Dog Friendly Cottages in the Cotswolds: 12 great ways to stay

While dog friendly cottages in the Cotswolds have been around for a long time, there’s now a whole new generation of humans and dogs that are ready to make the most of them.

There are literally hundreds of cottages in the Cotswolds to choose from, but to make your holiday planning a whole lot easier we’ve found 12 of the pet friendly best.

Whether your four legged friend is an old faithful companion who remembers life BC (Before Covid) or a lockdown puppy who is starting to discover more of the world outside, they’ve earned their spot on this family holiday.

Castle Gatehouse

You’ve binged every season of the Crown with your dog by your side. Now’s your chance to take them to stay in your own, albeit somewhat smaller, castle. 

The historic Castle Gatehouse is the old gatehouse to Sudeley Castle and can sleep up to four humans plus their lucky pooches.

Split into two wings with their own separate doors the gatehouse has a four-poster bed in the master bedroom, with an ensuite shower, and there are two other bathrooms to use if that one is occupied. Go for strolls in the rolling hills or pop into the local village pub before coming back for nightcaps on your rooftop terrace.

Castle Gatehouse Cotswolds holiday home
Castle Gatehouse interior

Sweeping Serenade

Daydreaming of a Gloucestershire getaway? Sweeping Serenade will sweep you off your feet. One of the more regal dog friendly cottages in the Cotswolds this Georgian manor house has room for lots of family members or friends, sleeping up to 18 people in nine bedrooms with five bathrooms to share.

Grab a book from the library and get cozy beside a period fireplace, play a game of snooker in the drawing room, take a dip in the pool and enjoy a feast in the formal dining room where the long dining table seats up to 16. If the thought of cooking for all those people is all a bit too much, your host can also arrange catered dinners, along with beauty treatments and pampering sessions.

Sweeping Serenade pet friendly holiday home Cotswolds
Sweeping Serenade bedroom
Sweeping Serenade holiday home Cotswolds pool

Grindstone

In the southern Cotswolds Grindstone is an English gem. Just six miles from Badminton, and twenty miles from Bath and Bristol you’re close enough to the action while feeling in your own little world.

This elegant cottage has beautifully manicured gardens outside and welcoming interiors inside. There are six bedrooms ranging from snug to spacious, including two with fireplaces. But those who miss out on fireplaces in the bedrooms will find more to sit beside around the house.

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Grindstone accepts up to two pets per stay for a fee so be sure to ask the Plum Guide host for more details before telling the dogs they can come along.

Grindstone dog friendly cottage in the Cotswolds
Grindstone cottage Cotswolds lounge
Grindstone cottage Cotswolds dining

Mrs Daffodil

Totally charming inside and out, at Mrs Daffodil you can feel like you’ve just stepped into a fairytale. This beautiful thatched cottage is in a hamlet that has lots of stone cottages to admire on a daily stroll, before coming home to your very own.

Take a seat on plush velvet couches beside the fire before walking up the stone steps to the bedroom where a crystal chandelier hangs from the top of an unusual sloped ceiling. A clawfoot bathtub awaits for when you’re ready to have a soak and when it’s tine to dine you can whip up a little something in the open plan kitchen or take a leisurely walk down a country lane to the pub.

Mrs Daffodil thatched cottage Cotswolds
Mrs Daffodil thatched Cotswolds cottage bedroom
Mrs Daffodil pet friendly cottage Cotswolds

Rambler’s Barn

Traditional country cottage on the outside, fresh and unexpected on the inside, the Rambler’s Barn is a unique stay on 21 acres of Cotswolds country land. Here floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights invite the natural light in throughout the day and at night you can swap tales by the fire.

This pet friendly cottage can sleep up to six guests in four bedrooms. Add-on services including airport pickup, fridge refills, and a chef service for when you want to stay in and baby sitting for when you want to go out.

The award winning Daylesford organic farm shop and 16th century pub the Fox at Oddington are both within walking distance and if you’re a Soho House member, Soho Farmhouse is just twenty minutes down the road for a Cowshed spa fix.

Ramblers Barn cottage Cotswolds
Ramblers Barn cottage Cotswolds interior.
Ramblers Barn cottage Cotswolds exterior

Thyme and Sage

Fun for the fur babies and the human children, Thyme & Sage is a dog friendly cottage in the Cotswolds that also has plenty for the kids to do with a swimming pool, tennis court and large outdoor play area complete with zip wire.

This 17th century Grade 2 listed Manor House has a sage coloured kitchen where you can choose between the big green AGA and a more modern oven when you want to cook up a storm.  Gather around the dinner table beside the fireplace or opt for a meal under the stars.

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This idyllic country house can sleep up to 12 guests, with six bedrooms and four bathrooms, though taller guests will want to be careful with some of the low ceiling beams. For an extended stay, add-on services like fridge fill, laundry, and dry cleaning as well as restaurant reservations can be arranged at an extra cost.

