If you want to escape for a romantic winter break but can’t bear to be parted from your pet, a dog-friendly cottage may be the answer. Not only are they cosy, comfortable and convenient, but, unlike other accommodation options, your pooch will be as welcome as you are.
Many of these cosy cottages are located in wonderfully scenic destinations where you, your loved one and your dog can enjoy quality time together. You can walk hand-in-hand through the woods, take a romantic stroll along an empty beach and visit picturesque villages, then return to your cottage for a quiet night in front of a roaring fire.
Embrace the coolest season on a romantic winter getaway at these cosy (and dog-friendly) cottages for two.
Shepherd’s Hut with a View, Cotswolds
Snuggle up in this stylish shepherd’s hut amid glorious Cotswolds countryside. This romantic property is well-insulated and has a log burner, so it’s perfect as a winter retreat. Located in rural Radcot in Oxfordshire, just a short stroll from the River Thames, it’s a great place for dog walks around the local footpaths and villages.
Dog perk: it’s only a few short steps to a spacious garden for a runaround
Stylish Barn Conversion, Cornwall
Stay in style in this luxury barn conversion in the Cornish countryside. Ideal for dog-loving couples, this light and spacious property is perfect for cuddling up on the sofa in front of the warming log burner. Located partway between the north and south coasts, this barn is ideally situated for dog walks on the beach and for visiting the scenic seaside towns of St Ives and Marazion.
Dog perk: a lovely place to soak up the warmth on the fireside rug
Idyllic Lakeland Bolthole, Lake District
Situated only a short distance from Lake Windermere, this charming little cottage makes a great base for exploring the lakeside, woodland and mountain trails. After admiring the snow-capped scenery of the Lake District on a stroll with your partner and pet, retreat to this cosy property for a relaxing evening in front of the fire.
Dog perk: access to hundreds of miles of dog walks from the doorstep
Wonderful Woodland Hideaway, Shropshire
With its secluded woodland setting and retro features, this handsome hideaway looks like something out of a fairytale. But this period property has been immaculately renovated as a modern holiday home, where couples can relax in comfort. Close to Shropshire Hills, it’s a fantastic place for romantic hikes with a dog in a winter wonderland.
Dog perk: there’s a large garden with adjoining woods to explore
Romantic Coastal Escape, Northumberland
Billed as the perfect romantic country escape by the coast, this cosy cottage is a great choice for a peaceful and relaxing winter break. It’s a beautifully furnished small abode in Alnmouth, close to Alnwick Castle and the dramatic Northumberland coast. It’s equally suited for sightseeing or staying in and doing absolutely nothing at all.
Dog perk: long sandy beaches to scamper on nearby
Chocolate Box Cottage, Devon
This stunning, one-bedroomed, thatched cottage is a fabulously romantic retreat in the heart of the Devonshire countryside. This picture-perfect property dates back to the 15th century and has retained many of its period features, including wood-beamed ceilings and open fire. Located in the small village of Stockland in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’ll enjoy beautiful walks right from the doorstep.
Dog perk: the super king-size bed has more than enough space for a canine visitor
Secluded Scenic Sanctuary, Peak District
Get a taste of luxury at this stunning dog-friendly property in the heart of the Peak District. Hidden away down a quiet country road this spacious holiday home enjoys wonderful views of rolling hills. There are also plenty of great walks in the area, including the 13-mile Tissington Trail. After a long hike with your favourite two and four-legged companions, this charming Derbyshire cottage will welcome you into its exquisite rooms for a well-earned rest.
Dog perk: plenty of space for a lie-down – indoors and out
Contemporary Rural Retreat, Powys
Nestled in the rolling hills of the Welsh countryside, this inviting and attractive cottage is perfect for a winter holiday for a couple with a dog. With its modern, country-style interiors and stunning views, it’s a lovely laid-back venue for a dog-friendly break. Spend the daytime on romantic walks along scenic footpaths in the hills and countryside around Montgomery, then return for a dip in the private hot tub.
Dog perk: soak up the sun in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows