to six, the property has three en-suite bedrooms and a traditional wood-beamed living room and dining area. There will even be some treats for both you and your four-legged pal on your arrival. And next door you’ll find The Apple Inn, which serves tasty ales and home-cooked food in a lovely countryside setting.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £750 for seven nights.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01668 219607 or visit stablewoodcoastalcottages.com.
10. HEBRIDEAN EARTH HOUSE, Askernish, South Uist, Outer Hebrides
Located on South Uist, this striking property has bags of character and is ideal for those who love to get away from it all on their hols. Using Polar Wall Construction, it boasts stunning loch-side views from the glass front, Sola-tubes from the roof to draw light inside, and underfloor heating. Luxurious touches come by way of a Bose sound system, White Company toiletries and a welcome hamper of goodies. Sleeping two people, you’re also welcome to bring one dog, and the coast is just a short distance from the house, with its miles of sandy beaches and (in the summer) a profusion of wild machair flowers.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £800 per week, with a £20 charge for dogs.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01381 610496 or visit lhhscotland.com.
11. PEN HENDRE, Llyn Peninsula
Pen Hendre is a stylish family and dog-friendly house in the seaside village of Trefor, near the beautiful bay at Morfa Nefyn. The two-bed property has a quirky layout and retro 1950s/60s touches, such as a record player with a selection of vinyl. There are two cosy seating areas and an enclosed patio, plus the beach is just 10 minutes away, with access to plenty of dog-friendly walks. Many pretty beaches are nearby, plus dog-friendly pubs and enchanting seaside towns.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Three-night stays from around £316, seven-night stays approximately £474, based on up to four sharing. Up to two dogs welcome – the first stays for free and a weekly supplement applies for the second.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01348 837871 or see qualitycottages.co.uk.
12. THE LOBSTER POT, Beesands, South Devon
The Blue Flag, mile-long shingle beach of Beesands is less than a stick’s throw from The Lobster Pot, and dog-friendly all year round. A purpose-built doggy shower means you can rinse off sandy paws with ease, and there are breathtaking sea views from three of the bedrooms and living area. An ideal spot to explore the South West Coast Path and coastal Devon.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Sleeps eight, plus one dog. A three-night stay starts from around £837.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01548 802170 or go to coastandcountry.co.uk.
13. KNOLL HOUSE, Studland, Dorset
This family-friendly hotel on the Isle of Purbeck dates from 1931 and has charm by the bucketload. Enjoy characterful rooms, Anglo-French cuisine in the Studland restaurant, a cream tea in the Bistro, and the enchanting coastal landscape of this magical part to Dorset. Nearby you will find beaches that are dog-friendly all year round, as are many local attractions.
WHAT DOES IT COST? The Sandy Paws package costs from £150 per night (dinner, bed and breakfast) and can be taken any night of the week, £15 per dog per night. You are asked to please bring your dog’s own bedding with you.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01929 450450 or visit knollhouse.co.uk.
14. RETRO CAMPERS, Norfolk
If you fancy pottering around the beautiful coast of Norfolk or Suffolk then why not hire a vintage camper? Retro Campers Norfolk has pristine original VW campers (most sleep six) and welcomes dogs – simply bring a dog bed or blanket, and make sure your pet isn’t left alone in the van. Then away you go, with the freedom to choose where you stay.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Short breaks (Mon-Fri/Fri-Mon) start from around £395, weekly hire from around £595. There is a £50 charge for a dog, which covers an extra special clean for the camper after the hire.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01263 821999 or go to retrocampersnorfolk.co.uk.
15. CARMEL COTTAGE, Ventnor, Isle of Wight
Set on a former strawberry farm, just a five-minute scamper to the dog-friendly beach of Monk’s Bay, three-bedroomed Carmel Cottage is a perfect base for exploring the Isle of Wight AONB. With stone walls, wooden floors and cosy log burners inside and enclosed gardens, sun trap terraces and sea views outside, you’re a step away from the island’s coastal path and the timeless charm of Bonchurch village.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Prices start from around £1,095 for a week’s stay.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 07980 986232 or visit oceanbluecoastalretreats.co.uk.
