Craving a dose of sunshine and some sand between your toes? Pack up your pals, partner or the whole family this Summer and head to the coast for a holiday with your hound. With miles of dog friendly beach to explore all around the UK, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
From chic Kentish cottages and iconic Cornish seaside hotels, to a private island hideaway, here’s 10 of our favourite pet friendly coastal holidays for you and your four legged friend.
SEAGLASS – WHITSAND BAY, SOUTH EAST CORNWALL
Fancy waking up to breathtaking 180 degree panoramic sea views? This luxury self-catering dog friendly beach cabin is perched on Tregonhawke Cliff above the golden sands of Whitsand Bay. A truly secluded hideaway, this eco-friendly hut is set amongst lush enclosed gardens, with plenty of space for fido to stretch his legs, not to mention Whitsand Bay below for relaxing walks. Complete with a heated outdoor shower (with room enough for two!), a BBQ and a spacious deck that was built for sundowners, you won’t need to go anywhere else!
3-night stay from £895.00 // Up to 2 dogs welcome – £50 per dog, per stay //uniquehomestays.com
BRUDENELL HOTEL – ALDEBURGH, SUFFOLK
Just a pebble’s throw from the sea on the glorious Suffolk coast, the Brudenell Hotel in Aldeburgh welcomes well-behaved dogs and their owners. Wake up to uninterrupted views across the North sea, dine on award-winning food at the Seafood & Grill, and best of all, enjoy plenty of long days of play with your four-legged friend. While there are some restrictions on dogs on the main beach during the Summer months, there is a mile of dog-friendly beach just to the North of Aldburgh where your pooch can frolic to their heart’s content.
Rates from £130 per night // £10 per dog per night // brudenellhotel.co.uk
CARY ARMS – BABBACOME, DEVON
For relaxed seaside chic, you can’t beat the dog friendly Cary Arms on the South Devon Coast. Owned by the de Savary group, this boutique bolt hole offers contemporary rooms and cute cottages with stunning views across Babbacombe Bay. The hotel welcomes dogs Stay in one of their dog friendly rooms on the ground floor complete with your own sea-facing balcony, plus a bed and bowl for the pups. Your hound can join you in all public spaces (other than the conservatory), including meals in the bar, plus you’re perfectly positioned to enjoy the all-year round dog friendly beach off the South Devon Coastal Path.
Rates from £155.00 per night // £20 per dog per night // caryarms.co.uk
THE HOUSE IN THE SEA -NEWQUAY, CORNWALL
What could be more magical than escaping to a secluded hideaway on your own private island? Available to holiday makers for the first time in its history, The House in the Sea in North Cornwall is a once in a lifetime experience. Approach this exclusive dog friendly beach house via its own suspension footbridge and settle into the cool designer interior, including swathes of sensuous fabrics and eclectic artworks. Pooches can roam in the enclosed gardens, step down straight onto Towan Beach, and just across the bridge there’s the stunning North Cornish coast to explore.
Sleeps 2 from £1,295 for 4 nights // One small dog permitted – £50 per stay // uniquehomestays.com
THE ARTIST’S BEACH HOUSE – WHITSTABLE, KENT
Planning a seaside escape with a group? This historic beach house in trendy Whitstable accommodates up to eight guests and two dogs. Built in 1906, it oozes charm and character, housing an abundance of books, art and treasures. Set on a private sea road and set back in a lush Woodland it’s the perfect retreat for de-stressing and unwinding. Sip a cold glass of vino and shuck some local Whistable Native oysters on the wraparound deck.
Sleeps up to 6 from £1,350 for a 3-night weekend // 2 dogs allowed – £50 per dog per night // uniquehomestays.com
THE BOAT SHED AT ARDANAISEIG – ARGYLL, SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
This magical dog friendly boat shed is the ultimate secluded retreat. Nestled on the shores of Loch Awe as part of the Ardanaiseig Hotel, couples and their four-legged friend can getaway from it all at this thoughtfully designed hideaway. Watch the sun come up over the Loch from the floor to ceiling, glass-fronted windows and dogs will be spoilt with a 240 acre estate to explore, bursting with new smells and local wildlife.
Sleeps 2 from £330 per night // £20 per dog per stay // canopyandstars.co.uk
BLUEBIRD COTTAGE – KINGSDOWN, KENT
This stylish dog friendly family cottage on the Kentish coast is the perfect spot for relaxed Summer holiday. Decked out in calming hues to match the blissful surroundings, each of the three bedrooms enjoys a calming sea view. Located right on the seafront at Kingsdown, four and two-leggeds can enjoy plenty of playtime. Prepare an al fresco dinner in the pretty garden or pack a picnic to enjoy by the sea.
Sleeps up to 6 (4 adults, 2 children) from £895.00 per week // One small dog welcome – £50.00 per dog per stay // uniquehomestays.com
THE GALLIVANT HOTEL – CAMBER SANDS, EAST SUSSEX
A foody favourite, The Gallivant Hotel is a restaurant with rooms at Camber Sands in East Sussex. Climb aboard this nautical gem with its New England style interior and dive into a menu of sumptuous cuisine in the restaurant, where almost all ingredients are sourced locally. The beautiful town of Rye is only a short hop away, and with five miles of pristine beach to explore at Camber Sands, curious canines can really fill their boots.
Rates from £150 per night // £20 one-off charge for dogs // thegallivanthotel.com
HEADLAND HOTEL – CORNWALL
For a truly iconic seaside experience, it’s hard to go past the Victoria grandeur of the Headland Hotel & Cottages. Perched high atop the headland on the stunning Cornish coast, you can take in the dramatic views, enjoy mouthwatering local seafood and explore miles of dog friendly sandy coastline, including the famous Fistral beach. This seaside escape has always been dog friendly and pooches are truly welcomed with all the comforts of home; including a bowl, bed, food and treats. Choose from their 96 luxurious rooms or opt to stay in one of their 5 star self catering cottages for your little slice of heaven by the sea.
Rates from – £139.00 // £20 per dog per night // headlandhotel.co.uk
MOONFLEET MANOR – WEYMOUTH, DORSET
Escape the city with your four-legged friend at this imposing Georgian manor house on Dorset’s spectacular Jurassic Coast. Bursting with character and eccentric touches, it overlooks the world-famous (and dog friendly) Chesil Beach – a truly magical spot for humans and hounds alike. Spend long days exploring the 18 miles of shingle beach or head inland for the rolling countryside and quaint villages of West Dorset. Dogs are allowed throughout the hotel except the restaurant and indoor play area.
Rates from £120 // £10 per night for dogs // moonfleetmanorhotel.co.uk