We like dogs, so dogs go free at our dog-friendly holiday cottages in Suffolk!
There’s an ever-increasing demand for dog-friendly self-catering holiday cottages. Therefore, we are delighted to offer a whopping 240+ holiday cottages in Suffolk that accept pets! We are a truly pet-friendly holiday cottage company. Actually, we are one of the very few agencies that don’t charge extra for furry friends. We encourage you to bring your dog and start exploring Suffolk!
A well-behaved dog would be more than welcome at any of the properties listed on this page. Please mention at the time of booking if you wish to bring your pet.
Why bring your dog to Suffolk?
Much of East Anglia is dog-friendly, but Suffolk is particularly welcoming and the perfect location to treat your family and pets to a wonderful holiday. With a high proportion of pubs that welcome four-legged friends, plus miles of beaches and countryside walks to enjoy, dogs will feel right at home!
Some of our favourite things to do with dogs in Suffolk
Suffolk has 50 miles of coastline, much of which is open to dogs. Some popular stretches of beach do have restrictions during the summer months. Please check the signs at each location. The good news though is that from October through April there are no dog restrictions on Suffolk’s beaches! You and your furry friend can roam freely on any stretch of beach you like between these months.
Even during the summer months, there is a mile of gorgeous dog-friendly shingle beach to the North of Aldeburgh which is well signposted. Freely wander this spectacular stretch of beach from the Wentworth Hotel to Thorpeness. Stop at the Dolphin Inn in Thorpeness after working up an appetite to rest and recharge.
Dunwich allows dogs throughout the year and is a haven for canines and owners alike! You will both love exploring the sand and heathland. After a long walk, you can enjoy a cold beverage in The Ship Inn whilst your pooch tucks into a dog biscuit.
Walberswick & Southwold
Walking in a northerly direction from Dunwich you can reach Walberswick in about 2 miles. Continue walking to get to Southwold, accessible by foot-ferry (that will take dogs feeling brave!) or over the Bailey footbridge. When visiting in summer, be aware that the main beaches of Southwold have pet restrictions in place. Southwold Denes, however, is dog-friendly throughout the year, located just North of the main beach.
Covehithe near Southwold is Suffolk’s best-kept-secret. Head to here at any time of the year if seclusion with your four-legged friend is what you desire. Only accessible by foot, enjoy walking along the quiet lane towards the sea (although keep the dog on a lead because of the nearby pig fields!) Once on the beach, let your furry friend loose on the open beach for a game of fetch and a swim in the sea.
Also open all-year-round, Kessingland is a gorgeous tranquil sand and shingle beach. Head to this location to sniff-out some history, as archaeologists have found Palaeolithic and Neolithic tools here! Beautifully backed by low-cliffs, this unspoiled, wild beach rarely feels crowded even when the sun is shining.
Right behind Kessingland beach sits the spectacular Benacre Nature Reserve, where dogs on leads are welcome. Extend your walk here and see how many of the birds that use this reserve you can spot. Known inhabitants include marsh harrier, bearded reedling, water rail, ducks, and, in some years, bittern.
Pakefield is a spectacular coastal location that similarly has no restrictions. Yet another perfect place for year-round walks. Woof woof hooray!
Our Suffolk coastal cottages are the perfect place to base yourselves to explore these beautiful beaches. Check them out here.
2. Country Walks
As well as beautiful beach walks, rural Suffolk is full of stunning countryside, much of which is welcoming to dogs. A few of our favourite walks include:
Orwell Country Park near Ipswich has almost 470 acres of parkland next to the Orwell estuary, with numerous gorgeous trails to explore. There’s even one that reaches down to the shore where your dog can have a paddle. The park also includes Pond Hall, a working farm. Please take note of the signs, remain on the footpaths, and keep your dog on a lead.
Bury St. Edmunds
Hardwick Heath in Bury St Edmunds is 55 acres of open space where your dog can run freely. Numerous walks await and facilities include a children’s playground, picnic area, and toilets.
For something a little different, head over to Rendlesham Forest, well known for the famous UFO sighting in 1980. Follow one of the several signposted walking trails with UFO-themed exhibits to enjoy, plus picnic tables and playground.
One of the finest Suffolk walks you can take is along the Sailor’s Path. Follow in the historic footsteps of the seamen who used to trade along this part of the coast. When their boats got stuck in the Snape Maltings mud at low tide, the sailors would follow this path back to their homes in Aldeburgh. The full walk is six miles and takes you on a journey through the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
For a slightly shorter (but no less beautiful) walk, park opposite Aldeburgh golf club before heading into the woodland. Our blog post about this walk gives you a little taster of the stunning sights in store!
Lavenham is a beautifully preserved medieval wool town and a great place for walking with your dog. Lavenham Walk follows part of the old railway line between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury. This walk also passes through a wonderful wildlife area where your dog will need to be kept under control.
Wanting even more inspiration? Check-out the Best of Suffolk team’s favourite dog walks on our blog here. If you’d like to explore more of the Suffolk countryside, why not book one of our pet-friendly holiday cottages in Suffolk?
