Remote Dog Friendly Cottages in Dark Sky Areas (for observing the night sky)

Stargazing and the night sky

Who said dog walks are for daytime only? A little stroll outside in the dark on a clear night can open up a stunning vista of starry skies for you and your dog’s viewing pleasure. So how about a spot of stargazing with your four-legged friend on your next holiday?

Whether you want to wish upon a shooting star or simply soak up the serene beauty of the night sky, stargazing is a wondrous and mindful activity to enjoy when visiting remote coast and countryside areas on holiday. To help you on your journey, we’ve compiled a list of remote dog-friendly cottages in or near Dark Sky Reserves across the UK, where you and your furry companion can celebrate unhindered views of the jewels of the night sky.

Bute Cottage, Lockton, North Yorkshire

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Sleeps 8 | 2 Dogs
This picturesque chocolate-box cottage is just yards away from the entrance to Dalby Forest, which is slap bang in the heart of the North York Moors Dark Sky Area. Many of the events in this year’s annual Dark Skies Festival take place in this forest, with 17-day days of star-focussed activities. Step out and see the stars from the garden, or wander deep into the forest to join in night-time activities including guided star treks and astrophotography workshops. It’s a beautiful spot for time away with the dog in Yorkshire.

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Meadowcroft, Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire

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Sleeps 6 | 1 Dog
If a coastal retreat is more your thing, check out this charming property in the heart of Robin Hood’s Bay. With luxurious dog-friendly accommodation and the amenities of the town on the doorstep, this is a lovely place for exploring the stunning coastline and rugged countryside of North York Moors National Park. You don’t have to stray far to get uninterrupted views of the stars and there are plenty of walking trails nearby, whether you want to explore by day or night.

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2 Karn Havos, Trenance, Cornwall

Sleeps 6 | 2 Dogs
Well-known for its rock giants towering above the waves, the eye-popping beauty of Cornwall’s Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps was officially credited with Dark Sky Discovery status in 2014. Stay in this luxurious holiday home and you can gaze straight out at the stupendous scenery whether you’re inside or out. By day bask on the balcony and take the dog for walkies on the South West Coast Path, and by night slip into the hot tub or get comfy on the balcony to spot shooting stars while listening to the waves.

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The Studio, Rinsey Croft, Cornwall

Sleeps 4 | 2 Dogs
At the other end of Cornwall, this property sits close to the coast with direct views over the ocean for clear views of the night sky. This south coast location is one of the most popular stargazing spots in Cornwall, where, at certain times of the year, the Milky Way can be viewed as a backdrop for the engine house chimney at the old Wheal Prosper Mine. It’s a comfy spot for a dog-friendly break, with lovely walks along to Praa Sands beach in one direction, and Porthleven in the other.

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Worthy Cottage, Porlock Weir, Somerset

Sleeps 2 | 2 Dogs
Worthy Cottage occupies a stunning, coastal setting on the edge of Porlock Weir in Somerset, which is located inside Exmoor National Park – an International Dark Sky Reserve since 2011. Tucked away in this idyllic location you can take the dog for a walk along the coast, which boasts some of the country’s highest sea cliffs, into the nearby woodlands or up onto the moors, where the dark skies provide unparalleled views of the stars. After a nighttime trek, return to this cosy holiday home and warm your cockles beside the log burner.  If you want to join in organised stargazing activities for families and amateur astronomers, the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival takes place in October.

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Lewes Holiday Home, Beddingham, East Sussex

Sleeps 2 | 2 Dogs
With the South Downs Dark Skies Festival in February this year, you can’t beat the location of this home-from-home overlooking the South Downs National Park. Expand your knowledge of the nocturnal landscape in this quiet, countryside location, with its beautiful, enclosed garden. By daylight explore the trails of the South Downs, the famous Seven Sisters Country Park and Birling Gap, or hit the shops and eateries of Lewes.

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Under Moor Cottage, Llan Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

Sleeps 4 | 1 Dog
The protected landscape of Snowdonia in Wales is a renowned dark sky area and attracts stargazers year-round, especially for the Welsh Dark Skies week in February. Snowdonia was the fourth UK National Park to be awarded International Dark Sky Reserve status in 2015, and is one of eight protected landscapes in Wales. This charming cottage in the mountains is an ideal base for dog walks by day and stargazing by night. After time outdoors, return to this holiday home and relax by the wood-burning stove with your family and four-legged friend.

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Glebe Farm, Rhossili, Swansea

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Views of Rhossili beach from Glebe Farm, perfect for stargazing

Sleeps 8 | 4 Dogs
Overlooking the ocean in one the five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty that are part of Welsh Dark Skies Week, this stylish holiday home is the perfect pad for a group of friends or large family seeking the perfect combination of seaside days and starry nights. The property is ideal for dog lovers as it allows up to four dogs, who will enjoy the generous outdoor space and sea air. Rhossili beach in South Wales is a long sandy beach that is a favourite destination for dog walkers, as well as surfers who like to hit the waves. After a day of walking along the sand and coastal trails, watch the stars speckle the night sky from the luxury of a private hot tub at one of the top properties on the Gower Peninsula

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Castle View, Bamburgh, Northumberland

Sleeps 4 | 2 Dogs
With its views of Bamburgh Castle and proximity to the glorious, sandy beach, this smarty decorated holiday home offers a handy retreat on the coast of Northumberland. You’ll be spoilt for choice for dog walking trails, especially if you set your sights on the epic Northumberland National Park nearby. This also happens to be England’s first and largest International Dark Sky Park, which is home to the annual Northumberland’s Dark Skies Festival each February. On a clear night, it is one of the best spots in the country to see our galaxy’s mind-blowing constellations.

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Little How, Grasmere, Cumbria

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Sleeps 4 | 1 Dog
The Lake District has some wonderfully remote holiday cottages, including this one near Grasmere. Surrounded by trees with views of the mountains, this plush holiday home is a smart, comfortable base for exploring Lakeland attractions and for sitting out under the stars at night. For the best stargazing opportunities, visit in the autumn when Cumbria’s Dark Skies Festival lights up the area with an array of events celebrating the wonders of our night sky.

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Starry sky in The Lake District. Photo courtesy of Cumbria Tourism

Best times to go stargazing: 

Pick a clear night with no clouds.
Go around the time of the new moon, not under the light of a full moon.
Find a spot far away from light pollution. 

Tips for enjoying the night sky:

Take a blanket, a pillow and something waterproof to lie on. 
Take warm clothes and a hot drink.
Be patient. 

For more inspiration on astro exploration, see our guide to the best places in the UK and Ireland for stargazing and observing the night sky.

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