As another year draws to a close, it’s time to look back at some of our most popular doggie destinations. From cosy countyside manors to luxury spa retreats in some of the UK’s most desirable locations, these are our top 10 most booked dog-friendly hotels of the year.
Set among the honey-coloured villages and gently rolling hills of The Cotswolds, De Vere Cotswold Water Park is a dog-friendly hotel that is as spectacular as its surroundings. In the heart of the 152 breathtaking lakes that spread across the Cotswolds Water Park, this is a truly special doggie destination that combines beautiful scenery with stylish accommodation.
The perfect place to unwind with your best furry friend in tow, the hotel’s collection of stylish rooms and apartments offer the ultimate sanctuary. There’s also a gym, spa which includes a swimming pool, sauna, aroma steam room and more.
When it’s time for walkies, there’s plenty of grounds, footpaths and bridle paths for Fido to explore, whilst the Cotswolds is home to nature reserves alive with wildlife. Further afield, you’ll find beautiful old market towns such as Bourton on the Water, as well as Painswick Rococo gardens, which is home to magical woodlands and a lovely dog-friendly cafe.
Bike & Boot is a totally unique, incredibly dog-welcoming and super fun hotel experience. There’s over 50 dog-friendly rooms, from a Boot room with a double bed (just enough room for you and Fido) to larger rooms and suites; many with spectacular views over the South Bay and spanning across Scarborough. You can enjoy free hot drinks in the retreat lounge with complimentary cake at teatime, and after a delightful seaside walk with your furry friend, you can visit the in House Film Club or sample some of the delicious Mediterranean food in the fabulous Bareca restaurant.
Your pooch will enjoy getting their paws sandy exploring the beautiful beaches at both South Bay and North Bay, whilst there are fantastic coastal paths and trails to discover. The amazing North Yorkshire Moors are just a short drive away, as is Scarborough Castle and Peasholm Park, which welcomes well behaved doggies on leads.
This super dog-friendly hotel in the Cotswolds makes for a wonderful home from home for guests and their four-legged friends. A warm welcome awaits you and Fido in this family-owned hotel, set amongst the rolling hills of the glorious Gloucestershire countryside. Rooms offer spectacular views of the Malvern Hills, which are excellent walking terrain for curious canines. Tennis fans can enjoy a game in one of two tennis courts, whilst there’s an 18 hole course for those who are keen golfers. The hotel also boasts 10-acre grounds – perfect for off the lead frolics!
The beautiful Tewkesbury Abbey is just a 10 minute drive away, and welcomes furry friends too! You can also take a stroll along the Severn Ham or visit the delightful town of Tewkesbury, where you’ll find a number of dog-friendly cafes and shops. Upon your return to the hotel, you can take a dip in the indoor pool or indulge in a lovely Afternoon Tea with Fido by your side.
As the name suggests, the fabulous Dunes Hotel is situated just walking distance from the sandy dunes of Roanhead – a wonderful National Trust beach that is absolutely perfect for walkies. The hotel has 10 cosey dog-friendly rooms and an excellent coastal-themed restaurant that serves locally sourced food and delicious signature dishes. Nestled in 18-acres of private land and manicured lawns, there is plenty of space for your best furry friend to roam around in before exploring the numerous trails, rivers and footpaths the South Loakes has to offer.
The hotel is also perfectly located to visit the Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve, with it’s gorgeous shifting sand and amazing scenery. You and Fido can also enjoy a wild stroll out to Scarth Bright Bay and Lowsy Point, both of which offer stunning views over to Walney Island. Barrow, Ulverston and Dalton town centres are also just a 10-minute drive away.
A former coaching inn, The Fox & Hounds Country House Hotel in Devon is the ideal pet-friendly getaway for those wanting a relaxing, quiet break with your pooch. Tucked away in the heart of rural Devon, on the banks of the River Taw, you and your furry friend can enjoy unwinding in the midst of the hotel’s beautiful surroundings. Revel in your luxurious bedroom or put your paws up by the fire in the charming country-style pub downstairs.
A true nature retreat, connect with the great outdoors with a walk through one of the nearby forests, or simply stroll around the hotel’s spacious garden. There are fantastic dog walks right on from the doorstep, so you and Fido can stretch your legs before stopping in one of the many nearby dog-friendly pubs and cafes.