16. WICKLOW HEAD LIGHTHOUSE, Ireland
Now run by the Irish Landmark Trust, Wicklow Head Lighthouse – dating from 1781 – has the sea on three sides, making for spectacular views and a memorable stay. Sleeping four in two double rooms, you’re welcome to bring one dog, but be aware that there are 109 steps to the kitchen on the top floor of this octagonal property. Wicklow is about an hour and a half from Dublin, and there’s great coastal walking here, plus the Wicklow Mountains, as well as the seaside towns of Wicklow itself, Bray and Greystones.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From €624 for two nights.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call +353 1 670 4733 or visit irishlandmark.com.
17. WATER’S EDGE, Beadnell, Northumberland
A striking self-catering property, Water’s Edge has recently been renovated and is right on the seafront in Beadnell. With far-reaching sea views from a large glass balcony and only a few minutes’ walk to the beach, this impressive holiday let boasts one of the best settings in Northumberland and is ideally located for beach walks with your canine companion. The four spacious bedrooms, attic room and beautiful open-plan living space will provide everything you need, including a bed, bowl and treats for your dog. The village itself has a small shop, a local pub and a café, and nearby Seahouses offers further amenities including a supermarket, boat trips, golf course and petrol station.
WHAT DOES IT COST? The property sleeps 10 and accepts two dogs as standard, three by request. There is a charge of £10 per dog per week.
HOW DO I BOOK? 01665 830783 or visit northumbria-cottages.co.uk.
18. THE TACK HOUSE, Hayle, Cornwall
Quirky and cosy, the tiny Tack House offers a quaint escape for couples (plus pooch) near the Hayle Estuary. Dog-owners will love the variety of walks, with Hayle’s Mexico Towans beach dog-friendly all year round – and the wood-burning stove will go down a treat too. For an extra fee, the Pampered Pooch Service lets guests organise a range of treats for their dog during their stay, from a hamper of Cornish-baked doggy treats on arrival, to a visit from a dog-groomer; and a bespoke holiday guide to Cornwall outlining nearby dog-friendly beaches, restaurants and attractions.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £277 per week based on 2 sharing, self-catering basis
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 07526397725, or visit thetackhouse.co.uk.
19. BEACH COVE COASTAL RETREAT, Ilfracombe, Devon
Take a quiet break on the shores of North Devon in quirky beach-hut accommodation for couples when you stay at five-star Beach Cove Coastal Retreat. This is no ordinary beach hut though, each one is equipped with all the home comforts you could wish for, including self-catering kitchen facilities, a luxurious king-size bed, free Wifi, flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station. Some of the huts also have hot tubs, and – best of all – you can bring your dog (you’ll need to bring their bits and bobs from home too). Make sure you book early though, these are popular. Around Ilfracombe itself there are lots of restaurants, pubs and things to do, as well as the gorgeous Devon coastline to explore, promising you and your dog a great time.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £255 for three nights. No specific charge for dogs.
HOW DO I BOOK? Go to quirkyaccom.com and follow the links.
20. SKY HOUSE, St Agnes, Cornwall
This unique cedar-clad home sits among the green tree-tops offering unrivalled views in a modern luxurious building. Think Scandi-inspired living area, four boutique bedrooms, al fresco space and a private hot tub, all just a stone’s throw from St Agnes. Two well-behaved dogs are welcome, and as it’s right by the South West Coast Path it’s a perfect location for all who like a good walk.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £1,145 for seven nights, three nights from around £916.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01872 241241 or visit cornishgems.com.
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21. EMBER ROUNDHOUSE, East Thorne, Bude, Cornwall
As soon as you walk into The Ember Roundhouse, you’ll notice the luxurious touches – underfloor heating, a wood-fired hot tub, a wood-burning stove. This gorgeous glamping spot on a peaceful site near Bude on the North Cornish coast sleeps four in two bedrooms, has open-plan living space, fun activities to keep the children occupied, and you’re welcome to bring two dogs with you as well.
