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Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton
Did you know you can take your pooch to Le Manoir? Dog-friendly rooms at this iconic Oxfordshire institution come with bowls, a dog bed, doggie bin and bags plus an antler chew (natch). Although you can’t take your dog along to the two-Michelin-star-rated restaurant, there are plush “kennels” where you can leave Fido in comfort until you return.
The Maytime Inn, Asthall
This traditional stone, 17th century inn-turned-gastro-pub is stylish and well-situated for lolloping Cotswolds walks. Despite blending its long history with elegant, modern luxury, The Maytime also welcomes muddy paws with open arms. Tuck into a pub classic or something fancier with your dog happily by your side, then retire to a dog-friendly, yet still-plush room.
The Copse country house
Parties of a larger size will do well to consider The Copse in the Chiltern Hills, a stunning self-catering house that has room for up to 20 people to stay. If you ask permission first The Copse is happy to receive well-behaved dogs, and pets will love the extensive green gardens. You, of course, will appreciate the six bathrooms, massive kitchen, cinema room, games room and hot tub, all done up to a high standard.
There’s no need to leave your best friend behind if you’re planning an overnighter at Down Hall Hotel and Spa on the Herts/Essex border. A quintessential English manor house, there’s a fab spa, glorious gardens to go walkies in (110 acres in fact) and a fine dining restaurant. For an additional £20 your pup can share your ground floor garden room, with doors opening onto the grounds, a water bowl and snacks, and they’re even allowed to accompany you to the bar (the restaurants are just for two-legged guests though).
Bethnal and Bec in Cottered is a bijou pair of luxe self-catering retreats, featuring funky design touches, private hot tubs and honesty larders. It’s adults only too, so allows a proper opportunity to switch off. And there are almost as many luxuries for Fido as there are for you, including an outdoor doggie shower and an amenity pack on arrival containing dog biscuits, throws, towels, dog shampoo and room freshener. Plus there are loads of great local walks to get tails wagging. It’s a dog’s life!
The Langley, Iver
Treat your pooch to the finer things in life with a stay at this five star country estate in the rolling South Buckinghamshire countryside (sister hotel to The Wellesley in London). There are 41 luxury rooms in total including six dog-friendly garden rooms with outdoor areas. Pets aren’t permitted in the restaurant or spa but humans take note – the hotel boasts a huge spa (the second biggest in Europe) as well as top-tier dining with the principal restaurant, Cedar, headed up by chef Marco Ardemagni and pastry chef Francesco Martella, both formerly of Sushi Samba.
The Crown, Amersham
This 16th century stunner of a four-star coaching inn, sits plum in the centre of Amersham with dogs welcome on request. Rooms (designed by Ilse Crawford whose portfolio includes Soho House New York) are all decked out with little luxuries including rolltop baths, luxe linens and sheepskin rugs. There’s also an excellent foodie offering in the form of Atul Kochhar’s 2 AA Rosette modern Indian restaurant Hawkyns, although dogs aren’t allowed in here.
Hartwell House and Spa, Aylesbury
Plenty of space for Rover to roam around the 90 acres of stunning parkland surrounding this beautifully restored 17th-century stately home and spa (a fave among beauty eds). Pet-friendly suites include a garden/courtyard, dog bed, water bowl, snacks, plus the added bonus of bringing your dog along at no extra cost.
The White Hart in Ampthill is a characterful former coaching inn. These days it’s a social drinking and dining spot in the heart of town, serving everything from brunch to Sunday lunch and wood-fired pizzas. Plus it’s got eight boutique-style rooms (with GHDs, Nespresso machines and Bluetooth speakers), one of which is dog-friendly. There’s a surcharge of £20 per pooch, which will get them a bed for the night and a bowl too. Plus they can join you in the bar for brekkie in the morning.
On the riverbank of the Great Ouse is The Bedford Swan Hotel. Dating back to 1794, this handsome hotel has had a recent transformation to become a rather stylish boutique bolthole with 113 individual rooms and botanical-themed Pen & Cob brasserie overlooking the river. Not only do they welcome dogs, but any pet is welcome for an additional £10 (there’s no discrimination here!). It has have even welcomed feline friends on occasion!
