Planning your Easter holidays but feeling bad about leaving your pup behind? We’ve rounded up nine of the best dog-friendly hotels for your perfect Easter escape. From grand country manors to scenic coastal stays and lakeside sanctuaries, you and your pooch will be spoilt for choice.
FOR SECLUDED STAYS
BURLEY MANOR – NEW FOREST NATIONAL PARK, ENGLAND
Cosy down with your dog in Burley Manor, and enjoy its historic pet-friendly surroundings. Once a grand house, this beautiful red brick residence dates back to 1852 but has been a hotel since the 1930s. There’s eight acres of grounds to explore, set alongside the Burley Park red deer sanctuary. It’s a chance to enjoy the best of both worlds, with woods and seaside on your doorstep, and plenty of dog-friendly beaches for chasing waves. In the evenings, enjoy a drink next to a roaring log fire before sitting down to a locally sourced dinner. Not all rooms are dog friendly, so be sure to double-check before you book. BOOK NOW.
FOR A SCENIC SEASIDE ESCAPE
2. OXWICH BAY HOTEL – SWANSEA, WALES
Your dog can join you for dinner and drinks at this beachside hotel which offers pet-friendly cottages and homes, as well as dog-friendly tables in its restaurant and bar. It’s just a short walk from Oxwich Beach, and when your pup’s had enough of the sand and sea air there’s hills, cliffs, commons and caves to explore. Oxwich Bay Hotel is also a 20-minute drive from Rhossli Bay – the UK’s No.1 Dog Friendly Beach, as voted for by The Times. BOOK NOW.
FOR FOOD LOVERS
3. THE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT BY RICK STEIN – PADSTOW, ENGLAND
Head to the pretty Cornish fishing port of Padstow to enjoy some of the finest food on offer, at this Rick Stein-owned residence. As well as the 14 dog-friendly rooms available at The Seafood Restaurant, the surrounding area is happy to accommodate hounds of all shapes and sizes – including the nearby Ruby’s Bar. Canines get their own culinary treat with the hotel’s ‘It’s a Dog’s Life’ package, which serves up organic treats and super soft blankets to keep them happy while you’re off exploring. Choose from seven sandy beaches, all a five-minute drive away, or take your pooch to wander the grounds of Elizabethan Manor Prideaux Place – no dogs allowed inside though. BOOK NOW.
FOR FINE CUISINE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
4. KESGRAVE HALL – IPSWICH, ENGLAND
Get ready for a ramble in the British countryside at this luxury dog friendly Suffolk hotel – which lets you to stay in style, but won’t judge you for your muddy shoes. Kesgrave Hall’s 38 acres give you plenty of room to roam, while its perfectly manicured lawn is the perfect place to bask in the sun if you’re after a more relaxing stay. The hotel’s pet-friendly Courtyard rooms open straight onto the grounds, and staff are on-hand to suggest the best dog walking routes to take. Only the finest Suffolk produce makes it onto chef Stuart Oliver’s menu, which includes steaks and sausages served straight from local farms. BOOK NOW.
FOR PUPS THAT ENJOY PAMPERING
5. TRIGONY HOUSE – DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY, SCOTLAND
Canine companions get a complimentary breakfast sausage, and gourmet treats on arrival at Trigony House, an 18th century country house, set in the rolling hills of Dumfrieshire. The sprawling countryside offers miles of walks to tire out even the most spirited pets, and muddy pups can enjoy a thorough clean back at the hotel’s dedicated outdoor doggie showers. If your pooch is the highly strung kind, there’s also reiki therapy for pups available at the hotel, and a dog-sitting service if you need to leave them behind for some alone time. Owners can make the most of Trigony House’s locally sourced meals, as well as its interiors which offer a contemporary take on the traditional country house. BOOK NOW.
FOR DOGS THAT LIKE TO SLEEP IN STYLE
6. THE DEVONSHIRE ARMS HOTEL & SPA – NORTH YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND
This former coaching inn dates back to the 1700s, but has undergone a few renovations since then – including the introduction of a dog-friendly lounge. Canines can cosy up to an open fire at the dog friendly Devonshire Arms Hotel, while their owners enjoy pre-dinner drinks, before retiring to a pooch-sized four-poster bed. With the hotel located in the 30,000-acre Bolton Abbey estate, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, there’s miles of walks for hounds and humans alike to stretch their legs. At the end of a long day, owners can retire to the spa and swimming pool. BOOK NOW.
FOR WILD WALKS ON THE MOORS
7. HOTEL ENDSLEIGH, DEVON, ENGLAND
This historic home-turned-hotel harks back to the Regency era for its interiors, which include hand-painted wallpaper, wood panelling and chaise lounges. However, don’t let its refined appearance fool you – dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcomed at Hotel Endsleigh. Canine companions get their own organic treats, while humans can enjoy a classic Devon cream tea. Hotel Endsleigh’s grounds offer grottos and gardens galore to explore, but for owners ready to travel further afield both Dartmoor and Exmoor are nearby for wilder wanders. BOOK NOW.
FOR SOME COUNTRYSIDE CALM
8. THE HARE & HOUNDS HOTEL, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND
This peaceful Gloucestershire retreat is happy to welcome hounds as well as humans, and serves breakfast for both in its Beaufort Lounge. The Hare & Hounds’ surrounding gardens and woodlands mean plenty of space for walks, while its library and drawing room offer space for owners to snuggle up with a good book. The town of Tetbury is a short drive away, and is a good place for antique lovers to hunt down a bargain – with your four-legged friend in tow, of course. The Hare & Hounds has a limited amount of dog-friendly rooms, so be sure to let them know when booking. BOOK NOW.
FOR A TASTE OF TRADITION
9. THE MOONRAKER HOTEL, WILTSHIRE
Escape Moonraker Hotel, a Grade II-listed manor house, which offers 23 bedrooms spread across the original home, as well as in converted pig’s sties, cow sheds and barns. Inside it’s all old-world exposed beams, while outside the two-acre paddock means you won’t have to go far for your morning walk. Resident dog Camber is on hand to help settle canine guests, who are welcome in the hotel’s lounge. Westonbirt Arboretum is half an hour’s drive away and is also dog-friendly – meaning space for your furry friend to frolic among its 1,500 different species of tree. BOOK NOW.
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