It can be tricky planning a holiday, especially if you’re the proud owner of a handsome pooch. There’s the added stress of finding a carer for them, and often this isn’t just an organisational burden but a monetary one. Your canine pal is part of the family, so it doesn’t seem fair for them to be left in isolation while the rest of you gallivant around the countryside, taking in the views and much-needed fresh air. But fear not! We have curated a selection of the best dog-friendly hotels around the UK so that your furry friend can enjoy long walks and yummy treats alongside you. And you don't need to sacrifice luxury, either; these establishments pride themselves on indulging all their guests – no matter how many legs they have.
Best dog-friendly hotels in the UK
Best for informal luxury: Lainston House
Just outside Winchester, this five-star manor house hotel stands proudly atop one of many rolling green hills skirting the edge of the South Downs and, being nestled amongst 63 acres, there’s plenty of room for a pooch to run around. Getting back indoors, there’s a refreshing lack of formality with muddy wellies lined up by a handsome fireplace in reception, which perfectly sets the tone. All at once grand yet intimate in its surroundings, Lainston wears hundreds of years’ worth of history very lightly in classic-contemporary décor. Of course, canine guests have their own bed laid out, topped off with a tin of premium treats.
The Avenue and Wellhouse restaurants are for humans only, but your four-legged friend is welcome at the cosy, wood-panelled Cedar Bar. You can order from The Avenue menu while looking out over the swooping hillside approach, flanked by lime trees, for which the restaurant is named. The staff (most dog owners) are only too happy to distract your pup with a sausage under the table so you can treat yourself to a Michelin-worthy tasting menu. Succulent pressed rabbit is served with mellow blackberries and artichoke, tender pink lamb loin comes with a moreish side of skewered barbecued belly, and the rhubarb soufflé with rhubarb sorbet is a sweet-sharp sensation. Many ingredients are sourced from the region, and the rhubarb is from Lainston’s own kitchen garden. Fine dining is the priority here, thankfully without the fuss.
Price: Rooms start from £185 (including breakfast), plus £40 for a maximum of two dogs
Best for luxury bites and tranquillity: The Tawny
Well-behaved dogs and humans alike will be treated to fabulous food and stunning surroundings at The Tawny, Staffordshire. Four-legged friends are welcome in the Boathouses and Glade Huts, set on rolling countryside grounds dotted with lakes and secluded picnic spots. There are 70 acres of greenery to explore around The Tawny and a nearby nature reserve with plenty of muddy meandering pathways. It’s also an ideal place to strike out into the Peak District.
Dogs are welcome in the bar area for relaxed tapas plates or sharing boards and expertly-plated bites from their restaurant, The Plumicorn. Tuck into gin-cured salmon with caviar, curried roasted cauliflower or spicy Packington pork & octopus with a rich red wine jus. There are plenty of classic cocktails on offer and an extensive wine list. This is a truly dog-friendly getaway, where your furry friends will be doted on rather than tolerated, and maybe sneaked a sausage at breakfast if they’re making puppy dog eyes. Want to spend the evening in soaking up your serene surroundings? Order a Portobello mushroom, truffle & mascarpone pizza to your room and while away the night in a bubbly outdoor hot tub. Be sure to hide the treat tin from your furry companion and pack your walking boots.
Price: Rooms start from £260 per night.
Best for a self-catering family break: Premier Cottages Sparham Hall Farm
Switch off and settle in for a peaceful countryside getaway at Sparham Hall Farm Cottages. These secluded cottages have all the creature comforts you could want, including some homemade welcome treats for you and your pooch; namely, buttery shortbread and peanut butter bone biscuits. This dog-friendly retreat feels like a home away from home. Grab your wellies for a trip to nearby Sparham Pools for a picturesque dog walk, or book a tour of the surrounding farmland to take in the local flora and fauna.
Sparham Hall is a working farm with a focus on supporting local businesses. Be sure to order an afternoon tea basket from The Norfolk Scone Company for a wealth of local goodies to enjoy when you arrive. Tuck into seasonal sandwiches, sweet bites and artisan teas after a day exploring the North Norfolk coastline at Wells-next-the-sea. You can also pour yourself a G&T using gin from The Walnut Tree Distillery, produced two miles away. All their spirits use hand-picked botanicals from the farm. Don’t fancy cooking? Take a night off and wander 20 minutes down the road, dog in tow, to The Fox at Lyng for classic beer-battered cod or a satisfying vegan shepherd’s pie.
Price: Short breaks (of three nights) are available from £250.
Best for locally sourced seasonal food and outdoor amenities: The Lord Crewe Arms
Built in the 12th century, the Lord Crewe Arms is a unique hotel with medieval architecture and stunning views. Original features such as deep mullioned windows and monumental stone fireplaces are showcased in rooms focusing on comfort – thick woollen blankets and hot water bottles, paperbacks on the bedside table and moreish local fudge by the coffee machine. The hotel sits at the heart of an immaculate village, surrounded by rugged, romantic Northumberland countryside.
The menu makes the most of ingredients from the kitchen garden and local suppliers, therefore boasting a selection of seasonal highlights. Sample delicacies such as foraged mushrooms on toast or the Crewe Ploughman for lunch, then in the evening, a hearty meal like venison with salsify.
