Whether you plan to travel near or far on Fido’s next trip, beauty awaits him at all four corners of the earth. Discover an untouched South African valley, a one-of-a-kind treehouse in a rainforest, and a fairytale home in France on this tour of the best pet-friendly vacation rentals in the world. Looking for something closer to home? Click here to find the top pet-friendly rentals in the U.S.
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1. Whispering Pines Cottages
If Fido can fight the urge to chase the flying squirrels (yes, flying) near the balcony, then Whispering Pines Cottages is the idyllic destination for him. This stunning treehouse with live branches reaching into the bedroom is bordered by tiered wheat and maize fields that lead to apple and pear orchards, and a verdant forest that stretches for miles beyond. It’s a truly secluded getaway located in the village of Tandi above Jibhi, in India’s pristine Hill Country. Your host is a local farmer with his own dog who can give you a rundown on the pet-friendly hotspots in the region. Whispering Pines Cottages sleeps two and welcomes dogs for no additional fee.
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2. Beachfront Villa
This beachfront villa is so beautiful it may seem like a mirage in the midday sun. The private white-sand beach and clear blue waters are Fido’s to explore during your stay. When the sun is beating, hang out on the veranda next to the house and enjoy the calming song of the ocean. During your stay, be sure to make use of the house’s kayaks, paddle boards and foam noodles. The villa sleeps seven and welcomes one pet to stay for free.
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3. Ancient Castle above the River Tweed
If Fido wants a break from his own kingdom, the 14th-century ancient castle above the River Tweed near Peebles in Scotland has everything his braveheart could desire. At this regal estate, you and your dog are invited to step back in time and into a tunic with a vacation in Mary Queen of Scot's chamber at Neidpath Castle. The stunning countryside escape is surrounded by rolling hills, a babbling creek, and views of the river that make it the ideal place for a rambling afternoon walk. When it's time to kick off your hiking boots, put your feet up by the roaring log fire or take a nap in the antique four poster bed. Guests are welcome to explore the entire castle during their stay. Neidpath Castle sleeps two and welcomes dogs with prior approval.
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Kookawood is a spectacular farmhouse with 200-acre views. Immerse yourself in the epic landscape of New South Wales and drift away into a fantasy world far from the hustle and bustle of modern life. When it comes time to relax and unwind, plunge into the mystical outdoor bath for a bubbly sunset soak surrounded by panoramic vistas, or stoke the fire pit and join your pup for a dog nap. The rear garden has doggie door access into the house and is fully fenced. Kookawood sleeps four and welcomes one well-behaved dog upon approval for no additional fee.
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5. Luxury Palace Apartment
Your furry friend can be the queen of her castle at this luxury palace apartment. Here, you can experience some of the finest canal vistas “The Floating City” has to offer from the private terrace and garden. If you decide to venture out, most private and public boats will accept your pooch on board to discover Venice’s iconic waterways. Don’t miss a pet-friendly water taxi ride to nearby St. Mark’s Square. This luxury palace apartment sleeps six, and dogs are welcome for no additional fee.
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6. Numbi Valley
Have you ever wanted to sample off-grid living? Numbi Valley is a magical permaculture farm that will transport you and your pup to a sustainable world where anything’s possible. Hippy hounds will love strolling through the abundant organic gardens and taking a dip in the unfenced natural swimming lake to cool off after hanging out in the beating hot South African sun. While you’re there, take a scenic walk through the secluded valley, order a basket of fresh vegetables grown in the surrounding fields, and partake in Doga sessions with your host. Numbi Valley sleeps five people and welcomes pets for no additional fee.
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7. Piece of Paradise
Bring your pooch on an eco-escape to a piece of paradise in Puntarenas. Fido can lay in the sun while you do laps in the wraparound pool and take in the 360-degree views of the mountains and the ocean in the distance. Make sure your pooch stays close, as macaws and monkeys are known to swing around the surrounding forest. This wonderful dog-friendly home sleeps six and welcomes one dog for no additional fee.
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8. Unique Beachside Cornish Engine House
Featured on the hit British television show “Grand Designs,” this unique beachside Cornish engine house in Porthtowan attracts a lot of architectural admirers, and it’s not hard to see why. Converted from an ancient engine house built at the height of the Cornish mining boom, this Grade II Listed beachside property oozes history from every nook and cranny. The surrounding countryside will keep Fido busy on long morning walks down to the seaside, before you return home to curl up around the log fire or cook dinner in the floor-deck pizza oven. The property sleeps eight and doesn’t have a pet fee.
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9. Raglan Treehouse
Take a break from technology at Raglan Treehouse, an unbelievable off-grid getaway. One with the forest, pine trees elegantly prop up this charming property with an elevation that affords guests unrivaled views over pasture, native bush and the ocean. Relax in the outside bath, share sunsets on the deck, and connect with Mother Nature with your pooch by your side at this one-of-a-kind vacation rental. Raglan Treehouse sleeps three and welcomes dogs for no additional fee.
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10. Le four à pain - Bread Oven
Le four à pain - Bread Oven proves once and for all that fairy tales can come true. You and your pup can play the roles of Hansel and "Grrretel" in this charming thatched cottage in the Normandy countryside. Write your own happily ever after with relaxing days in the backyard and afternoon walks over the little bridge that takes you across the stream and far away. Inside, read Fido his favorite folktales by the log fire. Le four à pain - Bread Oven sleeps two people. Dogs are welcome, as long as they don’t mind hanging out with the Jack Russell Terrier who lives on the property.
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11. Tour Équanime, Mini-Maison
Spend your next vacation in a tiny home-come-birds nest at Tour Équanime in Quebec. Surrounded by private hiking trails that take visitors to places that few have been, outdoor enthusiasts who love to hike in summer and snowshoe in winter will love this vacation rental. At the top of the tower (which Fido will have to climb or be carried up), guests are greeted by panoramic views of the surrounding forest and a cozy little cubby where they can cuddle up with their pup. Tour Équanime sleeps two people and welcomes dogs for no additional charge.
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12. House Dörpling
House Dörpling gives you and Fido the chance to sleep in a round bed inside a historic windmill in Germany's northernmost state. Dogs who love to go on epic walks and dash through the long grass will relish this truly unique stay in the countryside. Play fetch in the field behind the house and enjoy a picnic in front of the windmill at lunchtime. House Dörpling sleeps four people. Dogs are allowed with prior approval.
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