BY CHRIS ELMES

Five of the best luxury dog-friendly cottages in the UK

 

It often feels like you get forced to choose between taking your dog on holiday and staying somewhere amazing, but our collection features luxury dog-friendly cottages in the UK where you can have it all. These are five of our favourites, from Scotland to Sussex, where you’ll be perfectly pampered and your dogs will be more than welcome to curl up in the corner.

1. Tay House, Perthshire, Scotland

A fabulous old building, brimming not just with luxury, but a dash of grandeur that makes you feel as if you have your own private clubhouse on the banks of the Tay. The 1830s house has been given the odd modern twist here and there, but remains a haven of old-fashioned class and comfort. Owner Michael can arrange fishing and shooting, and probably even lend you a flat cap to complete the look as you stroll off with your dog bounding at your side. From the riverside path your can strike off into the hills or keep it simple and just step over to the pub next door. End the day stretched out on the sofa in the incredible lounge, with the open fire roaring and your dog dozing on the hearth rug. 

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2. Buddha Beach House, Cornwall

This is the sort of place you want to book in secret then have all your friends and family turn up at as a surprise, just to see the look on their faces. The sea views from the terrace and its deck-height hot tub are staggering, with seating and a sophisticated bbq for al fresco meals and evening lounging. Inside there’s a sense of ‘beach cottage meets spa hotel’ with splashes of colour against a pale, driftwood background, big bathtubs and a spiral staircase down to the games room. Dogs have space to roam and you can tire them out with rockpooling and beach walks straight off the deck. It’s an incredible space that’s gone from being a 400-year old fish cellar to one of the most luxury dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall we’ve ever seen. 

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3. Moon Barn, The Lake District

With a chic, understated style, Moon Barn is the place to come for a refined weekend of wonderful walks and fabulous food. The kitchen is geared for chefs and the owner Caroline actually knows a few that can come in and cook for you serving meals either by the big windows in the dining room or out on the patio. With the Pennines to the east and The Lake District to the west, you’re perfectly placed for some spectacular long hilly walks or gentler strolls along the banks of the river. You can also drop into King’s Meaburn, a lovely village in this hidden corner of the Eden Valley and visit the White Horse Inn, a special treat on pie Fridays. Caroline lives just up the road and you might bump into her, her hens or her dogs as you stroll through this beautiful, historical part of the country. 

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4. Shell, Cartshed Cottages, Norfolk 

Shell Cottage is a two-bed bolthole close to the Norfolk coast, with a laid-back luxury that’s part beach house, part farmhouse and all lovely. There’s another dog-friendly cottage, Sky, elsewhere in the clutch of converted farm buildings, so you can gather a few folk together and head off, pets in tow, to explore all that diverse Norfolk has to offer. There’s an award-winning deli just down the road, the majestic broads to explore on foot, or by bike and boat and miles of coastal hiking. Just a few miles north is Blakeney Point, with its colony of grey seals, which often come up to sleep in the sand dunes, so you’d probably best keep the dog on a lead. When you get back from exploring, big baths and the cosy lounge make for an achingly indulgent end to the day. 

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5. The Barn, Sussex

Bright and beautiful, with a pool, a games room with snooker and table tennis and masses of space to play inside and out, this is easily one of our favourite luxury dog-friendly cottages in the UK. The farmhouse interior is fabulous and if the entertainment at home isn’t enough, take a walk to the original Pooh sticks bridge, although you might need to stop the dog from fetching if you want to get a good race going. There are great dog walks through Ashdown Forest, the lovely Sheffield Park nearby and plenty of dog-friendly pubs to tempt you out for a pint or some fine food. It’s the perfect setup for families, with enough room for everyone to spread out or come together for games tournaments and sociable meals.   

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Written by
Chris Elmes

Chris is our copywriter, who spins enticing articles out of rough notes and travel tales. Having grown up in rural Wiltshire with only cats, he defected to Team Dog and now roams the countryside with Porth, a gorgeous spaniel named after a Welsh town in what he considers to be a joke. They love disappearing into the hills and coming back hungry for a good pub meal, although Porth has not been convinced to follow Chris into vegetarianism.

     

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