Situated on the Faccombe Estate, The Jack Russell is a truly dog-friendly historic pub in Hampshire with stylish bedrooms, each named after dog breeds with rustic and cosy interiors. The pub features a welcoming bar and restaurant, spacious bedrooms and a lovely English garden. To ensure that your four-legged friend feels at home the Jack Russell team offers dog beds, bowls and even a special doggy beer plus a warm welcome from resident dogs Barnie and Betty.
Your canine companion will love the endless country walks from the doorstep and exploring historic points of interest including Stonehenge and Highclere Castle. Foodies will love sampling the local menu that celebrates great British produce with a focus on the conservation of the outstanding natural beauty and wildlife of the surrounding areas.
Designed by celebrated architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, with gorgeous landscaped gardens by Thomas Mawson, this stunning Grade I listed manor hotel enjoys 32-acres of beautiful grounds – the ultimate playground for four legged friends! As you enter the ornate wrought-iron gates, meander through the picturesque surroundings and step into the hotel an air of comfort and relaxation greets you. Seamlessly blending traditional and contemporary spaces, with charming dog-friendly bedrooms.
The hotel provides an array of activities including a gym, croquet lawn and even a cricket pitch. You can enjoy a dip in the indoor heated swimming pool after a busy day of dog walks followed by a delicious meal in the fabulous restaurant or the dog-friendly bar area where you can be joined by your trusty hound. Enjoy afternoon tea in the Manor House or on the picturesque terrace! A truly romantic setting and dog-welcoming hotel, New Place Hotel ticks all the boxes and makes the perfect destination for a weekend away with your best furry friend.
One of our all time favourites, this 1920s medieval style Bailiffscourt Hotel set in the village of Climping offers both a country house and beachside experience. With wooden beams, grand four-poster beds, fireplaces and mullioned windows it combines character with luxury and best of all it is super dog-friendly. There are 39 sumptuous dog-friendly bedrooms across the main house, thatched houses and cottages.
Climping Beach, one of the most natural unspoilt beaches in West Sussex is just a short stroll away and there are also 30 acres of gorgeous private grounds for your dog to play, plus it has a gorgeous swimming pool set in a Sussex barn style spa for a spot of pampering after long walks along the Sussex downs.
Set beneath iconic Roseberry Topping in picture-postcard Newton under Roseberry on the flank of the North Yorkshire Moors, this award-winning inn is a quintessential country pub. Fabulously dog-friendly, it makes the perfect for an active dog-walking holiday with the North York Moors National Park and Cleveland Way on the doorstep. A finalist in the Great British Pub Awards Best Family Pub, the King’s Head Inn has a fantastic outdoor play barn.
It is also surrounded by gorgeous countryside and forests for you and your dog to explore plus seaside gems including Staithes, Whitby, and Scarborough just a short drive away. The bedrooms are comfortable and spacious, whilst the cosy pub/restaurant serves British pub classics and is well known for its Sunday lunch menu with traditional roasts and the best Yorkshire puddings. There is also a Sir Woofchester’s dog menu for four-legged friends!
This riverside inn has a lovely rural setting near Lake Windermere and has all the ingredients for a fabulous dog-friendly stay. Dog owners will love the fact that you can stay in a luxury New English style cottage on the grounds which can sleep up to eight with a terrace, outdoor fireplace, and fabulous views. You can explore the fabulous Vu spa, the perfect place to relax and rewind after a busy morning of walks with your best furry friend. Take a dip in the pool plus there’s a jacuzzi as well as a gym and a range of treatments. Personal training is also available.
Your pooch will have acres of space to explore in the gardens and wooftastic walks from the doorstep. There are loads of dog-friendly attractions close by, including the Lakeside and Haverthwaite steam railway or a dog-friendly cruise across the Lakes where you can stop off at different points. The hotel also offers a doggie information pack with loads of ideas for your stay.
After a little more inspo?
Take a sniff around our winter sales collection, where you’ll find a number of fabulous dog-friendly hotels with 3 nights for the price of 2! Each of our doggie destinations are hound-picked and given the paw of approval by our team of pet-friendly travel experts.