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Tried and tested holidays with dogs in the UK – family and pet-friendly breaks

Are you looking for places to holiday to your dog? Finding somewhere that you know will hit the mark for both you and your furry friend can be a challenge, especially if you’re seeking something special. After all, pooches deserve a quality break too. We have found a few lovely places to holiday with dogs during our travels, but are always on the look out for more. So, I decided to ask the pet-loving blogging community for some dog-friendly staycation inspiration.

Here’s some top recommendations for great getaways for dogs and their owners, as well as some places we’ve tried and tested with Tin Box Dog:

Where to holiday with dogs in the UK

Dog-friendly cottages in the UK

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Bosinver Farm Cottages, Cornwall

A Tin Box Traveller favourite: “Bosinver has everything families with dogs could wish for. There are 10 dog-friendly cottages on the farm so you have your pick of different sized accommodation dependent on the number in your group. We loved feeding the farm animals each morning, the wonderfully warm indoor pool, the play barn and wild kids club. And there’s over 30 acres of woodland for walkies.”

Sleeps: 2-12 people | Allows one large dog or two small | Dog wash, poo bags, treats and walk guides available

The Beach Haven, Cornwall

Chloe from Picture Taker Memory Maker says: “The Beach Haven in Bude (North Cornwall) is dog-friendly (they allow up to three!). It’s such a lovely accommodation, it’s super-clean, and the owners, Tim and Maria, are just the nicest people. There is always a welcome hamper of wine and milk in the fridge, treats for our girls and either a homemade cake or homemade scones with clotted cream and jam.”

Sleeps: 8 | Allows up to 3 dogs | Short walk to dog-friendly beaches and cafes | Doggy box with towels, poo bags and other supplies 

Rumsdale Cottage, Cornwall

Amy from Everything Mummy says: “Arriving at Rumsdale Cottage instantly transported us to that slower pace of country life – it was lovely! I remember thinking it was the perfect place to take a family with a dog, so much open space all around and a little gated front garden to let them out.”

Sleeps: 6 | Allows up to 2 dogs | Working farm location, so dogs on leads | Doggy box with towels, poo bags and other supplies

Blairmore Farm, Perthshire

Natalie from Plutonium Sox says: “We loved Blairmore Farm self-catering cottages in Perthshire, Scotland. The cottages themselves were dog-friendly and they didn’t mind us bringing three large dogs. There was so much to do with children and dogs in the surrounding area. We even went swimming as a family – dogs and all – in nearby Loch Leven! On the same day, my daughter learnt to ride her bike on the banks of the loch.”

Sleeps: 2-10 | Allows multiple dogs | Working farm location, so dogs on leads

Bryn Park, Swansea

A Tin Box Traveller favourite: “We loved our stay at this beautiful cottage close to Mumbles in Swansea. The owners had thought of everything; from handy little notes letting us know where to find things around the house to recommendations on places to visit. There was also a special chair for dogs and throws to put on the sofas in case your pooch likes a prime position in front of the TV. We found plenty of dog-friendly beaches and activities close by.”

Sleeps: 8 | Allows dogs | Dog bowls and throws provided

Dog-friendly holiday parks in the UK

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Andrewshayes Holiday Park, Devon

A Tin Box Traveller favourite: “This family-friendly holiday park caters wonderfully for families and dogs. There’s a large dog-walking field with fabulous views and a woodland walk just outside the site. Our girls loved the undercover swimming pool and adventure playground. The restaurant also serves a good selection of eat-in and takeaway food. Just down the road you have the Jurassic Coast and lots of dog-friendly attractions like Seaton Tramway and the Donkey Sanctuary. You can bring your own caravan, motorhome or tent, or stay in one of the park’s holiday homes.”

Holiday homes sleep: 4-8 people | Allows dogs | Dog walking area and dog-friendly attractions close by

Haven Doniford Bay, Somerset

Angela from The Life of Spicers says: “Haven at Doniford Bay Somerset was great for dogs it has a huge beach perfect for everyone. We often took Lola with us when we were on our way to activities such as archery that Miss A took part in. There was so many grassy areas that we were able to sit with Lola on her lead and watch Miss A at the same time.”

Holiday homes sleep: 4-8 people | Allows up to two dogs | Dog walking area and dog-friendly beach by the site

Tattershall Lakes, Lincolnshire

Lisa from Travel Loving Family says: “Tattershall Lakes, as the name suggests, is located around several lakes, a couple of which are used for water sports (water skiiing, fishing etc) and a couple of more peaceful ones just for walking around. We had my sisters dog with us, although dogs are not allowed in the main playground area (understandably with so with kids around) we were able to tie him to the fence and keep an eye on him whilst the kids played. Dudley enjoyed his short break exploring lakes in Lincolnshire just as much as we did!”

Holiday homes sleep: 4-8 people | Allows up to two dogs | There are dog walks and poo bags available onsite

Hendra Holiday Park, Cornwall

A Tin Box Traveller favourite: “This independent holiday park has family fun covered and a lovely dog-walking area. You can choose from dog-friendly holiday homes or bring your own caravan, tent or motorhome. We loved the family entertainment at the club, the swimming complex and exploring some of Cornwall’s coastline.”

Holiday homes sleep: 4-8 people | Allows up to two dogs | Dog walking area, and dog bowls and beds provided in dog-friendly holiday homes

Barmouth Bay Holiday Park, Snowdonia

Lisa from Travel Loving Family says: “Barmouth Bay holiday park sits alongside a stunning sandy beach which we had to ourselves apart from a couple of other guests and their dogs who were loving splashing in the waves.”

