Dogs, you’ve got to love them. With their goofy grins, waggy tails and complete devotion it is easy to see why they are known as man’s best friend (well women’s too). No wonder it’s so difficult to to leave your canine companion at home when you want to go away. It’s good to know you don’t have to. Check our our list of 10 of the best dog-friendly hotels in the UK.
The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa – Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire Dales
Originally built in the 17th century the 40-roomed The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa is surrounded by 33,000 acres of lush Yorkshire Dales countryside on the Bolton Abbey Estate. It belongs to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire who have maintained a classic style of draped curtains and rich colours in the old wing and contemporary design in the new.
You can expect lots of charm and history that goes along with your stay. Activities available include fly fishing, horse racing and the opportunity to walk the three peaks. Looking for a more relaxing break then have a look at the spa with different packages on offer.
Woof Factor – For £10 per night you can bring your pooch along. There are a host of extras that they will lap up. Starting with a ‘Welcome Pack’ when they arrive consisting of a bowl, treats, a blanket for them to snuggle up in, a towel and some waste bags. If you really want to spoil them you can request a four-poster dog bed for £25. Highlights of the Hotel include a Dog Lounge and a selection of dog friendly walks on the estate. No need to worry about bad weather either as they can supply wellies, raincoats, umbrellas and even torches for an after dark explore. A complimentary ‘Pet Concierge’ means that if you want to have a little time to yourself too and enjoy the spa you can knowing that your dog will be safe and sound.
How much: Prices start from £120 per night
Trigony House Hotel & Garden Spa – Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
This hotel was originally a Scottish country manor and the nine rooms have been designed to show the unique heritage of the building. Outdoor space is abundant with its own gardens and four acres of woodland meaning plenty of walks available for you and your furry companion. Roxy the Golden Retriever, Kit the Miniature Dachshund and Lola the Yorkie Pug cross act as hosts to welcome humans and dogs alike when they arrive. Activities on offer include cycling, fishing, golf, horse riding and even a falconry experience.
Woof Factor: To bring your dog along will cost £9.50 per night but they will get their own passport so that the 5th time you visit Fido can stay for free. They get a free bed, towel, bowl and welcome pack of treats. Dogs are welcome throughout the hotel and grounds with maps available of dog friendly walks. Every morning your pup will have a tasty sausage for breakfast (providing the diet allows). Dog sitting is available although you may not need it as there are Dog Pampering and even Reiki services so you can both have a treatment at the same time.
How much: Prices start from £125 per night
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire – Dogsmerfield, Hampshire
What better way to show a hotel is dog friendly than by having dog in the name of the location! Just outside London in the Hampshire Hills is this luxury 133-room 18th century manor set in 500 acres of picturesque grounds. There’s plenty to do with activities for adults, kids and dogs so nobody needs to be left at home. Enjoy clay pigeon shooting, croquet, the spa and an equestrian centre where kids can own a pony for the day. If you are a Downton Abbey fan then you can visit the filming location of Highclere Castle at only a short 35 minute drive away.
Woof factor: Oliver Beckington the Black Labrador is on site to make your dog feel welcome. A £35 fee provides your canine friend with a bed, bowl, food and personalised spring water. With 500 acres there are endless opportunities to explore. The concierge is on hand to arrange dog sitting and activities.
How much: Prices start from £335 per night
The Milestone Hotel – Kensington, London
A short six minute walk from High Street Kensington exudes old world charm with beautiful, richly ornate furnishings and exquisite original arts in the 44 rooms and 12 suites. It is just 15 minutes away from London’s many museums and is also the perfect location for a trip to London with your dog as Hyde Park is across the road and perfect for dog walking. On site facilities include a spa and a yoga coach to relax the body from the hustle and bustle outside.
Discover old world charm, beautiful rich Hyde Park is across the road to take your furry friend for a walk. On site facilities include a spa and a yoga coach to relax the body from the hussle and bussle outside.
Woof factor: Inform The Milestone that you will be travelling with a pet and you will receive a ‘Pet Preference Form’ to complete before your stay. When you arrive a tailor made hamper of a toy, treat, Milestone tag and collection bags will be waiting for you.Food and water are on hand in the form of an in house menu and fresh mineral water. For comfort there are a choice of beds, cushions, floor mats and duvets for your pet to curl up on at night. Quirky extras of a ‘Turndown Treat’ and a ‘Do Not Disturb/Pet Sleeping’ card are a nice touch. The concierge is on hand to arrange dog sitting, walking and grooming with Birthday Celebrations catered to as well. The best part of all of this is that there is no extra charge; woof factor indeed.
