Annual summer holidays might be the highlight of your family’s year, but these days of abandonment can often be very traumatic for your dog and leave them feeling deserted and anxious. In the last few years, options for holiday destinations that you can bring your dog to have grown significantly, so we have rounded up our top 4 favourites that the entire family are guaranteed to remember. From beach towns to city breaks, there’s something on this list that any good boy or pampered pooch will be wagging their tails over.
The Belgrave, London
If your pooch is more of a Lady than a Tramp, treat them to the getaway they deserve. The Belgrave, situated in the centre of London’s elegant Belgravia, now welcomes pets in their lavish rooms for families who want to take their dogs to the city with them. The complimentary Pet Package includes: a room upgrade, food bowl, toys and a “pet in room” sign for your door. Can you imagine all the new posts on your Instagram dedicated to your dog? They even offer a late check-out for pups who cannot bear to leave their new palace.
The William Cecil, Stamford
Does your dog enjoy the finer things in life, but is the city the last place you’d want to go on holiday? Whilst lots of hotels claim to welcome pets, choose a hotel that goes the extra mile for your pup. The William Cecil, in Stamford, is situated near the parkland of Burghley House making it the ultimate walkies location. When booking a room for you and your dog, they also provide a comfy dog bed, bowls and special treats. We think, however, the best bit of this upmarket Hillbrooke Hotel is the room service especially for your pampered pooch. As the menu offers organic chicken breast and a 7oz Sirloin steak, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect treat that your dog rightfully deserves.
The Hen House, Cornwall
Cornwall’s South West Path offers a 630-mile trail along the UK’s south west peninsula, guaranteed to tire out even the most lively dogs, making it the ideal holiday destination for a family that want to stretch their legs. For accommodation that gives the warmest welcome to pups, we recommend booking a room at The Hen House. At an extra fee of only £5 a night, The Hen House welcome dogs to their rooms, no matter their size or how many you have! They offer: two acres of fenced land, a laundry room to dry wet dogs after beach swims and a dog hose for showering. They even provide tailored advice on the best dog walks to suit their age and fitness, ensuring your dog has the time of their life.
Sally’s Cottages, Lake District
If you want to enjoy the water this summer without having to deal with sand between your toes (or their paws), the Lake District is right up your street. As the winner of The Kennel Club’s ‘Be Dog Friendly’ awards in 2014 and 2015 for Best Great Outdoors Destination, why not take your dogs on pet-friendly lake cruises, such as Windermere Lake Cruises and Ullswater Streamers? For somewhere to rest your heads (and tails) for the night, we recommend booking one of the 270 Sally’s Cottage in the Lake District and Cumbria. Sally’s Cottages offer a wide range of accommodation to fit any size family and dogs with prices to suit everyone. For those looking for a more indulgent stay, they also offer luxury cottages with hot tubs!
The Baskerville, Henley-on-Thames
Home of the Henley Royal Regatta, Henley-on-Thames is the best UK holiday destination for sports loving families and beautiful riverside walks this summer. We recommend staying in the hotel ranked No.1 by visitors on Trip Advisor, The Baskerville. Not only are they incredibly pet-friendly, but dogs are welcome in the bar area and gardens so you can enjoy your meal and drinks with the entire family. At The Baskerville, their attentive team are on hand to provide dog food, bedding and hygiene bags in case you do not have your own. They also have an outside hose to clean the mucky pups.
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