Locals Guide to Dog Friendly Places to Stay

It’s almost a case of ‘where can’t you take your dog?’ when booking a stay on the Isle of Wight, as many hotels and B&Bs do welcome you with your four-legged friends, including many of the top hotels, but here are a few really nice options.

In the East

Dogs are welcome at the self catering holiday cottages and the Coach House at the Priory Bay Hotel, where you have acres of grounds, including woodland, to discover with your dog. Or you can wander down to the hotel’s private beach for an early morning stroll before breakfast. You can opt for self catering or take your meals at this upmarket yet comfortable country hotel.

The Seaview Hotel offer three rooms on the ground floor to dogs and their owners and each has its own outside area. There are great walks from here along the beach in either direction.

Go West

A selection of the holiday cottages on the Farringford House estate in Freshwater, where the poet Tennyson once made his home, are dog-friendly. These include four of the Alfred cottages, two of the superior Emily cottages and one apartment in the stable block. And after you’ve been walking your dog on the windswept Tennyson Down or at the wave lashed Freshwater Bay you can shower your dog off with organic shampoo beneath a specially provided shower on site.

Just up the road is Weston Manor B&B that are also dog friendly and ideal for walking the downs towards the Needles. The Sentry Mead Hotel looks down on Totland Bay and is ideal for walking on Headon Warren with far reaching views across the Solent and to the Needles.


Not so many long wild walks to the north of the Island but if you have a smaller dog this might be a good place to promenade along the seafront and then curl up in front of a roaring fire in the evening. Villa Rothsay in Cowes welcome well-behaved dogs and their owners, have woodland next door for a short walk and overlook the seafront. The myIoW Award winning boutique B&B at the Union Inn in the centre of Cowes is also a great place for staying with your dog – a big open fire in the bar, books to read and games to play and you’re only a stone’s throw from the Parade or the town centre.

If you eliminate smoking and gambling, you will be amazed to find that almost all an Englishman’s pleasures can be, and mostly are, shared by his dog.
- George Bernard Shaw

Down south

The Royal Hotel in Ventnor welcome dogs in their Classic and Garden View rooms. There is a large garden to the front of the hotel and it is only a short walk to the park and access to the walks along the coast to pretty Steephill Cove or windswept Bonchurch and the landslip. Check availability

Go it alone

Many self-catering cottages and accommodations welcome dogs, Isle of Wight Cottages have over 50 self catering cottages that welcome dogs and there are more on this website too: www.iknow-hampshire.co.uk

Jo Macaulay

23 May 2016

By Jo Macaulay in Articles