7 Last Minute Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages

Ah, puppy love. Many of us wish we could spend all of our time with our perfect pooches. 

With Breakfree holidays, now you can do exactly that. From cosy couples mini breaks to family getaways – and who knows, perhaps even an England and Wales company retreat – there’s always the perfect home from home fit for a canine companion. 

Located in stunning scenery like the lake district national park, last minute cottages across England and Wales are an ideal way to unwind with your furry friends this summer.

Here are seven of our favourite dog friendly cottages so you can stop your search and start saying yes to them!

  1. Valley Lodge (Devon) 
  2. The Dog and Trout (Sussex) 
  3. Number 17 Bell Cottage (Cornwall) 
  4. Emmies (Dorset)
  5. Riverside Lodge (Somerset) 
  6. The Old Forge (Cornwall)
  7. Ploughman’s Rigg (Yorkshire)


valley lodge

Valley Lodge

Cottage location: Exebridge, Devon 

Great for: last minute dog friendly spacious escapes 

Our four legged friends deserve miles of land to roam around in, and Valley Lodge has just that. With a rural location in the heart of Devon,  this cottage enjoys a traditional setting and a comfortable, rustic design. With your own private balcony, take in the morning views of your holiday home while the pups play in the summer sunshine. 

Set within a secluded meadow, this one-storey cottage is a stone’s throw away from the nearest town of Exebridge.  Take advantage of the space by bringing all your friends and family- the perfect holiday base with room to spare. With four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a whole lot of ground floor open plan living, there’s somewhere for everyone to chill out and relax. 

This detached cottage backs onto a nearby stream, making the spectacular views within walking distance.  Sit back and take in the views across the water, spotting wildlife such as deer, badgers and foxes come and go. Feel the British summer spirit with some games on the lawn, or watch the dog exercise while you relax with a well-deserved drink. 

If you’d like to head out on your last minute holiday, there’s plenty to do nearby. The picturesque village of Exebridge is an ideal spot for both novice and seasoned fishers, while many district national park sites are only a short drive away.  For a couple of hours away from the dog, there’s a wonderful choice of pubs and restaurants on your doorstep. Valley lodge is the perfect dog friendly holiday if you’d like to search for a balance between recharging your batteries and exploring somewhere new.

Facilities: This cottage is all ground floor living, with four bedrooms ranging from king to twin and single sizes. Pet friendly, the majority of the holiday cottage is open plan living. A fully equipped kitchen and living area with Wifi and a landline phone. Off-road parking can accommodate up to six cars, while bed linen, towels and high-chair equipment are available. 200m of fishing rights are attached to this last minute cottage, with miles of riverside scenery within easy reach. We recommend booking soon for the best price!

Find out more about Valley Lodge from Skyes Holiday Cottages


the dog and trout

The Dog and Trout 

Cottage Location: North End near Findon, Sussex 

Great for: last moment romantic retreat

Picture it – you’re ready for some precious time away from the cooped up hustle of last year, and are in search of somewhere new that is well presented, minimal and perfect for couples. Look no further than The Dog and Trout. This clean yet spacious setting is an ideal holiday base for those looking for modern pet friendly accommodation. 

The holiday cottage offers the best of both coastal and city exploring, with miles of sea views within easy grasp. With plenty of outside space around the cottage itself, the pet friendly and picturesque style of the area is ideal for any short break. The inside is cool and serene in a palette of calming blues, with original features providing stylish statements. Start your day with a coffee by the wood burner fire, before setting out to see the miles of surrounding countryside. Set back in the privacy of a secluded country lane,  this holiday is ideal for a romantic retreat with a canine companion. 

Want your friends to join you? Look forward to dinners in the stunning kitchen, or chilling out in the spacious living area.  This holiday home sleeps four – all the more reason for a double date with the dogs. The unique dining table offers a brand new mealtime experience, built into an original ceiling beam and a few steps away from the state of the art kitchen facilities. Enjoy your evenings in the private garden with a spot of alfresco dining, before a good night’s sleep to start a new day of exploring.

This dog friendly cottage sits on the perimeter of South Downs district National Park, perfect to find a new hike or cycling path. Search for cattle and wildlife as you explore, or make more furry friends as you meet and greet the locals. For a taste of the summer seaside, head to Worthing seafront, with miles of fantastic views as well as Findon for a selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Head back to the cottage to relax and unwind from a day of discovery and enjoy a romantic night in

Facilities: With lots of nearby places to visit and easy transport access from London, this holiday cottage is packed with open plan living. Two king-size en suite bedrooms, the kitchen and living areas are extremely well equipped with services such as Sky TV. Ample off-road parking, one of the many draws is the enclosed garden with a lawn and patio setting. Beaches, forests and towns all a stone’s throw away. Price may vary during the summer season.

