making friends in the country
It's easy to make friends on holiday with a dog.
having a good time on holiday

A good time
People repeat holidays that they recall fondly.

value for money breaks

Value for money
We all want good value
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making friends

Making friends
People contribute to a holiday's success.

It's easy to make friends with a dog in the countryside - people stop to greet your pet

Dog owners frequently greet each other - it's almost as if there is an unspoken code of conduct.


dog friendly holidays in the countrysideThe British and Irish countryside is every pet’s paradise so why not treat your furry little friend to a holiday away with you and your family this year. Dogs miss out on most of our holidays, as we often choose to go abroad and have to find kennels for our pet pooches but staying on these shores makes it much easier for your man’s best friend to join in on all the fun. All you have to do is find somewhere to stay like a pet-friendly self-catered cottage, pack up your car and you’re off on an adventure that you and your dog will never forget.

The best way to see which types of accommodation allow dogs is to search for “Dog Friendly Cottages”. That way, you can browse through all of the properties that are happy to accommodate dogs and can also filter your search if you are looking to stay somewhere in particular or if you are looking for a particular number of bedrooms or a property that allows a specific number of dogs; some allow four or more. Yorkshire is a largely rural county that has masses of places to walk dogs and to stay. Check out for a summary of good places to stay in various northern destinations.

Big rural dog-friendly places to stay

dogs welcome holiday accommodationIf you have a large extended family holiday in mind, then dogs permitted Hidden Valley Country House near Bath, Box, in Wiltshire is a luxurious choice for bigger groups, as the property sleeps up to 16 guests. Have a look through our selection and find your dream holiday home for you and your pet pooch.

You really cannot go wrong when it comes to choosing a countryside destination that will be perfect for both those with two and with four legs. No matter where you stay, you are sure to find a stunning walking trail not far from your door that your dog will be chomping at the bit to get at every day. Your morning walks will feel complete with your furry little friend alongside you and you can also look forward to cosy nights spent in with the entirety of the family. An added bonus of deciding to stay in a pet-friendly self-catered cottage in the country is that it really is like your very own holiday home, as they come with a kitchen where you can prepare some delicious meals for everyone. That means that you need not worry about leaving your dog at home while you are out at a restaurant every night and we’re sure that your pet pooch will also love getting any leftovers that you can’t manage! Be sure to take a trip down to the local farmer’s market and pick up some fresh and local produce that you can then cook up at home.

From Yorkshire and Perthshire in the North to Devon and Pembrokeshire further South, you will have plenty of destinations to choose from when it comes to picking a place to spend your holiday with your favourite pet pooch. As we have already said, great countryside locations can be found anywhere but if you are looking for somewhere truly special to stay, don’t forget to check out accommodation located near to one of the UK and Ireland’s many wonderful National Parks. Places such as the Peak District and Snowdonia will guarantee you some absolutely stunning sights as well as acres of open countryside crisscrossed with footpaths. Wherever you decide to go, you, your family and your four-legged friend are sure to have the holiday of a lifetime, together.

Read more about why British rural cottages are a boon for dog owners

national parks

National Parks and farmland
Hundreds of acres of open land for walks and nature rambles from your holiday cottage.

country fresh food

Dogs welcome country cottages
Go roaming through meadows with your dog on holiday.