To be looked after in style with the pup in tow, there might be no better choice than luxury dog-friendly cottages. These sumptuous stays are available all over the UK, whether you're keen to let the pooch run wild in the Scottish glens or hop over the waves of Cornwall. Read on for inspiration for destination choice and some extra information about booking a pad that will welcome the barker.
Luxury dog-friendly cottages near the beach
It's no secret that our 4-legged friends love a trip to the seaside just as much as we do. The scents of the fresh ocean, the chance to chase seagulls and the adventure that comes with bracing clifftop walks – it's all there. The 3 places below are worth considering if you're keen to let your floppy-eared friend run free by the shore this year.
Get a pooch-ready stay in Padstow
A manicured labradoodle or a refined whippet will fit right in with the affluent holidaying crowd of Padstow. A charming harbour town that's made its name as one of the culinary hotspots of Cornwall, it's a place to taste melt-in-your-mouth fish dishes cooked up by celebrity chefs.
Consider Norfolk for a luxury dog-friendly cottage
The Norfolk Coast AONB was so designated more than half a century ago. Today, its charms continue to impress visitors, with stunning landscapes like the Winterton Dunes and Cley Beach some of the most enchanting sections of all. The abundance of wildlife – from redshanks to plovers to sealions – means it's important to keep the pup under control in these parts.
Head to Wales for top-class cottages that will host the dog
The beaches of Pembrokeshire beckon travellers and their hounds to a whole range of luxury cottages on the Welsh coast. They are neatly connected by the 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, along which many of the stiles have dedicated dog gates.
Other places for luxury dog-friendly cottages
You're not limited to oceanside stretches of the UK when it comes to seeking that luxury dog-friendly cottage. Verdant dales and wild moors await inland, offering a whole other set of scents to set the tail a-wagging.
Yorkshire's vast hinterland awaits
The dog will no doubt smell the Wensleydale cheese and Yorkshire hotpots of this beautiful county long before you. However, they might not be able to comprehend the rich history and heritage that run through the upscale cottages in the area, which can often mean quaint homes clad in medieval sandstone, bolstered with fire-warmed interiors and original design features.
The rugged reserves of Scotland
For the most daring dogs of all, Scotland's mighty Ben Nevis peak is an achievable goal. The so-called Pony Track – the main visitor route to the summit – is suited to hardy pups, though you'll need to be ready for some challenging sections. Still, that's not the only walk awaiting in the area of Fort William. Nevis Gorge can be followed all the way to Steall Waterfall – it's flatter and just as breathtaking.
Go for a walk in Kent
If you've got a restless pooch cooped up in London, Kent beckons just to the south-east. A couple of hours in the car and you could be unclipping the lead in the heart of the Kent Downs. The 40-acre Camer Park is a canine-friendly place to get a slice of the green countryside, located just a whisker south of the winding River Thames.
Some luxury features to consider when booking your rental
Finding the luxury dog-friendly cottage that suits you the best means pinpointing the features and things you need the most from your stay. Below are just 3 that might help out.
Luxury dog-friendly cottages can come with hot tubs
While the pooch may have to forgo a steamy dip in the on-site hot tub, you certainly won't. Choose a stay that's got its very own spa bath and days of dog walking could end with a soothing session of wine drinking and bubble massage in the garden.
Luxury dog-friendly cottages suited to couples
Going luxury doesn't always mean going big. There are plenty of manor homes with multiple bedrooms and huge kitchens that can host the whole family and their tail-wagging compadre. But there are also smaller, more compact and cosy boltholes aimed at couples.
An enclosed garden space can be important
It's not always the case that those luxury dog-friendly cottages will be set in sprawling Kentish country estates or lonely Scottish vales where 4 legs have lots of space to roam free. If your pet does require somewhere to run around even after a walk, it might be worth considering a place that's got an enclosed garden, so you can let them off the lead and concentrate on your champagne.