We're very dog-friendly too!
We believe the family dog is just that, a member of the family and deserves a holiday too! We have a Great Dane called Ella and wherever we go, if we possibly can we try to take her with us. We believe that if you have a well-trained, clean and well-behaved dog and want them to join in the family holiday, you shouldn't compromise on quality when it comes to your holiday cottage accommodation.
The vast majority of luxury self catering properties in the UK don't accept dogs - but we do! All our cottages are graded 4 Star and 5 Star and many have prestigious GOLD Awards. Cottages which have newly joined us and are awaiting grading already meet this standard.
We have house-rules for our pet guests, but they are just what you would expect in a luxury holiday cottage - such as not being allowed on the sofa's or beds - after all, they wouldn't stay 'luxury' cottages for very long if we allowed this, would they?!
We are also respectful of the fact that many of our guests don't have pets, so don't want to know that a pet may have stayed at the cottage before them. For this reason, alongside our house rules for pets, our cleaning standards are incredibly high, so you shouldn't be able to tell a dog has stayed before you.
One Dog - or More?
At most of our cottages there is a small charge of £20 for each dog per week or short break. Most of our cottages accept 1 dog and some accept 2 or 3 by arrangement, as follows:
Click HERE to view cottages where 1 dog is accepted
Click HERE to view cottages where 1-2 dogs are accepted
Click HERE to cottages where 1-3 (very well behaved!) dogs are accepted by arrangement
We also have a selection of cottages where dogs are not permitted to stay - and never have been - so are ideal for guests with an allergy to dogs. Click HERE to view our pet-free cottages.
On their Best Behaviour
We are very happy for you to have your pet accompany you on holiday, but it is under the strict understanding that you adhere to our booking conditions relating to the acceptance of pets to our properties.
Our properties are beautifully furnished at great expense and are presented in an immaculately clean condition for you and we wish to keep them that way - otherwise they wouldn't be 'luxury' cottages for very long!
Our high cleaning standards ensure that guests without dogs can confidently stay in our cottages without detecting doggie smells and doggie hairs! However, it would be almost impossible to maintain these high standards if our 'house rules' for dogs weren't respected, so we appreciate your co-operation and respect for others staying after you.
Here are our house rules for pets:
- Pets are not permitted on any furniture, ie. 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)
- The interior and grounds of the property must be left in a clean, undamaged condition
- Pets must be clean before entry to the cottage
- Your pet must not be permitted to cause any kind of nuisance to the neighbouring properties
- Your pet must be at least 1 year old at the time of your holiday.
As we've said, we have strict house rules for dogs and other pets, so if you are bringing your pet, before you book a holiday with us please read our booking conditions and our 'House Rules for Pets' (as above). Your booking is accepted on the basis of you agreeing to comply with our conditions.
If we find they have been where they shouldn't - ie. the bedrooms or on any furniture - or caused any kind of damage whatsoever or caused us extra cleaning costs, then we will charge you for reinstating the house and its contents to the condition they were before you arrived.
We're sorry if this sounds harsh, but we've had to become stricter after some guests have abused our hospitality and let their dogs have free reign over the furniture with no regard for the cleaning and replacement costs incurred after they have left and the limited time we have available to sort these problems out between them departing and new guests arriving.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our cottages and furnishings and have very high cleaning standards so that guests with or without dogs are not aware that one may have stayed in the property previously.
What we provide and what you need to bring with you
We recommend that you bring plenty of your pet's bedding and towels with you, feeding and water bowls and poop bags, although pet beds are provided free of charge at Virginia Cottage and Leaholme Cottage, they are available to hire for £10 per dog per holiday at some of the other cottages. Where they are available, the option to order one will be listed on the booking form. If the option is not listed, they are not available.
Many of our cottages provide a welcome pack for your pet, comprising a dog towel, feeding bowls, poop bags and treats. As a general rule, you can expect the following at our cottages accepting dogs:
- Buckets and dog towels for wiping them down before entry to the cottage (upon request)
- Hosepipes and outside taps available at some cottages, please check if not clearly stated
- Complimentary dog treats
- Water and food bowls
- Dog beds available upon request at some cottages - please enquire or see the booking form for your chosen cottage
- Spare dog leads (upon request)
- Doggy disposal bags (complimentary at most cottages)
- Supply of pet food for the duration of the holiday (upon request and chargeable)
- Storage space for pet crates
- Stairgates to restrict access to bedrooms within the cottage (upon request)
- Enclosed outdoor space available at most cottages, but check before booking if this is important and please note that 'enclosed' does not necessily mean 'secure' as you will know your own dog and whether they are likely to try to escape over walls or under fences for example.
If you're not confident in your pet's manners, we can provide details of local boarding kennels which may be a better arrangement. This way, you can board your pet away from the property whilst still being able to take them out with you during the day. We can also highly recommend 'Happy Hounds' doggie day-care, where you can leave your dog in safe hands for anything from an hour to all day. Many of our guests have used Happy Hounds and highly recommend them, they will even wash and groom your dog in time for their collection!
We Offer Dog-Sitting too!
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 an hour to all day - however long you need to visit those places where they can't go, such as stately home and castles, or perhaps to dine out at a local restaurant. Contact us for more details. There is an hourly charge of £8 (minimum 2hr charge).
Whilst this is a very popular option and we can usually accommodate requests with 24 hours notice, we would appreciate as much notice as possible to avoid disappointment.
A Dog's Day Out at the Beach
Northumberland is one of the few counties in the UK to have very few restrictions on dogs accessing the beaches. The belief is that our beaches are so vast here that there is room for everyone. The only beach with a summertime restriction is at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, which is at the furthest south of our Heritage coastline.
Dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages love nothing better than a romp on a wide sandy beach, clambering up the dunes and leaping into the waves whilst not letting go of that piece of driftwood they've found!
Take a look at our page detailing just a few of the great beaches in the area. Many of our cottages are within walking distance of a great beach, including Warkworth, Amble, Alnmouth, Bamburgh, Lesbury, Beadnell and Foxton. The other locations are within an easy drive.
Most of our cottages have fires (many have wood-burning stoves) for dogs to stretch out and snooze in front of after all that exertion! We provide dog towels and even luxury dog beds upon request to ensure their comfort.
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 on the seashore and picking up after them - whether on the beach or in the countryside.
Take them for a pint in our Dog Friendly Pubs
Most pubs in Northumberland welcome dogs to their bar areas and many have water bowls outside so they can have a 'pint' too!
A very useful website called Doggie Pubs lists lots of 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.
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.
Health and Safety with your Dog
When holidaying with your dog in Northumberland please remember to observe the country code and keep your dog on a lead when near livestock. 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.
Please see the list above of cottages where pets are not accepted. These properties 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. Our regular guests with allergies to dogs 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 scheduled to visit your chosen cottage before you.
If you have any queries whatsoever regarding the suitability of our cottages for you and your pet, please don't hesitate to call or email us. We're here to help.