2021 is the year of the staycation, and where better to explore with your pooch than the UK’s National Parks! With endless places for your dog to roam, splash in puddles and pick up sticks, the Parks are a great place to visit this year. With 15 Parks in total across Scotland, England and Wales, we’ve scouted out some beautiful dog friendly rentals that we know you will absolutely love!
These fantastic cottages and properties have everything from hot tubs to Aga’s in the kitchen. The best part is that each of them is ideally located to their respective National Parks, making it a breeze for you to pop on your walking boots and head out on an adventure with your furry friend!
Escape to one of the UK’s most beautiful destinations and enjoy spending your downtime at one of these fantastic rentals. We’ve rounded up one property per National Park, but there’s plenty more dotted throughout our tail-wagging website.
Make sure to check the T&C’s of each property and also the latest Government Guidance before booking.
Carnmore is a gorgeous three bedroom cottage in Balquidder, the northern tip of Loch Lomond. This property allows up for up to six guests and two dogs.
With beautiful views across the mountains and Loch Voil on your doorstep, this is the perfect scenic spot for a group of friends or family.
This property has amenities including outdoor furniture, an open fire and a wonderful Aga in the kitchen. No matter where you are in the cottage, the windows look out onto the lush greenery nearby. You’ll be soothed into relaxation in no time!
Explore nearby Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park where you can find lochs, forests and coastlines. Six of Scotland’s Great Trails connect in and around the National Park, making it a great spot for those that love to walk in nature. There are also 21 Munro’s for keen hikers and adventurous pooches.
After a day of exploring, you won’t need to worry about climbing any stairs, as Carnmore is all on the ground level. Score!
Coppet Hall Lodge is a spacious dog friendly property on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. It can house six humans and two dogs (£25 per dog per stay).
Neighbouring both the beach and woodland, the property is ideally located for those looking for the best of both worlds on their outdoor adventures. Why not try paddle boarding to see the beautiful coastline from a distance? If water sports aren’t your thing, head to historic Carew Castle or Castell Henllys Iron Age Village, both of which are dog friendly.
The lodge has everything you need to make this an enjoyable staycation. It has two wood burning stoves, a garden with a fire pit and a stunning roll top bath. You’ll also be greeted with a welcome hamper including milk, tea, wine, cheese and more! Perfect to kick start your trip, especially if you are planning a longer stay.
If you’re travelling with children, you can head to nearby Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo or Tenby and Heatherton World of Adventures. There is so much on your doorstep here and we’re sure that your pooch will be thrilled to join you whatever you decide to do!
New Park Farm Cottage is a gorgeous three bedroom property located in Brockenhurst, New Forest National Park. Space for up to five guests and one pooch, this roomy cottage has a large garden for relaxing in and plenty of space for your dog to run around.
This lovely property comprises of two double bedrooms and a single, a well equipped kitchen and a cosy living area with woodburning stove.
You’re only a hop, skip and a paw print away from the heart of the forest. Wake up to enjoy a tea or coffee in the garden, then head out for a day of exploring. Brockenhurst has been named “Britain’s Most Beautiful Place to Live”, so we’re certain that you’ll love its gorgeous charm!
The seaside is also only a few miles away, so make sure to pack your bucket and spade along with your hiking boots for this trip!
Forest Holidays is always a firm favourite with 11 idyllic forest locations to choose from across the UK. We’re featuring Snowdonia, but they have dog friendly cabins in all locations. Up to four dogs are allowed to stay for £15 per pooch, per night.
The cosy cabin has everything you need for the perfect dog friendly staycation, sleeping from 2-10 humans. Enjoy dramatic woodland views through the soaring windows, kick back and watch the telly or listen to the sound of birdsong carried on the breeze.
After a day of walking through the forest, you can both relax on the enclosed decking. Your dog keeping their eyes on the forest critters, while you can sink into the bubbling hot tub available with every treehouse.
Your dog will always be given a top-dog welcome here, even some of the Forest Rangers even have their own dogs at work with them. There’s plenty of space for your dog’s bed and favourite toys, and an abundance of walks. But what they’ll enjoy most of all is the gentle warmth of the underfloor heating.
North York Moors
Holly Lodge is located on the shores of the North York Moors coast. Sleeping up to four humans and at least one pooch (check with the owners for additional pups), this cosy property looks ideal for a family trip.
The open plan living/kitchen space means that the whole family can be together whilst cooking and relaxing. There is an electric fire to keep you cosy on winter nights, or open up the patio doors onto the decking in summer. You’ll also find two bedrooms consisting of a double and twin beds, with the double having an en-suite shower room.
