Good Hotel Guide reveals UK’s best hotels for dogs and their owners
Take your pandemic puppies and loyal four-legged friends on a mini break in Britain.
The latest edition of the Good Hotel Guide, The Bible of Hotel Recommendations, offers a select list of the best hotels in the UK for dogs and their owners.
Jane Knight unveils them exclusively here.
NO.15 BIG PULTENEY BATH, AVON
CITY hotels aren’t always friendly, but this one behind a Grade I listed Georgian facade is perfect.
As well as having unlimited dog treats in the pantry and dog blankets in the contemporary rooms, the hotel is right across from Henrietta Park, which is dog-friendly. And if you’d rather explore Bath on your own, they can book a dog walker or doggy day care for you. Dogs are welcome in the bar, but not in the restaurant, which serves modern English cuisine.
GO: Double rooms B&B cost from £ 195 per night and dogs cost an additional £ 25. Call 01225 807015 or visit guesthousehotels.co.uk.
TY MAWR BRECHFA, CARMARTHEN
ONCE your pooch has explored the acres of gardens that descend to the Marlais River, there are many walks possible in the vast Brechfa Forest bordering the hotel.
There are also doggy days every Monday and Friday at the nearby National Botanic Garden of Wales. Ty Mawr owners Paul Bennett and Melissa Hurley offer information on local walks, as well as dog biscuits and bowls, and a wonderful welcome for all.
Dogs stay free in rooms, some with antiques and wooden beams. Paul prepares an evening meal that changes every night and relies on local supplies.
GO: Double B&B rooms start at £ 130 per night. Call 01267 202332 or visit Wales-country-hotel.co.uk.
THE THREE BLACKBIRDS WOODDITTON, CAMBS
The food at this 17th century thatched-roof inn is a cut above for humans and their four-legged friends.
While owners enjoy dishes such as partridge with mashed celery in the dining room, their pets can enjoy a meal under the table from a menu, including dried venison and Bottom-Sniffer beer or Tailwagger Creek wine (0% alcohol). In a newly built barn at the back, six of the boutique-style bedrooms accept dogs.
GO: Double guest rooms cost from £ 100 per night and dogs cost an additional £ 15. Call 01638 731100 or visit threeblackbirds.co.uk
HARPER LANGHAM, NORFOLK
RETURN from a play to beautiful Norfolk beaches and there is an outside tub and shower to wash away sand and mud from dirty paws, and a basket of towels in the lobby to dry them off.
Then relax in the ink-blue bar, with its plush dog bed among brightly colored velor sofas, old car seats, and recycled piping used for bottle racks.
Dogs are also allowed in the games room on the ground floor, the pleasant courtyard and the spacious bedrooms on the ground floor. Although they are not allowed in the restaurant, food is served at the bar.
GO: Double B&B rooms start at £ 175 per night. Dogs cost an additional £ 25. Call 01328 850000 or visit theharper.co.uk.
PASCHOE HOUSE, CREDIT, DEVON
DO YOU WANT to take your dog but still want to spend some time alone with your other half?
Cue doggy day care, which can be arranged at this quirky country house hotel, which features sugar pink walls on the staircase, butterfly wallpaper in the living room, and antiques scattered throughout.
Dogs have their own bed, treats and a toy. There are walks from the gate or from Dartmoor, a short drive away.
Upon your return, you will find heated wood stoves and towels to wipe up dirty paws.
Dogs are allowed in the library bar and in the morning room, but not in the restaurant.
But while you indulge in a tasting menu using ingredients from the walled garden, book some dog dinner treatments for them if they can’t stand being alone.
GO: B&B rooms start at £ 179 per night with an additional £ 15 per dog. Call 01363 84244 or visit paschoehouse.co.uk.
WIDBROOK GRANGE BRADFORD-ON-AVON, WILTS
GIVE Fido the perfect day with a doggy birthday party at this fun hotel. If your puppy is not partying, he can still enjoy a special snack, with wet food, organic dog biscuits, a puppichino and a tennis ball to take home. There’s even Pawsecco, at £ 5.75 a bottle.
The rooms have access to the garden and a dog bed but you cannot take them into the restaurant, but you can dine with them on the veranda.
GO: Double B&B rooms start at £ 155 per night. Dogs cost £ 15 more and a dog tea costs £ 10.50. Call 01225 864750 or visit widbrookgrange.co.uk
THE SUN INN KIRKBY LONSDALE, CUMBRIA
THIS 400 year old pub located in a shopping town between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales is perfect for a break from the dogs.
To get started, your pet will receive a free dog pack with a treat, towel, bowl, and dog trail map – there are plenty of walks in the area. Animals are welcome in the rooms and at the bar and allowed in the dining room. Dog-sitting is also available.
GO: Double B&B rooms start at £ 99 per night. Dogs cost an additional £ 20. Call 01524 271965 or visit sun-inn.info.