WHAT DOES IT COST? The Ember Room Roundhouse is available for a two-night mid-week break from around £199. There is a fee of around £25 per pet per week.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 0330 1137005 or visit luxurycoastal.co.uk.
22. CATCHPENNY SAFARI LODGES, Fife, Scotland
For an off-grid escape with all the home comforts, this family of eight luxury, fido-friendly tents are perched on the edge of the Fife Coastal Path offering breathtaking views over the Firth of Forth. Powered by solar and wind energy, there are hot showers, comfy mattresses, and a log-burning stove together with an outdoor fire pit for toasting marshmallows to the sound of lapping waves on the shore below.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Sleeps up to six. A three-night weekend stay costs around £550.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 07495 047169, of go to catchpennyelie.co.uk.
23. MARINE HOTEL, Ballycastle, Co Antrim
Check into the Marine Hotel Ballycastle and discover all that Game of Thrones country has to offer (don’t worry, no dragons). You and your dog will get a warm welcome – there are designated dog-friendly luxurious bedrooms, and a bowl, blanket and treats will be provided – plus the beach is only a short walk away. Dogs can join their owners in the Costa Coffee & Library area for lunch or dinner. (Doggy Beer & Pawsecco are available for £3 – cheers!). And if you’re planning to tie the knot soon and fancy a seaside celebration, the hotel is a dog-friendly wedding venue and will include your pet on your big day just like any other guest.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £95 per night – £15 per dog per night.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 028 2076 2222 or see marinehotelballycastle.com.
24. THE LOOKOUT, Speyside, Scotland
In-built double doggy beds, bowls and a large beach garden are just a few of the perks of this surfer-cool pad – and that’s just for the hounds! Ideally placed to spot the Northern Lights from the snug of the fire pit, guests have the use of kayaks, boogie boards, wet suits and scooters, plus there’s underfloor heating and a wood-burning stove – perfect for snoozing pooches when the weather starts to turn.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Sleeps four. Prices start from around £695 for around a week’s stay.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01381 610496, or go to lhhscotland.com.
25. ARDTORNISH ESTATE, Lochaline, near Oban, Scotland
Ardtornish, a runner-up in Embrace Scotland’s 2016 Pet Friendly Awards, offers self-catering options on the majestic west coast. Choose from Victorian apartments in Ardtornish House or stone cottages or the Bunkhouse. Explore the estate, with 20 miles of coastline, woods, and lochs with sandy beaches. Most properties have Sky TV, WiFi, open fire or wood-burning stove and details of dog-friendly pubs, the local pet shop and vet.
WHAT DOES IT COST? A three-night break starts at around £325, plus around £20 per dog for up to a seven-night stay.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01967 421288 or visit embracescotland.co.uk.
26. 33 THE DUNES, North Cornwall
Sited just 10m from dog-friendly Perranporth Beach, with three miles of beach stretching beyond, this bolthole oozes coastal cool and welcomes two well-behaved doggies. Boasting panoramic sea views, a communal outdoor shower and underfloor heating when the nights get chilly, you’re just a skip away from pubs, cafés, a surf school and riding stables.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Sleeps four. Prices for a week’s stay start at around £770.
HOW DO I BOOK? 01637 861005, or visit beachretreats.co.uk.
27. GULL COTTAGE, Mousehole, West Cornwall
Perched on the rocks in Mousehole, this is a dreamy Cornish escape for two, plus a four-legged friend. Boasting stylish interiors and jaw-dropping sea views, you’re close to the bustle of the harbour with Falmouth, St Ives and Land’s End just a short drive away. Just watch out for that Mousehole Cat!
WHAT DOES IT COST? Sleeps two, prices start from around £821 for a two-night break.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01872 241241, or book online at cornishgems.com.
