Eight delightful stone holiday cottages on a four hundred acre estate in a picturesque wooded valley between the villages of Beulah and Abergwesyn in the heart of Mid Wales. Sleeping one to nine guests or larger groups if booked together, the cottages are ideal for a romantic break, family holiday or reunion of friends. With hot tub, stunning scenery, beautiful walks and an abundance of wildlife, Trallwm Forest Cottages offer all the right ingredients for a relaxing holiday.
This gorgeous mill house is in a beautiful location in the Derbyshire Dales, within walking distance of a village shop and pub and close to Alton Towers and the Peak District National Park. The historic property dates back to before the Domesday Book and can accommodate up to 22 guests in nine bedrooms with loads of space indoors and extensive grounds. It's available for short breaks all year round and is ideal for extended families and groups of friends.
Whitby is one of the prettiest coastal towns in Yorkshire. With its beautiful cliff-top abbey, colourful marina and centuries of history, it is the perfect spot for a getaway in any season. This charming terraced Victorian townhouse enjoys views over Whitby Marina and a quiet location within walking distance of the town's shops, cafes and pubs. It sleeps up to 12 people in five bedrooms and is ideal for large or extended families or groups of friends. Robin Hood's Bay, Staithes and Goathland are all nearby, while York is just over an hour's drive away.
Deep in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside, the owners of Fullers Hill Cottages have created a peaceful retreat where guests can relax and enjoy spending time with family and friends. Number 1 Fullers Hill Cottages comfortably sleeps four guests in two bedrooms (plus an extra two on a sofa bed) and is as comfortable for couples as it is for families and friends. The Georgian cottage is on a family-run farm and has been renovated to a very high standard, earning it four stars from Visit England. It is only 15 miles from Cambridge and around an hour from central London, making it possible to escape to the countryside without sacrificing metropolitan delights. The cottage can be booked on its own or together with the estate's other five cottages for family reunions, hen weekends and other celebrations with family and friends. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
Offering single level self-catering that is fully wheel-chair accessible, The Stables is perfect for couples having one bedroom, as well as families happy to use the sofa bed. Stylish throughout, The Stables has been beautifully presented to a high standard and sits amongst glorious countryside in South Cambridgeshire. Fabulous local walking, cycling and horse riding and just fourteen miles from Cambridge City centre. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
With its own private hot tub, The Tack Room is one of Fullers Hill's most popular holiday retreats. Like the others it is stylish and modern throughout and offers self-catering of a high standard. Sitting in a rural position amongst the glorious countryside of South Cambridgeshire, guests have the best of both worlds with an abundance of outdoor pursuits to enjoy on the doorstep and Cambridge city centre just fourteen miles away. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
The Old Dairy is one of the stylish holiday apartments available at Fullers Hill nestling amongst glorious South Cambridgeshire countryside. Perfect for families and friends, sleeping four guests (or six with the use of a sofa bed), the surrounding area offers all the right ingredients to relax and unwind with plenty of space inside and out (including a hot tub in the garden for guest use), fabulous walking, cycling, horse riding and attractions including Cambridge city centre just fourteen miles away. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
Here's a place with room for everyone! The Grade II listed Mermaid Inn is in a fantastic spot, offering a high-standard of self-catering accommodation in the Peak District for up to 34 people in 13 ensuite bedrooms. It feels remote and rural with no neighbours for a country mile, but Buxton is only a 20 minute drive and Leek is even closer. The house is a former pub and built for hospitality and entertaining, making it ideal for extended family celebrations, hen and stag weekends, and fun team building events.
The largest of all of Fullers Hill's fabulous holiday cottages, The Granary sleeps up to six guests in two en-suite sumptuous bedrooms and has an exceptionally large social living area for a cottage of this size where large groups of up to fourteen can dine around one table. Sitting in a tranquil position amongst the South Cambridgeshire countryside, this stylish holiday retreat is a popular choice for families, friends and large parties (when hired with other cottages) and offers dog friendly self-catering of a high standard with the use of a communal hot tub in the grounds. Only fourteen miles from Cambridge City centre. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
As pretty as its name, Apple Cottage nestles amongst beautiful countryside in South Cambridgeshire and is perfect for couples, friends and families. Offering a warm welcome to dogs (and even horses!) this gorgeous holiday cottage provides the perfect mix of character and modern style and is just fourteen miles from Cambridge City centre. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Sitting in an enviable position on the Bolton Abbey Estate, Barden Bunk Barn is a great venue for large groups of friends, families, outdoor enthusiasts and team building events sleeping up to twenty guests. Surrounded by glorious Yorkshire Dales scenery, this historically significant Grade I barn has four bunk rooms for sleeping, open-plan living with pool table, self catering facilities, and magnificent views. Priest House Restaurant is on the estate for catering.
This riverside retreat is perfect for couples but spacious enough for friends and family. The Ferry sits beside the River Tay near Aberfeldy in Perthshire's Big Tree Country, with luxurious touches that include an outdoor wood burning sauna, hot tub, open fire and a log burner. The owners have refurbished the holiday cottage to a very high standard to include oak flooring and high-quality furnishing throughout both floors, including in the two double bedrooms which each have a kingsize sleigh bed. Fishing, golf, walking and mountain biking are all favourite pastimes for locals and visitors, and there are lots of opportunities to do all of these and much more all year round.
Escape to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands in these lovely holiday lets, three miles from Drumnadrochit and close to world-famous Loch Ness and the spectacular Great Glen Way. Each of the 12 Ancarraig Lodges sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is dog-friendly, with a private woodland outlook and lots of space indoors and outside. It's the perfect spot for walking, mountain biking, bird and wildlife watching, and discovering why the Highlands of Scotland is such a fantastic year-round holiday destination for couples, families and friends.
