Pet friendly holiday rentals

Self-catered holidays for friends of the four-footed ilk

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Russ Sanchez

Russ Sanchez
HomeAway travel expert

Pet holidaySo, yes: taking your cat or dog on holiday not only saves money on kennel costs, but allows you to relax, comforted in the knowledge that your pet is safe and sound. But the main reason that most pet owners want to take their furriest family member on holiday with them, is because – well, Fido and Fluffy are members of the family too.

Possibly for this very reason, a good many holiday home owners are more than happy to welcome pets. To search for pet friendly holiday cottages, just choose your destination and then select 'pet friendly' under 'more filters'. Couldn't be easier. Do note, however, that dogs, and to a lesser extent cats, are the most common type of pets brought on holiday – so if you're planning on travelling with anything more exotic, best to double check with the home owner that they can cater for your particular pet. Just showing up on their doorstep with your three cockatiels, sugar glider (Google it) and baby albino alligator is not advised!

More good news: DEFRA regulations now allow the free movement of pets re-entering the UK, which means taking them with you on holidays is much simpler than it used to be. DEFRA's Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) states that as long as you meet the requirements, pets welcomed back into the UK do not need to go into quarantine.


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Pet friendly holidays in England Pet friendly holidays in England

Merry old England has a lot to offer pooches on holiday. The English Riviera in Devon, for example, is an excellent place to let fido frolick in the sands: from the 1st October to the 30th April, most of the beaches allow dogs without restriction. Even during peak season, however, some beaches, such as Babbacombe Beach and Livermead Sands, continue to allow dogs. Alternately, the Lake District's gorgeous scenery is not only generally open to dogs, but exactly the sort of terrain most would be thrilled to bound through!

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Pet friendly holidays in Wales Pet friendly holidays in Wales

Wales is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK, and is one of the nearest green getaways available. Wales also has some excellent beaches, although from the 1st May to the 30th September, many ban dogs, so be sure to check ahead of time. Apparently, fur doesn't mix well with British holidaymakers, sun cream and straw hats. Ogmore, Pink Bay, and Newton Beach, however, are some of the beaches which allow dogs even during peak season – so they're ideal for that summer escape.

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Pet friendly holidays in Scotland Pet friendly holidays in Scotland

The vast expanse of the Scottish Highlands affects dogs in the same way it affects human beings: by inspiring an overwhelming urge to run and play; maybe even get a few somersaults in. And given that enjoying the countryside (when the famously cheery weather allows) is a national past time, you will find many excellent leisure – and rental – options for the whole family in Scotland. Dogs are particularly well catered for, including in many pubs and cafés. You can even boat Loch Ness with your dog on Jacobite Cruises!

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Pet friendly holidays in Ireland Pet friendly holidays in Ireland

Ireland, with its famous, rolling, almost glow-in-the-dark green hills, is practically dog heaven, and provides some unique pet holiday experiences. Blarney Castle, near Cork, for instance, doesn't allow dogs within the castle itself, but allows them elsewhere on the expansive grounds. Many beaches allow dogs, too, as long as they're on a lead: too many to list, in fact, but ranging from Donegal to Mayo to Cork to Dublin counties – and numerous points between. Also convenient: ferries from Swansea, Liverpool and Pembroke allow pets, making travel to the Emerald Isle easy-peasy.

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Pet friendly holidays in France Pet friendly holidays in France

France may not immediately come to mind when you think about pet friendly holidays, but in fact, the country is chock full of pet friendly accommodation. In Paris, many (even most) restaurants will allow dogs – just ask! – though dog friendly parks aren't as abundant in the City of Lights. The Jardin du Palais Royal gardens, Jardin du Luxemburg, and Parvis de Notre Dame plaza all allow them, however. Also, many ferry routes and the Channel Tunnel allow pets to travel (although confirming beforehand is always a good idea).

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DEFRA have had a reform in the regulations which allow the free movement of pets re-entering the UK, which means that holidays with dogs or other pets to pet friendly holiday rentals abroad are much easier to arrange. DEFRA's Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), states that as long as you meet the set requirements, pets welcomed back into the UK do not need to go into quarantine.

When people talk of pet friendly holidays, they are usually talking specifically about holidays with dogs. It is always recommended to talk to the owner directly about the suitability of their dog friendly holiday rental before booking your holiday with a dog. If you are travelling with another type of pet, it is strongly advised that you consult the owner first.

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Comfortable 50m2 Apt, 1 Double Bedroom, Bunk Beds, Kitchen Area

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Fantastic Sea View. Swimming Pool. Great Beaches. Sleeps 4-6.

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Luxury apartments with stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean

Powdercase Apartments are the perfect choice to enjoy relaxing holidays in the Costa Ballena - Costa de la Luz and disconnect from the daily routine. Located in the best Resort of Costa Ballena, Playa del Infante ,a delightful setting of subtropic...

Wonderful villa with all confort

very quiet. In the heart of a protected natural park at national level. Dramatic beaches a few feet black volcanic sand wonderful, wonderful water for surf lovers. Naturist beach near Particularly quiet. The villa with its beautiful garden is rich...

Sitges Luxury duplex apartment with large terraces on the sea

Sitges, November 72 ° F sunny. The sea sparkles. Apartment on the sea. Panoramic views, beach and pool. These special and modern apartments with a Mediterranean style, with luxurious finishes are located very close to a cliff in the town of Sitges...

Sunny House in Agaete Gran Canaria

Terraced sunny house, quiet and very clean, located in the historic village of Agaete. Front yard and backyard. Typical local beach 200 meters; wild beaches to explore. Trekking and hiking in the Natural Park Tamadaba and mountains of Gran Canari...

Villa Catamaran , A Luxury villa, heated pool , ganes area & wifi connection

Villa Catamaran is situated in central Costa Teguise, Lanzarote. Villa Catamaran is approximately a 5 minute stroll from the town's main beach, Las Cucharas, with its supermarket, bars, shops and restaurants. The villa has its own garden, split le...

Cozy terrace and nice view of the city

His apartment for 6 people is located near the Sagrada Familia and the famous Gaudí Avenue. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a terrace with views across Barcelona. This fully equipped. That flat for 8 people has an open living room on a ...

Farmhouse with pool near Lucca in Tuscany. Used spacious farmhouses

Our farm is situated near Lucca Montecarlo includes two old houses restored in full respect of Tuscan tradition. The apartments for 6 and 8 people respectively are large and spacious and can accommodate small groups and large families. The rooms i...

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