If you’re a dog owner, you’ll know how difficult it is to leave them at home while you’re away – a holiday just isn’t complete without your pet’s familiar furry face.

This is probably why more people than ever are choosing to experience all the UK has to offer with their pooches in tow.

Last year, more dogs than children enjoyed a staycation at one of Sykes Holiday Cottages’ 7,000 pet-friendly properties, proving that they really are man’s best friend.

And faced with the possibility of dogs needing their own passports when travelling to the EU next year, Sykes has recommended six pet-friendly properties which are perfect your four-legged family members. No passport required! Breaks can be booked by visiting www.sykescottages.co.uk or by calling 01244 617683.

Hartcliffe View in Millhouse Green, South Yorkshire. Sleeps 15, available from £2,092 for 7 nights.

This fabulous country house sleeps 15 and recently beat off competition to be named as the best for pet-friendly breaks in the Sykes Gem Awards.

Hartcliffe View is hidden away in moorlands on the outskirts of the Yorkshire village of Millhouse Green with the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales nearby, offering plenty of long, scenic walks.

After a day’s exploring, Hartcliffe View’s large enclosed garden will ensure that your pets have space to roam freely.

Galowras Cottage in Mevagissey, Cornwall. Sleeps 6, available from £402 for 7 nights.

Located in nearly a hundred acres of farmland, meadows and ancient woodland, Galowras Cottage offers peace, quiet and more dog walking routes than you can shake a stick at!

Less than two miles away is the bustling fishing village of Mevagissey, which boasts three dog-friendly pubs: The Fountain Inn, The Ship Inn and Sharksfin Bar.

Rest assured, there is enough space for even the most energetic pooches to explore the idyllic surroundings to their heart’s content.

Little Greenways in Sidlesham near Chichester, West Sussex. Sleeps 4, available from £362 for 7 nights.

This modern first-floor barn conversion offers stunning views across the fields, where guests can spot Chichester Cathedral and the South Downs.

Neither pets nor their owners will be short of room as the property’s open plan design leads out into a large garden.

As well as a variety of walking routes, guests are also within easy reach of several dog-friendly beaches including Selsey West Beach and Elmer Sands at Bognor Regis.

West Cottage in Tarbet near Arrochar, Argyll and Bute. Sleeps 4, available from £413 for 7 nights.

Nestling in between Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the newly-refurbished West Cottage is a walker’s paradise, ideal for a getaway to this beautiful part of Scotland.

Dogs are welcome aboard a boat trip around the north of the Loch. An expert crew will take care of the sailing – all that’s left to do is enjoy the spectacular scenery!

Back on land in Tarbet, anyone with a pet in tow is welcome at the Starfish restaurant and Corner House pub.

Honey Cottage in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria. Sleeps 6, available from £444 for 7 nights.

Honey Cottage is situated in the historic village of Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria, ideal for anyone looking to escape to the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.

Whether planning your itinerary or reflecting on a day’s exploring, the property’s private terrace is the perfect place to relax with a tea or glass of wine.

From the doorstep, guests can take a stroll to Devil’s Bridge before following the river to discover the view said by artist John Ruskin to be “one of the loveliest in England”.

Culver View in Malmesbury Wiltshire, Sleeps 6. Available from £538 for 7 nights.

Located on a hilltop in the southern Cotswolds, Culver View was the base of Cromwell’s commanding officers during the Civil War, holding incredible views of the surrounding countryside.

The property is designed to accommodate dogs, with space in the kitchen for a dog bed and convenient hooks for leads and towels. There is even a pet shower to give pups a wash after a muddy walk.

Several rural walking routes are accessible from the doorstep, and dogs can even accompany their owners to the Abbey House Gardens, a world renowned 5-acre garden within Malmesbury where the first King of England is buried.