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Your dog-friendly guide

Hayley 20 November 2018

Farm holidays are a wonderful way of getting back to nature and embracing the great outdoors. So why not bring your pet along for the adventure?

Our collection of dog-friendly farm cottages makes it possible for your pet to take in all the sights and sounds of rural life along with you. While your pooch can’t help out on the farm, they’ll love the fresh air and open spaces. Whether you’re frolicking through the fields in spring or crunching the leaves under your feet (or paws) in autumn, it’s always a good time to be outdoors!

5 dog-friendly rural attractions

Cotswold Wildlife Park, Cotswolds

Cotswold Wildlife Park opened in 1970 and is home to a spectacular array of animals including rhinos, Asiatic Lions, giraffes and wolves. Your pet is more than welcome to wander around the park, provided that they are kept on a lead at all times.

Penrose, Cornwall

With woodland tracks, open parkland and Cornwall’s largest natural lake, the Penrose Estate is a truly beautiful dog-friendly attraction. Your pooch is welcome to roam through the grounds with you, whether it’s a warm summer’s day or a crisp autumn afternoon.

The Milky Way Adventure Park, North Devon

The Milky Way Adventure Park is one of North Devon’s biggest attractions. With a roller coaster, indoor adventure centre and fantastic wildlife displays, The Milky Way is perfect for families and gives a warm welcome to dogs, too!

Berney Arms Windmill, Norfolk

Berney Arms Windmill is one of Norfolk’s best and largest extant marsh mills. In an enchanting location in the Norfolk Broads, the windmill welcomes dogs on leads, so you and your pet can enjoy exploring this piece of Norfolk heritage.

Loch Ness, Scotland

Perhaps one of Scotland’s most famous and mysterious attractions, Loch Ness is a wonderful place to explore with your four-legged friend. While you can enjoy looking out for Nessie, your dog will love the vast open space along the three-mile long Loch Ness. There are shorter and longer routes, so pick one to suit you both!

5 country walks your dog will love

Thurlestone to Bigbury, South Devon

Following the South West Coast Path, this pretty route passes rural Devon on one side and the rugged coast on the other. With three large dog-friendly beaches along the way, this is the perfect place for you and your pet to stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh south Devon air!

Respryn on the Lanhydrock Estate, Bodmin, Cornwall

Set near the spectacular National Trust Lanhydrock Estate, this wooded waterside walk follows the Fowey River. With plenty of opportunities to paddle in the water and lovely views along the way, this tranquil walk is perfect for the spring and summer months.

Mount Snowdon, Snowdonia, Wales

Who knew you could take your four-legged friend on an adventure to Mount Snowdon?! This spectacular walk is great for active dogs. Keep in mind that there are a lot of rocky sections, so pick the easiest walk to suit you both before setting off. Your dog will love this big adventure!

Loch Morlich, Scotland

This beautiful, circular forest trail walk is a great way to take in the stunning scenery of Loch Morlich. Set within the Cairngorms National Park, your dog will love the open spaces to run around and explore. Don’t forget to stop for a picnic with your pooch. After all, a walk should always be rewarded with a treat!

Sandringham Country Park, Norfolk

The Royal Sandringham Estate is a grand place to spend an afternoon. With miles of forest walks, parkland, ponds and picnic areas to enjoy, you and your pet can enjoy a lavish day out! There are two waymarked nature trails to explore, too. Look out for the spectacular flower displays in the spring and magnificent colours of the trees in autumn.

5 dog-friendly country pubs

Ye Olde Globe, Berrynarbor, Devon

With a cosy log fire to enjoy in the winter and a beautiful beer garden to bask in the summer sun, Ye Olde Globe is an idyllic dog-friendly Devon pub.

The Bear, Crickhowell

Famous for serving dogs bowls of freshly cooked chicken (yes, really!) The Bear is a popular local pub in the heart of Crickhowell. As well as going out of its way to please your pet, the pub has an outstanding menu for people, too.

The Clachnaharry Inn, Inverness

Having won an award for being the best dog-friendly pub in Britain, The Clachnaharry Inn deserves a special mention. As well as offering a cosy place for your dog to rest, the pub has an excellent selection of ales and cider.

The House On The Green, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

With a prime location in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, The House On The Green is a truly special dog-friendly pub. Not only does the pub offer delicious meals for people, it has a separate menu for your four-legged friend! After a tasty lunch or dinner, bask in the sunshine in the beer garden, or, if it’s winter, cosy up in front of the fire. Bliss!

The Railway Inn, St Agnes, Cornwall

With water bowls and doggie treats for your pet to enjoy after a walk through the North Cornwall countryside and coast, The Railway Inn is a great choice. Tuck into a home-cooked pub lunch and excellent range of cask ales.

5 dog-friendly cottages

Orchard Lodge, North Devon

Set within an idyllic smallholding just a short distance from the rugged North Devon coast, Orchard Lodge is a dog-friendly haven. This pretty lodge offers the best of both worlds with ample opportunities for countryside jaunts and beach adventures.

Old Holcombe Hillside, Somerset

Old Holcombe Hillside is nestled in a six-acre smallholding with delightful farm animals. Surrounded by the tranquil Somerset landscapes and with Exmoor National Park on its doorstep, this lovely barn is great for anyone wishing to spend time in the great outdoors. Your pet will love exploring the landscape and at the farm, dogs are welcome to roam around the grounds.

Ducklings Rest, Scotland

Ducklings Rest is one of two traditional stone barns surrounded by picturesque farmland. Nestled in a beautiful Angus glen, guests and their pets will love exploring the landscape. Venture to the nearby Reekie Linn waterfall or the property’s farmland, which stretches 650 acres. Dogs will love the open space at this stunning farm property.

Dinnabroad Cottage, North Cornwall

With room for three dogs, Dinnabroad Cottage is a super dog-friendly cottage on the North Cornwall coast. Set in a 140 acre farm, home to a peaceful herd of cows, the cottage offers an idyllic retreat. Explore the nature trail over cliffs and through valleys or venture further along the coast to discover North Cornwall’s rugged beauty. If you head further inland, you’ll discover ancient villages such as St Kew, St Teath and Davidstow. Dogs will love exploring the region with you.

Ty Gwahadden, Carmarthenshire

Ty Gwahadden is a stunning detached barn tucked away in the rolling countryside of Carmarthenshire. Relax at the end of a long day exploring the area in the private hot tub, while dogs will love the property's enclosed garden. Among the treasures to be found nearby are the National Botanic Garden of Wales, the Camel nature reserve and Carreg Cennen Castle.

Take the dog with you on a farm holiday. With acres of land to explore and new terrain to investigate, dog-friendly attractions, long country walks and pubs that welcome dogs, you can have a fantastic stay on a farm with your dog by your side. Peruse our cottages and find a dog-friendly one for you and your canine companion. 

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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