Special Occasion Hotel Breaks for you AND the dog!
As far as we’re concerned, if the dogs aren’t with us on holiday, the holiday isn’t worth having.
But if you want to push the boat out for a special occasion, where can you have a truly memorable time with your four-legged friend? In our experience, these places are harder to find. To us, genuine dog friendliness doesn’t necessarily mean that dogs are running all over the place, it means lots of little details. Are there thoughtful or original extras? Is a dog basket provided? Are dog walks signposted from the hotel? Do the staff appear to genuinely love dogs?
We have been doing a little research and liked the look of these hotels below, some of which we know better than others, but all of which seem to understand that the dog is a paying guest too…
The Fish Hotel
It’s obvious that dogs are important at The Fish, because they have an agility course and afternoon tea menu all to themselves, in addition to all the extras you would expect in a dog friendly hotel! Set in the Cotswolds, it’s surrounded by beautiful walking countryside directly from the front door. Although only one dog over one year old can stay, we know that many Ruff and Tumblers fall into this category. This luxury and very chic hotel has a wide choice of rooms from mid to top range, price wise, so although it looks cutting edge, it is affordable to most of us.
Historic Sussex Hotels
This group of privately owned hotels in West Sussex have two special dog packages at The Spread Eagle and Baliffscourt Hotel respectively: Muddy Paws and Sandy Paws. Every doggy guest is treated to a special Welcome Pack, can be booked in with a local certified dog groomer, and, most importantly, gets a Ruff and Tumble Drying Coat to use and then take home, all included in the package! This clinched the deal for us - not that we are biased or anything…
Trigony House Hotel
Heading further north, this Dumfriesshire pet friendly hotel has its own doggy welcoming committee, who feature on the home page of the website, so we know where the owners’ hearts lie! Dog sitting, Reiki and Dog Spa treatments are on offer as extras here, so you will be able to treat your dog as well as yourself. Mid-range price wise, this welcoming hotel will prioritise you as much as your pet in a relaxed atmosphere.
Talland Bay Hotel
Tucked away between Looe and Polperro on the South Coast of Cornwall is this idyllic hotel which overlooks the sea. Again, this is a hotel which has put dogs top of the list. Their special Wallace and Gromit Break includes a Doggy Hamper and freshly poached chicken for breakfast - perfect after a swim in the sea in the morning, only a few minutes’ walk away. This hotel is perfect for the beach loving water baby dog – so Ruff and Tumblers will love it here.
No. Twenty 9
Nestled in the heart of the fashionable and popular Burnham Market, Norfolk, lies this stylish restaurant with rooms. We love Norfolk because the beaches are huge, often empty and great for dogs, and, of course, it’s where Ruff and Tumble began. The chic bedrooms are brand new and some are dog friendly. Up to two dogs can stay, (for £15 each), they’ll have their very own blanket and bowl and there are also a range of dog treats available from the lounge bar.