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The luxury dog-friendly cottages in Northumberland to book this autumn

From pooch-friendly pubs to dog hampers and a private beach perfect for doggy paddling, your canine companions will receive a warm welcome at Stablewood Coastal Cottages.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 07.10.2023

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It’s officially autumn. With the crisp fresh air, stunning seasonal changes and beautiful sunrises it makes it the perfect season to escape to a cosy cottage with a hot tub.

But if you’re a dog owner,  you’ll already know too well how hard it can be to find cottages in Northumberland that allow your four-legged friend to come along. Until now…

We bring you Stablewood Coastal Cottages. The team here know that many dog owners wouldn’t dream of leaving their pooch behind, so they offer a full collection of 30 luxury dog-friendly cottages in Northumberland (including those with hot tubs) – so your whole pack can enjoy a well-deserved break.

Just under an hour’s drive from Newcastle and under a 10-minute drive from Bamburgh Castle, you’ll find the idyllic coastal village of Lucker and the tranquil golden sands at Budle Bay that are home to Stablewood Coastal Cottages.

From access to your very own private beach perfect for doggy paddling to hot tubs with countryside views to relax in after a full day of walkies and dog-friendly dining destinations right on your doorstep, these self-catering cottages offer the ultimate coastal retreat.

So, fetch the family, pack the bones and book a relaxing autumn stay with Stablewood Coastal Cottages that’s guaranteed to get those tails wagging.


With enclosed gardens, boot rooms for muddy paws and wood burners for you and your pooch to dry off, these dog-friendly cottages are made for trips away with the whole family.

On arrival, you’ll be greeted with a welcome hamper filled with a bottle of wine, locally made biscuits, tea and coffee to help you get into the staycation mode. And of course, your canine companion isn’t left out – they’ll receive a welcome dog hamper provided by Pablos Pawfectionary.

Collage of the inside of a Northumberland cabin

Millstone Cottage, Lucker

Sleeps: 6

Price: from £557.55 (minimum two-night stay)

Millstone Cottage is a Grade II listed former village flour mill, which has been transformed into a stunning self-catering holiday cottage. Sleeping up to six guests, this charming dog-friendly cottage boasts three en-suite bedrooms and exudes rustic charm with its exposed stone walls and beamed ceilings, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Despite its traditional appearance, the cottage is equipped with all modern appliances, including a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable living spaces, and a private garden or patio area. It’s the perfect base for dog walks along the Northumberland Coast, before cosying up beside a wood-burning stove after a long day of exploring

HLN TOP TIP: Special occasion? The Millstone Lucker can be booked with Old Mill to create an interlinked property to accommodate up to 12 guests.

Collage of Northumberland cabin

Brown Owl Lodge, Budle Bay

Sleeps: 4

Price: from £437.87 (minimum two-night stay)

Brown Owl Lodge is a cosy log cabin, set within the dunes of Budle Bay in Northumberland with access to a privately owned sandy beach – perfect if your four-legged friend loves a doggy paddle. Discover the tranquil seaside spot of coastal charm where you can enjoy privacy and tranquillity whilst witnessing stunning sunrises and sunsets.

With a spacious open-plan kitchen, living room and dining area with access to the patio and outside seating area, the lodge sleeps 4 with one en-suite king-sized bedroom along with a twin ensuite bedroom where you can doze off to soothing sounds of the ocean.

HLN TOP TIP: Want the ultimate relaxing break? All Stablewood Coastal Cottages guests get free 60min spa passes at Beau Monde.



There’s no need to worry about finding somewhere you and your canine companion can eat. In Lucker, you’ll find The Apple Inn. The cosy Apple Inn pub in Lucker, is dog-friendly too, so you have the option to indulge in award-winning cuisine knowing your dog is right there with you – and if they are good can try it for themselves too.

HLN TOP TIP: Get a 5% discount on food at the award-winning Apple Inn when staying with Stablewood Coastal Cottages.


The Apple Inn 

Rest and recharge with a feast on the best Northumbrian produce at The Apple Inn, an award-winning dog-friendly, gastro pub. The cosy, rustic countryside pub offers all the best bits of a traditional alehouse, alongside real honest comfort food with a modern touch.

From a wholesome Sunday roast with honey-roasted gammon, duck fat roasties and glazed vegetables to an indulgent meat-sharing board perfect for grazing over a bottle of wine, there is something on the menu for everyone.

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