Top 10 Wonderful Dog-Friendly Winter Escapes

Forget skiing in the Alps or chasing winter sun when it’s so much more fun to escape with your trusty hound on a UK winter break. Enjoy crisp winter walks in the sunshine, cosying up by a roaring fire and fabulous gourmet meals for both you and your dog at one of our carefully curated dog-friendly hotels.

So whether it’s a luxury country house hotel in the Cotswolds or Snowdonia, a Michelin starred manor house in Wiltshire or a luxurious bolthole in Devon – take your pick from our exclusive winter offers where your dog will be as welcome as you are.

Pale Hall Hotel, Gwynedd


One of the finest hotels in Wales, Pale Hall is a luxury country house hotel with a grand entrance, crackling log fires and a wealth of period features. Imposing and yet super dog-friendly, your dog will receive as warm a welcome as you. The hotel is set in a fabulously remote location in the Dee Valley with an idyllic woodland garden for your dog to play, and the spectacular Snowdonia National Park with its myriad of walks is just on the doorstep. Many footpaths lead directly from the hotel that are wonderful for walkies including the Queen’s Walk along the banks of the River Dee. Foodies will love the award-winning restaurant with acclaimed chef Gareth Stevensen at the helm with dog-sitting also an option. Or if you prefer to dine with your dog you can in the super cosy Huntsman Bar and Bistro with its beautifully carved Victorian bars.

Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire


Originally built in the 19th century, the dog-friendly Whatley Manor has been beautifully restored into a five-star dog-friendly hotel and spa. Set three miles outside the ancient town of Malmesbury, Whatley Manor provides a warm welcome to canine guests with a welcome letter including walking routes, a dog bed, bowls, Bob & Lush wet dog food and a small toy. There’s a fabulous Michelin starred restaurant, relaxing lounges and 12-acres of grounds where your dog can run around off the lead. You might want to leave your pet to sleep off their adventures in your suite or room whilst you pay a visit to the award-winning spa – where there’s a hydrotherapy pool, salt scrub showers and a wave dream sensory room! Westonbirt Arboretum and Cotswold Water Park are both nearby. The hotel will be welcoming guests from Wednesday through to Sunday.

Cary Arms and Spa, Devon


Located on the stunning Babbacombe Beach, the Cary Arms & Spa is a traditional ‘Inn on the Beach’ and super cosy, offering all the style and comfort of a boutique hotel. One of our most dog-friendly hotels, your dog will be warmly welcomed with a choice of dog-friendly rooms with the Rear Admiral and Commander on the first floor as well as adjacent suites and luxury beach suites enjoying breathtaking ocean views. Perfect for a doggy getaway, there are loads of seaside walks with a doggy walk book helpfully provided as well as gourmet doggy dinners for hungry pups after a day of beach walks. Enjoy fabulous gourmet fayre and wonderful walks along the South West Coastal Path or on Babbacombe beach which is dog-friendly year round, plus a gorgeous spa with hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room.

Homewood Hotel & Spa, Somerset


Nestled within the 10-acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, Homewood Hotel & Spa is a superb dog-friendly destination ideally located just outside of Bath. Dating back to the 13th century, Homewood Park mixes contemporary design alongside historic elements such as wooden floors, inviting roaring log fires and antique paintings. Your dog will feel very spoilt here with a specially prepared Woof Box filled with Lilys Kitchen food, treats, a ball, doggy beds and bowls and is free to roam the sitting rooms and bar where there’s even a doggy menu. With luxurious bedrooms and suites to choose from, as well as a relaxed restaurant and luxury spa with a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and heated outside swimming pool, you and your dog will feel in the lap of luxury!

The Vineyard Hotel & Spa, Berkshire


The Vineyard Hotel & Spa is a superb 5-star dog-friendly destination located in Stockcross, just off the borders of Newbury in Berkshire and less than an hour from London. Owned privately by Sir Peter Michael and family, the hotel is inspired by their own award-winning winery in California, with a 3 AA Rosette restaurant and award-winning 30,000 bottle wine cellar. The Vineyard is the perfect choice for wine lovers, who want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life with their best furry friend by their side. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend, celebrating an anniversary, or just getting together over a sumptuous dinner and a few glasses of delicious wine, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a very special gastronomic treat. There’s also a fabulous spa and wooftastic walks on the doorstep.

