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Dog-friendly stays

Have pooch, will travel? Here are 43 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly to bookmark for a later date.

BEDFORDSHIRE BERKSHIRE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE CAMBRIDGESHIRE CORNWALL DEVON DORSET ESSEX GLOUCESTERSHIRE HAMPSHIRE HERTFORDSHIRE ISLE OF WIGHT KENT LEICESTERSHIRE NORTHAMPTONSHIRE NORFOLK RUTLAND OXFORDSHIRE SOMERSET SUFFOLK SURREY SUSSEX WARWICKSHIRE WILTSHIRE WORCESTERSHIRE

BEDFORDSHIRE

The White Hart, Ampthill

Ampthill is packed with lovely little boutiques, cafés and hidden gems, and The White Hart is no exception. Originally a coaching inn, it’s now a social drinking and dining spot, offering everything from brunch to Sunday lunch and wood-fired pizzas. But even if you’ve been in for a bite, you might not have realised that it has rooms, too. There are eight of them in fact, worthy of a boutique hotel, with pops of jewel hues dotted around, as well as mod cons like GHDs, Nespresso machines and Bluetooth Roberts radios. One room is dog-friendly and you can bring your pampered pooch(es) for a surcharge of £20 per pup, which will get them a bed for the night and a bowl too. Plus they can hang out with you in the bar too when you head down for brekkie.

thewhitehartampthill.co.uk

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BERKSHIRE

Cliveden House, Taplow

cliveden House Rooms-Shrewsbury

Fur will fly unless it’s five stars, baby. Better make your way to Cliveden House – a place where you and your pampered pooch will be treated like VIPs. Cliveden’s an absolute beaut – historic with a saucy party past – and is a place where both you and your fur baby will languish in luxury. What’s on offer? Rooms are large and sumptuous with a dog bed, bowl and feeding mat provided, as well as a walking map, towels and doggy treats too. There are 250 acres of National Trust grounds to go for walkies, before enjoying a steak lunch at the Astor Grill (there’s a special dog’s dinner menu) and pup sitting services so you can whisk yourself off to the fabulous boutique spa. An additional cost of £35 per night.

clivedenhouse.co.uk

Bray Cottages, Bray

Bray Cottages Christmas Cottage red door black painted windows white washed brick

Leave your fur baby at home? You must be barking mad! Thank god for Bray Cottages in the foodie enclave of Bray – all the space of a self-catering property with all the luxury of a boutique hotel. Just 50 minutes from London and 10 minutes from Windsor, Bray Cottages has a range of one to three-bedroom properties that are beautifully furnished and finished, with a concierge service to your stay really special for you and your dog. Your pampered pooch will be provided with treats (you have a fully stocked bar and food hamper), comfy beds and cosy fires for them to enjoy – as well as the odd cuddle and somewhere to relax after a lovely long country walk! Need a dog sitter while you’re dining for 5 hours at The Fat Duck, Bray Cottages will sort it. Want to know the best walks? Done. Tail wagging guaranteed. Prices start at £325.

braycottages.com

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

The Five Arrows, Aylesbury

The Five Arrows, Aylesbury

The Five Arrows boutique hotel offers gorgeous grade II* listed architecture, excellent food and even better wine (it belongs to the Rothschilds, after all). Three of the 16 elegant rooms are designed doggy zones, as are the gardens and hotel bar, and each dog-friendly room comes with a dog bed, bowl, treats and waste bags for a charge of £25. Set on the environs of Waddesdon Manor makes for five-star walkies, too – keep an eye out for the hotel’s ‘top dog’ Charles on your travels.

fivearrowshotel.co.uk

The Pointer, Brill

The Pointer, Brill

If the name and logo weren’t a dead giveaway, this restaurant-with-rooms welcomes four-legged family members with open arms. The Pointer is a proper country pub, so dogs, kids and muddy wellies are welcome in equal measure – all eight of the rooms here are open to pooches, and for a small surcharge The Pointer will provide a dog bed and bowls for food and water. If you can tear yourself away from the comfy fireside sofas, rustic bar and 3AA Rosette restaurant, we recommend heading out with your four legged friend to the nearby Brill Common.

