9 Best Dog Friendly Cottages with Hot Tubs
30th January 2017
If you’ve got dogs then you know - it’s not a family holiday unless the whole family can come along - and that includes the dogs.
To make it easy, we’ve collected together some of the best dog-friendly cottages we could find. And then we thought - if we were taking our dog on holiday, we’d end up doing lots of lovely long walks - so wouldn’t it be great to have somewhere to relax and soak-away those long-walk aches and pains? Like a hot tub!
So we searched some more, and we came up with these brilliant pet-friendly cottages WITH hot tubs! Sounds like the ingredients for a perfect break to us - see what you think:
Saham Hills near Swaffham, Norfolk
One of three holiday cottages in the village of Saham Hills, The Barn is perfect for a holiday with dogs:
There’s a large paddock where they can get plenty exercise, and a wood-burning stove to lie in front of when they’re finally exhausted!
With the dogs contented, the humans can enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tub which is shared with the other cottages (though you can book private use if you want to).
This part of Norfolk is a great place for a holiday - there’s so much to do: National Cycle Route 13 passes the door, or you can take a trip to Norwich, or the North Norfolk Coast, both accessible in under an hour.
The cottage has lots of character, with exposed beams and a comfortably furnished sitting area. The Barn sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, but larger parties can book the adjacent cottages as well, sleeping 10 people in total.
Llandysul, South Wales & Pembrokeshire
Our next pet-friendly self catering cottage is in South Wales - it’s a lovely barn conversion which overlooks the owner’s donkey sanctuary, so animal lovers are well catered for.
As well as the hot tub, Miller’s Cottage offers access to a shared gym and sauna, and there’s a dart board and table tennis table next door - so you’ll never be stuck for something to do, whatever the weather.
There are lots of lovely country walks in this area, so the dogs will be happy. And once again there’s a wood-burning stove for cosy evenings in.
Take a trip to Carmarthen and enjoy the steam railway - or head for the seaside and the lovely Pembrokeshire coast.
Sleeping 4 people in 2 bedrooms, Miller’s Cottage is a great base for a family holiday in South Wales.
Little Malvern near Malvern, Worcestershire
Our next pet-friendly cottage is situated near the lovely Malvern Hills in Worcestershire.
Brambles cottage is full of character with lots of exposed beams - and it has one feature you don’t see very often: An old 15 foot well in middle of the kitchen floor! Don’t worry it’s covered with glass so you won’t have to keep fishing the kids (or the dogs) out!
The large enclosed garden is ideal for letting the dogs run around for a while. And of course there’s the hot tub which seats 6, and offers great views of the Malvern Hills - it’s under a roof, so you can use it comfortably even if it rains!
The historic spa town of Malvern is only 4 miles away, and well worth a visit with its range of independent shops, restaurants, antique markets and tea rooms.
Brambles Cottage sleeps 5 - but there’s another property next door that you can book as well, which offers accommodation for another 4 people.
Kincraig near Aviemore, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park
Our next pet-friendly lodge involves really getting away from it all - far away - because Katchana is situated near Aviemore in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland.
With lovely wooden floors and ceilings, you could almost imagine you’re in a log cabin. There are plenty of windows too, to really make the most of the spectacular views: The Cairngorms on one side, and beautiful Loch Inch on the other!
Keep your eyes open, and you might even spot a red squirrel, a pine marten, an osprey or perhaps even a badger. That’s a project that’ll keep the kids enthralled throughout your stay!
The hot tub is a great place to enjoy the views while you relax in the soothing water.
Katchana has 3 bedrooms and can sleep up to 8 people including the sofa bed.
The cottage is situated within the Cairngorms National Park which offers a host of activities including walking, fishing, cycling, horse riding, climbing and more.
Llanbister, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay
Back to Wales now, and our next dog-friendly holiday cottage with a hot tub, Grevodig is a large brick-built farmhouse which will sleep a party of 10 in 5 bedrooms.
Both Kitchen and Sitting Room have 50” TVs. The Kitchen has a large circular dining table that will seat 12 - so you can all eat together - and the sitting room has a wood-burning stove, and great views of the surrounding countryside.
Even the hot tub (a short walk from the cottage) is large - it will seat up to 8 people.
There’s a patio if you’d like to eat outside, and a well-equipped games room which offers a 3/4 size snooker table, darts, table tennis and even an air-hockey table!
Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead outside as the cottage is on a working livestock farm.
The cottage is situated near Llanbister in the Powys countryside, about 10 miles from Llandrindod Wells. Being close to the border, it’s a great base for exploring mid-Wales, but also Shropshire and Herefordshire in England.
Glyndwr’s Way national trail is nearby, and the Brecon Beacons make an excellent day trip as does nearby Llandrindod Wells with its shops, restaurants and tea rooms.
