It’s the perfect time to escape to the countryside – but don’t leave your pooch at home. Check into one of these dog-friendly hotels across the UK.
Dogs have their very own lounge (humans are free to use it, as well) 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 and you can arrange to have your dog accompany you at breakfast.
Dog-sitting and walking services are available on prior request. There’s a river walk to Bolton Abbey and a dog-friendly beach nearby.
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Don’t have a dog or had to leave yours at home? The Scarlet Hotel on the north Cornwall coast has a hotel dog named Jasper which you can take for walks along the wide sandy beach below the hotel or the South West Coast path.
The hotel also allows dogs in five of of its bedrooms and can provide bowls, a blanket and waste bags. Homemade doggie treats await you in the room on arrival. The doggie room rate is an additional £15 per night.
Bovey Castle, situated in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park, in the heart of Devon, will serve your dog sausages at breakfast, there are dog treats at reception and a welcome pack includes bedding and towels.
The sumptuous spa will please two-legged guests and there are a host of country pursuits on offer from shoots to fly fishing and golf. Dogs are welcome in guest bedrooms and in the gardens on a lead but are not permitted in the lounges, bar and restaurants. Rooms start from £179 per night.
A different Devonshire Arms, this time located on the gorgeous Chatsworth Estate. Dogs are allowed in the Beeley’s Brookside House rooms and the surrounding countryside is made for dog walking. Dogs are not allowed in the restaurant areas.
Self-catering cottages are a good option for those with multiple dogs as many hotels and inns will only allow one pooch per room.
The Tack House is a quirky holiday rental that was originally a tack house for the horses and carriages of Cornwall’s Foundry Estate. It has lovely gardens and a log burner for dogs to curl up next to. Perhaps more alluringly, it’s positioned within walking distance of Porthkidney Sands –renowned as one of Cornwall’s most beautiful dog-walking beaches. Sleeps two. Prices start from £277.
Also in Cornwall, Cherry Tree Cabin is a lovely studio bolthole set in two acres of private gardens and within walking distance of the coast paths and beaches of St Ives. Sleeps two. Prices start from £340.
For a deserted yet dog-friendly stay, Badgers Croft, previously a smugglers’ drinking house, is minutes from Lelant beach on Hayle estuary and also has a private garden. Sleeps four. Prices start from £1295 (one-week stay).
In Scotland, Trigony House provides a welcome box for dogs with a ball and treats, plus a note from the resident dogs, Kit, a miniature dachshund, and Roxy, a golden retriever, with a map of the grounds and best local walks.
There are plenty of dog-friendly walks around the hotel, which is surrounded by the rolling hills of Dumfriesshire, as well as space on the hotel grounds to run around.
There’s a doggie charge of £7.50 a night, and the hotel will provide drying towels and a dog bed as well as food on request.
Heading to the capital? Renaissance Hotel St Pancras, is one of the most beautiful historic hotels in London and offers luxury (though pretty expensive) dog-stay package suites with a designer bed, blanket and bowl and a ‘Woof Box’ full of treats. There is also a doggie salon for pooches that like pampering.
For those not opting for the luxe package, your dog can stay in your room for a £30 supplement, including a dog basket and water bowl. Dogs are also welcome in the Hansom Lounge where they will be provided with a bowl of water.
Chantal Borciani is travel editor at High50. She reports on destinations, foods, hotels and wellness, and specialises in over 50s travel trends. Twitter: @ChantalBorch