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20 of the Best Dog Friendly Holidays in the UK (with Private Hot Tubs)

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Dogs are part of the family in our eyes, and should, therefore, be part of days out and holidays. This is why we have researched for you! We have compiled a selection of the most beautiful dog friendly holidays in the UK you can both enjoy. Whether you want to visit the golden beaches of the South West Coast or explore the rural trails in one of Yorkshire's many National Parks. Or may you'd like just to enjoy the peace on your dog-friendly holiday and let the dog wander a safe and secure enclosed garden.

  • Heart Of Wales Lodges

    Penybont, Llandrindod / Sleeps 4

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • garden
    • Conservatory

    Situated close to historic town of Llandrindod Wells & Aberystwyth with commanding views over the Powys. An ideal stay for a couples wanting to relax.

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  • Border Forest Lodges

    Cottonhopesburnfoot / Sleeps 2

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • parking
    • Bird watching

    On the edge of the majestic Kielder Forest and bordering Northumberland National Park, you have miles of walking trails and cycling routes to explore from this base.

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  • Bossiney Bay

    Tintagel / Sleeps 4

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • wi-fi
    • parking

    Bossiney Bay is a 5 star holiday park with lodge breaks that sleep up to 6 people. Prices vary, starting from £259 up to £1329 per week.

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  • Swanage Coastal Park

    Swanage / Sleeps 4

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • wi-fi
    • garden

    Just a mile from the popular town of Swanage, it's an ideal base to explore east Devon and Dorset. Enjoy seaside resorts of Weymouth or Bournemouth for the day.

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  • Redbrick Woodland Lodges

    Edwinstowe / Sleeps 2

    • hot tub
    • wi-fi
    • garden
    • parking

    A perfect setting for exploring Robin Hood country with miles of walking trails and cycling routes on your doorstep.

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  • Rosewood Stud Park

    Chippenham, Nr Newmarket / Sleeps 4-8

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • wi-fi
    • Cot/highchair available

    These luxury cabins are located on a working stud farm in 70 acres of lush woodland with various wildlife surrounding you.

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  • Home Farm

    Stillingfleet / Sleeps 4

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • garden
    • Travel cot/highchair 

    Set on a family run working farm, these delightful lodges enjoy the beautiful city of York just 6 miles away, as well as fishing on the doorstep.

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  • Bassenthwaite Lakeside Lodges

    Keswick / Sleeps 2

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • wi-fi
    • Bring your own boat 

    Beautiful holiday park sitting on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. You can bring your pups and enjoy fun outdoor activities.

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  • Ashlea Pools Lodges

    Hopton Heath / Sleeps 4

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • Children's play area
    • Launderette

    A stunning set of lodges with cricket, fishing, archery and bike hire all available onsite. Dogs are also more than welcome.

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  • Lochgoilhead Lodges

    Holiday Cabins in Drimsynie with Hot Tubs / Sleeps 2

    • hot tub
    • Mini market 
    • Children’s clubs
    • Indoor pool & sauna

    At the heart of the Trossachs National Park, the family can enjoy a host of walks and trails, or onsite facilities include a golf course, bike hire, archery & badminton.

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  • Pen-y-Garth Lodges

    Bala, Gwynedd / Sleeps 2

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • Pamper packs
    • Freeview TV/DVD

    Located at the edge of Snowdonia National Park, this lodges resort has a lot of natural advantages. More peaceful than many parts of the Park, Bala is situated on the lake of that name, at the heart of what is called the Welsh Lake District.

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  • Wildside Highland Lodges

    Whitebridge / Sleeps 2

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • wi-fi
    • DVD lending library

    A stunning set of lodges next to the River Fechlin, deep in the highlands. For a day out by car then try visiting the village of Fort Augustus or Inverness.

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  • Bulworthy Forest Lodges

    Webbery, Bideford / Sleeps 2

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • parking
    • Double glazing

    Set in 25 acres of North Devonshire countryside, enjoy an abundance of wildlife with bird watching and fishing available.

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  • Leycroft Valley

    Perranporth / Sleeps 2

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • wi-fi
    • Close to beach

    A short drive away from the golden beaches of the Cornish coast, these holidays for 2-3 nights are set amongst the secluded coves between Perranporth and St. Agnes and are surrounded by woodland.

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  • Crake Valley

    Water Yeat, Nr Coniston / Sleeps 2

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • wi-fi
    • garden

    Overlooking Coniston Water, the resort is a luxury haven set in the heart of nature. There are hundreds of walks and trails in the immediate area, which is in the heart of the Lake District National Park.