Swan at Streatley, Streatley
The Swan at Streatley is arguably the perfect staycay for you and your pooch. Stunning riverside location, with long towpath walks and the historic Ridgeway on your doorstep. This is the ultimate escape to the country. Tired and hungry? Following a super-stylish refurb, this hotel in a design maven’s dream. Boutique rooms for quality zzz’s including dog bed, bowl and treats for your furry friend and the cool Coppa Club for riverside dining. An overnight stay plus full Coppa Club breakfast (based on two sharing) costs from £110.
Cliveden House, Taplow
Fur will fly unless it’s five stars, baby. Better make your way to Cliveden House – a place where you and your pampered pooch will be treated like VIPs. Cliveden’s an absolute belter – historic, with a saucy party past – and a place where both you and your furry friend will languish in luxury. What’s on offer? Rooms are large and sumptuous with a dog bed, bowl and feeding mat provided, as well as a walking map, towels and doggy treats. There are 250 acres of National Trust grounds to go for walkies, before enjoying a steak lunch at the Astor Grill (there’s even a special dogs menu). Plus, there’s pup sitting services so you can whisk yourself off to the fabulous boutique spa. All for an additional cost of £35 per night.
The Carnarvon Arms, Newbury
The Carnarvon Arms is a lovely country inn on the edge of the Earl and Countess Carnarvon’s Highclere Castle estate – aka Downton Abbey. It’s no surprise that dogs are not only welcome here, they’re VIPs. With Hugh Bonneville striding around with a Labrador glued to his side, it would be rude not offer a four-legged friendly welcome. The rooms are modern with quirky touches, the food is gastropubby and you’re in the North Wessex Downs, so expect amazing views and epic walks. Head up Beacon Hill for views of Highclere Castle or stroll along the Kennet and Avon canal. The pub even has a doggy pitstop with complimentary biscuits and water. Rooms from £105. Or book the Great British Staycation package – two nights stay, breakfast, G&Ts on arrival and a two-course meal from £230.
Royal Oak, Yattendon
If you and your dog insist on being treated like royalty, then book into the Royal Oak in Yattendon. A Muddy Award winner for Best Boutique Stay, the Oak has 10 gorgeous modern rustic bedrooms all available for you and your four-legged friend. Bowls, blankets and plenty of nice walks make this the perfect dog-friendly break. A circular route that takes you behind the church is particularly lush when the bluebells are in bloom, but tap up the bar staff up for other suggestions. Dogs must kept on a lead at all times but get an access-all-areas pass – so while you stuff your face by the roaring fire they can hang out with Percy, owner Rob’s sociable Spaniel. Rooms start at £105 per night including an epic farmhouse brekkie, dogs from £10 per night.
Bray Cottages, Bray
Leave your fur baby at home? You must be barking mad! Thank god for Muddy Award-winning boutique stay Bray Cottages in the foodie enclave of Bray. They offer all the space of a self-catering property with all the luxury of a posh hotel. Just 50 minutes from London and 10 minutes from Windsor, Bray Cottages has a range of properties that are beautifully furnished and finished, with a concierge service to make your stay really special. Your pampered pooch will be provided with treats (you have a fully stocked bar and food hamper), comfy beds and cosy fires for them to enjoy – as well as the odd cuddle and somewhere to relax after a long country walk! Need a dog sitter while you’re dining for five hours at The Fat Duck, Bray Cottages will sort it. Want to know the best walks? Done. Tail wagging guaranteed.
We reckon The Granary at Fawsley might be the best kept secret in the shire. It’s a stunning rural wedding venue, but you can also book at short stay here and bring your pooch too. A Northamptonshire ironstone grain store that has been reborn as a finely-tuned rustic retreat, The Granary makes a chilled family escape, romantic getaway or weekend with friends. Sitting on the Fawsley estate, the surrounding countryside is criss-crossed by footpaths and is a short walk from Badby Wood so there’s loads of opportunity to exercise your furry friends, who get a warm welcome here. There are doggy drinking facilities and an outside hose for post-walk wash down, plus dog walking guides of the local area with routes suitable for the young and boisterous or those feeling a bit more sedate. They even have special doggy packages from £149 a night that include a cosy bed and towels for your pooch.
Ashbrook House and Cottage, Moreton Pinkney
At Ashbrook, you won’t ever have to choose between your darling pooch and your style goals. Thank goodness. These two charming new build properties, sitting on a farmstead in a picturesque rural setting, are a prefect place to bring your energetic fur babies. The decor is simply fabulous and it ought to be, as the property also serves as a film and shoot location, so attention to detail is impeccable. You get your own private garden and terrace for al fresco dining, an outdoor pool, a pond with a boat to splash about in and a kids play area, all set in 16 glorious acres. The Macmillan Way long distance walking path is right outside the door, and Muddy fave the Crown Inn at Weston which welcomes dogs too, is a decent stagger back along country lanes.
