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Dog Friendly Accommodation: Bunkhouses and Hostels

dog friendly accommodation

There are over a hundred hostels and bunkhouses which offer dog friendly accommodation. Situated in rolling countryside and national parks, along stunning coastline and in picturesque villages. They provide ideal self catering accommodation for holidays, dog friendly by arrangement and perfect for family groups. Many provide accommodation for periods as short as one night so are ideal for a stop-over on a long journey. Always contact the accommodation to find out about their arrangements for dogs. What better than a holiday in beautiful countryside with your dog, knowing that your pet will be welcome?

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Dog friendly accommodation in hostels and bunkhouses:

All our dog friendly accommodation is shown on the map above. Click on the marker to see the name of the accommodation. Click on the name to find out more. There are over a hundred dog friendly hostels and bunkhouses in the Independent Hostels network, all welcoming dogs by arrangement. Scattered across the UK from Sussex to the Scottish Highlands they are often in ideal locations for holidays with a dog. There is a wide choice of hostels and bunkhouses in awe-inspiring locations in the national parks of Britain. Many are dotting along the UK’s stunning coastlines ideal for coastal walks and most are in rural locations. From the accommodation you can explore seaside towns, wild moorlands, historic battlefields and ancient hills. Bunkhouses and hostels provide self catering accommodation well suited to groups and, because they provide accommodation for as short as one night, they are ideal for a stop-over to break a long journey.

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Deepdale Granary dog friendly accommodation.

Around a quarter of the accommodation in the Independent Hostels network allow dogs by arrangement. These are all displayed on the map above. On the individual hostel pages look out for the brown dog friendly symbol shown below. This same symbol is used in the printed Independent Hostel Guide. You can send an enquiry to a number of dog friendly hostels using our Send Enquiry service. Look for the ‘Dogs by arrangement’ tick box.

dog friendly symbol
dog friendly symbol

Once you have established that the hostel or bunkhouse you wish to stay in welcomes dogs be sure to pre-arrange your visit with the hostel manager.  Some hostels and bunkhouses have a limited number of dog friendly rooms and the managers will need to check availability.  Other bunkhouses have a policy of only one dog staying at a time, to prevent doggy conflicts. Some of the hostels are on farms where livestock and farm dogs are around, so always keep your canine friends on a lead unless you have been informed otherwise.

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Dog friendly accommodation at Rattray Head Eco Hostel

Hers are some stories from a few of the hostels and bunkhouses providing dog friendly accommodation in our network. DEEPDALE BACKPACKERS in North Norfolk has a dog friendly rooms in the hostel as well as a dog friendly Tipi . Their website also has a guide to the area which tells you about dog friendly pubs, cafés and beaches as well as ideas for walks.   Deepdale’s puppy (Merlin) and border collie (Jack) work with the staff everyday and can be seen doing the rounds on site. RATTRAY HEAD ECO-HOSTEL provides dogs friendly accommodation next to miles of sand dunes ideal for dogs and owners to get away from it all.

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Denton House welcomes dogs.

PENTRE BACH BUNKHOUSE in Snowdonia is eight minutes’ walk from a local pub which welcomes dogs at the bar. There is a sheepdog trainer next door and you can often see him training his collies. The accommodation is dog friendly and the 250 yrd track to the barn has grassy areas all the way down, ideal for constitutional walks. MARTHROWN OF MABIE BUNKHOUSE say “We welcome well-behaved dogs with responsible owners (or vice versa!!)” which always raises a smile! If you think you can behave its well worth the trip to Dumfries. At Marthrown of Mabie you and  your friends can sleep totally surrounded by the Mabie Forest, without a whisper of the noise of modern life. GILFACH WEN BARN welcomes dogs in adjacent to the Brechfa Forest and not far from the Brecon Beacons.  The forest is designated as a dog friendly tourism destination by Carmarthenshire County Council because of the wide range of tracks and trails which walkers have the right to roam on through the forest.  This is great for long dog walks.

Corris Hostel Dog Friendly
Corris Hostel Welcomes Dogs

NEW ING LODGE: Most of our four-legged guests have walked a long way on the Coast to Coast path before reaching us (probably at least twice as much as their owners!), which is why we have a dog bed available, so they too can have a comfortable rest for their tired paws. New Ing also has large grounds at the back of the building for the dogs to stretch their legs as well as a walled garden in front of the house, where the owners can let their dogs run off lead.   

Alex and his dog Jaffa are a great fan of Independent Hostels.

Alex and his dog Jaffa are a great fan of Independent Hostels.   They visited New Ing lodge in winter and had a great time.  They went to the local chip shop, which was dog friendly and provided free refills on chips !  Then had lovely evening back the hostel lounge with Jaffa cuddled up by the wood burning stove.  The next morning they had a great early morning walk to the Abbey returning to a big breakfast at New Ing Lodge.

They have also visited Deepdale Backpackers which provides dog friendly accommodation.  A nice place with early morning walks along the Marsh and a wholes days adventure by taking a liner walk along the coast path and catching the Coast Hopper bus back to the hostel.

In Wales they stayed at Vagabond Bunkhouse near  Betsy Coed and had great weekend away walking.  Alex really liked the bunk beds at Vagabond which were very comfy and private. 

Another dog friendly bunk barn Alex and Jaffa recommend is the Royal Oak in the peak district, next to the Tissington Trial which provides walks along an old railway.  Alex says the Royal Oak does great breakfasts and other meals .

Alex and Jaffa are looking forward to their next dog friendly holiday.  Alex has booked The White Horse Inn bunk house for a big birthday week of walking with friends and family .