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  • Landal Darwin Forest

    Longnor, Buxton / Sleeps 2-6

    • hot tub
    • wi-fi
    • Indoor heated pool
    • Children’s play area

    Feel tension melt away with a full body massage or enjoy a stimulating facial at these lodges, prices are comparable with most spa hotels so no need to break the bank.

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  • Farmhouse Cottage

    near Caldbeck / Sleeps 2

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • wi-fi
    • garden

    A brilliant cottage located at the tip of the Lake District with vast countryside surroundings and Carlisle just up the road. There is also a large enclosed garden.

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  • The Granary

    Bream, near Lydney / Sleeps 4

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • wi-fi
    • Quiet location

    Located in the majestic Forest of Dean, these delightful barn conversions have an abundance of wildlife, walks and cycling routes on the doorstep.

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  • Netherraw

    Newcastleton / Sleeps 6

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • garden
    • parking

    A luxury cottage near Newcastleton in a rural location with vast countryside surroundings for you to enjoy.

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  • Barley

    Llanfihangel / Sleeps 2

    • hot tub
    • pet friendly
    • parking
    • Shop 4 miles

    Located next to a working farm, with close proximity to the town of Llanfyllin. Here you can enjoy sailing, birdwatching and cycling.

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Benefits of taking holidays with dogs

No expensive boarding kennels or pet-sitter, most lodges charge a small fee for dogs, but some allow them to stay for free.

No expensive boarding kennels or pet-sitter, most lodges charge a small fee for dogs, but some allow them to stay for free.

Plenty of exercises, meaning you won't pile on the pounds from eating fish & chips, cream teas or enjoying a few drinks.

Plenty of exercises, meaning you won't pile on the pounds from eating fish & chips, cream teas or enjoying a few drinks.

You can relax and not spend the whole trip worrying about how your canine companion is getting on.

You can relax and not spend the whole trip worrying about how your canine companion is getting on.

Dogs are part of the family and enjoy spending quality time with their pack just as much as we do.

Dogs are part of the family and enjoy spending quality time with their pack just as much as we do.

Many lodges and dog friendly cottages have an enclosed garden, where your pup can play safely.

Many lodges and dog friendly cottages have an enclosed garden, where your pup can play safely.

Why Take Them With You

More people than ever before want to take their four-legged friends with them when they go on a self-catering holiday and pet friendly cottages are realising that customers with dogs can improve their footfall, reputation and profits significantly.

Good news then for dog-owners who can now enjoy a meal, drink or day out with their furry friend by their side when they book these holidays in the UK.

Top UK Locations

Mid Wales​​​​

The walks in mid wales can be easy or as challenging as you wish and there are certainly plenty of them, but you don't need to spend all your days roaming the Brecon Beacons there are some fantastic attractions such as The Bleddfa Centre and The Devil's Bridge.

​Northumberland

Northumberland has a lot going for it, and we think your canine companion will agree.

Not only does it have a plethora of beaches and the largest forest in the country at Kielder Water and Forest Park, but there are also pubs like the Hope & Anchor in Alnmouth and The Blackcock Country Inn in Kielder.

​Cornwall

A doggie paradise, Cornwall is one of the most pet-loving holiday destinations in the country, with miles of golden sands, clifftop walks and loads of activities such as The Eden Project (dogs not allowed in Biomes), Tintagel Castle and the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Mevagissey.

​Dorset

There are attractions around every corner when in Dorset such as Lulworth Castle and Country Park with its extensive grounds and Portland Museum. Then there is the stunning New Forest to explore together plus miles of coastline with secluded coves and idyllic fishing villages.

​Nottinghamshire

What could be a better way to relax on a short break then a leisurely woodland walk with your pup, (well apart from soaking in your private hot tub that is) and the home of Robin Hood certainly offers plenty of scenic walking routes even better there are plenty of bars and restaurants where dogs are welcome around so you can stop for refreshment.

​Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire offers a wide variety of pleasant doggie days out including punting tours, the stunning gardens at Wimpole Estate and the popular treasure trails.

Making it a popular choice with looking for pet-friendly self-catering accommodation in the East of England.

​Yorkshire

Whether you have a Siberian Husky or a Shih-Tzu they will both enjoy lodges and cottages in the Yorkshire countryside.

Boasting some of the best beaches in England many of which allow dogs and tranquil walks over heather-covered moorland it is one of the most friendly counties in the country and with a welcoming pub or café around every corner what's not to love?

Cumbria & The Lake District

The Lakes have long been considered one of the best holiday destinations for pet owners. Many of the attractions here welcome our four-legged friends, and there are also plenty of places where you can enjoy a meal with Fido at your side.

