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Dogs are Welcome!

Luxury Dog Friendly Cottages in Northumberland

We believe the family dog is just that – a member of the family, and deserves a holiday too, so why not take them on holiday with you? Dogs are welcome in over 70% of our cottages! All our cottages are graded luxury 4 or 5 Star and many have prestigious GOLD Awards for excellence too.

There is a small charge of £20 for each dog per week or short break. Most of our cottages accept 1 dog, some 2 and some 3 by arrangement. You can refine your search for a cottage by ‘Pet Friendly’ and it’s clearly indicated on the cottage details how many pets can be accommodated.

FREE Dog Toy!

Use code KONG when booking your dog-friendly holiday with us and we’ll treat each pooch visiting to a free KONG Wild Knot bear. With an internal knotted rope, these bears are soft on the outside but strong and durable on the inside.

On their Best Behaviour

We very much welcome your pet in our pet-friendly cottages, but it’s under the strict understanding that you adhere to our booking conditions relating to the acceptance of pets to our properties. To maintain our high standards, our ‘house rules’ should be respected and we appreciate your co-operation and respect for others staying after you.

  • Pets are not permitted on any furniture, specifically sofas and beds – even with covers applied
  • Pets are not permitted in the bedrooms of our cottages
  • Pets are not permitted to be left in the cottage or grounds unattended (dog sitting service available at most cottages)
  • The interior and grounds of the property must be left in a clean, undamaged condition
  • Pets must be clean before entry to the cottage, particularly after wet or muddy walks
  • Your pet must not be permitted to cause any kind of nuisance to the neighbouring properties
  • Your pet must be at least one year old at the time of your holiday

What We Provide

Complimentary dog treats

Water and food bowls

Doggy disposal bags – complimentary initial supply provided.

Buckets and dog towels for wiping them down before entry to the cottage.

Hosepipes and outside taps at most cottages.

Emergency dog leads at some cottages.

Storage space for pet crates is available at most cottages.

Stair gates – (upon request)

Dog beds – plastic style beds are available upon request free of charge at some cottages and cushion style beds are available for a small charge at some others – please see the booking form for your chosen cottage for what may be available.

Dog Sitting

We don’t permit dogs to be left unattended in our cottages but we do offer a personal dog-sitting service where your dog can be looked after in the cottage for anything from a few hours to all day – however long you need to visit those places where they can’t go, such as stately homes and castles, or perhaps to dine out at a local restaurant.

Our dog sitters are usually our staff and have a life-time experience of caring for dogs. We can walk dogs if you would like although we have a strict policy of not letting them off the lead and we will not walk them close to other dogs.

Please click here to visit our page all about dog sitting, including our rates.

This is a very popular option and we can usually accommodate requests with as little as 24 hours notice, but we would appreciate as much notice as possible to avoid disappointment, and respectfully ask that any cancellations are made a minimum of 24 hours before.

Meet Our Four-Legged Friends

Bella Robertson

Likes: Anything edible, cuddles on the sofa, spending time on her grandparents boat on Lake Windermere, beach walks

Dislikes: a bath, the hoover, sweeping brushes

Bella is our little rescue star. After seeing her profile online she was home with us within 24 hours and it was like we’d been a family forever. She’s very spoiled and loved very much by the whole family.

Fred & Flynn

Likes: Running through muddy bogs and on sandy beaches and swimming together – Flynn taught Fred how to swim on the Coquet River. They’re also big hole-digging and frisbee catching enthusiasts.

Dislikes: Fred dislikes being away from Flynn whose the brains between them, Flynn is very lazy and he hates early mornings.

Fred & Flynn were a part of Beth and Sam’s proposal on Warkworth Beach!

Dalziel & Pascoe

Likes: They both love peanut butter in their toy gong, but once Dalziel has eaten his he steals Pascoe’s!

Dislikes: Dalziel doesn’t like going out in the rain and will try and shelter under the trees.  He will walk around a puddle to avoid getting his feet wet.

Dalziel and Pascoe are best friends, but do love to play fight with each other! Dalziel won’t go in the sea, so Pascoe takes the ball into the water and goads him.

Hugo, Boss & Ruby

Likes: Swimming in any pool they can jump into! Eating Dentastix (as many as possible) and chasing each other around the garden, causing havoc.

Dislikes: Being told they’re not allowed 2 Dentastix in the same day.

Hugo, Boss and Ruby are all Spanish dogs from Marbella! Ruby is a rescue and after already having hugo & boss, we knew she would fit right in. She may sometimes use that to her own advantage to get what she wants.

