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Dog-friendly holidays in The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds has the reputation of being for the amblers and wanderers, folk who like a gentle escape that soothes the senses. That reputation is totally deserved, but what’s wrong with that? Keep your tiring extreme sports and cold, windy mountains, we’ll take some green hills and bluebell woods, charming market towns and dog-friendly pubs in villages that glow with the area’s famous honey-coloured stone for a few days of easy, pastoral beauty. Our team of inspectors have been out and found some lovely dog-friendly places to stay, each perfect for the sort of slow and soulful stay that the Cotswolds does so well.

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About Paws & Stay dog-friendly holidays in The Cotswolds

Where did Paws & Stay come from?

Have you ever been to stay in a place that says it’s dog friendly but, when you arrive, seems not too pleased to see you have your four-legged friend with you? That frustrating experience, which many of our dog-owning team know so well, is where Paws & Stay came from. We decided to find the places that genuinely welcome dogs but that humans would also love too.

How do we know each place is good enough?

We inspect every single place we work with, in person and usually with a dog along to see if it passes the literal smell test. Inspecting is about checking for quality and comfort, but it’s also a chance for us to chat to the owners and get a feel for the place. It’s important to know that it will make your dogs and you feel welcome, and that it’ll have a bit of the magic that makes great holiday memories.

What makes a place right for Paws & Stay

If you want the classic Cotswolds experience, head for Bourton-on-the-Water. It can get a little crowded in peak season, but there’s no place like it for a sight of the golden stone that the Cotswolds is famous for. In Lechlade you can rent boats and pootle around on the river, even with your dog on board if they’re up for it. Circencester is a lovely place to stroll, Daylesford Farm Shop is almost worth a trip on its own and if you keep your eyes open you’ll find incredible antique shops in old treasure trove barns.

Where will I find Paws & Stay places?

Our collection contains places we’ve inspected from the west coast of Scotland to the tip of Sussex, via Wales, Northumberland and more. It’s still a relatively small number of places, but that’s because we’re very particular about the ones we accept. We want places where the owners have taken the time to provide you with tips and suggestions that’ll help you explore The Cotswolds, the Hebrides, or wherever you else your dog and you choose to travel.

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