9 Dog Friendly Lodge Holidays in the Lake District That Accept Pets

Pet Friendly Lodges in the Lakes 

The North West corner of England is a canine paradise and whilst sometimes it can be difficult to find pet friendly accommodation, this is not the case here. There are tons of dog friendly lodges in the Lake District to choose from including luxurious hot tub cottages and lodges, perfect for a family holiday or romantic getaway.

Read on to discover some of the best dog-friendly accommodation

Hideaways

Key Features

Our Rating

Price

Bassenthwaite Lakeside

  • Private hot tub
  • Children’s play area
  • Lakeside location
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    Bring your own boat

3.5 out of 4

Hartsop Lodge Deluxe

  • Hot Tub
  • Pet walking areas
  • Hill walking
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    Launderette

3.5 out of 4

Brockwood Hall Lodges

  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Woodland walks
  • Veranda with garden
  • check
    Dog Friendly 

3.5 out of 4

Lakesway

  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Bar and Restaurant
  • Children’s play area
  • check
    Fishing

3.5 out of 4

Otters Holt

  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • check
    Broadband / WiFi

3.5 out of 4

Underwood

  • Hot tub
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • check
    Dog Friendly

3.5 out of 4

The Barn

  • Hot tub
  • Ground bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • check
    Garden / Patio

3.5 out of 4

21 Thirlmere

  • Hot tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Garden / Patio
  • check
    Pub/shop < 1 mile

3.5 out of 4

​Flusco Wood

  • Hot tub
  • Decking/garden
  • Woodland setting
  • check
    Dog Friendly

3.5 out of 4


9 Top dog friendly log cabins in the Lake District

1

Bassenthwaite Lakeside Cabins
Keswick, Cumbria

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


Your canine companion will love the walks right from the doorstep of these deluxe log cabins with hot tubs nestled in the heart of the Lake District. Fully central heated and double glazed they can be enjoyed all year round and are perfect for an action-packed family holiday or romantic break. 

Key Features

  • Private hot tub
  • Children’s play area
  • Lakeside location
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    Bring your own boat 

What makes it a top pick


There is fishing from the jetty and a host of attractions nearby, if you fancy a day out. Many of the wooden lodges here allow pets (check before booking) and some even boast their own outdoor Jacuzzi in which to unwind, after a long walk.

2

Hartsop Deluxe
Patterdale, Ullswater , Cumbria

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


Situated in an idyllic location with panoramic views, Hartsop Lodge Deluxe is part of the Hoseasons’ Wanderwood Collection and is the ideal rural retreat for guests with four-legged friends.

Key Features

  • Hot Tub
  • Dog walking areas
  • Hill walking, both gentle and challenging
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    Launderette

What makes it a top pick


Offering the perfect blend of rustic charm and contemporary living, these getaways offer every home comfort including the added bonus of an indulgent outdoor hot tub and best of all you can take up to 2 dogs free of charge.

3

Brockwood Hall Cabins
Millom , Cumbria

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


The good news is; some of the 32 Scandinavian-style properties at this popular park accept dogs meaning you can experience the luxury of your own outdoor hot tub and a host of amenities without leaving Fido at home.

Key Features

  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Woodland walks
  • Veranda with garden furniture
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    Dog Friendly

What makes it a top pick


There are a wealth of activities and attractions nearby and superb walks to enjoy with your pooch right outside the door. Each hot tub lodge provides exceptional comfort and boasts a pleasant decked area from which to admire the views and enjoy a drink while your pup enjoys a snooze.

4

Lakesway
Levens, Nr Kendal , Cumbria

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


Ideally located to explore the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales your dog will love the contemporary, spacious hideaways as much as you!

Key Features

  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Wainwright’s Bar and Restaurant
  • Children’s play area
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    Fishing

What makes it a top pick


Part of the boutique-style Bouja collection and located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is a bar/restaurant onsite and pamper packs available to order as well as a decadent outdoor hot tub for that extra touch of luxury.


With excellent fishing on the doorstep and a wealth of dog walks nearby guests with four legs or two are guaranteed a holiday to remember when you book a stay here.

5

Otters Holt
Warwick Bridge near Carlisle, Cumbria & The Lake District

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


Perfect for families this superb pet friendly cottage with hot tub offers luxurious accommodation in stunning surroundings. 

Key Features

  • Outdoor Hot tub
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
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    Broadband / WiFi

What makes it a top pick


Located just 5-miles from Carlisle there is a large enclosed lawned garden ideal for Fido to run around safely, which also has the welcome addition of a rejuvenating hot tub for leisurely evenings under the stars.


With a beautiful riverside walk right on the doorstep and plenty of amenities nearby Otters Holt offers outstanding family accommodation throughout the year and we think your canine companion will agree.

6

Underwood
Little Arrow near Coniston, Cumbria & The Lake District

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


Dog owners looking for immaculate holiday accommodation in one of the most scenic parts of the UK, should look no further than this spacious single-story cottage just half a mile from Coniston Water in the Lake District.

