Last Minute Summer Cottages With Dogs

Since the sun put its hat on we’ve all been busy making the most of the long days with lots of happy hound adventures in the Great Outdoors. Now all of a sudden the summer break is upon us, and some of us are yet to make plans. Luckily, it’s still not too late to book a delightful dog-friendly cottage for the holidays. Whether you want a remote island paradise with white-sand beaches or a pooch-friendly pad in the heart of town, here’s our pick of the best retreats still available for the summer holidays. 

The Chapel, Whitsbury, Hampshire

Best for: Unique architecture and village life

the chapel last minute holiday home in Hampshire

Sleeps 4 + 1 dog
£1,602 per week in July & August

Settle into village life in a converted Methodist Chapel in the heart of Whitsbury. On the edge of Cranborne Chase and the West Wiltshire Downs, there are countryside walks in every direction, as well as a charming village pub where you can refuel with a local ale in hand and your hound at your feet. This stylish family holiday home flaunts the original features of a chapel, now decked out with modern conveniences, a log burner and bi-fold doors opening onto an enclosed garden. If you want to hike beyond the local trails, it’s only 10 minutes’ drive to New Forest National Park, Moors Valley Country Park and Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve. With plenty of availability for the school summer holidays, it’s perfect for a last-minute summer break.

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Launceston Holiday Let, Trebullett, Cornwall

Best for: Beating the crowds in Cornwall

last minute launceston holiday cottage

Sleeps 10 + 2 dogs
From £3,882 per week in July and August

While everyone flocks to Cornwall for its beaches in the summer months, why not escape the madding crowds and coastal traffic on a Fido-friendly break to the country’s rolling moors and countryside? Step outside your luxury abode into a wildlife haven with a web of walking trails, or head out a little further to explore the wide open spaces of Bodmin Moor, the Tamar Valley and Dartmoor National Park. Your base is an exquisite, barn-style conversion, with exposed beams, stone walls, picture windows and immaculate vintage features including a copper roll-top bath, antique furniture and designer accessories. This large Cornish holiday home is ideal for large families or two families holidaying together. There’s even a garden cottage offering privacy for couples or teens. 

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High Trees, Cynwyl Elfed, Carmarthenshire

Best for: A summer hideaway for couples

high trees carmarthenshire

Sleeps 2 + 2 dogs (one young child also permitted)
£923 per week in July and August

Just because it’s the summer holidays, it doesn’t mean there aren’t a few places where couples can escape for some peace and quiet with the dog. Squirrel away in this woodland retreat in Wales, where you can wake up to the soundtrack of nature and the babbling stream, and enjoy walkies along remote countryside trails. Indoors your country-style lodge is modern and spacious, with a sleek kitchen to rustle up feasts and a king-size bed for a sound night’s sleep. If you prefer not to cook there’s a dog-friendly pub a short walk away, or it’s just 15 minutes’ to the market town of Carmarthen. It’s an ideal last-minute summer cottage for two.

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Askrigg Chapel, Askrigg, North Yorkshire

Best for: Stargazing and strolls in the Yorkshire Dales 

Askrigg chapel in Yorkshire

Sleeps 8 + 2 dogs
£3,002 per week in July only. 

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is one of our favourite destinations for a dog-friendly walking holiday and summer days are an incredible time to strike out into its hills and valleys for a heady dose of nature with your dog at your heels. Make yourself at home in the incredible surroundings of a converted chapel with stained glass windows, a wrought-iron spiral staircase and vaulted ceilings, from where you can gaze out to Wensleydale and the beautiful scenery you’re here to explore. With walks galore by day and stargazing in one of the UK’s top dark skies locations by night, you’ll appreciate the extra luxuries of the gym, sauna and steam room access, as well as cosy nights in beside the log burner. This lovely rural retreat is a great base for a last-minute summer holiday with the whole pack.

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Little Green, Broadwas, Worcestershire 

Best for: River walks

Hot tub at malvern escape

Sleeps 6 + 3 dogs
£2,273 per week in July and August. Limited availability. 

Relax in a rural landscape where you can wander along the riverbanks, roam the Malvern Hills, walk to a country pub and enjoy easy access to the cities of Worcester and Hereford. Whether you prefer the outdoor playground of the rivers and hills, or the history and architecture of the townscapes, your unique restored cruck barn is the perfect base for your family and your four-legged friends. Wherever you wander, come back and soak up the views of the Malvern Hills from the hot tub, hunker beside the log fire and enjoy all the creature comforts of a home away from home. Little Green is a great find for a last-minute escape.

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Panorama House, Bournemouth, Dorset

Best for: Entertaining large groups and beach lovers

panorama house bournemouth

Sleeps 12 + 1 dog
From £10,787 per week July and August

Large groups can still bag a veritable paradise for dog owners, with a beautiful garden and direct access to seven miles of sands for early morning walkies and sunset strolls. Your elegant abode is steeped in style and history, and boasts eye-popping panoramas across Poole Bay, with the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline and buzzing attractions of Bournemouth bang on the doorstep. Having been built on Lord Wimbourne’s estate in 1931, Sir Winston Churchill was a regular visitor alongside many other famous guests, and you can still entertain your own guests on the piano that belonged to Max Bygraves. This mansion is perfect for a large group of friends or a multi-generational family looking for a luxurious last-minute summer cottage.

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The Lookout, Haverigg, Cumbria 

Best for: A combo of coast and countryside in the Lake District

The lookout haverigg

Sleeps 4 + 1 dog
From £957 per week in July and August. 

Coast or countryside this summer? How about the best of both worlds from a stylish, reverse-level home with access to the beaches and peaks of the Lake District? Wake up to views of Black Combe, and no doubt at some point you’ll be lured to climb its 600m and take in the panoramic views of the rolling hills hemmed by the ocean from the peak. With the likes of Coniston Water, Scafell Pike and Grizedale Forest nearby, there’s no shortage of dog-friendly activities beckoning you outdoors. However, you might prefer to set off on wild beach walkies from the doorstep or simply soak up the scenery from the sunroom and other sublime spots in your three-storey coastal family holiday home.

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Yet to make plans for the summer holidays and fancy a last-minute getaway with your dog? 

Use our date search tools to find the perfect paw-friendly holiday retreat for you, your family and your four-legged friend. There are still plenty of last-minute summer cottages available for a getaway during the holidays.

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