There are so many reasons to consider furry family members when booking your next break away. Dog-friendly retreats in Yorkshire provide a balance of much-needed rest and activity for their human guests. But canine visitors also benefit from the new sights, sounds, and most importantly, smells, found in this gorgeous pocket of England. And it’s a wonderful way for you to bond.
For many pet owners, leaving our four-legged friends behind is a wrench, making it a significant drawback to time away. From a practical perspective, it can pose a challenge too. Well-regarded kenneling establishments are usually fully booked far in advance. While family and friends – themselves wishing to be free for post-lockdown trips away – may be reluctant to take on sitting responsibilities.
The trend for holidaying with dogs has been on the rise for some time. With around 3.2 million UK households believed to have bought a pet since the beginning of the pandemic, our reputation as a pup-loving nation is here to stay. And Yorkshire is an excellent choice for dog-friendly staycations.
Dog-friendly accommodation in North Yorkshire
Barn Owl Cottage
Barn Owl Cottage is a pretty, dog friendly, stone-built barn conversion, easily accessible with all accommodation on the ground floor, set in spectacular countryside on the edge of the Howardian Hills AONB, near the attractive village of Brandsby. Just over 10 miles from the historic City of York with its wealth of history and culture there is so much to discover in this beautiful area of North Yorkshire.
The Wishing Well is a pretty little cottage just for two on Millgate, in the Georgian town of Richmond, North Yorkshire. Every house on this street is different, built at different times, yet all overlook the steep bank that eventually winds down to the River Swale. Known as the gateway to the Dales, Richmond is the perfect location for exploring all that this beautiful part of Yorkshire has to offer.
Properties such as The Old Dairy, in the village of Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe, near Thirsk, are particularly conducive to pet stays. The cottage, brand new for 2021, is surrounded by gardens extending out onto the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. It has an outdoor kennel, ideal for larger dogs and those pooches accustomed to having their own private space.
Escape to the woods! This secluded bolthole is nestled in a pretty woodland garden in the village of Sand Hutton near York. This former storehouse has been beautifully transformed into a romantic log house hideaway, just for two.
Sunflower Cottage in Ampleforth is another new addition to our collection. Sitting on the edge of the Moors, it’s close to a range of walking trails for all abilities, and the steam railway for a vintage style day out. Its interior design promotes a sense of light, while a soothing palette of colour encourages relaxation. And a fold-out gate ensures your inquisitive pup won’t wander from the large garden.
The Dales, like the Moors, offer endless hiking options and proximity to the lakes (a plus for eager swimming breeds such as labradors and spaniels). At Brownber Hall parties of up to 15 guests can stay along with up to two dogs. An elegant choice, the property has been featured in publications including the Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Guardian, Condé Nast, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Marie Claire. The Brownber private chef will prepare gourmet meals, bespoke picnics and even some luxury doggie treats for you all.
The wider Brownber Estate now also includes Brownber House, neighbour to the larger Hall. Former Soho House architect Georgina Rose recently renovated the house, which includes a boot room, handy for drying off muddy pups before cosying up for the evening in the sitting room.
Of course, seclusion doesn’t have to mean a lack of accessibility to amenities. Next Door is located just eight miles from the historic centre of York. Yet the two-bedroom barn with a private courtyard backs onto over an acre of garden and woodland, offering a back to nature ambience. It has tastefully designed interiors, with an honesty shop, campfire, bushcraft activities, mud kitchen and forest crafts available onsite. Loved by families, Next Door has a stylish yet laid back vibe.
There’s nothing quite like watching your hound racing across the sand, tongue lolling, ears flapping, and the wind in his or her fur. But a beachside stay offers more than pretty scenery and the chance for a spot of sunbathing; the negative ions found in coastal air helps the body to absorb oxygen, recalibrating its levels of serotonin, which in turn lifts mood and lowers stress.
Misty Cottage, is just a five-minute walk to the beach and close to Whitby Harbour, treating its inhabitants to glorious distant sea views. Five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a dining area seating 10 and a wrap-around garden/terrace provide lots of space for bigger groups to stretch out after some energetic beach time.
A former flour mill dating from 1800, now lovingly restored as a luxury five bedroom rural retreat by the coast. Set in just under an acre of grounds the old mill is surrounded by woodland with a stream running through. Situated on the edge of Ruswarp and approximately 1 mile from the famous Whitby harbour.
With brilliant walks on offer around each of our properties, there’s ample opportunity for human and canine exercise. However, guests are by no means limited to outdoor pursuits. The county boasts plenty of welcoming attractions. Here are just a few of the places allowing entry for four-legged visitors:
● North Bay Heritage Railway, Sky Trail & Water Chute in Scarborough
● Aldborough Roman Site and Museum
● Marmion Tower, a three-storey 15th-century gatehouse in West Tanfield.
● Wharram Percy, a 3000-year-old preserved village
● Middleham Castle, once home to Richard III
● Burton Agnes Manor House
● Mother Shipton’s Cave, England’s oldest visitor attraction, found in Knaresborough
● Ryedale Folk Museum on the North York Moors
Yorkshire’s pubs, cafes and restaurants are also exceedingly conducive to drinking and dining with dogs. One such establishment of note is The King’s Arms in Askrigg, not far from our dog-friendly Wishing Well property in Richmond. Animal lovers may recognise the public house as The Drovers pub, from the classic veterinary TV series All Creatures Great and Small.
Spending time together in new surroundings – be it in a larger group or just the two of you – will boost your wellbeing. And whether you choose North Yorkshire, the Dales, the coast or a town, you’ll find so many geographical gems just waiting to be explored on two, and four, legs.