The newly published Good Hotel Guide 2018 celebrates 424 of Great Britain and Ireland’s best hotels. Selected by a team of experienced inspectors and reports from trusted readers, the guide recognises our ‘most revered and wholly independent properties, from refined gastropubs to plush country house hotels’, say co-editors Adam Raphael and M. Astella Saw.
The Good Hotel Guide 2018, the 40th anniversary edition of this leading independent hotel guide, has even picked out 10 of Great Britain and Ireland’s most dog-friendly hotels, where your precious pooch will be treated like a VIP. And here they are…
1 The Wentworth
We understand that your four-legged friend is part of the family,’ say the owners of this welcoming Victorian hotel on the Suffolk coast, who charge a modest £2 per dog-night. A reader’s pooch this year loved the shingle beach opposite (open to dogs from October through April), as well as the canine-friendly beaches nearby and miles of trails to sniff out.
Wentworth Road, Aldeburgh IP15 5BD; wentworth-aldeburgh.com
2 The Traddock
Austwick, Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales and its peaks, rivers and hamlets have walks aplenty for active dogs, and this family-run hotel in its own gardens is the place to let tuckered pooches stretch out afterwards. Towels, scoop bags and washing facilities are provided; for a fee of £5 per dog, clean, well-behaved mutts are ‘very much part of the ambience’, the owners assure, in bedrooms and on a lead in the public rooms.
Austwick, Settle LA2 8BY; thetraddock.co.uk
3 The Master Builder’s
Call room service: Sir would like the pork sausages with gravy and sprinkles; Madam will have a rump steak. Dogs are so welcome at this New Forest hotel on the Beaulieu river that they have their own menu, bed, bowl and treats in nine dog-friendly bedrooms. The restaurant is out of bounds, but there will be everywhere else, no end of bounding.
Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu SO42 7XB; hillbrookehotels.co.uk
4 Overwater Hall
Well-mannered dogs stay free and are ‘genuinely welcome’ at this 19th-century house amid large gardens and extensive grounds incorporating a woodland boardwalk. Beyond, there are the lakes and fells of the northern Lake District to explore. Canines are allowed in one bar and lounge; meals can be brought to the bedroom for guests wishing to eat with their pet. Dog-sitting services can be arranged.
Ireby, Wigton CA7 1HH; overwaterhall.co.uk
With Dartmoor almost on the doorstep, this fishing hotel is an ideal base for Rover. Friendly staff fuss over well-behaved dogs, who are allowed everywhere except in the restaurant and on the riverbank. The £15 nightly charge includes a bed, a bowl, waste bags and a welcome chew – perhaps even a sausage at breakfast. The hotel has plenty of pet-friendly places of interest nearby.
1 Fore Street, Lifton PL16 0AA; arundellarms.com
6 Mullion Cove Hotel
Mullion Cove, Cornwall
The dog-friendly lounge is the social hub of this traditional family hotel overlooking harbour and fishing cove. Canine guests stay free in the off season; in peak months pay £9 a night. Descend to the small, sandy beach: at low tide, a chink in the harbour rock leads to Porth Pyg, along the cove. Another day, walk (and scamper) the Coastal Path to Lizard Point, stopping at a pub along the way.
Mullion Cove, Lizard Peninsula TR12 7EP; mullion-cove.co.uk
7 Prince Hall
Two Bridges, Dartmoor
Fido has his fill of treats at this 18th-century manor on Dartmoor, from the pooch-friendly snacks at reception to the all-natural chews in the bedroom. Owners have a bucket, sponge and towels for mucky pups; scoop bags and a bin; access to refrigerated food storage; a torch for night time dog-walking. One or two dogs stay free; three or more are charged £15 each.
Two Bridges, Dartmoor PL20 6SW; princehall.co.uk
8 Coul House
A Guide inspectors cockerpoo vouches for the friendliness at Stuart and Susannah Macpherson’s Georgian house in the Highlands ‘the lovely people made a tremendous fuss’. Dogs are allowed in some bedrooms and all public rooms except the restaurant, at a charge of £7.50 a night. The wide outdoors sets tails wagging in the large ground and on surrounding forest trails.
Contin, Ross-shire, Scotland IV14 9ES; coulhousehotel.com
9 Trigony House
A gourmet box of treats always new arrivals to this 18th century sporting lodge in gently rolling Dumfriesshire countryside. Beds, bowls, towels, walk maps and dog-sitters are available as well. A delicious bonus: the free breakfast sausage – or vegan alternative, if doggy dietary restrictions are made known in advance. Rest assured that resident retriever Roxy keeps an eye on proceedings.
Closeburn, Thornhill, Scotland DG3 5EZ; trigonyhotel.co.uk
10 The Falcondale
Chicken and gravy with a garden view are on the menu at this Italianate villa in wooded acres within west Wales – dogs can join their owner in the conservatory at mealtimes. A £10-a-night charge includes snacks and the use of a blanket and water bowl; upgrade to a ‘doggy box’ (£20) containing a rope toy, a chewy ear, more treats and a blanket for keeps. Veterinary help is forthcoming in case of collie wobbles.
Falcondale Drive, Lampeter, Wales SA48 7RX; thefalcondale.co.uk
Extract taken from The Good Hotel Guide 2018, which is on sale now priced £16 from goodhotelguide.com or £20 from all good bookshops