101 Family Holidays

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Dog-friendly cottages

Mark's verdict:

I know what it’s like leaving the pooch behind when we go on holiday. Those mournful eyes and looks of recrimination – and that’s just the kids. Rural Retreats puts the woof and bounce back into UK holidays with its tail-wagging round-up of dog-friendly cottages. They could well become our second best friends…

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Spacious and charming interiorsStay in a lighthouse keeper's cottagePet-friendly cottagesCharming houses with character

Rural Retreats says

A dog may be man’s best friend, but so many family holiday homes in the UK don’t allow pets. So, where can you enjoy a relaxing family holiday in a country house or rural cottage in the British countryside and bring your beloved dog?

  • characterful cottages
  • UK-wide locations
  • welcome hamper

We offer more than 100 dog-friendly properties in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, ranging from cosy cottages up to grand country houses sleeping up to seven adults and children. To follow is just a handful of characterful dog-friendly properties, hand-picked by Rural Retreats.

Perhaps the most unusual is Gurnard Cottage (see video below), a former lighthouse keeper’s cottage. It’s located in the grounds of St Catherine’s Lighthouse on the Isle of Wight and sleeps up to five. As you might imagine, the sea views are stunning.

Barn Cottage is ideally located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales with fabulous moorland walks from right outside your door.

Bank Cottage is a charming Cotswold stone period property in a delightful village with nearby trout fishing, sleeping up to six.

The 18th-century thatched cottage, Cuckoo Nod, is close to Dorset’s famous Lulworth Cove, perfect for family seaside holidays.

Tregaer Mill is a converted barn set in the middle of the countryside with spectacular views towards the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. Sleeping up to four, it is particularly well appointed with an Aga, oak beams and wood-burning stove.

All our holidays include a generous welcome hamper, linen and toiletries – bring your own dog bowls!

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