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If your annual leave is piling up but you don’t want to leave the pooch at home this summer, take a staycation at one of the UK’s best dog friendly hotels.

From luxury eco retreats to a cosy hotel with soaring views overlooking the Lake District, here are nine of the UK’s best dog friendly hotels to visit with your canine companion. 🐾

The Scarlet Hotel

Escape the bustle of city life and embark on a luxury eco retreat courtesy of The Scarlet Hotel in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall. 

Home to soaring views over the bay and Cornish cliffside, the adults only hotel has become renowned for its luxury spa, cliff top hot tubs and animal friendliness. The hotel boasts both dog-friendly and dog free areas dotted around the hotel, so whether you’re a dog lover or not, everyone feels comfortable and welcome inside this corner of Cornwall. 

Five bedrooms at the hotel are dog-friendly so book in advance if you fancy bringing a canine companion on your stay. Dogs are £15 per night but the hotel provides eating and drink bowls, blankets and all of your usual doggy necessities, plus homemade treats on arrival for your furry friends. 

A visit to their infamous spa is a must too for anyone who loves steam rooms and pools that look out over the glistening Cornish blue sea.

Location: Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, TR8 4DQ
Website: www.scarlethotel.co.uk

Cowley Manor

Swap your life in London for a cosy, rural stay at Cowley Manor, home to 55 acres of parkland, lakes and meadows. Set close to the town of Cheltenham, Cowley Manor is best known for its glorious views and grounds. The Cotswold hotel also boasts a glorious spa offering holistic treatments and a photo worthy pool with views over the grounds. 

Over in the Stables, book in for a night with your woofer and enjoy the direct access to the famous grounds. Both you and your pup will love waking up and wandering out for a morning stroll, or let your partner do the walking, snooze your alarm and recline back in one of their plush king size beds.

A perfect countryside corner for couples, families and friends alike.

Location: Cowley, Cheltenham, GL53 9NL
Website: www.cowleymanor.com

The Hare and Hounds Hotel

Aptly named, The Hare and Hounds is the perfect hotel for you and your pup’s summer staycation. 

Set on the edge of Tetbury, The Hare and Hounds Hotel will guide you on a rural journey with its traditional interiors, stone brick exteriors and cosy outdoor corners. Home to acres of gardens, the hotel is perfect for those who have pups, and dogs can even dine with their owners while you enjoy traditional pub grub at Jack Hare’s Bar. Bone appetit! 

There’s a £20 charge per night, plus £10 for any additional dog, but you’ll be allocated special rooms that have been made equipped for both you and your pet.

Location: Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QL
Website: www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk

Artist Residence

If you’ve been reading The Handbook for a while, you’ll know how much we love Artist Residence and their arty interiors. But we also adore the fact that they are dog-friendly too. 

With venues dotted in some of the hippest areas in the UK, it comes as no surprise that their rooms are filled with quirky original art, copper bathtubs (how on trend) and bright personality. If you’re looking to escape the typical city break though, head over to their thatched pub in Oxfordshire with your pooch in tow. Once you’ve settled into your dog friendly room, head down to their onsite pub, The Mason Arms to sink a pint or two in.

Location: Brighton, London, Oxford, Bristol & Cornwall
Website: www.artistresidence.co.uk

Another Place

What could be better than views as beautiful as these from Another Place’s swimming pool… 

Perhaps a hotel for the inner adventurer, Another Place is set surrounded by the Lake District and boasts breathtaking views over Ullswater and the fells. Inside the interiors are smart and stylish, but it’s the views that really set this hotel apart from the rest. 

Explore the best of the hotel’s glorious 18 acres of secluded Lake District National Park and shoreline as you wander and walk alongside your furry companion. 

There’s a maximum of two dogs per room, charged at £15 per night for the first dog and £5 per night for an additional dog.

Location: The Lake, Rampsbeck Grange, Watermillock, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0LP
Website: www.another.place

Tuddenham Mill

Throw on your wellies and head out to Suffolk for a countryside staycation at Tuddenham Mill, an old watermill building that’s been converted into a cosy rural hotel. Set amongst twelve acres of gardens, the hotel allows pups in their Water Meadow rooms, which are self-contained boasting views over the grounds, private terraces and Italian style furnishings. There is an additional £25 per dog per night. 

A stay at Tuddenham Mill isn’t complete without a visit to their award-winning onsite restaurant. Headed by chef parton Lee Bye and his team, the restaurant provides high quality field-to-fork dishes, using locally sourced and seasonal produce where possible. Most of the food on your plate will have literally been plucked from the gardens earlier that day; it doesn’t get fresher than that.

Location: High Street, Tuddenham, Near Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6SQ
Website: www.tuddenhammill.co.uk

Boringdon Hall 

If you’re longing for sun soaked sandy beaches, turquoise seas and a rural staycation, Boringdon Hall in Plymouth, Devon is the perfect place for you and your pooch. The Devonshire manor’s history will seep in throughout your stay and you’ll feel like one of the royal’s when you wine, dine and recline onsite. 

The site is just located on the outskirts of Dartmoor making it the perfect place for those on the search for dog walking spots, as well as a relaxing spa and stay. There’s a £20 fee for every dog per night and all of your doggy necessities will be catered for from dog beds to blankets.

Location: Plymouth, Devon, PL7 4DP
Website: www.boringdonhall.co.uk

Great Fosters

Whisk off for a pooch filled weekend and stay at Great Fosters, the luxury Egham hotel part of the Alexander Hotels collection. 

Doggy treats come in heaps courtesy of the Tunbridge Wells Dog Biscuit Co., as well as a cosy bed for your pooch to curl up in at night. Outside explore the sprawling gardens and topiary mazes on your morning walk, and you might even get the chance to cuddle up with Daisy, the chief doggy inspector and resident pooch at the hotel collection. 

Poochs up to 15kgs are welcome to visit and there is a £30 fee per stay. 

Location: Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9UR
Website: www.alexanderhotels.co.uk

Four Seasons Resort Hampshire

A stay at Four Seasons Resort Hampshire will see you adopting a few countryside rituals, including horseback riding along the rolling hills, as well as wandering the grounds with your pooch in tow. 

The hotel houses an onsite pup too, Oliver Beckington, who helps to highlight how pets are encouraged when staying at the hotel, and they’ll be pampered and spoilt rotten too with grooming products, dog beds and tasty treats to munch down too. 

In true Four Seasons style, you can expect incredible classically British interiors and stunning dining options too.

Location: Dogmersfield Park, Chalky Lane, Dogmersfield, Hook, RG27 8TD
Website: www.fourseasons.com


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