thepointerbrill.co.uk

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Hotel Felix, Cambridge

exterior of hotel Felix

Hotel Felix is a four-star boutique beauty just outside Cambridge city centre, next to Girton College with its lovely grounds that are perfect for walkies. In fact, dogs are treated like royalty here, with a welcome pack of biscuits, roaring log fires to curl up in front of and the chance for them to dine with you in The Orangery or on the charming Terrace in summer. The Victorian hotel also has its own gardens for dogs to run around in and is on the right side of the city for long strolls along the River Cam. And there’s no slumming it for you when it comes to the choice of rooms. The standard, premium and two junior suites are all dog-friendly and are large, light and full of luxe extras like White Company toiletries. £15 per dog per night.

hotelfelix.co.uk

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CORNWALL

Crantock Bay Apartments, Nr Newquay

Bring the dog, heck, bring the whole family to Crantock and you won’t be disappointed. Luxe self-catering apartments with gardens opening straight out onto the coast path with walks galore and surrounded by dog (and kid) friendly beaches all year round, what more could you want? Oh yes, did we mention it has a spa on-site as well as a heated indoor pool? Practice your own doggy paddle, or try something more elegant, with or without the kids, or book one of their extremely relaxing massages. From outside storage space for surfboards, wetsuit drying racks and fully equipped kitchens as well as an onsite bistro and bar serving up fresh Cornish seasonal food, this place has thought of everything. From £570 for a short break in an apartment which sleeps 6.

crantockbay.co.uk

Latitude50 – Fiddlesticks, Rock

Book your hols in North Cornwall with luxury self-catering specialists, Latitude50, and  tick the dog-friendly box to search only their dog-friendly properties. Like this gorgeous scandi-inspired glass and stone place just off the Rock Road in, you’ve guessed it, Rock, for a relaxing break by the seas. Your entire gang, two legs and four, will feel immediately at home in the luxe four-bed house. The entire garden is enclosed by a Cornish hedge so kids and dogs can play without escaping. You might not want to leave, but you’ll be disappointed if you don’t – Porthilly Beach on the gorgeous Camel Estuary is at the bottom of the footpath and Rock Beach is moments down the road, both of which are dog-friendly all year with lovely shallow water at high tide for dogs to play in. The Mariners, which just won newcomer of the year at the recent Top 50 Gastropubs, allows dogs on the ground floor and is just round the corner. Sorted. From £27 per person per night. Two dogs welcome at £25 each.

latitude50.co.uk

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DEVON

Beach End, Dittisham, near Dartmouth

Proving that pooch-friendly needn’t mean compromising on the quality or the location, Beach End from Canine Cottages is a stunner of a spot right on the River Dart. Bringing the whole pack? No problem –  this five-bedroom property is spacious enough for three of your four-legged friends (and 12 humans) with bi-folding glass doors opening onto a patio leading down to the water, ideal for a doggy paddle. And if you fancy a Scooby snack, The Ferry Boat Inn is just a short walkies down the road with doggy snacks behind the bar and, truth be told, often more full of hairy hounds than people.

caninecottages.co.uk

The Coaching House, Dawlish Warren

Sandy paws ahoy! If you have a beach-friendly dog then you need a dog-friendly beach, and the three-bedroom Coaching House has a mile of Blue Flag golden sands – plus woodlands, fields and the dramatic Exe Estuary – all in walking distance. Muddy loves the welcome pack filled with handy gear, including dog food and water bowls, a mat, blanket and handmade local treats, perfect if your dawg has forgotten to pack something (they always do!) As part of award-winning holiday park, Cofton, you also have their pug-friendly Swan Inn just down the road, with biccies and ice-cream for the mutt. So, no more having to share your hard-earned mint-choc-chip with the chien.

coftonholidays.co.uk

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DORSET

The Acorn Inn, Evershot

Don’t know if Thomas Hardy had a dog but if he had, he may have brought the mutt here as the 16th century Acorn Inn in Evershot –all flagstones, beams, open fires – appeared as The Sow & Acorn in Evershead in his novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles. A real country pub, which lies between Beaminster and Cerne Abbas (with the famous naked giant), the Acorn Inn has an award-winning restaurant, and 10 lovely rooms for you and your dog, each with water bowl, towel, dog treats and a dog friendly guide to the area.

acorn-inn.co.uk

 

Greenwood Grange, nr Dorchester

Another Hardy connection: farm buildings built by Thomas Hardy’s father in 1849 have been converted into luxury self-catering holiday cottages. For you and the kids: outdoor hot tubs, an indoor pool, sauna, tennis courts, play yurt and games room. For your dog: an enclosed exercise paddock, Thorncombe woods right next door,  a plethora of local walk plus bowls, feeding mats, towel, treats, poo bags and leads. Not just for dogs either, you can even bring your horse!

greenwoodgrange.co.uk

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ESSEX

Maison Talbooth, Dedham

A weekend stay at this gorgeous country house hotel in the Dedham Vale countryside is sure to have tails wagging! Maison Talbooth is a four-star home-from-home, with 12 individually-designed kingsized bedrooms, a heated outdoor pool with hot tub, pool house and honesty bar, and in-house spa. If you can tear yourself away from scoffing the delish afternoon teas and duking it out on the tennis courts, then there are plenty of fantastic dog walks on your doorstep here. Rooms from £295 per night.

milsomhotels.com

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Cowley Manor, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

This grand Italianate hotel is everything we love about Regency Cheltenham, located minutes from the Spa town and picture-postcard villages such as Stow-on-the-Wold. Cowley Manor is a 30-room luxury bolthole that prides itself on being pet-friendly, offering spacious rooms for your best friend to stretch out in. Located in the Stables area, the rooms have direct access to a garden so they’ll think they’ve landed in doggy nirvana. The incredible Grade II listed gardens were an inspiration for Lewis Carroll, so explore all 55 acres to your heart’s content. And because dogs shouldn’t have all the fun, head to the multi award-winning C-Side Spa for a blissful massage or swim before you leave.

There’s a charge of £25 per dog per night and that includes a big dog bed, water bowl and treats. They can also trot along with you to the Sitting Room, Billiard Room or Terrace as you kick back and down that Espresso Martini.

cowleymanor.com

The Slaughters Manor House, Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire

Book into the chic Slaughters Manor House and you (and the hound) may never want to leave. Located in one of the prettiest spots in Gloucestershire, near honey-hued Bourton-on-the-Water, this country pile is as luxe as it gets. Expect the sort of design flourishes you’d find in a stylish London hotspot (deep velvet chairs, on-trend artwork and oversized beds), proving that dog-friendly getaways can be darn gorgeous.

Stay in one of six spacious Garden Suites in The Coach House, with elegant names like Valentine or Magnolia and let them out through private French doors into your own bijou garden. There’s a small £10 supplement to pay for your dog buddy and they get bowls, beds and treats, plus all the rooms come with blissful L’Occitane skincare for you to luxuriate in whilst they snooze.

slaughtersmanor.co.uk

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HAMPSHIRE

The Running Horse, Littleton

Running Horse

This gorgeous little inn, located just outside of the county capital of Winchester is as sumptuous for your pooch as it is for you. All 15 bedrooms are dog-friendly and there’s the option to dine with your pup as well. And, if you love going for walkies, there’s plenty of trails to take a stroll just outside the inn itself.

