If you find your pet’s sad little face as you pack your suitcase before a holiday enough to have you uttering the words ‘staycation’, then one of these hotels is for you…and the dog too.
Rather than putting your pet in expensive kennels or asking a friend or neighbour to play owner for a week, why not take them with you? It might sound a bit much, but it's joyous - trust me, it's more fun than you might think.
We took our 10-month-old whippet pup Sal on his first mini break this year; we packed up the Kia Stonic, which is a fantastic car to take your dog in (plenty of room in the boot for your suitcases and his all important bed, while the back seat was spacious enough for him to lay down on, once strapped in with a doggy seat belt. It was also smooth to drive and the in-car technology was high-spec, including a decent Sat-Nav that didn't take forever to get the hang of!)
Our pup loved being away, spending time as a family plus he got to take a dip in the sea at Lowestoft on his first beach trip.
We stayed in a cute and comfortable one-bedroom cottage, handily with it's own enclosed garden so Sal could do his business in peace but there are plenty of dog-friendly hotels around the country that you and your furry friend can book a stay in. Here's some of the best:
Situated right on the south coast, the Cary Arms in Babbacombe boasts miles of dog-friendly beach for them to stretch their legs and fill their lungs with sea air!
Accommodation, food and water is provided for a small fee, and your pets will have the time of their lives investigating the sights, sounds and smells of this delightful hotel.
If you’re planning a relaxing trip to the New Forest and want your dog to enjoy the fresh air and green fields as much as you, the New Park Manor Hotel is the perfect venue.
This charming 17th century retreat encourages guests to take advantage of its location - ideal for ramblers - by bringing their pets along with them. Animals are provided with their own bed and food, can run around the expansive grounds to their heart’s content, and can even make pals with the owners’ own dog.
Spoiled pets will have the time of their lives at Stapleford Park in Leicestershire, a sprawling country house boasting its own golf course, spa and fitness centre.
While your dogs might not have much interest in the putting green and certainly won’t be lifting any weights, they are more than welcome in the hotel - provided they are kept on a lead. So, you can enjoy a relaxing getaway without abandoning them.
In the heart of leafy Cheshire, the Cholmondeley Arms is a fabulous place to stay for both human and animal. You can all take a brisk walk around the area - perhaps even visiting the nearby Cholmondeley Castle - before returning to an award-winning restaurant serving up fine cuisine and a variety of superb ales, gins and whiskeys.
Pets aren’t left out of the drinking experience, with their very own meat-based beer provided with a meal. Then they can rest their weary heads in a comfortable bed.
The stunning Milestone Hotel in Kensington is for pets who demand only the finer things in life. The hotel puts on a truly remarkable show for dogs, pampering our four-legged pals with special treats, luxury bedding and even a welcome letter. Pets can also take their pick from a bespoke menu – and all while you’re out and about visiting the capital’s world-famous landmarks.
Simply call ahead to this riverside location to advise that you’re bringing your pet and the staff are happy to cater to your needs, with dog-friendly rooms and even a special dog table in the restaurant. This welcoming inn is ideal for dog lovers – as their website says, “if you don’t like dogs, you will not like this”.
Based near East Grinstead, Sussex, the Cat Inn lives up to its name as a place that makes pets more than welcome – the cosy bar is perfect for them to relax, with two fireplaces to curl up in front of!
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