Add to that; spectacular walks, magnificent beaches and you have all the ingredients for a memorable doggie holiday.

The Countryside Code

If you are taking your dog on a rural holiday, then the Countryside Code is something you need to familiarise yourself with before you go.

Read on to find out how the countryside code affects dogs and their owners, plus some tips for countryside walks.

“Consider the local community enjoying the outdoors.”

“Consider the local community enjoying the outdoors.”

Common sense but surprisingly many people ignore this part of the countryside code. Do not allow your dog to jump up on people, intrude on picnics, go into places he's not allowed or bark maniacally at every other dog he sees while sitting in a tranquil beer garden. Not everyone loves dogs, and others are entitled to a peaceful day out without your pup making a nuisance of himself.

Leave things as you find them

Leave things as you find them

The 2nd section of the code instructs dog-owners to "leave gates etc. exactly as you find them and to follow paths unless wider access is available." Whether the gates are open or closed, it's a good bet the farmer has left them so for a reason. In many rural areas when traversing privately owned land, the public right of way will be a footpath, if this is the case keep your pup on a lead and stick to the path it is not permissible to let your pet have full access to the field.

Clean up after your dog

Clean up after your dog

The countryside code requests that you take everything away with you and leave things as you find them, so you must keep an eye on your canine companion at all times and clear up any mess immediately. Even if you have to travel a few miles before reaching a bin, do not be tempted to throw your bag into the bushes!

Keep Fido under control

Keep Fido under control

You must keep your dog under control at all times when you are walking in the countryside. Even well-behaved dogs can be tempted to worry livestock or run away after a rabbit.

What To Pack For A Pet Holiday

Collar and lead

Collar and lead

This may seem like a no brainer, but there are a couple of things to consider.

If you usually use an extendable lead pack a short one as many attractions will only allow dogs on short leashes.

Also, use an id tag with your holiday contact details on it there is no point people contacting you at home if your dog gets lost as you won't be there!

Torch

Torch

This comes in handy for late-night walkies.

Collapsible Water Bottle

Collapsible Water Bottle

Great for long walks and a collapsible water bowl is a good idea too!

 Stain remove

Stain remove

Even if your pooch is house-trained accidents can occur occasionally.

Brush

Brush

If you have a long-haired dog you may need to brush them after a muddy walk or being out in the rain to prevent matting.

Towels

Towels

Bring a few in case Fido needs to be dried after a mussy walk or a swim.

 Recent Photo

Recent Photo

This can be extremely handy if the worst should happen and your pooch runs off.

Sunshade for cars

Sunshade for cars

Cars can become incredibly hot in sunny weather even during the winter months so always remember to park in a shady spot and bring a parasol to keep the interior cool for when you return from your walk.

NEVER EVER leave your dog unattended in a car during the summer even with a sunshade as it can be perilous, even fatal.

 First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

This should include the basics such as antiseptic, bandages, tweezers, cotton wool, tape, scissors, and if you are staying somewhere where ticks are prevalent, tick removal products.

Most of the cottages and cabins will have this.

Corkscrew

Corkscrew

This is an excellent tool if you are on a picnic or want to relax somewhere as you can attach the dogs lead to it and stick it into the ground leaving your hands free.

Toys

Toys

Most lodges don't want you going out and leaving your pooch alone all day but if you are going out for a meal or a couple of hours a filled Kong or toy can help keep your canine companion happy until you return.

 Poo Bags

Poo Bags

Take plenty and carry them with you at all times. Scented ones are best as you could be walking with them a while before reaching a dog waste bin in some areas.

 Lint Roller

Lint Roller

Especially useful if you have a shedder to remove hair from furniture.

Bedding

Bedding

A familiar scent and their things can help a dog settle when arriving at a new place, also while your pup may share your bed at home most hot tub lodge owners would prefer they didn't lie on theirs.

If you can't prevent Fido from getting onto the bed and furniture, you should bring a couple of old covers to protect them.

 Dog Food

Dog Food

Some cottages and lodges are rural, there may not be a shop nearby, and even if there is it may not stock your usual brand of dog food.

 Local Vet Details

Local Vet Details

It may be challenging to find out where the local vet is if you have no internet signal so do your research and take all the details of the nearest vet, including emergency numbers with you; just in case.

The Final Word

Dog friendly short breaks in the UK are becoming increasingly popular and if planned correctly, should be stress-free. Make sure you pack all the essentials, including any medication, and respect the owner's property by keeping your pooch off the furniture.

Keep your dog under control when you are out and about and do not let them run free near farm animals or wildlife.

Follow these simple rules, and you will enjoy spending time with your best friend in a fabulous luxury lodge.