About Us

I grew up always having a dog around the house and every single dog has always been part of the family. When I left home, I didn't go shopping for housey things, my Mum and I went to the local RSPCA looking for a dog.

It was there that I found Jema, a black Labrador cross, about 6 months old. She very quickly became a huge part of my life. When I met Adrian, he had never had a dog before, he soon realised that there was no choice but to love Jema if we were to continue dating!

With dogs firmly embedded in our lifestyle we have always enjoyed holidays in the UK because it means that we can take the dog, or, more often than not, the dogs!.

The challenge is finding accommodation that is clean, cosy, well-furnished and dog friendly. It always felt like we had to accept second best, and this just isn't right.

That is why when we moved in to Howscales in April 2016 we knew exactly what we wanted to offer all future guests, whether they had a dog or not, although we do still have doggie cottage rules!

Cottage Rules

  • Not everybody is comfortable with dogs, therefore please do not allow your dog to introduce themselves to other guests without you as a responsible owner checking first that it is okay.
  • A lot of our guests like to walk around the gardens and children like to run and play in the gardens, therefore please pick up after your dog. Dog waste should be disposed of in the non-recyclable refuse bins.
  • Please ensure your dogs do not worry the sheep in neighbouring fields, they are our neighbours and we do not want to upset them.
  • Please DO NOT allow your dogs onto the furniture or bedding.
  • Please wipe down your dog if wet and muddy to prevent muddy paws all through the cottage.
  • Please do not leave your dog unattended in the cottage.


dogOur Favourite Dog Friendly Pubs

After much debate and agonising, below are our top five dog friendly pubs in and around Cumbria:

Dog Friendly Cafés


Dog Friendly Days Out

Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest also has an abundance of living heritage, with must-see woodland sculptures providing marvellous moments for both pooches and people.


At Brantwood, John Ruskin’s former home on Coniston, dogs and their owners can explore a 250 acres estate and even venture into the on-site café, which has an outdoor terrace overlooking the lake. From cultivated areas, to shaded glades in woodland, it’s an ideal dog and owner venue, where water bowls are provided for those visitors cannot use a cup or glass.

Hutton-In-The-Forest Gardens

Hutton is surrounded by beautiful gardens and grounds. It is known that there were elaborate gardens around the house from the late 17th century. They have evolved since that time but the basic elements can still be seen and are a wonderful background to the plants and flowers.

Ullswater Steamers

A trip on the steamers is one of the nicest ways to spend the day, cruising along Ullswater, admiring the landscape, waving to fellow travellers, with your canine buddy at your side, whose ears generally take on a life of their own!

There are launches at Howtown, Pooley Bridge, Aira Force and Glenridding. We often take the Steamer from Glenridding to Howtown and then walk back to Glenridding which is most enjoyable.

South Tynedale Railway

On the South Tyne Railway you can joy a scenic ride through the beautiful South Tyne valley from Alston station. What better way to see the sights of The North Pennines, An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.Dogs at Dalegarth Station

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

On the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway you can take a narrow-gauge train journey journey from Ravenglass (the only coastal village in the UNESCO World Heritage Lake District National Park) .

Travelling across the Ravenglass estuary, the line passes up through the hills, past seven request stops with a 1:40 gradient at times, en-route to the final destination some seven miles up the line at Dalegarth Station in the village of Boot. 

Please note that dogs are welcome to travel on the railway (small charge applies) and are also welcome in some of the buildings. 

The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Jump aboard a train at Haverthwaite Station. Enjoy views from your carriage up to Lakeside; the southern tip of Lake Windermere. Then if you fancy, combine the trip with a visit to The Lakes Aquarium or continue your journey aboard a Windermere Steamer to Bowness or Ambleside. The Station welcomes dogs and friendly owners.

The Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden

The Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden sits within the beautiful Lingholm Estate on Derwentwater.  The stunning new café and shop looks down onto an octagonal walled garden built in a Victorian style using reclaimed materials.  Reachable via a lake jetty using the Keswick Launch, or by car.

Dogs love water!

Howscales Holiday Cottages

Penrith, CA10 1JG

Tel: 01768 898666


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