3. Pubs & restaurants
It’s pretty easy to find a Suffolk eatery that will also welcome your dog!
For dog-friendly pubs, The Deben Inns group of 6 pubs are all dog-friendly and some even provide dog treats.
When you are visiting the spectacular Suffolk seaside, the Westleton Crown and Ship Inn at Dunwich not only offer delicious food for owners but also have dog bowls in the bar area.
Whether staying in one of our dog-friendly holiday cottages in Thorpeness or only visiting, be sure not to miss the spectacular Dolphin Inn. Enjoy the beautiful beer garden in the summer or cosy-up in front of the fire in the dog-friendly bar. Delicious treats await for humans and dogs alike.
If you’re looking for something more sophisticated, head to The Dog in the village of Grundisburg. The Dog is a stylish restaurant and provides (often homemade) dog biscuits and a water bowl on arrival. As the name would suggest, dogs are welcome everywhere in this restaurant. This means you can even pre-book a table for you and your furry friend! Let them know how big your four-legged companion is when you book and they will make sure you have enough space.
Home with Paws in the market town of Bury St Edmunds is not only a dog-friendly café but a grooming parlour too! A fabulous dog play area including a ball pool and a bubble machine has also recently been installed. Head here for ultimate doggy pampering.
Harbour Café in Southwold offers stunning views of Southwold Harbour. Visit for fresh food made every day, sourced mostly from local suppliers. There’s always a box of dog biscuits on the counter and plenty of outdoor seating that makes this café a perfect stop on your dog walk. If this sounds good, we have a selection of dog-friendly holiday cottages in Southwold to consider
Honey and Harvey in Woodbridge is another perfect place for owners and dogs to savour. This coffee shop serves gorgeous artisan coffee, delicious breakfasts and lunches created from locally sourced high-quality organic ingredients, as well as doggy treats.
Situated on the edge of Beccles Common is doggie delight Paws For Tea. After a walk around the common, head to this cosy tearoom for fresh water bowls and doggie treats. You owners can enjoy light lunches, including freshly made sandwiches, toasties, homemade soup, cheese scones and a large selection of delicious cakes.
At Snape Maltings dogs cannot enter any of the concert venues or shops. However, they are welcome on the terrace seating outside the Granary Tea Shop, Concert Hall Café and inside part of the Plough and Sail Pub. Snape Maltings is set within an area of outstanding natural beauty and has extensive walks for you to enjoy with your pooch.
With so many options to choose from, you’re never far from a dog-friendly pub in Suffolk. Read about even more dog-friendly fun here on our blog.
4. Family Fun Days
We know it’s not easy to please all the family all the time, but Suffolk has a wide variety of activities that suit everyone.
If you’d like to explore Suffolk differently with your dog, take a trip on a scenic boat tour or hire a self-drive boat at Oulton Broad. You’ll all enjoy fantastic views of the Suffolk countryside and a host of wildlife.
Another popular attraction is the Suffolk Punch Trust at Hollesley. Here you can admire this iconic breed of heavy horse, alongside a range of other farm animals. The centre host a heritage museum, and the numerous walking trails around the 200-acre farm are sure to tire any pooch out!
Suffolk farm attractions such as Jimmy’s Farm or Easton Farm Park are a must-visit for kids as well as dogs. Well-behaved dogs are allowed on leads at both locations, meaning everyone can enjoy seeing all the animals!
The fairy-tale village of Thorpeness also entices dogs and children alike. Enjoy the simple pleasure of hiring a rowing boat and exploring the Meare and its islands, all charmingly named by the creator of Peter Pan. Dogs are welcome to join you on this enchanting trip, as long as they are kept under control and do not disturb the wildlife (including many swans!)
The ultimate event for dogs and dog-lovers in Suffolk is the annual Suffolk Dog Day held in July. Head here for fun dog classes to enter, prizes to be won and many other activities for dogs, owners and children alike. This is a fantastic fund-raiser for The Suffolk Foundation so the charity can help voluntary groups and organisations throughout the county. Held at the stunning Helmingham Hall annually this is a great event for dogs and dog lovers. Not to be missed!
Another unmissable annual event is the Southwold Sausage Dog Walk. Initially started to support Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD, this is certainly a fun-filled event that also supports a worthy cause.
Many shops in Suffolk will also allow dogs to accompany you. Connected to the famous brewery, the Adnams Southwold Store and Café has a large collection of beer, wine, and spirits, many of which you can try at the tasting bar. Dogs on leads are permitted to join you for tastings. They can even have some Southwold water in a bowl! Even better, this also goes for the shops in Aldeburgh and Woodbridge too.
One you certainly can’t miss is Wag & Bone on Aldeburgh High Street. This shop is a true haven for dogs and dog-lovers alike. Sniff out everything from essentials such as leads, collars and a range of Ethically Sourced Natural Foods to doggy bow-ties. They even sell ‘Pawseco’, so dogs can lead a life of extravagance whilst staying in one of our luxury holiday cottages. You can enjoy 10% off purchases at here if you spend £30 when you become a member of our rewards scheme!