Find out more about The Dog and Trout from Skyes Holiday Cottages 

17 bell cottage

Number 17 Bell Cottage

Cottage location: Davidstow near Camelford, Cornwall 

Great for: last minute cosy cottage holidays 

Take in the beauty of the south west from the comfort of a private cosy cottage. Number 17 Bell Cottage is a great choice for rustic romantic getaways, or as somewhere to pamper any perfect pooch. With the cottage set next to a number of neighbouring properties, it’s also a great location to make new friends to take a trip with a group of loved ones. 

A holiday cottage perfect to discover the Cornish coast, the property is ground floor living and easily accessible. Well presented with tasteful styling and a cosy interior, settle in for an intimate day or evening by the wood burner. There’s plenty of space for the pets to run around in the enclosed patio garden, doubling up as a beautiful setting to take in the Cornish countryside views over dinner. The bathroom is a relaxing space to soak and unwind, taking a much-deserved moment to yourself. Spend a lazy morning in bed, or please yourself before exploring the surrounding views. 

As far as pet friendly cottages go, this site truly has a bit of everything. For a day embracing the miles of natural elements, head to the high cliffs and hidden coves of Bodmin Moor. With adventure and stunning views within walking distance, the remote landscapes hold challenging climbs and sights that can only be enjoyed from first-hand experience. 

In the mood for a trip into town? The local market village of Camelford shows Cornwall at its finest, with charming shops and restaurants to lose yourself in… as well as the odd Cornish pasty or two. Say yes to a local ale in search of a new favourite – a perfect start to a summer’s evening.

For a national park feel, stop by local highlights like Merlin’s Cave, Trebarwith Beach or take a romantic stroll along the River Inny. Embrace your inner explorer with miles of leisurely rambles or trying a new water sport, or get lost in the history of the National Trust sites nearby. Debrief from your day back at the cottage and watch on as the pets hit the hay. 

Facilities: This cottage has ground floor living, with one double bedroom kitted out with a TV.  A picnic area is on site while the patio is equipped with a barbecue area. The open plan living space adjoins the dining and sitting areas, while a hamper awaits your arrival – one for you and one for your dog. There is also a tennis court available to use on a first come first served basis. Price may vary by time and season. 

Find out more about Number 17 Bell Cottage from Skyes Holiday Cottages 


emmies cottage


Cottage location: Osmington near Preston, Dorset 

Great for: last minute rustic getaways

The South West holds so much beauty, so being in a space that has access to it all is crucial. Luckily, Emmies is on hand to provide the perfect booking. A cottage set in a village landscape, this popular holiday choice has links to the coast, harbour, countryside and friendly township life.

Before you even start to search the miles of beautiful views, the cottage welcomes you with a warm embrace, full of original features and rustic charm. One of the more style-forward dog friendly cottages, the property has recently been lovingly renovated to a high standard. Take up a spot of home cooking in the spacious kitchen and dining areas, or spread out your chill time to the first floor. 

Unwind in the main living space in front of the open fire, or read a book in the conservatory while you take in the outside views. A juliet balcony is within walking distance of your bedroom – a perfect place to take a moment for yourself or to check out the pond below. Three bedrooms sit on the first floor, alongside a traditionally styled bathroom with a walk-in shower unit. 

You might not want to say yes to venturing further afield, but the miles of stunning scenery nearby makes this cottage a bargain of a price. Take a quick drive into Weymouth to explore the local sights and delicacies,  or enjoy a cliffside walk with a pint to meet you at the finish line at Osmington Mills. Start to see history first-hand when you search for fossils over at Lyme Regis, or let the dogs run for miles at Charmouth. Had enough of seeing somewhere new? Unwind for the evening at the cottage in the peaceful surroundings of the courtyard. 

Facilities: This property is the perfect search for groups, with three bedrooms sleeping six and two bathrooms. A shower room sits on the ground floor, with utility space and kitchen/dining area. Children’s toys are available on site, as well as on-road parking. Book soon to ensure the best deal on price! 

Find out more about Emmies from Skyes Holiday Cottages 


riverside lodge

Riverside Lodge

Cottage location: Washford, Somerset 

Great for: last moment holiday with countryside views 

Last minute breaks are something to start looking forward to before you arrive, and Riverside Lodge delivers that very excitement. Secluded in the stunning Somerset countryside, this cottage is an idea retreat for groups and families to say yes to choosing.

A detached cottage, one of the drawing factors is the feel of getting a new view everywhere you look. The traditional, wooden-clad feel of the property provides stunning daylight and miles of roaming fields at every turn. With three bedrooms sleeping six, the fun will start as soon as you reach your new holiday pad.

