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Dog-Friendly Cottages: Where to Holiday with Your Four-Legged Friend

The ultimate list of beautiful locations across the UK with dog-friendly cottages

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Dog playing by Chalk Cliffs on the Sussex Coastline, UK

Couldn’t dream of heading off without your four-legged friend in tow? Sometimes it just isn’t a vacation without the pooch, so we’ve rounded up the best UK dog-friendly cottages for you to spend time with your best friend. From Chelsea to Hampstead and Dorset to Somerset (and some damn good spots in between) we’ve found the pet-friendly restaurants and pubs, parks and green spaces you’ll both love. And here at Plum Guide, we leave nothing to chance. So follow our advice and you and the pup will both be guaranteed a trip to remember.

Head down to Hampstead

Hampstead Heath, London, UK trees, park

Hampstead Heath, London, UK

Smack bang in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world you’ll find 780 glorious acres of greenery waiting for your pup to run wild in. Natural swimming ponds, grassland and trails stretch out from all directions, you can almost pretend Oxford Circus is a figment of your nightmares imagination. There’s many dog-friendly pubs, cafés and restaurants around, and with a whopping 18 Grade II listed buildings in Hampstead - you know it’s pretty. It’s long been home to artists, thinkers and academics with a resulting village-in-the-city vibe.

Light Up London, Plum Guide home in London

Light Up London, Plum Guide home in London

Treat your dog with a trip to Richmond

The borough of Richmond upon Thames is one of the greenest in the capital, so you won’t struggle to find wide-open spaces and trees to cock a leg on (the dog, not you). After a big old run around the open plains with doggy pals, head over to Paws for Coffee - that’s right a coffee shop with dogs in mind. Alongside your own human treats (decent coffee and cake) your pooch can feast on a puppacino of goats milk and black pudding. You can pay an extortionate price and relish in the feeling of pure joy seeing your pet so happy and confused at how your life turned out like this.

The Snug, Plum Guide home in London

The Snug, Plum Guide home in London

Take your pooch to the beaches of Devon

The Devon coastline, England, UK

The Devon coastline, England, UK

Fact: dogs love beaches. Miles of space to run, castles to destroy in one fell swoop and salty water to dive into with happy humans watching on. With two coastlines and a huge swathe of countryside in between, you’re spoilt with walk options. The added bonus of potentially not seeing other people when you’re outdoors is a worthy one. Devon has many dog-friendly cottages, from rural hideaways to sea view escapes, and Plum Guide is strictly inspecting all of them to find you the best pet-friendly cottages around.

Sweet Pea Sleeps, Plum Guide home in Devon

Sweet Pea Sleeps, Plum Guide home in Devon

Enjoy the picturesque walks in Sussex

From coastal walks along chalky cliffs to sprawling parkland filled with deer - the landscape of Sussex is as varied as its potted history. A few days spent amidst its charms will leave any pup and its owner refreshed and relaxed. A huge variety of parks will delight. Wag tails on the 600 acres of Hastings Country Park, the South Downs National Park and the Turner-inspired Petworth (surely there’s a pun in there?) Park in West Sussex.

Head Over Hills, Plum Guide home in West Sussex, UK

Head Over Hills, Plum Guide home in West Sussex, UK

Visit the gardens of St John's Wood

If all you have ever wanted to do was re-create the iconic Beatles album cover, head to Abbey Road Studios in St John's Wood with your four-legged friend (you’re Paul, the dog is John). Affluent, leafy residential streets surround the chic boutiques and eateries of the Westminster high street. For morning, afternoon and evening strolls, expansive Regent's Park is close by and the award-winning gardens of St John's Wood Church Grounds include formal gardens and a wildlife area.

Book a trip down to Cornwall

With wild moorland, sandy beaches and more dog-friendly cottages than you can shake (your dog's favourite) stick at, Cornwall is a natural choice for a pet-friendly coastal cottage holiday. Bodmin, Tintagel and Truro offer pretty-as-a-picture scenery and a history of smuggling and pirates to keep you entertained. Obviously, you’re in Cornwall so the food is going to be a treat - from ubiquitous pasties to cream teas and seafood.

Wander round a nature reserve in Norfolk

Ah, the Broads. The 125-mile long waterway didn’t really need rebranding to the Magical Waterlands and Nature Reserve (ooh so snappy) but it has a ring to it, we suppose. A long-time favourite of dogs (and David Bowie), the beautiful countryside is peppered with charming and picturesque towns. The north of the county has six blue flag beaches alone, so you know the sand and surf are going to be good.

Book a memorable trip to Somerset

Apples, Glastonbury, Cheddar Cheese and a funny distinct accent. This is Somerset in its entirety and don’t let anyone tell you any different. There isn’t stunning countryside, famous townships and a food scene to be jealous of or loads of pet-friendly cottages in delightful locations. And there certainly isn’t friendly folk, artisan weekend markets and the certified ‘prettiest village in England’ Castle Combe in its midst. Don’t go there. (Definitely go there).

Pack the lead and head to Chelsea

Not just for terrible TV programmes and Instagram selfies outside millennial pink cafes. Chelsea boasts a host of pristine parks among its beautiful squares and villa-style townhouses. A stay in Chelsea is frankly, fabulous. Owners will be as happy as their pets with the great and good of the fashion world setting up shop here, and the people watching is great to boot. Close by is Hyde Park with acres of wide-open space and the chance to make friends with London’s animal world.

Take the dog on a holiday to Dulwich

For that small village in the big city vibe head to Dulwich. The winding high street is a row of indie boutiques and premium restaurants. Broad, leafy paths make up the residential areas so it’s a breeze for dog-walking. The (imaginatively named) Dulwich Park is a peaceful dream complete with cafe and boating lake with pedalos. There are bikes to rent if you fancy racing your hound across the green.

Looking for the perfect dog-friendly cottage? Plum Guide's team of meticulous home critics have checked everything to make sure its holiday rental UK cottages are up to your high standards – from the location right down to the art on the walls. This means that Plum Guide only lists the very best rental cottages, so your expectations are met with every trip. Whether it's a summer vacation or a Christmas cottage escape, you're in good hands. And if you're thinking of travelling with your pet worldwide, Pet Travel provides all the information that you'll need for a smooth trip.

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