8 (Fantastic) Dog Friendly Cottages in Scotland

If you are looking for a short break or a long holiday where you can enjoy the sights as well as day trips and activities, at the same time as being able to relax, and are looking for somewhere that you can take your pet along to as well, then Scotland could be exactly what you are looking for. Have some quality time with family or friends, enjoy the multitude of sights, history and culture that is available to you in Scotland and enjoy one of these luxury cottages that allows you to bring your beloved dog(s) with you.

Many people do not even realize what is on offer for them in Scotland. Scotland is associated with unpredictable and bad weather mainly and a lot of people in the past have chosen not to go there because of that. However, Scotland is getting a lot more popular and becoming a highly recommended place to visit due to the natural beauty of the country, its amazing and well known sights and places to visit, such as Loch Ness, the Highlands, the multitude of historic castles as well as the big, major cities, such as the capital Edinburgh, and Glasgow.

This article will help you choose from one of the luxury dog friendly cottages that include a hot tub that are on offer for you and your pet and will help you find the perfect one.

Dog-friendly cottages in Scotland comparison table

Lodge

Key Features

Our Rating

 Price

​Kensley Lodge


  • Sleeps 6
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • ​Hot tub

3.5 Out of 4

Mill Cottage

  • Sleeps 2
  • Wood-burning hot tub
  • Pet-friendly
  • Romantic

4 Out of 4

​Orchard Cottage

  • Sleeps 2
  • Hot tub 
  • Superb views
  • Pet-friendly

3.5 Out of 4

​Brambles Cottage

  • Sleeps 5
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pub 5 min walk
  • Enclosed garden with hot tub

3.5 Out of 4

​The Cottage at Kempley House

  • Sleeps 4
  • Pet-friendly
  • Hot tub
  • Full of character

3.5 Out of 4

​Lakeview Yurt

  • Sleeps 2
  • Pet-friendly
  • Lakeside location
  • Hot tub/sauna

3 Out of 4

Stable Cottage

  • Sleeps 4
  • Pet-friendly
  • Wood-fired hot tub
  • Access to 30 acres of grounds

4 Out of 4

​Danby Lodge

  • Sleeps 4
  • Pet-friendly
  • Covered hot tub
  • Underfloor heating

3.5 Out of 4


Reviews

1

Milltown House
Turriff, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


This beautiful and dog friendly cottage that is a barn conversion is located close to the small town of Turriff and is perfect for those who are looking to get away from reality for a short break. It offers everything you will need for a comfortable and relaxing holiday and has the added luxury of an outdoor hot tub. This modest cottage has two bedrooms so can accommodate a family or a group of friends, as well as two dogs.

Key Features

  • 2 Bedroom cottage – sleeps 4 people
  • Pet friendly – one dog allowed
  • Outdoor hot tub in enclosed garden
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    Close to the town of Turriff

What makes it a top pick


The cottage is located in Turriff, a town that has a lot of history and the town that saw the first severe bloodshed during the civil war. The town has a number of amenities, restaurants, shops and bars for you. Visit the Fyview Castle that dates back to the 13th Century or enjoy the Dalgetie woodlands and a visit to the Dalgetie castle afterwards, there are plenty of options of activities close to your cottage. After a long day out exploring, come back, relax and take advantage of the hot tub whilst admiring the greenery around you.


With reasonable and affordable weekly prices beginning from £294, cottages are the perfect getaway for those looking for a tranquil and peaceful break.

2

Suidhe Cottage
Kincraig near Aviemore, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


This beautiful, detached 3-bedroom timber cottage, located in the small village of Kincraig surrounded by beautiful countryside is the ultimate choice for those looking for a private and tranquil break. This dog friendly cottage has everything you need for a comfortable self-catering stay, with a few added extra luxuries, such as the outdoor hot tub, open fire and beautiful views.

Key Features

  • 2 well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Luxury accommodation
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    Stabling for horses (by arrangement)

What makes it a top pick


Perfect for a dog friendly romantic break, this exceptional cottage is tastefully decorated and boasts a roll-top bath and double walk-in shower, not forgetting a dreamy outdoor hot tub.

3

Orchard Cottage
Blakeney, Gloucestershire

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


With fabulous views, luxury accommodation and a decadent outdoor Jacuzzi this attractive one-bedroom cottage makes the perfect romantic retreat. With walks in the Forest of Dean on the doorstep and plenty of canine friendly attractions nearby there is nowhere better for a dog friendly Cotswolds break.

Key Features

  • Sleeps 2
  • Allows 2 well-behaved dogs
  • Hot tub
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    Luxury wet room

What makes it a top pick


Guests love the quirky accommodation and the chance to unwind in the blissful covered hot tub after days spent walking with the dog in the stunning Forest of Dean.

