Penrith is the perfect place for a Lake District stay thanks to its convenience for the M6 and its position on the border of the national park. It's brilliant for bringing along your dog, too, with pet-friendly attractions nearby and hundreds of walks in the Lake District, the Eden Valley, and even the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Read on for a guide to some of our pet-friendly self-catering holiday cottages near Penrith.
Converted from a laundry of a grand house, Park House is a beautiful pet-friendly holiday home surrounding by the rolling countryside of the Eden Valley. It's a fabulous location for active dogs with lots of walks from the door and the both Ullswater and the North Pennines just a short drive away.
Park House sleeps 8 guests and welcomes 2 dogs.
Nestled next to the River Eamont (dogs will love a splash about here!) in a small village just outside Penrith, Rivermead Cottage is a bright, charming cottage with its own garden. If you're a fan of your history, you have plenty to explore with fascinating structures such as King Arthurs Round Table and Mayburgh Henge both within half a mile of the cottage.
Rivermead Cottage sleeps 4 guests and welcomes 1 dog.
This characterful property has plenty of history, as it's a Grade II Listed conversion. Modern touches alongside original features make Low Dykes Barn a really special property. Dogs will love running around in the large grassy garden or splashing about in the stream. The humans in your party will love the gorgeous furnishings and outdoor seating for those long summer nights.
Low Dykes Barn sleeps 6 guests and welcomes 1 dog.
The village of Stainton is just a few short miles from the centre of Penrith. Jesmond Cottage, within the village, is a wonderful base if you're looking to experience tranquil village life within easy distance of the best of the Lake District: Ullswater is close by, as is the stately home of Dalemain and the extensive grounds of Lowther Castle. This cosy cottage is perfect for a couple or small family visiting with their pooch.
Jesmond Cottage sleeps 3 guests and welcomes 1 dog.
The Swallows is a beautiful barn conversion boasting exposed beams, large rooms, and beautiful touches. This indulgent property is a perfect escape for adults and dogs alike, who will enjoy the twisting countryside lanes, the spectacular gardens at Hutton-in-the-Forest, or a boat ride across stunning Ullswater. At the end of each day of adventures, you can all return home and cosy up together in front of the lovely wood burning stove!
The Swallows sleeps 4 guests and welcomes 2 dogs.
Perched high above Ullswater, just a short drive from Penrith, Winder Barn is one of four properties that make up High Winder. As well as bright rooms, stunning views, and parking, there is a shared paddock especially for your dogs to enjoy a run around in! Walks from the front door lead along the fellside or down to the lake. Or why not head into Pooley Bridge for a bite to eat, or to Penrith to enjoy the castle ruins and shops?
Bright and spacious, Bridgeway is a bungalow that's perfect for a mixed party. There's plenty of parking, two large living areas, and a spacious lawned garden. Adults can enjoy a glass of wine on the patio whilst the kids run around with the dogs! Langwathby is bang in the centre of both the Lake District and the North Pennines, giving you plenty of choice for activities. Head to Penrith for charming town life, Alston for a ride on the South Tynedale Railway, England’s highest narrow gauge railway (dogs welcome), or to Ullswater to explore the lake on a pet-friendly heritage steamer!
Bridgeway sleeps 8 guests and welcomes 2 dogs.
Burrellhill is the face of pet-friendly luxury! The entire house is impressive with sandstone walls, indulgent features, varied grounds, and views over the Eden Valley. Heading out, the area has lots to explore with popular cycle routes nearby as well as a network of paths and bridleways. Nearby pet-friendly attractions include the Settle to Carlisle Railway, Acorn Bank and the Lowther Estate. Whatever you choose to do, every feature of Burellhill has been well-thought-out to make sure you return to the highest luxury!
Burrellhill sleeps up to 10 guests and welcomes 2 dogs.
The Nook is full of charm with traditional features blending seamlessly with modern farmhouse-style design. Dogs will love running about the large enclosed garden, and you can keep an eye on them from the fabulous conservatory. Stainton gives you plenty of options for exploring - either the natural delights of the surrounding countryside, several impressive stately homes in the area, or the bustling town of Penrith itself!
The Nook sleeps 6 guests and welcomes 1 dog.
Johnby Hall Barn is a converted outbuilding that belongs to the impressive 14th century manor house, Johnby Hall. High ceilings and cosy decor make this a wonderful place to relax for all the family and pooches and you can even explore next door Johnby Hall yourself! The garden is a delight to explore with lots of nooks and crannies, a walled orchard, and an area of woodland. Johnby's famous sausages are made from the pigs roaming the working farm next door. If that's not enough, there is no extra charge for bringing along your dogs (usually £20 each)!
Johnby Hall Barn sleeps up to 5 guests and 4 dogs.
This sweet, quirky cottage offers flagged floors, a cosy wood burner, characterful beams, and all the modern comforts, too! It's found in Greystoke, a 10-minute drive from Penrith. This lovely village has a vibrant community and lots to do packed into a small place! There is a café, historic church, and even an open-air heated swimming pool! Plenty of bridleways and paths lead in all directions, offering up lots of options for dog walks.
2 Sunny Bank sleeps 4 guests and 2 dogs.
Prices start at £265 for a short break.
Beautiful both inside and out, Iona Cottage is a traditional cottage that has been brought up to modern standards. Full of class, it retains many of its original features including undulating floorboards, exposed beams and window seats where you can admire the lovely views. The village of Bampton Grange is a tranquil place nestled in stunning countryside where you will find plenty of walks for your and your dog to enjoy.
Iona Cottage sleeps 4 guests and 2 dogs.
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