runninghorseinn.co.uk

Jack Russell Inn

The Jack Russell Inn, Faccombe

There’s certainly a strong doggy theme at The Jack Russell Inn and each one of its stylish bedrooms is named after one of our favourite pedigree chums. With Bulldog that overlooks the nearby church and Chihuahua with its aqua panelling, this tail-waggingly friendly spot is a pups’ dream getaway.

thejackrussellinn.com

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ISLE OF WIGHT

Farringford Holiday Cottages, Freshwater

The Farringford Estate is the historic home of Lord Tennyson and now boasts a number of dreamy cottages for a weekend retreat. Many of the cottages are pet-friendly, plus there’s the small matter of the picturesque West Wight to explore. Top spots include Tennyson Down, full of fantastically sniffy spots for curious dogs as well as enough places to eat, drink and visit for those on two legs.

farringford.co.uk

Tom’s Eco Lodges, Freshwater

For a truly lo-fi getaway, the famed Eco Pods at Tom’s Eco Lodges are a great option. Often touted as one of the top glamping spots in the whole of the UK, the pods come with a breathtaking view of the West Wight, are off-the-grid enough while still coming with all mod cons and all have plenty of outdoor space for chasing rabbits and generally getting up to woofy mischief.

tomsecolodge.com

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KENT

The Dog, Wingham, Nr Canterbury

Well, with a name like that, how could this recently renovated gem of a pub be anything other than doggie friendly? This is a stylish, friendly, family-run pub, restaurant and boutique B&B. There are eight smart guest rooms, including a decent-sized family option, and your furry companion is welcome to stay too. Dogs are allowed in the lounge (look out for the doggie treats), bar and restaurant – and the food here is top notch – the pub has just made it into the Top 50 Gastropub Awards. Found in picturesque Wingham, which is rather superbly located on the road that links Canterbury and Sandwich, this pub makes a good option if you want to make a weekend of it, or just visit for a walk and lunch.

thedog.co.uk

Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells

If you’re after a town-based stay, then you might be surprised to hear that the lovely luxury of this local institution is also open to doggies. Visit in the day and man’s best friend will be welcomed in the hotel’s striking lounge, bar and pretty terrace area out the back. Stay the night and your pooch will be provided with a dog bed, bowl and doggie treat. Better still, just a minute’s stroll from the hotel, you’ll find Calverley Grounds park. It’s the perfect place for you to stretch your legs and throw a frisbee.

 

hotelduvin.com

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LEICESTERSHIRE

Stapleford Park, Leicestershire, Melton Mowbray

Not only does this gorgeous country pile offer dog-friendly stays (for an extra £20 a night) but it also offers you the chance to book your pooch into a luxury canine package which includes doggy-afternoon tea. The Doggy Divine package includes a stay in a bespoke handcrafted luxury dog bed and treats like Pawpato treats and character creams and the afternoon tea is a bonus! So while you tuck into your perfectly formed finger sandwiches, they can nibble on doggy biscuits, slurp herbal doggy drinks and more. From £475 a night.

staplefordpark.com

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

The Granary at Fawsley

The Granary is exactly what it says on the tin, a converted Northamptonshire ironstone grain store reborn as a finely-tuned rustic retreat, and is ideal as a family escape, romantic getaway or sporty weekend with friends. It sits on the Fawsley estate, criss-crossed by the Knightley Way long distance path (did someone say Mr. Knightley? Pass the smelling salts!) and is home to the historic Grade II listed Fawsley Hall, where Elizabeth I is once purported to have stayed (your Muddy Northants ed spent her wedding night in the very same room, of course). You can dine here in the grand Tudor surroundings of the Cedar restaurant or take afternoon tea in the Great Hall, and your dog will also get a warm welcome, with doggy drinking facilities and an outside hose for post-walk wash down, plus dog walking guides of the local area, with routes suitable for the young and boisterous to those feeling a bit more sedate. Pssst – it also makes a great dog-friendly wedding venue, for anyone who might be looking.