28. KRIBBEN COTTAGES, Co Down
Against the backdrop of the majestic Mourne Mountains, in a rural area close to the bustling seaside town of Newcastle, you will find five luxury cottages where your dog will get as warm a welcome as yourself. Ideal for families or groups, they can sleep either four or six people – think modern comforts with traditional charm. There’s a wealth of things to do in the scenic surrounding area, and Belfast is only an hour away.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Two-night stay in a 2-bedroom cottage (sleeps four) around £240, 3-bedroom cottage (sleeps six) around £320, £20 per dog (two dogs per cottage).
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 07710 472884 or visit kribbencottages.com.
29. FOREST PARK, Cromer, Norfolk
This idyllic holiday park is set in 100 acres of woodland in the North Norfolk AONB. There’s country walks a-plenty here, and it’s close to Overstrand Beach and Cromer for picnics, fun on the pier and splashing in the waves. Wigwam Holidays Forest Park has 12 Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabins, all fitted out with en-suite facilities, microwave, kettle, toaster, two-ring hob and small fridge, for the ultimate glam camping experience. The site has its own shop, restaurant, indoor pool and outdoor play area. And there are extras you can add on to make your stay even more special, from fairy lights to BBQ packs, plus a dog treat pack for your canine chum.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Prices based on two adults per cabin per night, from around £87 per night (£95 Fri/Sat) in low season to around £97 per night (£100 Fri/Sat) in high season, around £5 per night per dog. Max two, unless agreed at the time of booking.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01263 513290 or go to wigwamholidays.com/forest-park.
30. PUFFIN VIEW HOUSE, Amble, Northumberland
Welcoming two well-behaved dogs, this cool, contemporary bolthole sits just a five-minute wander from Amble Beach, which is dog-friendly all year round. Rather brilliantly, Coquet Cottages offers a dog-sitting service, which means you can dine out or visit local attractions such as Cragside House or Alnwick Castle safe in the knowledge your pooch is getting all the attention he needs.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Sleeps up to seven, plus one baby. Prices start from £900 for a three-night stay.
HOW DO I BOOK? 01665 710700, or visit coquetcottages.co.uk.
31. LOOKING GLASS COTTAGE, Brighton, East Sussex
If you are a fan of quirky accommodation then an Alice in Wonderland-themed 16th-century cottage in lively Brighton should fit the bill nicely. Sleeping eight people in four bedrooms, this fabulously eccentric property is just a few minutes from the famous beach and the Lanes with their independent shops, meaning you and your party are well placed for just about everything the city has to offer visitors. The cottage even has its own south-facing terrace for soaking up sunshine too. One small dog is welcome, but you are asked to mention this at time of booking. Curiouser and curiouser…
WHAT DOES IT COST? Sleeps eight, from around £890-£1,185 per week.
HOW DO I BOOK? Visit coolstays.com.
32. HAFAN DAWEL, Abersoch, Llyn Peninsula
Spacious and luxurious, Hafan Dawel can sleep 14 in six bedrooms, making it a very desirable option for a family or group of friends – and up to two pets are welcome. The open-plan reception areas are perfect for hanging out (while the huge kitchen will delight devoted cooks), and outside there is a beautiful private terrace for al fresco dining, an enclosed garden and ample parking, all just a stone’s throw from the amenities at Abersoch. And five minutes’ drive away is the mile-long National Trust beach at Llanbedrog, which is dog-friendly all year round.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £2,268 per week, and around £50 per pet per week.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01758 740992 or go to abersochholidayhomes.co.uk.
33. THE LISTENING STATION, Southwold, Suffolk
This striking contemporary beach house was built in 2018 in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Suffolk coast which was once home to a World War II listening station. Sleeping four people in two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and also able to accommodate one dog, this accessible property is only a five-minute bike ride or a 15-minute walk from the attractive town of Southwold, and offers a near-private beach with those enormous Suffolk skies right on your doorstep.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £648, with a small extra charge for dogs.