How much: Prices start from £345 per night
Foxhill Manor – Broadway, Cotswolds
In the heart of the Cotswolds is this 40-acre estate with so much to do both on site and nearby that you may have to stay a while to be able to do it all. From the historic villages and market towns to the hiking trails, you are surrounded by beauty. Wanting something more relaxing instead then book yourself a treat at the spa and relax your worries away.
Woof factor: A charge of £30 per dog per night includes a cosy bed and treats. There is also a special doggie menu created by the chef to get your pooch’s appetite satisfied. The main draw is the location and the beautiful hikes and walks that you can take together.
How much: Prices start from £449 per night
Lucknam Park – Wiltshire
Set in 500 acres of meadows, woodlands and paddocks there is much to explore during your stay at the Lucknam. Five star luxury and heritage combined in the 42 individually styled rooms or suites available. For the owners there are different amenities depending on how active or creative you want to be. The in house spa offers an array of treatments although if feeling more creative there are cookery lessons too. Horse riding, running trails and bicycles for the more active visitor or how about a spot of duck herding instead.
Woof factor: £25 per dog per night gets you a welcome pack of bowl, mats and treats. You can choose your doggy dinner from the Mutts Menus and Rovers Room Service though this will cost a little extra. When you get back from your walk you can wash your dog in the outdoor dog washing area so you won’t have to worry about bringing the outside in with you. Dog sitting is also available but make sure you book in advance.
How much: Prices start from £235 per nigh
Hartwell House – Buckinghamshire
Forty miles north of London, on the edge of the Chilterns is a 90 acre National Trust-owned Grade 1 listed Jacobean and Georgian house. The hotel has 48 bedrooms and 16 are in a converted riding stable. Choose from spa options or simply spend your time roaming the vast gardens, soaking in the calming atmosphere.
Woof factor: There is no charge to bring your favourite pooch along with you on your visit. A bed, bowl, waste bags and treats will be ready for them to use. Dogs do need to be kept on a lead but keeping them close to you is no problem.
How much: Prices start from £200 per night
Soar Mill Cove – Salcombe, Devon
A hotel with its own beach is already off to a winning start. Tucked away on Devon’s southernmost coastal headland, set in a peaceful and private valley overlooking a sandy cove. Board options from the 22 en-suite bedrooms, including suites with lounge seating area, private patio and stunning views. Combine this with plenty of indoor options too such as spa, tennis courts and games room ensure you will have something to do whatever the weather.
Woof factor: It costs £10 per dog per night. And for anyone wanting to get married you can even bring your beloved pet with you to be part of your special day here, as they are a dog friendly wedding venue. A map showing all the local dog friendly beaches will come in handy when you want to enjoy the sand and sea and the outside doggie shower will make sure that pesky sand stays where it belongs.
How much: Prices start from £166 per night
The Scarlet – Cornwall
The Scarlet is an adult only hotel but just because you cannot bring your kids doesn’t mean the same applies to your fur babies. Dogs are very much on the welcome list although only certain rooms will accommodate them so make sure you check before you book. There are 37 rooms in total with features such as free standing baths, walk-in showers, sea views, private gardens, terraces or private rooftop sitting rooms Relaxation is what this place is all about from finding your inner chi with tai chi classes or perfecting that downward dog through some yoga. Or maybe you just want to soak in the hot tub whilst looking at the soothing sea.
Woof factor: Bringing your pup along will cost £15 per night and bowls, blankets and waste bags are provided. Go for a stroll on the beach, play in the sea and then just relax. Aah.
How much: Prices start from £330 per night
Eggerton House Hotel – Knightsbridge, London
This enchanting central London boutique townhouse has a unique character and beautiful traditional style offers 23 rooms and 5 suites. It’s a great base from which to check out the museums, theatres and landmarks that London has to offer. The hotel also has a fabulous traditional afternoon tea.
Woof factor: When you arrive, there will be a welcome card for your special pooch along with bowls, toys, treats and an embroidered pet towel. Grooming and dog sitting services are available but will need to be booked in advance. Oh and worried that your dog will be jealous of that afternoon tea well you don’t have to be. At the Eggerton there is a special dog afternoon tea with a variety of dishes and a chew toy to take away. The afternoon tea is something that has to be paid for but the rest is included in your hotel booking price. Afternoon tea is £25 per dog and £40 per person. A treat for you both, although don’t mix up those plates by mistake.
How much: Prices start from £330