The Cotswolds are best known for their rolling hills with miles and miles of grasslands in between, so it’s no surprise that it’s a pet-friendly destination as well. Every year, thousands of visitors and their furry companions flock to this area in search of adventures within nature. From roaming extensive outdoor parks to exploring hiking trails, there’s plenty of room for your pooch to sniff around. Take your best friend for a memorable trip to the welcoming valleys of the Cotswolds!
Cotswolds Dog & Pet Friendly Cottages With a Hot Tub
Holidaying in the Cotswolds with your dog won’t be complete without a pet-friendly base. Fortunately, there are countless welcoming accommodations across the region. From detached stone cottages to luxurious log cabins, each home comes with an enclosed yard for your pet to roam around. As the day closes to an end, your loyal companions are free to curl up in front of the wood burner for a relaxing nap. Check out these holiday homes and find the perfect place for you and your dog!
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Detached stone cottage located on the edges of The Forest of Dean. Multi-level lawn and garden areas. Features far-reaching country views.
The Red Bus!
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Converted double decker bus with spacious deck. Amenities include open fire pit and children’s play area. Glimpses of friendly goat paddock.
Broadwell near Coleford, Gloucestershire
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Modern refurbished barn for families and friends. Boasts original stone walls, oak beams, and flagstone floors. Only 10-minute walk from local shops and pubs.
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Lovely holiday property showaching main house and annexe. Luxurious interiors and enclosed grass courtyard. Separate building for hot tub and games area.
The Pig Shed
Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire
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Contemporary barn conversion with open-plan living and kitchen areas. Patio opens up to spacious garden and rural views. Close to market town of Tenbury Wells.
The Tin Barn
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Cosy lodging with lots of character. Bedroom includes ornately carved four-poster bed. Set against the woodlands of Forest of Dean.
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Eclectic cottage located near the Cotswold Way. Private decked area overlooking countryside. Underfloor heating for all-year-round holidays.
Hanley William near Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire
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Three-storey holiday home within 16th-century watermill. Secluded garden with waterfall and flowing brook. Located on the grounds of Hanley Mill Estate.
Clifton Upon Teme, Worcestershire
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Luxurious log cabin nestled at the heart of working farm. Panoramic views of sprawling grasslands and nearby lake. Less than a mile away from local shops and pubs.
Dog Friendly Things To Do in the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is full of things to do for you and your pooch. For starters, you can visit many pet-friendly parks and roam their grounds. If you’d like to get your feet and paws wet, Cotswold also has a water park that welcomes both guests and dogs. And while your pet may not be able to fully appreciate the sights of lavender farms, their noses surely will! Here are some fun ideas to try out while in Cotswold:
Let your pooch roam the grounds of Cirencester Park.
Cirencester Park is located within the Bathurst Estate and is one of the most pet-friendly attractions. Spanning at least 3,000 acres, the park is open to the public every day. There are even designated dog walking areas and farmland walks. For those who want to get the best out of their visit, there are also marked trails that you can follow so that you can tour most of the estate. Cirencester Park is also the location for the annual pet festival or “Dog Fest!”
Dogs will paddle their worries away at Cotswold Water Park.
Dogs who love to paddle will definitely enjoy their stay at the Cotswold Water Park. The water park stretches over 40 square miles and consists of 180 lakes for your pet to explore and swim around. After spending an afternoon in the waters, why not go on a short walk through the park’s nature routes? And if your pet is well-behaved, they can even accompany you on birdwatching!
Furry friends will love a delicious treat at Painswick Rococo Garden.
Painswick Rococo Garden is a quintessential English garden that was built in the 1700s. It used to be a pleasure garden for the estate’s owner until it was transformed into a public park. The term “rococo” is a European art period style clearly seen through the multiple ornaments decorating the park. This art style is best known for its pastel colours and asymmetry which blend well with the garden’s beautiful landscape. Plan ahead and book your visit so that your dog can enjoy the nature trails!
Spend family day with your pet at Cotswold Wildlife Park.
The Cotswold Wildlife Park is the best place to introduce your pets to other animals. As long as they’re kept on a lead, pets are free to accompany their families as they tour the park’s exhibits and grounds. With grazing rhinos and waddling penguins, the park is full of curiosities that your dog will surely enjoy. The park itself stretches over 160 acres, so make sure you’ve scheduled enough hours to cover everything!
Ride the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.
Want a faster way to tour the sprawling countryside of Gloucestershire and Worcestershire? Climb aboard on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. This volunteer-run heritage railway travels along the two counties, offering splendid rural views and incredible history from the carriages. The best part is that it’s pet-friendly! For a small fee, your furry friend can tag along and enjoy the ride too!
Run free in the gardens of Westonbirt Arboretum.
Westonbirt Arboretum is essentially a botanical garden for trees and is considered one of the most important arboretums in England. It was first planted in the 19th century and has expanded to over 600 acres of woodlands containing around 15,000 species of trees and shrubs. Although pets aren’t allowed in the Old Arboretum because of its intricate landscapes, they are more than welcome to run wild in Silk Wood. Don’t forget to follow the marked paths and trails to get the most out of your trip!
Capture beautiful memories at Cotswold Lavender.
If you time your holiday right, you might be able to visit the family-run farm, Cotswold Lavender. From June to August, the fields are quite a sight with endless rows of deeply coloured lavender. Guests and their dogs are welcome to follow the carved paths and take photos with the fields as gorgeous backdrops. There’s also the Beechwood Trail where children and their dogs can play within the surrounding woodlands!