Barnett Hill, Guildford
Looking for the paw-fect break for you and your four-legged buddy, but don’t want to compromise on style and luxury? Then this Queen Anne style country house hotel has you covered. Under an hour from London and just minutes from Guildford, there are 26 acres of grounds to explore plus plenty of rambling options from the estate through the stunning Surrey Hills. Guildford Castle, Watts Gallery and the Albury Organic Vineyard are also nearby and worth a visit. Rooms are luxurious, many with views over the estate, and most with deep baths that are perfect for relaxing in at the end of the day. Dogs are treated to their very own basket of goodies , although they’re not allowed in the main parts of the hotel. But the dog-friendly Grantley Arms pub is a three minute drive – and food is good.
The Running Horses, Mickleham
This historic pub is in the delightful Surrey Hills village of Mickleham. At the foot of Box Hill and close to the South Downs, it’s surrounded by miles of downland, moors and woods to explore – which makes it a great get-away with pooch. There are seven boutique bedrooms, all decorated in restful greys with country antiques, big comfy beds and luxurious bathrooms, plus The Gatehouse which has its own living room plus parking. It is only 45 minutes by train from central London. Box Hill and the South Downs are just a mile away – for walking or cycling – and England’s largest vineyard, Denbies Wine Estate, is only two miles away, offering wine tours and tastings. National Trust properties Polesden Lacey and Hatchlands Park are also nearby.
Great Fosters, Egham
Fancy a regal romp in a quintessential country house hotel? Was that a yep from you and a yap from pooch? Then head to the luxurious four-red-star Hotel Great Fosters in Egham. Nestled in 50 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and parkland, there’s plenty to explore at the hotel including topiary mazes, a kitchen garden and piggery. Most of the dog-friendly rooms are found in The Cloisters, which has easy access to the gardens, and as well as super-comfy beds for the humans, doggy bowls are provided along with treats from the Tunbridge Wells Dog Biscuit Company. If it’s sunny, humans and pooches can dine on the terraces, and if it’s drizzly head to the Garden Room for dining. Heading out and about Windsor Great Park is only 10 minutes drive from the hotel, as is Thorpe Park. Runnymede is also close by.
The Bird, Bath
Roost with your pooch at this eclectic, opulent boutique hotel in the centre of Bath. With canine guests getting a Woof Box (The Dog House treats, bones and cookies, a bowl, Lily’s Kitchen food pack, poo bags and tennis ball); dog bed, water bowl and towel in your room; and dog ice cream and dog champers (yes, really) on offer, Rover will be as spoiled as you. Pet sitting and dog walking service if you require, although The Bird knows about all of Bath’s dog-friendly bars and restaurants and the best local walks.
Oliver’s Cottage, Withypool, Exmoor
No shortage of dog walks near this trad pad in the village of Withypool – it’s surrounded by the heathland and moorlands of Exmoor. The stone cottage sleeps six, has a cosy sitting room with woodburners and an open plan kitchen/dining area opening out onto a large enclosed garden with BBQ and summer house. You’re minutes away from the village shop, tea room, pub and doggy paddling in the shallows of the river Barle and the rest of Exmoor beyond.
The Talbot Inn, Mells, near Frome
Hurrah! One of Somerset’s finest foodie pubs with boutique rooms, in the pretty, ancient village of Mells, surrounded by walks and with arty Frome and uber cool Bruton close by… is dog-friendly. Stay in elegant rooms set around a cobbled courtyard, with Siberian goose down duvets, natural Bramley bath products and homemade treats. Enjoy excellent seasonal food, top notch wine from their own wine merchant and local ales (including their own). Dogs welcomed in all downstairs areas and some rooms.
The Old Manor House, Charmouth, near Lyme Regis
Plenty of room for peeps with pets at this 16th century, Grade II listed house sleeping up to ten people and three dogs in the coastal village of Charmouth. Room for everyone to do their own thing, with an open plan kitchen/dining-room, snug, sitting room, games room with a pool table and enclosed garden. But first, a dog-walk-cum-fossil-hunt on the beach and then back to a choice of two pubs.
