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Great pet friendly hotels in the UK

by Adrian Mourby (July 2015)

Great pet friendly hotels in the UK

It wasn’t until I had two cats of my own that the words “pet friendly” suddenly began to leap out at me from hotel web pages. What a discovery! While most hotels usually mean well-behaved dogs when they say “pet”, there are also quite a few that will take house-cats like ours, discriminating felines who expect to have their litter box and dishes transported in the back of the car. Our two genuinely love exploring their new bedrooms. We have used catteries in the past but found that if you’re only going away for the weekend, transporting your pets to their new boarding school can seriously cut into your time away. And then there is all the guilt you feel as you drive off without them. So my advice would definitely be to take your four-legged friends with you – having first rung round a few hotels that come up through the “dog friendly” filter on Britain’s Finest to discover exactly what they offer. You’ll find very different levels of canine catering and some will definitely not welcome cats. But get yourself the right hotel and you can settle down to a great holiday together.


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Tuddenham Mill (Hotel)

High Street, Tuddenham, Tuddenham

Tuddenham Mill, High Street, Tuddenham, Suffolk

Dogs and cats are very welcome at Tuddenham Mill, the picturesque conversion of an eighteenth century water mill with swans on its mill pond. Animals and their owners are usually assigned the new spacious barn suites which have easy access to the hotel’s own meadow, ideal for morning walks. Dogs are allowed in the bar but not in the lovely half-timbered restaurant upstairs where chef Lee Bye is responsible for some award-winning dishes. Just don’t let your cat out to chase those swans!

La Sablonnerie, Little Sark, Sark, Isle of Sark

The island of Sark is certainly different. There are no cars so your dog will be very safe - but this also means that the transfer from harbour to La Sablonnerie is by slow tractor. You just have to hope that your four-legged friend won’t want to start chasing the sheep as you trundle your way down to South Sark. Once across La Coupée, the very dramatic narrow isthmus that divides the two halves of the island, it’s no distance to this delightful old white-washed farmhouse and its idyllic garden.

The Gurnard's Head, near Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall

What could be better than to take your dog to a Cornish pub where the emphasis is on complete relaxation? Dogs – and even cats – are welcome in all seven colourful bedrooms and pretty much everywhere in the hotel except the restaurant. But don’t worry. The same menu is served in the bar where pets are most certainly welcome. Gurnard’s Head is seven miles outside picturesque St Ives so there’s a fine Atlantic walk there should your dog be in need of some bracing exercise. The two of you can always get a taxi back.

Kesgrave Hall (Hotel)

Hall Road, Kesgrave, Ipswich

Kesgrave Hall, Hall Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

The 40 acres of Kesgrave Hall make this Suffolk hotel ideal for dog walkers. Built as a gentleman’s residence, Kesgrave was home to several schools before finally becoming a hotel under the guidance of entrepreneur Gerald Milsom . When possible the hotel puts dog owners in the eight courtyard rooms which allow easy access to the grounds. It’s quite likely you and your pet will be staying in rooms that used to belong to the headmaster. Dogs aren’t allowed in the bar or restaurant, but can eat out with their owners on the heated terrace.

The Old Bell Hotel (Hotel)

Abbey Row, Malmesbury

The Old Bell Hotel, Abbey Row, Malmesbury, Wiltshire

One of England’s most ancient hotels, the Old Bell welcomes up to medium-sized dogs and responsible cats in six of its 33 boutique bedrooms. For exercise there is a small garden and a lovely 40-minute circular walk down Mill Lane and along the River Avon. Dogs are allowed into the lounges and in the bar and can eat on the hotel’s two patios. Water bowls are provided of course. This wisteria-clad hotel is also a good base for longer walks if you and your canine are feeling ambitious.

Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Island, Benderloch, Oban, Argyll & Bute

Eriska is a 350-acre private island that welcomes dogs in all its bedrooms apart from the spa suites. Arnott’s House, a new self-catering property in the complex is particularly well-suited to dogs. As you can imagine there are lots of walks, tracks and trails to explore and the lack of pollution means there endless smells and animal scents to follow. The hotel sensibly asks that dogs are not left unattended unless you are using one of their kennels. House cats are welcome, but are discouraged from stalking the island’s rich population of birds.

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa (Hotel)

Llanwddyn, Lake Vyrnwy, Welshpool

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa, Llanwddyn, Welshpool, Powys

This fine Victorian hotel set in a 24,000 acre Welsh nature reserve is an ideal place for dog-lovers. Complementary heated kennels are available in the hotel grounds, or you can have your dog stay with you in one of the designated pet-friendly bedrooms for a small fee. Dogs are allowed in the Tavern Bar although not in the restaurant or bistro, but they’ll be keen to get out to romp around this picturesque lake, a massive reservoir created in 1899 to provide drinking water for Liverpool.

New Inn Hotel (Small Hotel / Inn)

High Street, Clovelly, Bideford

New Inn Hotel, High Street, Bideford, Devon

It’s not surprising that Clovelly’s New Inn is pet friendly. Clovelly is very a four-legged village. Donkeys do the daily deliveries to this pub set on a steep street above the harbour. This tiny Devon fishing port saw its population decline from over 600 in 1901 to around 400 a century later and even today the streets are too steep for cars, which means that there is no better way to get luggage and supplies to the New Inn than on a donkey sled. Dogs are welcome at this eight-room hotel but it’s advisable to ring ahead to check your canine requirements.


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