Tried and tested dog-friendly holidays in the UK
Are you looking for dog-friendly holidays in the UK? 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.
Where to find dog-friendly holidays in the UK
Here’s some top recommendations for great getaways for pets and their owners, as well as some places we’ve had dog-friendly holidays in the UK with Tin Box Dog:
Dog-friendly cottages in the UK
Staying in a holiday cottage is like having a home away from home. And if you can bring your four-legged friend then it feels properly like home.
Here’s some beautiful, dog-friendly holiday cottages in the UK:
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
Another Tin Box Traveller recommended dog-friendly cottage in The Cotswolds: “Well Furlong Cottage is the perfect place for a multi-generational, dog-friendly holiday with plenty of luxury thrown in. It comes with access to it’s own private spa with pool, jacuzzi and steam room.
“There’s a large enclosed garden overlooking fields and countryside. This has a raised seating area with barbecue, table and chairs, and loungers.
“The cottage itself is so spacious. It has a country kitchen with a range, wood burner and all the mod cons, three large ensuite bedrooms and a light and airy lounge.
“There’s plenty of walks and dog-friendly pubs in the local area.”
Sleeps: 6 (plus up to two extra children in pull out beds) | Allows up to two dogs | Walks from the cottage and in the local area | Dogs must stay on the stone floor areas downstairs
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
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
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
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
Holiday parks come in all shapes and sizes but often have more facilities for families than campsites. Here’s some UK holiday parks that are also dog-friendly:
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
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
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 sister’s 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
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
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
Here’s some dog-friendly campsites in the UK that we can recommend:
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
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.
Bring your own accommodation | Multiple dogs allowed | Dog walking areas on site and off
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.
“Touches 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
Pet-friendly lodges in the UK
Who wouldn’t love the luxury of a pet-friendly lodge with a hot tub? Obviously the tub is for you, not the dog, but I’m sure your canine friend won’t begrudge you the pleasure.
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
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
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
Read our review of Bath Mill Lodges too.
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
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
We love family-friendly hotels but can they be dog-friendly too? Here’s some dog-friendly hotels we and our blogging friends have tried and tested with their kids and pooch.
Hotel Collingwood is a boutique 3-star hotel in a Victorian building just a few minutes walk from Bournemouth Pier, the beach, West Cliff Park, the Bournemouth International Centre and other town centre attractions.
The hotel decor is bright and quirky, with vibrant turquoise details and gorgeous bird print wall papers. This theme is continued in the hotel’s luxury Signature rooms, while the standard rooms are more simply decorated.
It’s the family-friendly touches that we really appreciated about this hotel, as well as being able to eat with Tin Box Dog in the bar area. In fact, she was the first one to be served a drink when we sat down for food.
The kids were brought colouring sheets and crayons at both dinner and breakfast. Dinner was followed by cookies, which we took to our room.
Dogs can stay for a supplement of £10 per night per dog.
Sleeps: rooms sleep up to 4 people | Two dogs allowed per room | Dog-friendly beaches and attractions close by
Moorland Garden Hotel, Devon – please note this hotel closed in 2020
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
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
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
A Tin Box Traveller favourite: “This dog and family-friendly hotel in the traditional seaside resort of Dawlish Warren is in a great location for exploring Devon.
“It also has indoor and outdoor pools, a playroom, family suites and lots of dining options to suit kids of all ages.”
Sleeps: 5 people | Multiple dogs allowed | All rooms are pet-friendly
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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