Dorset has a fabulous selection of dog-friendly hotels perfect for tranquil seclusion or action-packed break. Bring your furry plus-one along to one of our favourite historic country houses, pubs with rooms or luxury spa hotels, all within close distance to the county’s delightful hidden gems and spectacular historic coastline. Check out our top picks and treat your coastal canine to an impossibly picturesque Dorset getaway!
The Eastbury Hotel & Spa, Sherborne
Minutes away from the fabulous Dorset countryside, dog-friendly The Eastbury Hotel & Spa is a boutique townhouse hotel ideal for serene walks with your best furry friend. Their traditional Georgian style means each bedroom offers a luxe resting place for your and your canine companion.
When heading out for long countryside walks visit the National Trust sites of Stourhead, Montacute House and Tintinhull Gardens or relax after a long day of walking in The Eastbury’s fully-equipped spa with a sauna, fitness suite and hot tub, the perfect way to complete your dog-friendly stay.
Set amongst beautifully manicured lawns and tended gardens, Summer Lodge Country House Hotel is an elegant Grade II Listed property surrounded by glorious countryside in the village of Evershot. Experience superb dog-friendly wining and dining at Summer Lodge in the Bar Lounge area, or outside on the patio, a fabulous choice in the summer months.
Enjoy the quintessential country-house experience with traditional English hospitality and afternoon tea or relax further in the indoor pool and spa, with a full range of treatments and therapies on offer.
Dog-friendly Moonfleet Manor is a charmingly quirky manor house hotel overlooking Chesil Beach on the Jurassic Coast. There are fabulous coastal walks on the doorstep for you and your best furry friend to enjoy as well as a heated indoor pool, luxurious and relaxing spa treatments, cinema and creche within the hotel.
Many dog-friendly attractions are within a short distance of Moonfleet Manor including Corfe Castle and Dinosaurland, making a fun day out for all.
Nestled in the heart of Evershot, The Acorn Inn is a traditional 16th-century British pub and dog-friendly hotel built from local, honey-coloured stone. Retaining much of its historical charm, you will find authentic beams, low ceilings and open fires where you and your canine companion can cosy up.
Explore the endless footpaths that trail through open fields or venture to the 400-acre deer park at the bottom of the village. After a day of exploring, enjoy a gastro-pub style meal with your best furry friend in the hotel’s award-winning restaurant boasting the finest seasonal produce.
The dog-friendly Castle Inn is a traditional Dorset pub and hotel close to stunning Lulworth Cove. One of the oldest Inns in Dorset, the Castle Inn is instantly recognisable by its charming thatched roof, boutique bedrooms and rustic restaurant.
Visit year-round dog-friendly beaches for your dog to explore as well as wonderful cliff top walks with Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, and the rest of the Jurassic Coastline on the doorstep. In the restaurant, you will find great local produce and pub classics from Sunday roasts to fresh seafood, at breakfast your furry friend will even receive a breakfast sausage.
Dating back to the 16th Century, The King’s Arms in Dorchester is a striking Georgian dog-friendly hotel with original features of large bow windows and a Doric columned porch mixed with vintage finds and eclectic furniture.
Surrounded by a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, your best furry friend will love off lead frolics within the vast countryside and picturesque coastline. Take Thomas Hardy’s daily walk across the Kingston Maurward Estate then follow the Frome River into town or enjoy a break in the luxury day spa, Monart Spa, set in the Royal Pavilion.
Extending over Collier’s Brook, dog-friendly The Fontmell is a wonderful pub with views over a backdrop of rippling water in the quaint village of Fontmell Magna. You and your canine companion can enjoy trekking up Shaftesbury’s famous Gold Hill which offers stunning views of the Blackmore Vale or venture along a delightful circular walk in Fontmell for off-lead frolics.
Dine with your dog in the hotel bar where seasonal produce is at the forefront of fine-dining ethos. You can even ask the hotel to fix you up with a delicious packed lunch if you’re going for a lengthy hike with your furry plus one.
The dog-friendly Grosvenor Arms is a newly refurbished hotel positioned on the edge of the historic Cranborne Chase dating back to mediaeval times. Mixing a touch of tasteful urban chic to the delightful old-England charm of Shaftesbury, the hotel is filled with stylish furniture in contemporary bedrooms.
The famous Gold Hill is just 100m away, perfect for long walks with your furry friend. Pay a visit to Shaftesbury’s charming dog-friendly cafes and shops as well as the Shaftesbury Abbey Museum, making an enjoyable day out for all.
A stone’s throw away from Studland Bay on the Isle of Purbeck, Knoll House Hotel is a traditional dog-friendly coastal hotel boasting fabulous sea views. Coastal canines will love exploring four miles of sandy beach sheltered by the bay, woodland walks and historic landmarks.
Visit the many dog-friendly museums and castles in and around Studland Bay before heading back to Knoll House’s new bistro focussing on fine Anglo-French food and a traditional English atmosphere, offering a selection of locally sourced dishes which can be enjoyed with your canine companion by your side.
Nestled in the heart of Beaminster, The Ollerod Beaminster offers picturesque hill walks on the doorstep as well as walks along the famous Cobb at Lyme Regis. The dog-friendly country house dates back to the 13th century and is full of character, bespoke bedrooms and a rustic dining room.
The 2AA Rosette Ollered Beaminster restaurant is renowned for its award-winning food using the best local ingredients including scallops from Lyme Bay, West Bay crab and red meat. You can also visit Forde Abbey, which dates back 900 years and walk in the beautiful 30 acres of gardens and lakes.