Thyme and Sage Cotswolds Cottage
Thyme and Sage is a dog friendly cottage in the Cotswolds with lots of fun for human children too
Thyme and Sage Cotswolds Cottage kitchen

Deery Me

Set on the grounds of one of the most prestigious stately homes in Britain, and the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Deery Me is your private getaway in Blenheim Palace Park. Just 15 minutes from Oxford, this luxurious Cotswolds cottage has three bedrooms and two bathrooms with whimsical ox eye widows.

Children can play on the zip line, trampoline and swing, adults can enjoy relaxing by the fire, and the whole family can set out on a walk through the grounds to Belnheim Palace. And if you need anything during your stay you can simply buzz the caretaker and have all your questions answered. 

Deery Me, Blenheim Palace Park cottage
Deery Me, Blenheim Palace Park cottage bedroom
Deery Me, Blenheim Palace Park cottage fireplace

Wych Elm

With an eclectic mix of classic and modern aesthetics Wych Elm manages to feel cosy and spacious at the same time. With room for up to ten guests you can decide to be social with friends and family by the fire or at the long table in the garden, or simply slip away to the library nook for some alone time.

Pack your walking shoes for wanders through the gardens and countryside and your favourite bath salts for a soak in the claw foot tubs at the end of the day. As the top floor bedrooms have sloping ceilings taller guests may want to bags one of the other rooms on this lovely countryside retreat.

Wych Elm living area
Wych Elm exterior
Wych Elm Kitchen

Rosemary and Thyme

Not your average Cotswolds cottage, at Rosemary and Thyme you’ll find yourself stepping into an unusual blend of French farmhouse, Belle Epoque, Rococo, and Oriental cultures and styles. The lovely garden invites guests to enjoy meals picnics or a spot of croquet on the lawn and afternoon teas on the sunny flagstone patio, while inside plush couches tempt you to disappear into a good book for a while.

Rosemary and Thyme sleeps up to eight guests, with four art-filled bedrooms where vintage Louis Vuitton cases can play the role of bedside stands.  Since this home is full of beautiful antiques, it may not be suitable for families with young or unsupervised children. Well behaved dogs are welcome for an additional fee of £20 a night.

Rosemary and Thyme dog friendly cottage in the Cotswolds
Rosemary and Thyme exterior
Rosemary and Thyme interior

Daisy Meadow

Looking for a romantic getaway in the Cotswolds? Fall in love with Daisy Meadow. This luxury shepherd’s hut is set on acres of farmland with lots of walking trails for you to explore before coming home to cook up a feast on the barbecue as you watch the sunset from your veranda.

This super cute cottage has a sweet little kitchen for light meals, a log-burning fire to warm up in front of, and that gorgeous heart-shaped bed nook for two. As well as snuggling with your honey you can bring one furry friend for an additional fee of £40. But do keep in mind the grassy area in front of the house is not enclosed and this is a farm so only well behaved dogs please.

Daisy Meadow is a super sweet dog friendly cottage in the Cotswolds
Daisy Meadow living
Daisy Meadow, Cotwolds deck

Fern Cottage

Built in 1845 for workers in the local brewery, Fern Cottage is an historic double-fronted cottage that’s been converted into a holiday getaway for four.

Fire up the charcoal barbeque and enjoy lunch under the trees to the soothing sounds of the fountain in your garden, or pop to the picture perfect market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold for a bite in the pub.

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This lovely cottage welcomes small children, you’ll just need to put in a request for travel cots and high chairs and BYO linen for the tiny tots. When it comes to fur babies you can bring up to two medium-sized dogs (no larger than a Labrador) for an additional £40 per dog and the back garden is enclosed to help keep them nice and safe.

Fern Cottage, Cotswolds, pet friendly stay
Fern Cottage, Cotswolds, courtyard
Fern Cottage, Cotswolds, interior

Matara Lodge

A former gatehouse on the 28-acre Matara Estate, Matara Lodge is one of your more unusual dog friendly cottages in the Cotswolds. The main space is divided into living, dining, kitchen and sleeping zones under a bright blue vaulted ceiling with unique Velux skylights for stargazing.

Enjoy a bubble bath in the spa beside an enormous porthole window that looks out into the private garden. For the last 25 years Matara Estate has been dedicated to rewilding the land and creating travel-inspired gardens, and you’ll have lots of corner to explore in your lodge’s own back yard. Well behaved pets are welcome for an added fee of £25 and they can even join you at some of the local tourist attractions including Westonbirt, the National Arboretum.

Matara Lodge interior
Matara Lodge exterior
Matara Lodge bathroom

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  1. Some absolutely gorgeous stays here! I always marvel at how open minded other countries are with allowing dogs! I don’t know why we don’t open more houses to dogs, it works in other countries.

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