Large Houses for a Dog Friendly Family Christmas

Take the stress out of hosting a large family Christmas and gather your nearest and dearest – and your four-legged friends – in a spectacular home with a twinkling tree and the halls already decked in holly. With hampers of festive food delivered to your door, creature comforts on tap and waggy-tailed winter walks aplenty, all you need to do is bring the presents, the dog and your Yuletide joy to these paw-fect pads. 

1. Dilly Dally, Mortehoe, Devon

Dilly Dally

Sleeps 8 + 2 dogs

With three floors of luxury living close to the North Devon coast and Exmoor National Park, you’re guaranteed a spectacular Christmas in this sublime location. Fling open the bi-fold doors and let the rolling countryside into your open-plan dining and living area, open presents around a twinkling tree beside the fire, and get a blast of briny air on the nearby beaches. 

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2. Red House Barns, Saxmundham, Suffolk

Red House Barn

Sleeps 10 + 1 dog

Named Christmas, Reindeer and Stable, this trio of original barn-style units make the perfect base for a shared family Suffolk Christmas with the dog. Make the most of sprawling countryside for cycling, strolling and outdoor adventures, then come home to a woodburner, games room, hot tub and cosy cottage-style accommodation. 

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3. North Tawton Rental, North Tawton, Devon

North Tawton rental

Sleeps 12 + 2 dogs

Style reigns the interior of this stylish private property overlooking the stunning countryside. Freewheel along the Tarka trail on your bikes, explore the north Devon coast and shop ’til you drop in the historic market town of Exeter. Then come home and light the fire, bask in the last of the day’s light in the sunroom, feast around the bespoke wooden dining table, bubble in the hot tub or entertain the family in the games room. This North Tawton rental makes a great base for a large family Christmas holiday in Devon.

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4. Apple Barn, Fylingthorpe, North Yorkshire

Apple barn

Sleeps 6 + 2 dogs

Pack your walking boots for a pooch-friendly Christmas in this beautiful barn conversion nestled amidst the North York Moors. Strike out into the rolling hills with your dog at your heels, play giant outdoor chess, then curl up beside the log burner, soak in the hot tub and rustle up festive feasts in your country kitchen. However you choose to spend your Christmas break, there’s something for all the family at this idyllic holiday rental.

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5. Davis Gate Farmhouse, Knowle Green, Lancashire

Davis Gate Farmhouse

Sleeps 9

Make yourself at home at this luxury Lancashire farmhouse perfect for a festive group getaway. Star gaze from the hot tub, snuggle up with the dog beside the log-burner and serve up family feasts in a country-style ambience. With the Forest of Bowland and Yorkshire Dales on the doorstep, there are plenty of outdoor spaces for waggy-tailed walks and working up an appetite. And for even bigger family Christmas gatherings, you can also rent the next-door property to sleep an extra four guests. 

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6. Taunton Holiday Let, Hillcommon, Somerset 

Taunton holiday let

Sleeps 16

Step out into the Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, or – if you prefer invigorating winter beach walks – head to the harbour towns dotted along the Somerset and Dorset coasts. Follow the tree-lined driveway back to your large family pile and warm up beside the feature fireplace, sink into the hot tub, or make the most of the games room and gym. Then gather for festive feasts around the long dining table in the roomy, open-plan kitchen diner that looks like the perfect setting for Christmas dinner.  

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7. Appledore Retreat, Appledore Heath, Kent


Sleeps 25 + 4 dogs

If you’re seeking somewhere to host a huge Christmas for friends and family, you’ve hit the jackpot at Appledore Retreat. Lay up the 26-seater dining table, gaze out to the rolling countryside, take a twirl around the private boating lake and enjoy your own indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. For festive family adventures, there are beautiful walks and historic houses nearby, and the golden sands of Camber are only 10 miles away. So why not book an extra large family gathering in Kent this Christmas?

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8. Etchingham Place to Stay, Etchingham, East Sussex

Etchingham place

Sleeps 16 + 1 dog

Conjure up festive feasts in the sleek kitchen, fling open the bi-fold doors to let the countryside in, and snuggle up in front of the cosy wood burner or bubble in the hot tub soaking up countryside views. Nestled on an ancient site in a peaceful setting between Etchingham and Burwash, there are plenty of scenic dog walks on the doorstep of this spacious property perfect for a large Christmas get-together beside the beach. 

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9. The Manor House, Pelynt, Cornwall 

The Manor House

Sleeps 14 + 2 dogs

Gather friends and family for a magical Christmas on Cornwall‘s Tremaine Estate. The Manor House boasts sumptuous bedrooms (one with a carved oak four-poster bed), plush living rooms bedecked in traditional style, and a mahogany dining table that magically converts into a pool table. Enveloped in Cornish countryside, with a wood-fired hot tub, fire pit and dog exercising area, you can enjoy the best of indoor and outdoor life for your family Christmas gathering. 

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10. Bessingham South, Bessingham, Norfolk


Sleeps 12 + 2 dogs

Grab a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take up residence of your own country manor for Christmas. Follow a leafy driveway through the tower entrance to reach this countryside escape set in a rural hamlet in stunning north Norfolk. Step out into rolling countryside within easy reach of wild coastal walks, dine under the chandeliers, soak away the day’s adventures in a clawfoot bath and sleep soundly in a four-poster bed. It’s an ideal base for a memorable and luxurious Christmas break for all the family.

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Find A Large House for a Dog Friendly Family Christmas

At Dog Friendly Retreats we have a huge range of holiday cottages for a sparkling family Christmas break. Use our search tool to find the paw-fect accommodation for your festive family get-together this festive season.  

*All cottages are currently available (at the time of writing) for a 7-night stay between 23 December – 8 January. 

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