Your pet is a vital family member, so finding the right holiday rental is crucial. And just like owners, pets have very specific needs and preferences. Browse the following pet-friendly holiday rentals around Europe if you’re looking to travel in style—and even luxury—with your pet this summer.
Dog days in the Dordogne, France
This secluded 16th-century former rectory sleeping seven has spacious grounds and a shaded terrace ideal for holidaying with dogs, as well as being within easy reach of many of the area’s top sights. These include prehistoric caves with some of the world’s earliest art, and fortified medieval towns such as spellbinding Rocamadour perched high on a cliff over the river. The property’s magical interiors include wooden beams, exposed stone walls, vast fireplaces, and polished floorboards, but in fine weather you’ll be outside enjoying the pool and the barbecue.
A mountain getaway in Mallorca, Spain
Surrounded by fields and hiking trails taking you into the gorgeous Serra de Tramuntana mountains (a UNESCO–listed ‘Cultural Landscape’), this five-bedroom country house is tailor-made for those who like to stretch their legs (whether two or four) and enjoy the simple delights of local scenery. But the property also has its own large grounds with lots of space to run around—along with a pool, a tennis court, an artificial football pitch, archery, table tennis, a fenced-off lake, an outdoor hot tub, and a barbecue. When you do venture indoors, it’s all cool, clean interiors, including pale-stone walls and a natural colour palette.
A nature break in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany
Brilliantly sited for roaming the moors, heaths, and forests of the German part of the High Fens–Eifel Nature Park, including the Eifel National Park and Rursee Lake, with your pooch, this modern four-bedroom holiday home sits on the outskirts of a village and has sweeping countryside views from its alfresco hot tub. The spacious garden also comes complete with play equipment and loungers, while inside you’ll find striking contemporary furnishings and a games area. Monschau, known both for its historic architecture and its restaurants, is within easy reach.
A rural idyll in Istria, Croatia
In a hilltop setting on 10 acres of private land with views of local medieval towns, this rustic stone house sleeping seven pleases dogs and their humans alike with its tranquil setting fantastic for long rambles and in autumn, truffle-hunting. In the grounds themselves, you’ll find a pool, table tennis, play equipment, a terrace, and a barbecue and pizza oven. Inside, meanwhile, pretty interiors mix with modern comforts, an extensive library of music, movies, books, and even a wine cellar.
Time out in Tuscany, Italy
Gorgeously situated in the world-famous Chianti wine region, around 25 km from Siena and 35 km from Florence, this picture-postcard stone villa for four is surrounded by wonderful walking opportunities amid vineyards and woods full of oak trees. It also has its own large, well-fenced garden with a lovely dining terrace and a barbecue. The decor combines beamed ceilings, flagstone floors, and traditional furnishings, including honey-coloured woods and wrought-iron beds to simple, homely effect and a true ‘away from it all’ vibe.