4

Brambles Cottage
Little Malvern near Malvern, Worcestershire

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


Located in the Malvern Hills this outstanding Cotswolds cottage with hot tub welcomes up to four dogs. There is a large enclosed lawned garden, so you can relax knowing they can run around safely while you unwind in the indulgent outdoor hot tub and take in the incredible views.

Key Features

  • 4 well-behaved dogs welcome
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Outdoor hot tub 
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    Ground floor bedroom 

What makes it a top pick


This cottage for dogs has a lot going for it, but our favourite feature, apart from the dreamy hot tub is the large enclosed garden, perfect for ball games and kids and pets to stretch their legs.

5

The Cottage at Kempley House
Kempley near Ledbury, Gloucestershire

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


Dog friendly cottages with hot tubs don’t come much better than this stunning property which offers the perfect mix of contemporary fixtures and fittings with original features. The huge enclosed garden is perfect for pooches playtime and the soothing Jacuzzi is ideal for tired feet after a day walking.

Key Features

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
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    Allows a maximum of 2 pets

What makes it a top pick


Couples love this pretty little Cotswolds gem; the sleek modern kitchen and wet rooms offer luxurious country living and the enclosed garden means no worrying about Fido chasing off after a squirrel.

6

Lakeview Yurt
Beckford near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


Looking for a romantic break in the Cotswolds with a difference? Why not try this beautiful yurt? Overlooking a lake teeming with wildlife both you and your pup will enjoy the walks on the doorstep and with luxury accommodation and a decadent hot tub to relax in. What’s not to love?

Key Features

  • Hot tub 
  • 1 well-behaved dog allowed
  • Romantic
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    Roll top bath

What makes it a top pick


Guests love the unique holiday experience of this luxury alternative to a traditional dog friendly holiday cottage, the lakeside location and the indulgent sauna and Jacuzzi.

7

Stable Cottage
Hanley William near Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


Beautifully furnished throughout and just a few miles from the picturesque market town of Tenbury Wells this former stable has been lovingly refurbished to provide luxury accommodation in a wondrous setting. The eco-friendly wood-fired hot tub is a welcome touch of luxury.

Key Features

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Hot tub
  • 2 dogs allowed
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    Private garden

What makes it a top pick


The grounds which include woodland, paddocks, secluded picnic areas, stabling for horses and an abundance of wildlife are just some of the reasons this outstanding dog friendly cottage is a top pick.

8

Danby Lodge
Broadwell near Coleford, Gloucestershire

OVERVIEW & QUICK PEAK


Just four miles from the border with Wales this charming dog friendly hot tub cottage offers all the comforts of home in a stunning setting. Immaculate throughout, with everything you need for a relaxing break, you can bring Fido along and with scenic walks right on the doorstep it’s a doggie paradise.

Key Features

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Beauty treatments available 
  • 2 dogs allowed
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    Hot tub/sauna (bookable)

What makes it a top pick


The original features and attention to detail, along with the luxurious hot tub, sauna and idyllic setting with cycling and walking right outside the door make this stylish holiday home a real winner.


Dog Friendly Attractions in the Cotswolds

Pet friendly breaks are all very well but unless you want to spend all your time walking and relaxing in the hot tub (no bad thing!) it makes sense to choose somewhere with dog friendly attractions nearby.

The good news is; the Cotswolds offer an abundance of places to visit with your four-legged friend and below are 10 that are sure to get your pooch’s tail wagging;

  • 1
    Batsford Arboretum
    With 56 acres of parkland to explore this is a fantastic pet-friendly day out. With more trees than you can shake a stick at, there are plants for sale and well-behaved dogs are allowed in both the main building and excellent café.
  • 2
    Go-Ape, Forest of Dean
    Ideal for the more adventurous, this fun-filled family day out is a must. Whilst your canine companion may not appreciate the tree-top nets and zip-wires he will love the fascinating scents on the forest floor as you scale the dizzy heights.
  • 3
    The Dragonfly Maze
    Weave through the clipped yew hedge pathways with your best pal at the Dragonfly Maze in Bourton-on-the-water. Children and adults alike will love finding the hidden clues which reveal the golden Dragonfly at the centre
  • 4
    Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway
    Dogs are most welcome aboard this vintage steam carriage which takes you on a round trip of around 28 miles through some of the Cotswolds most stunning scenery, as long as they stay on the floor and do not enter the buffet car. Best of all they can travel for free.
  • 5
    Cotswold Wildlife Park
    The only dog friendly animal park in the country Burford’s Cotswold Wildlife Park, offers a fun filled day out for you and your pooch. They are not allowed into the Bat Belfry, Children’s farmyard, or Reptile house and obviously must be kept on the lead and under control at all times.
    Top tip; poo bags can be obtained at reception
  • 6
    Cotswold Lavender
    Enjoying a dog friendly break in the Cotswolds during the summer months? Then Cotswold Lavender is a must. Wander through the stunning, sweet scented purple fields, perhaps buy a lavender scented candle for your soak in the hot tub when you return. Dogs are welcome and there are water bowls provided for thirsty pooches. 
  • 7
    Stanway House and Fountain
    This wonderful Jacobean mansion is home to a stunning water garden with a 300 ft fountain which is the highest in the country, specimen trees, herbaceous borders, and lawned terraces. A visit here is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon and best of all dogs are welcome too.
  • 8
    Newark Park
    If you and your pooch want to get some exercise there is no better place than Newark Park. Based in Wooton-under-Edge this National Trust owned estate is dog friendly and the network of pretty paths and gardens offer a pleasant walk for you and your furry pal.
  • 9
    Cotswold Water Park
    With 150 lakes, set in the stunning countryside the area covers 40 square miles with plenty of dog friendly walks. Popular with water sports enthusiasts, nature lovers and of course dog owners, there is even a beach and dozens of picnic spots to stop for a rest.
  • 10
    Broadway Tower
    Well worth a visit the Cotswolds highest castle is set in spectacular countryside. Whilst Fido may not be able climb the tower, he will certainly enjoy the vast expanses of open space to explore and there is plenty of room for a game of fetch.

