With England’s hotels set to reopen from the 17th May, many of us will be searching for the perfect location to escape to that works for both dog owners, their families, and their four-legged friends.
We have compiled a list of seven dog-friendly spots across the country that are tailored to every need including two exciting new openings debuting this summer.
For the pup’s first trip: Pennyhill Park, Surrey
At just over an hour’s drive from central London, Pennyhill Park, dating back to 1849, is a wonderful retreat for four-legged families not wanting to travel too far for a pup’s first trip. Pennyhill Park combines 19th century grandeur with modern-day spa facilities, a three-hole golf course, and Michelin star dining.
Canine companions will love walking amongst centuries-old cedar trees and 123 acres of manicured grounds brimming with ponds. After a long walk, a furry family member can relax with his favourite treats back in the room or can enjoy being pampered by the in-house team of dog-loving pet sitters.
For the seasoned walker: Hipping Hall, Lancashire
The rolling Yorkshire Dales offer a wide expanse of space to explore, from dappled woods, gently rolling valleys to high fells and an abundant supply of rivers and streams; dog and owner will be spoilt for choice. The favoured routes just a stone’s through from Hipping Hall include Leck Fell, The River Lune, Barbondale, Dentdale, The Forest of Bowland, as well as Ingleton.
Dogs are welcome within five Old Stable rooms, all of which are situated in a private courtyard 200 metres from the main building. Canine friends and their owners can spend their days ambling around five acres of gardens and grounds, with every doggy visitor receiving their very own welcome pack, which includes a personalised welcome letter, a dog bed, two dog bowls (water and food) and a selection of tasty treats.
For the golfers: The Manor House, Wiltshire
Situated in the quaint Cotswolds village of Castle Combe, with the Bybrook river meandering through its grounds and Italian gardens rising beside the main house, The Manor House is a 14th century hotel with Michelin starred dining and a championship golf course.
With a Fatboy dog bed upon arrival, along with a towel for muddy paws, bowls, doggy poop bags and a delicious treat, your dog won’t want to leave! Particularly as all dogs are welcomed into the fantastic local pub, The Castle Inn – with doggy treats available on demand. The perfect spot to unwind after a day at the golf club.
For the epicureans: Crockers Henley, Oxfordshire
An absolute must for foodie owners their four-legged friends, Crockers Henley offers one of the best gastronomic experiences in the UK and is uniquely, dog friendly! From two Chef’s Tables featuring Modern British and Pan-Asian cuisine as well as The Grill option – there is an experience to fit every diner with all-day dining, an extensive cocktails and fine wine. This restaurant with rooms is made up of seven double rooms which have been carefully designed to reflect the Georgian heritage of the building with an emphasis on comfort and understated luxury.
For families: The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa, Yorkshire
With 1,400 acres to explore, not to mention the countless beautiful walking trails on the doorstep, there’s no better place to escape with man’s best friend. In addition to unique dining options, the property offers world class spa facilities and treatments and a host of exciting, adventurous outdoor activities such as fishing, e-biking, clay pigeon shooting and off-road driving experiences serving up a host of experiences to suit any member of the family. No member need be left behind as The Coniston offers several dog-friendly hotel rooms as well as self-catering holiday cottages with private gardens to enjoy.
For a romantic escape: Lympstone Manor, Devon
Lympstone Manor is a luxury country house hotel for the 21st century. The Grade II listed Georgian mansion in Devon, which opened in April 2017, was restored, and renovated by Michael Caines MBE, one of the most celebrated chefs in Britain and now visionary hotelier. Once a private home, the property is set in 28 acres of Devon countryside with unrivalled views of the Exe Estuary. Recognised as the most romantic hotel in the UK, the property is the perfect escape for a couple’s trip with the pup. The dog friendly rooms come set up with a dog bed, towel, torch, and dog bowl and have their own private terraces.
For a spa break: South Lodge, West Sussex
Situated in the heart of the West Sussex countryside, South Lodge offers views over the South Downs – enjoy award-winning dining and state of the art wellness facilities. Following an extensive renovation, the 44,000 sq. ft spa comprises a state-of-the-art gym and spin studio, indoor pool, outdoor hydrotherapy pool and wild swimming pool, a thermal suite along with treatment rooms – creating one of the best spa experiences the UK has to offer.
Every detail is taken care of so guests can sit back and relax; there’s even no need to pack for the dog, as South Lodge offers a comfortable bed, towel for any mucky paws, two bowls, doggy poop bags, and a little welcome treat too.