With such a run of Bank Holiday fun in May, many of us have forgotten to make plans for the week-long half-term break coming up. However, there’s still time to book a delightful dog-friendly cottage in some of our favourite destinations in the UK to holiday with your family and four-legged friend. Here are ten pads still up for grabs for a last-minute dog-friendly break in May half term…
1. The Old Workshop, Northwood, Shropshire
Sleeps 6 + 1 dog
From £894 for 7 nights from 26 May
Slip into luxury life surrounded by Shropshire’s rolling countryside and close to Whixall Marina. Your converted barn conjures up the wow factor with its plush open-plan living area, mezzanine snug, king-size beds, access to tennis courts and private gardens spilling into verdant surroundings. Explore a web of walking trails into the Shropshire Hills AONB, paws for refreshments in real ale pubs, and castaway on a boating adventure from the marina.
2. Ebenezer Chapel, Coldfair Green, Suffolk
Sleeps 4 + 1 dog
From £1,018 for 7 nights from 26 May
Relax under the vaulted ceilings of a converted chapel in a lush, rural setting just minutes from the Suffolk coast. After a day of walkies in the countryside and by the seaside, watch the sunset from your courtyard and flop beside the woodburner with your four-legged friend. As well as the beaches of nearby Aldeburgh and Thorpeness, there are plenty of dog-friendly family attractions nearby, including Framingham Castle and Sutton Hoo.
3. The Pheasants, East Ilsley, Berkshire
Sleeps 4 + 1 dog
From £1,119 for 7 nights from 26 May
With the King’s Coronation earlier in May, what better time to take a holiday in Berkshire – home of Windsor Castle and Ascot amongst its royal connections? From your luxury barn conversion on a farm nestled in the countryside, you and your family can visit all of Berkshire’s highlights – from leisurely dog walks through Windsor Great Park to the traditional ale houses of bustling Newbury.
4. Buttercup, Nether Stowey, Somerset
Sleeps 5 + 1 dog
From £1,135 for 7 nights from 27 May
After a day of waggy-tailed walkies in the Quantock Hills, Exmoor National Park or the north Somerset coast, slink back to a contemporary country cottage where you can make the most of the views from the reverse-style living. Soak in the hot tub, sip a sundowner or stargaze on the balcony, and plan another day of dog-friendly adventures in the surrounding countryside and coast. Adjoining holiday cottages can also be booked for families holidaying together.
5. Appletree Barn, Brancaster, Norfolk
Sleeps 8 + 2 dogs
From £6,800 for 7 nights from 26 May
Bag an enchanting country pile on the North Norfolk coast path, that offers much more than spectacular walking territory on the doorstep. Your unrivalled location overlooks the marshes and the beautiful dog-friendly Brancaster beach, and boasts elegant south-facing gardens, a shared tennis court and a large, heated outdoor pool. The perfect Norfolk holiday home for a family with one or two dogs.
6. Willowplatt Barn, Aveton Gifford, Devon
Sleeps 7 + 1 dog
From £2,425 for 7 nights from 26 May
Style and luxury ooze from the walls of this stone barn conversion that dates back to 1787. It’s a spacious venue for a family half-term getaway. While you might find it tough to wrench yourself away from your stylish reverse-level living – with exposed beams, an ironwork staircase, driftwood furnishings and an outdoor snug with a fire pit – your four-legged friend will no doubt entice you to get out and explore Devon‘s Avon Estuary and the nearby sandy beaches of Bantham, Bigbury and Thurlestone.
7. Quay House, Polruan, Cornwall
Sleeps 10 + 2 dogs
From £5,714 for 7 nights from 26 May
Flaunting dog-friendly beaches, coastal trails, wooded vales and plenty of dog-friendly eateries and attractions, Cornwall’s got it all for a family half-term holiday with the dog. Tucked away on the southeast coast, hide away in this luxurious property with a glorious backdrop to the Fowey River and town. From here you can scamper through Du Maurier country, hop on the passenger ferry to Fowey, or simply lap up the peace and quiet of an idyllic location with a hot tub, sauna and paradise gardens.
8. The Old Coastguards, Croyde, Devon
Sleeps 9 + 3 dogs
From £3,945 for 7 nights from 26 May
Looking for a plush pad with plenty of room for friends, family and dogs beside the beach? There’s still time to book this bright and spacious, paw-friendly pad in the buzzing surf destination of Croyde in North Devon. Hit the waves, the coastal trails and adventure playgrounds, paws in local pubs, and come home to fire up the barbecue and soak up the last rays of sunshine on the terrace.
9. Llandysul Retreat, Pentre-cwrt, Carmarthenshire
Sleeps 6 + 1 dog
From £2,067 for 7 nights from 26 May
Veer away from the obvious half-term holiday haunts in Wales and head to this beautiful barn conversion set on private farmland near the village of Bancyffordd. There’s plenty of countryside on the doorstep to explore with your hound at your heels, and it’s only a few miles to the Cardigan Bay Coast, where you can pad along dog-friendly Aberporth Beach and eat fish and chips in New Quay, before coming home to your hot tub and views of the rolling hills.
10. Coniston Retreat, Coniston, Cumbria
Sleeps 12 + 1 dog
From £6,270 for 7 nights from 26 May
Where better to escape for a half-term holiday and step out into one of the most dog-friendly destinations in the UK than the Lake District? Gather friends and family and getaway to this luxury retreat that fuses 17th-century features with modern design. Marvel at astonishing views of Coniston Water from your wraparound slate terrace, and get a close-up view of the Lakeland scenery on boat trips, hikes and paw-friendly attractions.
Book Your Last Minute Dog Friendly Retreat For May Half Term
Lucky for you, we’ve still got a range of paw-friendly properties available for May half term. Simply use the date filter on our search page to find the perfect getaway for your family and four-legged friends.