Clawddnewydd near Ruthin, North Wales & Snowdonia
One of two superbly renovated farmhouse cottages next to a working beef and sheep farm nearby Clawddnewydd in Denbighshire, the cottages offer stunning rural views.
This dog-friendly cottage sleeps 12, and when booked with the neighbouring cottage, a total of 17 guests can be accommodated.
They also share a games room with a pool table and table tennis table.
Maes, which is the larger of the two cottages has use of the hot tub.
The living room has a wood-burning stove in a beautiful stone inglenook fireplace. The property has 5 bedrooms, and underfloor heating on the ground floor, so you’ll always be lovely and warm.
The market town of Ruthin is only 7 miles away - and it’s a great place to explore with attractions like Ruthin Gaol which is now a museum. The ruined Denbigh Castle is also nearby.
Llangollen is about 12 miles from the cottage, and offers many attractions including a ride on the Llangollen Railway, the Llangollen Motor Museum or historic Valle Cruces Abbey.
Southern Dene near Chester-le-Street, Northumberland
Our next pet-friendly cottage with a hot tub isn’t really a cottage at all - it’s a grand and beautifully presented manor house which has 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and will sleep 13 people.
You’ll be impressed from the moment you arrive and drive through the electric gates and up to the house.
The drawing room is beautifully furnished, with cream carpets, and a wood-burning stove. A perfect place for the grown-ups to relax while the kids enjoy playing pool or snooker in the games room.
Gamekeepers Manor is set in more than an acre of lovely gardens, which you can enjoy from the patio - or better still, from the hot tub - perhaps with a glass of champagne in your hand?
Up to 4 well-behaved dogs are welcome, so nobody needs to be left behind or to go into kennels during your holiday.
Situated about 2 miles from the market town of Chester-le-Street, which dates back to Roman times, and only 5 miles from Durham, with its Norman castle and spectacular cathedral which are a world heritage site - you’ll find plenty to explore and enjoy in the area.
The Power House
Skinningrove near Whitby, North York Moors & Coast
If your party is even larger, our next dog-friendly self-catering property might be suitable: The Power House near Whitby can sleep up to 17 people, and has 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms.
As the name suggests, this property is a beautifully converted Victorian powerhouse. Four well-behaved dogs are welcome - and the dogs are sure to be thrilled that The Powerhouse is only 800 yards from the nearest sandy beach!
The entrance hall, dominated by its oak staircase is absolutely stunning, and really sets the scene for the luxurious accommodation you’ll enjoy in the rest of the house.
There’s not one, but two kitchens, two of the bedrooms have four poster beds, and the kids will be thrilled to discover that one of the dining tables has a real slate-bed snooker table concealed inside!
There’s a roll-top slipper bath in one of the bathrooms, and a porthole window with sea views in a family-sized bedroom.
The hot tub is situated in an outbuilding, so you can enjoy it whatever the weather (including the coloured lights and music system!) - and there’s a sauna too!
If you can tear yourselves away from this property, you’ll find the local area has lots to offer: The North York Moors National Park is on the doorstep. Skinningrove beach is perfect for the dogs - or visit Whitby and enjoy the harbour and the Abbey.
Scarborough, North York Moors & Coast
For parties of up to 20 people, and up to 4 well-behaved dogs, Seacrest Lodge is the perfect dog-friendly holiday cottage with a hot tub!
The sitting room has a 60” plasma TV and Bose surround sound system, so movie-lovers are sure to have a great time.
There’s also a formal dining room which will seat up to 18 people - so (almost) everyone can eat together. Even the contemporary kitchen seats 8 people at once.
The kids and the dogs will love playing in the enclosed gardens that surround Seacrest Lodge - and everyone will love the top-of-the-range hot tub which comes complete with speakers and coloured lights for a real party atmosphere.
There’s footpath within 50 yards leading directly to the beach, and there are lots of walks and cycle routes in the area such as the Cleveland Way.
Scarborough has lots to offer - from beautiful sandy beaches and donkey rides to an open air theatre and ruined castle.
Further afield, charming Robin Hood’s Bay is a great day out - or venture a little further to the county town of York and its myriad attractions including the Jorvik Viking Centre, National Railway Museum and world-famous York Minster.
So those are our top 9 pet-friendly self-catering properties from right across the country. We hope you’ve found the perfect dog-friendly holiday cottage with a hot tub in this selection - but if not, please use the form below to search for your ideal cottage and create a shortlist of your own.
The not-so-small print:
This article was first published on 30th January 2017 - and all the property details mentioned were correct at that time. However, sometimes things change - a hot tub can be removed, or a property owner can decide not to accept dogs in future, so when you click through, please double-check any details that are important to you with the booking agents.