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Abby McEleney
2nd April 2024

While we may have spent more time than ever recently with our pooches, there's no doubt their love is still strong for us. So if you are considering a getaway in Kent, but also need somewhere to bring your four-legged friend too, no problem! With plenty of dog-friendly attractions and walks to get their tales wagging, you'll definitely be tempted to extend a visit to the Garden of England into a short stay. Our guide to the best places in Kent for you and your best friend to rest your heads (and paws) is perfect for when you want nothing more than to get out of the city for a country retreat. 

Holiday cottage on the Belmont Estate

Looking for a grand retreat, somewhere that is tucked away in the Kent countryside that has a hidden gem of an estate on its doorstep? Look no further than the Crow Cottage, Eastling which is set on an old cherry orchard just moments from Belmont House. The cottage provides something we all need right now – the perfect location for a quiet and peaceful break.

Walpole Bay Hotel 

At the historic Margate hotel, you and your pooch can rediscover a passion for the finer things in life. Lovingly restored rooms and a great location near to some of Margate's favourite attractions and the glorious dog-friendly beach make it a perfect pit stop for you and your dog. 

Enjoy the finer things in life

Canine's Castle House

Book a stay in this idyllic pet-friendly Castle House Guest House after exploring the local area and discovering the iconic White Cliffs of Dover coast. Enjoy the views overlooked by Dover Castle in the distance, and nestle into the comfortably furnished ensuite rooms.

Dog's dream Farmyard stay

This quirky Chilton Farmyard B&B is the perfect getaway stay for you and your four-legged friend. Located in the stunning Alkham Valley in Dover, an area of outstanding natural beauty. With tonnes of footpaths and bridleways to explore with your dog and four self-contained converted farm buildings to choose from.

Royal Wells Hotel

If you didn't think you could enjoy a hotel experience with your dog, think again. From its lofty position on Mount Ephraim this regal hotel offers an elegant stay for you and your pet. Call ahead for further information.

Be treated like royalty

Keepers Cottages across East Kent

The beaches and rolling countryside of White Cliffs Country – from Dover to Deal and Sandwich are a top spot for a break with your furry friends any time of the year. If you are stumped for where to take your best pal however, why not stay a minutes walk from the Walmer seafront in The Boatmans Reading Rooms, or with a stylish seaview at Number Three, Margate. Keepers Cottages doesn't stop there with dog friendly places however, with Rushbrook, Sandwich, The Victory Cottage, Kingsdown, Downsview Holiday Cottage, Kingsdown, Corner Pin, Whitstable and Tally Ho, Deal all offering a one stop coastal escape.

Bloom Stay's Houses in Kent

Our friends at Bloom Stays adore dogs and understand the significance of including every family member on vacation. That's why the majority of their accommodations, 65%, are open to pets. If you're seeking a dog-friendly getaway in Dungeness, consider options like North Vat, Coastguard Lookout, or Channel View. For a peaceful countryside retreat, explore places such as Lower Standen Farm, Bushes Oast, or Dairy Barn. Check out their Dog-friendly cottages feature with many other Bloom stays mentioned.

Book up a stay

Updown Farmhouse

Updown, a beautiful 17th-century farmhouse near Deal is a wonderful place to stay with the whole family, dogs are welcome! This rural former farmstead has been converted to provide five luxurious rooms, a terrace restaurant and farmhouse kitchen on site with a gorgeous kitchen garden open to guests to relax in the evening sun.

Bridgewood Manor Hotel

For a relaxing retreat with your four-legged friend, Bridgewood Manor Hotel offers all of the luxury and comfort you need in your four-star stay. Set near the beautiful Rochester, get ready for your home away from home staycation, fit with excellent amenities, wonderful spa, well-equipped gym, and scenic surroundings. Don't forget to grab a bite to eat, enjoy a tasty cocktail, or even treat yourself to an afternoon tea at the Squires Restaurant. 

Old Post Cottage and Candy Cottage

This pair of charming cottages rests in the traditional village of Rodmersham Green. After a day trekking in the Kent countryside, weary dogs will be welcomed home with sleeping mats and water bowls. 

Take a break 


With four bedrooms, an impressive open fire, beach-side setting and the historic town of Sandwich close by, this is a show stopper property the whole family will enjoy, pets and all!

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Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

Just five minutes from Kent's county town and up the road from the iconic Leeds Castle, Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel is perfectly placed when it comes to visiting Kent with your pooch. And, set in 26 acres of landscaped gardens, it's also got some pretty wonderful walks to enjoy together while you're here! 

Perfectly placed

Ham Hideaway

Camp in style at this luxury year-round glamping site, perfect for a peaceful break with your puppy at Ham Hideaway, nestled in a rural location in Sandwich. The Shepherds Huts and Safari Tents available are equipped with onsite facilities that look out across the rolling hills of Kent.

Lillyroo's Glamping and Camping

Immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings of Lillyroo’s Glamping and Camping site, just a short distance from the towns of Sandwich and Deal. This family-owned site has pop-up bell tents to book for those who wish to bring their dog along with them during their stay and many walking routes nearby for your dog to run wild.

Ashford International Hotel

Enjoy a home away from home for you and your pooch after a day exploring Kent. Just minutes from the M20, Ashford International Hotel offers a perfect base for your family break, four-legged friends and all. 

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London Beach Hotel and Golf Club 

Situated in the beautiful Weald of Kent countryside, close to Tenterden and within easy reach of Ashford and Cranbrook, London Beach Hotel is perfectly placed for picturesque walks with your dog no matter the season. The hotel encourages you to bring your pup along for your stay, and their spa and professionally landscaped gold course makes it the perfect escape for both you and your pooch!

Holiday Inn Express Folkestone

Not only does the Kent Downs AONB encompass Folkestone, but with miles of coastline and links to Europe, the town is a hotspot for a short break. Yet, if you’re lost for somewhere to lay your heads after digging holes at the beach or finding sticks in the country, head to the recently refurbished Holiday Inn Express Folkestone where pet friendly rooms, a team of staff who love animals and tasty food & treats await your dog.

Dogs are welcome on Stagecoach buses!

Catch a Stagecoach bus to and from your favourite dog-friendly accommodation, ensuring that you continue to reduce your carbon footprint and help your local environment on the way.


Dogs are welcome on Stagecoach buses! Catch a Stagecoach bus to and from your favourite walking spots, helping you to reduce your carbon footprint and help your local environment on the way to finding your local escape #SElocalescapes. 

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