When you first said you wanted to get a dog, chances are at least one naysayer asked, “But what are you going to do when you go on holiday?”.
Easy: take your four-legged buddy with you, of course!
There’s nothing better than exploring the most beautiful parts of Britain with your best friend by your side, tearing up and down beaches, bounding through forests and then sleeping off all the excitement in a friendly pub or a dog-friendly hotel or holiday cottage.
We’ve found some of the best hotels, cottages and destinations around the country that will welcome you and your canine companion with open arms.
Goodwood is probably more readily associated with four legs of a larger kind, but this country retreat is all about the dog’s life.
Gastronomic dog treats are on offer, dogs are permitted in the bedrooms and dining room, and the hotel even has a map of the best dog walks around the surrounding estate.
Regular guests can join the hotel’s kennels club, ensuring a personal bowl is kept on hand for your dog when you return. Just the ticket if you’re someone looking for a regular haunt for your holidays with your dogs.
Tavistock’s Hotel Endsleigh, owned by Channel 5’s Hotel Inspector, is a haven for dogs and owners alike.
Forget tech – these rooms don’t have Wi-Fi or TVs – and allow the modern world to slip away as you sink into the hotel’s Regency charm.
There are organic treats and bed and bowl combos on offer for your dog, and if you have a human companion, bring them along too, as this is one of the most romantic destinations on our list.
This stunning Gothic mansion in the Lake District is the perfect place to escape from the rat race. Six of the hotel’s rooms are dog-friendly and upon arrival, your furry friend will be made welcome with two dog bowls, a bed and some tasty treats.
Once settled in, you can embark from your secluded base out into the picturesque environs or enjoy some of chef Kevin Tickle’s Michelin-starred food.
If you’re looking for dog-friendly holiday cottages that will also help maintain and restore some of the UK’s most beautiful buildings and landscapes, then National Trust cottages are a must.
They have rentals all over the UK but for somewhere that will make you and your dog feel like you’re in paradise, Cornwall is tough to beat.
Dog walks don’t get much better than along the Cornish coast, especially if you plan to stop off in the county’s many picturesque villages with their charming pubs and tearooms.
Plus, staying at a National Trust cottage means there’ll be a dog bowl and poo bags there waiting for you when you arrive.
Dog-friendly caravan parks aren’t exactly hard to find in the UK but Blue Hills takes it to another level. It was the Kennel Club’s Be Dog Friendly pick for Best Dog-Friendly Caravanning & Campsite in both 2015 and 2016.
Located on the St Agnes Heritage Coast in Cornwall, Blue Hills is a perfect base for exploring this World Heritage Site, offering all the amenities and activities a caravaner/camper with a dog could want.
Widget’s Farm’s main business is dog training, behaviour and daycare, but their ace in the hole is their pod, secluded in its own meadow, surrounded by a fence high enough to stop your dog going for walkies on its own steam and with the kind of attention to detail that puts the glam in glamping.
Five minutes’ walk away is the dog-friendly Bell Pub and it’s only a 25-minute drive out of Bath.
It’s another Kennel Club winner, this time for Best Hotel/Place to Stay, a further stamp of approval that this is somewhere your canine friend will love as much as you do.
If you’re going to go on holiday with your dog, where better to go than just across the border into Scotland, to the Kennel Club’s most dog-friendly town in the UK.
Kelso is just north of Northumberland National Park and has a wealth of dog-friendly hotels, including the stunning Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course and The Old Priory.
Sir Walter Scott called the beautiful market town the “most romantic town in Scotland”, but don’t take his word for it. Gather up your human and canine companions and find out for yourself.
Before travelling with your dog, get some tips from our Guide: Travelling with Pets