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Pooch-Perfect: Our Best Stays For Couples With Dogs

14 June 2023

As any self-respecting dog owner knows, the act of booking a whirlwind romantic break can be fraught with anxiety.

Is your preferred sitter free… if not, who can you trust to look after your beloved fur-baby? How will you stop them feeling lonely when you’re not there?

Booking a dog-friendly retreat is the easy answer, but you’ll naturally want to ensure it’s suitably luxurious and awe-inspiring for you as a couple, too!

So… how about bedding down in an architect-designed Cornish cottage, with easy access to the South West Coast Path for long, breezy walks? Rich in luxury, there’s a secure garden for your dog, and a scenic patio with outdoor sofas and a barbecue for you.

Meanwhile, in Dumfries and Galloway awaits a dog-friendly beach cottage – a former telephone exchange, no less! – with the most incredible sea views and a stargazing hot tub.

For fans of unplugged nature there’s an off-grid, hand-built cabin in an idyllic Welsh meadow corner… boasting a rotating stargazer bed for you, and three-and-a-half acres of prime running-and-playing space for your best friend.

We’ve hand-picked each of these retreats to provide the perfect holiday setting, whether you’ve got two legs or four. So why not browse the full list now?

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Daphne Cottage | Cornwall

Daphne Cottage

Mawnan Smith, Cornwall, England
An architect-designed, dog-friendly cottage that's full of cosy luxury, beautifully secluded near Cornwall's Helford River.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£300 (4 nights midweek)

Portamaggie Cottage

Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
A romantic Dumfries and Galloway beach cottage with breathtaking sea views and a stargazing hot tub, moments away from a tranquil, sandy beach near Portpatrick.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£1225 / week

Orchardleigh Boat House

Frome, Somserset, Somerset, England
A tranquil and romantic dog-friendly hot tub retreat for two, nestled on the edge of a sparkling lake on a historic 500-acre Somerset estate.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£270 / night

Den by the Stream

Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales
A charmingly hand-built cabin that's dog-friendly, off-grid, and set in an idyllic Welsh meadow corner, achingly close to historic Cardigan.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£100 / night

Koya Unplugged Cabin

Nr Audley End, Essex, England
Lock your phone away and escape to the country, on a three-day digital detox that's carefully curated for you to rediscover the natural joys of life.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£390 (3 nights)

The Roost Glamping

Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, England
Two sumptuous adults only, dog-friendly cedar cabins with a hot tub and luxuries galore, bespoke crafted and nestled in the magical Forest of Dean.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps:
From
£172 / night

The Hedgerow

Wainhill, Oxfordshire, England
An award-winning, dog-friendly timber lodge, beautifully positioned in idyllic Chilterns countryside with direct access to the Ridgeway National Trail.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£145 / night

Boutique Narrowboats

Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England
Explore the Leicestershire waterways at your own gentle pace, aboard your choice of luxurious ‘hotel suite’-style canal boat for couples.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£126/nt

Alpnhaus

Newcastleton, Scottish Borders, Scotland
An award-winning, architect-designed Alpine chalet with a stargazing hot tub, refreshingly off-grid and beautifully nestled 350 metres above sea level in the scenic Scottish Borders.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£235 / night

Yeworthy Eco Treehouse

Eworthy, Devon, England
An off-grid, dog-friendly hideaway that's privately secluded amongst the treetops, above a sparkling lake in a sleepy Devon hamlet.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£95 / night

RiverBeds Luxury Wee Lodges

Ballachulish, The Highlands, Scotland
Luxury Wee Lodges, complete with bubbling private hot tub, nestled at the entrance to the mighty Glencoe Valley.
Bedrooms: 1 per lodge
Sleeps: 2 per lodge
From
£198 / night

Uist Forest Retreat

North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Reconnect with nature from the comfort of a rustic treetop cabin, set on the wild and exceptionally scenic ‘edge of Britain'.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps: 2 per cabin
From
£910 (7 night)

Forbes of Kingennie Shepherd's Huts

Kingennie, Dundee, Scotland
Unwind with a traditional Scottish staycation, from the romantic comfort of a hand-crafted, nature-cocooned retreat.
Bedrooms: 1 per hut
Sleeps: 2 per hut
From
£155 / night

