Looking to take your four-legged friend on holiday? Here are the best dog-friendly hotels in the UK according to the Good Hotel Guide
Following the release of this year's Good Hotel Guide collection, there are ten new top recommended, Editor's Choice, dog-friendly hotels for guests to visit in 2024 with their four-legged friends. From the Isle of Wight to the north west coast of Scotland, here the Guide shares the latest in favourite places to visit with pampered pets.
Sentry Mead, Isle of Wight
A turreted and gabled summer villa turned B&B, Sentry Mead is a beautifully decorated destination with nine charming bedrooms. The attention to detail is exceptional, and guests delight in features such as piles of books, homemade brownies, chocolates, a pillow menu and an Elemis pillow spray.
Each room has its own unique attributes. For example, Alum in the tower has spectacular views out to sea. Dogs are welcomed with a bowl on the porch and are allowed everywhere except the dining room. There are extra blankets just for them, not to mention walks from the door to Alum Bay and Tennyson Down, and treats and towels on your return.
No. Twenty9, Norfolk
Behind a Georgian exterior sits a beautiful restaurant-with-rooms, offering a buzzy, stylish atmosphere and charmingly quirky features. Rooms are spacious and light, each named after a music or movie legend, with blown-up black-and-white images in their honour. Enjoy in-room roll-top baths, iron beds, leather chests, exposed brickwork and slick, modern bathrooms.
"Dogs get their own 'fur baby welcome hamper', containing a treat, bowls and a bathrobe"
A complimentary G&T is one of the many perks and short menus showcase local ingredients, including Brancaster oysters. Dogs get their own "fur baby welcome hamper", containing a treat, bowls and a bathrobe. A canine spa shower in the garden washes off the sand after a long day on the beach before settling down in the bar together.
The Mayfair Townhouse, London
The city sister to Cliveden and Chewton Glen, the Mayfair Townhouse is spread over a row of Georgian townhouses on Half Moon Street. Inside it offers an abundance of personality and a touch of eccentricity with nods to Oscar Wilde, who set The Importance of Being Earnest on Half Moon Street. There's a peacock sculpture made from 25,000 Swarovski crystals in reception, and the Dandy bar is flamboyant and theatrical.
Rooms and suites are opulent and have plenty of lovely details including tipples in the minibar. Pooches stay for free and receive a blanket, bowl and squeaky toy for their stay. There are walks nearby in Green Park or Hyde Park, and your pet can join you in the bar for a "Pawsecco".
The Halfway Bridge, West Sussex
In the heart of the South Downs national park, the Halfway Bridge is a welcoming village pub-with-rooms, famous for its delicious food. Rooms are in a single-storey stable block across a little lane behind the pub, and offer contemporary rustic style.
Food is local and fresh—their burgers are particularly popular. Dogs can stay in select rooms with garden access, as well as the Shepherd’s Hut. In addition to a bed, bowl and sausage breakfast, treats for four-legged friends are available in the bar, and there’s always a water bowl to hand.
Rothay Manor, Ambleside
An award-winning country house hotel, Rothay Manor is a Grade II listed property that’s been beautifully decorated to welcome guests. Stylish prints and heritage colours cover the walls and furniture, with each room showcasing its own individual style. Some rooms have their own balconies with views to the fells.
" There's an indoor dog shower with Bramley dog wash and their own bathrobe available"
Dogs are welcome, enjoying the hilly hikes close by. There's an indoor dog shower with Bramley dog wash and their own bathrobe available. After dining with you in the restaurant, pets can then retire to their own bed in one of the Pavilion courtyard rooms, complete with a bowl, blanket and treats.
The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey
Part of the Duke of Devonshire’s Yorkshire estate at Bolton Abbey, the Devonshire Arms is a 17th-century inn turned country house hotel. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and grounds, the inn is complete with its own spa, while other recommended activities include a walk to the Abbey ruins nearby.
There's a luxury Canine Retreat package available, as well as treats, a bowl, a temperature-controlled dog bath and a Canine Delights dining menu. You can even push the boat out with a doggie four-poster bed.
The Traddock, Austwick
The place to go for walking, especially if you choose to bring the dog with you, The Traddock is a welcoming country house in the Yorkshire Dales national park. Homely and warm, rooms are decorated in comforting style but with a clear sense of luxury too. Food follows the Slow Food Movement with locally sourced ingredients taking centre stage.
The personal welcome extends to four-legged friends who will love the many surrounding walks as well as the tranquil garden. After a day outdoors, they can relax in the lounge and bar.
Eddrachilles Hotel, Scourie
An 18th-century manse turned small, friendly hotel, Eddrachilles Hotel sits on a hillside looking out across Badcall Bay. Most of the rooms have views of moor and mountains across the water to Assynt. It has three acres of woodland gardens leading to the shores of Badcall Bay, and miles of Highland hiking to enjoy close by.
"Your pet can order from the Sir Woofchester dog-food menu"
In the evening, nurse one of their 60-odd malt whiskies in the lounge/bar, observing works by local artists and enjoying the tranquil atmosphere. There's a "VIP welcome pack" available for dogs, including treats, a ball and poo bags. Your pet can also order from the Sir Woofchester dog-food menu.
Lympstone Manor, Exmouth
Chef/patron Michael Caines MBE’s famous labour of love, Lympstone Manor is a sophisticated foodie haven complete with its own vineyard by the Exe estuary. Enjoy a sense of old-world grandeur as you sip gin, tea or coffee in one of the lounges. Take in views of the Devon countryside from all corners of the hotel and tuck into a menu that celebrates modern British fare and European dishes.
Dogs delight in the many walks along the Exe estuary and are welcome to stay in the luxurious woodland shepherds’ huts. They can join you in the Pool House Restaurant for dinner, and relax at night thanks to the readily available dog beds, towels, bowls and a torch for evening wanders into the garden.
The Falcondale, Wales
A 19th-century Italianate villa in 14-acre grounds, the Falcondale looks out across views of the Teifi valley. A romantic destination, there's an old-worldliness to its interiors, complete with antiques and lots of space.
Stay in a valley-view room for a modern four-poster and French doors to a Juliet balcony, and enjoy the teapot, cafetière and shortbread available in all rooms. Dogs not only enjoy the landscape, but can sit with you in part of the restaurant. Bowls, blankets, towels, poo bags, leads, a torch and an outdoor tap are also provided.
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