Dog-friendly Cottages Dorset
Dorset is a pawsome holiday destination for furry family members all year round. The famous Jurassic coast, Durdle Door, Poole harbour, the South West Coast path, rolling countryside and the surrounding countryside make the Dorset coast super dog friendly for a British break.
- Portland, EnglandSeascape Retreat is a detached three-bedroom holiday home, perfectly situated on the Isle of Portland in a private pinnacle location which benefits from breath taking sea views with easy access to local shops, pubs, bars and restaurants.
The kitchen is well equipped and the dining room is perfect for gathering everyone around for a homecooked meal as there is a large table and six chairs. The living room is comfortably furnished with a couple of sofas, an armchair and a 55" Smart TV with a pre-paid Netflix account. The bathroom is also located on the ground floor and it has a shower over the bath, a toilet, washbasin and mirror. Head upstairs to the first floor where you will find two of the bedrooms and both of the rooms have a 48" Smart TV, a wardrobe and sea views. The games room is located in a separate building, a few steps up at the back of the garden. The enclosed garden is attractively landscaped with a few patio and decked areas and it has outdoor furniture, a charcoal barbeque, picnic tables with ash trays provided and a luxurious six-seater hot tub underneath a wooden gazebo. There is also a lockable shed where guests can store bicycles and surfboards. The patio at the front of the property is the perfect place to sit and enjoy the spectacular sunset over Chesil Beach.
Reached via a causeway from Weymouth, the Isle of Portland is steeped in maritime history and has plenty to see and do, with pubs, a cafe bistro, a fish and chips shop with a post office but a stone’s throw away.. Portland Harbour is home to a 16th-century coastal fort and you can explore the pirates’ graveyard, Church Ope Cove, a former smugglers hideout, or visit the Castletown D-Day Centre. Portland has several quarries to discover and a host of wildlife to observe - Peregrine Falcons can be spotted round Portland and along the cliffs, or try and spot dolphins in the waters surrounding the island. Portland also forms part of the UNESCO Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and Chesil Beach which starts here, runs eighteen miles to West Bay. Windsurfing, diving, sea fishing, climbing and yachting are all available nearby. Portland Harbour is also famous for its sailing and water sports being home to the National Sailing Academy and was the site of the sailing events for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Other places to explore are the popular seaside town of Weymouth just 5 miles away where you can sample many of its restaurants, visit Brewer’s Quay, take a harbour cruise or even venture out for a day trip on the ferry to Guernsey. If you want to venture a little further why not visit Lulworth Cove and Abbotsbury both within 20 miles and well worth a visit.£217From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Weymouth, EnglandFor the perfect escape to the sea, with outstanding scenery and activities to suit everyone, look no further than The Pod in Weymouth. The living room is bright and contemporary, a cosy space to relax and plan your Dorset holiday adventures. The modern kitchen has all you need to create some tasty meals, for those evenings when you don’t wish to head out and sample the local food. Upstairs, there are three comfortable bedrooms, ensuring you are well rested for the adventures to come and wake up in the morning to the luscious views of rolling countryside from your window. On a warm sunny day, you can enjoy the south facing garden, the perfect spot to soak up the sun and unwind with your loved ones. On a warm evening, pour yourself a glass of chilled wine and wonder down to the end of the garden where you will find a quirky 7-seater pod. Here you can enjoy elevated views across over the RSPB nature reserve and glimpses of the coast. The beach is just a 13-minute walk from the property, via the nature reserve, and here you can enjoy the sun or simply pick your favourite ice cream and sit and watch the world go buy in the café. Weymouth itself is sure to appeal to your whole group with plenty to do and see during your stay. There are bustling shops to explore, pubs and restaurants to pick from and if you are a water sports enthusiast, the ocean is your playground with the option of paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing.£79From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Gillingham, EnglandGreen Oak Cottage offers stylish accommodation, enjoys wonderful country views and is set in picturesque Dorset countryside. It is in the heart of what was the Royal Stud and is in a great location to explore this wonderful area, with Sherborne to the west, Shaftesbury to the east and Wincanton to the north.
Green Oak Cottage is linked to the owners’ home and is beautifully furnished with original artworks. It has a comfortable interior; on the ground floor is an open plan living space with French doors which open onto a private patio and undisturbed views. There’s also a ground floor shower room. Heading upstairs are two bedrooms: one double and one twin, and a bathroom with bath, basin and toilet.