Butch, Peggy & Stella

Likes: Going for long walks by the river or to the beach. Butch loves swimming in the water and is very stubborn when it comes to leaving. Peggy likes to bark at Butch on the side-line and we are still trying to get Stella used to the water yet!

Dislikes: Butch doesn’t like heading home after a walk and will often start to wonder off in the opposite direction despite calling on him – we call it selective hearing!

Peggy, our Jack Russell, is definitely the boss and likes to keep Butch & Stella, our two English Bull Terriers, in check!

“The most beautifully presented rental we have been in with dogs. Everything thought of with a beautifully lit Christmas tree and human & doggy hampers on arrival. Cannot say enough how impressed we are with Coquet Cottages after all our years in UK walking with our friends and dogs. We will be booking again very soon. Thank you.”

Dog-friendly Beaches

Northumberland is one of the few counties in the UK to have few restrictions on dogs accessing the beaches. The only beach with a summertime restriction is at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

Take a look at our great Northumberland beaches. Many of our cottages are within walking distance of a great beach, including Warkworth, Amble, Alnmouth, Bamburgh, Beadnell, Craster, Lesbury, Foxton and Seahouses.

Dog-friendly Countryside

Whilst enjoying the beautiful countryside, please be responsible whilst out with your dog, specifically you must follow the Countryside Code.

The main points in the code include keeping dogs on a lead within the vicinity of livestock, not allowing them to chase migrating birds or approaching seals on the seashore and picking up after them – whether on the beach or in the countryside.

Historic Properties and Parks

Dogs on leads are allowed into the grounds at many English Heritage properties. They are also permitted to visit the grounds (except the Formal Garden) at Cragside and the grounds and Walled Garden at Wallington Hall (both National Trust) but only on leads.

There is a 1.5 mile walk along the coast from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle, where dogs are allowed on leads. Please note that livestock is often present along the route so dogs should not be allowed to roam off the lead here. Dogs are not permitted in Alnwick Garden or Castle.

Dine Out with your Dog

Most pubs in Northumberland welcome dogs to their bar areas and many have water bowls outside so they can have a ‘pint’ too! A useful website Doggie Pubs lists many dog friendly pubs in Northumberland and provides a little review of some of them, where the author has clearly visited in person.

This website also lists dog-friendly cafes too – of which there are many in Northumberland, including Bertram’s in Warkworth, the Drift Cafe at Cresswell and the Shoreline Cafe in Craster.

Health and Safety with your Dog

When holidaying with your dog in Northumberland please remember to observe the countryside code and keep your dog on a lead when near livestock and nesting birds (often in dune areas). This is particularly important during the lambing season.

Care should be taken near estuaries as there are strong currents and some rivers have hidden, steeply shelving banks which can make it impossible for a dog to get back out of the water.

Please be aware that adders can be found in the national park. They may be seen on warm days, particularly during the spring, when they are coming out of hibernation. If your dog is bitten by an adder contact one of the vets’ surgeries listed here.

When you come to Northumberland on holiday, we recommend you print out our list of vets’ surgeries to keep in your car, so you have the contact details of the nearest vet if you need it wherever you are in Northumberland.

Don’t Like Dogs or Have an Allergy? Don’t Despair…

Although most of our cottages allow dogs our housekeeping standards are impeccable and we’re confident you’ll find no trace of any previous dog-guest in any of our cottages.  However, we recognise that for some that is simply not enough – either due to personal taste or because of a severe allergy.

Use the tick box filter when searching our cottages to select pet-free/allergy friendly cottages and you will see those that have never accepted dogs, so would be a good option if you really don’t like the idea of dogs having stayed in the property before you.

We find however, that for many allergy sufferers, if a dog has not stayed immediately prior to their stay – that there has been an interval of at least a week – then they are not affected, so this may be a consideration for you.  We have regular guests with allergies to dogs who tell us that this makes all the difference and allows them to stay in our cottages with no symptoms.  So please call us and we can advise if a dog is booked into your chosen cottage before you.

Whilst the upmost care has been taken to ensure all of our properties are cleaned to the highest standard, we cannot guarantee our pet-friendly properties will be suitable for all guests with allergies. For any guests with severe allergies, we would recommend our selection of pet-free properties instead.

Sample of our Dog Friendly Cottages

Felton and Area

Grey Hens near Rothbury

Sleeps: 2 2 Dogs

Short breaks from £322

Alnwick Area

Kirkstone Cottage near Alnwick

Sleeps: 6 2 Dogs

Short breaks from £371

Embleton and Newton by the Sea

Lost Lobster Cottage

Sleeps: 4 3 Dogs

Short breaks from £431

View all our Dog Friendly Cottages