If a family holiday just wouldn’t count if the family pet wasn’t part of the plan, then you need a dog-friendly rental property. Perhaps unsurprisingly for this nation of animal-lovers, dog friendly holiday accommodation -even high-end, luxury properties in holiday hotspots such as the Cotswolds- isn’t in short supply: you just need to know where to look. After all, what could be better than long country walks with all the family, assurance that your beloved pet is well cared for while you’re away, and a permanent goodbye to heart-wrenching trips to the kennels?
Companies such as Unique Home Stays specialise in boutique accommodation to suit both you and your pet. Cotswolds properties available through the site include a honey-hued thatched cottage in Wellingford, complete with a small row boat and canoes; a 400 year old stone villa covered with roses outside Cheltenham Spa; an ancient manor house with an all-weather tennis court in Shipston on Stour; a 17th century manor house with sauna and swimming pool in Leamington Spa, and a 14th century country house in Upton Scudamore. With up to 12 adults and 2 dogs allowed at all the available properties, everyone will be able to join in the fun, whatever the occasion or the length of your stay.
Similarly, pet-friendly company Dogs Invited can put dog owners in touch with both landlords and agencies who rent out dog-friendly properties in the Cotswolds. Providing dog-friendly accommodation on any budget, you’ll be able to choose from a huge range of cottages, coach houses, hotels, canal boats, and holiday parks offered across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire: there’s definitely lots of options for you and your pets here.
For more high-end properties, Elysian Estates Pet Friendly Homes is another great option- and the properties featured all allow holidaymakers to take cats as well as dogs, meaning that the whole family can go away together (just select the “pet friendly” filter when performing your search). From family homes to converted barns, holiday cottages, and manor houses (some with features such as hot tubs, games rooms, and private cinemas), luxury pet friendly holiday accommodation in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire is to be found in abundance here. For a really special stay -perhaps a big family celebration for an anniversary or a birthday, or for a hen party- a comfortable property with all the usual conveniences such as The Cotswold Manor House will sleep up to 20 guests just 20 minutes outside of historic Oxford.
Finally, Premier Cottages offers rural hideaways, converted stables, country cottages and lakeside retreats throughout the Cotswolds region- again, just apply the “dog friendly” button when searching through the listings. Highlights of Premier Cottages’ properties include At the Lake!, Gloucestershire: a small, cosy, open-plan chalet on a lake, complete with wood-burning stove. If there is a big group of you, consider renting Paddock Barn, Southwold Barn, and The Guggle: each of these cottages are situated on the same site, and they sleep up to 8 each in the heart of rural Gloucestershire, with on-site catering available if required. Dogs are, of course, highly welcome.
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