BY CLAIRE MAGUIRE

Best dog friendly cottages in Dorset

Home to rolling green countryside, a stunning stretch of the Jurassic Coast and more dog-friendly beaches than you can shake a stick at, Dorset is one of our top picks for a holiday with your four-legged friend. We’ve dug through our collection and rounded up five of our favourite dog-friendly cottages in Dorset, so pack your bags and get ready for a weekend of country walks and coastline wandering. 

1. Short House Chesil Beach 

If you’re looking for dog-friendly cottages in Dorset with amazing views, this one’s for you. This stone house overlooks the ocean and only an unspoilt meadow stands between you and Chesil Beach. A big open-plan kitchen has all you need for cooking your meals, and there’s a farm shop nearby for stocking up on wine and local produce. Both bedrooms open onto private terraces looking out over the garden and sea.

Amazing coastal walks start from the door and there’s plenty to do in the local area – walk 45 minutes along the beach for a day out at the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, or head further afield to Lyme Regis for a bit of fossil hunting.  

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2. Plum & Apple Cottage

Dog-friendly cottages in Dorset don’t get much more peaceful than this duo near Wimborne Minster. You’re surrounded by orchards and organic vegetable gardens, and the views from the terrace are stunning. Interiors are clean, rustic and beautiful – porcelain white walls are adorned with oil paintings and vintage furniture fills the rooms. Cook in the modern country kitchens and dine al fresco on the patio during the warmer months.

The owners run their own café that reflects the sustainable lifestyle on the estate, with eggs from their chickens, honey from their bees and fruit and vegetables from their walled garden. You’re walking distance from charming Wimborne and a short drive from lovely beaches at Poole and Bournemouth. 

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3. The Wellhouse & Wellhayes Barn 

This is one of our favourite dog-friendly cottages for its picturesque setting overlooking a lake and surrounded by woodland. The house’s living area is filled with the owner’s quirky art and homemade furniture, and light pours into the rooms through large windows. The barn next door has a wheelchair-accessible downstairs bedroom, open-plan living space and another bedroom upstairs with country views and a log-burner.

Both kitchens come fully-equipped, and there are plenty of buzzing markets to visit in Lyme Regis, Bridport and Axminster, as well as restaurants if you fancy the night off cooking. Swim or boat in the lake, explore the neighbouring woodland or set off on one of many fantastic local walks. 

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4. Chisel Barn

One of our favourite dog-friendly cottages in Dorset for groups, both parts of this barn can be booked if you’re coming with friends. Tucked away in quintessentially English countryside on a working farm, this smart barn conversion has a bright, airy feel. Open-plan living areas feature wooden beams, log-burners and local art. Bedrooms feel luxurious and comfortable, with lovely linen and soft towels. There’s a big dining space for up to 10 when the barn is let out to a group.

The gardens feature spectacular views of the Stour River Valley and Blackmore Vale, and you’re perfectly located for picturesque country walks. Walk up Hambledon Hill for views towards Wiltshire and Somerset, visit the charming village of Child Okeford or hop in the car for a day trip to the beach.   

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5. The Strawberry Thief 

If you’re looking for dog-friendly cottages in Dorset with beautiful views and great local walks, this wisteria-covered house is the perfect choice. The cottage looks out at fields and wooded hills, and there’s a pretty terrace for al fresco dining. Inside, a wood-burner keeps things cosy and the kitchen has a coffee machine and bluetooth speakers. You’ll arrive to a welcome hamper of milk, bread, eggs and chocolates, so you’ll be well stocked up.

If you feel like eating out, Sherborne and Bruton are both close for restaurants and cafés. You’re in a quiet hamlet with many beautiful walks starting from the door – stroll the Monarch’s Way for countryside, streams and enchanting woodland, or venture a bit further to the Jurassic Coast for stunning seaside scenery.  

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Written by
Claire Maguire 

Claire combines her twin loves of writing and travel to create inspiring blog content. Rudi combines his twin loves of baths and chasing squirrels to excuse getting as muddy as possible whenever he can. He hates missing out, so finding dog-friendly places is an absolute must. Claire loves a place with a stunning interior and is thankful Rudi is well-behaved enough to leave it the way they find it, unless there are slippers to be eaten.

     

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