7 DOG-FRIENDLY HOTELS WITH GREAT AUTUMN WALKS
Are you searching for an autumn getaway with great walks, stunning scenery and most importantly, dog-friendly accommodation? Our friends at Pets Pyjamas have got just the thing. These cosy UK hotels welcome canines big and small
1 The George Hotel, Lake District
Don’t want to exert yourself too much on a walking holiday? Enjoy the easy routes along the peaceful Lake Buttermere before relaxing in the Grade I listed George Hotel in nearby Penrith. Dogs are permitted to join guests in all areas of the hotel apart from the restaurant, which serves up locally-sourced ingredients in an elegant dining room. Prices start from £90 per night based on two people sharing.
2. The Devonshire Arms at Beeley, Derbyshire
Set on the Chatsworth Estate, The Devonshire Arms provides a cosy base for a walking holiday in Derbyshire. The Peak District National Park has hills and dales for you and your pooch to explore, with trails ranging from challenging hikes to relaxing strolls. Well-behaved dogs can stay in any of the four luxurious Brookside House rooms. The hotel’s gastropub is definitely worth visiting too. Double rooms from £119 per night.
3. Cliveden House, Berkshire
Book the Cliveden Doggy Break at this five star hotel and receive a welcome pack including a bed, bowl and mat, gourmet meal from the chef’s canine menu, personalised lead and a dog walking map to guide you around the 376 acres of the estate. After a long day exploring, enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the hotel’s Great Hall with your canine companion. Prices start at £250 per person per night.
4. The Ship at Dunwich, Suffolk
Escape to the Suffolk coast with your pet and stay at former haunt of smugglers, The Ship. There is a large garden for your dog to play and walk in at any time and dog-friendly Dunwich Beach is only a few minutes’ walk from the hotel – enjoy a peaceful amble along the 3 mile coastal path from the village car park to Walberswick. Double rooms from £115 per night.
5. The Acorn Inn, Dorset
Originally built in the 16th century, The Acorn Inn is a home-away-from-home. Reserve a table in the bar so your pooch can join you for breakfast – plus the barman keeps a special stash of complimentary dog biscuits for four-legged guests! Adjacent to the hotel is the 600 acre Melbury Estate and Deer Park. The Acorn Inn will provide maps of the best walking routes, and even a picnic if you wish! Chesil Beach is also only a 40 minute drive away and is dog-friendly all year round. Double rooms start from £99 per night off-peak, and from £114 during peak season.
6. Gallivant Hotel, East Sussex
Inspired by the coastal motels in California, the Gallivant hotel exudes shabby chic. Dogs are welcome to stay in all of ‘The Biggest Rooms’ which provide direct access to the outside, plus resident Norfolk Terrier Brock makes a fabulous playmate for all four-legged guests. Outside of the summer months, dogs are free to roam Camber Sands. Only two minutes away, this sandy beach stretches for miles and miles providing your pet with plenty of room to stretch his – short or long – legs. From £135 per room per night.
7. Old Swan & Minster Mill, Cotswolds
The winner of Pets Pyjamas Travel Awards 2015 Golden Bone Award, this hotel offers a Canine Traveller Trip with lots of doggy extras including a delicious dinner, luxury accommodation and a packed walker’s lunch. Take one of the three fantastic doggy walks mapped out especially by the Old Swan and Minster Mill before tucking into lunch at dog-friendly pub The Swan Inn. Rooms from £179 a night.