Looking for dog friendly holidays in Wales?
A holiday is about spending time with family, creating memories and having fun. That’s why a holiday isn’t complete without your favourite four-legged friends. Forget the kennels or finding a dog sitter, in this post, you’ll see a range of high-quality holiday accommodation that you won’t need to compromise on.
Whether it’s exploring along the rolling mountains in Wales or feeling the soft sandy beaches off the Welsh coast in their paws. We’ve put together a selection of the finest dog-friendly holiday spots in Wales where you can focus on relaxing and spending quality time with the whole family, as recommended by The Rare Hideaways Guide.
The Rare Hideaways Guide is a sister group to the infamous Welsh Rarebits hotel collection. The Welsh Rarebits have established themselves with over 30 years as the certifiers of high-quality hospitality in Wales. Through invite-only, The Rare Hideaways Guide offer their exclusive membership to only the top self-catered holiday properties. The most deserving collection of properties in this list are known for going the extra mile, delivering a hospitality package in a league above the rest.
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Troedyrhiw has modernised their cottages to perfection, all whilst keeping the original character, stone walls and timber. There are five cottages in all – The Coach House, Gorse Cottage, Oak Cottage, The Stables and The Granary.
The best part? Your furry friends are welcome. By request, Troedyrhiw can provide a dog water bowl, a feed bowl, poo bags and a dog towel.
On the property, there is a small farm with miniature Shetland ponies, pigs, ducks and chickens, a great sight to see for small children. Along with the farm, there’s abundant wildlife and walking too.
Close by is the picturesque town of Cardigan and the beaches and bays of the unspoilt Ceredigion Heritage Coast and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Troedyrhiw is a wonderful destination for long walks and fresh countryside air.
The Farmhouse at Y Ffermdy (near Llandysul)
Y Ffermdy has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence every year for the past five years, which has rightfully earned this wonderful accommodation the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame.
The pretty Farmhouse nestled in the beautiful West Wales countryside near the town of Llandysul welcomes you and up to two well-behaved dogs. The cosy character is a home-from-home, with the traditional wood-burning stove, and an inglenook completing each of the two sitting rooms. Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed with a cake, bread, butter, conserves and other essentials in the spacious farmhouse kitchen.
Visit the Ceredigion coastline just 3 miles away, and take in the spectacular views over the Preseli mountains. There are also numerous beaches, countryside, castles and museums nearby, lots for the family to do. Even more importantly- lots of places to walk your furry family member.
For those lazy days, you can head to the legendary Penbontbren next door for an almighty breakfast, cooked to order using fresh wholesome ingredients, free-range eggs, award-winning sausages and locally cured back bacon.
Doggies are welcome at Glanafon Coach House in Haverfordwest. The house is a stunning open-plan rustic barn conversation at its finest. The upside-down layout with the bedrooms on the ground floor gives the house its charm. With internal and external stairs leading to the living space on the first floor, you’ll be blown away with the double-height lofty ceilings and the wood burning stove.
There is so much to do in the local area. You can take the family out for a day of watersports, from sailing, surfing and windsurfing to kayaking and coasteering. A fun activity is to take boat-trip to a nearby island where you might see puffins in summer or migrating seabirds in spring and autumn. There is even a chance to see a dolphin, seal or even a whale.
Many long walks are perfect for your furry companion too, with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park protecting the coastline and many areas of outstanding beauty inland.
With accommodation for up to 24 guests, The Globe House is sure to be a favourite for pet lovers.
This is an indulgent break, with underfloor heating in the modern bathrooms, monsoon showers and an eight-person outdoor hot tub. There’s even a private rooftop terrace at the top of a broad oak staircase, hidden behind the castellated walls. Perfect for idling away some time with a novel, or using your unique position to survey the village and surrounding fields.
Close by, you can walk to the golden sands of West Angle Bay and if that’s not enough, East Angle bay is within reach with an idyllic harbour for boats and kayaks.
Perfect for dog walks, Angle is a stage stop on the Pembrokeshire coastal path. Walk 17 miles to St Govans (via the famous Freshwater West beach) or 11 to Pembroke, catch the Puffin Coastal Cruiser bus back!
If a bustling nightlife is on your list of to do’s, the lively town of Tenby is a stone’s throw away. With a choice of seaside bars and restaurants, an exciting evening is ahead. A refreshing contrast to the slow-paced relaxation of the Welsh coastline.