The Grosvenor Arms, Shaftesbury
Dogs can stay in all 16 en suite bedrooms at this relaxed former Georgian coaching inn in the ancient hilltop town of Shaftesbury, just a bone’s throw away from the iconic Gold Hill (cue Hovis ad music). Exec chef Tom Blake, previously head chef at River Cottage and renowned for his use of West Country produce, oversees the menu. There are dog walks aplenty in nearby Cranborne Chase and assorted National Trust properties (including Stourhead). Read our review.
Wren Barn Lakes, Nr Launceston
Love walking with the dog on the romantic wildness that is the north Cornish coast but also drawn to the softer south coast? Love the beach but also the moor? Here’s the best of all worlds on the Cornwall/Devon border in this converted Cornish barn sleeping two adults and up to two doggy friends. Set in a seven acre estate away from the road, if the gardens and local walks haven’t worn out Fido enough there’s an exercise paddock too. Bed, towel and treats for the dogs are also provided.
Party of five (couples or maybe parents of teens) and heading for Rock? Book in your autumn stay now at Kernow House – sleeps up to ten and two dogs, with a hot tub and fire pit too. If you can drag yourself away from the perfectly placed house and gardens in the hamlet of Tredrizzick, you can tire out the dogs on the walk to Rock (beach is dog friendly and dogs welcome on the ground floor of The Mariners pub), across the fields down to Daymer (also dog friendly) and Polzeath (dog friendly after September).
The aptly-named Salubrious House has an enviable central St Ives location, and once attracted some noteworthy guests, especially artists, such as potter, Bernard Leach, sculptor, Barbara Hepworth and painter, Ben Nicholson, for it was the perfect party house. Sleeping up to nine guests, this Regency style townhouse sits between Porthmeor Beach and St Ives harbour, so has easy access to the Tate and the beach (head for dog friendly Bamaluz or Porthmeor out of season), that is if you can drag yourself away from the window, above.
Cowdray Estate, near Midhurst
The four self-catering cottages on the world-famous Cowdray Estate, the home of polo, are all dog-friendly. Located behind the picturesque Benbow Pond, all four cottages (sleeping 2-4) are well equipped and have an outdoor dining area and BBQ. Even better, as far as your pooch is concerned, are the miles upon miles of footpaths and bridleways around the estate and up onto the glorious South Downs. If you’ve had enough of rolling hills and upmarket country pursuits, head into the pretty town of Midhurst to explore indy boutiques and cafes and high-end eateries. Or chow down at the award-winning Cowdray Farm Shop and Cafe before heading back to cosy up with Fido.
The Beachcroft Hotel, Felpham
Beach breaks with your pup in tow can be tricky, as a lot of beaches don’t allow dogs or only permit them out of season. Fortunately Felpham beach welcomes mutts all year round, and the charming Beachcroft Hotel sits right on this West Sussex seaside spot. Two of the adorable beach hut suites and two ground floor rooms are dedicated to doggy breaks, all kitted out with a bed, bowls, treats and even a little present to play with. Pooch can eat from the dog breakfast and dinner menu in the bistro and bar, and a fully equipped Doggy Station has everything you need for walkies, including a hose and towels for those muddy paws and spare poo bags.
Fleetwood, West Wittering, Sussex
Fleetwood is a fabulous family holiday home right on the beach front in East Wittering bringing beachfront views as well as a spot of luxury. There are two balconies that run full width of the house on the first and second floors, and views of the sea can be enjoyed from pretty much anywhere. There are five bedrooms (it sleeps 12). The garden is secure, so perfect for pooch. And a garden gate leads directly onto the beach, which is dog-friendly all year round. Fleetwood is part of the Wellies and Windbreaks collection. You might also like to check out Beira Mar, another gorgeous dog-friendly stay in the Witterings.
All rooms at this super glam hotel (one of the Sunday Times UK top 80) are so dog friendly that fur babies are welcomed with their very own hamper of goodies including a blanket, bowls and a treat from Eric & Dolly’s doggie boutique – right next door! Tail-waggers can accompany their humans in the lounge or gorgeously lit courtyard. There’s even a doggie menu – with a bowl of water to ensure pooches stay as hydrated as their owners…ahem. Cool canines are charged £15 per dog, per night.
Perfect for doggie paddles, these lovely day hire huts sit right on the beach, a stick’s throw from the sea. There are 10 to choose from, all individually decorated, with a water bowl in each. Human comforts include deck chairs, beach toys, windbreaks, a gas stove for tea and – vitally – a cork screw and wine glasses. Phew! We love Salty Dog (Hut No.189) peacefully placed near the end of the row. It comes with a hammock and owner Antonia donates all profits to charity. Available year round, so in winter you and Girls’ Best Friend can snuggle with a hot chocolate watching the weather roll in.
