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The best dog-friendly Christmas breaks for 2023

The best dog-friendly Christmas breaks for 2023

Families and friends across the country are finalising Christmas plans, whether that means spending the day at home or travelling further afield. And one family member who’ll likely enjoy the day no matter what is the four-legged variety.

For those looking for a festive staycation, finding somewhere dog-friendly to stay so they can travel with their beloved pet will be key.

Fortunately, the UK is home to a plethora of accommodation options that welcome furry friends, catering to the reported 13 million-strong dog population in the UK.

Beloved favourites like the Cotswolds or the Lake District are a paradise for energetic dogs and a scenic choice for their owners, while coastal destinations such as Pembrokeshire and Cornwall are blissfully calm at Christmas, with your pet able to have the sands practically to themselves.

From magnificent hotels to cosy B&Bs, there’s plenty of choice, so read on for a selection of the best breaks.

Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds

All of the cottages at The Lansdowne have enclosed outdoor spaces for your pooch

(Lansdowne Villas)

One of the UK’s most idyllic regions is a great option for a Christmas stay thanks to a range of charming market towns, honey-hued villages, a plethora of scenic walking trails and a distinct air of calm. Bourton-on-the-Water is a quintessential Cotswold town, straddling the River Windrush and full of stone houses and riverside walks. The ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ has plenty to keep you busy, but you’d be missing out if you didn’t explore nearby Bibury or Cheltenham.

While The Lansdowne itself is a pet-free B&B, they have 12 pet-friendly options across the area, with five in Bourton-on-the-Water. These self-catered cottages, set in or very near the town, sleep between four and eight people, with plenty of space in the bedrooms and sitting rooms. Oakey Cottage is a ‘classic’ Cotswolds cottage, with a yellow stone facade and plenty of period features in the interior, finished with modern decor and offering guests complimentary breakfast at The Lansdowne each morning.

From £500 per night if arriving on 23 December, B&B.

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