Any dog owner knows just how important it is to take care of their beloved pup. From the finest and healthiest of foods to the most sumptuous sleeping areas and the very best vet services to plenty of exercise and play, taking care of a dog is much like having a child, according to many. With websites like The Pampered Pup, dog owners can find a wealth of information to guide them on their way to having the happiest of pooches around. And with this care and attention towards these important members of our families, it stands to reason that they should accompany us on our adventures, events and trips too.
Luckily there are a wealth of luxurious hotels across the UK that cater to man – and woman’s – best friend, so next time you reach to call the dog sitter, think again, as we’ve rounded up 7 of the best dog-friendly hotels across the UK. What’s more, they all happen to boast five stars too, so you can be sure that you and your pooch will be pampered in equal measures throughout your stay.
Offering a warm welcome to four legged guests, Whatley Manor in the Cotswolds assures that a number of their elegant rooms are dog friendly. With its rural location, pets will be happy with the array of countryside walks up for grabs on the hotel’s doorstep, while guests will surely enjoy the top-notch spa facilities as well as the exquisite victuals served up at The Dining Room, which boasts two Michelin Stars.
Though many dog-owners might think that a trip to London would be best without their pooch, Dukes London would disagree. Offering a range of special services such as dog walking in neighbouring St James’s Park, dog sitting while you head to the shops, theatre or such like, grooming, gourmet meals and a turndown treat, the five-star treatment certainly means that you will be accompanied on your next stay in Mayfair.
The Headland Cornwall
With a great range of coastal walks and dog-friendly beaches to roam, this spot on the north coast of Cornwall is ideal for a getaway with all family members. The Headland offers self-catering cottages and hotel rooms, both welcoming dogs and also provides treats, a comfy blanket and water bowl. For guests, expect a wealth of spa experiences and dining options too.
Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa
Based on the edge of Dartmoor in South Devon, Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa provides an excellent dining experience by head chef Scott Paton at Àclèaf, glorious spa facilities at Gaia and stunning suites and rooms in the ancient building. As well as miles of walks on the stunning national park, your pooch can expect some treats, blanket, bed and a warm welcome from staff.
Andy Murray’s hotel near to his hometown of Dunblane provides a welcome retreat for dogs and guests alike. Within elegant surroundings of 34 acres of woodlands and garden grounds, pooches can expect a comfy bed, dog menu and Highland Spring water to luxuriate in, while their obedient owners can enjoy delicious food from Chez Roux restaurant and on-site activities including, you guessed it, tennis.
Monkey Island Estate
The stunning Monkey Island Estate, which resides on its own island in Bray, is formed by two Grade I listed heritage pavilions and boasts 40 expertly designed rooms and a suite. Though dog-friendly rooms are limited, your pooch will no doubt enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the estate and surrounding area just as much as you will.
Though rooms are dog-friendly, larger friends of the family will find their spot at the on-site kennels where doggy day-care is offered as well as walking services, and furry friends will sleep well on soft mattresses. While they’re enjoying their holiday in the Scottish surroundings, guests can indulge in the spa and beauty lodge, enjoy a round or two of golf, fill up at the selection of bars and restaurants and enjoy a range of outdoor pursuits.