The Fish Hotel, Broadway
Your pooch will get one of the warmest welcomes in the shires at The Fish Hotel. For £30 per dog Fido will get a cosy bed, two dog bowls, some artisan doggie treats, and a dog towel. You can relax in the bar and lounge together too whilst you enjoy lunch or dinner. Set on the glorious 400-acre Farncombe Estate, it is dog-heaven here with forests and fields on your doorstep for them to run around. There is a purpose-built dog agility course in the grounds and you can even order Doggy Afternoon Tea! Treat them to the likes of Pawsecco, Earl Greyhound tea, canine ice-cream, Soopa Healthy Bites and more.
Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Tewkesbury
When a hotel has a resident pooch you know it’s going to love its doggy drop-ins. This is Puddle, Tewkesbury Park Hotel’s rather beautiful Weimaraner and for £20 per dog he personally ensures dogs have their own bowl and bed in the room, along with treats a-plenty to keep them happy. The pet stays here are award-winning (‘Best for Furry Friends 2020’ at the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence). Check them in for a ‘Paws and Unwind’ package (where they get dog-friendly bubbles to drink) and there are chicken dinners on demand in the evenings and sausages for breakfast.
Cowley Manor Hotel, Cowley
With 55 acres of lush grounds to explore your pet can’t fail to love Cowley Manor. There are two spacious pet-friendly rooms to book located in the Stables. Both have direct access to the garden so you won’t need to worry about rushing them down lots of stairs for the call of nature. There is a charge of £25 per night and that includes a dog bed, water bowl, and doggy treats. You can bring them into the Sitting Room, Billiard Room, or on to the Terrace throughout your stay.
Great Field Lodges, Braunton
After a romantic retreat for two, and doggy makes three? Get your paws on this contemporary one-bedroom beach lodge, pronto, with its wrap-around deck, secure garden and *claps hands* a bubbling hot tub. When it comes to walkies, you’ve got three miles of golden beach at Saunton Sands, just a few miles down the road where pooches are welcome 365 days of the year. The downside is no availability until October. The upside, it’s an excuse for a fabulous winter break, obvs.
The Pilot House, Brixham
Cosy seaside cottage calling! This family-friendly three-bed in Brixham sleeps eight and two small dogs, with a pooch-safe enclosed rear garden, roll-top bath, games room and wood-burner, perfect for the summer we’re having. And there’s parking – always a boon in coastal towns where spaces are hot property. The historic fishing harbour is just a five minute trot downhill, where there is plenty to amuse those on two legs and four, including the dog-friendly Rockfish restaurant, famed for its fresh daily catch landed just metres away. (And don’t miss the legendary doughnuts at The Curious Kitchen.) Plus, the shingly beach at Fishcombe Cove is good for a doggy paddle all year round and the wide open space of Dartmoor less than half an hour by car.
Cofton Holiday Cottages, Dawlish
Doggy ice-cream. Tick. Doggy treats at the bar. Tick. Safely enclosed back yards – tickety-tick-tick! Your furry friend is also sure to approve of his or her very own welcome pack, complete with food, bowl, mat and blanket which comes with a stay at any of Cofton Holidays’ three cottages at Easdon. Walks abound, with 50 acres of woodland right next door and just 10 minute down the road, the long golden beach at Dawlish Warren, where pups can get sand in their paws all year round. Summer’s all booked up but autumn getaways are still on the cards, with prices starting at prices starting from £231 for a three-night stay. Woof.
The Gonville Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel in the city of Cambridge, on the edge of the lovely Parker’s Piece, which is perfect for a dog walk. The beautifully designed 92 bedroom hotel has vintage Bentleys out front, lush floral interiors, and amazing treatment rooms – so this is far from your usual dog-friendly, cosy pub-stay. The Gonville has dog-friendly bedrooms, complete with bowls and complimentary treats, and both the bar and the Atrium brasserie allow dogs. The private gardens have regular outdoor cinema nights and alfresco eating, live jazz and croquet – all of which your dog can enjoy too. So if you want a staycation with your dog that feels a bit glam – then you can’t go far wrong with the Gonville. Rooms start at £135 per night.