granary-weddings.com

Love2Yurt, Farthinghoe

An insta-friendly getaway with a festival vibe, the four glamping yurts at Limes Farm in Farthinghoe are perfect for a romantic retreat or a family get-together where kids and pooches can run riot. Kitted out with a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom (no scrambling half a mile to the loo block in the middle of the night here), there’s also a BBQ and a cosy wood-burning stove for fireside snuggling. Village pub, The Fox, offers a seasonal menu with plenty of kid-friendly options and a liberal supply of dog treats. The very conveniently located on-site farm shop sells homegrown produce including fresh eggs, bread and locally made wine (bottoms up!) and there’s a tea room where you can sit down to a cooked breakfast made with doggy-approved Northamptonshire sausages and bacon. In-yurt pampering, wine tastings and pilates sessions in the bucolic surroundings will make you feel like a cross between Kate Moss at Glasto and Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene. Sign us up.

love2yurt.co.uk

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NORFOLK

The Hoste, Burnham Market

Dogs are most certainly The Hoste’s best friend – every pooch is welcomed with its very own VIP (Very Important Pooch) goody bag on arrival. All the essentials are included – a toy, a fluffy blanket to put in their own dog bed, homemade dog treats by Norfolk company Pooch’s and eco-friendly poo bags for you!

Burnham Market on the North Norfolk Coast is one of the most dog friendly regions in the UK with miles of beautiful sandy beaches to explore. Holkham and Brancaster are a short drive away and make sure you pop into the award winning dog friendly café at Wells-next-the-Sea. Back at the hotel, dogs are allowed in the main restaurant and lounge, so you can enjoy a well deserved Gin and Tonic whilst your four-legged friend curls up by the fire. It gets better – dogs stay free this March if you quote “Muddy Stilettos” and they have a rather cheeky Winter Retreat offer with Superior Double rooms available at just £109 per night. (excluding Easter holidays). Call 01328 738777 or visit www.thehoste.com for more information.

thehoste.com

 

Blue Tile Farm Barn from Norfolk Cottages 

Norfolk Cottages has over 300 dog friendly self catering properties on the books including this stunning mid 18th century barn conversion in the rural village of Field Dalling – perfectly located for countryside ambles and only a short drive to the North Norfolk coast. Don’t miss a trip to the neighbouring village of Binham with its historic monastic ruins and the famous Binham Blue cheese. Perfect with a glass of rioja by the woodburner. The Brick and flint barn exterior opens into a beautifully contemporary space with a double height vaulted ceiling, exposed timber trusse and polished concrete floors (handy for any excited accidents – the dog not you). The barn sleeps up to nine people and is a great party space for friends and family – check out the cool mezzanine area and quirky art and design features. There’s a large enclosed garden and with beaches, Broads and National Parks all on your doorstep – your doggie (and you) will be in Muddy heaven.

norfolkcottages.co.uk

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HERTFORDSHIRE

The Fox at Willian, Letchworth

This AA rosette award-winning gastropub can be found in a pretty village location, on the edge of Letchworth Garden City. There are eight gorgeous bedrooms, all decorated in a unique contemporary country style, with big comfy beds and walk-in power showers. Small dogs (and feline friends) are welcomed in the garden rooms (for a £10 supplement), which have French doors overlooking the quaint village church, and they’ll be made to feel right at home, with dog beds, towels and treats provided as standard. Easy peasy.

foxatwillian.co.uk

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OXFORDSHIRE

Artist Residence Oxfordshire, South Leigh

Proof that dog-friendly definitely doesn’t have to mean dull, this boutique hotel in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds is top dog (sorry) when it comes to Insta-worthy interiors, delicious food and countryside rambles. There’s a selection of dog-friendly rooms available here, each individually decorated in inimitable AR style, and each dog that comes to stay will find a bed, bowl and Lily’s Kitchen organic treats waiting. The sleepy village location is ideal for four-legged family members, as there’s a whole host of country walks on your doorstep, complete with woods and meadows to let loose in. Forgotten your boots? Borrow some Hunter wellies from the hotel’s boot room and stride out before settling down for a well-deserved drink and nibbles in the cozy, dog-friendly bar.

