12 Dog-Friendly Weekend Breaks That Put The ‘Wow’ In Chihuahua!

Posted on 6th Apr 2023. In ,


If you and your four-legged friend are inseparable, then it’s time to plan a weekend break with your dog that you’ll both love!

To help you decide where to go on your dog-friendly weekend away, we’ve rounded up some of our ‘tried and tested’ dog-friendly stays alongside our pick of the best dog-friendly weekend breaks from the Cool Places guidebook, Dog Friendly Britain.

From boutique hotels for pampered pooches to gorgeous pet-friendly glampsites, these weekend with dogs hotspots will offer you and your fur baby all the rest and relaxation you could hope for – you’d be barking not to book!


Disclaimer: All dog-friendly short break have been carefully selected based on their unique character and suitability for dogs. We may earn an affiliate commission if you book anything via the links below. 


Dog-Friendly Weekend Breaks | No. 1

Tail-Wagging Doggy Spa Break

The Eastbury Hotel, Sherborne, Dorset

With a plethora of walks nearby, utterly gorgeous interiors, a cocktail bar, and a spa for humans to chill out in, The Eastbury Hotel is a luxury pad for you and super dog-friendly for your furry BFF.

After a bracing walk in the nearby countryside with your happy hound, treat yourself to some me-time in The Eastbury Spa & Wellness Space. With an indoor hydrotherapy tub, a sauna and a menu of GAIA treatments, this is the ideal spot to unwind and forget the stresses of dog-owning life (as if there are any, of course).

There’s also plenty for your pooch to enjoy at The Eastbury too. The hotel’s doggy breaks include a stay in a dog-friendly room, a doggy breakfast of chicken and rice and a special canine welcome pack including a bed, a bowl, a toy and tasty snacks. Just be sure to let them know: they won’t get this level of service when you get home…

Nice to know: Sherborne is positively overflowing with charming buildings and quaint eateries so be sure to make time to visit this picture-perfect market town. Plus, you’re not far away from the stunning Jurassic Coast’s gems Lyme Regis and Bridport, with plenty of things to do and see, including dog-friendly beaches.

Costs: Stays from £140 per night.


Dog-Friendly Weekend Breaks | No. 2

Hip City Doggy Staycay

South Place Hotel, London

Just around the corner from Liverpool Street Station and within easy reach of classic London landmarks, including St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge, stands one of the hippest hotels in East London: South Place Hotel. It’s super dog-friendly and happily provides your pooch with a king-size dog bed, pet bowls and toys.

You can even dine with your dog in most areas of the hotel (with the exception of the Michelin-starred Angler restaurant). However, we’re sure your pooch will be happy to put their paws up while you enjoy a fabulous feast.

Make the most of your London mini break by checking out some of the local parks nearyby so your pet can run off some steam. We love the two-acre Finsbury Circus Gardens.

Need to know: Pets can explore all areas of the hotel on a lead with the exception of Angler restaurant.

Costs: From £320 per night for two adults, dogs stay free when booking directly.

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Dog-Friendly Weekend Breaks | No. 3

Romantic Doggy Lodges

The Bell, Ticehurst, East Sussex

Top-notch pub grub and delicious local beer, yup – you and your canine companion are going to fall for the beautiful 16th-century The Bell, in the heart of the village of Ticehurst.

Winner of the ‘Best Pub with Rooms’ in the PetsPyjamas Dog-Friendly Travel Awards, there are seven quirky dog-friendly room options available. But our favourite has to be the pub’s four gorgeous luxurious lodges: choose from either Pour L’Amour, Pretty Vacant, Between the Lines, or Love Nest.

Each is individually special and all come with an enclosed patio and a fire pit – perfect for roasting marshmallows and drying wet paws after returning from a countryside walk.

Nice to know: The Bell was built in the 24th year of Edward I, in 1296. Little is known of its history at this time, although it was probably inhabited by monks. Whether they were dog owning monks, we do not know…

Costs: From £121.50 per night for two adults, dogs stay free.

Dog-Friendly Weekend Breaks | No. 4

Doggy Dutch Barge Holiday

Woodfarm Barges, Suffolk

Hop aboard one of Woodfarm’s two dog-friendly Dutch Barges for a bonkers and brilliantly unique weekend break with your best pal.

Both barges date back to the 1800s and have been carefully and lovingly restored. Onderneming is moored at Snape Maltings on the River Alde (sleeps up to eight), whilst Twee Gebroeders is moored at the Tidemill in Woodbridge on the River Deben and sleeps up to four.

Nearby, there are plenty of riverwalks for you and your pet to enjoy, as well as dog-friendly pubs to visit for a refreshing gin when the urge takes you.