Funky has come to Duxford in the newly launched Lodge – a stylish, hotel, restaurant, and co-working space, which is wonderfully dog-friendly too. Duxford is a village just a short 20 min drive from Cambridge, famous for the Duxford Air Museum but also a great location for dog walks in the Cambridgeshire countryside. If you want a haven away from the bustle, for you and your canine best friend – plus a super cool environment – Duxford Lodge is a good option. The dog-friendly rooms are in ‘The Stables’, which also have small kitchens, making them ideal for a longer stay and a cosy home from home. There is loads of garden space, and outdoor dining too. Rooms in Stables start at £159 per night.
Chose from seven ground floor dog-friendly bedrooms at the half-timbered 15th century Swan Hotel and Spa – in the medieval town of Lavenham. Pooches will be spoilt with their very own in-room water bowl plus a tasty rawhide treat and can choose to bring their owner for a drink in the lounge and then curl up by the open fire for a snooze. On warmer days, the Airmen’s Bar brick floor is nice and cool to sit on with a refreshing bowl of water or why not hang out in the medieval courtyard gardens. Dine with your dog in the bar, garden or in your room. Here you have Oak beams, cosy nooks, mixed with classic and contemporary styling, and fab food. Click here to book. B&B starts from around £145 per room per night for two sharing (check website for offers), and dogs are welcome at £12 per dog per night, a maximum two per room.
The Ship takes the hospitality of four-legged guests very seriously with an all-inclusive stay designed just for you and your doggy, maybe your other half if they’re on their best behaviour… The Sandy Paws stay includes dinner and breakfast for two, plus a water bowl and dog treats. You are a stone’s throw from Dunwich beach and amazing woodland, which doggy will love and you could also enjoy a long walk to Walberswick, leaving a pooped pooch in the evening and chill time for you! Win-win. Book here. For more dog-friendly stays, check out sister hotels and pubs in the Chestnut group.
LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND
Stapleford Park, Leicestershire, Melton Mowbray
This gorgeous country pile is slap bang in the middle of the Leicestershire countryside. It offers dog-friendly stays for an extra £20 a night and you can also expect a few doggie treats waiting for Fido on arrival. Dog-friendly rooms also come with dog bed and bowl and while they’re not allowed in the formal restaurant, there’s still 500 acres of Capability Brown grounds to enjoy. Rooms from £298.
Bee Cottage, Rutland
This cutesy and utterly charming cottage in Cottesmore is a 16th century picture-perfect thatched cottage. With original features such as exposed beams, a newly installed wood burning stove and ample living space, the cottage provides accommodation for up to five people and up to two dogs during a stay. The location couldn’t be better for Fido and Fifi – only 5 minutes from Rutland Water where there’s plenty of dog walks, including enclosed off-lead areas and lots of dog-friendly places to visit. From £120 a night for a family.
Tylney Hall, Hook
It’s a quintessential English country home with Grade II listing, indoor and outdoor pools and 66 acres of glorious Hampshire countryside to roam. No wonder Tylney Hall in Hook is a favourite of both the country set and urbanites (one of the large lawns doubles as a helipad, if you like to make an entrance…). Dog-friendly rooms are outside the main house but just as well appointed. For an extra £25 (per night), your pooch gets pampered too with their own basket, blankets, bowl and chewy toy.
The Watership Down Inn, Freefolk
Canine companions always get a warm welcome at gorgeous Watership Down Inn located in the beautiful Upper Test Valley. Bring them in the bar (on a lead) or sit with them in the newly-extended outdoor areas. The team are sure to give them a warm welcome (and a sneaky doggie biccie from their not-so-secret stash). Up to two dogs can stay in self-contained garden rooms named after characters in Richard Adams’ Watership Down.
The Master Builder’s House Hotel, Buckler’s Hard, Beaulieu, New Forest
Winner of the Good Hotel Guide’s 2021 Dog-Friendly Hotel of the Year, the Master Builder’s goes all out for pooches with doggie room service, comfy dog beds, bowls and treats. Dine together in the Garden Room restaurant with a special menu of doggie dishes, too, like sausage and mash or beef stew (delicious people meals are also available…).
ISLE OF WIGHT
Luccombe Manor, Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Stunning sea views and rave reviews from doggie-owning guests for this clifftop Victorian country house hotel. Overlooking Shanklin Beach and Sandown Bay, it won Wightlink Ferries’ prestigious Woof Awards in the accommodation category. Canine guests are given special towels to dry off after a dip in the sea and can join owners for meals in the special doggie dining room. Head down to the beach below and you’ll also find the character-packed Fisherman’s Cottage pub.
