Best UK dog-friendly holidays with hot tub for a relaxing staycation

Soothe away a day of exploring with your pooch when you book a dog-friendly holiday with hot tub

Dog-friendly holidays with hot tub

by Rosie Floyd |
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For a staycation with your pooch that has the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure, consider dog-friendly holidays with hot tub. Just picture the scene, you’ve spent the day walking for miles on sandy shores or exploring scenic wooded trails with your hound and once you’ve got back to your accommodation, you can sink yourself into a bubbling hot tub to soothe your aching muscles and joints. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? Opting for lodges, cottages or caravans with built-in hot tubs and amenities to suit the needs of a pooch are becoming an increasingly popular choice for travellers seeking dog-friendly holidays where they can pamper themselves and four-legged friends alike.

With more of us than ever wanting to take our pups on holiday with us rather than leaving them in kennels or a pet sitter, dog-friendly holidays with hot tub soon get snapped up. It’s easy to see why as they offer a hint of luxury for you and pooch-welcoming features that will ensure your pooch has a good stay as well, ensuring everyone has a happy holiday. Most dog-friendly cottages with hot tub, and lodges too, offer secure outdoor spaces where your dog can safely play or sit while you’re soaking in the tub so you never have to leave them alone and can keep an eye on them at all times.

Best dog-friendly holidays with hot tub at a glance:

• Best dog-friendly holiday with hot tub in Devon: Corner House – Heanton – view on
• Best dog-friendly holiday with hot tub in Cornwall: The Cabin Retreat – view on
• Best dog-friendly holiday in Norfolk: Springbank – view on

When looking for a pet-inclusive getaway, location is one of the key things to think about. You’ll want to choose one in an area that has plenty of things you can do with your pooch and restaurants, cafés and more where they are welcome to join you so you can ensure they feel included throughout your stay away from home. You may want to opt for dog-friendly holidays with hot tub near the beach so you can enjoy shore-side walkies together every day or maybe you and your pooch would enjoy dog walking holidays so you’ll want accommodation nearby to pet-safe trails.

Whether you’re after dog-friendly holiday lodges with hot tubs in the compounds of a holiday park where you’ll have everything you could need on your doorstep or a cottage nearby to local amenities for a quiet but convenient stay with your pooch, we’re here to help you find the paw-fect staycation. We’ve searched the web to find the best dog-friendly holidays with hot tub so you and your hound can enjoy an adventure-filled but relaxing getaway together.

Best dog-friendly holidays with hot tub

Best dog-friendly holiday with hot tub in Devon

Corner House -

In a prime location that provides a taste of rural life overlooking the North Devon countryside while still being only four miles from the beach, the Corner House is a charming retreat. Surrounded by 17 acres of beautiful garden and woodland, you're able to walk into the local village of Braunton with your four-legged friend in tow, and within an eight-mile radius, there are three beaches to explore too. This super-stylish apartment is beautifully decorated and there's a hot tub overlooking rural Devon. It's packed with features for you and your pooch to enjoy like the Nespresso coffee machine, gas BBQ, Dryrobe use for the duration of your stay and a doggy welcome pack with treats, toys, towels and more inside.

Customer review: "Really lovely accommodation. Very well equipped with everything you could want: tv, WiFi, dishwasher, washer and dryer, fridge. Hot tub was also great. Garden / is hedged and secure enough. We did rearrange the pots slightly to stop our escape artist and he never attempted it after that. Not far from Braunton, you could walk it but quite a steep hill so we always drove. Owners very friendly and welcoming. The doggy basket with towels, shampoo and treats was handy! "


  • Welcome gift for dogs
  • Countryside and beach locations for walkies
  • Stylishly decorated


  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £150 when booking at this property

Best dog-friendly holiday with hot tub in Cornwall

The Cabin

A boutique-style lodge for two plus a pooch with stunning gardens and outdoor space, there's a lot to love about The Cabin Retreat. It's close to the Eden Project and the pretty villages of Fowey and Charlestown so you can enjoy easy access to the beaches and attractions of South Cornwall from this cosy retreat. Just across the road is access to Helman Tor, a nature reserve spanning 500 acres so it's perfect for dog walks. After a day of exploring, head to the private enclosed garden to just simply relax, whether that's with alfresco dining, cuddling up around the fire pit or stargazing from the warmth of the hot tub.

