PetsPyjamas has been tirelessly curating a selection of the best hotels and self-catering escapes to kick start 2015. From the quirky and contemporary to the classic favourites, these hotels are sure to impress even the most discerning canine travellers.
One is amazed at the expanse of space there is through the gates of Rosewood, which is just steps from London’s Covent Garden. An urban oasis, the hotel is a maze of Italian marble, black lacquered walls and expressive acrylics from Eduardo Hoffman. No expense has been spared in this £84million development, where guests of both human and canine complexion can expect to be treated like royalty.
A relaxed and beautifully finished bolthole in the Scottish Highlands, Skeabost House Hotel is all about antique chic. Log-fire-scented lounges, an intimate wood-panelled restaurant and tartan-carpeted four poster bedrooms embrace a distinctly Scottish sense of old-fashioned design. One of Skeabost’s most impressive assets is its staff: service is tailor-made and beyond what is expected, and that goes for our four-legged friends too!
Hotel Endsleigh is Olga Polizzi’s latest creation and has established itself as one of the leading design-driven hotels in the UK. The natural landscape of grottos, winding trails and follies is interpreted in the hotel’s interiors: a colourful cocktail of patterns and textures are woven together in guest bedrooms whilst bathrooms are marbled with an interesting combination of pure hues with deep marine tones. The hotel’s physical beauty is brought to life by a team of experienced service staff who will dote on your dog and go above and beyond to ensure that not just your eyes are satisfied!
The effortlessly cool vibe of South Place Hotel is punctuated by Jazz nights in the sleek monochrome wine bar, Vodka Martinis in the member’s only secret garden and individual collections of retro memorabilia in each guest bedroom. Pampered pets are spoilt by staff and welcomed in the terrace garden. Set at the cross-roads between the bustling City and stylish Shoreditch, South Place is the most natural choice for lovers of crystal-clear interior design blended with a little je-ne-sais-quoi.
Described as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ when it opened in 1924, the Gleneagles Hotel is the ultimate triple threat of luxury, style and class. The looming and turreted facade that greets you through the car window slowly blurs into focus to reveal an exterior of proud French windows and clean-cut stone balustrades. This brand of big and bold grandeur continues more softly past the threshold: plump dimpled sofas are cast in soft lighting in The Blue Bar, noble high-ceilings house intimate curtained dining areas, and a particularly beautiful gilded frieze stands sultry behind the reception desk. The Gleneagles’ accolades are many: a Michelin starred restaurant, three championship golf courses, award-winning spa facilities, and a wonderful array of leisure activities. You and your dog won’t want to leave this Scottish palace set within the tranquillity of 850 acres of Perthshire countryside.
Understated luxury and simple elegance are the trademark qualities of this well-loved hotel and award-winning restaurant. A seamless combination of traditional Victorian architecture with the clarity and comfort of 21st-century design, the result is striking in its blend of old and new. Inside the hotel the decor offers a refreshing minimalism, an aesthetic designed to enhance and frame the traditional elements of the hotel’s 19th century architectural foundations. Our top tip is to take in the charming sights of the hotel’s spacious gardens and dine al fresco with your canine friend on the sun soaked terrace.
An arresting red brick manor house greets you as you descend into grassy Hampshire. Just an hour outside of London, this meticulously refurbished Georgian mansion stands on 500-acres of bursting countryside boasting a cache of woodland trails, sweeping meadows and glossy lakes. The landscape is pooch heaven, the perfect canvas for man and dog to explore the organic assort-courses of woods and rivers. Traditional interiors with rich and opulent furnishings spoil the senses, whilst hi-tech amenities add a discreet, modern comfort to your stay. The Four Seasons is a seamless fusion of light, airy openness and silky, sumptuous opulence.
There is something spontaneously romantic about the tree-lined streets of sandstone buildings where Cotswold House resides. The hotel sits sleepily on the elegant old high street of Chipping Campden, with its stony front concealing a secret array of watercolour gardens at the building’s back. The interiors flash with Regency charm and spa-scented luxury, providing the natural setting for well-travelled canines with a taste for the good life.
This mahogany-toned manor house was once the hunting lodge of the Lithgow baronage, a history which is handsomely preserved in the hotel’s claret-coloured drawing room and rustic Scottish cuisine. Gleddoch House is couched in a pocket of raw and refreshing natural beauty: the Clyde Estuary and Renfrewshire Hills are framed by the panoramic windows of The Brasserie, the neo-rustic hearth of the hotel. Highland hounds will love flopping onto fireside rugs after exploring Langbank’s 360 acres of organic adventure-trails, whilst their owners will be delighted with the championship golf course, Elemis Spa and unbeatable guest service.
Set against an enticing array of woods and a striking fishing lake, Powder Mills Hotel is a countryside hideaway with distinctly old-school elegance. The hotel is composite of book-lined drawing rooms, individually arranged bedrooms and a restaurant of white table linens, crystal wine glasses and a magnificent centrepiece of waterfalling flowers in a grand stone vase. The hotel is home to two spritely springers who are on hand to welcome new friends at the door.
Part of a new generation of chic inns, The Groes Inn stands out for its uncompromising character: the olde-worlde bar is whisky-hued and adorned with interesting nicnacs, whilst bedrooms are pretty with soft fabrics, creamy wallpapers and light-wood antiques. Dogs are a part of the furniture here: retreat back to the bar with a pint of local ale and a biscuit for Fido after a long walk by the Conwy Estuary, or sneak off for a midday nap together in one of the beautifully appointed rooms.
Ashford Castle is a world unto itself: 350 acres of private estate looks up to the grey-stoned fortress built in 1228, and the sparkling waters of Lough Corrib circumnavigate this veritable island of a hotel. A feast for the eyes, the castle’s rooms are rich with colour and heavy fabrics brought to life by the sparkling light of chandeliers and moody tones of low-casting lamps. This sense of adventure is continued in the menu of leisure activities; horse back riding, fishing, water sports, spa treatments and golf are on offer to make your getaway truly unforgettable.
Iconic and eye-catching in design, the G&V Royal Mile Hotel is a contemporary technicoloured retreat that stands, bold and beautiful, in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic centre. The only five-star hotel on the historic Royal Mile, it has become something of a modern landmark with its striking design of monochrome prints characterised by the local Scottish heritage. The perfect base from which to explore the rich culture and history of the city with your pooch, this striking boutique hotel is sure to please with its fresh interiors, luxurious spa and award-winning cuisine.
Nestled in the picture-postcard market town of Chipping Campden, The Noel Arms is one of the oldest Cotswold inns. Its heavy wooden finishes and royal colour palette, with exposed brick walls and low ceilings, keep the hotel in touch with its 17th Century foundations. This rich setting is the perfect background to enjoy the award-winning cuisine in The Noel Arm’s restaurant or conservatory: the menu is executed by head chef Indunil Sanchi, a three year title holder of the Great British Pub Food Award. This Inn is a particularly good find for those wishing to enjoy luxury on a budget.
Nestled amongst rolling hills, quiet valleys and charming villages of red brick and flint, the Lambert Arms is an old coaching inn that combines original features with a modern design. An area of outstanding natural beauty, arresting views of the Chiltern Hills frame the lush surrounding countryside. Open fires, leather sofas, real ales and a neo-rustic finish combine to create a strong aesthetic of vintage chic, with a passionate AA Rosette awarded restaurant delivering unfussy and imaginative British cuisine. A map of nearby walks is available at reception, offering you and your pooch miles of breathtaking countryside to explore all day before you both retire to the cosy warmth of the bar and wine room.