The long wait for a holiday break is almost over, with English residents able to enjoy a stay at self-catered holiday accommodation from April 12.
Over lockdown 3.2 million UK households welcoming a pet into their home meaning some of us will be carrying extra baggage when we set off on our travel.
However, despite being man and woman’s best friend, four-legged pals aren’t always welcome at holiday cottages, with many lets charging a premium price to host furry friends.
Fortunately for dog owners we, with the help of Sykes Cottages, have sniffed out some of the best holiday cottages who provide a warm welcome to you and your pet.
With sprawling beaches on its doorstep and gorgeous Cornish views wherever you look Woodhall is made for dog owners and their relentless companions.
An all-ground-floor property, the property is well-suited to a large family with canine companions, with the open-plan living room’s balcony doors offering direct access to the Cornwall countryside.
Bodmin Moor can be found nearby, with miles of grassland, rivers, and prehistoric hut circles to fill up summer days with your pet.
Sunshine Cottage, North Yorkshire Moors & Coast
This pet-friendly property is situated in the heart of Whitby.
The spacious interior paired with a private terrace and rear garden – that has wonderful views over the harbour – offers ample room for restless pets to let off some steam.
More adventurous canines can wander along Whitby’s cobbled streets or sprint up and down the town’s beach. There’s also the option of visiting the town’s famous abbey, or traditional tourist spots such as Robin Hood’s Bay which is a short scenic drive away.
Eel House Cottage, Cumbria & The Lake District
Eel House Cottage can be found on the peaceful private grounds of Graythwaite Estate, a private family-run estate in the Lake District.
The traditional stone cottage has a pretty patio that looks over a spacious garden meaning owners can enjoy a well-earned glass of Cumbrian ale or a glass of bubbly with an eye on their pet at all times.
You can also enjoy a change from your monotonous lockdown dog walk with a hike up Walna Scar or Black Crag Peak.
Briar, Cumbria & The Lake District
Another Lake District venue popular with dog owners is Briar - a charming collection of Victorian farm buildings set amongst 5000 acres of private woodland.
Holidaymakers can enjoy a relaxing stroll around Lake Windermere with their pooches in tow, or simply explore the ancient forest in their back garden
If weather allows it owners and pets can fire up the barbecue and enjoy a mouth-watering feast.
Little Argham Cottage, North York Moors & Coast
Little Argham Cottage is a great base to discover the Yorkshire countryside and the popular coastal resorts of Filey, Bridlington and Scarborough.
With a spacious open plan living area, the cottage has comfy furnishings and a woodburning stove for dogs to curl up next to after a day of exploring.
The surrounding area offers an array of activities, from walks and cycle trails to stately homes such as Sledmere House and Burton Agnes Hall.
Primrose Cottage, Devon
This pretty detached stone built cottage is tucked peacefully away in an idyllic location on the banks of the river Yeo.
Close to Exmoor National Park, yet a just short drive from the coast, Primrose Cottage spoils dog walkers for choice.
The garden itself, lined with mature fruit trees and hemmed in by the river, provides the property with an X-factor, where you and your furry friend can relax after months indoors
The Patio Flat, Cornwall
The Patio Flat can be found within a Georgian rectory, located between the North and South Coast of Cornwall.
The property’s huge windows overlook the sprawling garden and offer views towards the beach – ideal for keeping an eye on pets while they roam the grounds.
Visitors can enjoy the three acres of flower-filled gardens around the property, that were once visited by Queen Mary who herself was the owner of a Cairn Terrier.
Sutherland Barn, Somerset
This wonderful listed property, Sutherland Barn is perfect for anyone who fancies heading west with their canine chum
This property is a gem for walkers where five minutes away by car is the beach and Boatyard and nature reserve of Uphill, with its quaint café, you can enjoy refreshment after a walk.
You can also visit the natural wonder of Cheddar Gorge and follow the trail taking you to the cathedral-like caves.
Sea the View, Cornwall
Set looking over the charming village of Sennen, you will find the singular dwelling of Sea the View.
Surrounded by the glorious Cornish countryside and the vast white beaches this apartment is ideal for a family of four travelling with their canine companions to the south west.
The Wain House, Worcestershire
Originally part of a 19th century stable block, these pretty red brick cottages have been painstakingly renovated, boasting original, exposed beams and trusses throughout, yet offering all the comforts of modern living.
You can introduce your dogs – so long as they’re kept on a lead - to a pair of neighbouring alpacas.
They can be let off their leads at nearby Wenlock Edge a narrow limestone escarpment that runs through nearby Shropshire.