artistresidence.co.uk

Minster Mill, Witney

For a riverside jaunt with your canine companions, this Cotswolds-meets-Scandi bolthole tucked away in the Windrush Valley is the ideal place to spend a long weekend. Minster Mill is a little slice of countryside paradise near the Oxon-Glos border with more activities than you can shake a stick at, including tennis, fishing, croquet and Pashley bike hire.  The Garden Rooms here are dog-friendly, and come with waterside views, private outdoor space and plenty of peace and quiet for your troubles.

minstermill.co.uk

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SOMERSET

The Wheatsheaf,  Combe Hay, nr Bath


Bring your own pooch to meet the owner’s Cocker Spaniels Margaux, Gloria and Lyla and Springer Spaniel Brie at The Wheatsheaf, a foodie pub with rooms dating back to the 16th century and a Silver Best Dog Friendly Pub award in regional tourism accolades in the 21st. Situated in large terraced gardens over looking the village and surrounding countryside, yet a ball’s through away from Bath.  Luxury accommodation in The Wendy House, The Shed and glamping bell tents.

wheatsheafcombehay.com

 

The Swan, Wedmore

Former Georgian coaching inn turned village pub on the Somerset Levels, where dogs are welcome in the bar, large sun trap garden and to stay in the seven super calming and comfy rooms – think Egyptian cotton on the beds, claw feet on the bath and antique lights from the ceilings. Seasonal, locally sourced menu under the guidance of Executive Chef, the former River Cottage chef Tom Blake. We took our dog Flint when we stayed.

theswanwedmore.com

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SUFFOLK

Tuddenham Mill, near Bury St Edmunds

dog friendly hotel room

This converted 17th century water mill is an idyllic place to stay with your canine companion in tow. The pretty mill is surrounded by 12 acres of stunning countryside (including a lake with swans) and inside you’ll find cool, contemporary interiors mixed with beautiful period features like exposed beams and the original water wheel. Tuddenham Mill is particularly well known for its award-winning food, and while you can’t take dogs in the main restaurant, they are welcome to join you for dinner in the bar or you can leave them in your room. Dog-friendly rooms here aren’t in the main building, which is ideal as it means you have direct access to the grounds. Choose from a Water Meadow or Mill Stream room, both of which have private terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Suffolk countryside. £25 per dog per night.

tuddenhammill.co.uk

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SURREY

Barnett Hill Country House Hotel, Guildford

If you’re looking for the perfect dog-friendly break, but don’t want to compromise on style and luxury, then this Queen Anne style country house hotel has you covered. Under an hour from London and just minutes from Guildford, there are 26 acres of grounds to explore plus plenty of rambling options from the edge of the estate through the stunning Surrey Hills. Guildford Castle, Watts Gallery and the Albury Organic Vineyard are also nearby and worth a visit. Rooms are luxurious, many with views over the estate, and most with deep baths that are perfect for relaxing in at the end of the day. Dogs are treated to their very own basket of goodies, although they’re not allowed in the main parts of the hotel. But the dog-friendly Grantley Arms pub is a three minute drive – and food is good.

alexanderhotels.co.uk

The Running Horses, Mickleham

Exterior of The Running Horses pub in Mickleham

This historic pub is tucked away in the delightful Surrey Hills village of Mickleham at the foot of Box Hill and close to the South Downs, surrounded by miles of downland, moors and woods to explore – which makes it a perfect get-away with pooch. There are seven boutique bedrooms, all decorated in restful greys with country antiques, big comfy beds and luxurious bathrooms, plus the Gatehouse which has its own lounge plus parking alongside. It only 45 minutes by train from central London. Box Hill and the South Downs are just a mile away – for walking or cycling – and England’s largest vineyard, Denbies Wine Estate, is only two miles away, offers wine tours and tastings. National Trust properties Polesden Lacey and Hatchlands Park are also nearby.

