Essex is a place of contrasts offering everything that you could possibly want from a holiday – historic towns and villages, stretches of stunning coastline, rolling countryside and fascinating attractions. Your four legged friends can enjoy everything Essex has to offer too, with a wide range of dog-friendly accommodation available. Read on to find out where to stay.
Set in a tranquil and idyllic location right beside the River Stour, Idle Waters is a luxury cottage dating back to the 16th century. Situated in the heart of Dedham Vale AONB, the cottage actually features in one of John Constable’s paintings. This self-catering cottage sleeps four people with two ensuite bedrooms, a large open plan kitchen and dining area and a cosy sitting room with bay windows looking out to the river. There are tons of fabulous walks right from the cottage, so bring your dogs along! Click here to find out more about Idle Waters.
Located in the village of Sible Hedingham, The Croft is a detached thatched cottage dating back to the 15th century. Sleeping up to four people, the cottage has two bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen and dining room, and a large living space with the original fireplace and woodburner. There is a generously-sized, enclosed garden out the back with a dining area and barbecue. Plenty of space for dogs to stretch their legs!
This spacious, one bedroom barn conversion is located amongst rolling countryside. It’s the perfect base for you and your pets to explore nearby Mersea Island, Maldon or Goldhanger. Full of character, the property has a large, open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area complete with vaulted ceilings and exposed brick walls. After a day of exploring, enjoy the comfort of the bedroom which has an ensuite shower room. Fancy some alfresco dining? The garden also offers a barbecue and outdoor furniture.
Alma Inn & Dining Rooms
Dating back to the 1850s, the dog-friendly Alma Inn & Dining Rooms provide food and lodging in Harwich, a traditional maritime town. As well as serving a hearty lunch and dinner seven days a week, the B&B has a selection of comfortable rooms with all the modern luxuries like flat screen TVs, Nespresso machines, power showers and free wifi. Some even have a sea view.
The Oyster Smack Inn
The Oyster Smack Inn is an independent restaurant with rooms located in Burnham-on-Crouch. After indulging in some home cooked, seasonal food, relax in one of the 10 rooms on offer (five in the main building and five in the outdoor chalets). All rooms are ensuite with king size beds, free wifi and flat screen TVs. Burnham-on-Crouch quayside is the perfect place to walk your dog.
The Mistley Thorn
Located in the historic coastal village of Mistley, The Mistley Thorn offers award-winning dining and accommodation. The bedrooms have deluxe ensuite facilities and luxury bedding, tea and coffee making facilities, TVs and free wifi. Only some rooms are dog-friendly, so make sure you enquire beforehand. When in Mistley, make sure to visit Alton Water and the Beth Chatto’s Plants and Gardens, which are both only a short drive away.
This boutique country hotel is a 4 AA Red Star hotel which looks out over Constable’s countryside and the Dedham Vale. The luxury bedrooms all have ensuite bathrooms, king size beds, all Sky channels, tea and coffee, wifi, and all the little luxuries like fluffy robes, slippers and bath products. The rooms include access to the pool house, swimming pool, hot tub and tennis court. Plus, there are plenty of great walks in the area for your dogs to enjoy. Click here to find out more about Maison Talbooth.
Browning Bros Glamping
Browning Bros provide luxury glamping in the Essex countryside, just six miles southwest of Colchester. Choose from beautiful bell tents to handcrafted Mongolian yurts, which are perfect for families and can sleep up to four people. For couples looking for a romantic getaway, the Shepherd’s Hut and the Grain Silo are perfect. All the glamping accommodation is decked out with everything you need, and there is access to communal facilities including showers, toilets, onsite kitchen and dining area, and games room. Find out more here.
Browning Bros Unique Accommodation
Looking for unique accommodation? Browning Bros also has a selection of idyllic log cabins to choose from. Water Lily Lodge is a three bedroom cabin set right on the edge of a tranquil lake. Escaping with your other half? Kingfisher’s Nest is a one bedroom cabin also set in a private area of the lake. Two small dogs are welcome with an extra charge of £20 per dog. Find out more here.
The Orchards Holiday Village
The Orchards Holiday Village has direct access to the beach, and offers a taste of traditional seaside Essex. Expect all the things you love from a coastal holiday, with plenty of activities for the whole family (and the dogs) to enjoy. Whether you want to play golf, go fishing, swim in the indoor and outdoor pool, or simply relax and enjoy views towards Mersea Island, you’ll find it here. There is plenty of space with electric pitches for tents, tourers, motorhomes and trailer tents.