Nettlecombe Farm, Whitwell, Ventnor
Surrounded by glorious Island countryside, Nettlecombe Farm has nine dog- friendly self-catering cottages that accommodate parties between three and ten people. Canine guests will love heading out on clifftop walks, woodland rambles, muddy forest stomps and beach scampers. Plenty of pubs on the Isle of Wight also welcome pooches, so be sure to add them to your itinerary.
The Methuen Arms, Corsham
This handsome coaching in the centre of town welcomes dogs in the bar and some bedrooms, and will tick style and comfort boxes for both pooch and parents. They currently have a marquee in the large courtyard garden for a drink and a stretch between walks to the lovely grounds of nearby Corsham Court. While you’re there be sure to visit the pretty high street full of indies, including favourite Previous Homewares for take-home gifts.
Timbrells Yard, Bradford on Avon
This boutique hotel by the river is a favourite for local dog-walkers and weekenders alike, as dogs are positively encouraged in all rooms. Restaurant and bar are currently inside and out, with a large marquee beautifully accessorised with sheepskins and heaters. The whole town is a dog treat – with pretty walks on the doorstep and top-notch pooch parlour The Dog Housejust around the corner.
The Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe
A grand, traditional stately-home of a five-star hotel in the magical village of Castle Combe. With the Bybrook river and pretty woods surrounding, this really is dog-friendly country luxury. There are 23 acres to explore within the grounds (with poo-bins!). Dogs are totally catered for, and even have their own package: Tails and Trails. Stay in the main house or in one of the cottages in the beautiful Italianate grounds, and enjoy golf or Michelin starred food.
Bishopstrow House & Spa, Warminster
This Georgian country house on the banks of the Wylyle River has 27 acres for your pet to scamper around. After that you’ll need the open fires, cream teas and luxe spa to recover. Some rooms have their own private patio – super-handy for pooch. Indoor & outdoor pools and tennis courts mean you probably won’t even get as far as the local attractions: Longleat, Stourhead and Stonehenge.
Maison Talbooth, Dedham
Surrounded by Insta-ready walks through Dedham Vale in the heart of Constable Country, Maison Talbooth is a quintessential country house that’s as chic as it gets. The four-star hotel is home to 12 contemporary, spacious bedrooms, all suitable for doggy guests and their well-behaved owners (you’ll find a doggy bowl, treats and their own fluffy towel). In need of some one-to-one time with your two-legged other half? Then the Milsom team will look after your pooch while you’re whisked off in a courtesy car to Le Talbooth a few minutes’ drive away – an idyllic restaurant and terrace, serving up local and seasonal treats. In the morning, chill out on the terrace, which leads to the outdoor pool (no doggy paddling allowed, I’m afraid), hot tub and tennis courts, and lap up the views across the lush green lawns. But make sure you drag yourself away and head off on one of the many walks along the River Stour to see what else this beautiful area has to offer you and your fur ball.
The Cricketers, Saffron Waldon
I’ve always had a soft spot for this cosy 16th century pub (and childhood home of Jamie Oliver), with rustic but stylish charm (log fires, beams et al) and open-door policy to all manner of pooches. Great for a Sunday lunch, you can also make a weekend of it, as there are 22 double rooms, eight of which offer a bit more pizazz, but all of them come with 4 stars and are pet friendly (you’ll find snuggly doggy towels and a bowl). As for the pub grub, it’s no surprise bearing in mind who lived here that it has a first-class rep of serving up British classics with a twist. The chef Justin Greig has been at the helm for 21 years now and has brought home a good few accolades, including the Visit England Breakfast award, so you can expect your day to kick off sunny-side up before you and your pooch head off on one of the lovely walks that are on the doorstep. Don’t know the area? No probs – you’ll find freebie maps of doggy friendly treks at the bar.
Osea Island, Maldon
Fancy treating yourself and your spoilt pooch to an island paradise? Allow me to introduce you to doggy and owner heaven, Osea Island. Dubbed the Essex Necker Island/British Hamptons thanks to its popularity with A-listers such as Rihanna and Jude Law, the 400-acre coastal resort in the Blackwater Estuary is dedicated to pop interiors and back-to-nature downtime. Almost all of the accommodation is dog-friendly, from the uber-stylish houses to the quirky cool cottages, but it’s what’s on the outside that’s sure to get tails wagging – with miles of beautiful coastline, fields, meadows and gardens to enjoy, Osea Island is the a playground for owners and their pets alike.
