If you love getting away but don’t like the idea of leaving your pooch behind, here’s a pick of the best hotels for canines.
Over the years we have to come to recognise what makes a hotel truly great; perfect atmosphere, impeccably helpful staff, a restaurant with delicious food, a comfy bed. But if your pet is your best friend, somewhere your dog can rest his head in style is equally important.
Plus we all know that winter means chilly, crisp walks in the countryside and back to a warm fire to dry off, the sort of weekend break a dog would love, so why leave him at home?
Here is the 2013 list of the best pet friendly hotels in Britain, according to britainsfinest.co.uk.
Set in rolling Perthshire countryside, Gleneagels not only offers golf but also the full range of country pursuits, plus gun-dog scurries for those wanting to see how one of the school’s dogs are put through their paces. The resort has launched obedience training for guests’ dogs and you can book a half or whole day at £75 an hour. And after all that hard work, dogs can bed down in the hotel’s luxury kennels, or in your room. You will be provided with a tartan dog bed, water bowl and a ever-so handy pooper scooper.
2. Bedruthan Steps
Bedruthan steps in Cornwall has an open-door pet policy. In their own words they say, “We’ve accommodated chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, budgerigars, tortoises, hamsters, gerbils and lots of well-behaved dogs.”
Pets staying in hotel rooms have their own blanket, towel and feeding bowl. There is an outside grassed area for small animals kept in hutches and runs. Small caged animals and dogs are also welcome in pet-friendly bedrooms.
3. Swinton Park
There are plenty of romps for energetic hounds at Swinton Park on a 2,000-acre estate in the Yorkshire Dales. Walks range from a gentle three-mile amble to a 50-mile trek through the estate to Ripon Cathedral. Returning to the hotel’s boot room there are plenty of dog towels for a good rub down and dog toys. Dogs also get a comfy bed (of course) and a welcome letter from Swinton Park’s dog Myrtle, water bowl and dog chew on arrival.
4. The Milestone
The Milestone is a good place if some serious shopping is on the agenda. And they have created their own ‘pet services’ package to ensure your pooch can also enjoy a change of scene. Staff will apparently learn your dog’s name (not sure about yours), offer a menu that includes steak and sausage, a turn-down service and a customised welcome hamper of treats and toys. They also cleverly say they provide collar tags with the hotel’s address in case your mutt decides to explore alone during your stay.
5. The Nare
At The Nare on Cornwall’s Roseland Peninsula well-behaved dogs are welcome in the gardens, and in your room. All dogs checking into the hotel (well, with you) are charged and have dinner included from their own Table d’Hôte menu. Most tend to relish the chef’s Dish of the Day although if the ‘boss’ insists propriety brands are also available.
Those with special dietary requirements and desires may find the Dogs’ à la Carte Menu has a wider choice and biodegradable dog bags are available in reception. Outdoorsey types and working dogs who don’t need to come into the hotel can stay in the kennels if you both prefer, for which there is no charge if on self-catering terms.