As cooler weather approaches, the days are becoming crisper, auburn hues are starting to creep in and the promise of windswept walks across deserted beaches beckon. For many, the best season of the year is right around the corner. Arguably a strong favourite for those with four-legged friends, what could be better than wrapping up in a warm jacket and trusty chunky scarf, lacing up well-worn boots and stomping out into the world in search of adventure with your canine companion? For devout dog-lovers, the perfect time of year to holiday with your hound is upon us. Discover our pick of the top five dog-friendly retreats below: crunchy leaves, hot toddies and roaring fires await.

Tangle Belle

Surrounded by leafy woodland near Helford in Cornwall, Tangle Belle is an enchanting escape firmly cradled by the arms of nature. Set within the countryside yet within easy reach of the stunning south coast, this stone-work bolthole tucked along the edge of the woods is in prime position for off-the-beaten-track exploring. A pared-back, neutral-hued interior promises a relaxing space in which to unwind after days of adventuring, while the clawfoot tub invites long bubbly soaks and, as the evening draws in, the roaring woodburner provides the perfect spot for both you and your pooch to curl up.

Sleeps four (or two) and two dogs are welcome.

Over Lemon River

In the wild heart of Devon youíll find this cosy yet modern millhouse conversion, closely hugging the border of the beautifully untamed Dartmoor National Park. Rise early, pack a bag full of provisions and head out to explore. Cloaked in myth and legend, Dartmoor provides no end of options in a magical setting: scramble a tor, brave a wild swim, or simply enjoy a leisurely amble to spot the abundant wildlife (be careful of dogs and wild ponies!). Back at the barn, crack open a bottle of something warming, strike up the woodfired hot tub and watch the stars appear above you for a display youíll never forget.

Sleeps two and two dogs are welcome.

Little Red Lock

Full of English eccentricity, this unique canal-side home in the north of Oxfordshire guarantees a stay unlike others. A property that wholly embraces its waterside location, guests are welcomed by narrowboat and asked aboard, dogs and all, for the last stretch of the journey to make for a truly special arrival at Little Red Lock. Inside, russet bricks, colourful accents and antique flourishes are a nod to the owners' eclectic tastes, while its position right on the waterís edge promises calm and tranquillity. Outside, a hot tub, fire pit and kayaks for the canal await, and the garden is enclosed, so itís perfect for children and pooches alike.

Sleeps six (or two) and two dogs are welcome.

Atelier Rose

Near Leominster, this charming riverside village has a home full of surprises in its midst. Surrounded by topiary pyramids and perched along the edge of the River Arrow (which guests have fishing rights to), this medieval home has been lovingly looked after by its owner, who just happens to be a sculptor. Glinting chandeliers combine with exposed medieval walls, while a charming old pull-string bell greets you at the door and in the garden, an orangery packed with plants flaunts a giant tin hot tub. Picturesque walking trails in hilly Herefordshire provide ample opportunities for stomps with the dogs, while a cinema room and that oh-so-special tub back at the house promise cosy autumnal evenings for all.

Sleeps 12 (or six) and two dogs are welcome.

Little Portion

A small house with a big personality, Little Portion is packed to its red tin roof with character. A short mile from the sandy dog-friendly beaches of Hollywell Bay and Polly Joke (plus secret little coves and beaches to discover either side), this charming modern-rustic cob cottage is an idyllic coastal retreat for you and your hounds. Spend windswept days picking along the shoreline, collecting colourful sea glass souvenirs washed up on the sand, and, when the wild weather sets in, seek shelter in a quaint Cornish pub, the kind with low-beamed ceilings, a crackling fire and mulled cider; there are plenty that welcome dogs (and their well-behaved owners) in this corner of the world.

Sleeps two and two dogs are welcome.

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