The property sits on the edge of cider orchards and there are lovely long walks across the Blackmore Vale with several footpaths within easy reach which lead down into the village of Buckhorn Weston and the local pub for wining and dining. Within easy driving there is much to enjoy, whether taking in the lovely character towns of Sherborne, with its shops, castle and abbey, or Shaftesbury with its links to Hovis and the famous Gold Hill. You can enjoy visiting nearby attractions, such as National Trust Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat House and Safari Park, Haynes International Motor Museum or the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum. Further afield you can venture to the city of Bath, with its Georgian architecture, Salisbury with its fascinating cathedral city and spire, and many more exciting places. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.£148From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Abbotsbury, EnglandGreenbanks is the last house along the coastal path, between Abbotsbury and West Bexington, and this detached holiday property is situated on Chesil Beach and has wonderful, uninterrupted views of the sea and sky. The house has been completely refurbished, having been a much-loved second home for fifty years. It retains many of its original features including an open fire, whilst offering spacious and comfortable accommodation. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. Although its location is very private (access is down a narrow, sometimes bumpy track), it is only a 20-minute walk along the coastal path to West Bexington for the nearest pub serving food. A 15-20 minute walk towards Abbotsbury will take you to the sub-tropical gardens, whilst the local shops are 2½ miles away in Abbotsbury. Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth are each about 10 miles away. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, on account of the local flora and fauna. The walks, views and sunsets are fantastic. Shops 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.£152From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Blandford Forum, EnglandWelcome to Appledore Cottage. This truly stunning thatched cottage is located in the peaceful village of Farnham, ideal for exploring the stunning countryside Dorset has to offer. Recently refurbished in 2022 to a high standard, this is the perfect holiday for the whole family to relax. Entering via a porch way for muddy shoes and coats, the living room is well equipped with comfy sofas, a Smart TV and an electric wood burner. Rear French doors lead you into the back garden where you can relax after a long day exploring. The kitchen is well equipped and the dining room is located next to the kitchen where you can enjoy a morning coffee or a family meal. Upstairs via the unique spiral staircase there are three bedrooms - a master bedroom with kingsize bed and en-suite shower room, a double bedroom and a twin bedroom. The family bathroom offers a shower over bath, basin and toilet.
Farnham is a small village with a pub a short walk away, and Larmer Tree Gardens is only a short drive away, well worth a visit to wander around the beautiful gardens. You can also visit the National Trust sites of Kingston Lacy House, Hod Hill and the White Mill. Dorset Heavy Horse Farm is a wonderful family day out where you can feed the animals or enjoy a ride in a horse drawn carriage. You can visit Moors Valley Park where there are tree top walkways, or you can cycle around the woodlands. One place you will not want to miss is the walks along the Jurassic Coastline taking in sites such as Lulworth Cove and Durdle door, located approximately 1 hour from the property. Beach 20 miles. Pub and restaurant 100 yards.£107From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Gillingham, England
A contemporary single-storey cottage resting in Milton on Stour near Gillingham, Dorset. Pet-friendly. Close to amenities. EV charging point. Ground-floor living. Kilmington 6.2 miles; Shaftesbury 7 miles; Brunto 10.1 miles.£118From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Wareham, EnglandSay hello to Hazel Cottage, a beautiful, 400-year-old Grade II listed thatched cottage refurbished in 2023 to a high standard and ready to welcome you on your next holiday. Step through the original front door into the living/dining room, be sure to mind your head as the ceilings have been kept to the traditional height. It’s the perfect spot to cosy up on the plush sofa or snuggle in the armchair and watch the roar of the open fire in the inglenook fireplace. Head through to the bedroom where you will find a spacious super kingsize bed (can be made into twins upon request), plus a fabulous window seat to sit on and read a book or watch the daily village life! Off the living room, head through to the more modern extension that houses the kitchen and shower room. The kitchen comes extremely well equipped with everything you could possible need during your stay, whether you are creating a sumptuous meal or a light snack! Outside, you have your own section of the owner’s large garden to enjoy, with table and chairs to enjoy an al fresco breakfast or a sundowner after a busy day exploring the area.
Hazel Cottage is located in the peaceful village of Briantspuddle (twice voted Dorset’s best kept small village) with direct access to a vast network of countryside footpaths, bridleways and quiet country lanes, ideal for exploring the beautiful countryside be it woodland, heathland or riverside.
Speaking of the area, there is so much to see and do nearby, you will need to book another stay to fit it all in! Within a 10-minute drive you have Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, The Tank Museum,Clouds Hill (the rural retreat of T.E Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia), Thomas Hardy’s Cottage, Sculpture by the Lakes and Athelhampton House and Gardens. A 20-minute drive will take you to the world famous Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, or inland to Dorchester with its museum and Duchy village of Poundbury.
The beaches of Weymouth and Bournemouth are both within a 45-minute drive of Hazel Cottage. Weymouth has on offer its Sea Life Centre, sandy beach and traditional town and harbour, while Bournemouth has its wonderful pier, fabulous beach and a myriad of restaurants to explore. Poole Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world, is worth a visit as is Corfe Castle and Swanage.£62From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Chideock, EnglandLocated in Chideock, between Bridport and West Bay to the east and Lyme Regis to the west, this holiday home is the main part of the owners’ detached house with an adjoining self-contained annexe for the owners use. It is ideally situated for enjoying and exploring west Dorset and the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast, and has a large, enclosed, lawned garden with a patio overlooking fields and footpaths towards Seatown. Wander over the fields to the coast at Seatown and enjoy some superb scenic coastal walking up to the top of Golden Cap the highest point in the south of England. Lyme Regis offers a great day or two out, with its picturesque harbour, sandy beach and famous Cob, where you can pass the time fossil hunting, boating, fishing, swimming, walking, exploring the quaint character shops, or simply wining and dining. Inland perhaps enjoy a cream tea at the Broadwindsor Craft Centre, or travel further afield to south Somerset and visit historic Forde Abbey and Gardens. There is so much to do you are sure to have a memorable time, and for a stress free holiday. Beach 1 mile. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.£130From price per night based on 7 night stay