If you are a dog lover, like myself, leaving your dog behind while you go away on holiday can be an upsetting affair, as you feel guilty about leaving your dog with strangers, and you miss the constant attention from your four legged friend. Some owners in fact feel so devastated at leaving their dogs behind that they decide not to holiday at all. Thankfully, hotels and bed and breakfasts are cottoning onto this, and allowing owners to bring their beloved pets with them.
And we are not talking grotty hostels or camp sites, there are boutique hotels, spa resorts and luxury accommodations to consider. Prices to bring along your dog tend to start at £5 but typically we found the going rate was £10 per night. So if you have a doggy pal and fancy getting away this year, check out some of the best dog friendly hotels in the UK.
Isle of Wight – Best Western New Holmwood Hotel
If you love unspoilt countryside, rural villages and scenic walks, then the Isle of Wight is for you. You will find the New Holmwood Hotel situated at Egypt Point on the edge of Cowes, located on the waterfront just a short walk away from Cowes town. The hotel features 3 comfortable lounges, which overlook the harbour, and a renowned restaurant with sea views.
Rates – Double rooms from £81.50. www.bestwestern.co.uk
Devon – Combe House Hotel
Combe House hotel is an old restored Victorian mansion, situated in the picturesque county of Devon. Surrounded by scenic and well-tended kitchen gardens, woodlands and orchards, there is a croquet lawn, apiary; free WiFi throughout. All rooms contain a flatscreen/plasma TV, DVD/CD player, Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet bath products, and your dog even gets a ‘survival’ kit (on request), with a little booklet ‘for’ canine companions, detailing the area’s 10 best local walks and dog-friendly beaches..
Rates – Double rooms from £179.17, excluding tax at 20 per cent. www.mrandmrssmith.com
Brighton – Royal Albion Hotel
The famous Royal Albion Hotel in Brighton is a seafront Regency Style Hotel built in 1826. Situated opposite Brighton Pier, it is right in the centre of all the action. A family hotel with a great reputation that makes it one of the most popular hotels in Brighton. All rooms are en-suite and include a television, telephone and hairdryer. There is a fabulous restaurant with stunning views of the English Channel. Cats & Dogs are charged at £10 per pet per night or £25 per pet per stay.
Rates – Double rooms from £65 ore night. www.britanniahotels.com
Lake District Borrowdale, Keswick – Lodore Falls Hotel
If wide open space is a major requirement when you holiday then the Lodore Falls Hotel should fit the bill. Situated in 40 acres of grounds and featuring a stunning lake frontage, the hotel is set against the dramatic backdrop of the spectacular Lodore Falls and surrounding mountains. With access to many spectacular walks, it is the ideal place to bring your dog. The hotel features sumptuous and comfortable lounges with cosy open fires, and plays host to a number of outdoor leisure facilities, including an all-weather tennis court, swimming pool and hot tub. Indoor facilities include a swimming pool, sauna and a well-equipped gym
Rates – Double room from £120. Dogs from £5. www.lakedistricthotels.net
Wales – Lake Country House & Spa
Roaring log fires welcome you to this luxury country house hotel in Wales. There are spectacular views of the stunning countryside from the garden rooms, and the Hotel Spa ensures that your stay is both relaxing and refreshing, as you have access to the gym. tennis court, game fishing on the lake or river and a nine hole par 3 golf course. Close to the Brecon Beacons and Hay-on-Wye, you can choose whether to go hiking or shopping from this wonderful hotel.
Rates – Double room from £75, £10 per dog per night. www.lakecountryhouse.co.uk