If you’re a dog owner, you’ll know that it’s really not about you any more, it’s all about them. So when your four-legged friend has a birthday coming up, it’s a good excuse to celebrate it with as much (or more) enthusiasm as you would your own. Our dog-friendly places are safe and practical, with plenty of space for running around and great walks on the doorstep. Don’t think we’ve forgotten about our human guests though – you need to relax just as much as your canine companions, so there’s no compromise on style, character and in some cases, total luxury. Take a look at our tail-waggingly good spaces to celebrate your dog’s birthday.
For dogs who like sandy paws and sea spray, The Little Black Cabin in Cornwall is a mere ten minute walk to gorgeous Chapel Porth beach. If they’re well behaved, dogs can be off the lead all the way to the beach, which is rarely too busy thanks to its small car park. Head down in the early evening, grab a beer, sit on the rocks as the sun sets and watch your hound splash around and make a few new friends. Back at the cabin there’s lots of outdoor space and a lovely veranda to sunbathe on. If you want to explore further afield, walk the coastal paths or visit pretty, dog friendly St Agnes. There’s space for three pets with no charge.
Meadow Cabin in Sussex is the place for people and pooches who like their glamping a little more luxurious. There’s a dedicated cosy space under the stairs for four-legged friends to sleep and the owners provide all doggie home comforts including water bowls, beds and treats. Part of the decadent Beneath the Branches Estate, gorgeous Meadow Cabin has an outdoor tub, rainfall shower, firepit, BBQ and spacious interior. Your dog will love exploring the outdoor space which is securely fenced off and when it’s time to venture further afield, Steyning, Knepp Castle and Shoreham-by-sea are close by. There’s space for two pets from £35 per pet, per stay.
Deep in a Shropshire dingle, The Owl House is somewhere to treat your dog to the best birthday present they could wish for - space to run wild in a large enclosed area. You’ll quickly feel as relaxed as your hound as you whip up laid-back meals on the BBQ grill, curl up with a good book in the cosy reading window or sink into the wooden bath at the foot of the bed under twinkling fairy lights. The Shropshire Hills are close by for a stroll, there’s canoeing on the River Severn, or you can take a jaunt to historic Ludlow. There’s space for an impressive five pets from £20 per pet, per stay with water bowls, food bowls, dog rugs and dog towels provided.
If your dog prefers a long hike to a trot round the block, head to Hansel at Hinterlandes in Cumbria to celebrate their special day. Set off on trails that go straight past the front door of the cabin to explore a landscape of wild fells, picturesque lakes and ancient woodland. It feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere but Hansel is conveniently close to a main road and just 3 miles from a pub and village shop at Lorton. Once your four-legged friend has settled down for a doze in front of the wood burner, take a long soak in the hot tub, breathing in lungfuls of fresh forest air. If you’re too mellow to contemplate cooking, the owners offer a selection of delicious hampers. There’s space for one pet from £25 per pet, per stay with a water bowl provided.
The Pleasant Pheasant is one for the discerning mutt who insists on sleeping with you at night. If that’s the case, let the owners know and they’ll leave the bed stripped so you can bring your own bedding and let your dog join you! This stylish, cosy en-suite shepherd’s hut in Dorset is set on an idyllic working farm with miles of footpaths from the doorstep and a wood-fired hot tub waiting to welcome you on your return. If you’re bringing the kids, they can sleep in a bell tent pitched next to the hut in July and August. There’s space for 2 pets from £20 per pet, per stay. Well behaved dogs (one medium/large dog or two small dogs) are welcome.
Active mutts will love Raven Tower in Northumberland, a four-storey style marvel encircled by pine trees with idyllic woodland walks and river strolls from the front door. It’s definitely got the wow factor - on the top floor, this Scandi-inspired tower has a huge retracting stargazing roof with a giant bathtub underneath. Feet and paws will up their step count exploring the delights found on each storey which include a vintage record player, drinks cabinet, giant picture window and a small balcony for soaking up the sun. Best of all, there’s 4,000 acres to explore with your dog as well as an abundance of local eateries, gardens, stately homes and the Northumberland coast. There’s space for one pet from £25 per pet, per stay with towels, a bed, treats, enclosure, and poo bags provided.
If you’ve missed doing long hikes with your puppy, The Hog House in the Lake District is somewhere to introduce your growing hound to big walks and epic scenery when they turn one. Cuddle up with them in front of the log burner after an exhilarating day exploring the fells, or head into nearby Ambleside and Windermere for a less strenuous excursion, preferably including a visit to one of the many dog friendly pubs and restaurants. There’s space for one pet from £15 per pet, per stay. Dogs should be kept on the ground floor and water bowls and a dog bed are available on request.
Shared interests are what bonds us - if you and your dog share a love of walks and hearty pub lunches you’ve found your happy place at Beechwood Cottages near Bath. It’s a 30-minute stroll to the nearest local pub with plenty more close by in Lansdowne, Upton Cheyney and Kelston. The Cotswold Way runs right behind the cabin and is worth exploring for the spectacular 180 degree views towards Wales, the Cotswolds escarpment and Bristol. Back at the cabin you’ll find a bright, airy, open plan interior with cosy rugs and a wood burner but the long balcony is the best place to toast your dog’s big day with treats and a tummy rub as you take in the incredible views towards the Brecon Beacons. There’s space for one pet (well behaved dogs are welcome) from £35 per pet, per stay and a safe, enclosed courtyard.