HOW DO I BOOK? Book online at stillsouthwold.co.uk.
34. RAILWAY COTTAGE, Somerset
If you’re a steam train enthusiast, you’ll love this award-winning period cottage, which was built by famed engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel himself as he built the West Somerset Steam Railway. Sleeping up to six in three bedrooms, it has a private hot tub, a large garden with views of Exmoor and the Quantock Hills, and is close to the Somerset and North Devon coast. You can bring your dog by prior arrangement, and there are wonderful walks in the area, and – of course – the magnificent locomotives.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £445 for a weekend break.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01984 656622 or go to lavenderhillholidays.co.uk.
35. TOM’S ECO LODGE, Isle of Wight
Just outside Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, you’ll find award-winning accommodation at Tom’s Eco Lodge on Tapnell Farm. Offering glamping options from safari tents to wood cabins with hot tubs to eco-pods, there’s something here to suit every budget and size of party, and you can bring your dog as long as you agree this at the time of booking. Sustainability is at the heart of everything they do on Tapnell Farm, so the idea is to make as little an impact on the environment as possible. The whole site has views to the sea, and the lack of light pollution makes it a superb spot for stargazing, while all that this much-loved island has to offer is within easy reach.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Prices for a weekend stay in an eco-pod start from around £291 in low season, rising to around £1,300 for a wood cabin with hot tub in high season. The various options can sleep from two to ten people, with a charge of around £20 per dog.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01983 758729 or visit tomsecolodge.com.
36. THE LLYN RETREAT Llyn Peninsula, North Wales
Two canine chums are welcome at this romantic retreat set on the north coast of the Llyn Peninsula. Dogs can run around the courtyard garden, gallop out on several local walks or run off steam at nearby dog-friendly beaches such as Nefyn, where guests have exclusive use of a private beach hut between Easter and October.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Sleeps two, plus two dogs. Prices for a week’s stay start from around £472, plus £20 supplement for each dog
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01237 459821, or book online at caninecottages.co.uk.
37. GRENABY ESTATE COTTAGES, Castletown, Isle of Man
If you’ve never visited the Isle of Man, you’re missing out. From a glorious coastline to magnificent mountains via charming towns and vintage transport, there’s so much on offer for both two and four-legged visitors that you’ll be spoiled for things to do. Set in the magnificent Manx countryside near Castletown you’ll find the award-winning Grenaby Estate offering spacious self-catering cottages, such as The Granary. Sleeping four over two floors, this open-plan property has underfloor heating, welcomes you with a hamper of local goodies, and will give your dog a warm welcome too.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £115 per night.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01624 829565 or go to grenabyestates.com/cottages
38. WESTLEIGH B&B, Beer, Devon
Westleigh is a charming 120-year-old cottage in the village of Beer, just a few minutes’ walk from the beach, and it has a very warm welcome for dogs. As well as king-size beds and homemade goodies for you, in each room you’ll find a dog bed, bowl and treats, plus a complimentary bag of grain-free dog food, and dogs are allowed everywhere at Westleigh except the kitchen. You’ll be spoiled too – your host Etta is a cordon bleu chef and for an extra charge can prepare you an evening meal as well as breakfast, you just need to call 24-36 hours ahead of your stay so she can ensure the menu is to your liking. All that, and the glorious East Devon coastline on your doorstep.
WHAT DOES IT COST? B&B from around £110 per night, no charge for dogs.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01297 23247 or go to westleighbeer.co.uk.
39. SLOOP INN COTTAGE, Pembrokeshire
Think old-world character, contemporary comfort. Sloop Inn Cottage is a traditional stone building in a line of three just a few yards from the beach of Sandy Haven Pill in the glorious Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Walking, sailing and kayaking enthusiasts will be in their element here. It sleeps six in three bedrooms, has a great open-plan kitchen for sociable get-togethers, and a woodburning stove for chilly evenings.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £540 for a week, and £15 per week/short break for one small well-behaved dog.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01437 765765 or visit coastalcottages.co.uk.
