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.
A luxurious holiday cottage for two in beautiful Wiltshire countryside with wonderful views of the Wylye Valley. A perfect hideaway for couples looking to leave behind the stresses of every day life and unwind in a peaceful setting. Close to Crockerton village, there are an abundance of attractions within easy reach including Longleat, world famous Stonehenge and the Roman City of Bath.
Take a relaxing holiday or break by the sea in one of eight pretty holiday cottages that sit in tranquil grounds in a secluded valley just 200 yards from the sea, between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin on the North Devon coast. Plenty of attractions close by including Watermouth Castle adjacent.
Oakview is a contemporary barn built using traditional materials and techniques to sit gently in its environment. The holiday cottage has been furnished with couples in mind, featuring a wall of windows overlooking rolling fields and woodland, a copper bath in the bedroom, and a luxurious outdoor hot tub. It's quiet, private, and exactly what you need to unwind and relax with your favourite person. It's only two miles from Newtown and within easy reach of Welshpool and Llanidloes. Local attractions include Powis Castle, the Forest Rally Driving School in Carno, and Glansevern House and Gardens. Walking, cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing and golf are just a few of many activities you can try.
Couples searching for a luxurious retreat need look no further than The Hideaway. Tucked away at the end of a country lane two miles from Newtown, it's a gorgeous, oak-framed barn built to take advantage of beautiful views and the private location. You can enjoy features like an outdoor hot tub, a copper slipper bath in the bedroom, and an onsite spa with heavenly treatments. There are stunning walks from the door, and the cottage welcomes one well-behaved dog. Welshpool, Powis Castle, and the River Severn are all nearby.
Enjoy a luxurious Highland holiday on the shores of Loch Awe. The three-bedroom Premium timber lodges at the Portsonachan Hotel sleep six people with extras that include a covered outdoor hot tub, private sauna, outdoor fireplace and a TV with satellite channels. They are set amongst 100 acres of pristine wilderness with spectacular views, seasonal fishing, hiking, boating and mountain biking. The self-catering holiday homes welcome children and well-behaved pets and suit families or groups of friends. You're only a short stroll from the hotel bar and restaurant for nights you don't want to cook.
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.
Milton Keynes is an ideal destination for a relaxing break. With fantastic shops, attractions, parks, restaurants and nightlife, it has something for everyone in all seasons. You're only a 40-minute train journey from London, making it easy for those who want to sightsee or work in the capital. South Lodge has two luxurious self-catering apartments - one a studio apartment sleeping two and a two-bedroom apartment sleeping four. Both are finished and furnished to a very high standard to accommodate couples, families or solo travellers in the area for work or leisure. They are in a quiet garden setting within half a mile of a pub and easy reach of the M1.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 Isle of Wight is always an excellent choice for a holiday, especially when you stay somewhere as gorgeous as Seaviews in Ryde. The four-bedroom house sleeps seven people with a flexible layout that suits families, multi-generational families and friends. Not only is it beautifully furnished with loads of thoughtful touches that will make you feel right at home, but it's also a short 10-minute stroll to the centre of Ryde, the ferry terminal and the beach. Go swimming, surfing and sailing, play golf, walk along the coast and cycle through the countryside. There are loads of attractions to suit every interest and all weathers.
Escape to the country in less than an hour from London Euston? Yes, please! This delightful self-catering cottage is in the quiet village of Winfield, only 15-minutes from Leighton Buzzard and within walking distance of a good pub. There is space for four people in two bedrooms, so it is ideal for couples, small families, friends and even people on business who are sick of cramped, boring hotels. Bedfordshire has beautiful country walks, excellent dining and shopping, theatres, country houses, zoos, museums, golf courses and spas. It is perfect for a romantic break or a family 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.
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.
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.