St Brides Village apartments welcome dogs in their ground floor luxury apartments at an extra charge. Situated in the vibrant harbour village of Saundersfoot, you’ll be able to step into the beachfront restaurants and sample the boat fresh seafood.
Each of the 14 apartments is individually styled by experienced owners Andrew and Lindsey Evans, to compliment the multi-award winning St Brides Spa Hotel, just a two-minute walk away. As apartment guests, you’ll also have the luxury of visiting the St Brides Thermal Suite and relax in their spa facilities at discounted rates.
You and your pets will have a great vacation here in Saundersfoot. The town is well-known for its wonderful fishing harbour, which was originally built to transport coal from the mines. The only remaining feature is the old tramway tunnel which is now part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Take in the sights, freshwater smells and seaside sound for a peaceful walk.
St. Brides Village apartments are a great stop to explore the local area and to immerse in some relaxing me-time.
Open log fires, underfloor heating, oak stable doors, what more could you ask for in contemporary and newly furbished cottages? At Llanerchindda Farm you can choose from a deluxe stay at either Y Stabl Cottage or the spacious Farmhouse.
At the Llanerchindda Farm, you’ll have a perfectly relaxing vacation with all the family including your four-legged friends. If you fancy taking it up a notch some days, there’s plenty to do. The farm offers a number of activities spread across its 50 acres of the Welsh countryside with spectacular views over Bran Valley and The Brecon Beacons. Try the clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing, off-road driving, trail riding, trials bike course or even taking a long stroll with your pet companion across the edge of the scenic Cambrian Mountains.
You can contact the owners Martin and Lynn prior to arrival and they will even arrange a wonderful welcome pack on arrival, and even complete a shopping list for your every need, making you feel right at home from the moment you arrive.
The Tŷ Mawr is a beautiful collection of five breath-taking properties, The Coach, The Dairy, The Laundry, The Bothy and The Cottage. Taking barn conversions to a whole new level, these top-end, lavish rooms of paradise will make this a vacation you won’t forget. You’ll be surrounded in luxury with the underfloor heating, wood-burning stoves (and unlimited logs), drop-dead gorgeous bathrooms with bathrobes and deluxe toiletries by Anne Semonin, super-comfy super-king-sized beds, fabulous kitchens, state-of-the-art entertainments systems and private patios and gardens complete with the best garden furniture. Each property has a different style that combined the classical charming architecture with a unique modern flair.
What makes this an even better destination? The fact that your lovely dog can accompany you, all while being nestled in the rural and natural surroundings of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Imagine, right on the doorstep the wonderful canal walks or mountain hikes that can be explored. Your dog will be in paradise too.
Foodies will also be spoilt for choice with the wonderful towns of Brecon and Abergavenny close by- the epicentre of good food in Wales.
If an escape away to a hidden lodge is more what you’re looking for then the Maesmawr Farm Resort is for you. You’ll feel rejuvenated at this hidden gem, tucked away in the rolling Montgomeryshire hills, deep in the heart of mystical Mid Wales. The modern designed lodges are spacious with an open plan living room, double bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms. On a starry night, you can immerse yourself in the private hot tub and gaze up at the sky.
Not far from the River Severn you can take the whole family and enjoy peaceful walks as the sounds of the river runs by along the ‘Severn Valley Way’ river path. On the journey, you’ll explore gorgeous Welsh villages with black and white Tudor buildings and the grand Powys Castle. This is the perfect exploration for you and your furry companion.
Llanfendigaid Estate is a Grade II Star-listed building named the ‘Parish of the Blessed’. Incredibly it has been in the hands of the same family for over 800 years, dating back to the 13th century, going through some renovation in 1749. All the classic features have been retained, including priceless antiques, family portraits, and artefacts demonstrating the family home through the ages. The house has more recent renovations including a luxury 28ft by a 14ft indoor heated swimming pool. All visitors to the Estate have access to the pool.
For families with dogs, you can stay at either Stable Cottage or The Cow Shed as they both have wooden flooring.
The Cow Shed is the oldest building on the site, listed graded II*. It was converted in 2015 from a cowshed to a luxurious little retreat. The exterior of the building has as close a resemblance to how it looked originally. On the inside, the latest furnishings have been used to make this a modern, light and airy home. Perfect for pets, The Cow Shed comes with its own very private and secluded garden, and as it is south facing it’s a wonderful little sun trap.