Fancy something a little more grounded? Woodfarm also offers dog-friendly barns and cottages to stay in complete with two acres of enclosed meadow, enclosed gardens and more walks than you can wag a tail at.

Both options are super dog-friendly and each visiting pooch receives a doggy passport allowing them to stay again for free.

Need to know: You won’t need to pack your sea legs if you’re staying on a barge; the barges remain moored for the whole of your weekend break. No sailing required.

Cost: Barges from £345 for a two-night stay, dogs are charged at £15 per dog with a maximum of three dogs

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Dog-Friendly Weekend Breaks | No. 5

 Wilderness Doggy Weekend 

Glen Dye, Banchory, Aberdeen

Step into the Glen Dye private estate on the banks of the River Dye and enjoy a bonnie 15,000 acres of Scottish wilderness, with forest, moorland and mountains all around you.

At the centre of this incredible setting, there are an array of dog-friendly accommodation options including chic steading cottages, a showman’s caravan and an elegant lodge complete with private river cabin. Each one is unique and beautifully appointed, with comforts such as outdoor woodfired hot tubs, BBQs and retro record players.

Nice to know: You can run, hike or bike all around the beautiful Glen Dye landscape with your pooch in tow. And The River Dye is also on your doorstep, for wild swims or canoeing.

Cost: From £170 per night for two adults, dogs stay free.


Dog-Friendly Weekend Breaks | No. 6

 Doggy Afternoon Tea Break 

The Fish Hotel, Broadway, Cotswolds

Nestled within the 400-acre Farncombe Estate, The Fish is a collection of super-stylish, affordable country houses and glamping options created to ensure humans don’t have all the fun.

Dog-friendly weekend breaks start in one of their pet-welcoming accommodation options where dog bed, bowls, towels and treats are provided. Step out of your room and your pet can run wild at the dedicated pooch playground.

Afterwards, you furry friend can gobble up a doggy afternoon tea created by The Barking Bakery and Woof and Brew while you indulge in the human version served with either Champagne or gin.

Need to know: The Fish welcomes two small or one medium-sized dog aged one or over with each booking.

Cost: From £25 per night for two adults, dogs are charged at £30 per dog.

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Dog-Friendly Weekend Breaks | No. 7

 Doggy Beach Break 

Coombe Cottage, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Coombe Cottage from Jurrassic Properties ticks all the boxes for dog-friendly weekends away! Located just a stone’s throw from the sea in Lyme Regis, this is the perfect spot to reclaim coastal walks together and fun afternoons in pretty beach towns.

Lyme is home to several dog-friendly beaches including East Beach and Monmouth Beach, so head out for a day on the shore before sampling some local delights. There’s also plenty to do in Lyme Regis and many fabulous Lyme Regis restaurants to enjoy. We love Town Mill Bakery where you can enjoy an unbeatable brunch in their dog-friendly covered courtyard.

After a day of exploring, Coombe Cottage offers a beautiful tranquil pace in which to relax and unwind. We love its seaside chic vibes and fresh interiors.

Need to know: Contact Jurassic Properties to let them know if you’re bringing your pet to Coombe Cottage so they can help make your stay special.

Cost: From £99 per night.


Dog-Friendly Weekend Breaks | No. 8

 Woodland Doggy Break

Elsie’s Cottage, Great Malvern, Worcestershire

From the gorgeous oak beams to the roll-top bath, this cottage is the last word in rustic elegance – and you and your pup will love it! While you bliss out in the private outdoor hot tub, Fido can enjoy the luxury of underfloor heating in the kitchen – bliss all round!

Located near woodland in the lovely Malvern Hills, Elsie’s Cottages offers plenty of opportunities for exploring making it perfect for weekends away with active dogs. You can even borrow the on-site bikes if your furry companion can keep up.

The cottage boasts a well-equipped kitchen, complete with an oven, microwave and dishwasher but, if you’d rather head out, the nearby Farmers Arms serves up traditional country grub and is dog-friendly.

Nice to know: You can add a pizza hamper to your stay, complete with dough and toppings, to help you make the most of the pizza oven without the faff!

Cost: From £616 for a weekend break.


Dog-Friendly Weekend Breaks | No. 9

 Doggy Glamping Trip

Mrs Mills’ Yurts, May Hill, Gloucestershire

Nestled on the edge of the Wye Valley, Mrs Mills’ Yurts is a great place to start if you’re new to glamping with your dog. The seven-acre site boasts four yurts inspired by the Jazz Age, with glamorous dog-friendly interiors and – hello sailor – wood-fired hot tubs.

Despite the upmarket vibes, all are welcome at Mrs Mills’, including kids and four-legged friends. There are lots of gorgeous local hotspots to explore so grab the lead and head for the summit of May Hill or stretch your legs a little further and you’ll find plenty of things to do in the Forest of Dean.