therunninghorses.co.uk

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SUSSEX

Old Whyly, East Hoathly near Lewes 

Old Whyly luxury B&B

Treat yourself and your four-legged friend to a stay at Old Whyly – a Grade II listed Georgian Manor house that doubles as an elegant B&B. Relax in antique-filled rooms, stroll the pretty grounds and take a dip in the heated outdoor pool in summer. Close to Lewes and just minutes from Glyndebourne (book well ahead) and Charleston House, Old Whyly is also well placed for day trips to Brighton, Eastbourne and several National Trust properties, gardens and the Bluebell Railway. Host Sarah even offers restaurant-quality three-course dinners! Read the Muddy review.

oldwhyly.co.uk

The Highdown, Goring-by-Sea, near Worthing

The Highdown is a hotel, pub and wood panelled restaurant rolled into one and situated in a 19th century flint walled mansion with castle-like turrets. It also has its own standalone tearoom and gorgeous neighbouring public gardens to explore. Bedrooms are smart  (think roll top baths, rainfall showers and L’Occitane toiletries) but you should tear yourself away for day trips to seaside Worthing, Brighton and Littlehampton or to Arundel Castle. You can also access the South Downs for walkies with a view.  In fact, the Highdown regularly organises its own social pub dog walks.

brunningandprice.co.uk/highdown

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WARWICKSHIRE

The George Townhouse, Shipston-on-Stour 

This stylish, award-winning pub with spacious en-suite bedrooms rooms is a perfect dog-friendly destination in the pleasant market town of Shipston-on-Stour (self-styled ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’), with its handsome high street and thriving independent shops. Two of the 15 rooms can accommodate your pet, providing a comfy, ample space for you and your four-legged friend to unwind in. Dogs are welcome in the award-winning bar area, or you can dine on the quiet, outdoor terrace in the summer sunshine. The Cotswolds Way, a 100-mile hiking trail, comes highly recommended. It’s also a short drive to historic Stratford-upon-Avon where you can pop into dog-friendly sister pub The Townhouse with rooms, for some lovely grub, laid-back ambience, and live music. There’s an additional £20 charge for dogs. Book with The George directly and you’ll receive a free full English breakfast worth £10.

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Mallory Court Country House Hotel and Spanr Leamington Spa

Mallory Court definitely has the bow wow wow factor! A magnificent AA 4 red star dog-friendly manor house hotel surrounded by 10-acres of grounds in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire – brilliant for ‘walkies’. It has three beautiful pet-friendly bedrooms and offers a 5-star service including a pooch package with a welcome letter, dog bed with comfy cushion, dog bowl, poop bags and doggy treats on arrival at check-in. Your dog can join you in the Garden Room and in warmer months enjoy dining in the Brasserie walled gardens and manor house terrace. There are also a number of pet-friendly country pubs within a few miles including The Red Lion in Hunningham and the Royal Pug in Leamington Spa. Dogs are charged £25 per night; dog sitting and dog walking can also be booked in advance (at an additional cost). Pre-book your dog via telephone or email.

mallory.co.uk

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WILTSHIRE

The Dog and Gun, Netheravon

We love a great pub at Muddy – fabulous food, cosy fires to curl up in front of and, if we’re lucky, super smooth cocktails. If we can bring the kids, great, and the pooch, even better. And if it’s got funky retro games, well, you’re ours for keeps. The good news is it’s all here at the Dog and Gun, and we’re settling in for the foreseeable. Well behaved dogs are greeted with a warm welcome throughout the pub, and dog treats and a spare basket are available. Staying overnight? The doggie bedtime package is a Lilys kitchen snack bar, a compostable poop bag, water bowl and mat and use of a bed.

