8 Luxury Dog-Friendly Cottages in the Lake District


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Large dog-friendly cottages in the Lake District

The Lake District is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK, and with the emphasis firmly on the great outdoors, it’s perfect for a holiday that includes the dog.

We’ve brought together our favourite dog-friendly cottages in the Lake District, all offering luxury accommodation for large group holidays. Set in outstanding locations with almost limitless dog-walking opportunities, these cottages and large houses mean you can holiday in style and include the dog in your plans. With thoughtful details such as dog beds, dog towels and dog treats in some cottages to cosy corners beside log burning stoves in others, the dog will settle in quickly. This gives you the freedom to enjoy some of the human luxuries, from hot tubs and swimming pools to games rooms and cinema rooms.

A landscape of mountains and lakes, rivers and forests, the Lake District is doggy heaven. Take long hikes across the fells that finish at cosy dog-friendly pubs, or enjoy dog-friendly attractions, from country gardens and castles to lake cruises and steam railway rides. Check out our dog-friendly cottages in the Lake District and find the one that’s just right for you, your whole crew and, most of all, the dog.

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How to make your dog-friendly stay in the Lake District extra special

Those mountains, lakes, forests and rivers are enough to make the holiday extra special for the dog. But what about you and your guests? After long walks, it’s great to look forward to the luxury amenities at your house. Our large cottages in the Lake District have an exciting range of facilities, including the billiards room complete with cocktail bar at Beckland Grange and the two hot tubs at Fallbarrow Hall, where you can unwind after a day’s walking. For a truly relaxing holiday, enjoy spa treatments at your cottage or let our private chef take on the catering, so that you can enjoy amazing meals without having to lift a finger. Let us know how you want to make your break extra special and we’ll organise it for you.

Frequently asked Questions

  • Is the Lake District dog friendly?

    The Lake District is a great choice for a dog-friendly holiday. There are mountains and fells to hike up, pretty towns and villages with dog-friendly shops, pubs and tea rooms, and all those beautiful lakes to explore. There’s a wealth of dog-friendly attractions and activities too, such as Grizedale Forest, with its waymarked trails and woodland sculptures, and Allen Bank, once home to Wordsworth and now possibly the most dog-friendly attraction in the Lake District.

  • What is there to do in the Lake District with dogs?

    The Lake District is for dog-walking, with mountains, fells, forests and lakes to explore. As part of your walk, you can climb aboard one of the Ullswater ‘steamers’ or take a trip on Coniston aboard the Steam Yacht Gondola, the oldest steamship in the north of England. Both of these welcome well-behaved dogs. And back to those walks; for stunning views and doggie heaven, Whinlatter Forest, the UK’s only true mountain forest, takes some beating.

  • Are dogs allowed in the Lake District Wildlife Park?

    There is a ‘no dogs’ policy at the Lake District Wildlife Park, as you might expect for a wildlife park. But don’t be disheartened, there are many Lake District attractions which welcome dogs. Visit Muncaster Castle, where dogs are welcome in the grounds, and although you can’t take the dog into the Hawk and Owl centre here, there is a seating area for dogs and their owners where you can watch the afternoon falconry displays.

  • Are dogs allowed on buses in the Lake District?

    In general, dogs are allowed on buses in the Lake District but it can be at the discretion of the driver, who will expect you to keep you dog under firm control. To be on the safe side, check with the local bus company before you travel.

  • Can dogs swim in the Lake District?

    There is nothing to stop dogs taking a dip in many of the lakes. The quieter lakes and more isolated tarns are the best places to let the dog have a splash, as there will be no power boats or motor boats and there are generally fewer people around. The quieter lakes include Buttermere, Crummock Water, Grasmere, Loweswater, Rydal Water and Wast Water. You need to be confident your dog will be safe in the water and will return to you on command. Here are a few other safety tips to bear in mind.

  • What are some of the top dog-friendly pubs in the Lake District?

    Muddy boots, wet dogs and children are all welcome at Cuckoo Brow Inn, in Beatrix Potter land and close to Mereview Manor. Meanwhile, just down the road from Oldstone Hall, there’s a clue in the name at The Black Labrador – other breeds welcome too! Walk into Bowness from Beckstone and drop into the Royal Oak for a warm, dog-friendly welcome and some delicious home-cooked food.