Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District

One of the United’s Kingdoms most beloved national park’s the Lake District (now declared a Unesco World Heritage Site) is visited by a whopping15 million every year. It’s glistening lakes, mountain tarns, craggy hilltops and miles of unspoilt countryside have drawn everyone from romantic poets and artists to vacationing families and happy campers. It’s also a truly fantastic place to holiday with your furry friend – with so much lush green space for them to run around and rivers and lakes to swim in and explore, your pooch will enjoy the holiday just as much as you! You’ll also find that many towns welcome dogs into shops and pubs and cafes often have tables outside so both you and your dog can enjoy the superb unspoilt scenery. If you’re thinking of staying overnight too, here’s a selection of the some of the best dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District…

Wateredge Inn, Ambleside – fishermen’s cottages turned dog friendly hotel on the banks of Lake Windermere

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Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

Situated directly on the edge of Lake Windermere, the Wateredge Inn is a 4-star, family hotel that offers stunning views out across the water and into the valleys beyond. You and up to two of your four-legged friends can enjoy a warm welcome at the Watersedge Inn, with pet-friendly bedrooms available on request. You can all dine together at breakfast time in the lower bar area but will need to be kept on a lead at all times. For fun and frolics away from the hotel, Borrans Park is right next door and perfect for a short walk in the beautiful Lake District countryside.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange. 

  • Prices from £60 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Wateredge Inn

The Daffodil Hotel & Spa – upscale pet-friendly hotel located on Grassmere water

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Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

An upscale, contemporary hotel situated in the tiny village of Grassmere that offers a heady blend of luxury interiors and stunning Cumbrian scenery. Housed in a grand Victorian building, the 4-star Daffodil Hotel and Spa provides a sumptuous base from which to explore the Lake District area. Your small, well-behaved dog is welcome to join you at The Daffodil Hotel on request. Some of the bedrooms at this pet-friendly Lake District accommodation have been designated as pet-friendly, and although your furry friends are not allowed to eat with you inside the hotel, they can join you on the patio. With miles upon mile of country walks available right on your doorstep there are plenty of adventures to be had.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange. 

Low Wood Bay – stunning lakefront resort and marina in Lake Windermere

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Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

This 18th-century coaching inn is a landmark, the 4-star Low Wood Bay Hotel that sits directly on the shores of Lake Windermere. With a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, fitness suite and an outdoor thermal experience, you can feel revitalised entirely while taking in the stunning views out across the Lake. With cosy, contemporary interiors you and your dogs can enjoy long walks in some of the most beautiful countryside the UK has to offer. Set some distance away from the nearest town, Low Wood Bay is an ideal retreat for you all to enjoy. Dog-friendly rooms are available on request, and segregated dining options are also possible.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange. 

  • Prices from £120 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Low Wood Bay

Waterhead Hotel – stylish townhouse dog-friendly hotel on the lake shore near AmblesideTop 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global GrasshopperTop 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

This picturesque retreat is situated beside Coniston Water in the Lake District. The 4 star Waterhead Hotel offers a comfortable and a friendly home-from-home feeling, visitors can enjoy sumptuous furnishings, cosy lounges and breathtaking views out across the countryside. A mid-range hotel with plenty of character, this is the perfect spot from which to explore the Coniston area. Dogs are very welcome here and there are a variety of dog-friendly rooms available. The gorgeous gardens are perfect for on-lead explorations with your well-behaved dog. You can enjoy a drink together on the patio, or dine together in the bar.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange. 

  • Prices from £100 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Waterhead Hotel

The Inn at Grasmere – former coaching inn in GrasmereTop 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global GrasshopperTop 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

The Inn at Grasmere is a luxury Lakeland hotel that offers beautifully appointed bedrooms, and cosy open spaces, as well as its very own traditional village pub and restaurant. There is also an indoor heated swimming pool, spa bath and sauna for winding down after hiking the surrounding hills. A well-behaved woofer is always welcome, and while your dog is not able to join you in the restaurant or lounge during food service, they can sit with you in the pub bar. The hotel can provide pet bedding on request, and dog-friendly bedrooms are available.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange. 