What to do if it’s raining

Being one of the most rural areas of the UK, it’s no surprise the Cotswolds is so dog friendly. However, like the rest of the country sunshine is not guaranteed even during the summer months. So, what can you do with your pooch when it’s raining?

  • The Cotswold Motor Museum
    Located in Bourton-on-the-water, this small, privately owned museum is a fantastic dog friendly attraction ideal for a rainy afternoon.
    The exhibitions are displayed in showrooms covering 7,500 sq ft and offer you the chance to learn about the history of motoring. From classic cars and motorbikes to caravans and pedal cars plus hundreds of vintage toys you cannot fail to be amazed with this amazing private collection.
  • Tetbury Police Museum
    The small but fascinating museum is based in the picturesque market town of Tetbury. It gives an insight into the history of policing with a court and cells to explore. Don’t miss Fred the snoring prisoner.
    Dogs are more than welcome and afterwards you can enjoy a drink together at one of the local dog friendly pubs.
  • Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway
    The scenery of the Cotswolds is just as beautiful when it rains so why not take Fido with you on a steam train journey through the countryside. Pass through picturesque villages and sleepy hamlets while marvelling at the breathtaking views across to the Malvern Hills. Remember to keep your pup of the seats and he is not allowed in First Class or the buffet car.

Are there any dog friendly restaurants/pubs?

All this walking will leave you and your four-legged friend ready for something to eat and a well-deserved drink, so here we take a look at some dog friendly restaurants in the Cotswolds.

The Crown & Trumpet – Broadway
This charming 17th century inn in the village of Broadway welcomes dogs and with a roaring open fire in the bar is the perfect place to sample a pint of local ale and warm your toes with Fido by your side after a brisk walk

The Fuzzy Duck – Armscote
The Fuzzy Duck pampers their four-legged guests as much as their owners. Offering pooch friendly accommodation with dogs receiving their very own welcome pack. You are welcome to bring your furry pal into the bar where, if he’s good he may receive a treat.

The Old Bell – Malmesbury
The Cotswolds has a reputation for culinary excellence and nowhere is this more evident than England’s oldest hotel; the Old Bell. This grade 1 listed building boasts a fantastic menu and your pup will be happy snuggled up in one of the dog beds dotted around the bar.

The Falcon Restaurant – Painswick
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this elegant country inn is located in the historic wool village of Painswick. Dogs are welcome, so you can sample the delicious fresh produce on the menu with your pup at your heels and the locals are happy to give advice on nearby dog walks.

The Lygon Arms – Broadway
Situated in three acres of beautiful this 16th century coaching inn is the jewel of the Cotswolds. Although your canine companion can’t join you in Barrington's of The Great Hall Restaurant, they are very welcome to dine with you in bar, courtyard terrace or lounges.

Campden Coffee Company – Chipping Campden
For delicious homemade food and a hot cup of coffee head to this lovely characterful café made from distinctive Cotswold stone. You and your pup can unwind in the cosy rustic atmosphere before heading on one of the many dog walks in the area.

The Garden Café – Cheltenham
Montpellier Gardens, right in the heart of Cheltenham is home to this lovely dog friendly café. The perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the town it sells freshly made wraps, sandwiches, artisan tea and freshly ground coffee.

More Dogs Allowed Hot Tub Hideaways in the UK

To see all the hot tub cabins that allow dogs we have across the UK then go here


Final Thoughts

Before you book your next short break; paws for thought and check out these dog friendly cottages in the Cotswolds with a hot tub.

Offering all the comforts of home with little touches of luxury in some of the most picturesque countryside you will ever see, they are ideal for couples and families wanting a holiday with their best friend.