thedogandguninn.co.uk

 

The George Inn, Longbridge Deverill

Mega dog-friendly here, with pets invited to stay overnight in some of the 12 gorgeous rooms in this cosy, classic pub. Situated on the banks of the River Wylye, traditional coaching inn The George Inn is the perfect escape for a weekend break, with tip top food in a chilled atmosphere. In summer there’s a dog-friendly outdoor space with a large duck pond and an outdoor bar/kitchen, plus there are extra special treats on offer if you are staying over – they’ll take the names of your dog and put a little something in your room for them. There are also dog bowls available around the bar area and doggie treats on the bar.

the-georgeinn.co.uk

 

The King John Inn, Tollard Royal

It truly is the best of country living at this gorgeous inn, nestled inside the beautiful Cranborne Chase on the Wilts border. The King John Inn’s team are passionate about celebrating the heritage and sophistication of British countryside life, from its food to its fine traditions to country sports. Check out their award-winning restaurant, charming bar and eight luxury bedrooms and, when it comes to doggie heaven, this shooting pub has it in bells and whistles. Their overnight package includes a dog bed, blanket and bowl in your room, and back downstairs at the bar are doggy treats and pawsecco.

kingjohninn.co.uk

 

Woolley Grange Hotel, nr Bradford on Avon

The perfect family hotel, Woolley Grange is shabby-chic and relaxed with an all-guns-blazing set up for kids, including creche, movie nights, two pools, croquet lawn, trampoline, Breakfast Club, baby listening, baby swim lessons and more. They are not only dog friendly (they recently won a Pets in Pyjamas dog friendliness award) but on arrival a gorgeous doggie Welcome Pack in your room offers a dog bed, towel, bowl, biscuits and poo bags, with a welcome note from Rex complete with house rules! The grounds offer an exercise area and dog shower, plus a hamper of toys. They also offer in-house dog grooming and a complimentary dog-listening service. I kid you not.

woolleygrangehotel.co.uk

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The Lygon Arms, Broadway, Worcestershire

The plush Lygon Arms in the idyllic honey-stoned village of Broadway is a truly 5-star getaway for dogs. Your pooch doesn’t just get welcomed, they get treated like ruffing royalty. Choose from a selection of pet-friendly rooms, each kitted out with comfy dog beds, a selection of dog treats to feast on and their own food and water bowls.

There is a muddy paws station located in the pretty courtyard (where they can bound around) perfect for washing down when you’ve worn them out on one of the many country walks on your doorstep. Muddy recommends the route up to nearby Broadway Tower, with incredible 16-county views from the top of the hill. This gorgeous, historic hotel is a blissful country retreat with giant fireplaces to lounge by, a spa with its own eucalyptus steam room and pool to laze by, and wildly luxurious rooms.

You can even book them in for a groom whilst you stay, and book in before 31 March and your four-legged friend stays completely free (£25 after this time).

lygonarmshotel.co.uk

 

The Elms, Abberley, Worcestershire

The Elms Hotel & Spa is a country retreat that oozes laid back elegance, they welcome four-legged friends with open arms and we’re told even the friendly, hotel black cat, George, does too. With 10 acres of grounds, the stunning Malvern Hills, and open countryside in every direction, you can bring your dog along for £20 per night and stay in one of the refined, country-style Coach House bedrooms.
 
Each one has direct access to the gardens, and come with dreamy Elemis Spa bath products. You can make the stay extra special by requesting Champagne, chocolates or flowers in the room upon arrival (and why not) and we love that you can take pets down to the Bar and Lounge area when you want to eat. Filled with deep, comfy sofas and furry throws to snuggle into, this place has a gorgeous home-from-home feeling, plus an award-winning spa with its own indoor/outdoor hot tub.
 
 

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