Best dog-friendly cottages by the beach
There’s no place a dog loves more than the beach – chasing balls, running in and out of the sea and getting a sandy nose. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of dog-friendly cottages by the beach. Some offer baskets, bowls and treats, whilst others really spoil your pooch with hampers and maps for local walks. Below, we reveal five of our favourite dog-friendly cottages by the sea.
The creek is a secret local-onlys spot and this cottage is located in the prime position to enjoy it. Perched above the dunes, its sky-blue exterior will make you smile. Whilst inside, it’s all about the sea views. Its small but open-plan living area has a wood-burning stove to keep you warm and big windows to watch the water. The two terraces, one downstairs and the other off the bedroom, provide the perfect stage for whiling away warm evenings.
Your four-legged friend will love taking long walks on the beach, and it’s easy to get to Sandilands and have fish and chips on the harbour. When you’re back there’s a handy outdoor shower and dog-drying area too. Many have said they’ve had their best ever sleep here, melting into the huge comfy bed and listening to nothing but lapping waves in the distance.
Dog-loving owner Jane has created one of the most chilled-out dog friendly cottages by the sea. The retreat is tucked away in a cove on a 20-acre smallholding, and every member of the family will feel properly at home. You’re in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with walks in every direction, and there’s a private beach just down the road. At low tide you can walk along to Black Rock and Widemouth Bay to the North and Millook to the South.
It may feel utterly wild and remote, but there are three dog-friendly places to eat a brief stroll along the coast, including the Beach House with a fresh fish and seafood counter, and pasties to order. Back at home, you’ll find an outdoor hot and cold shower to wash off sand before retreating to the cottage for dinner and a relax. Dog sitting is available should you need to leave them behind.
Both you and the dog will feel as free as a bird at this beautifully converted 18th-century cart shed. You’ve got your own garden, waterfall and pond so there’s hours of fun to be had exploring the woodlands and beyond. Swimmers can cool off in the millpond or follow the pebble path down to a private beach. There, you will find cliffs for scrambling, rock pools, mussel beds, caves and plenty of sand. This area offers a huge network of footpaths for walking – ramble along the coastal path that follows the entire Pembrokeshire coastline or head to the Preseli Hills which is simply breathtaking.
The cottage itself is wonderfully unique and homely. Find halls lined with books, bedrooms with Welsh slate floors and walls hanging original art and sculptures galore, as well as Afghan and Tibetan rugs, antiques and a big wood-burner. This is a place for curious souls, dreamers, artists and peace-seekers.
This is one of Cornwall’s most striking dog-friendly cottages by the sea, standing alone on a rocky headland with spectacular views of the water beyond. There are wonderful walks from the house, with open cliffs in one direction and the wooded Mount Edgcumbe estate in the other. You’re also close to a nature reserve that’s home to rare orchids and butterflies, and just a 5-minute walk to a cove for a dip.
It’s likely you’ll want to spend the majority of your time outdoors, but the house itself has a lovely feel. There are plenty of books and board games; the kitchen opens out onto a patio area and beyond it, a lawn that the dog will love. A spiral staircase at the back takes you to the large shared roof terrace, the perfect place for a drink at sunset. Cornwall is home to a plethora of great dog-friendly pubs, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when booking in lunch and dinner.
If it’s gorgeous sea views and a dog-friendly cottage near a beach you’re after, then look no further. French doors lead from the open-plan living space indoors to the outdoor dining area, with beach access straight through the garden gate. Summer days are best enjoyed out on the terrace; light the firepit, sizzle sausages and do a spot of star gazing.
Your four-legged-friend will love running off some energy down at the beach or walking along the coastal paths. They’ll even receive a little doggy hamper on arrival, stocked with treats, bowls and towels. There’s nothing better than retreating to your botlhole after a busy day; cook up local fish for all the family and settle into the sofa with pooch asleep by the fire.
Ella has a great eye for telling a story in a full article or a single picture. Marshall only has eyes for anyone who’ll give him a scratch or a biscuit. He’s also partial to a wander in the woods and days spent digging in the sand. Together, they’re a coastal adventure dream team who love heading back to Ella’s Devon roots or exploring the rugged fringes of Wales.