Dog Friendly Cottages

Top Tips For Staying In A Dog Friendly Cottage

All cosy in front of the log burner at self catering holiday cottage

For many, our dogs are part of the family and a holiday simply wouldn’t be the same without bringing our four-legged friends with us. Taking your dog on holiday to explore new places is likely to be an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Whether you are looking for coastal footpaths, a stroll through the forest, woodlands and meadows, you are likely to be spoilt for choice by the beautiful walks in the most rural setting. Allow your dog to race around on the beach and splash about in the sea on one of the numerous dog friendly beaches in Dorset or admire the beautiful countryside as you walk through the New Forest. Wherever you decide to take your on holiday, you are likely to find several pubs, restaurants and attractions that welcome well behaved dogs. And with a variety of holiday cottages that provide a home from home feel for you and your furry friends, there really are no excuses to leave your dog at home!

To ensure that both you and your dogs have a happy and stress free holiday you will need to do a little bit of planning. Here are a few tips to help you make sure your holiday is memorable for all the right reasons!

  • When you are in the process of booking a dog friendly holiday cottage make sure that you notify the owner of your intention to bring your dog, and how many you are planning to bring. Check that the property and garden is big enough for your dog/dogs to let off some energy. Also make sure you discuss any ‘pet rules’ prior to your booking to ensure that the cottage is suitable for both you and your dogs needs.


  • To get the most out of your holiday do some research about the surrounding area. Find out what pubs, beaches and attractions welcome dogs. Also find out what walking opportunities there are in the local vicinity.


  • Packing to go on holiday can be rather time consuming, and especially if you are taking your dog as well. Think about what your dog needs on a day-to-day basis at home, such as food, bowls, a bed, toys, a crate, their collar and lead and anything else.


  • If your dog is on medication ensure you take enough to see you through your stay, with an extra buffer in case of unforeseen circumstances.


  • And lastly, enjoy your holiday with your four-legged family.


Four legged fur baby on self catering family holiday in the new forest