The search for things to do will be a short one, with the property kitted out with games consoles and a bean bag chill out area. Make the most of the spacious kitchen and dining areas with a home-cooked meal, or bask in the natural light of the sitting area. Grab a new book to start while you relax in the tub, or just sit back and watch the world go by in the comfort of the outside seating area. 

There’s always something new to search for in the countryside, with the property itself sitting in Exmoor National Park. Get lost in miles of beautiful countryside, and search for a new view on a hike or cycle path.  A new adventure is always in easy reach, as beaches at Dunster and Minehead are only a few miles away. If you fancy a bite to eat, head into Washford for a selection of pubs, shops and restaurants.

A great place for pets to run free and enjoy the thrills of wildlife, Riverside Lodge is a perfect destination for those in search of a new slice of countryside action. 

Facilities: This eco friendly cottage is home to three bedrooms, each with en suite or easily accessible bathrooms. A snug, fully equipped kitchen and spacious living areas take up the ground floor, with ample picnic outside – complete with a barbecue. Entertainment is covered with books, games and DVDs, while shops, pubs and the coastline are all under two miles away.  Book soon for the best price. 

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the old forge

The Old Forge 

Cottage location: St Just, Cornwall 

Great for: last minute private hot tub holidays 

There’s nothing that signals a luxury break quite like a hot tub, and the Old Forge is a hidden jewel inside the crown of Cornwall. Dripping in style, your break will start as soon as you step in the door, greeted by clean and spacious accommodation to a hotel standard.

Start your day by waking up to a brand new sea view at your bedroom window, before you search for your morning coffee around the kitchen island. A perfect base for families or groups of friends, chill out in the gorgeous sitting room or enjoy a hearty meal around the luxurious dining table. In summer months, start your evening off in style with some alfresco dining in the outside seating space before treating yourself to the swimming pool feel with a dip in the tub under the stars.

Give yourself an entire spa experience in the comfort of the minimally chic bathroom, kitted out with a corner bath and a large walk-in shower. After walking miles of the Cornish coastline, it’s only fitting to spend the rest of the day in the hot tub, taking in the views with a glass of wine. Head back to your homely bedroom to rest up ready for a brand new day.

This popular holiday spot in Cornwall is a stone’s throw away from everything a great break needs, located by the edge of the moors and close to miles of seaside coastline. The historic port of Penzance is only eight miles away, with new shops, restaurants and Cornish delicacies to try at every turn. Take the pets to explore the moors of the north coast, with all the space in the world to run free. The nearby harbour is the perfect place to say yes to a day trip to the Isle of Scilly, if you’re on the search for that perfect, once-in-a-holiday trip. Sound like too much? Enjoy the luxury and comfort of your home from home, soaking in the miles of Cornish beauty. 

Facilities: A steal of a price, this property has a traditional layout with a ground floor comprising of a spacious sitting, kitchen and dining area. Surrounded by miles of Cornish countryside, the property is south facing with an enclosed garden space alongside the outstanding hot tub. Ample off-road parking is available, while pubs, shops  and the sea are all within a mile. Travel cot and high chair are available on request. 

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the ploughmans rig

Ploughman’s Rigg 

Cottage location: Follifoot near Spofforth, Yorkshire Dales 

Great for:  spacious, adventure-packed trips

Yes – we have to include a jolly to the Yorkshire Dales in our list! This property is open, stripped back and the ideal environment to spend some quality time with your furry friends. 

Sleeping 7 with three bedrooms and bathrooms apiece, this beautiful barn conversion is situated in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Host the family around the dining table, any mealtime full of British character under the traditional wooden beams. Branch out onto the outdoor patio, or take your coffee and canine companion into the rear lawn space of a morning. With a stylish, open-play layout, you can stay connected while taking some precious time for yourself. 

There’s no shortage of things to do in the surrounding Yorkshire area. Start off with a tour around the historic ruins of Spofforth Castle, or take a hike across the Dales to catch a glimpse of the famous Three Peaks. Take a dip in the Turkish baths before you indulge in a classic Yorkshire afternoon tea – or choose to stay closer to the cottage with a round or two of 18 holes.

Facilities: With pubs and shops within a two mile radius, this property is an unforgettable stay for families and large groups. Each bedroom is within reach of a fully accessible bathroom, with other living areas fully equipped with electricals. Ample off-road parking and additional services are also available. Ploughman’s Rigg can also be booked with two additional properties (ref. 1044224 and ref. 1044225) if you’re looking to make memories on a bigger scale. 

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At Breakfree, we know that what you want from last minute cottages will not always be the same. Whether it’s a property set in the Peak District, somewhere with late availability or a swimming pool, head to our website for more information on other breaks. The search for the perfect break at the perfect price – for you and your pooch –  is only one click away.