The Rose, Kent
At this pretty seaside bolthole, dogs are allowed in both the restaurant and lounge. Located in the charming seaside town of Deal, The Rose is the place to escape to for a night or long weekend. In the restaurant, chefs serve up a menu of classic British comfort-food with tasty twists, alongside an impressive Sunday lunch and cocktail selection. If you’d rather dine al fresco, there’s a pretty courtyard garden. Dogs are also welcome in a selection of rooms, all of which feature artistic touches, pops of colour and vintage furniture to give off an effortlessly cool vibe. In the evenings, indulge in a treat from the hallway bar – which is stocked with everything from tea and biscuits, to night caps – while dogs tuck into a treat of their own.
Artist Residence, Cotswolds
You’ll find this boutique hotel in the Cotswolds. A 16th century inn, there are five spacious and luxurious rooms here, as well as three suites and a beautifully converted shepherd's hut. Five out of the nine rooms welcome dogs, with treats including a comfy bed, food bowls and organic nibbles. When it comes to chill out spaces, relax in the clubhouse next to the open fire or pull up a chair in the terraced garden. The hotel’s traditional country pub, The Mason Arms, also has space for dogs. Boasting a warm and welcoming atmosphere, it serves up everything from cooked breakfasts to late night cocktails. After a day spent exploring, enjoy a comforting dinner and drink in one of the cosy nooks.
Another Place, Lake District
For those that want to explore the great outdoors, head to Another Place. A family-friendly hotel in Ullswater, this is an idyllic spot for a long weekend or half-term holiday. There are 16 dog-friendly rooms in the main building, as well as roomy family cottages dotted in the hotel’s 18-acre grounds. Dogs are also welcome in the terrace and living space, giving you and them plenty of space to relax after a day of adventuring. In the afternoon, head out and explore the National Park before returning to the hotel for a warming dinner. Got two four-legged friends? Another Place will let you bring them both.
The Swan, Suffolk
The Swan sits right on Southwold’s high street. Home to 35 bright and stylish rooms, including 11 garden rooms that look out over the pretty courtyard, dogs aren’t allowed in any of the public areas in the main house, but are welcome to lounge around the garden. Food wise, expect to find high-end pub grub here, with everything from fresh mixed fish platters to brioche bun burgers on offer. If you want to dine alongside your furry friend, choose the in-room or garden dining option. Dogs are allowed to run free on the southern end of the beach, too – past the last beach hut – and are welcome in most pubs and shops as long as they're on a lead. With its idyllic setting and fun interiors, The Swan is a slice of seaside luxury.
Heckfield Place, Hampshire
This luxurious retreat in leafy Hampshire is the perfect place to rest and recharge. A grand Georgian house, it offers 45 stylish rooms including six suites. Dogs are allowed to stay overnight in a selection of master rooms, guest rooms and the beautiful church lodge. For a real treat, indulge in breakfast in bed followed by a relaxing spa treatment, before heading to movie night in the hotel’s screening room, which is where you’ll find the well-stocked bar. To ensure dogs get the five-star treatment too, beds, food bowls and special treats can be provided upon arrival. There’s over 400 acres for you and your pet to explore on-site – including a wood, lake, river and farmland – as well as nearby wildflower meadows.
Dormy House, Cotswolds
If you’re heading to the countryside with your pet in tow, book into Dormy House. Once a 17th century farmhouse, the hotel now features stylish, modern decor and Scandinavian-style interiors for a clean, yet cosy, feel. Rooms 32 and 35 are pet-friendly, with dog baskets and bowls provided upon arrival. Pets aren’t allowed in the communal areas, but that doesn’t mean they won’t experience five-star service, with a dog-friendly menu available and a pet sitting service should you wish to venture out alone. Nestled deep in the Cotswold countryside, there are plenty of scenic walks to embark on, as well as charming villages to explore. Just pop on your wellies and remember to bring a towel for muddy paws.
The Victoria Inn, Norfolk
Just moments from beautiful Holkham Beach, The Victoria Inn is a dog-friendly hotel on the Norfolk coast. It’s home to 20 bedrooms, ten of which are located in the main house while the other half are in the Ancient House, a pretty cottage. Dogs are only allowed to stay overnight in the main house, so make sure you specify if you’re travelling with a pet when you book. Each room is designed to make you feel spoilt, with comfy soft furnishings, plush bathrobes and complimentary drinks available via room service. Dogs are welcome anywhere on the ground floor, including the bar, lounge and restaurant, as long as they’re well behaved. Spend your days exploring Holkham’s wild stretch of sand, which is dog-friendly all year round.
The Fish Hotel, Cotswolds
This Cotswolds hotel lets you experience a woodland sleepover like no other. There’s an array of dog-friendly rooms available across the 400-acre estate – from cosy suites to trendy guest rooms – which welcome pups aged one and above. Each comes with a dog bed, towels, bowls and some special snacks. Guests with dogs can also stay in one of the magical treehouses. These sleep up to four, with bunk beds for children and a spacious decking full of outdoor seating and a heated bath. At suppertime, dogs can relax in the bar or lounge while you enjoy an indulgent meal from the tasty slider menu. There’s also a dog agility course at The Fish, which is bound to tire pooches out.
