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The UK's top 5 dog-friendly family escapes

Discover our favourite family friendly holidays where fido is welcome too

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Every dog owner knows that your pup is a part of the family. It can be difficult enough to find a hotel that can cater to your children, let alone your furry friends. So, how do you please everyone? We’ve collected some of our favourite destinations that are pawsome for all family members. The only difficult part will be choosing between these dog-friendly family escapes!

Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, Cornwall

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This gorgeous bayside bolthole overlooks Mawgan Porth beach, a dog-friendly delight of sweeping golden sand. It’s an ideal spot to unwind and enjoy the Cornish pace of life. From the light and airy rooms, packed full of contemporary Scandinavia-meets-Cornwall charm, to the location. Bedruthan Hotel and Spa is a dream destination for some surf-style shenanigans or lazy seaside wanders.

Parents will love the thoughtful extras designed to keep children entertained, including games rooms, indoor jungle tumble soft play, a tennis court, football pitch and outdoor play areas. Not only that, each booking includes two hours of free childcare for each day of your stay. Pawfect for soaking up some serenity in the onsite spa or grabbing a romantic dinner for two.

Insider tip: In warmer weather, don’t miss the outdoor pools. There’s a shallow pool for small swimmers and a deeper pool surrounded by loungers for sun seekers. All pawfectly situated in the greenery of the hotel gardens.

Another Place, The Lake, The Lake District

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The Lake District is a gorgeously picturesque location that’s packed full of adventurous activities to indulge in with your family. Beautifully boutique Another Place, The Lake is set in the heart of the dog-friendly Lake District, boasting 18 acres of secluded National Park, and its own lake shoreline. This idyllic spot is ideal for waterbabes (and pups!) with plenty of waterside wanders to be had.

Whether you choose to swim, sail, sprint, scramble or simply settle in for a spa treatment, Another Place, The Lake is a glorious hotel to do it in. After your adventures, you can settle down in your spacious room and put your paws up. You can even send your children away to burn some energy at the kid’s club for a blissful hour or two of peaceful spa or snooze time for the adults.

Insider tip: If you have a pooch in tow, head to The Living Space for a relaxed meal with your pup. In warmer weather there’s a glorious terrace to enjoy the sunshine. If you experience a classic Lake District shower, then you can hunker down in the relaxed indoor area.

The Fish Hotel, The Cotswolds

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The Fish Hotel is set in the gloriously green surrounds of the Farncombe Estate. This Cotswolds hideaway adds a village vibe that’s perfect for a family break. Whether your family members have two or four legs, there’s plenty to do here. From pastoral, picturesque walking trails to more active pursuits like the inhouse games room for tots and an agility course for furry friends.

After your afternoon escapades, take some time to unwind in one of the marvellously modern Scandi-inspired suites that are perfect for families. Even fido will find their every need catered for with a beautifully comfy bed and welcome pack of a bowl, treats and a towel.

Insider tip: For a memorable break, try a stay in the onsite Treehouse with wraparound deck area. Sleeping up to 4, this woodland wonderland cleverly blends natural woods and modern flourishes to offer a luxurious stay in the treetops.

Watergate Bay, Cornwall

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In the UK, we might not get the drifts of pure white snow needed to enjoy skiing, but Watergate Bay combines the best bits of a ski lodge with a beach resort. The focus of this beautiful surf-meets-ski style space is all about enjoying the stunning scenery and outdoor pursuits that dog-friendly Cornwall has in abundance.

Surfing, kitesurfing, waveski, stand-up paddlesurf and handplaning are all available at the hotel’s Extreme Academy for the adventurously minded. There are even baby monitors on hand so you can keep an ear out for fido or smaller family members as they snooze in your room during your adventures.

Insider tip: Don’t miss a visit to nearby Lusty Glaze Beach and Restaurant or Rick Stein’s Fistral, where dogs are welcomed with wide open arms. Chow down on British fare while enjoying the stunning surrounding countryside.

The Lygon Arms, The Cotswolds

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Take a break at The Lygon Arms in beautiful Broadway. This classic Cotswolds country manor is ideal for families seeking home comforts, away from home. This plush pile is all about enjoying the finer things in life. From the foodies delights on offer in the restaurant to some serene me-time in the spa, there’s plenty of ways to indulge for all the family.

Children won’t be bored, with dedicated splashing times in the pool and a kid’s club during the school holidays. It’s the best of both worlds. They get to channel their energy into fun activities while you get to put your paws up and relax in the beautifully peaceful rooms, or spa.

Insider tip: The Cotswolds are made for walking, and there’s no prettier walk nearby than the walk up to Broadway Tower. Pups and people alike will enjoy the rolling hills, Tower and surrounding countryside. For more local adventures, check out our dog-friendly Cotswolds destination page.


Looking for somewhere different for your dog-friendly family escapes? We have a handy filter that lets you view all our hotels that are pawfect for family stays. Simply click the ‘advanced search’ option and click the family-friendly button to browse our handpicked selection.

Feeling inspired to take a family holiday? We might not be able to give you travel advice for your children (although we hear snacks and games work a treat!) However, we can make travelling with fido a little easier. Check out our tips for a smooth journey.

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