Northumberland has so much to offer dogs and their owners. From its miles of coastline – welcoming to dogs, all year round – to the picturesque valleys, waterfalls, woodland and hills of its National Park. There are many places you can explore together, as well as some great dog-friendly pubs, ensuring your holiday not only meets your requirements but those of your four-legged friend.
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Our dog friendly Retreats
We know holidays are not the same if you have to leave part of your family behind, which is why we have a number of holiday cottages on the Northumberland coast, which welcome dogs and are places that you will equally love. Most of them are within walking distance of the coast, or just a short car journey away, and some have large gardens, or great nearby walks. And just because they are welcoming to dogs doesn’t mean that we’ve compromised on style. They bear the hallmarks of our other Retreats – tasteful design, high quality linen and well-equipped kitchens.
Dog friendly Beadnell
Many of our dog friendly cottages are situated in and around Beadnell Bay where you can pick up the coastal path going north or south, or just have some fun on the beach. In walking distance,for food and drink, there is The Craster Arms pub with its designated dog-friendly area in the bar, and the Saltwater Café, which welcomes dogs until 5pm. At Beadnell Beach House (sleeps 10/12), dogs are given the five-star treatment. Within the garage there is special enclosed accommodation for two dogs and from its balcony, there are private steps straight onto the beach, perfect for a quick run around, whatever time of day. At another group getaway, Shoreline (sleeps 8), dog owners will appreciate the large enclosed lawned garden with outdoor lounge area for those times when you might be tired out but your dog isn’t. For couples, or smaller groups, there are coastal cottages The Bolthole (sleeps 4) and Smuggler’s Hide (sleeps 5), which are also centrally located.
Just outside of Beadnell, is the rural but coastal hamlet of Tughall Steads. Many of our dog friendly cottages here have large gardens and are steps from the open countryside and a wealth of footpaths that make dog walking a distinct pleasure. The Forge is a characterful, single-storey cottage for two while The Apple Store is a barn conversion, sleeping seven, with an open plan dining and living area and an abundant orchard during autumn. Have a look at The Smithy, The Studio or The Wood Store for more dog friendly options at Tughall Steads.
Dog friendly Craster
Coastguard’s Cottage (sleeps 8) is a hugely popular Retreat due to its laid-back style, central Craster village location and garden with sea views. Close to The Jolly Fisherman gastro pub, which is welcoming to dogs, and the iconic walk to the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle on the headland from Craster harbour. Within walking distance of the village, but just outside of Craster, is The Old Ale House (sleeps 4/5) and The Old Gardener’s (sleeps 6). These two period cottages both have log burning fires and a healthy dose of character.
A little further afield, situated in the village of Rock is The Fold. Guests can’t get enough of the view of the coast from the garden of this country-style house for eight. It certainly is the perfect place to soak up some peace and quiet, while your dog enjoys racing around the ample lawned area and the children play on the swings. Surrounded by farmland, there are numerous walks and trails from The Fold for easy morning walks while The Horsehoes Inn in Rennington is just a 20-minute walk away if you fancy a pint in the evening. Dogs are welcome in the beer garden and fresh water is provided for them.
Dog friendly Bamburgh and Seahouses
Opposite the dunes of Bamburgh Beach is the charming Mr & Mrs Smith’s for an effortless, but luxury, beach break. Sleeping six, it has an enclosed garden and is our only dog-friendly Retreat in Bamburgh. Its proximity to the beach means there are numerous coastal walks from its door. Head south, and within 20 to 25 minutes, you will be in the traditional seaside village of Seahouses, where we also have our dog friendly Seafarer’s cottage. Sleeping seven, this Retreat has a traditional but arty feel, and its central location means you are also never too far from many walking opportunities and amenities here.