Natalie French

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In search of a weekend escape that both you and your dog are guaranteed to love? The Cotswolds has got this one in the bag. This designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) – spanning 800 square miles – is famed for its honey-coloured stone, rolling wolds (hills) and pretty-as-a-postcard market towns. The best bit? There’s loads of fabulous hotels, pubs and self-catering abodes that offer dog-friendly rooms, complimentary treats and local rambles straight from the front door.  

You and your canine companion will love the Wild Rabbit - located in the charming village of Kingham with its honey-coloured stone cottages and lush rolling hills. This contemporary British inn has 12 light-filled bedrooms; the four garden rooms - Mole, Hare, Otter and Owl - and many of the cottages are dog-friendly and dog beds are provided on request. Expect exposed stone walls, crisp linen, and Bamford Bath & Body products. Well-behaved dogs can join you in the front and back terrace, bar area and the Legbar Café, as well as the Old Spot and Legbar outdoor courtyards at Daylesford Farm. 

Dog-friendly rooms at Tewkesbury Park come complete with a private terrace, comfy cushions, cosy blankets and even a rocking chair. Woofers can roam the glorious grounds, hang out in the dog-friendly lounges before retreating to the room with its Hypnos beds for humans and memory foam mattress for the hounds. A hearty Cotswold breakfast awaits everyone, including a sausage or two for the dog. Big thumbs up. 

This super-stylish, dog-friendly, wilderness retreat in Lechlade was designed by Philippe Starck. Both lakeside cabins and apartments are available for affluent dog owners. The luxury estate boasts woodland trails and acres of wildflower meadows for dogs to run free. Adventurous guests - and their dogs - can spend their days wild swimming in the 11 freshwater lakes. Everyone is welcome in The Lakes Bar & Kitchen, too; spend your evenings sipping something chilled, listening to live music as the sunsets over the lake - your furry friend curled up at your feet.  

The Manor House Hotel & Golf Club has 14 dog friendly rooms, across almost all the room types. Dogs are treated to a comfy Fatboy dog bed, along with a towel, two bowls, and some treats. They are welcome in the all-day dining in the front hall lounge and oak lounge, as well as outside on the terrace when the warm weather rolls in. The hotel’s pub, The Castle Inn, is dog friendly too and is just a few steps away in the heart of Castle Combe. You’ll need to leave the hound in the room for a well-deserved nap if you wish to dine at the Michelin-starred Bybrook Restaurant.

Burleigh Court is a boutique country house hotel overlooking the Golden Valley near Stroud. Set in 3.5 acres of beautifully maintained gardens, dogs will love a wander around the green woodlands and lakes. Locally, the rolling hills of Stroud five valleys or Minchinhampton Common will get tails wagging. Back at the hotel you’ll find a dog-friendly restaurant serving locally sourced food; in the bedroom: dog beds, bowls and treats await. 

Kennels begone. Notgrove welcome your four-legged friend with open arms; stay in a wild safari tent or one of the four open-plan barn conversions: Chesnut, Hazlenut, Cobnut and Walnut. Dog poo bags, food bowls and doggy towels come as standard. After exploring the 1500-acre Cotswolds estate – home to the resident donkeys, goats, alpaca and two Highland cows - dogs can curl up next to the wood burner stove and take a well-earned snooze. 

Set within 37-acres of beautiful grounds and gardens, Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa makes for a perfect place to explore with your pet. Local walks include the famous Cotswold Way, the Malvern Hills and scenic riverside walks in Tewkesbury. Dog bowls and treats are provided in the room, and there’s a dog exercise area in the field to the left of the hotel with an all-important disposal bin. Pets are welcome in the main lounge and bar area, too, so you can relax together post-walkies. 

The Sheep on Sheep Street in Stow on the Wold, pens itself as an eclectic establishment ram-packed with heaps of contemporary character. Antique statement features, cosy beamed ceilings and yet more of that stunning exposed stone walls are paired with plush Feather & Black beds, heavenly showers and Nespresso makers for pre-walkies wake-ups. Canine companions are welcome in some of the 22-en-suite bedrooms, where water bowls and treats will be waiting. Don’t miss the infamous wood-fired sough dough pizza – yum. 

The Frogmill are self-proclaimed dog lovers, making it a great choice for a dog-friendly break. The 28-boutique bedroom Cheltenham hotel offers some dog-friendly rooms and has earned a reputation for its killer breakfast - from the locally-sourced Full English to Belgian waffles with clotted cream ice cream (yep) – guaranteed to fire you up for a day in the Cotswolds countryside. Locally, you can climb the highest point in the Cotswolds at Cleve Hill or soak in lake and woodland scenery at Mallard Pike. Post-adventures, both you and your hound can return to this classic country pub – with its roaring fires and wonky ceilings – to enjoy a refreshing beverage and ale-battered haddock with chunky chips.  

This charming Grade II listed Regency town house can be found in Chipping Campden, surrounded by pinch-me Cotswold scenery. Dogs are welcomed with open arms and comfy beds and treats come as standard. They’re also welcome in all social areas of the hotel and bistro but if you want to feast on the delicious tasting menu in the Fig restaurant, locally based Cotswold K9 and Equine Care are on hand to pamper your canine companion while you treat yourself. And did we mention there’s a spa here too… 

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