The Secret Yurts

Welshpool, Powys, Wales
The Welsh countryside's best-kept secret, until now - three luxurious, eco-friendly yurts packed with cosy creature comforts.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps:
From
£360 2 nights

Raven's Gully

Corriegills, Isle of Arran
Blissfully secluded, eco-friendly pods bursting with five-star luxury, including state-of-the-art automation, sumptuous furnishings, locally-sourced treats, and incredible views from the picturesque Isle of Arran.
Bedrooms: 1 per pod
Sleeps: 2 per pod
From
£99 / night

Bethnal & Bec

Nottinghams, Hertfordshire, England
Sustainable, adults-only Hertfordshire hideaways with al fresco baths, where city style and indulgent sensory treats meet pure countryside tranquillity.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 per unit
From
£180 / night

The Captain's Cabin

Drimnin, The Highlands, Scotland
An elliptical, architect-designed retreat, rich in nautical style and elevated on the entire flat roof of an old chapel to showcase magnificent views over the Sound of Mull.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£160 / night

Mallory Meadows

Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire, England
A welcoming, family-owned glamping haven in rural Leicestershire, with dog-friendly cabins and romantic roundhouses that each feature a private, scenery-showcasing hot tub.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 or 2 (+2) per unit
From
£299 (4 nights

Deepdean Wild Retreat

Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England
A unique wildlife escape in the Forest of Dean, including vast open grounds and an exotic animal rescue centre!
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£764 / week

Tiny Home Borders

Bonchester Bridge, Scottish Borders, Scotland
A cosy, off-grid hillside retreat with magnificent views of the Border Hills, complete with a wood-fired hot tub, neighbouring red deer, and your very own lochan.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£175 / night

Wilderkin

Midlothian, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Start a magical off-grid adventure in a romantic, dog-friendly hideaway with Japanese Ofuro inspired bespoke hot tub for two, nestled in a private tree-strewn glade within the wild and wonderful Scottish Borders countryside.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£145 / night

Frances' Sketch Pad

Nr Fort William, The Highlands, Scotland
An ultra-romantic ‘zen den' retreat, complete with an al fresco hot tub, magically secluded on a historic West Highlands estate with artist-worthy views of Ben Nevis.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£260 / night

The Hoot

Southwick, Wiltshire, England
A dog-friendly, charmingly converted horse box nestled in a green paddock amongst Wiltshire's rolling hills that's ideal for off-grid relaxation.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2 (+2) or 3 adults
From
£110 / night

Beneath the Branches

Ashurst, West Sussex, England
A lovingly handcrafted treehouse and luxurious meadow cabin for romantic couples, dog-friendly and blissfully secluded in a private and peaceful West Sussex farm meadow.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 per unit
From
£175 / night

The Loft

St Catherine, Somerset, England
A romantic and super-stylish retreat with a wood-fired hot tub for stargazing, privately secluded in a hillside garden on the edge of the Cotswolds, just 20 minutes away from the city of Bath.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2
From
£98-150/night

Culbin Edge

Brodie, Moray, Scotland
A reviving slice of forest living and coastal adventure, based from a cosy eco-cabin at the Edge of paradise.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2-4
From
£465 (3 nights)

Cabin at Croft 10

Shulishader, Isle of Lewis
A sumptuously furnished space surrounded by big skies, sea views and spectacular sunsets, on a working Hebridean sheep croft just outside of Stornoway.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£120 / night

Danyfan Glamping Carriage

Brecon, Powys, Wales
A secluded, refreshingly off-grid railway car with first class views of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2
From
£80 / night

The Cabin by the Castle

Elgin, Moray, Scotland
A sumptuous, "coorie"-infused eco-cabin powered by nature, secluded on a historic Moray estate and boasting magnificent views of Duffus Castle.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£140 / night

Cotswold Cabin Fever

Badsey, Worcestershire, England
Relax and recharge in a cosily converted, pet-friendly shipping container with a private garden and friendly neighbouring animals, gloriously secluded in the idyllic North Cotswolds.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps: 2 (+1 or 2)
From
£95 to £150 / night

Floatels by Tŷ Milford Waterfront

Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales
A serene quartet of luxury floating havens for two, set on the glistening doorstep of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps: 2 per cabin (4 cabins)
From
£80 / night

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