Grange Boutique Hotel – stunning pet-friendly boutique in Grange-over-SandsTop 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global GrasshopperTop 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

This 4-star boutique hotel in the gorgeous town of Grange-over-Sands offers individually designed bedrooms in a traditional Victorian mansion house. Guests at the Grange Hotel can relax and unwind in the cosy hotel lounge, or sip a refreshing drink in the evenings, or join fellow diners for continental or cooked breakfasts in the morning. There is also a private terrace garden for making hay when the sun shines. Your four-legged friend can join you at the Grange Hotel, where dog-friendly bedrooms are available. Together you can enjoy any of the numerous walks that start close by including the Cumbria Coastal Path and Cistercian Way or take a break in one of the many dog-friendly pubs or cafes.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange. 

  • Prices from £90 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Grange Hotel

Macdonald Swan Hotel, Grasmere – one of the oldest hotels in the Lake District

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Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

Initially built in 1650 as a coaching inn, The Macdonald Swan Hotel was even mentioned in the Wordsworth poem “The Waggoner”. As one of the oldest hotels in the Lake District, you can be sure to find plenty of cosy interiors, exposed beams and blazing log fires, as well as magnificent extensive gardens and an impressive restaurant. This mid-range hotel is happy to welcome well-behaved dogs to stay at the hotel, and you and your furry friend can sleep soundly in any of their dog-friendly classical bedrooms. Dogs are also allowed in various areas of the hotel provided that they are kept on a lead. The hotel itself is surrounded by mile upon mile of country walks for you all to enjoy together.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange. 

Merewood Country House Hotel – a fine country house pet-friendly hotel overlooking Lake Windermere

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Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

As one of the finest country hotels in the Lake District, Merewood Country House Hotel offers spectacular views, stunning interiors and extraordinary service and hospitality. This 4-star country house hotel is set in its very own secluded, twenty-acre estate of beautifully landscaped gardens, woodlands and meadows, and is ideally located for exploring the towns and villages of the Lake District beyond. Four-legged guests are just as valued at this pooch-friendly Lake District hotel as two-legged ones are. They can stay in any of the bedrooms, and there will be a dog blanket, bowl and treats available on arrival. Dogs are welcome to explore the hotel with you, and you can eat with them in the lounge if you wish to. Outside, there are plenty of beautiful walks to choose from.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange. 

The Travellers Rest Inn –  original 16th century coaching inn on the outskirts of Grasmere village

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Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

As a 16th-century coaching inn on the outskirts of the Lakeland village of Grasmere, the Traveller’s Rest Inn is every bit as quaint and cosy as you would imagine it to be. Offering mid-range accommodation with plenty of character, as well as a hugely popular traditional Lakeland pub and restaurant, this is a great place to rest up after exploring the beautiful Lake District. Your dog will be just as welcome as you are, and will be able to stay with you in one of the dog-friendly bedrooms. They are also welcome to join you for drinks or breakfast in the bar area. When it comes to walk time the gentle hike from Grasmere Lake to Rydal Water, is perfect for both you and your pet to enjoy.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange. 

Overwater Hall, Ireby

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Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

Overwater Hall is an elegant 18th-century country house hotel, tucked away in a peaceful location in the heart of the Lake District. Set in 18 acres of formal gardens and woodland, this mid-range hotel affords stunning views out across Skiddaw and the Uldale Fells. Offering clean, cosy and unpretentious accommodation, this family-run dog-friendly Lake District hotel is one of the best-loved in the area. Dogs are genuinely welcome to stay at this hotel, and the staff and owners go out of their way to make your four-legged friend feel comfortable. Dogs can sleep in all of the bedrooms, and they will find a homemade dog biscuit waiting for them. They are welcome to join you in the hotel lounges and when it’s time to get some exercise the hotel grounds are perfect for dogs both on and off the lead.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange. 

