Planning a summer getaway with the whole family, including the four-legged members? You need to book yourself into one of these dog friendly cottages in Dorset.
Imagine settling into a cosy, thatched-roof cottage in a country village, or an impressive barn conversion near the coast. Head out on a long countryside walk with your pup, before curling up beside a cosy log fire or lazing in a flower-filled garden in the sunshine… dreamy!
Below, I’ve rounded up some of the very best Dorset holiday cottages. And all of them welcome dogs, so they’re perfect choices for your next UK staycation.
Whether you want a spot in the middle of the rolling countryside, or right on the doorstep of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, there’s something for everyone on the list below. And all of them come seriously highly rated, with consistently high reviews, so you can be confident you’re booking the perfect accommodation for your Dorset holiday.
14 Dog-Friendly Countryside Cottages in Dorset
Granary Cottage, nr Beaminster
Have a picnic in the shade of ancient trees and let kids explore a hidden swing set and treehouse. Inside, an updated kitchen and dining area retain loads of country charm. Play board games in a snug sitting room and have a warm bath before bedtime.
This stunning country cottage on Laverstock Farm, just outside of Beaminster, is in the perfect location for exploring the countryside of West Dorset. But it’s only a short drive from the famous Jurassic Coast, with all the temptations of cute seaside towns and stunning cliff-top walks to enjoy.
It’s also a rare Airbnb Plus listing, which means the property has been inspected in person and verified for quality. So you can rest assured that you’re booking one of the best dog friendly cottages in Dorset!
Dorset Cottage with Amazing Views, Marshwood
This simple cottage and beautiful 2-acre garden are located just below an Iron Age hill fort, with stunning views over the Marshwood Vale. The cottage, 4 miles from the coast, is very light, clean, spacious & comfortable, with central heating, 2 wood-stoves & a lovely eat-in kitchen.
Thatched Cottage with Hot Tub, Saint Leonards
This is a beautiful & spacious detached thatched cottage, with stunning countryside views. The big selling point is the large hot tub in the south-facing garden, which the owners describe as a “sun trap”. Just 10 mins away from The New Forest and 20 mins from Bournemouth and its beaches, it’s ideally situated. And the property is surrounded by forest walks to enjoy with your dog.
There are three large double bedrooms, all of which have a modern ensuite or their own bathroom just outside. So the cottage can sleep up to eight guests (plus babies), making it ideal for a group getaway. It also has the added benefit of being just next door to a family-friendly holiday park. The park’s facilities – including play park, amusements, onsite shop & restaurant/bar – are all within a few minutes walk of the cottage.
The Smithy Cottage, nr Shaftesbury
Nestled in the heart of the Cranborne Chase, The Old Forge is the perfect retreat for those looking to appreciate the slower pace of life. The 18th Century former Carriage and Wheelwrights workshops have been transformed to create two charming two self-catering cottages with unique appeal.
The Smithy lies just across the yard from the main house and was the original Blacksmiths forge. It still retains many of the original features and blacksmiths artefacts and has made a wonderful conversion with views across the village green to Fontmell Down.
Dorset Thatched Cottage, Morton
Godwins Cottage is a stunning 300-year-old thatched cottage, set within the idyllic and peaceful village of Moreton. The village is famous for being the resting place of Lawrence of Arabia. Despite its age and history, this one-bedroom cottage has been newly refurbished to create the perfect place to stay in Dorset. Although attached to the main property, it has its own private entrance and private roof terrace. Guests can also enjoy the use of some of the garden area, which is perfect for four-legged family members. So you’ll have plenty of space to spread out and relax.
17th Century Thatched Cottage, Hewood
This enchanting Grade II listed 17th-century thatched cottage is tucked away on the Devon, Dorset and Somerset borders. It’s an amazing historic property, so is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for the true country cottage experience. Surrounded by stunning countryside and 8 miles from the Jurassic Coast, this two-bedroom cottage is a cosy rural retreat with many quirky features such as beamed ceilings, flagstone floors, and a wood-burning stove.
Barrelstore Cottage, Marnhull
Refresh your senses in the heart of the beautiful countryside in the Blackmore Vale, an excellent area for walking and exploring Dorset. This is the former Barrel Store of Marnhull Brewery, situated in a no through lane with immediate access to open countryside, the 2 bedroom cottage has charm and character, renovated to provide spacious, comfortable accommodation with private garden and off-road parking. Pets welcome. Fabulous pubs nearby.
Cottage on The River Stour, Stour Provost
Set within its own land with direct access to the River Stour, this is a charming sunny riverside cottage. It’s a newly refurbished three-bedroom property, so is perfect for a large family or group holidays. The delightful reception room features a cosy log fire for cooler nights, while the outside terrace has a table and chairs overlooking the river, which would be gorgeous for dining al fresco on warm summer evenings. The garden has direct access to the river, so it’s ideal for picnics – or even fishing!
Bramble – 17th Century Barn Conversion, Winfrith Newburgh
Bramble Barn is a beautiful 17th-century barn conversion situated down a private road just 4 miles from Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and the Jurrasic Coast World Heritage Site. This large splendid brick barn has been converted into two identical properties creating accommodation of the highest standards throughout. Each barn has its own enclosed garden and a south-facing terrace, ideal for eating out.
5* Cottage on Chesil Beach, nr Bridport
One of the most popular dog-friendly cottages in Dorset is Short House, a stunning seaside cottage near Bridport. The iconic Chesil Beach is right on the property’s doorstep, with private access 400m from the cottage. Short House is a Purbeck-stone-and-render cottage surrounded by National Trust farmland, so it’s a perfect countryside escape! The two double bedrooms both enjoy stunning sea views and ensuite bathrooms. This gorgeous holiday property has everything you could possibly want for a comfortable stay!
Brightside Cottage, Colehill
Tucked away in a pretty cottage garden, this cosy 4 Star 17th century thatched cottage makes a lovely holiday retreat. A 20-minute walk takes you to the delightful market town of Wimborne Minster. Just a short drive away is the popular seaside town of Bournemouth with its miles of sandy beaches leading to the Isle of Purbeck for stunning coastal walks. We can’t wait to meet you!
Cosy Gardener’s Cottage, nr Beaminster
Gardener’s Cottage is a beautifully renovated period cottage with one ensuite double bedroom. So it’s perfect as a quiet bolthole or a romantic retreat for two. A cosy cottage on a well-kept country estate, the property is surrounded farmland with views that go on for miles. Like Granary Cottage (at the start of this post), this holiday let in Dorset is found on Laverstock Farm. Although the cottage is completely private, guests also have access to Laverstock’s communal games room. This features table tennis, table football, air hockey and a pool table, so is perfect for rainy days!