40. THE NARE HOTEL, South Cornwall
It’s truly a dog’s life at this family-run hotel which stands alone in extensive grounds above beautiful Carne Beach on the Roseland Peninsula. Well-behaved pooches are welcome in the hotel, the gardens and bedrooms, there are also kennels for working dogs for those self-catering. After running their paws off on surrounding walks covering the coastal footpath and the sands below, dogs are even offered their own Table d’Hôte menu.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Prices start from around £299 per night B&B including afternoon Cornish cream tea, based on two sharing
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01872 501111, or visit narehotel.co.uk.
41. HOPPING HARE COTTAGE, Warkworth, Northumberland
This four-star self-catering cottage is situated in a quiet rural location just three miles from Warkworth Beach, and perfect for getting away from it all. Sleeping four and welcoming two dogs, it features a cosy woodburner and comfy sofas, beautiful artwork and a welcome hamper of locally sourced goodies. The town of Warkworth has four dog-friendly pubs, meaning your entire party will be made welcome.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Starting at around £544 for a seven-night stay and around £20 per dog, per stay.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01665 710700 or go to coquetcottages.co.uk.
42. VESTRY COTTAGE, Isle of Wight
Dating from the 15th century, Grade II-listed Vestry Cottage on the island’s south coast in St Lawrence sleeps three guests in two bedrooms and you can bring two dogs (remember to bring their beds and bowls too). There’s a pretty garden with terraced seating areas, offering secluded outdoor space, and the charming cottage itself is ideally situated for taking coastal walks, heading to the beach and visiting the beautiful Botanic Gardens in Ventnor, where dogs are also allowed. Hurrah!
WHAT DOES IT COST? Prices start at around £492 for a seven-night stay. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week, and should be mentioned at the time of booking.
HOW DO I BOOK? Book online at holidaycottages.co.uk.
43. BEADNELL BEACH HOUSE, Northumberland
If you are keen to get to the gorgeous Northumbrian coast, look no further than the Beadnell Beach House. With private steps leading from the terrace straight onto Smuggler’s Cove Beach, this sociable and spacious pet-friendly property can sleep 10 (four bedrooms and a sofa bed), making it ideal for a large family or friend group, and is within walking distance of Beadnell’s pubs, bistro and store.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Short breaks from around £1,715.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 0191 2851272 or visit coastalretreats.co.uk.
44. FOSSIL COTTAGE, Whitby, North Yorkshire
This Grade II-listed, 17th-century cottage has recently been renovated to a high standard. Sleeping four, this cosy abode enjoys an ideal location on Henrietta Street, near the 199 steps and Whitby Abbey, and about 50 yards from the beach. One well-behaved pet is welcome at a cost of around £30, and doggy treats are included in the welcome hamper.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £445-£795 per week, with short breaks from around £333.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01947 820949 or visit yorkshirecoastalcottages.com/dog-friendly-holiday-cottages
45. BOTHAN BEILEAG, Isle of Skye
This charming shepherd’s hut is ideally located for taking in the spectacular scenery, wondrous wildlife and whisky distilleries of Skye. A home, a hen-house, two donkeys and a simple pair of matching shepherd’s huts make up this characterful little croft near Broadford, with Bothan Beileag offering a cosy hideaway for two with amazing views, a wood-burning stove and a warm welcome for your dog. If you want to get away from it all and just soak up some stunning Scottish seascapes, then this will be an unforgettable stay.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £85 per night, £10 per pet per stay – if you’d like to bring more than two, please call to discuss.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 0117 2047830 or go online to canopyandstars.co.uk.
