5 dog-friendly post-Christmas getaways

Most of us love Christmas but the festive onslaught can be stressful too. A quick mini-break can be just the remedy to banish the January blues.

Of course our dogs are very much a part of the family but finding pet-friendly accommodation can be tricky.

But there are some great places in the UK where your beloved pooch will be welcome too. Read on for our round up of some of the best cottage breaks.

Loch Ness Cottage near Errogie, Inverness, Scottish Highlands


This cozy cottage with no neighbouring properties offers a totally isolated escape yet is just 20 minutes from the city of Inverness. High up 1000 feet above sea level, it offers wonderful views of the Glen Affric mountains, the Beauly valley and beyond.

The cottage sleeps five, has a roaring log fire and a well-fenced garden to keep your canine friend safely enclosed.

Try your luck at spotting Nessie at Loch Ness, which is just 5 minutes away. The picturesque village of Beauly is 20 minutes away and has a good choice of eateries and pubs and a renowned salmon river for the angling enthusiast.

Prices start from £63 per night through Owners Direct.

Oak Lodge, near Dartmoor National Park, Devon


Sleeping four guests in two bedrooms, this is one of five detached lodges set back from the owner’s friendly, family-run inn. Here you can enjoy a dip in your own private sunken hot tub – perfect even in the winter months!

One small dog is allowed and there’s a spacious gated decked area.

Local attractions include the Granite Way National Cycle Track, Meldon Reservoir, Meldon Viaduct and Lydford Gorge.

Prices from £315 for three nights through Holiday Cottages.

The Coachman’s Cottage, Steeple Ashton in Wiltshire


Situated in a quiet no-through lane off the village green, this two-bedroom cottage sleeps four guests and boasts a real log fire and courtyard garden.

Country walks start at the cottage gate…perfect to unwind and enjoy life at a slower pace. You can take a wander round the award-winning conservation village of Steeple Ashton or visit historic Bath and Stonehenge nearby.

Prices from £78 per night through Owners Direct.

Farringdon Hill Farm Cottage, near Bridgwater, Somerset


Situated on a 350-acre working farm, this charming accommodation sleeps five in two bedrooms and two dogs are allowed.

Guests are welcome to enjoy a guided tour of the farm, watch the milking and meet the cows and calves when the season is right. Children can help collect the eggs from the free-range poultry.

It’s ideally placed for trying Somerset’s attractions including Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, West Somerset Steam Railway and Dunster Castle.

Prices from £295 for three nights through Holiday Cottages.

Beudy Bach, Llangoed near Beaumaris, Wales


This stone-built, end-terrace barn conversion enjoys a delightful, tranquil setting with sea views, just under a mile from the village of Llangoed, three miles from Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey.

Situated on the owner’s working livestock and arable farm, the cottage sleeps four and benefits from underfloor heating along with oak flooring throughout.

A 10-minute stroll will take you down to the coast and Menai beaches. You can also take a boat trip to Puffin Island to spot the plentiful sea life. Two dogs are welcome.

Prices from £268 for seven nights through Sykes Cottages.

5 Responses to 5 dog-friendly getaways

  1. Karen Cook says:

    Would you have any cottages that take three small dogs in. East Anglia, Lincoln or Nottinghamshire please?
    Karen Cook

    • katie farrington says:

      If you log into the website using your email address and password and go to our benefits page you will be able to search for the cottages in those areas or you can ring them on 0845 268 1480 and quote CSUK10 they will be happy to assist you.

  2. corinne denman says:

    If you like walking the Malvern Hills, try Little Boynes, 5 mins drive from Upton Upon Severn. Its dog and child friendly, has 3 cottages to let, a farm shop/cider farm down the road, 5 mins from the 3 counties showground. It even has an indoor pool. Let through Sykes or see their own website, which shows when there are vacancies.

  3. Lynn Parr says:

    find it very hard to find accommodation with one small dog

  4. Suzy London says:

    We love to take our dog Molly and our teenage children – who come on reluctantly with their ‘ancient’ parents – like a hot tub to relax in. We’ve been able to find both a few times at http://www.cottageswithhottubs.co.uk/pet-friendly-cottages-with-hot-tubs We usually go to the lake or peak district as there is more room to get out and explore with Molly.

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