Planning a holiday can be a worrying time for a dog owner. Many of us are unwilling to leave our four-legged friends behind whilst we enjoy a break away from home. When family and friends are unable to assist, you haven’t got the heart to book them into kennels and employing a dog sitter is out of the question, you can only take your beloved pooch with you.
With so much beautiful countryside to explore and many beaches allowing dogs on them, your UK holiday can be even more enjoyable when you can share the experience with your dog. Unfortunately, finding accommodation that will allow dogs can be tricky. Hotels are ruled out completely and your only option is to go self-catering. Even then, many property owners refuse to accept dogs. As many of us are now thinking about booking this year’s summer holiday, we decided to take a look at some of the great dog friendly self-catering options available across Yorkshire.
Whitby is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the county and the local area offers delightfully scenic walks for you and your dog. Explore the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula with a walk up the 199 steps to St Mary’s Church and Whitby Abbey (dogs are allowed here if kept on the lead) and then enjoy a stroll across the clifftop to enjoy beautiful coastal views.
The beaches at Whitby are also great for dog walks. From May to September, they’re not allowed on West Cliff but they’re welcome all year round on the smaller Tate Hill beach.
If Whitby is your destination of choice this year and you want to take your canine companion with you, check out these beautiful, dog-friendly self-catering cottages.
12 Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages in Whitby
This beautifully presented holiday apartment is part of a Grade II listed Sea Captain’s house. With a central location and magnificent views of Whitby Abbey, the luxury property is the perfect base for couples or small families wishing to explore this popular coastal town. Spyglass 1708 is set over three floors with stylish country-chic decor throughout and two spacious, comfortable bedrooms. There’s no outdoor space with the property but the beach is just a short distance away.
This newly-built and immaculately decorated property was built on the site of the old police station in the centre of Whitby and opens for bookings in March. Located in a quiet residential area close to the harbour, shops and attractions, it has three comfortable bedrooms, three bath / shower rooms, an enclosed outdoor space and private parking. This little gem of a property is perfect for a family seaside break. Two dogs are welcome at Columbo Cottage for a supplement of £30 each.
Cowslip Cottage is a stunning three-bedroom holiday cottage in the nearby village of Sleights. Perched on the hillside of the pretty Esk Valley, and just minutes away from Whitby, it would make the ideal retreat for a large family. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, this immaculately decorated and well furnished property can comfortably accommodate 6 guests and offers superb views of the Esk Valley from its private balcony. Guests are permitted to bring one dog.
A stylish yet homely property arranged over three floors, Cobble Cottage is perfect for small families or couples. Situated near West Cliff and the famous ‘Whale Bones’, it offers wonderful coastal views and is just a few minutes’ walk away from the centre. There are two bedrooms in Cobble Cottage – a double and a twin. There’s also a lovely courtyard garden area so you can enjoy a spot of al fresco dining on those warmer evenings. There’s no private parking here but parking scratch cards are provided for 24/7 on-street parking. Two dogs are welcome for a supplement of £30 each.
Low Tide is one of two apartments set in a converted Victorian property, approximately five minutes’ walk away from the cobbled streets and popular attractions of Whitby. This apartment has one spacious double bedroom, a light and airy open plan living area, a well-equipped kitchen and a contemporary bathroom. Simple, yet stylish and very reasonably priced, Low Tide is bound to provide couples (and one well behaved dog) with a wonderfully romantic break in this glorious Yorkshire seaside town.
This charming cottage dates back to the early 17th century and the owners have done their utmost to preserve some of the original features. Its central location means the harbour, beach, shops and restaurants are just a five minute walk away. Cosy and welcoming, Paddock Cottage has two double bedrooms and a single room so it can accommodate 5 guests. Dog owners will be delighted to learn that this is a completely dog friendly property. There’s no charge for bringing your furry friends and the owners have even provided a treasure chest of goodies in the lounge area containing leads, bowls, bags, toys and yummy treats.
Kirkby House offers magnificent views due to its idyllic elevated position beside Whitby Harbour. The semi-detached cottage is set over four floors with modern furnishings and contemporary decor in every room. Steps from the property lead directly down to the centre of Whitby with it’s quaint cobbled streets, bustling port and excellent pubs and restaurants. Kirkby House can accommodate 5 guests and one well behaved dog.
Waterloo Place is a 2 bedroom ground floor apartment in the centre of Whitby. There are just three steps into the property and everything else is one one level – ideal for families with small children or those with walking difficulties. This property has a double bedroom and twin bedroom so it accommodates 4 guests. It also has its own private patio area which can be accessed from both bedrooms via french doors. Only one dog is permitted at Waterloo Place but there is no extra charge for this.
The Captain’s Hideaway
A tastefully decorated terraced property set over five floors, The Captain’s Hideaway boasts eye level views of the famous abbey. With three large bedrooms, this gorgeous Georgian cottage with traditional interiors and preserved original features sleeps 7 guests. It’s a delightful property and ideal for large families or groups of friends. The bedroom on the 5th level features patio doors which open out onto a lovely rooftop terrace which is perfect for enjoying that morning coffee or drinks in the evening. Guests may bring one well behaved dog but please note that the small walled yard area is unsuitable for larger dogs.
Bram’s Lair is a lovely 2-bedroom apartment on the ground floor of a stunning Georgian house, which is supposedly where Bram Stoker stayed whilst writing his famous Dracula. Well-equipped and stylishly decorated, this spacious apartment offers magnificent views over Crescent Gardens and out to sea. It’s also just a short walking distance away from the cobbled streets and historic attractions of central Whitby. You can bring one dog with you to Bram’s Lair for a charge of £25 per stay.
Kingfisher is a three bedroom converted stone barn, just over half a mile from the bustling seaside town. The property has a floor-to-ceiling windows making it feel incredibly light and airy inside. The open plan living area features comfortable leather sofas, luxury stone flooring and cosy woodburners for those chillier evenings. Each bedroom is en-suite and there’s a lovely enclosed patio which is great for dining outdoors or lapping up the summer sun. Guests at Kingfisher are welcome to take two dogs.
A spacious and tastefully decorated ground floor apartment, Robin’s Rest is perfect for a romantic getaway by the sea. The quaint little apartment in the centre of Whitby has one double bedroom, a well equipped kitchen / dining area, comfortable living room with all the latest tech gadgets and a small courtyard area with seating. You’re welcome to take one dog with you to Robin’s Rest and its central location means there are some excellent dog friendly walks right on the doorstep.
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