Dog Friendly Cottages
Looking for somewhere that will welcome the pup, too? Cue dog-friendly cottages, which come in all shapes and sizes and destinations. From deluxe homes in England's pastoral lands to hidden bothies for expeditionary canines in Scotland, you're sure to find something that will suit with help from this series of guides.
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Decided you want to have the pup to snuggle up to on your cottage escape this year but aren't sure where to go? There's certainly no shortage of inspiring places where you could consider unclipping the lead. From the craggy tops of the Cairngorms to the sloshing waters of Lake District, there are lots of spots to consider.
Inviting the pooch along for the ride doesn't have to mean forgoing the creature comforts of home. In fact, there's a whole medley of super-stylish and elegant cottages that are willing to open their doors to those travelling with a dog. They often come with the biggest gardens, largest kitchens and even extras like hot tubs – though it's best to keep the canine away from those.
Transport your pooch to the wild Highlands of Scotland to let them run free between vast fields of thistle and heather, over soaring Munros and across lochs where lonely cottages stand in the glens. Or, head to the isles, where you could bag a bolthole by the sands of Lewis and Harris and leave paw prints on beaches with no one else in sight.
Finding the perfect pad for you and the pooch is all important. You'll need to decide if you prefer a Welsh fishing cottage by the shores of Ceredigion or an escape to the fells of the Lake District. Alternatively, intrepid hounds can set their sights on Fort William for treks up Ben Nevis and sea dogs can make for the salty coves of Cornwall.
Wales is a veritable playground for both pooches and their owners. Take the untamed reaches of Snowdonia National Park, where even the trails that wiggle up to the top of the county's highest peak are accessible to those on 4 paws. Down south, the beaches of the Gower are hemmed in by dog-friendly cottages, while Pembrokeshire's coastal path has long stretches of walking routes that are primed for pups.
Pups won't just love the endless tramping routes and high hills of the Peak District. Cottages here can also be a stepping stone for tail-wagging buddies to explore the manicured grounds of Chatsworth House, one of the finest manors in all of Derbyshire, while history-loving hounds happy to stay on the lead might prefer to delve into the crumbly ruins of Peveril Castle.
Devon offers both inland and coastal regions for you to let the barker off the lead. The north has the salt-washed lengths of Putsborough Sands and Saunton, where you'll be able to throw the tennis ball as far as your arm can stretch. Inland, there's Dartmoor National Park, where loads of dog-friendly cottages in Devon nestle between the heather-clad hills and windblown tors.
While you might not be able to run wild with the floppy-eared family member on popular beaches like Carbis Bay, there are sands that welcome pooches all over Cornwall. Many – like wide Mawgan Porth and rocky Prussia Cove – can be accessed via the South West Coast Path, which wiggles around the headlands for mile upon mile. Along its courses, you can also discover plenty of dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall to settle in.