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Dog-friendly cottages in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch

Our dog-friendly cottages in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch offer the perfect retreat for both dog owners and their beloved four-legged companions. From cosy, charming cottages nestled within the Dorset countryside to seafront holiday apartments right on Poole Quay, these dog-friendly holiday lets offer the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing getaway in a beautiful and welcoming environment.

Located amongst a diverse array of beautiful walks perfect for tiring out your furry friends, these dog-friendly self-catering properties provide a fantastic opportunity for families to bond, explore, and create lasting memories without leaving anyone out! 

Dog-friendly holidays in Dorset

The Stable Block, Wimborne 

Sleeps 5

The Stable Block is a charming 3-bedroom cottage with a pretty countryside location near Wimborne, a few miles north of Poole. It features an open plan living, dining and kitchen area with a log burner – perfect for your dog to curl up in front of on those cooler evenings. This Dorset holiday lodge comes with all the modern conveniences you need, including WiFi, a TV, hairdryers and a washing machine. The Stable Block is the largest of a cluster of five dog-friendly holiday rentals, with The Dairy, The Feed Stall, The Lambs’ Pen and The Hay Barn all sleeping two.

There’s an abundance of dog-friendly walks for you to choose from around Wimborne, including the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy estate and a dog playpark at Delph Woods, which is just a 30 minute walk from The Stable Block. On top of that, the River Stour flows through Wimborne, with Eye Bridge offering the perfect place for you and your dog to cool off after a summer walk.

Dog-friendly holidays in Poole

Sandy Shores, Sandbanks

Sleeps 4

The aptly-named Sandy Shores is located on the prestigious Sandbanks peninsula, just a few minutes’ walk to the golden sands of the area’s Blue Flag beaches. The dog-friendly holiday apartment is beautifully presented, with a king size bed in the master bedroom and two bathrooms. In the kitchen, you’ll find a dishwasher, a 6 burner hob and double oven, and an American double-width fridge/freezer!

Sliding doors lead to a patio area with garden furniture which opens onto the communal gardens. There’s a designated dog-friendly beach at the western side of the beach, near the Sandbanks Ferry, where you can hop on for a quick ride across to the beaches at Studland. This self-catering holiday apartment in Poole offers the perfect base for both you and your furry friend to enjoy the beaches together.

Twin Palms, Parkstone

Sleeps 10

Twin Palms is one of our larger holiday homes in Bournemouth, as a modern and stylish four-bedroom, three-bathroom detached house. Two dogs are permitted to join you in the downstairs of the holiday cottage, with French doors in the living room opening onto a private courtyard garden. This Dorset holiday rental can sleep up to 10, with three double bedrooms and one bedroom with two bunk beds perfect for the kids. 

The holiday cottage is located in Parkstone, which is a 15 minute drive from Bournemouth town centre and 5 minutes from Poole. It’s just a short stroll to Ashley Cross, where you’ll find an array of great restaurants, bars, cafes and independent shops, as well as Ashley Cross Green. Perhaps best of all, you’re only a 10 minute drive from the stunning beaches of Sandbanks. 

Lulworth House, Hamworthy 

Sleeps 7

Lulworth House is a beautifully presented family holiday home in Poole with four bedrooms and two reception rooms. The enclosed, private garden is complete with a hot tub (charged separately) and a games room. The open plan living area features a contemporary log burner and Smart TV, with modern appliances including a dishwasher, coffee machine and wine fridge in the kitchen.

Located a stone’s throw away from the coast of Poole Harbour, Europe’s largest natural harbour, this dog-friendly holiday let in Poole is perfect for the whole family. The nearby Hamworthy Park and Beach are dog-friendly year round, with dogs allowed to run around off-lead everywhere but the beach promenade. In the summer, kids can enjoy splashing around in the park’s paddling pool whilst you enjoy views across the harbour to Brownsea Island. 

Quay Cottage, Poole Quay

Sleeps 6

Quay Cottage benefits from breathtaking views of Poole Harbour thanks to its location metres from Poole Quay. This dog-friendly coastal cottage in Dorset has been thoughtfully renovated in a contemporary style and beautifully furnished and decorated in harmony with its seafront location. The private, enclosed courtyard is well presented and equipped with outdoor dining furniture and a BBQ. The cottage has room for one dog to join you, and your family will love the roll-top bath and Smart TVs in every bedroom!

Walk a few minutes westwards and you’ll reach the main Poole Quay, which is lined with an array of restaurants, bars and cafes for you to enjoy. East, you’ll find Baiter Park, which is a dog-friendly area perfect for walks.