  • Prices from £75 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Overwater Hall

Ravenstone Manor Hotel, Bassenthwaite – one of the most dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District

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Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

This is a traditional 4-star country manor house hotel that looks out over the foothills of Skiddaw and further west across the valley to Bassenthwaite Lake and the fells beyond. While fabulous views come as standard everywhere in the Lake District, accommodation as good as the Ravenstone Manor Hotel doesn’t always. Refurbished bedrooms offer charm and elegance, while communal areas are opulent yet comfortable. As one of the most dog-friendly hotels anywhere in the Lake District, your four-legged friend is welcome to stay in any of the bedrooms, and dine with you in the lounge area or enjoy drinks at the bar. With some of the best walking routes in the UK right on your doorstep, the lakes and mountains surrounding nearby Keswick are perfect for long adventurers with your best friend.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange. 

Damson Dene Hotel – a modern spa hotel in Crosthwaite

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Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

Tucked away in the tranquil Lyth Valley, the Damson Dene Hotel offer fantastic spa facilities and breathtaking views out across the Lyth Valley. Close to the bustling towns of Bowness and Lake Windermere, the Damson Dene is tucked away to ensure a genuinely peaceful stay for every visitor. The interiors have the feel of a cosy country house, while upgraded rooms have four-poster beds and whirlpools. Unwind entirely with the use of the indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and free spa treatments available here. Your well-behaved dog is more than welcome to enjoy a stay at Damson Dene too. There are pet-friendly bedrooms, and your best furry friend can join you in all areas of the hotel except for the restaurant.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange. 

  • Prices from £60 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Damson Dene Hotel

Newby Bridge Hotel –  modern hotel very near Lake Windermere Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

The Newby Bridge Hotel is a family-friendly, mid-range, Cumbrian hotel located near the southern end of Lake Windermere. Unpretentious, welcoming and with elegant antique style bedrooms and comfortable communal areas, this is an excellent base from which to explore the beautiful town of Ulverston and beyond. There is also a small pool and extensive gardens to visitors to enjoy. Your four-legged friend is welcome to stay with you in one of the designated dog-friendly bedrooms, and while they may not be able to accompany you in all areas of the dog-friendly Lake District hotel, they will be very welcome in The Huntsmans Bar. When it comes to getting out and exploring, the grounds are perfect for your dogs and so are the many walks available right outside the hotel door.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange. 

The Lodge in the Vale, Keswick – located in one of the most picturesque Lakeland valleys

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Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

This cool, contemporary lodge style B&B hotel offers fuss-free accommodation for those looking to explore the Lake District. Situated in one of the most picturesque Lakeland valleys between Keswick and Grasmere, the 4-star Lodge in the Vale accommodation sits right in the heart of the Lake District National Park. When staying at the Lodge, your dogs are welcome in all areas of the building but are respectfully asked not to join you during breakfast. With easy access to Keswick, there are tons of excellent walks for you to enjoy including the stunning ramble from the Lodge to the Castlerigg Stone Circle.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange. 

Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel, Ullswater – upscale dog friendly hotel set in a grand estate

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Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District Global Grasshopper

The Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel is a stunning luxury country guest house that combines opulence and comfort right on the waterfront at Ulswater. This mid-range hotel was once famous for inventing sticky toffee pudding but is now home to one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the region. Great formal dining is available here, as are stunning views out across the water. The Garden Rooms sit slightly apart from the main house and offer dog-friendly accommodation that is just as luxurious as the other rooms. They are also close to the hotels very luxury dog shower room, which comes fully equipped with toiletries, hairdryer, warm towels and even the occasional treat or two. For long walks, the Lake is right on your doorstep.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange. 

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