Bassenthwaite Cottages

Choose from our selection of five pet-friendly Bassenthwaite cottages at Melbecks. All of our holiday cottages welcome pets – we just vary the number of dogs each property accommodates according to its size. Melbecks is situated at the foot of Skiddaw and just 1 mile from Bassenthwaite, and just 7 miles from Keswick. Our self-catering cottages sleep between 2 and 6, providing combined accommodation for 20 people.

Pet-Friendly Cottages

Little Dorrit, one of Gracie's puppies

At Melbecks we look forward to welcoming you and your dog(s). The Lake District is a great place to bring your dog and we can provide advice on where you can walk your dog locally, on and off the lead. If you have stayed with us and have photographs of you and your dog holidaying in the Lake District, then just forward them to

  • Uldale – sleeps 6 people and up to 3 dogs
  • Skiddaw – sleeps 4 people and up to 2 dogs
  • Dash – sleeps 4 people and up to 2 dogs
  • Dodd – sleeps 4 people and up to 2 dogs
  • Randel – sleeps 2 people and 1 – 2 dogs

If you don’t find the cottage you are looking for here, then try our sister website that has many more cottages and farmhouses, click here for dog-friendly Lake District cottages. They have a selection of pet-friendly holiday cottages in Keswick, Borrowdale and the surrounding villages of Braithwaite, Bassenthwaite.

Bassenthwaite Cottages Dodd

Bassenthwaite Cottages – Dodd Cottage

Our Bassenthwaite cottages have also accommodated Guinea Pigs, Cats, Rabbits and Parrots. If you have a particular request then please do get in touch with us.


Bassenthwaite is a working village situated on the old coaching route between Keswick and Carlisle. It is approximately 8 miles from Keswick and 1 mile from Bassenthwaite Lake. It has a thriving local community, with several working farms in the village itself. There is a seasonal camp shop at the Caravan Park. The village pub is the Sun Inn and is pet-friendly. A small stream runs through the village, alongside which is a small children’s playground. There is a village green where the local children play football and other games.