Gulliver’s, Lilliput

Sleeps 4

This sweet, dog-friendly holiday cottage in Dorset sleeps 4, welcomes dogs, and even features an Aga! There is an enclosed, private garden with a patio to the rear, which is accessed through French doors in the dining room. Both bedrooms have their own ensuite, and there’s a third shower room on the ground floor. 

The Blue Flag sandy beaches of Sandbanks are just a 5 minute drive from Gulliver’s, which is located in Lilliput. There’s an array of beautiful areas to walk your dogs surrounding the Poole holiday let including the gardens and tearooms at Compton Acres, Luscombe Valley Nature Reserve and Evening Hill, which features a seafront footpath. 

Dog-friendly holidays in Bournemouth

Coniston Hotel, Alum Chine

Sleeps 12

Coniston Hotel is a spacious six-bedroom house converted from a former hotel located a stone’s throw away from Alum Chine beach. Perfect for larger families or groups, each bedroom has its own ensuite with two of the bedrooms even featuring their own kitchenettes. There’s space for up to four cars to park off-road to the front of the dog-friendly holiday property, plus a private courtyard garden to the rear with comfortable seating. The kitchen is fully kitted out with everything you could need, including a coffee machine and rice cooker, and there’s a separate utility room with a washing machine and tumble dryer.

Alum Chine beach has a designated dog-friendly area on the west side of the beach office. Alum Chine itself is a charming ravine which leads down to the beach, surrounded by lush greenery and a peaceful stream cascading through the gorge. A 30 minute walk from Alum Chine along the beach will take you to Bournemouth Pier, which is a 10 minute drive. Venture west, and you’ll find the beaches of Branksome Chine, Canford Cliffs, Shore Road and Sandbanks Beach.

The Hideout, Westbourne

Sleeps 4

This spacious one-bedroom self-catering holiday apartment in Bournemouth is conveniently located a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Westbourne. A holiday let perfect for couples or small families, the apartment comes with a large, comfortable sofa bed in the living room, and you can even bring one small dog (or cat!) to join you. The kitchen is fully fitted with everything you may need, including a slimline dishwasher and microwave. There’s even a Smart TV in the bright, open plan living area.

The area is ideal for dog walkers, who can head down to the wooded gardens at both Alum Chine and Branksome Chine and through to their respective beaches. The beach between the two beach offices is dog-friendly all year round, so you can let your dog off the lead to run to their heart’s content! For more information, check out our blog on dog-friendly beaches in Bournemouth.

Dog-friendly holidays in Christchurch

The Coast House, Christchurch (River Stour)

Sleeps 6

The Coast House is a three bedroom townhouse with a cosy living room complete with a Smart TV, and a private garden to the rear – perfect for alfresco dining. If you’re looking for dog-friendly accommodation in Christchurch, look no further – one dog is welcome to join you for your holiday in this sweet townhouse that sleeps 6. Allocated parking, two double bedrooms plus a twin, a large, walk-in shower and dishwasher will all make your time here as stress-free as possible.

This dog-friendly holiday cottage in Dorset is situated almost on the banks of the River Stour, which is lined with an abundance of places ideal for walking your dog. You’re just a few minutes walk from the Captains Club Restaurant and Spa, as well as just 10 minutes walk from the charming town of Christchurch, complete with its quay. For the perfect day out with your dog, head down to Hengistbury Head, which is dog-friendly year round!

The Willows, Christchurch (North)

Sleeps 6

If there’s an award for Most Charming Holiday Cottage – we’d like to nominate The Willows. From its beautiful, functional log burner to the free standing roll-top bath, this old railway cottage dates back to 1925 and is full of character and period features. Perhaps best of all, you can bring up to two dogs, who will love the pretty courtyard which is private and enclosed. There’s plenty of parking in front of the cottage, plus TVs in all three bedrooms, the kitchen and the living room – just because this Christchurch holiday let is steeped in history, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the modcons!

This picturesque Dorset holiday cottage is located north of Christchurch, near St Catherine’s Hill nature reserve which is a lovely, peaceful place to walk your dog. The cottage also backs onto a paddock, which is home to some horses – and sometimes even cows! The Willows is also ideally situated to be used as a base while you explore the nearby New Forest National Park, where you’ll enjoy incredible scenery, free-roaming wildlife and countless dog-friendly walks.


Looking for dog-friendly accommodation for your next family holiday? We hope you’ll love these holiday cottages in Dorset just as much as we do, and we’re here to help you with your holiday every step of the way. 

Our range of self-catering holiday properties in Christchurch, Poole and Bournemouth are each beautifully unique – whatever you’re looking for, we’re passionate about finding the perfect holiday property for you. From quaint cottages for small families to spacious, modern five-bedroom houses, we’re proud to offer a true home-from-home experience on Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast.

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