Key Features

  • Hot tub
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • check
    Dog Friendly

What makes it a top pick


Finished to the highest standard there is a lovely enclosed patio with heavenly hot tub for the ultimate in relaxation. There are tons of low level walks in the area and if you and your pooch are feeling energetic the Old Man of Coniston awaits.


Grizedale Forest; a paradise for dogs, with its woodland trails and fascinating scents is there to be explored and you can even take your pup on a cruise of the lake for a small fee.

7

The Barn
Milton near Brampton, Cumbria & The Lake District

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


With its large enclosed garden and proximity to fantastic walks this superb dog friendly hot tub cottage is perfect for a family holiday at any time of the year.

Key Features

  • Hot tub
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • check
    Garden / Patio

What makes it a top pick


Sleeping 6 in 3 spacious well-appointed bedrooms, the property boasts beamed ceilings and every modern convenience. There is also a pleasant patio ideal for al-fresco dining and an inviting hot tub to soothe your cares away after a busy day exploring the area.


On chilly evenings your canine companion will love curling up for 40 winks in front of the toasty wood-burning stove while you watch a movie on the 50” Smart TV or plan the next day’s adventure.

8

21 Thirlmere
White Cross Bay near Troutbeck Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


Dog allowed accommodation doesn’t come any better than this exceptional hot tub lodge on an award-winning holiday park on the shores of Lake Windermere.

Key Features

  • Hot tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Garden / Patio
  • check
    Pub/shop < 1 mile

What makes it a top pick


The property boasts superb open-plan living with a roof terrace and enclosed decked area with private hot tub, ideal for relaxing after a busy day.


There are onsite amenities to keep everyone happy and Fido will love the long walks on the lakeshore. There are also plenty of dog-friendly attractions within easy reach why not explore Grizedale Forest or take a cruise with your four-legged friend in tow.

9

Flusco Wood
Dacre, Nr Ullswater , Cumbria

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


There are a few pet friendly hot tub lodges at Flusco and neither you or your pooch will be disappointed with the fantastic accommodation or the glorious rural setting, ideal for dog walks.

Key Features

  • Private hot tub
  • Decking/garden furniture
  • Woodland setting
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    Wi-Fi

What makes it a top pick


These charming 2-bedroom getaway has it's own outdoor space to make the most of the views plus the added luxury of an indulgent hot tub, the perfect spot to relax with a glass of champagne.


Out and about dog owners can explore the Ullswater Way, enjoy a dog friendly cruise on the famous Ullswater Steamers or enjoy a drink and bite to eat at the Pooley Bridge Inn. 


Are they all self Catering?

All the properties we have reviewed are self-catering dog friendly cabins. Why? Quite simply they offer much more freedom and are less expensive than dog friendly hotels.

Another bonus is that most canine friendly holiday accommodation in the Lake District have outdoor space where your pooch can stretch his legs safely. Add to that the superb rural locations and you have the perfect pet friendly holiday destination.

Some of the parks have onsite restaurants and there are plenty of restaurants and pubs in the Lake District which welcome dogs, so you don’t need to spend time in the kitchen if you don’t want.


Does it cost extra to bring a dog

When you are searching for animal friendly log cabins to rent, you can usually expect to pay a small fee per dog. Some do allow dogs free of charge, but in most cases you will pay between £10-£25 per pooch per stay.

However, when you take into account the cost of a boarding kennel or pet-sitter where the costs can run into hundred of pounds it really is a small price to pay. Being able to take Fido with you on holiday at short notice means you can take advantage of some fantastic last minute deals which will also save you money. So it’s a win win!


What about 2-3 dogs

Before booking your pet friendly accommodation it is essential to check the restrictions on dogs, whilst some properties will happily allow 4 dogs, others especially in holiday parks have a maximum of 2 pets.

Some only allow small breeds and most mention the words well-behaved, so if your canine companion is aggressive, destructive or a howler you may find yourself being asked to leave All holiday rentals have the right to refuse animals if they think they could be a danger to other guests. 


Can you leave the dog in the cottage?

Once again it is better to check with the owners, probably not as most self-catering accommodation states that dogs are not to be unattended. However some will agree if your pup is crated and a few cottages with hot tubs have enclosed areas where your four-legged friend can be left for a short while or even pet-sitting services available so you can enjoy a dog-free day out or enjoy a meal at a restaurant.


What Happens if the dog damages the accommodation?

You will need to pay for any serious damage to your holiday rental but this is rare. If you know your pup is destructive it is probably better to take along a crate and not leave Fido alone unsupervised. There are certain guidelines when you book a dog-friendly holiday cottage in the Lake District.

  • All mess must be cleaned up immediately so take plenty of poo bags
    Pets must always be under control,
  • They should always be kept off the the furniture and beds, bring along their own bed to sleep in and a top tip is to pack a lint roller to remove any hair.
  • They should not be left unattended in the property, even the best behaved canine can get up to mischief when bored.


Top Tip (bring along a Kong, toys or chews to keep your canine companion occupied, ideal when you are unwinding in the hot tub)


Is the Lake District really dog friendly?