Sable Cottage shares all the same historic listed building grades as The Cow Shed and Llanfendigaid Estate. The cottage is more than you’d expect, with a modern interior complete with a classic wood burner in the living area. Sable cottage also has a beautiful enclosed garden, perfect for up to two well-behaved dogs.
Llanfendigaid Estate has dog owners in mind, so if you forget some doggy essentials they have on hand water and food bowls, dog towels, sofa throws, dog poo bin, dog poo bags, dog treats, lead, collars with local address tag, dog bed and a dog toy.
Close to the mountain of Cader Idris in southern Snowdonia, the house is in an ideal location for hikers and passionate walkers. Especially those of the canine kind! With only being half a mile from the sea you can even explore the beaches for a range of views.
You couldn’t imagine a more elegant country house than the Plas Gwynfryn. As if it came out of a romantic novel, the grand house is as every bit inviting as alluring. Sleeping up to 18 you can exclusively rent out the home on a self-catered basis. Perfect for family get-togethers, reunions, celebrations and small weddings. Not forgetting our friendly four-legged friends, up to two dogs are included in bookings, any extras are chargeable.
As a member of the National Gardens Scheme, the grounds are landscaped to perfection. You will have the perfect scenic view right from your bedroom window. As for the interior, the home is complete with an oak-panelled lounge with wood burner leading to a large, south-facing veranda, drawing room with open fireplace, bar, kitchen complete with Aga and range cooker, and cinema/conference room.
Situated in the true wilderness of Wales between Cardigan Bay and the Rhinogydd Mountains in Southern Snowdonia, you can have the choice of fresh mountain walks or a stroll along the beautiful Shell Island beach.
White Beach Holiday (Beaumaris)
White Beach Holiday is home to three superb locations on the Island of Anglesey, that all give a home to your wonderful dogs. The unique properties are The Cottage, The Windmill and The Tower. For larger groups, the equally lovely Tower, The Cottage and the Windmill can all be rented together and can easily accommodate a memorable celebration for up to a dozen.
White Beach Cottage is a delightful 5- star property in a superb location. With a wonderful coastal path nearby and just a few hundred meters from the stunning White Beach Cove, many of Anglesey’s best beaches are within a 30-minute walk.
Originally a quarry worker’s home, The Cottage is refurbished to perfection. With two extensions and a conservatory added to the original structure, a cosy family of five will fit comfortably, and not forgetting your beloved pet dog.
It’s the small details in The Cottage that make you feel like you’re in a second home. All bedrooms come with beautiful robes, fresh linen and towels. While in the kitchen there’s an espresso/ cappuccino machine, underfloor heating in the conservatory while having a washer/drier for laundry. Then to top it all off you can make the most of starry nights with a barbeque and the outdoor hot tub, situated in your own immaculate private garden.
The Windmill, yes you’ve guessed it, is a converted traditional windmill now a listed building dating 1741. So much care and thought has gone into the restoration of the property. While retaining much of its original and historic character, the property has been built to a breathtaking modern finish and comfort. The interior architecture is built to highlight the best features of the windmill, with a glass table built around the windmill’s central spindle. A high-end kitchen and luxury bathroom can be found on the ground floor, leading out into the landscaped garden and patio with garden furniture, sun loungers, barbecue and spa hot tub.
Now onto the best part. While standing in the windmill top floor living room observatory, a stunning panorama of the landscape even ranging to the Snowdonia range can be seen.
Sister hotel to the Windmill, The Tower is a rare 5 –Star treat. The history of The Tower dates back to the 15th century, and the stone walls have kept strong over the hundreds of years. Inside, the building has been restored to modern perfection. You’ll be welcomed with three stories of lavish and quirky design. With the Tower, you even get a private sun trap courtyard on the private grounds of the stunning Penmarian Mawr manor house. Guests staying at The Tower have exclusive access and use of the Private Pool, Sauna, Gym and Hot Tub Spa.
Your dogs will have a great vacation with you too, as the courtyard gives direct access to the popular Wales Coast Path with beaches close by.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of dog friendly holidays in Wales. Never miss a holiday with your dog again! If you know someone and their pet who would love an overnight stay at any of these properties, then you can purchase a gift voucher here.
For more information on bringing your dogs on these memorable holiday breaks, please contact the properties directly and ask about their individual dog policy, as each destination is independent and will have their own rules. For more information on holidays with pets see the Rare Hideaways Guide.