'Tis the season for a pawfect festive getaway... 6 pet-friendly Christmas breaks for you and your furry friend

pet friendly breaks
Maggie Davies

Searching for a last minute Christmas break where you can whisk yourself away with your canine companion?

It just so happens that we’ve searched far and wide to discover the cosiest, most luxurious festive getaways that also happen to be pet-friendly. Read on for inspiration on where to stay and what to do this December…

SCHLOSS Roxburghe, Scotland

Located within the gorgeous natural landscape of the Scottish Borders, this recently transformed historic manor house boasts luxury rooms, a bar and restaurant serving up local Scottish cuisine with a French twist.

This Christmas, you can enjoy a three-night stay between the 24th – 27th December from £2,355 per person, and don’t forget to bring your dog along, too. Canine friends are allowed to sleep in the manor’s stately rooms, as well as roam the glorious 300- acre estate.

Lygon Arms, The Cotswolds

Lygon Arms in The Cotswolds is the sister hotel to the renowned Cliveden House, just extra dog-friendly. Cosy rooms are available from £235 per night for bed and breakfast, and you can opt to have traditional afternoon tea with mulled wine to get into the festive spirit.

Of course, dogs are welcome, so much so that Lygon Arms has created an edible doggie designer Christmas tree with four nutritious and delicious flavoured treats.

ME London, London

For a luxurious London getaway head to ME London to snap up their Festive Season package, which includes an overnight stay, festive welcome treats for dogs, a glass of fizz on arrival and breakfast with a view at Radio Rooftop from £250 per night from 15th-26th December.

The hotel also has it’s very own personal dog concierges who can organise doggy spa treatments, gifts or walks. Dreamy.

Coworth Park, Ascot

There’s no need to leave your beloved horse behind at Christmas, because guests at Coworth Park can bring theirs on holiday with them as they take up residence in the stables.

While you tuck into a delicious Christmas dinner, your horses can enjoy home-grown carrots, a hoof oil moisturising treatment and a luxury post-ride bubble bath. Prices for the Christmas period start at £1,370 per night with an extra charge of £55 per night, per horse.

Hales Hall, Norfolk

Set in the heart of rural Norfolk, Hales Hall is a great winter weekend getaway if you’re in a big group – think friends, family and your canine companion, of course.

Hales has beautiful grounds and walled gardens, and is surrounded by miles of woodland paths which make for perfect winter walks with the family dog. Can we live here, please?

Waters Edge, Northumberland

It doesn’t have to be summer for you to have a seaside getaway. The luxurious Waters Edge cottage overlooks the open sea, and is ideal for a peaceful trip away during the festive period.

Escape the hustle and bustle with your dogs in tow, and top it off with a charming Christmas Day stroll along the seaside. We’re already jealous.

And for something different…

Forest Holidays – Dog-friendly cottages (featuring the Forest of Dean)

Forest Holidays do wonderful holiday cabins in the woods all over the UK, and Forest of Dean is a glorious stretch of ancient oak woodland, spreading out from the Wye Valley across to the mighty River Severn.

Put the two together and you have a great holiday experience, with the enchanting forest, magnificent rivers and the soaring 500-foot-high limestone outcrop that is Symonds Yat Rock providing the setting for every conceivable outdoor activity you could think of – the perfect getaway for families, couples and groups of friends.

The cabins themselves are really comfortable, set on the edge of the forest in a stunning meadow – making them a luxurious sanctuary after your day’s activities. They sleep between 4 and 10, and vary from the luxurious ‘Golden Oak’ cabins which come with a treehouse on stilts attached to it, to the slightly less fancy ‘Silver Birch’ and ‘Copper Beech’ cabins.

They’re equipped with TV, wi-fi (an optional extra), fluffy robes in the en-suite (only included as a standard in the Golden Oak cabins), an outdoor hot tub (not available with the Copper Beech cabins) and a log-burning stove (only in the Golden Oak cabins). You can even bring the dog if you book one of the specific pet-friendly cabins.

At the centre of the site the Forest Retreat hub provides a bit of civilisation with its café and bar, shop and play area, bikes for hire, and wildlife-spotting and bush-craft activities with the Forest Rangers; other activities include archery, canoeing and kayaking.

Choose from the seclusion of the woods for cosying up in your cabin, or the space of the meadow for daytime play and night-time stargazing. And when you venture out, our Forest of Dean location has it all – forests to explore, rivers to canoe, and the soaring 500ft limestone outcrop of Symonds Yat Rock to conquer. The perfect holiday for outdoor adventurers!

Forest of Dean – Gloucestershire

Sheltered beneath the protective canopy of ancient oak woodland or situated in the open meadow at the forest edge, our cabins at Forest of Dean offer an escape from everyday life in one of Britain’s most amazing forests.

  • The Wye Valley & Symonds Yat
  • Cycling & mountain bike challenges
  • Canoeing along the River Wye
  • The enchanted world of Puzzlewood
  • Horse riding lessons & llama treks
  • Silver Circle Distillery gin making experience


Open – Open all year.
Pricing – Prices are from £350.

Accommodation – Sleeps 2 to 608 in 120 lodges:

5 Golden Oak/Silver Birch (5 bedroom) lodges sleep 10 each
11 Golden Oak/Silver Birch (4 bedroom) lodges sleep 8 each
38 Golden Oak/Silver Birch (3 bedroom) lodges sleep 6 each
55 Golden Oak/Silver Birch (2 bedroom) lodges sleep 4 each
11 Golden Oak lodges (1 bedroom) sleep 2 each.


Tel: 0333 011 0495

Address: Forest Holidays Forest of Dean, Bracelands Drive, Christchurch, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 7NN

For availability, prices and other locations visit: www.forestholidays.co.uk

(Article source: Various)

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