A trip to the Jurassic Coast is that much better when accompanied by your four-legged best friend. Here we’ve collated some of our top dog friendly cottages from across Dorset and East Devon, thanks to our Business Partners Canine Cottages.
Each of the properties listed here are offered for booking with dogs in mind, and all are located close to an unmissable Jurassic Coast hot-spot. Pack the lead and dog toys and set their tails wagging!
If you’re headed to the beach with your canine companion, be sure to check our Dog Friendly Beaches page before you go, to make sure you’re following the seasonal rules.
Beehive Cottage, Eype
This charming bijou cottage is perfect for a dog-friendly holiday within easy reach of the coast.
It’s located in the quiet coastal village of Eype, which boasts its own beautiful beach that’s a bit of a local secret! This means you can enjoy relaxing walks with your canine companion, before returning to savour a sunset sip on the cottage’s outdoor decking.
Eype is a short drive from Bridport, which features a fabulous twice-weekly market (on Wednesdays and Saturdays) and loads of brilliant independent shops. It’s also ideally located for a trip to West Bay to the east, or Charmouth and Lyme Regis to the west.
The Cabin, Chideock
This gorgeous, historic cottage is located within short walking distance of Seatown, one of the Jurassic Coast’s most inviting beaches.
The nearby Golden Cap Estate National Trust site also provides endless dog-walking opportunities.
An adventurous inland walk from Chideock is the Dorset “Holloway”, along the spookily titled Hell Lane. This stunning walkway has been naturally formed across centuries of human use, and extends from the village of North Chideock all the way to Symondsbury, near Bridport. This walk and other similar ones were featured in Robert Macfarlane’s 2013 book, Holloway.
Lyme View Cottage, Lyme Regis
Two’s company, but three’s even better with this handsome contemporary cottage for two people and one dog, set just above Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast.
The town’s historic Cobb dates back to at least 1328, making it one of Britain’s oldest coastal defence structures. It cops a daily battering from waves and storms but still stands firm, protecting the town’s inhabitants and visitors alike.
Lyme is also home to Mary Anning, probably the world’s most famous fossil hunter and a pioneer for women in science. You can visit Mary’s grave at the local church, and join other well-wishers by leaving a small fossil atop it in tribute.
Highland Cottage, Purbeck
Step back in time with this charming quarryman’s cottage in the cosy hamlet of Acton, found deep within the Isle of Purbeck (don’t worry, it’s not really an island!).
This cottage wears its geological heritage with pride, retaining its original flagstone floor and incorporating locally quarried stone in its outdoor perimeter wall.
Acton is home to Keates Quarry, one of the Jurassic Coast’s real hidden gems. In the late 1990s, quarrymen discovered a “dinosaur trackway” here – a unique set of footprints made by Jurassic giants who once patrolled this land, 150 million years ago.
Now managed by the National Trust, with support from the Jurassic Coast Trust, Keates Quarry makes for an ideal day trip when staying in Purbeck.
Accompany your visit to the quarry should be a trip to the Square and Compass, one of Dorset’s most famous pubs, found in the village of Worth Matravers. The pub contains its own mini-fossil museum, as well as a terrace that offers glorious panoramic views across the surrounding countryside.
Regency House, Sidmouth
This four-bedroom house in the charming East Devon seaside town of Sidmouth would make a perfect venue for a group retreat, and can accommodate up to 9 people and 2 dogs.
Sidmouth is one of East Devon’s most attractive towns, with a myriad of historic features (such as the Grade II listed Clock Tower Cafe building, pictured here) alongside spectacular red cliffs.
These cliffs date back to the Triassic Period, 250 million years ago, and demonstrate that this area was once a harsh, arid desert, an environment somewhat like Namibia today. Fossils from this period are exceptionally rare, but a few choice specimens are on show at Sidmouth Museum.
Dog walking options in and around Sidmouth are plentiful – there’s Salcombe Hill, a lovely National Trust site with a circular walk not far from town. For a more heart-racing walk, take the South West Coast Path to the west of town for a steep climb up Peak Hill – the views are worth it, we promise!