The Castle Inn, Dorset


Located in beautiful West Lulworth, the dog-friendly Castle Inn is a traditional Dorset pub and hotel close to gorgeous Lulworth Cove. With a history dating back to 1660, it’s one of the oldest inns in Dorset. Under the picture-perfect thatched roof, there is a charming bar where you can dine with your dog, a relaxed restaurant, and 12 gorgeous boutique bedrooms. The pub serves locally sourced seasonal dishes and outside there’s a courtyard and terraced area. Rustic and super cosy, the dog-friendly Castle Inn makes the perfect base for exploring Dorset’s stunning Jurassic coastline with your best furry friend in tow. As well as the beautiful countryside of the Isle of Purbeck, the Inn is within walking distance of must-see Dorset attractions like Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.

SCHLOSS Roxburghe Hotel & Golf, Scottish Borders


Set in the elegant countryside of the Scottish Borders, this historic dog-friendly estate formerly owned by the Duke of Roxburghe features a twenty bedroom luxury hotel, a championship golf course, a range of outdoor activities and 300 acres of grounds for your four-legged friend to roam. Grand open fireplaces grace the historic rooms of the manor house and the cuisine is top quality and varied, with an emphasis on fresh, home-grown produce. There are numerous cosy bars with roaring log fires for leisurely drinks with your furry friend by your side or afternoon tea with your pet too. The super doggy welcome, oodles of space plus fabulous grounds makes it the perfect dog-friendly getaway destination. SCHLOSS Roxburghe is little more than an hour’s drive from both Edinburgh and Newcastle.

Middletons Hotel, North Yorkshire


Dog-friendly Middletons Hotel, a Daniel Thwaites hotel, is a quirky collection of Grade II and Grade II* buildings set around a courtyard garden within the ancient city walls of York. An old hospital, two Joseph Terry Almshouses, an organ factory, a sawmill and a row of Georgian townhouses make for an unrivalled architectural gem steeped in history which you and your dog will love. Inside, the dog-friendly bedrooms provide a quiet base to explore everything York has to offer, decorated with a sympathetic eye to its setting. The restaurant and bar areas are comfortably modern with a twist, serving fresh locally sourced food and after a busy day of sightseeing and dog walking you can relax into a deep sofa with your dog by your side and enjoy a signature cocktail.

The Talbot, North Yorkshire


A gorgeous 17th-century riverside coaching inn set in the award winning foodie town on Maldon, The Talbot has a warm, relaxed atmosphere. With the hotel absolutely loving dogs, it is one of our best reviewed hotels and it not only has an unbeatable location but gorgeous grounds too. Revered as the food capital of Yorkshire, Malton is a foodie-Fido’s dream, featuring dozens of bespoke cafes, restaurants, and food stalls for you to sniff out. The stunning coastline is also well-within reach, with the dog-friendly Filey beach – voted one of the best beaches in the world – less than an hour away! With your furry friend in tow, head to the gorgeous Yorkshire Moors – the perfect spot for a scenic stroll, Castle Howard or explore historic York. After a day packed with adventure, cosy up in the bar in front of a roaring fire and enjoy delicious dishes and classic cocktails. 

The Lygon Arms, Worcestershire


The Lygon Arms is one of the most luxurious dog-friendly hotels in the country situated in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Broadway. This delightful coaching inn is steeped in history and character, with roaring log-burning open fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and original wood panelling dating back to the seventeenth century. Fit for royalty, King Charles the first and Oliver Cromwell have even stayed here! The grand dog-friendly bedrooms come with pet beds, bowls and treats, and all have easy access to the garden with its three acres of grounds for your pooch to play. You can dine with your dog in the Lygon Bar – a cosy, fido-friendly room adjacent to the main restaurant, the courtyard or the Lygon Lounges, where there’s a special doggy menu. Climb Broadway Tower and explore the beautiful villages of Broadway or Snowshill with your best furry friend in tow, and afterwards indulge in the hotel’s super-luxe spa – featuring a 13m indoor pool, steam room and beauty treatment room.