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Dog-friendly cottages

Our 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…

Recommended company: Rural Retreats

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Rural Retreats says

We know how much people hate leaving their dogs behind when they go on holiday. We have a wide collection of properties which welcome canine companions, so your pet can enjoy a break right alongside the rest of the family.

  • UK-wide locations
  • characterful cottages
  • welcome hamper

Whether you’re planning a family holiday in a country house or a cosy stay in a rural cottage, we’re bound to have your perfect property in our collection. Below are just a few examples, hand-picked by Rural Retreats from our collection of over 250 dog-friendly cottages all over England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Perhaps the most unusual is Gurnard Cottage, 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.

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

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