This stylish glampsite is all about attention to detail and even your pup will benefit from the thoughtful extras. Each yurt comes complete with tasty treats, dog bowls, towels and access to a warm dog wash for muddy paws (and legs, and bellies and faces…).

Nice to know: Cocktail hour is taken very seriously by Mrs Mills so prepare to sample some of her delicious libations during your stay!

Cost: From £135 per nights, dogs are charged at £20 for up to two.


Dog-Friendly Weekend Breaks | No. 10

 Doggy Hiking Break

Daisy Bank Camp, Calder Valley, Yorkshire

If your furry companion seems to have boundless energy, then escaping to Four in a Bed winners Daisy Bank Camp in the stunning Calder Valley may be just what the doctor ordered! Described as a playground for walkers, there are plenty of routes on the doorstep of Daisy Bank Camp’s six glamping cabins, including the Calderdale Way, Pennine Way and Route 68.

If you and your pooch would rather take life at a slower pace, Daisy Bank Camp’s timber cabins have been carefully designed to offer all the home comforts you could want. Lie back in one of the glass-fronted honeycomb cabins and soak up the sounds and sights of beautiful moors moving a muscle – dreamy!

Need to know: There are sheep and lambs on-site at Daisy Bank Camp and so dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and cannot be left unattended in the cabins.

Cost: From £80 per nights, dogs are charged at an additional fee.


Dog-Friendly Weekend Breaks | No. 11

 Treehouse Doggy Break

Sleepy Owl, Hartland, North Devon

With a choice of two stunning treehouses (the Nest and the Hideout) to stay in, Sleepy Owl is going to put a smile on your face and make your hound super happy.

Come to this peaceful spot in North Devon for your dog-friendly weekend break to nestle alongside the birds while still enjoying the finer things in life. With a gold bath, four-poster bed, wood-burning stove and underfloor heating in both the treehouses, you may have to be talked down from your roost when it’s time to leave.

Your pet pooch may not want to leave either. Sleepy Owl makes weekends with dogs extra special thanks to amazing canine extras. All three accommodation options are kitted out with water bowls, treats, cosy blankets, a bed, poo bags and even light-up collars for evening strolls. Plus, after a day of following their nose, your pup can take a trip to Sleepy Owl’s dedicated doggy spa where they can enjoy a bath or shower before snuggling up for the night.

Nice to know: Sleepy Owl treehouses come with amazing extras for humans too, including a cinema projector, hot tubs and pizza ovens.

Cost: From £360 per night, dogs charged at £25 each.


Dog-Friendly Weekend Breaks | No. 12

 Doggy Cabin Stay

 Bethnal & Bec, Cottered, Hertfordshire

With seriously gorgeous interiors, a lush location and more fabulous extras than you can count, Bethnal & Bec takes luxury to whole new levels.

Situated in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, this adults-only (and dogs!) retreat simply oozes cool and absolutely every detail has been carefully thought out to ensure your break goes with a bang. Studio cabins, Bethnal and Bec, are styled to perfection and are kitted out with outdoor jacuzzi baths, king-size beds, giant TVs, record players and underfloor heating. Bec also has a cinema projector while Bethnal boasts its own free-standing roll-top bath and both cabins are complete with their own honesty pantry so you can help yourself to artisan snacks and square up at the end. The Foaling Box is the newest accommodation option at the site and is slightly larger than the cabins, however please note that this retreat is not dog-friendly.

If you’re in need of even more luxury, you can opt to Pimp Your Stay with extras such as locally-sourced sourdough, cocktails, wine tasting sets, date night kits and much more. The Bethnal & Bec team can even arrange a private chef, massages, reflexology sessions and yoga classes – we’ll have one of each please!

Nice to know: Bethnal & Becs Lazy Sunday package means that, if you’re staying for the whole weekend, there’s no check-out time on Sunday! Yes you read that right! You can even stay an extra night provided you check-out by 11am on Monday – sweet!

Cost: From £180 per night, dogs charged at £30 per stay for up to three dogs.

I'll share this with a couple I know, who are very keen to get away with their dog over what's left of the summer. These places look phenomenal.
Stuart Forster on 2020-07-02 09:42:51
Thanks Stuart :) I hope they find somewhere suitable!
Claire on 2020-07-02 10:28:40
Hi We live in South Yorkshire with 2 dogs. Do you have anything that's not too far for us to travel please.
John Griffiths on 2021-03-05 10:10:25
Hello :) Of course, check out: devonshirefell.co.uk thedevonshirearms.co.uk larosa.co.uk millgatehouse.com And please tell them we sent you, good luck!
Claire on 2021-03-19 15:19:39

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