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If there’s one thing that the UK isn’t short of, it’s beaches 

Whether you prefer the cooler climates of Scotland’s coastlines or prefer the almost tropical temperatures of Devon’s famed beaches, there’s something for everyone

Searching for dog-friendly coastal cottages? Then you’ve landed in the right place. We’ve over 40,000 cottages for you to browse through - many in the most scenic and sought-after seaside resorts in Britain.

Of course, we don’t expect to simply scroll through that many cottages! Our friendly team is on hand to ensure you find the perfect cottage by the sea. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly cottage with an enclosed garden, or perhaps a cosy shepherds hut with a bubbling hot tub, we’re always here to help.

If you’re not quite sure where you’d like to go with your four-legged friend just yet, then that’s fine! From the dramatic surroundings of the Jurassic Coast to the traditional seaside towns of Scarborough and Barmouth, there’s plenty of options for you to consider! Why not take a look at our list of top beaches for some inspiration?

Best locations for a dog-friendly holiday

Here are our five favourite places for a getaway with the pooch - each with a cosy hot tub cottage nearby, of course!

  1. The Yorkshire Dales

    • Best for: A rustic countryside escape
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    • Head to God’s Own Country for a splendid staycation with your canine companion. Boasting breathtaking natural scenery, myriad hiking trails and plenty of friendly local folk, the Yorkshire Dales will steal a piece of both your hearts.
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    • Dog-friendly place to stay in: Sleeping up to four humans and two pups, 6 Badgers Retreat is an idyllic pet-friendly lodge in North Yorkshire.
  2. Cornwall

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    • Best for: A seaside staycation
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    • With some of the most breathtaking coastline in the world, Cornwall is certainly the ideal destination for those who do like to be beside the seaside. Play fetch along the beach and watch as the pup chases the waves - the mutt is sure to love this getaway just as much as you. 
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    • Dog-friendly place to stay in: After a hard day beaching, retreat to the gorgeous barrel hot tub at The Bull Pen and enjoy a well-earned soak. Nearby the picturesque town of St Austell, this is the perfect base for all your aquatic adventures.
  3. North Wales

    • Best for: Exploring the great outdoors
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    • Abounding in luscious landscapes, ancient castles and cosy local pubs, North Wales promises to be an enchanting escape. Home to the spectacular Snowdonia National Park, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get lost in the wilderness with your faithful hound.
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    • Dog-friendly place to stay in: Enjoy exposed brick walls, oak rafters, a wood burning stove and a hot tub (of course!) at the picturesque Canalside Cottage, near the bustline town of Llangollen.
  4. Lake District

    • Best for: A romantic escape
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    • A favourite with poets and writers throughout the ages, you and the pup are sure to love the spectacular scenery and pretty culture-filled towns which characterise the Lake District.
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    • Dog-friendly place to stay in: Perfect just for two (and the dog), Skiddaw is a snug shepherd's hut tucked away in the heart of the Cumbrian countryside. We couldn’t think of a better holiday home for a romantic rural retreat. 
  5. Scottish Highlands

    • Best for: Celebrating something special
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    • Rugged, windswept and heart-achingly beautiful, we couldn’t think of a more poetical spot than the Scottish Highlands. Boasting an array of excellent pet-friendly accommodation, this is the ideal remote setting for a celebration or reunion with your nearest and dearest. If you have no neighbours then you can’t keep them up!
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    • Dog-friendly place to stay in: One of the loveliest pet-friendly cottages around, the incredible Cottage in The Highlands is the paw-fect spot for an unforgettable group getaway. 

Best dog walks in the UK

Now you’ve chosen and settled into the perfect pet-friendly digs, it’s time to get out and explore the local landscape, which can only mean one thing… walkies! 

  1. The Three Peaks Challenge

    • Location: Yorkshire Dales

    • Best for: A real challenge

    • Time to complete: 12 hours

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    • If you and the pup are feeling up for a challenge, then take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Set across the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this route takes in the area’s three highest peaks and covers a total of 1,585 metres elevation.

  2. Penzance to Marazion seafront walk

    • Location: Penzance

    • Best for: Salty seaside walkies

    • Time to complete: One and a half hours

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    • Discover part of the famous South West Coast Path on the beautiful dog-friendly Penzance to Marazion seafront walk. Beginning in the bustling town of Penzance, this relaxing seaside stroll rewards hikers with views of some of Cornwall’s most famous sights, including St Michael’s Mount, the Lizard and Mousehole.

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    • Dog-friendly pit stop nearby: 

    •  A seaside break isn’t complete without a tray of fish and chips - be sure to pop into Fish Box in the village of Robin Hood’s Bay.

  3. Llanberis Path, Snowdon

    • Location: Snowdonia National Park

    • Best for: Incredible mountain top views

    • Time to complete: Four hours

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    • Set yourself another challenge and tackle Snowdon, the highest peak in both England and Wales. Nestled in Snowdonia National Park, you and the pup can take the Llanberis Path, one of the easiest and most popular routes, up to the summit of this colossal mountain.

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    • Dog-friendly pit stop nearby: 

    • A seaside break isn’t complete without a tray of fish and chips - be sure to pop into Fish Box in the village of Robin Hood’s Bay.

  4. Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path

    • Location: Keswick
    • Best for: An easy going ramble
    • Time to complete: Three hours
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    • Set off with the hound on this lovely car-free walking and cycling route between the town of Keswick and the sleepy village of Threlkeld. Weaving its way over the river, the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path takes you through some of the area’s most enchanting scenery. 
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    • Dog-friendly pit stop nearby: 

    • After a long walk on the beach, refuel at the Captain Digby restaurant.

  5. Loch Morlich

    • Location: Aviemore

    • Best for: Stunning views

    • Time to complete: Two hours

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    • Although you may not find Nessie there, Loch Morlich is still a wonderful option for a day out hiking in the Scottish Highlands. Surrounded by forest, encircled by beaches and with the breathtaking snow-clad peaks of the northern Cairngorms, a circuit of this lake takes in the very best of the local landscape.

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    • Dog-friendly pit stop nearby: 

    • For a traditional pub experience, visit The Victory Inn at St Mawes.

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