We are a mad nation of pet lovers and love to pamper and treat our pets. For many pet owners their pet is an extension of their own self and it is not surprising that the pet pampering industry continues to grow and flourish as we continue to adopt many of the trends from the US such as pet outfits, pet grooming and even pet restaurants! So it is no surprise to see more and more pet friendly hotels springing up as our four legged friends are now joining us on our travels.
If you miss your pet when you leave it behind while you go on holiday then there may be an answer for you. Increasingly pet owners are insisting on taking their dog on holiday with them on their summer break, and the UK tourist industry is only too aware of the benefits of providing dog friendly facilities. Here we have picked five of the best dog friendly hotels across the UK. However, if you are taking your dog on holiday, you should make sure that your pet insurance is up to date, and don’t forget about your third party dog insurance just in case it causes any damage.
The Cholmondeley Arms at Malpas in Cheshire
Once a Victorian schoolhouse and now an Inn, the Cholmondeley Arms is a particularly stylish dog friendly hotel. With its main hall dominated by a carved oak bar from behind which the landlord will pull you a perfect pint of Cholmondeley Best Bitter; its own special dog beer brew (actually a non-alcoholic beverage made from beef stock); and an excellent bar menu, you are certain to enjoy your holiday, as is your pet. There are three dog friendly hotel rooms, each one of them being furnished with a dog bed. And if you are partial to a drop of mother’s ruin, the bar boasts over 200 different gins.
Russell’s in Clapton, London
Russell’s is an ultra stylish, comfortable new place for you to stay in Hackney, East London. More of a modern up-market B&B than a traditional hotel, it is the perfect location for a city break with your pet pooch. It is dog friendly but if you are taking your pet you should check in advance. There are six bedrooms and each one of them provides high standards of comfort and décor including a range of Victorian antiques and modern artwork. The traditional full English breakfast is legendary.
The Grosvenor Arms in Shaftesbury, Dorset
The Grosvenor Arms was a coaching inn during medieval times. It was originally called the Red Lion but when the Grosvenor family bought it in 1820 they gave it its current name. This hotel is set in the heart of Thomas Hardy country and in some of his novels (Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure) and he refers to ‘Shaston’ which he based on Shaftesbury. The hotel is also close to the edge of Cranborne Chase, which offers some of the most beautiful dog walking countryside in England.
The Pig in Brockenhurst, Hampshire
Situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, this 26 room hotel describes itself as a restaurant with rooms. The Pig is really is all about food with all of the ingredients either grown in its own gardens or sourced locally. It is advisable to book as soon as you can if you want to book “The Dog House”, a room with its own doggy bedroom annex. It isn’t cheap, but you and your pet will love it.
Overwater Hall in the Lake District
Overwater Hall is an 18th-century country house where dogs are particularly welcome and can stay at no additional charge; however you are requested to keep them off chairs. There are 18 acres of grounds in which to take your pet for a walk and there is even a dog sitting service should you wish to leave your pet behind for a few hours while you visit some of the nearby museums and galleries where dogs are not allowed.