If you’re one to feel at home in the beautiful outdoors, then you’ll be spoilt for choice. Take yourself off for a quiet fishing trip along the Lord Crewe Arms’ private stretch of river. Or venture off on a borrowed bike to the village of Blanchard, or if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, across the moors to Hadrian’s Wall. Feeling more romantic? Why not pop over to the dark sky discovery site just around the corner for some stargazing.
Treat your dog to an evening tipple from The Crypt Bar or dinner from the Canine Crewe Room Service Menu. They are more than welcome to dine with you at dinner, and you can prep them perfectly in the hotel’s boot room to make them presentable after a muddy walk on the moor.
Price: Rooms start from £189 per night.
Best for ultra luxe: Four Season Hotel Hampshire
If you really want to treat yourself, the Four Seasons Hampshire is the ideal mix of grand country house glamour and relaxed informality, and is truly dog-friendly. It's Downton Abbey vibes, with all the modern-day luxuries you would expect from a five-star hotel.
The imposing Georgian red-brick manor house is set in 500 acres of rolling lawns, walled gardens, lakes and woodlands, where you can walk the dog. There’s also a lovely path along the Basingstoke Canal to pretty villages with dog-friendly pubs. In the bedrooms, deep, squashy dog beds are provided along with doggie welcome packages of food and personalised bottles of spring water.
Dogs are welcome on the terrace of the hotel’s Wild Carrot restaurant and bar, where cocktails and dinner watching the sunset over the rolling Hampshire hills is a special experience. The restaurant serves classic modern British cuisine, and an extensive wine list can be ordered to your room if you prefer. The staff are all animal-lovers and extremely accommodating; well-behaved dogs are welcome to be left in the bedrooms while guests enjoy the stunning pool and spa, or afternoon tea in the wood-panelled library. It’s a luxurious and pampering country getaway without the stress of having to be parted from your pet.
Price: Rooms start from £705 per night.
Best for creature comforts: The Fish Hotel
With an assortment of fashionable farmhouse conversions and huts peppering the hillside at this Cotswolds hideaway, you might think you’ve stumbled upon a doggie-friendly commune – albeit a very high-spec one. The well-being of your pooch is central to the philosophy here, something that’s obvious as soon as you step onto the ample grounds where your pooch is bound to make new furry friends. In the pretty gardens by the hotel lobby, you’ll find a dog bath (with shower and shampoo), and a muck room just inside; ideal for a quick wash-down and clean-up if you choose to tackle the onsite dog agility course or winding nature trail that offers breath-taking views over the surrounding countryside. On the Farncombe Estate, you’re well placed for more adventurous treks, too, and Broadway Tower is within easy reach.
When it comes to refuelling, dogs are welcome in the spacious yet snug bar area where they’ll have their own padded mat (if not the red carpet) rolled out, and yet more company of the canine variety. While the waiters ingratiate themselves with sausages, humans can dine from the Hook menu, which – unsurprisingly – leans towards seafood, responsibly sourced, mostly from home shores. Enjoy hand-dived Orkney scallops, meaty oysters from Porthilly (tempura-style or fresh off the shell), Cornish crab lasagne with kaffir lime & lemongrass sauce, or a rich bouillabaisse of cuttlefish, cod, king prawns, seam bream and mussels. For a taste of English summertime, round the meal off with a featherlight Paris-Brest of strawberries and crème fraîche mousse. Back at the room, there’ll be dog treats and a complimentary chew toy waiting, if your dog isn’t already wiped out from the social scene.
Price: Dog-friendly double rooms at The Fish start from £175, including breakfast, based on two sharing. There is a £30 charge per stay for dogs. Special canine menus are available for dogs to enjoy in their room
Best for country house charm: Dormy House
On the same handsome Cotswold estate as The Fish, discreetly tucked away above Broadway, is another gem built in local stone. The main ‘farmhouse’ is adjoined by a chic spa, which isn’t dog-friendly, but your loyal companion might appreciate a post-walk nap in the plush dog bed provided, along with a complimentary treat. If you don’t want to leave your pooch behind, book a hot tub suite and soothe those aching muscles without the worry of pillows being subjected to anxious chewing. While the grounds aren’t extensive here, there are plenty of trails knitted across the surrounding area to enjoy whether you want to exert yourselves on a hillside hike or have a gentle stroll through picturesque villages, including Bourton-on-the-Water where many pubs and cafés will welcome your pooch with a cooling water bowl.
Back at base, the humbly named but glamorously appointed Shed bar will offer the same – plus sausages under the table – while you can order from The Back Garden menu. Being owned by the same group as The Fish, the menus are similar, though Dormy offers a more equal balance of meat and fish. Share a selection of charcuterie that includes tender Creedy Carver duck breast from Devon or braised ox cheek, and coffee lovers must finish with the floating island bejewelled with pearls of Kahlua and a delicate caramel tuile. Even with a hit of caffeine, you can’t help but relax and unwind at this charming bolthole.
Price: Dog-friendly double rooms at Dormy House start from £274, including breakfast, based on two sharing. There is a £30 charge per stay for dogs. The Courtyard Suites are also dog-friendly and start from £530 including breakfast, based on two sharing. Special canine menus are available for dogs to enjoy in their room
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