Based in Cheltenham, Bolthole Retreats offers an array of holiday rentals across the Cotswolds.
As the largest independent agency for Cotswold properties, it prides itself on using local knowledge to ensure that every thatched cottage and barn conversion on its books is not only full of rural charm, but ideally located for exploring the best of this beautiful part of the world. Plus, all its properties are exclusive, so you won’t find them anywhere else.
With all the wonderful walks and stunning scenery Gloucestershire has to offer, bring along your four-legged friends when enjoying a staycation in the Cotswolds – with plenty of cosy cottages welcoming them with open arms.
Whether you want to explore the market town fit for a prince; rediscover the joys of bleating sheep and birdsong; or make a dent in the 102-mile Cotswold Way, SoGlos has hand-picked 10 dog-friendly cottages in the Cotswolds to help you do just that.
Offering two extra-large dog baskets, alongside six bedrooms which sleep up to 12 people in total, this secluded country home – with its very own lake – is within walking distance of the local pub and closer still to both the Cotswold Way National Trail and the Monarch’s Way.
Conveniently, the owners of this property run a luxury hamper company and are happy to deliver, too – so that’s breakfast, lunch and dinner taken care of!
For more information, or to book a stay at Grindstone Mill, visit boltholeretreats.co.uk.
Norton Grounds Farm is comprised of four dog-friendly barn conversions, which can be booked individually or all together, to accommodate up to 20 guests.
With its incredible vaulted living room, The Dovecote sleeps six and is lined with row upon row of boulins – or pigeon holes.
As well as 120 acres of farmland to roam, planted by the owners with trees and flowers to encourage local wildlife, the views from the top of Dover’s Hill are well worth the trek too.
For more information, or to book a stay at Norton Grounds Farm, visit boltholeretreats.co.uk
Set up for four guests and one dog, Monument Cottage lies between several of the most popular towns in the Cotswolds, including Chipping Norton, Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold.
Daylesford Organic Farm can be accessed directly from the cottage on public footpaths, while the Darcy Dalton Way is ideal for longer walks.
Fortunately, you won’t have to worry about muddy paws on the furniture, with a dog towel and a hose available in the front garden.
Guests can then relax in the enclosed courtyard garden, beside the wood burner, or head to the dog-friendly Chequers pub just a short walk down the road.
For more information, or to book a stay at Monument Cottage, visit boltholeretreats.co.uk
Keen to ensure its canine guests are made to feel as special as any other member of the pack, The Gallery at King John’s Barn provides a dedicated dog welcome pack, complete with bowl, treats and a ball.
Within the two-bedroom stone barn conversion, which enjoys uninterrupted views of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, you’ll also find maps to help you plan your route around the countryside. Bleating sheep and birdsong provide a fully immersive countryside experience.
For more information, or to book a stay at The Gallery at King John’s Barn, visit boltholeretreats.co.uk
Located in medieval Winchcombe – an accredited ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town – 17th century Barebones Farm is an ideal choice for anyone banking on some walking adventures with their four-legged friends.
While the seven-bedroom property has a spacious lawned garden for up to two dogs to play in, guests also have the option of following the footpaths surrounding Sudeley Castle, or joining the 42-mile Winchcombe Way for a stunning tour of the northern Cotswolds.
For more information, or to book a stay at Barebones Farm, visit boltholeretreats.co.uk
Ideally located for visiting the Cotswolds, this Grade-II listed thatched cottage dating from the 17th century has been painstakingly restored and updated.
Beyond the front door, which is covered in wisteria, Suncroft sleeps six guests, with room for two more in the spacious snug, as well as two small or one medium-size dog.
With countryside walks in every direction, you’ll have earned a reward at the local pub (or a soak in the free-standing bath) after taking on the trails contained in the Welcome Guide.
For more information, or to book a stay at Suncroft, visit boltholeretreats.co.uk
Located in the centre of Tetbury, this Georgian townhouse with its private south-facing courtyard can happily accommodate one small dog, as well as up to four people in its two bedrooms.
The Cotswold market town is renowned for its royal connections, with Highgrove House nearby and plenty of independent boutiques and antique shops to explore, alongside its fair share of cafés, pubs and restaurants.
For more information, or to book a stay at New Church Cottage, visit boltholeretreats.co.uk
With its thatched roof, mullioned windows and roses over the door, this Cotswold stone cottage, part of the Great Tew Estate, is the stuff of fairy tales.
Complete with an enclosed garden, wood burner and an array of walking trails on the doorstep, Lily Cottage is certainly dog-friendly. But there’s no shortage of amenities for humans too, with a pub and a café within striking distance – not to mention celebrity favourite, Soho Farmhouse, in nearby Chipping Norton.
For more information, or to book a stay at Lily Cottage, visit boltholeretreats.co.uk
Located on the outskirts of Oxford, this quirky two-bedroom barn conversion has a secure garden for up to two dogs to run around in.
What’s more, the Little Coach House has been specially designed to keep guests comfortable all year round, with bi-fold doors to bring the outdoors in on warmer days and underfloor heating to help keep the place cosy in the winter months.
With Burford, Charlbury and Woodstock all within easy reach, it makes an excellent base for exploring the Cotswolds with canine companions.
For more information, or to book a stay at the Little Coach House, visit boltholeretreats.co.uk
Packed with original features and every creature comfort, from a chaise longue to a rainfall shower, this family- and dog-friendly cottage is new to Bolthole Retreats for 2022.
While the village of Longborough is best-known for its opera festival in summer, attractions like Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park promise to keep children entertained, while any furry friends in tow will doubtless enjoy exploring the nearby Batsford Arboretum.
For more information, or to book a stay at Yew Tree Cottage, visit boltholeretreats.co.uk
By Eleanor Fullalove
Tuesday 22 February 2022
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