Dog Friendly Holidays In The Cotswolds(Last Updated On: 13th August 2019)
As all dog owners know, our four-legged friends are part of the family, and when we go on holiday the dog comes too! But finding the perfect holiday destination that’s dog friendly isn’t always easy. Unless you visit the Cotswolds…
The Cotswolds is a beautifully rural part of south central England. With miles of walks, from gentle strolls to challenging hikes, all set within the gorgeous landscape of rolling hills and charming villages, a Cotswold holiday could be the perfect dog-inclusive break! We have listed 4 of our favourite of dog friendly holidays in the Cotswolds. From snug boltholes to modern luxury retreats, there is a cottage to suite every traveller…proving you don’t have to compromise on accommodation for the sake of the dogs in the Cotswolds!
This former gatekeeper’s house greats you as you enter the majestic Sudeley Castle & Gardens. It’s ancient and imposing structure is complemented with symmetrical gardens lined with iron railings and a stone courtyard in the centre. The historic market town of Winchcombe is quite literally on your doorstep here, providing a host of amenities, must-sees and activities to suit guests of all ages, shapes and sizes:
With Winchcombe on your doorstep and the Cotswolds’ many market towns and villages just a short car ride away, you’re somewhat spoiled for choice when it comes to places to head to feed your appetite. For gourmet-hunters, Winchcombe’s 5 North Street is just a 5-minute stroll from the cottage, offering Michelin-starred seasonal dishes created by expert husband and wife team Gus and Kate. Michelin-recommended Wesley House is also just a 5-minute walk in Winchcombe’s town centre, offering exceptional cooking in the confines of a characterful 15th century house. For fans of more relaxed cuisine, The White Hart Inn on Winchcombe’s High Street offers tasty gastropub grub in relaxed, rustic-chic surroundings, as well as The Corner Cupboard Inn; a historic 15th Century Inn serving traditional fare, supposedly haunted by a 12-year-old girl! Just 10 minutes’ down the road by car, The Pheasant Inn at Toddington is a great choice for families or groups visiting the GWSR Steam Railway station next door, whilst The Royal Oak at Gretton offers an unbeatable pub garden; perfect for sunny afternoons when only a pub pint will do.
Winchcombe’s rolling countryside is a true walkers’ paradise, with options for casual, seasoned and hardy walkers running right from the cottage’s front door. Winchcombe itself is a “walkers are welcome” town, a special status awarded to towns and villages which go above and beyond with their walking amenities, making it a fantastic destination for groups in search of a walking break. The Winchcombe Way, a 42-mile figure-of-eight trail centred around the town, offers walkers a great way of discovering the surrounding Cotswold towns and villages section-by-section over the course of a stay, whilst there are plenty of options for those looking for a more casual, leisurely pace within a close radius of the cottage. We recommend the Sudeley Castle Circular walk for a relaxing stroll; a 2-mile loop setting off straight from Kingfisher Cottage’s front door, taking you along the river, straight through the heart of the town and into the grounds of historic Sudeley Castle – a must-visit for any guest. The 2 ½ mile walk to Belas Knap, a Neolithic chambered long barrow sat atop Cleeve Hill, is also a great walk to try from the doorstep, providing you don’t mind the incline.
Please note, as per the floor plan, the bedrooms have separate entrances across a courtyard and are not joined.
Nestled in the heart of the quiet village of Blockley, Stepping Stones Cottage is the perfect combination of period charm and modern simplicity. This property sleeps up to four guests in two bedrooms and has a cosy lounge and a large, fully-equipped kitchen.
Dogs will love the garden and their owners will adore the picturesque village views! An extra treat can be found at the end of the garden, where the babbling Blockley Brook completes this peaceful retreat.
Although away from the Cotswold tourist trail, Blockley is by no means isolated. A shop and a highly-regarded pub are both within an easy walk of Stepping Stones Cottage.
When it comes to walking, why not head to the tiny village of Batsford, around 2 miles from Blockley? The walk is mostly off-road and includes some lengthy stretches with little livestock. Stop for lunch at the famously beautiful Batsford Arboretum, where dogs on leads are welcome, including at the café.
Hillside Cottage is a cosy, 17th-century retreat in a private and tranquil location, with an elevated position overlooking glorious Cotswold countryside. The cottage is nestled in the picture-perfect village of Swerford, with a delightful and private country garden, offering an ideal Cotswold escape for up to 4 guests across 3 bedrooms; perfect for anyone, especially walkers with dogs, wanting to explore the area.
Vibrant flora and lavender frame the cottage’s frontage, while across the driveway sits your very own private garden space, entered through a honeysuckle-covered pergola in classic Secret Garden style. The garden has a swing, picnic table and benches – the perfect spot for a summer-evening supper. Guests staying during the autumn may pick their own fruit from the garden’s apple and plum trees.
Less than half a mile from the cottage is The Boxing Hare, an excellent fine-dining pub that can easily be reached on foot.
If you are looking for something truly exceptional, West Barn Cottage could be the place for you. Built in 2009 yet faithful to the traditional Cotswold style, this property is modern, spacious and extremely well equipped.
Key features include two patios (one with barbeque and fire pit), underfloor heating, three flat-screen TVs and high-speed broadband.
The owners of West Barn Cottage demonstrate their dog-friendly credentials by providing comprehensive details of local walks suitable for the whole family, including dogs.
The amenities of Bourton-on-the-Water are a short drive away. For animal lovers, the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, just 15 minutes away, welcomes well-behaved dogs on leads.
7 Dog-Friendly Pubs in the Cotswolds
You’ll probably want to combine your break with a visit to a local pub with your four-legged friend. You can find out where to go in a recent blog post compiled by Monty, an 11-year-old Springer Spaniel and occasional employee at Bolthole Retreats and his owner… Monty woofs: “The Cotswolds is pretty pawsome for dogs. I’m always off on holiday with my pack, and I love exploring new fields and meeting new friends. I’ve lived in Gloucestershire all my life, and I know all the best places around here – at least the ones where I know I’m guaranteed a big fuss. So, here’s my list of the best dog-friendly pubs in Gloucestershire, suitable for old hounds, big pups, little mutts and pedigree pooches alike!”