Customer review: "Beautiful place to stay. We couldn't fault anything. The owner was very helpful, and warm. Luna our dog loved the country walks, and the sea. We were located in the middle of the country side, but didn't have to travel far to fantastic pubs to eat. It wasn't far from the sea. We look forward to returning. This is the best stay we have been to. Many thanks. "


  • Secure and private outdoor space
  • Nearby to beaches, nature reserves and other local attractions
  • Access to a fire pit and BBQ as well as a hot tub


  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £150 when booking at this property

Best dog-friendly holiday in Norfolk

Sleeping up to six people and three dogs, the whole family can enjoy a relaxing staycation at Springbank. Situated in the popular coastal town of Wells-next-the-Sea, you're well placed to explore all that the North Norfolk coast has to offer, including one of the UK's most dog-friendly beaches, Holkham. It also boasts impressive far-reaching salt marsh views from the sitting room and elevated decked roof terrace, which is where the hot tub is located so you can soak up the views while soaking yourself. There's also a telescope provided so you can spot rare birds and a plethora of native Norfolk wildlife during your stay.


  • Hot tub on decked roof terrace
  • Telescope for wildlife spotting
  • Private enclosed courtyard


  • 9am check out

Best dog-friendly holiday with hot tub in Lincolnshire

Away Resorts - Tattershall LakesAway Resorts

Set among a beautiful Lakeland paradise, the Away Resorts - Tattershall Lakes has the lovely Lincolnshire countryside at its doorstep and the county's famous beaches within easy reach that you and your dog will fall in love with. It's a great choice for all the family with plenty of activities available to keep everyone busy, entertainment that will have you smiling and delicious dining venues, including one that even serves a doggy menu that includes dog-safe ice cream and Paw-secco. When booking Exclusive level accommodation with a hot tub, your pup will have a welcome pack waiting for them on arrival that includes a bowl, toy, blanket and waste bags.

Customer review: "Booked last minute to take my kids (18 and 14) away for a few days. With my dog. We are used to international travel so were apprehensive about what to expect with a UK break. Absolutely blown away. Due to being last minute ended up with a fishing lodge (I don’t fish!) but that meant we were on a quiet lake with a stunning view. I will pretend to be a fisherman again just for this! Welcome packs: human one had Prosecco, fizzy shloer-type pop for the kids, milk in the fridge. Tea and coffee and some lovely Viennese biscuits. Shower gel and handwash etc. dishwasher also had four days worth of dishwasher tablets. Doggy welcome pack was a lovely touch. Branded tennis ball (my lab is obsessed!) and a doggy fleece blanket, doggy paw-fume, poo bags with a dispenser and some paw wipes.

"The lodge itself was clinically clean. I was amazed. I am snobby and only normally stop in “nice” hotels. But the lodge and the cleanliness made this for me. Beds were pristine. Kitchen and bathroom well above standard I had expected and despite me having a dog and it being a dog friendly lodge there was not one dog hair/trace of a dog having previously stayed. The housekeeping team are literally worth their weight in gold for this!! Hot tub was immaculate and was checked/treated twice a day by site staff. Very professional and unobtrusive. In/fuss dog/sort hot tub/out again. A great team. I could not have asked for more for my first UK stay experience. Will definitely return!!"


  • Dog-friendly menu in one of the on-site restaurants
  • Welcome pack for those staying in Exclusive accommodation
  • Facility for the whole family within the resort


  • 10pm curfew for hot tub use

Best dog-friendly holiday with hot tub in Peak District

The Lodge at Wildersley FarmSykes Cottages

Located on the outskirts of the lovely market town of Belper in Derbyshire, The Lodge at Wildersley Farm is just a 10-minute drive away from Matlock so you're in a prime position to explore the Peak District with your pooch. There are also many nature walks in close proximity so you and your pup can head out on adventures together. It boasts a vast garden space so there's plenty of room for your pooch to play with their toys and have zoomies. After a long day taking in the beauty of the surrounding nature, you can retreat to the hot hub and relax under the stars.


