There’s a dog-friendly staycation out there for everyone. These are our top five.
A total of 3.2 million households in the UK have acquired a pet since the start of the pandemic, according to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association. That means the country now has 17 million pet-owning homes, the association says.
These are five beautiful dog-friendly venues for your next trip with pup.
For your pup’s first trip
Penny Hill Park Surrey, £40 for two dogs per stay
At just over an hour’s drive from central London, Pennyhill Park, dating back to 1849, is a wonderful retreat for four-legged families not wanting to travel too far for a pup’s first trip.
Pennyhill Park combines 19th Century grandeur with modern-day spa facilities, tennis courts and Michelin star dining — canine companions will love walking amongst centuries-old cedar trees and 120 acres of manicured grounds brimming with ponds.
After a long walk, a furry family member can relax with his favourite treats back in the room or can enjoy being pampered by the in-house team of dog-loving pet sitters.
For your seasoned walker
Hipping Hill Lancashire
The rolling Yorkshire Dales offer a wide expanse of space to explore. From dappled woods and gently rolling valleys to high fells and an abundant supply of rivers and streams, dog and owner will be spoilt for choice.
The favoured routes just a stone’s through from Hipping Hall include Leck Fell, The River Lune, Barbondale, Dentdale, The Forest of Bowland, as well as Ingleton.
Dogs are welcome within five Old Stable rooms, all of which are situated in a private courtyard 200 metres from the main building.
Canine friends and their owners can spend their days ambling around five acres of gardens and grounds, with every doggy visitor receiving their very own welcome pack, which includes a personalised welcome letter, a dog bed, two dog bowls (water and food) and a selection of tasty treats.
For the golfers
The Manor House Wiltshire, £40 for two dogs per stay
Situated in the quaint Cotswolds village of Castle Combe, with the Bybrook river meandering through its grounds and Italian gardens rising beside the main house.
The Manor House is a 14th-century hotel with Michelin starred dining and a championship golf course. With a Fatboy dog bed upon arrival, along with a towel for muddy paws, bowls, doggy bags and a delicious treat, your dog won’t want to leave.
All dogs are welcomed into the fantastic local pub, The Castle Inn — with doggy treats available on demand. The perfect spot to unwind after a day at the golf club.
For the foodies
Crockers Henly Oxfordshire
An absolute must for foodie owners and their four-legged friends. Crockers Henley offers one of the best gastronomic experiences in the UK and is uniquely, dog friendly.
From two Chef’s Tables featuring modern British and Pan-Asian cuisine as well as The Grill option — there is an experience to fit every diner with all-day dining, an extensive cocktails list and fine wine.
This restaurant boasts seven double rooms which have been carefully designed to reflect the Georgian heritage of the building with an emphasis on comfort and understated luxury.
The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa Yorkshire, £15 per dog per night
With 1,400 acres to explore, not to mention the countless beautiful walking trails on the doorstep, there’s no better place to escape with man’s best friend.
In addition to unique dining options, the property offers world class spa facilities and treatments and a host of exciting, adventurous outdoor activities such as fishing, e-biking, clay pigeon shooting and off-road driving experiences serving up a host of experiences to suit any member of the family.
No member need be left behind as The Coniston offers several dog-friendly hotel rooms as well as self-catering holiday cottages with private gardens to enjoy.
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