While we’ve managed to survive a dark and dismal January and February is on its way out, a typically English winter is not yet behind us. The days are still short, the nights are still long, and the often endlessly grey skies can have a negative effect on both our moods and energy levels. So if you’re on the lookout for a weekend getaway with your four-legged friend in tow to beat the winter blues, we’ve put together a selection of our favourite dog-friendly hotels – all of which are running seasonal specials. From stylish coastal breaks to cosy country retreats, read on for our edit of where to head with your four-legged friend this winter.
1. THE FOX & HOUNDS COUNTRY HOTEL
Nestled next to the River Taw in North Devon, this relaxed and pet friendly hotel is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, and you can rest assured that your canine companion will be treated like royalty. The rooms are bedecked with charming antique French furniture, and dog bowls and beds are provided for your faithful friend.
Winter Deal: The Fox & Hounds Country Hotel are welcoming dogs free of charge on stays of 2 nights or more until the end of March, with dinner bed and breakfast from £199 for 2 nights. Get details of the deal and book here.
2. THE BELL INN
Previously an eighteenth century coaching inn surrounded by beautiful New Forest countryside, The Bell Inn boasts endless opportunities for dog walks in the nearby woodland and a traditional farmhouse dining area with large open fires, perfect for post-walk dining.
Winter Deal: The Bell Inn’s Winter Warmer offer is an inviting one for pet parents wanting an escape to the country – dinner, bed and breakfast for just £64.50 per person. Details and book here.
3. THE GALLIVANT
Having won an award for the UK’s Coolest Beach Hotel, you know you’re in for a stylish getaway with The Gallivant. A dog-friendly hotel on the beautiful East Sussex Coast, this Camber near Rye hot spot effortlessly blends coastal cool – think linens, driftwood and muted tones – with all the luxuries you would expect from an award winning hotel. Best of all, the beach is completely open to dog during the winter so your pup can run to their heart’s content.
Winter Deal: The canine coastal escape is the ultimate indulgence and a sure fire way to beat the winter blues: for £425 for two adults and a dog you’ll receive two nights in a dog-friendly room, a three course dinner on both nights, homemade tea and cake on both afternoons, and of course, a dog bed, bowl and treats will be provided. Details and book here.
4. HORN OF PLENTY
One of Devon’s most coveted destinations, the Horn of Plenty boasts sixteen light and luxurious rooms with small balconies and unrivalled views of the Devon and Cornwall countryside and beyond; perfect for ample walks with your pet pooch. With an on-site award-winning restaurant, why not treat yourself to their winter getaway?
Winter Deal: Enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast for two for just £159 per room in February, or £179 during March. Details and book here.
5. THE CROWN & CASTLE
If tranquil walks on the Suffolk coast and an award winning restaurant sounds like your idea of a dream retreat, look no further than The Crown & Castle. Located in Orford, a serene village in Suffolk, this dog-friendly hotel is offering a spirit raising winter package for pet parents and pooches alike. With walking opportunities a-plenty and a homemade dog biscuit on arrival, both you and your canine companion will no doubt leave rested and recharged.
Winter Deal: Included in the special offer is a 2-course a la carte dinner on both nights with free choice of dishes, a full cooked-to-order breakfast each morning, a generous package of Pinney’s smoked fishes to take home with you, and a voucher for a Pump Street Bakery sourdough loaf. The rates per room per couple is £450 plus £10 per night for max 2 dogs. Offer valid until the 29th March
6. THE WESTLETON CROWN
Another dog lovers’ retreat on the Suffolk Coast, The Westleton Crown is a former coaching in with an abundance of character and charm and all the comforts of contemporary living. Four-legged friends are welcomed with luxuries including a cosy blanket, a dog bowl full of treats and a delicious sausage for breakfast.
Winter Deal: An idyllic place to beat the winter blues, The Westleton Crown are offering visitors a two night stay with breakfast, dinner, and a free lunch at their sister inn, The Ship at Dunwich, for just £295; and even better – your canine companion can join you at no extra charge! Details and book here.