Holiday homes sleep: 4-8 people | Allows up to two dogs | The park is right on the coast and poo bags are available 

Dog-friendly campsites in the UK

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Woodovis Park, Devon

A Tin Box Traveller favourite: “This immaculate campsite really understands its customers and offers them a five star caravan experience. The shower blocks are first rate and the pool is well thought out for families. We were particularly impressed with the dog walking area, woodland walk and dog shower. The onsite bakery was a huge bonus too. The campsite is located in the Dartmoor National Park so there’s plenty of places to go for walks nearby. Families with dogs can bring their own caravan or motorhome, or stay in one of the small number of holiday homes.”

Holiday homes sleep: 6 people | Up to two dogs allowed | Dog walking area, poo bags and dog washing area

Seaview Gorran Haven, Cornwall

A Tin Box Traveller favourite: “This coastal caravan site has incredible views of the English Channel and a dramatic beach just a short walk away. On site there’s a large dog walking area. There are lots of family and dog-friendly attractions close by like the Lost Gardens of Heligan and The Eden Project.

Bring your own accommodation | Multiple dogs allowed | Dog walking areas on site and off

Ross Park Caravan Park, Devon

A Tin Box Traveller favourite: “Dogs have plenty of areas to stretch their legs at this caravan park near Newton Abbot in South Devon. The site is well laid out with a great playground for kids and two dog walking areas. There’s also a dog shower and boot cleaning station near the dog walk. Families will love the indoor and outdoor games areas, communal BBQ space and bar. Touhes of luxury include the heated shower block and free wifi. You can also see Dartmoor from the site or head to the coast with Torquay, Teignmouth and Paignton close by. Bring your own caravan or motorhome.”

Bring your own accommodation | Multiple dogs allowed | Dog walking areas on site and off, and dog washing area

Dog-friendly lodges in the UK

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Darwin Forest, Derbyshire

A Tin Box Traveller favourite: “If you’re after a truly relaxing holiday with dogs and kids then we can recommend a stay at Darwin Forest. We had a dog-friendly spa lodge with a hot tub overlooking the woods. There’s walks through the forest, a pool, soft play centre, playground and restaurant. For families with older kids there’s also lots of activities like tennis, body sorbing and archery. If you can drag yourselves away from your lodge then you’re in one fo the most beautiful parks of the UK, perfect for exploring with a happy hound.”

Sleeps: 2-8 people | One or two dogs allowed | Special super pet-friendly lodges available with dog washing areas and hot tubs for humans

Eagle Brae, Scottish Highlands

Mel from Le Coin De Mel says: “Eagle Brae near Beauty in the Scottish Highlands is the epitome of luxury eco-friendly accommodation, with its log houses and a commitment to have as little impact on the environment as possible. The log cabin village is set in a stunning location and it also happens to be dog-friendly.”

Sleeps: 2-6 people | All lodges dog-friendly 

Bath Mill Lodges, Somerset

Tracey from Williams World says: “After a day of walking around Bath, there was no better feeling than retreating to our lodge for the evening. It’s the little things that make a holiday park stand out. Games are included in the lodge and we enjoyed teaching the kids to play Cluedo, tested our knowledge with Trivial Pursuit, and got beaten at Connect Four. And let’s not forget the glass of fizz you are given when checking in.”

Sleeps: 2-8 people | Allows 1 dog | walks from the lodge park into Bath

Felmoor Park, Northumberland

Sam at North East Family Fun says: “Their lodges are super luxurious and pet-friendly too. Expect fantastic touches for families such as sunken hot tubs, Sky Movies on the TV, a fab welcome hamper on arrival (including crisps and chocolate for the kids) and pizza delivery on-site. For dogs, there’s lots of space, blankets and dog bowls in the lodge plus a large lake to walk around on site and dog-friendly pubs nearby.”

Sleeps: 4-8 people | Allows up to two dogs

Hawkschurch Resort and Spa, Axminster, Devon

Emma from Emma and 3 says: “We stayed here before we got Lilly. But they do take dogs and we are going to go again this year and take her with us. It is not an active site with playgrounds and entertainment and therefore suits older children.  It is designed to create a blissful escape, the stylish accommodation offers luxury home from home comfort, while the on-site relaxation areas, indulgent treatments, fine dining in Beeches restaurant and an elegant, superbly stocked bar creates the perfect relaxation environment.”

Sleeps: 4-8 people | Allows one dog 

Dog-friendly hotels in the UK

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Moorland Garden Hotel, Devon

A Tin Box Traveller favourite: “Tin Box Dog felt right at home at Moorland Garden Hotel in the Dartmoor National Park. She had a dog bowl and mat, and was welcome to accompany us to dine in the bar area. Outside there was a formal garden and extensive grounds for her to explore.”

Sleeps: 2-4 people in connecting rooms | Multiple dogs allowed | Plenty of walks on Dartmoor close by

The Grand Hotel, Devon

A Tin Box Traveller favourite: “Dogs are on the guest list at this art deco hotel in a commanding position on Torquay seafront. They are welcome in double and family rooms, and in the library area downstairs. Close to the hotel are many dog-friendly beaches.”

Sleeps: 2-4 people| Multiple dogs allowed 

Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

Mel from Le Coin De Mel says: “Kingsmill Hotel is a 4-star hotel in Inverness. With its gastronomic restaurant, spa, swimming pool and large rooms, it is the ideal place to stay with family and dogs.”

Sleeps: 2 people| Multiple dogs allowed | Patio rooms with garden access, dog bowls, poo bags and treats provided

Can you recommend a pet-friendly place to stay? I’d love to hear about your holidays with dogs in the UK.

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