Are you planning a holiday with your furry friend in the beautiful Peak District? With lush woodland, tranquil moors and impressive mountains, there’s plenty for you and your dog to explore during your break. No matter what time of year you decide to visit, the Peaks are full of fantastic walks, fun attractions and dog-friendly cafes and pubs, so you and your faithful companion can enjoy as much, or as little, as you like!
When it comes to choosing somewhere to stay, you can’t go far wrong with a charming self-catered cottage. Both you and your four-legged friend will have space to spread out and relax, as well as the freedom to come and go as you please. Our collection of dog-friendly properties in the Peak District range from large manor houses to cosy romantic boltholes, so you really can enjoy every kind of break with man’s best friend by your side.
Keep reading for a sneak peek into four of our favourite Peak District properties, as well as a few dog-friendly attractions that you won’t want to miss!
1) Sparrows Roost (Alderwasley, Belper)
This cosy, romantic hideaway has recently been renovated, turning it into a stunning barn conversion perfect for a couples’ break. With modern comforts and luxury furnishings, as well as plenty of character, both you and your pet will love coming home after a day exploring the many beautiful walks right on your doorstep.
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Just a 10-minute drive from Sparrow’s Roost (or an hour’s scenic walk), you’ll find the Crich Tramway Museum. Both dogs and humans can ride the vintage trams, enjoying the scenery and unique experience as they travel up and down a mile-long track, where you’ll find a recreated period street, woodland walk and picnic and play areas. Make sure to check the website for opening times and restrictions during the winter months.
2) Spicer Manor (Ingbirchworth, near Penistone)
If you’re planning a special occasion, or just want to enjoy a luxurious group holiday with all your family and friends, Spicer Manor could be perfect for you. This fantastic property is beautifully furnished throughout, with 15 bedrooms, cinema room, hot tubs, games room and much more! Up to four dogs are allowed and there’s even an especially designed dog cleaning/boot room, ideal for washing those muddy paws! Located at the foot of the Pennines and just a 15-minute drive from the National Park, there’s plenty to keep even the biggest groups entertained.
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Just one of this areas’ lovely dog walks is Marsden Moor, half an hour away by car. This estate is looked after by the National Trust, and is made up of over 5000 hectares of beautiful, rugged moorland. Imagine miles of spectacular, untamed countryside, bursting with colourful heather, open horizons and rolling hills. There are plenty of walking routes to explore, as well as frequent guided walks. Most of these are dog-friendly (apart from sheep sheering and bird watching walks) and dogs are welcome throughout the moor, although must be kept on leads at all times, due to the large amount of wildlife and grazing animals.
3) Winsmore Cottage (Over Haddon, near Bakewell)
This is another charming couple’s retreat in the spectacular Peak District, perfect for escaping for a few days rest and relaxation. With a gorgeous selection of luxury features, including a limestone wet room, boot room and large conservatory, it’s a great place to unwind and enjoy your fantastic surroundings. Up to two dogs are welcome, meaning you can take adventage of the many lovely walks and the pretty nearby town of Bakewell, which has several dog-friendly pubs and cafes.
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Just a 15-minute car journey from this property, you’ll find the famous Chatsworth House. At the time of writing, they’re even holding a special exhibition - ‘The Dog’. This fun day out celebrates man’s best friend with paintings, drawings, sculptures, letters and photographs; all capturing what we love most about our canine companions. The exhibition runs between 23rd Match and 6th October 2019 but even once it ends, there’s plenty for you and your pet to enjoy during a visit to Chatsworth. Dogs are welcome in the 105-acre garden and throughout the even more impressive park, although they must be kept on a lead. Doggy drinking stations can be found across the park, and furry friends are also welcome in the café and shop.
4) Sparrows North (Buxton)
Last but not least, Sparrows North is a spacious period town house with space for up to 8 people and 2 dogs. It’s been recently refurbished, combining stylish décor with period features such as original fireplaces, sash windows and coving. There’s also an enclosed garden, so you don’t have to worry about letting your canine companion out! The property is only a short walk from the centre of Buxton, where you’ll find plenty of dog-friendly eateries and attractions.
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If you’re looking for a nearby dog walk, Grin Low Woods are just a 30-minute walk from Sparrows North, or 10 minutes by car. This beautiful woodland is home to a wide variety of wildlife, as well as a fantastic collection of rare flora and fauna. You can also visit Solomon’s Temple, a beautiful historic building with amazing views over the surrounding countryside. Make sure to pack a picnic so both you and your four-legged friend can relax in one of the picnic sites or enjoy one of many viewpoints!
Of course, this is just the start of what you and your pet can discover in the Peak District. Luckily, with our dog-friendly cottages, you’re never too far from a fun, dog-friendly day out! And once you’ve had your fill of exploring, there’s nothing like returning to your very own home from home to relax, unwind and plan tomorrow’s adventures.
If you love the idea of a break with your canine companion, make sure to explore our full collection of dog-friendly cottages in the Peak District, as well as the rest of the UK.