Where to Find Pet Friendly Cottages On the OwnersDirect website, you will find a range of cottages that are happy for you to bring a dog or dogs. With a simple advanced search, you can indicate the country in which you are looking for a holiday and tick the pet friendly option. A range of properties will then be made available to you, including pictures and prices, as well as some information concerning what the rules on pets are in each individual cottage. Properties are available for all party sizes, from two people looking for a romantic getaway to entire groups of people and families. You can choose from small cottages to entire villas. If you decide to travel outside of the United Kingdom, it is very important that you check how and if you will be able to transport your pet. Border controls are very strict and you will need a pet passport at the very least for many countries, so do ensure that you have got all of this in place first.


Bude is the ideal place to book your active dog friendly holiday. There are miles of sandy beaches for running and wild coastal paths where you can participate in the popular treasure hunting pastime of Geocaching. With plenty of pet friendly accommodation to choose from you can book the perfect holiday cottage for you and your canine companion. This easy to reach location is suited to pets and owners that enjoy the fresh sea air and a variety of walks.

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Padstow is a haven for dog lovers that enjoy a more relaxed pace of life. There are a number of beaches to enjoy although do check for restrictions during peak season. Many of the pubs and cafes in this area are very welcoming to well-behaved dogs, allowing you to enjoy regular excursions on your pet friendly holiday. Padstow has many tourist attractions from country parks to steam railways, many of which will allow dogs on a lead.

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A laid-back and charming destination easily accessible by car, train or plane with daily flights arriving from London and many seasonal services from around the country. Considered the surfing capital of the United Kingdom, there may be beaches with surf conditions not suitable for your dog so choose your off lead activities with care. When going on any dog friendly holiday it is always a good idea to make sure your pet is fitted with a microchip and details are up to date.

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St. Ives

This small Cornish town is a picture perfect, pet friendly holiday destination with golden sand beaches, calm crystal waters and traditional cobbled streets complete with fishermen's cottages. Take advantage of the fresh fish catches arriving at the small harbour each day and choose this perfect destination for a self-catering, cat friendly holiday. St Ives is renowned for its art and creativity with galleries, workshops and studios all over the town. Why not commission a portrait of your favourite feline friend?

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The Lizard Peninsular has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which makes it ideal for dog friendly holidays. With plenty of pet friendly accommodation to choose from you can spend your days enjoying the many walks and interesting landmarks of the area. Although easily accessible by road this is a tranquil destination recognised internationally for its botanical importance. It's an ideal destination for dogs and their owners that like to observe nature at a slower pace.

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This traditional seaside town has everything you need for an adventurous and high energy dog friendly holiday. Take your canine friend sailing or cycling during the day and spend a relaxing evening exploring rock pools together. There is plenty of pet friendly accommodation to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. Don't forget to pack plenty of water for your canine friend and be sure to have him fitted with a canine life jacket before enjoying any water sports.

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St Austell

This bustling market town is a great place to bring all the family, so book a pet friendly cottage and save yourself the hassle and expense of using a kennels or cattery. St Austell is very welcoming to well-behaved pets and has plenty of pleasant walks and dog friendly attractions. The inspirational Eden Project has miles of outdoor walks where dogs are welcome and shaded parking and water taps to ensure your canine companion is well catered for.

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This family and dog friendly seaside town is an easy to reach destination and has plenty of pet friendly accommodation to ensure your visit is relaxing and stress free. Watch the fishing boats come in or just enjoy the beautiful coastal walks and beaches. This laid-back Cornish town would be an ideal place to enjoy a self-catering holiday with both your dog and your grandchildren. A holiday rental in Looe will make memories to last a lifetime.

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What to look for in dog-friendly cottages

  • Just like with any holiday, you will want to make sure that you are getting a good deal and a great holiday. Take some time comparing the different properties that are available to make sure you are getting a fair price. If prices are far below the average, you may query why this is the case. Similarly, if prices are much higher, it is important to find out what the property offers that allows for that higher price. Generally, pet friendly holidays are somewhat more expensive than other holiday homes, but this is because of the fact that they allow you to bring one or more pets.

  • Taking some time to read reviews, for example on the owner’s websites, is a great way to find out what other people thought of the property. The details available on the Owners Direct website will tell you a lot about what is available in the property and the surrounding area, which can also be important in deciding whether or not to choose a property for your holiday.

  • Do also feel free to contact the owners if you have any queries. Owners of pet friendly cottages should always be ready to answer any of your queries without pressurising you into booking their property. Do ask for more detailed pictures of a certain area in the home, for example, or ask about facilities on the grounds. For example: do they have an enclosed garden so your pet can’t escape? Do they have a dog cage on site so you don’t have to bring your own if you use one? Do they have pet food bowls available and other articles for your pet?

  • As you can see, there really is no need any more to go on a holiday and leave your pet at home, with a pet sitter or in a kennel. Your dog is a fully fledged member of your family, so he or she is just as much entitled to a holiday. Luckily, there are plenty of pet friendly cottages and holiday homes available so you can bring your four legged friend no matter where you decide to go.