Bloom Stays is a friendly holiday letting agency specialising in memorable holiday homes in Kent. They can help you find your city break in Canterbury or a foodie weekend by the sea in Folkestone. To save you hours of googling – and the risk of disappointment – they’ve sourced the very best in show for you. They have a whole host of doggy retreats and we especially love their uber-cool Dungeness properties (pictured).
Keepers Cottages is a letting agency for holiday homes in the gorgeous seaside town of Deal and the surrounding area in Kent. Run by Camilla Shipton and her family, all the holiday homes are in interesting locations and offer luxe self-catering. Interiors are fab, many have log burners or open fires and sea-views a plenty! We love the look of this idyllic coastal property sleeping up to 6 people (pictured). Check out the full range of pet-friendly properties.
Kent Cottage Holidays
Kent Cottage Holidays two properties, Honey Tree Lodge or Treehouse Hideaway, have everything you expect from a luxury stay – cosy log fires, bespoke kitchens, comfy beds and a welcome hamper of locally produced goodies. Depending on what property you chose, you could have a hot tub and/or wood-burning sauna! Tucked away in Canterbury, you’re surrounded by nature and woodlands so there’s plenty of chance to stretch your legs and stomp around Blean Words. If it’s something cool and quirky you’re after, give them a go.
Mallory Court Country House Hotel, Harbury Lane, Leamington Spa
Enjoy a paw-some stay in a dog-friendly room. at this 4 AA Red Star hotel and spa with 10 acres of grounds and five-star pup service. You can expect the whole pooch package: a welcome letter on check-in, dog bed with comfy cushion, dog bowl, poop bags and doggy treats will be provided. Take full advantage of the beautiful Warwickshire countryside surrounding this luxe retreat with a selection of popular dog walks close by. £25 per dog, per night. Dog-sitting and dog walking also available to book in advance.
Billesley Manor Hotel. near Stratford-upon-Avon
This newly refurbished five-star hotel and spa inside a 16th century Elizabethan manor offers pet pooches 11 acres to roam around as well as their own beds, bowls and doggy treats. Dog owners are accommodated in one of the ground floor rooms in the main manor house where the gardens are accessible. Dogs are not allowed in the Stuart Restaurant but can join you for dinner in The Great Hall Bar, The Drawing Room and on the outdoor patio area. They can nap while you try some Warwickshire tipples – the hotel works closely with Stratford’s Shakespeare Distillery and local craft brewery, Purity. Other facilities include a gym, yoga hut, sauna, steam room, indoor swimming pool, and outdoor tennis courts. £20 per dog per night
Hilltop Hideaways, Hilltop Farm, Hunningham
Peet-friendly glamping is the thing at this gorgeous family-owned rural site with shepherd’s huts, bell tents and camping pitches overlooking glorious countryside. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to stay in their bell tents and bring-your-own-tent pitches. Dog-walking routes are available from the glampsite, café or farm shop. Pets are welcome in many pubs including the local – the Red Lion – a former Muddy winner – and even some of Shakespeare Country’s most popular tourist destinations such as the gardens at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s a working farm. so the family ask that dogs are kept on a lead at all times to protect livestock and wildlife.
The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
This 4 AA Silver Star boutique town house hotel is literally right opposite the RSC theatres and River Avon, with gorgeous riverside walks to enjoy with your pooch. Stay in one of the dog-friendly rooms, with extras including doggy bag with treats and a toy, dog bed and dog bowls, plus a breakfast sausage Your dog can enjoy a well-deserved relax in the Club Bar or Lounge while owners have a light lunch, but not No44 Brasserie. £25 per dog, per night. Dog sitting and dog walking can be provided with prior notice.
The Charlecote Pheasant Hotel, Charlecote, Warwick
This 3-star dog-friendly hotel, five miles from Stratford-Upon-Avon, has a lovely rural village setting opposite the National Trust’s Charlecote Park, a 16th century country house surrounded by its own deer park (Fenton!!!). Originally a farmhouse built in the 18th century, the hotel was formerly a vegetable research station during the Second World War. It retains many original features with a number of dog friendly room plus fab landscaped gardens and its own private field onsite – perfect for your four-legged friend to explore. There’s even a Doggy Pit Stop menu! £20 per night per small dog.