The top 10 dog friendly hotels in Britain featuring the top places to stay for coastal walking routes, cosy fires, pet-friendly restaurants and inroom dog beds, in locations including The Lake District, The New Forest and The Yorkshire Dales.
1. Goodwood Hotel – West Sussex
Dogs gain access to their very own private members’ club, The Kennels, at this sporting estate in West Sussex. There are tasty treats available on request, which may include organic pig’s ear, and walking maps outlining the estate’s most dog-friendly routes. Your four-legged friend will also be granted access to the hotel’s dining room and be permitted to sleep in your room.
Regular guests may want to consider The Kennels’ Dog Membership package, which at £50 per year – 70 per cent of the fee is donated to The Kennels’ chosen charity, Canine Partner – ensures that a personalised dog bowl will kept at The Kennels for the personal use of your pampered pooch.
2. The Devonshire Arms – Yorkshire Dales
Dogs have their very own lounge – humans are free to use it too – at this pet-friendly hotel near Bolton Abbey. On arrival, your pampered pooch will be presented with a doggy bed, water bowl and a selection of tasty treats. There’s a river walk to Bolton Abbey and a dog-friendly beach nearby.
3. The William Cecil – Stamford, Lincolnshire.
There’s a VIP (Very Important Pets) room service menu on offer at this St Martins hotel. Sirloin steak and organic chicken breasts feature and doggy dinners can be taken in the cosy bar. There’s also plenty of walks nearby for your much-loved pet to stretch its paws.
4. Trigony House – Dumfries & Galloway
Dogs receive a warm welcome at this pet-friendly hotel in Scotland. Fido will receive a welcome pack on arrival, which includes gourmet doggy treats and a welcome note from Kit and Roxy, a miniature dachshund and golden retriever respectively, who live at Trigony House. There’s lots of countryside to explore from the hotel’s doorstep and in the evening dogs are invited to chow down on dinner with their owners in the bar.
5. Overwater Hall – Lake District
This 18th-century country house offers unpretentious luxury and genuinely warm hospitality. The hotel is set in 18 acres of grounds and there are countless local walks by mountains, lakes and rivers; the hotel will recommend routes or provide a walking guidebook – as well as a picnic lunch from the excellent kitchen (the restaurant won a Gold Taste of Cumbria award in 2013). Dogs are welcome in your room, and in one of the hotel’s lounges and bar. There’s also a dog sitting service available.
6. The Milestone Hotel – London
This Kensington hotel has a dedicated Pet Concierge and on arrival your cute canine will be presented with a hamper of treats, including toys and a Milestone collar tag. Dogs also receive a special welcome letter, with tips for travelling around London and details of places to visit. After a day’s sight-seeing, your pooch can bed down on custom-made cushions, duvets or a floor mat
and there’s a ‘Do Not Disturb: Pet Sleeping’ sign. There’s also a special pet menu and the hotel can arrange a special turndowntreat for your animal.
7. Grosvenor Arms – Shaftesbury, Dorset.
Under new ownership and recently reopened following a full redesign, the Grosvenor Arms sits in the heart of green-welly country, perfect for long country walks. Back at the hotel, there’s a funky bar and restaurant and you can unwind in your beautifully decorated room (best for smaller dogs), sip coffee in the pretty courtyard, and feast on wood-fired pizzas while your pooch dines from the doggy menu.
8. New Park Manor Hotel – New Forest
I’d been assured that New Park Manor, a grand pile set in the New Forest and a member of the Luxury Family Hotels group, was genuinely dog-friendly as opposed to dog-tolerant. And from the moment we arrived and the general manager, Steve, fell to his knees and virtually rubbed noses with Daisy, my dog, we had a feeling we had come to the right place.
9. Cholmondeley Arms – Cheshire
This former Victorian schoolhouse-turned-inn is as stylish as Beau Brummell inside. The glorious carved oak bar dominates the main hall and apart from the malted charms of Cholmondeley Best Bitter and Merlin’s Gold, there are a staggering 200 varieties of ruinously good gin to discover. Your faithful friend will not go thirsty either, as dog beer (made from meat stock) is readily available. Food is hearty and delicious and rooms in the old headmaster’s house behind the inn are calm, civilised and comfortable. Three of them are dog-friendly, and dog beds are supplied too.
10. Russell’s of Clapton – London
Be in the thick of edgy, vibrant, multicultural London in this pink Victorian b & b, bang on the high street. Owner Annette gives you imaginative breakfasts, there is a funky guest sitting room with vintage furniture and a resident whippet called Reggie, happy to share his treats. Annette is on hand for advice on dog walks, pubs and places to eat with your dog. The attractive, uncluttered bedrooms have good art on the walls including great Sixties and Seventies pieces. Two of the rooms are suitable for pets. There are very good cafés on the doorstep and nearby Hackney Marshes for walks.
(Article source: The Daily Telegraph)