One of the best things about having a pet is the guarantee of a warm welcome – at least your dog is always pleased to see you. However, if you even think about leaving him out of your Christmas time plans then you may be faced with the canine equivalent of the cold shoulder. And a Christmas break just wouldn’t be the same without your beloved pet, so check out three of our favourite pet friendly hotels…
Not only is the luxurious Cliveden Hotel in Berkshire one of the most glamorous places to stay, but Pets are more than welcome too. Dog beds are available and the chef will whip(pet) up a special doggy menu for pampered pooches. Set on the banks of the Thames amid 376 acres of National Trust gardens and panoramic views over the Berkshire countryside perfect for walkies, this neoclassical manor was once of England’s most infamous and distinguished historic homes. Think Christine Keeler and Nancy Astor. The restaurant serves fine French cuisine and the Pavilion Spa offers exclusive face and body treatments.
What could be better for Fido than a bracing walk along an East Coast beach? Both you and he will run off those extra Christmas calories with ease. Treat yourself and your dog to a four star stay at the stylish Swan Hotel in Southwold. Dogs are very welcome by arrangement and are allowed in the comfortable Lighthouse Rooms. The Swan also provides a welcome pack for your dog which includes a blanket for them to sleep on, a dog bowl to use, a biscuit treat and of course the little black bags. The award-winning cuisine focuses on local fish, meat and fresh seasonal vegetables. Parts of the Swan Hotel date back to the 14th century and mixes the traditional character of an English country house with modern comforts.
If you and your canine companion are looking for the perfect place for a relaxing country break, The Bath Arms is just the place. Set in the quintessentially English village of Horningsham this stylish and quirky boutique hotel is ultra dog friendly. And nearby Longleat House provides a great location from creating a ‘Fenton’ moment! The award winning restaurant serves British cuisine using home grown produce. The bar serves local ales and organic vodkas.