Travel break: Find a dog friendly hotel

Posted on: 26 August 2010 by Mark O'haire

With more and more hotels and guesthouses now welcoming dogs, it’s easier than ever to take your pooch away with you. Here’s our pick of the best

Dog friendly hotelsHere in the UK there are some fabulous country retreats where you can find great pet friendly amenities.  Here’s our pick of the best.

Trigony Country House Hotel- Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland 

Set in four acres of gardens and woodland, Trigony House is the perfect retreat for you and your dog.   A home away from home it mixes cosy surroundings with a relaxed atmosphere for an ideal weekend getaway.  With great walks in and around Dumfries pets are welcomed with open arms; they don’t call themselves Dumfries and Galloway’s best dog hotel for nothing!

Kate Boats Boating Holidays - Warwickshire

With up to five dogs welcome on each boat, holidays don’t get more pet friendly than Kate Boats.  Choose from a selection of two to five star narrow boats for a unique holiday experience.  Each boat is kitted out with a television and DVD player as well as a stereo system.  A charge of £25 per dog is made per week.

The Bell Hotel - Saxmundham, Suffolk

The four star Grade II Listed Georgian Bell Hotel is located in the heart of the picturesque market town of Saxmundham.  Just eight miles from the popular seaside town of Aldeburgh and with numerous forests and parks just a stone’s throw away, it boats some excellent walks.  Your dog’s tail won’t be able to stop wagging! 

The Royal Castle Hotel – Dartmouth, Devon

Situated in the town centre of Dartmouth, the award winning Royal Castle hotel overlooks the inner harbor and estuary.  Kitted out with 25 ensuite bedrooms, a modern cuisine restaurant and two bars it is the perfect get away for you and your dog.  A £20 fee applies and dog beds are provided.

Cliveden – Taplow, Berkshire

A favourite amongst the pampered pooches, boutique hotel Cliveden offers guests a specially prepared doggy menu.  The grand manor house is surrounded by 250 acres of National Trust woodlands for your dog to roam around in; and sitters and walkers can also be arranged.  

Ffynnon – Snowdonia, North Wales

Tucked away deep in the heart of the foothills of Snowdonia and with just four bedrooms and one suite, Ffynnon is the ideal relaxing retreat.  The B&B’s décor mixes old with new for a getaway with a difference.  Dogs are welcome so with such picturesque scenery right on your doorstep you’ll want to walk them for miles.

Bouncers Farm Gypsy Camp - Wickham Bishops, Essex

For a holiday with a difference why not check out the Gypsy Camp at Bouncers Farm.  Sleep in original bow top wagons which are nestled amongst an orchard of apple and cherry trees.  The traditional wagons have been lovingly restored for a cosy living space with a difference.  Dogs are welcome so why not share this unique experience with your four legged friend.

Hay House Farm – Ipstones, Staffordshire

With doggy welcome packs containing treats and a toy they don’t get more dog-friendly than Hay House Farm.  Situated in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands, and with plenty of enclosed space your dog will be spoilt rotten.  The farm has no restrictions on the number of dogs you bring and no charges apply.  They even offer a dog-sitting service if you fancy a day of sightseeing.

Woolley Grange – Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

This small and friendly hotel is set in 14 acres of beautiful grounds and just eight miles from Bath.  Idyllic in the summer and cosy in the winter, Woolley Grange is a popular destination all year round.   Dogs are very well catered for and have the run of the grounds.    

Penhellick Barn – St Columb Major, Cornwall

This single storey barn conversion, Penhellick Barn, is very close to the North Cornwall coastal towns of Padstow, Wadebridge and Newquay.  Dogs can make themselves at home with Loki, Freya and Milo the barns canine occupants, while owners can relax in the peaceful surrounding countryside.

Marmaduke: The film   

Marmaduke_New_2-sheet-2 Marmaduke, the world’s most lovable Great Dane, leaps from comic strip fame (appearing in 600 newspapers in over 20 countries) to big screen stardom. In this family comedy event, the super-sized, ultra-awkward lap dog is living the good life with the Winslow family, including beleaguered dad Phil, Phil’s wife Debbie, their three children, and feline pal Carlos. But when Phil uproots the clan from Kansas to California, Marmaduke finds his life turned upside-down. He must navigate the volatile Mutts vs. Pedigrees turf wars, woo the purebred of his dreams, and overcome a fall from grace from his new four-legged friends and his much put-upon family.

Marmaduke is out in cinemas now.

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