About Us

Dog Friendly Retreats was launched in 2018 with the goal of bringing the best dog friendly holiday cottages from the UK and Ireland into one easy-to-search place. We are massive dog-lovers and relish being able to connect pet owners with great places to stay. Here are a few FAQs about Dog Friendly Retreats.

Who runs Dog Friendly Retreats?

I (Josh Williams) own and run Dog Friendly Retreats with the help of my wonderful and puppy-mad wife, Hannah.

I grew up in the Cornish countryside with a soppy Doberman and two bonkers Cavalier King Charles Spaniels as well as a host of other pets. I always remember the difficulty my parents would have trying to find accommodation accepting dogs. So much so that we often ended up camping instead – not that I ever minded that!

I studied Graphic Design at University and after graduating learned to build websites. After the obligatory gap year of travelling, I returned home and joined the family business, a small holiday cottage agency in a Cornish fishing village. There, I got to know the self catering business inside out.

I realised how far dog friendly accommodation had come since I was a boy, with about a third of cottages now taking them. However, there still wasn’t a central website for dog owners to go to and easily search through them. So, the idea for Dog Friendly Retreats was born.

When I’m not at my desk, I’ll be walking the dog (Jimmer, our Springer), jogging along country lanes, watching football or helping out on the local RNLI Lifeboat crew.

Hannah is the social media and photography genius. Like me she’s a huge dog enthusiast and has a serious life goal of owning a Vizsla. Hannah has spent time travelling around Africa and Asia and is currently studying to be a nurse.

We live in the lovely town of Falmouth, Cornwall and try to make the very most of life in the countryside.

Are you an agency?

No. We list properties from many different letting agencies from all over the UK and Ireland. We provide the tools for you to search through thousands of properties and easily communicate with their respective owners or agents.

Who is my booking held with?

Your booking is with the respective owner or agent for the property. Each property profile will have a You’re Booking With… section detailing who that is. Once you’ve made a booking, it will be fully managed by them and all further correspondence will be from them.

Is there a booking fee?

We do not currently charge any additional fees for booking via our site. All prices come direct from the property owner or agent so you won’t get a cheaper price anywhere. An owner or agent may have their own booking fee but we always include these in prices shown on our site so there shouldn’t be any nasty surprises.