46. AUCHRANNIE, Isle of Arran
Cross the water to this magnificent isle with your dog and get away from it all on a break you’ll both love. Stay in four-star Auchrannie House Hotel & Spa Resort itself, or the five-star Luxury Lodges – there is loads of open space (towels provided for mucky pups on their return to the property), as well sandy beaches and fabulous hill walks. Choose from three restaurants and bars – four-legged friends can eat with you in the lounges at eighteen69, or in the Cruize Bar Brasserie or Brambles Seafood & Grill after 9.30pm if you don’t mind a later dinner. Pets can be left in your room or lodge, as long as you inform staff so they can keep an ear out. You’ll get a free pet travel kit at time of booking as well.
WHAT DOES IT COST? £10 per dog per night in rooms. In lodges, it is £30 per stay for one dog or £40 for two.
HOW DO I BOOK? auchrannie.co.uk.
47. FFERMDY TREHILYN, Pembrokeshire
Trehilyn Farmhouse is ideal for get-togethers on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, close to Stumble Head in West Wales. Sleeping nine people, this is the combined house that can also be let as smaller units (Trehilyn Uchaf and Trehilyn Isaf). Internal doors are opened making it one house with one large kitchen and plenty of reception rooms, bathrooms and bedrooms. There is a front garden, and a large one to the rear as well. Two dogs are welcome at a time, but bring anything they need with you. As the cottage sits on 70 acres of farmland they must be kept on a lead around sheep, but there is a nature walk (enclosed from livestock) along a stream to the far end of the farm and a ruined cottage, and of course the magnificent coast path itself. Also on site are a small honesty shop for essentials and table tennis in the barn.
WHAT DOES IT COST? A charge of around £30 for one dog, and £8 per extra dog, applies.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01239 780800 or see underthethatch.co.uk.
48. INN ON THE COAST, Portrush, Co Antrim
Inn on the Coast is a family-friendly hotel ideally located for exploring Northern Ireland’s epic coastline, and close to Royal Portrush Golf Club. It has 10 dog-friendly rooms, all on the ground floor for easy access. There’s a designated area in the Pub Bistro where you and your pooch can enjoy dinner, and also special dining arrangements if you wish to bring your dog to breakfast. And the Beer Garden is perfect for warm summer evenings after a long coastal ramble; Portrush’s West Strand Beach in only a 10-minute walk. What makes the dogs’ experience exceptional is how much staff fuss over them and make them welcome. All dogs that visit receive free treats and water, and those booked to stay receive a pooch pack filled with goodies.
WHAT DOES IT COST? Around £20 for one dog, £25 for two, £30 for three. Pet-friendly rooms can only be guaranteed when booked direct.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 028 7082 3509 or visit innonthecoastportrush.com.
49. SOUTH LODGE EAST, Holkham Estate, Norfolk
Newly available to let for the first time in 30 years from SALT Norfolk is South Lodge East – one of the lodge properties for the historic Holkham Estate on the beautiful North Norfolk coast. Dating from the 1840s, this cosy bolthole for two has traditional interiors with contemporary touches, and you’re welcome to bring two well-behaved dogs along. There’s a wood-burning stove to keep you warm in winter and an enclosed garden for al fresco dining in summer. And you will all be spoiled for things to do here – Holkham itself has endless options for making the most of the great outdoors, not least its vast beach, and Wells-next-the-Sea is only moments away.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £510 for a three-night break or £826 per week.
HOW DO I BOOK? Book online at saltnorfolk.co.uk.
50. IVY COTTAGE, Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Sleeping 10 in five luxurious bedrooms, lovely Ivy Cottage offers a perfect blend of stylish contemporary interiors in a characterful period property located in a quiet rural village just a minute’s drive from renowned Watergate Bay on the north coast of Cornwall. This vast and beautiful stretch of sand is famed for its abundant water sports facilities and great family dining options. There’s a large terrace and an enclosed paddock at the cottage too (as well as private parking for up to four cars), so plenty of room for children and two well-behaved dogs to play while the adults kick back and relax in the sunshine.
WHAT DOES IT COST? From around £1,890 for a week’s stay. An additional charge applies for dogs.
HOW DO I BOOK? Call 01637 861005 or visit beachretreats.co.uk.
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