Canine cottages: The Top 10 dog-friendly holiday places

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Chris Stoddard
Chris Stoddard

For a wonderful romantic getaway with your furry friend in tow, check out our fantastic collection of pet-friendly cottages.

Some are in secret hideaways with acres of woodland for you and your pet to explore. Others come with their own private swimming pool or hot tub, with enclosed gardens and wonderfully equipped kitchens - perfect for keen cooks. Or if you fancy a gourmet weekend, stay at one of our luxury cottages with Michelin starred restaurants or gastropubs on your doorstep. If you’re planning a family get-together, why not book several cottages in one of our top-rated country estates and let our Pet Concierge arrange all the little extras? This way you still have your privacy but can easily get together for outings and socialise during meal times. Bray Cottages, Bray, Berkshire. A wonderful choice for a gourmet dog-friendly break in a luxury cottage, less than an hour from London! You will be enchanted by any of the three dog-friendly cottages which are situated in the delightful village of Bray. Spend the day walking in the wonderful countryside nearby - the owner’s dog Fudge may also be free to join you - and in the evening enjoy a gourmet meal at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck (book ahead) or the pet-friendly Hind’s Head or The Crown where we can secure preferred bookings. EXCLUSIVE OFFER - Book 2 nights or more for Nyetimber and handmade chocolates on arrival! Dryhill Cottage, Cotswolds. If you truly want to get away from it all then Dryhill makes a wonderful romantic escape for two, plus your best furry friend. Set on the Dryhill Estate and surrounded by fabulous Cotswolds countryside, enjoy amazing walks on the Cotswolds Way or relax and unwind in the hot tub. If you fancy inviting some friends along but still retaining your privacy then you could also book Dryhill Cotswold Farmhouse or Little Lodge Dryhill also on the Estate. The Tractor Shed, Great Tew, Oxfordshire. Perfect for a romantic getaway with Fido in tow, the Tractor Shed in Great Tew makes a great base for cosy evenings and lovely walks in 14 acres of grounds. Very handy for members of Soho Farmhouse which is close by, the property is surrounded by gorgeous Cotswolds villages as well as lovely pubs such as the Falkland Arms - just a 15-minute stroll away. It’s also handy for lovely dog walks in the grounds of Blenheim Palace or visits to nearby Daylesford at Kingham. There is a lovely kitchen, Sky+ TV and in-house catering can also be arranged. The Clockhouse, Wilderness Estate, Suffolk. Your canine companion will love roaming the 5,000-acre estate - off-lead! Stay in the fabulous Barn with its exposed beams, flagstone floors and eclectic mix of furniture which sleeps six guests, plus two dogs, or book the Clockhouse in addition which sleeps eight guests to accommodate a group of 14. If you prefer something a little more intimate there’s The Hex Cottage, a thatched Foresters cottage set in its own meadow. As well as wonderful dogs walks, you can enjoy the natural swimming pool or paddle boarding on the lake. Penrhiw Cottage, Carmarthenshire. Your dog will have endless countryside to explore from your doorstep of this delightful cottage, ideally set in the beautiful countryside of Carmarthenshire. A charming 300-year-old cottage with a fenced off the garden, your dog can run around to its heart’s content! Plus next door is the Dog House, one of the UK’s top doggie training centres so your dog can learn a few new tricks or enjoy a full grooming service. EXCLUSIVE OFFERS -from £650 - 6 adults and 2 dogs (4-night and 7-night offer available) Malbanc Cottage, Combermere Abbey, Cheshire. Malbanc Cottage is one of ten beautiful cottages on the Combermere Estate, on the borders of Shropshire and Cheshire. Surrounded by 1000 acres of stunning parkland and woods, your furry friend will love the freedom to explore the area, with wonderful off-lead walks. There are four gorgeous bedrooms, a lovely sitting room with exposed beams and a wood burning stove. Also close by is the pet-friendly Combermere Arms, and the Alderford Lake and Cafe make a lovely spot for afternoon tea with your four-legged friend in tow. Stay at the Malbanc with up to three dogs. Ballaminers House, Cornwall. For the ultimate pet-friendly ‘sun, sea and surf’ family holiday there is no place like Cornwall. Ballaminers is a stunning 118th-centuryCornish farmhouse, and a great favourite of PetsPyjamas customers tucked away in a leafy lane in the charming village of Petherick. There are four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large secure garden for your pet, with wonderful woodland walks on your doorstep. Catch the passenger ferry across to the golden sands of Daymer Bay for the afternoon, or for further exploring, the South West Coastal path from Padstow passing Trayarnon Bay is also close by, with dog-friendly pubs within walking distance of the house. Benjy’s Gite, Le Chateau de La Motte, France. Originally a Viking Motte and Bailey castle, Benjy’s Gite at Le Chateau de la Motte makes a fabulous dog-friendly base for couples and their dog exploring the delights of Normandy. Situated on the first floor of Chateau’s 15th outbuildings, it commands stunning views of the formal gardens and the Chateau itself. The surrounding parkland is a doggie wonderland and your dog will also meet the owner’s six resident friendly Spaniels who are ready to play. There are lots of dog-friendly restaurants in the villages nearby, plus the owners also offer a dog sitting service. EXCLUSIVE OFFER - from £550 - 1 adults and 1 dog Settle Holiday Cottages - The Luxury Loft, North Yorkshire. The Luxury Loft is a charming one bedroom cottage, set in the beautiful countryside in the pretty market town of Settle. There are plenty of wonderful walks around the area for you and your four-legged friend, plus an abundance of dog-friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants literally on your doorstep! You can take the train and leave the car behind as you are only five minutes from Settle train station, and just fifteen minutes from Giggleswick station. Best of all, there is a dog walking, dog sitting and dog grooming service available, so your pet can feel as pampered as you! EXCLUSIVE OFFER - from £425 - 2 adults and 1 dog - 4 nights (for the price of 3) Red Kite Barn, Wales. Set in 80-acres of lush Welsh hills and woodland, Red Kite Barn is a cosy, three bedroom hideaway for you and your four-legged friend. Recently featured in Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, this original 19th century, the traditional stone agricultural barn has been meticulously restored. Rustic beauty contrasts with sustainable modern elements throughout. Fantastic natural light floods the top floor of the barn, where long glazed panels give far-reaching views down the wooded valley. Nestled within its own private woodland, this is definitely a doggie paradise! (Article source: Pets Pyjamas)

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