I’ll admit, I was over the moon to receive my invitation of a weekend away with my owner Lydia’s friend Maddie. As much as I enjoy London life, there is nothing more wag-tastic than a trip to Sussex and then I heard we would be staying at The Spread Eagle Hotel in Midhurst – one of the most dog friendly places around!
Maddie and her friend Debbie had been invited by the Argentinian Ambassador to watch one of the top high goal polo matches of the season at the Polo Club on the stunning Cowdray Estate, just 15 minutes’ walk from the Spread Eagle. The car journey was pleasantly short from London and we arrived at The Spread Eagle to an incredibly warm welcome. Since we were early, the lovely reception staff offered to take care of me whilst the girls tottered off to get glammed up for the Polo match.
The Spread Eagle is steeped in history, the oldest part first constructed in 1430 – I wonder how many pawsome dogs like me have been in and out since then. We had a look in one of their most remarkable rooms; The Queens Suite which is over 400 years old. In one corner was the most unique feature – the ‘Wig Closet’ which may be the last one left in a hotel in England!
After a minor blip trying to book a countryside cab to the match, the charming General Manager Horace very kindly offered to drive us all over to the estate – being guests of the Ambassador we simply couldn’t have been late! When we arrived I was instructed to be on my best behaviour – I kept my antics to a minimum and only cocked my leg once on the marquee (a complete mistake). Everyone was incredibly polite in the VIP area and I even met a charming Tibetan terrier called Zulu.
The sunshine was glorious and what an exciting match! After lots of delicious champagne and canapés – we took a lovely walk back through Midhurst to the hotel. Lots of charming shops and restaurants around and I overheard that we weren’t at all far from the bustling city of Chichester.
We arrived back at The Spread Eagle to a tasty afternoon tea and our bags had already been delivered to our room. I was delighted to find my personalised Pets Pyjamas Travel Kit waiting for me upstairs, as well as treats, food, bowls and a bed that The Spread Eagle had provided. I was more than happy to relax and snooze in the hotel room whilst the girls headed off to the spa for a pampering session.
Later that evening we all enjoyed a delicious supper in the hotel and after an evening walk around the nearby pond, we sloped off to bed for a well-deserved night’s sleep! Maddie told me the beds were particularly comfortable and she had never slept so well.
I couldn’t believe how many cuddles and compliments I got walking around the hotel – the staff even told me how sad they were when I left! I honestly feel it would be an injustice on their part not to go back. Fingers crossed for an invite next year!
Wags and licks,