The beach is only 0.3 miles away, making it a dawdle to walk your pooch there and back! Head out on the water from nearby Staithes to go whale spotting, or try delicious local seafood from the many restaurants. The moors are a beautiful sight to see too, with purple heather flourishing in summer.
Pendleton Cottage is an idyllic detached one bedroom property on the edge of the Peak District. Sleeping up to two guests and two dogs, this is a great place for a couple looking to explore the area.
With beautiful stone walls and exposed beams, this cottage has an authentic yet modern feel. The double bedroom has a super king bed so there’s plenty of space for both you and your partner to starfish in the night! You’ll also find a beautiful woodburning stove in the living area and a pretty patio garden with outdoor table and chairs.
You’re in the perfect spot here to explore the Peak District and its stunning countryside walks. Your pooch will love all of the wide open space to snuffle around! They can also join you in many of the local pubs for a yummy Sunday roast.
Middleton Cottage is a pretty mid-terrace property that sleeps six humans and three dogs. Nestled on the Northumberland coast in the seaport town of Amble, this beautiful spot is a great base to explore both Northumberland National Park and the seaside.
This gorgeous cottage has a conservatory with a dining table and a lovely patio enclosed garden. There are also three bedrooms, a roomy kitchen and a living area with smart TV – perfect for movie nights after a long day of exploring!
Your pooch will love adventuring out to the local sandy beaches and digging for treasure. There are many dog friendly coastal walks and a marina to visit too. Night owls will enjoy heading to Northumberland National Park and checking out the night sky. Stargazing is ideal in many places here since the area is far away from light pollution.
This National Park is the least populated in the UK, so soak up the tranquillity of this peaceful spot and enjoy being at one with nature.
Burnside House is located in the North West edge of the Cairngorms National Park. Sleeping up to six humans and two dogs, you’ll love this spacious property for a trip to one of Scotland’s scenic gems.
This pretty property has three bedrooms, a large kitchen/diner and an enclosed garden. Your pooch will also have its own space with a dog kennel provided. The best part is that there is a hot tub to relax and unwind in after kicking off your hiking boots for the day!
The cottage is based in Aviemore, a small town with a number of bars and restaurants to choose from. Venture a little further to visit castles, distilleries and incredible landscapes. For those feeling adventurous, you can even head bungee jumping at the UK’s first purpose built bridge for thrill-seekers!
The Readings Rooms is a stunning two bedroom property in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Suitable for up to four humans and two dogs, this is an ideal spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and enjoy a relaxing break.
With gorgeous green meadows and ancient woodland right on your doorstep, you’re perfectly placed for lots of pretty walks. You’ll stumble across some incredible waterfalls and wildlife, so make sure to bring your camera with you! Your pooch will absolutely adore all of the new sights and smells to sniff out.
Foodies will also love it here with plenty of micro-breweries to discover and the Wensleydale Creamery. Home to this delicious cheese, the visitor centre allows you to experience cheese-making demonstrations in person – just check out their website for re-opening dates.
1 Owens Row is a pretty little two bedroom property in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. This pretty stone-walled cottage is suitable for up to four humans and two dogs.
You’ll find a gorgeous woodburning stove in the living area, a coffee machine in the well equipped kitchen and two cosy double bedrooms up the original stone staircase.
With 520 miles of countryside to explore, you and your pooch will have endless places to walk and hike. You’ll find lots of historical sites to visit nearby, including castles, ruins and limestone cliffs. On a clear night, you might also have the chance of spotting the Milky Way if you’re lucky!
For keen adventurers, you can also try your hand at watersports, rock climbing or mountain biking. Relaxation or recreation, the choice is yours!
1 Church Cottages & Garden Room is a stunning place for those looking to explore The South Downs. Although the neighbouring properties can be booked separately, we’re showing you the opportunity to book both together. With three bedrooms sleeping up to six guests and three dogs, these spacious properties have everything you need for a relaxing staycation.
With two bedrooms in the main cottage and an open plan studio in the Garden Room, there is lots of space for everyone to relax. There are some fabulous features too including an Aga in the main kitchen and underfloor heating in the Garden Room. What’s more is that the Garden Room opens right up onto an enclosed area with a hot tub!
