10 Last Minute Christmas and New Year Retreats for a Festive Break with a Dog

Festive dog with owner

Bracing woodland walkies with crisp leaves underfoot. Miles of frosty sands to play fetch with Fido. Snow-capped mountains to explore under paw and foot. Cosy inns and country cottages that beckon you to warm up beside the crackling log fire… Midwinter is a wonderful time of year to get away for a dog-friendly break, and it’s not too late to book for the upcoming festive season. Whether it’s a last-minute getaway for two, the whole family, or a group of friends with more than one dog, take your pick of paw-friendly retreats still available to book for Christmas or New Year.

1. Newquay Retreat, St Newlyn East, Cornwall

Newquay retreat

Sleeps 8 + 3 dogs
With an abundance of beaches, mile-upon-mile of coastline to explore, as well as dog-friendly pubs and eateries galore, Newquay is one of the most dog-friendly destinations in Cornwall, with plenty going on throughout winter. And so, nestled in the countryside, just ten minutes from the buzzing surfy town, this spectacular retreat is the perfect pad for a family and friends with a pack of dogs. As well as a large, lawned garden, hot tub, log burner, plenty of parking and a stunning vaulted dining room to lay up your festive feast, you’re well placed to make the most of the North Cornish coast this Christmas. 

Currently available from Saturday 30th December for £3,547 per week.
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2. Westward Ho! Holiday Property, Northam, Devon

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Sleeps 6 + 2 dogs
If you’re looking for a luxury coastal retreat in Devon for Christmas with your family, why not take up residence in this contemporary holiday home close to the beach at Westward Ho!? Here, you’ll have the space to unwrap presents and enjoy festive celebrations with your loved ones. After days of brisk walkies along the beach or along the coast path towards Clovelly – hunker beside the woodburner and whip up festive feasts in the fantastically-equipped kitchen.

Currently available from 2 December. From £649 per week. 
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3. Blandford Escape, Woolland, Dorset

blandford, Dorset

Sleeps 4 + 1 dog
Countryside and culture lovers who love exploring with the dog on foot or by bike will adore this courtyard retreat for a Christmas getaway in Dorset. You might be tempted to stay indoors, light the log burner, unwrap your gifts and graze on festive treats with your dog at your feet. However, it’s far more rewarding to soak up the cosy ambience once you’ve been outside to explore the picturesque Blackmore Vale, the famous chalk giant carved into the hillside at Milton Abbas and the riverside towns in the locality. And you’re not far from the Jurassic Coast for a blustery beach walk fix, too. 

Currently available from Friday 22nd December for £866 per week and from Friday 29th December for £866 per week.
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4. Under Moor Cottage, Llan Ffestiniog, Wales

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Sleeps 4 + 1 dog
This Christmas, wake up to mountain views beckoning you out into Snowdonia (Eryri) National Park with your canine companion. From your cosy 18th-century cottage just a mile from Blaenau Ffestiniog, you can step out into the winter peaks and walking trails or wend down to the coast aboard the heritage steam railway. Or, you might just want to snuggle beside the log burner and feast on your favourite festive fare while gazing out to the wintry landscapes and snow-capped hills.  

Currently available from Friday 22nd December for £715 per week.
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5. Harsondale Bothy, Catton, Northumberland 

Harsendale Bothy

Sleeps 2 + 1 dog
This romantic bolthole in Northumberland is the ultimate Christmas or New Year retreat for couples with dogs. With underfloor heating, woodland views and rolling countryside as far as the eye can see, you’ll be snug in your traditional bothy with a king-size bed under the beams on the mezzanine floor. And after walkies in the Northumberland National Park, whip up festive food for two in your shaker-style kitchen before a long soak in the alfresco Victorian clay bathtub, gazing up into Northumberland’s dark and starry skies.

Currently available from Friday 22nd December for £789 per week and from Friday 29th December for £789 per week.
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6. The Farm Cottage, Bognor Regis, West Sussex

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Sleeps 4 + 2 dogs
Once summer’s bucket-and-spade brigades flee from the popular seaside resort town of Bognor Regis, you’re left with miles of shoreline for long, blustery dog walks, plenty of parks to play in, and lots of seafront cafés with water bowls and warm welcomes for your four-legged friend. This makes Christmas and New Year the perfect time of year to bag a thatched holiday cottage with an open fire, beamed ceilings and a prime location to step out with your pooch in the heart of it all.

Currently available from Saturday 30th December for £855 per week.
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7. Channel View, Dungeness, Kent

Channel View Dungeness

Sleeps 4 + 1 dog
Still looking for a unique Christmas experience that includes the dog? How about waking up in a designer beach house in the wild and wonderful Dungeness? Unique, minimalist and cosy, this remarkable pad incorporates a Victorian railway carriage as the central feature. While your dog might not be so wowed by the cutting-edge design, they will love curling up beside the woodburner and looking out through large picture windows to their very own playground of a vast shingle beach and nature reserve. 

Currently available from Thursday 21st December for £1,795 per week and from Thursday 28th December for £1,629 per week.
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8. Hampton House, Norton Green, Isle of Wight

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Sleeps 12 + 1 dog
Perhaps you thought it was too late to organise that large family get-together. Or perhaps you’re panicking because the extended family are coming to you for Christmas and you haven’t got room for them all. Whatever the reason for making large group festive plans this late, we have the solution with this luxurious Victorian villa beside the beach in one our top dog-friendly destinations – the Isle of Wight. So it’s not too late to give yourself a break and castaway for a hassle-free festive holiday.

Currently available from Friday 22nd December for £3,720 per week and from Friday 29th December for £3,720 per week.
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9. Cologin Farmhouse, Oban, Argyll and Bute, Scotland 

Cologin Farmhouse

Sleeps 10 + 2 dogs
Made for multigenerational get-togethers with dogs in tow, you couldn’t dream up a more fitting family cottage for Christmas in Scotland. Squirrelled away in the scenic Lerags Glen, not too far from Oban, you’ve got Munros, mountain passes, glens and lochs for lovely long walkies on the doorstep, as well as whisky distilleries, castles and historic landmarks to explore. Cosy, Christmassy evenings go hand-in-hand with your traditional cottage setting, decked out with an Aga, piano and log fire for festive cheer, as well as a coldwater therapy barrel and Scandinavian wood-fired hot tub from where you can enjoy some star gazing. 

Currently available from Friday 22nd December for £2,390 per week.
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10. Broughton Cottage, Lake District

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Sleeps 6 + 2 dogs
The Lake District comes up trumps as a spot for a holiday with your dog at any time of year. But it’s oh so magical during the festive season, when the snow-sprinkled peaks and frosty landscapes glitter with Christmas magic. Cosy up in a charming cottage in the beautiful Duddon Valley, where you can unwrap your gifts beside the crackling fire, step out onto majestic mountain passes with your hound at your heels and hunker in cosy pubs serving hearty fare. Then come back to the comfort of your county-style cottage tucked in an utterly peaceful, middle-of-nowhere location.  

Currently available from Saturday 23rd December for £1,143 per week and from Saturday 30th December for £1,392 per week.
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Still seeking a sparkling festive retreat for your family and four-legged friends? 

Check out all available dog-friendly cottages for Christmas or New Year.

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