South Sands, Devon
This Salcombe based hotel has 13 dog-friendly bedrooms, some of which come with sea views. Beach suites are the largest of the bunch, with a private patio area, living room, kitchen and two bedrooms that sleep up to six. In the main building, ‘Dragon’ rooms feature balconies and window facing beds to let you enjoy the ocean vistas. Four legged friends are welcome in the bar, lounge and terrace – as long as they're kept on a lead. The best walk in the area is the route from South Sands to Salcombe, which takes approximately 30 minutes. It’s mostly flat and passes by North Sands – a dog-friendly beach – as well as the historic Fort Charles. This hotel even has its very own dog Instagram account, showcasing its favourite furry guests.
Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Wake up to the sound of the waves at Watergate Bay. There are 71 pretty bedrooms here, with dogs welcome in any of the first floor or ground-floor rooms, as well as the ocean-wing rooms and the coach house. Stylish dog beds are available on request. And, depending on your mood, there are multiple dining options available for you and your pet. The Beach Hut is our favourite spot: spilling out onto the sand, it has a relaxed beachy vibe that makes guests and dogs feel immediately at ease. Being the only hotel on Watergate Bay has its privileges, with a two-mile stretch of sand right on your doorstep – plus, stunning ocean views.
The Rectory Hotel, Cotswolds
This hotel is found deep in the Oxfordshire countryside. Behind the pretty walled gardens expect to find 18 romantic rooms, each with characterful touches and simple, yet stylish decor that creates a cosy and warm atmosphere. Large sash windows bring the outdoors in, while roll top baths act as the perfect place for a soak after a day of exploring the surrounding countryside. As an added luxury, there are corridor-based honesty-bars that guests can help themselves to morning, noon and night, as well as room service. Dogs aren’t left out either, with plenty of treats available. While four legged friends aren’t permitted in the smart orangery-style restaurant, they are allowed to relax in the drawing room, bar and the neighbouring Potting Shed pub.
The Lygon Arms, Cotswolds
A former coaching inn, The Lygon Arms offers guests everything they need for an unforgettable stay. There are 86 traditional bedrooms to choose from, with pet-friendly suites featuring plush dog beds, food bowls and plenty of treats. We love the courtyard rooms – some of which have their own landscaped terraces – as well as the cottage rooms. For a real treat, book into the cottage’s impressive suite, which has its very own garden. Outside, there are plenty of quiet dining spots, as well as a large three-acre garden that dogs can make themselves at home in. After a day spent exploring the local area and filling up on a tasty pub lunch, give your pet the five-star treatment at the hotel’s muddy paw station.
St Michaels Resort, Cornwall
St Michaels is a five-star hotel based in Falmouth. Rooms here are decked out in traditional coastal colours, with sleek and stylish decor. There are three types of rooms that are dog-friendly: classic kings, bay-view rooms with a terrace, and bay-view suites. Bay-view rooms offer stunning vistas of the water, with plenty of room for the whole family. This hotel also holds prime position right on Gyllyngvase Beach, a Blue Flag award-winning stretch of sand. It's only dog-friendly from the end of September to the middle of May, but there are plenty of other sites in the area for dogs to enjoy.
The Gallivant, East Sussex
The Gallivant has a New England beach house feel, with cool interiors and chic touches. An unparalleled position right by Camber Sands beach makes it the perfect spot to relax and drink in the sea air – plus, it’s dog-friendly all year round. Back at the hotel, pets are welcome in the deck rooms, all of which open out onto a private deck and are just a stone’s throw from the seaside garden. These rooms are decorated in coastal hues with pretty wooded touches, and come with en-suite bathrooms and either a king or super-king bed. At suppertime, dine with your four-legged friend in the bar or let them snooze back in your room.
Penally Abbey, Wales
This beautiful Grade II listed house is just a ten-minute walk from the scenic Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and moments from Penally Beach. With a relaxed, easy going vibe and rooms offering both sea and countryside views, it’s the perfect place to unwind. Dogs are allowed to stay in the coach house, where there are four bedrooms opening out directly onto the gardens. All the rooms are light and airy, with calming interiors that will make you, and your pet, feel instantly at ease. When it comes to dining, guests with dogs are welcome to pull up a chair in the pretty sunroom for breakfast and supper, with a menu featuring only the best locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. If you fancy venturing out, the hotel team are happy to provide you with information on the best dog-friendly pubs and walking routes in the area.
Penally Abbey is due to reopen at the end of October.
Seaside Boarding House, Dorset
Perched on the Jurassic Coast and overlooking the sweeping Lyme Bay, this is the ideal spot for those seeking some peace and quiet. Rooms here are simple and understated, but come with beautiful views. Well behaved dogs are welcome, and can chill out on the terrace, in the bar or in a selection of bedrooms free of charge. After working up an appetite, indulge in a traditional Cornish afternoon tea or tuck into a dinner of fresh seaside delicacies, such as oysters, cuttlefish, lobster and – of course – fish and chips. Spend your days exploring Dorset’s magical coast before sinking into bed and falling asleep to the sound of the sea.