Perfect for family get-togethers, special celebrations, or even team-building events and corporate retreats, Quarnford Lodge is a fantastic self-catering property for groups in the Peak District. There is loads of space with ten bedrooms that can sleep up to 28 people, three separate living rooms and a central dining area with a vaulted ceiling that is ideal for entertaining. The village of Flash and two pubs are within walking distance, with Buxton, Bakewell, Chatsworth House and Alton Towers also within easy reach. The Peak District is beautiful in every season and there are lots of walks and mountain bike trails close by to help guests to explore.
Treat yourself to a relaxing stay in this charming Gloucestershire cottage. The Granary is a lovely stone holiday property on a smallholding where the owners have a flock of llamas and offer llama trekking, coarse fishing and delicious afternoon teas. It is only a few miles from Ross-on-Wye and within easy reach of the Forest of Dean, Wye Valley, Malvern Hills and the Cotswolds, as well as Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, and Gloucester. The Granary is ideal for couples or individuals who want a relaxing, comfortable place where they can unwind and indulge in long walks and bike rides, great food and gorgeous views.
Harlow View is a fantastic garden apartment a short walk from the centre of Harrogate. Accommodation is over two levels, with the master bedroom, kitchen and living room all on the ground floor. It's ideal for couples but also works well for families and friends. RHS Harlow Carr and the delicious eateries and independent shops of Cold Bath Road are around 10 minutes away. The town centre, Turkish Baths, and Betty's Tearooms, theatres and a convention centre are only a few minutes further. The location is ideal for walking and cycling in Nidderdale and the Yorkshire Dales and exploring places like York, Leeds and Castle Howard. It sleeps four people in two bedrooms.
This wonderfully refurbished stone holiday cottage is next to The Stray and within a 15-minute walk of Harrogate's town centre. It sleeps four people in two beautiful bedrooms and is ideal for couples, families or friends who want to shop, eat and explore Harrogate and the surrounding Yorkshire Dales. Day trips can include sightseeing in York, shopping in Leeds, and visiting charming market towns such as Ripon, Knaresborough and Skipton. Walking, cycling and mountain biking are all readily accessible, with routes to suit everyone. Strayside Cottage is available for bookings all year round.
This elegant first-floor apartment is on a quiet residential street slightly outside the centre of Harrogate. Guests at Upper Swan View are within a short walk of boutiques, antique shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and the town's beautiful Valley Gardens. The location is perfect whether you're on holiday, in the area for work or wanting to explore the North Yorkshire Dales. The dog-friendly property has one bedroom with a versatile layout that can sleep one or two people. A comfortable double sofa-bed in the living room extends the apartment's capacity to four people. It's great for couples, friends, families and individuals.
Whether you're visiting Harrogate for a holiday, staying for work, or in town for an event or conference, Swan View Apartment is the perfect holiday home. The elegant ground floor apartment is in the desirable neighbourhood of Low Harrogate, with fantastic original Victorian features like high ceilings and a bay window overlooking the The Old Swan Hotel. It's only a short walk to chic boutiques and famous Harrogate attractions. The spectacular Nidderdale Valley, Howardian Hills, and Yorkshire Dales National Park provide miles of breathtaking scenery outside of town. York is under an hour's drive for a day trip, while Castle Howard (aka Downton Abbey) only a little further. Swan View Apartment sleeps up to four people in one bedroom with a sofabed in the living room. It's great for couples, individuals, small families and friends, and is dog-friendly.
The Hide is a wonderful escape for couples or individuals who want a private space where they can relax and unwind away from prying eyes. The charming studio holiday cottage feels incredibly spacious with a kingsize bed and full-sized appliances in the kitchen. It features an enclosed courtyard garden with an outdoor hot tub - bliss after a day spent walking along the coastal footpath, mountain biking around Bodmin or Dartmoor, or surfing at Newquay. Tucked away in the small village of Penhallow, within walking distance of the local pub, The Hide is only three miles from Perranporth and within easy reach of Truro, Land's End, Exmoor, Westward Ho! and many of Cornwall's other favourite attractions.
The UK has a fantastically diverse landscape which provides endless walking opportunities for you and your four legged friend. You can enjoy miles of dramatic coastal paths, wooded valleys, lakes and fells, rolling moorland, enchanting forests or pretty riverside walks together. There are also many dog friendly pubs, beaches, gardens, parks, restaurants and attractions who welcome well behaved dogs.
Whether you are looking for a coastal retreat or a cosy holiday cottage in the country, taking your pet away on holiday with you can be incredibly rewarding. Whilst it may require a little extra planning, it can help to reduce the costs and anguish involved in putting your beloved dog in a kennel or trying to find someone to look after them.
With a wide range of pet friendly cottages available, Independent Cottages offers holiday homes that can accommodate one to multiple pets. You will be able to make contact with the owner directly to check that the property you are considering is suitable for you and your pet. Most owners are more than happy to discuss the facilities available which may include secure gardens and direct access onto footpaths. You may even find some offering a few extra luxuries for your four legged friend including welcome treats, a comfy bed and a warm shower and drying area for wet muddy paws!
If you are looking for a holiday on a budget, consider taking your dog away out of the peak summer season. Accommodation is normally cheaper, you have a far greater selection of properties available and you will find less crowds. It is also worth noting that many beaches lift their dog bans throughout the winter months in the UK, so you can enjoy wonderful coastal walks on empty beaches where your dog can have a good blast!
Before you set off on your travels, take a look at our top tips for keeping your dog safe on holiday.