Directly outside the cottages, there is a footpath that leads directly to The Downs. With rolling hills, river valleys and wildlife-rich heathland, there is an abundance of nature for you to explore. For more, check out Lewes Castle for some history or Middle Farm to see new born lambs and chicks in the spring. You can also grab some fresh meat and cheese here to cook up a storm back at the property!
There are also two pubs within 2 miles of the cottage, both of which are dog friendly. Perfect for that well-deserved pint on the way back to relaxation!
Willow Barn Haddiscoe is a fabulous base for a group looking to explore The Broads. Sleeping up to 10 humans and pups on request (they will stay free of charge!), this beautiful barn is a true escape to nature.
Originally an old cattle farm, Willow Barn has been converted into an incredible entertaining space. With a huge open plan kitchen with panoramic views to the lush greenery outside, the chef of the group will love cooking up a storm in here. This property also has a cosy snug/cinema room, an 8-person hot tub and underfloor heating. Talk about a luxury getaway!
Location wise, you are in the perfect spot to explore the Norfolk Broads. You don’t even need to leave the property to experience wildlife, with deer and barn owls often making an appearance on the property grounds! The Broad’s are Britain’s largest protected wetland, so hop on a boat to truly experience these incredible waterways.
There are windmills, abbeys, churches and boathouses aplenty to visit too. With so many tail-wagging reasons to visit this beautiful UK destination, get your spot booked in asap!
Lake District / Cumbria
Fellside Barn is a gorgeous barn conversion on the outskirts of the Lake District. You’re right on the doorstep of the Cumbria Way walking path, so you can kick on your hiking boots and head straight out the door.
This cute stone wall barn has stunning panoramic views over lush green fields, a true escape to nature. There’s a cosy woodburning stove in the living area and a lovely decked patio with outdoor dining area. Your pooch will love the open space and also snuggling up next to you in the evenings next to the fire! Sleeping up to four humans and two dogs (small charge per pooch), this place is a picture perfect spot to explore the nearby Lake District.
Head out paddleboarding on the Lakes, or choose to hike and check out the views from above. You’ll be in awe of the beautiful landscapes here, and it’s no wonder that this Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heitage Site! Coniston and Kendal are two beautiful spots to check out with a number of dog friendly pubs and restaurants.
For something different, take a 45 minute drive out to The Ravenglass & Eskdale steam railway. You can enjoy seven miles of scenic views from the window. Perfect for a day trip when you’re all walked out and would prefer to sit and relax! Pups are more than welcome on the train and are also welcomed in some of the buildings on site.
Briardene Cottage is a beautiful two bedroom property on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon. This pretty property is a family owned cottage with attention to detail in every room. With gorgeous interior design touches such as candles, blankets and decor, you can tell that a lot of thought has gone into making this place feel homely.
Sleeping up to four humans and pooches welcome with open arms, we think you’ll love this spot as your base for exploring Dartmoor! There is an outdoor hot tub (available on request for a fee) which is perfect for talking the night away under the stars. A fantastic sun trapped garden also awaits, with space for your pooch to stretch their paws and the humans to enjoy the sunshine.
Dartmoor itself has over 450 miles of moors and paths to walk, perfect for your pooch to snuffle around. Head out to see many of the wild ponies grazing on site, or discover many of the local market towns for history, food and drink.
Sample some of Devon’s famous cream afternoon teas, or head to one of the many country pubs for a delicious Sunday roast. The choice is yours on this beautiful dog friendly retreat.
One Grooms Cottage is a lovely three bedroom property located in a medieval village in Exmoor. Situated in Dunster Village, there is a wealth of history to explore from markets to a working watermill, to a castle and Iron Age settlements. You’re only one minute from the High Street here, so it’s the perfect base for picking up food and drink supplies too.
The property itself has space for up to six guests and two dogs (with a small charge of £15.00 per pooch). With all the mod-cons including a dining room, cosy living room, Netflix and Sky, you’ll have everything you need for a relaxing break with friends or family. There are three bedrooms, all with king sized beds, so you’ll have plentiful space to rest your head at night after your day of adventures.
Walking routes in Exmoor include the South West Coast Path, where you can marvel at cliffs, rugged moorland and isolated beaches. Exmoor is also Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, meaning it’s one of the best places in the UK to stargaze. Make a wish on a shooting star that you can visit again one day, because we know that you won’t ever want to leave this stunning place once you arrive!
Which National Park will be your pick for a staycation this year?
Will it be England, Scotland or Wales? Or do you plan on visiting more than one spot this year? Let us know in the comments below. We love to hear your plans for exploring the UK this year!