  • Lots of outside space
  • Nature walks nearby
  • Short drive to the Peak District


  • Minimum three-night stay

Best dog-friendly holiday with hot tub in County Durham

Otters HoltSykes Cottages

For a memorable escape to the countryside with your pup, book a stay at Otters Holt. The kitchen is equipped for rustling up a big breakfast before a day of exploring the rural setting that surrounds the lodge. Barnard Castle isn't too far away either for a change of scenery. Otters Holt has a private outdoor space at the front of the property, which comes complete with furniture and a log fire hot tub. Reviewers have said the owners supplied dog blankets and bowls to make their pooch feel welcome.

Customer review: "We brought our two small dogs along with us and I didn't expect two blankets and bowls for them. Also we were spoilt with complimentary Prosecco, milk and biscuits. The getaway was just what we needed and we were welcomed. The hot tub was ready and warm to use and the sky was clear with stars in abundance. We've booked again. Thank you for a lovely stay."


  • Log fire hot tub
  • Amenities, such as a shop and a pub, a very short drive or walk away
  • Remote location


  • The garden is not enclosed

Best dog-friendly holiday with hot tub in The Lake District

Squirrels SnugSykes Holiday Cottages

Squirrels Snug is a beautifully decorated, spacious lodge that offers a great base to explore The Lake District from. It's situated in the Pony Meadow area of White Cross Bay, which sits on the shores of Lake Windermere, so the lake and marina are just a short walk away and you can even catch glimpses of the water from the lodge itself. Within the Park itself, there is a bar and restaurant with outdoor seating that welcomes dogs so you don't need to leave your pooch behind for a bite to eat. Back at your lodge, there's a private hot tub so you can relax in style and take in stunning views as the sun sets.

Customer review: Squirrels snug is a really nice dog friendly lodge well situated on the park. We had a few minor maintenance issues when we arrived which were sorted straight away by the maintenance dept they were brilliant. The hot tub was fantastic absolutely amazing and a real bonus. Overall we had a really lovely holiday and would stay here again. "


  • Restaurant with outdoor seating that welcomes dogs on-site
  • Lake/water views
  • Outside gated decking with private hot tub and outdoor furniture


  • This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100


Is it safe for dogs to get in a hot tub?

As much as many pups love the water, it really isn't safe for dogs to get in a hot tub. The high temperatures and chemicals used to keep hot tubs in tip-top condition can be super dangerous for dogs.

To start with, dogs are more sensitive to heat than humans and when exposed to high temperatures, they typically overheat, which can lead to heatstroke. As much as we humans find plunging into the hot water relaxing and therapeutic, if we expose our dogs to the hot water in the hot tub, it could quickly escalate to a life-threatening situation for your pooch.

The chemicals commonly used in hot tubs, such as chlorine and bromine, can irritate a dog's skin, eyes and respiratory system. If your dog were to swallow some of the hot tub water or lick their fur after being in a hot tub, it could cause an upset stomach, gastrointestinal problems and other health issues for your dog.

If your dog were to accidentally get in the tub or swallow some of the water while you were on your dog-friendly holiday with hot tub, you would want to contact a vet for advice on the next steps. That's why we would recommend researching local vets to where you are planning on staying in case of emergencies.

Essentials for travelling with dogs

Having to remember everything you and your family may need for a holiday is stressful enough, but throw in packing for your pooch as well and you're bound to forget something. To help you know what exactly your pup will need on their holidays, pet insurance provider, Petplan, has put together a list of essentials:

Lead: it may be helpful to take a spare in case this gets lost or breaks.
Dog carrier: if driving to your destination with dogs, you’ll need a harness, boot guard, pet seat belt or carrier to ensure they’re safely secured for the duration of your journey.
Bedding: taking your dog’s familiar bedding will help them settle into a new place.
Waste bags: to ensure you’re cleaning up after your pup on walkies.
Dog food and bowls: ideally, you’ll want to bring enough food for the duration of your trip but you should also research stockists of your pet’s fave food nearby to where you’re staying in case you run out.
Travel bowl and water bottle: handy for on the move and helpful for making sure your pup is fed and watered wherever you go.
Plenty of treats: to reward good behaviour and help them settle.
Towels: to dry their fur and wipe their muddy paws after wet walkies on a nearby dog-friendly beach or woodland area.
Collar and ID: make sure these have your up-to-date contact details in case your pup gets lost.

Rosie Floyd is a Pets, Homes and Garden Product Writer for Take A Break Pets, specialising in all things dogs. She grew up always having at least one dog as part of the family and has experience in owning a variety of breeds, including Labradors, Cockapoos and Yorkshire Terriers.

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