TAKE your pandemic pups and faithful four-legged friends on a mini break in Britain.
The latest edition of the Good Hotel Guide, the Bible of hotel recommendations, has a choice list of the UK’s top hotels for dogs and their owners.
Jane Knight reveals them exclusively here.
NO 15 GREAT PULTENEY BATH, AVON
CITY hotels aren’t always mutt-friendly, but this one in behind a Grade I-listed Georgian facade is perfect.
As well as having unlimited dog treats in the pantry and pooch blankets in the contemporary bedrooms, the hotel is just over the road from dog-friendly Henrietta Park. And if you prefer to to explore Bath on your own, they can book a local dog-walker or doggie daycare for you. Dogs are welcome in the bar, but not in the restaurant, which serves modern English food.
GO: B&B double rooms cost from £195 per night and dogs cost an extra £25. Call 01225 807015 or see guesthousehotels.co.uk.
TY MAWR BRECHFA, CARMARTHEN
ONCE your pooch has explotred the acre of gardens running down to the River Marlais, there are plenty of walks in the vast Brechfa Forest on the hotel’s margins.
There are also doggy days each Monday and Friday at the nearby National Botanic Garden of Wales. Ty Mawr’s owners Paul Bennett and Melissa Hurley offer information on local walks, as well as biscuits and bowls for dogs, and a wonderful welcome for all.
Dogs stay free of charge in the bedrooms, some with antiques and beams. Paul cooks up a nightly-changing evening meal which is big on local sourcing.
GO: B&B doubles are from £130 per night. Call 01267 202332 or see wales-country-hotel.co.uk.
THE THREE BLACKBIRDS WOODDITTON, CAMBS
THE food in this 17th-century thatched inn is a cut above for humans and their four-legged friends.
While owners enjoy dishes such as partridge with celeriac mash in the dining room their pets can tuck into a meal under the table from a menu, including venison jerky and Bottom-Sniffer beer or Tailwagger Creek wine (0% alcohol). In a newbuilt barn at the back, six of the boutique-style bedrooms are dog-friendly.
GO: B&B doubles cost from £100 per night and dogs cost an extra £15. Call 01638 731100 or see threeblackbirds.co.uk
THE HARPER LANGHAM, NORFOLK
RETURN from a play on Norfolk’s beautiful beaches and there’s an outdoors roll-top bath and shower to wash sand and mud from dirty paws, and a hamper of towels in the lobby to dry them.
Then relax in the ink-blue bar, with its plush dog bed among the brightly coloured velvet sofas, old car seat chairs and upcycled pipework used for bottle shelves.
Dogs are also allowed in the downstairs games room, the pleasant courtyard area and spacious downstairs bedrooms. While they aren’t allowed in the restaurant, food is served in the bar.
GO: B&B doubles are from £175 per night. Dogs cost an extra £25. Call 01328 805000 or see theharper.co.uk.
PASCHOE HOUSE, CREDITON, DEVON
WANT to take your dog away but still want some time alone with your other half?
Cue doggie day care, which can be organised at this quirky country house hotel, which features sugar-pink walls up the staircase, butterfly wallpaper in the drawing room and antiques scattered throughout.
Dogs get their own bed, treats and a toy. There are walks from the door or from Dartmoor, a short drive away.
On your return you’ll find warming wood burners and towels to wipe dirty paws.
Dogs are allowed in the library bar and morning room but not the restaurant.
But while you indulge in a tasting menu using ingredients from the walled garden, book them some doggie dinner care if they can’t stand to be alone.
GO: B&B rooms are from £179 per night and £15 extra per dog. Call 01363 84244 or see paschoehouse.co.uk.
WIDBROOK GRANGE BRADFORD-ON-AVON, WILTS
GIVE Fido the pawfect day with a doggie birthday party at this fun hotel. If your pup isn’t celebrating, they can still enjoy a special afternoon tea, with wet food, organic dog biscuits, a puppichino and a tennis ball to take home. There’s even Pawsecco, at £5.75 a bottle.
Rooms have access to the garden and a dog bed but you can’t take them into the restaurant, but you can dine with them in the conservatory.
GO: B&B double rooms are from £155 per night. Dogs cost £15 extra and a doggy tea costs £10.50. Call 01225 864750 or see widbrookgrange.co.uk
THE SUN INN KIRKBY LONSDALE, CUMBRIA
THIS 400-year-old pub in a market town between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales is perfect for a dog-friendly break.
For a start, your pet will receive a complimentary pooch pack with a treat, towel, bowl and dog-trail map – there are plenty of walks in the area. Pets are welcome in the bedrooms and the bar and allowed in the dining area. Dog-sitting is available too.
GO: B&B doubles are from £99 per night. Dogs cost an extra £20. Call 01524 271965 or see sun-inn.info.
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