Fantastically, the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds has officially declared itself as dog-friendly! Look out when you’re exploring the streets and lanes for a paw print logo in the windows of independent cafes, pubs and even a designer boutique. All of these welcome dogs through their doors. Many place fresh water bowls outside each morning to ensure your pooch stays hydrated and happy. There’s no reason to leave your hound at home when visiting Bury St Edmunds or staying in one of our pet-friendly properties here.
For a little bit of history, the Anglo Saxon burial site Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge is a place of incredible historical and archaeological significance. Although dogs are not permitted in the museum, there are numerous walks around the grounds to enjoy. With 245 acres to explore, head out on an adventure to discover all the best places for a frolic. Enjoy a treat afterward in the dog-friendly café.
Landguard Fort can also be explored in the company of a 4-legged companion. This fort in Felixstowe has played a key part in the defense of Suffolk shores and dates back over 400 years. Dogs (on leads) are welcome to explore this fascinating history. A water bowl is available for their refreshment.
Along the same theme is Framlingham Castle, an early Norman castle that is also the inspiration for Ed Sheeran’s song ‘Castle on the Hill’. Humans and dogs alike are welcome to explore the castle and grounds. The Castle Inn right next-door is also dog-friendly, so it makes the perfect place to relax with a drink.
8. A Spot of Golf
Thorpeness golf course is regarded as being one of the finest coastal heathland courses in Britain. As well as being a challenging and fantastic course, it is also an area of outstanding natural beauty. You’ll be pleased to hear that furry-friends are more than welcome on this spectacular course! Stay in one of our dog-friendly holiday cottages in Thorpeness and enjoy being conveniently close to the green.
What to expect from your Best of Suffolk pet-friendly cottage in Suffolk
A central goal of Best of Suffolk from the outset has been to bring boutique standards to holiday letting. This goes for all of our dog-friendly cottages in Suffolk too!
All new properties are assessed to ensure they reach our top-class brand standards and will truly delight our guests. We have an agreed list of contents, including crisp cotton linen, oversized bath towels, flat-screen TVs, travel cots and highchairs.
Furthermore, our luxury cottages are all cleaned to the highest standard and are also regularly checked. Therefore, you will never know the difference between pet-friendly homes and ones that are not! These small touches underline our commitment to pleasing our guests and guaranteeing exceptional holiday cottages.
Whatever suits you
We also believe that bringing a furry friend should not mean you have to compromise. Our portfolio of dog-friendly cottages in Suffolk offers everything! From apartments to large country houses with gardens, beach cottages, and countryside retreats. Looking for a romantic couples weekend? Maybe a getaway for a large group of extended family and friends? You are sure to find what you want with a Best of Suffolk luxury holiday cottage. With dog-friendly cottages in Suffolk accommodating from two to over 12 guests we have something for every occasion, and you won’t have to leave your furry friend behind!
More than one dog
Looking to bring more than one dog? No problem. Just give the friendly team at Best of Suffolk a call letting us know how many and their breeds. We will be happy to recommend the perfect cottage for you, and your dogs!
Many of us also have dogs, and love to talk about them and what we get up to! Check-out the fabulous bring your dog to work day we had here. We are all local to Suffolk. Therefore, we can provide advice on where to go and what to do for dogs as well as the whole family. Please contact the Best of Suffolk team for top-class Suffolk expertise.
Flexibility for you
We want to ensure that you have a fabulous stay in Suffolk and therefore offer as much flexibility as possible.
Looking for a stylish holiday cottage in Suffolk for a larger group or extended family and all the dogs? Best of Suffolk can help. Wedding anniversaries, milestone birthdays, or simply getting together as a family can mean you’re looking for a large pet-friendly holiday cottage. We have chic and cosy properties that sleep from 2 to even 26, and everything in between.
Please talk to us if you see a pet-friendly property that you’d love to stay in, but it’s a little larger than you need. We offer a low occupancy discount on several properties. Furthermore, we may be able to help with others that are not listed.
Also, we can often let properties for less than 7 days. If there’s a property that interests you, but the dates online are not suitable, please contact us. We can often accommodate you or suggest other similar properties.
Even for you last-minute planners, you can book to arrive within the next 24 hours! Give us a call and we’ll be sure to have the ideal Suffolk holiday cottage for your stay, even with pets. We can arrange same-day arrivals with minimum fuss.
Not ready to book yet? You can hold a property for 24 hours at no charge, allowing you time to confirm with all guests.
How can you say no?!
Is your holiday is still in the planning phase? Sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with our latest news and offers. We have many area guides to help your planning. The Best of Suffolk team are all dog lovers and local to Suffolk. If you need any further ideas or advice about activities for your furry friends, please contact us.
If you’re looking for the perfect pet-friendly holiday cottages in Suffolk, then a Best of Suffolk holiday cottage is ideal for you!