There are few places in the country that compare to the Lake District when it comes to taking your pets on holiday. It really does have everything on your pooch’s wish list; hundreds of miles of scenic walks from woodland trails, challenging fells and lush green fields to riverside strolls and picturesque villages to explore. Many of the popular attractions are canine friendly and you may be surprised to learn that the Lake District also has several dog-friendly beaches.

Wherever you go in the Lakes you will never be far from a pub that welcomes dogs and the locals often place water bowls in the streets for thirsty pups. Keswick, which is a tourist hub has been voted the most pet friendly town in the country and the area is extremely proud of its pooch-friendly reputation. 


5 Top days out for you and your dog

Whinlatter and Grizedale Forests

Grizedale Forest is a doggie paradise, with well sign-posted trails for all abilities. Famous for its outdoor sculptures, there are about 40 to be found along the winding paths. After a walk you can stop for a cuppa or bite to eat at the cafe where your canine companions are more than welcome

Tel 0300 067 4495 or visit www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale

Further north, for those staying at pet friendly log cabins with hot tubs near Keswick. Whinlatter Forest has some fantastic dog walks with spectacular views across Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake and Keswick. Dogs aren’t allowed inside the forest cafe but there is plenty of covered seating outside.

Ullswater Steamers

Ullswater steamers are an award-winning pet friendly attraction and have been ferrying passengers across arguably the country’s most beautiful lake for 150 years. Dogs are very welcome and it only costs £1 for them to accompany you and take in some of the most incredible scenery in the Lake District.

A new pier was recently opened at Aria Force, one of the Lake’s most visited attractions and you can also disembark and explore the Ullswater Way with your four-legged friend

Tel 01768 482229 or visit www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk 

Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

Muncaster Castle welcomes dogs in it’s beautiful gardens, woodland and grounds free of charge as long as they are kept on a lead. Whilst they are not allowed in the Hawk and Owl Centre, The Old Rose Garden or inside the house there is still plenty to see and there is even a special viewing point where you and Fido can watch the daily bird of prey displays. Your pup can sit at your heels outside the main cafe and dogs are welcome inside the Owl Garden Tea Room

Tel 01229 717614 or visit www.muncaster.co.uk

The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

Looking for a free attraction which allows dogs, then look no further: Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway on the southern shores of Lake Windermere allows you to step back in time and view the stunning Levens Valley from a 1950’s steam locomotive. The 3.5 mile journey is a must for visitors to the area and best of all dogs travel free Top Tip - purchase a combined ticket for a lake cruise and railway ticket
Tel; 015395 31594 or visit www.lakesiderailway.co.uk

Whitehaven Beach

This small pebble and sand beach has no pet restrictions and is popular with sea anglers. There is plenty of room for a game of fetch and some lovely scenic walks nearby, why not take the cliff-top walk to St Bees,where on a clear day the views stretch to the Isle of Man and Dumfries and Galloway
The town of Whitehaven boasts plenty of dog friendly eateries like Arrighis so you can enjoy a meal and nearby dog friendly attractions include the Rum Story which tells the tales of local smugglers and allows dogs in the courtyard.


Will there be dog walks nearby? 

Absolutely! The Lake District is a haven for dog-walkers and wherever you stay there is guaranteed to be some fantastic walks nearby. From woodland trails bursting with fascinating smells and leisurely lakeside strolls to challenging fell walks and blustery clifftop hikes. Ranging from the northern region near Keswick to the shores of the southern lakes you will be spoilt for choice.


5 Not to be missed dog walks in the Lakes

  • Grizedale Forest
    There are miles of pet allowed trails to explore at Grizedale and your pooch will certainly enjoy the sights and smells on this woodland adventure.
  • Rydal Water
    This pleasant stroll follows the shores of this pretty lake and is only about a mile long making it perfect and small dogs are allowed here.
  • Walla Crag
    This long scenic pet walk starts at the Market Square in Keswick and is around 6.5 miles perfect for the more energetic pooches and there’s some stunning views too 
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    Keswick to Threlkeld
    Set out from the swimming pool in Keswick and follow the old railway line to Threlkeld, about 4 miles. This dog allowed walk is nice and flat and passes through woodland and fields teeming with wildlife.
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    Ullswater
    Take one of the famous steamers from Glenridding across to Howtown.then take the right hand path which leads to Patterdale, this lengthy 8 mile lakeside stroll is ideal for dogs who love splashing about in the water

Remember you are likely to come across livestock and other dogs so make sure your pooch is kept under control. 


Does pet friendly mean there will be loads of other dogs?

The simple answer is yes, pet friendly cottages and lodges with hot tubs are extremely popular and book up quickly, so there is likely to be a few pets onsite. That being said, if you choose a private rental in a rural location you may not encounter many dogs and the Lake District is so large that there is plenty of room for everyone. 


Final Thoughts 

Canine friendly holiday destinations don’t come any better. There are so many pet friendly breaks in the Lake District, miles of idyllic walks, plenty of rivers and lakes to splash around in, plus dog friendly attractions and pooch welcoming pubs, cafes and restaurants. What more could any discerning pup want?

Best of all, our recommended properties come with their own private hot tubs, ideal for relaxing with a drink after a long walk!