Our Dog Friendly Hotel collections:
Let's face it, most of us have an additional member of the family who just has to come on holiday too. Some dog friendly hotels in the UK are happy to have well-behaved dogs in the hotel. Hopefully we all know whether our four legged friend fits into that bracket or not!
For good dogs, the rewards of a stay in one of the Uk's dog friendly hotels can be great. A long unhurried walk on a nearby beach, new smells in an unfamiliar street; and some hotels even have dog biscuits behind the bar.
One of the most beloved locations in the far south west of the UK by generations of British families as a holiday spot. With its thousands of acres of wild moorland, lush farmland and spectacular beaches, a dog friendly hotel in Cornwall is a delight for any family travelling with a hound.
First up for dog friendly hotels in Cornwall is the Bedruthan Steps Hotel at Mawgan Porth on the North coast. it is both child and dog friendly so no family member need be excluded. It isn’t a beauty from the outside (early Costa del Sol in style) but the views of the sea from inside through its many floor-to-ceiling windows are properly breath-taking.
Don’t take a dog that likes a solo expedition or one that might blow away to the spectacularly-sited cliff-top Trevalsa Court Hotel. The coastal path is at the foot of the garden and is a good walk or head further below it down the steep route to the hotel’s private cove.
The hotel with its cosy oak-panelled dining room is traditional and comfortable with a few more modern touches. Built in the Arts and Crafts style as a private house in the 1930s, it has stone mullions and gothic fireplaces. Click here for our more extensive Guide to the Best Dog Friendly Hotels in Cornwall.
Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Fantastic spot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from a family-friendly hotel. Modern interiors throughout with the comfortable rooms capturing the beach views. Herring Restaurant is Cornish throughout using locally sourced ingredients. Relax by one of the two pools, or at the spa.
Elegance and understated style make up this romantic Arts and Crafts coastal boutique - a home away from home. Standing on the cliffs, the sea breeze makes for a blowy Cornish escape. Comfortable rooms decked with paintings and log fires. Enjoy locally sourced food at the wood paneled restaurant.
You don't get better dog friendly hotels in Devon than The Henley on Folly Hill, South Devon.The owners love to have canine guests and with glorious views and wonderful huge sweeping beaches outside it is safe to say that dogs love to stay there too.
Built as an Edwardian holiday home it has five rooms and a good beach-house-y feel. Owner Martyn Scarterfield cooks good food using almost flippingly fresh fish caught outside the door. A good sleep guaranteed for owners and dogs alike in this cliff-top home from home.
Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon
Small and friendly owner managed seaside bolthole of just five rooms, with a beach house feel. Cosy rooms are comfortable and clean with wonderful sea views. Cooking that finely showcases the Devon produce. Private beach access. A great weekend escape.
Across the Bristol Channel there are loads of dog friendly hotels in Wales and miles and miles of marvellous dog walking on beaches, in valleys and up mountains. The West Arms in Wrexham, North Wales has plenty of warm fires in inglenooks for dogs to stretch out in front of after a long walk in the Berwyn Hills. The food is good and the rooms in the original inn have pretty brass or four-poster beds.
At the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel in Gwynedd, hearty dinners are announced to guests with a gong. One of the walls in the bar is made of polished halved tree trunks and there is home-made lemonade in summer and mulled wine in winter. Popular with self-walkers as well as dog walkers, the hotel is the definition of homely with old-fashioned but spotless rooms.
Further south in the Welsh Marches, the Bell at Skenfrith has light, unfussy, modern country-style bedrooms. There are lovely walks right outside and a cream tea on your return, which can be followed swiftly by something stronger before dinner in the restaurant.
Click here for our more extensive guide to the Best dog friendly hotels in Wales.
Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Denbighshire, North Wales
Unspoiled 16th Century Inn nestled in the foothills of the Berwyn Mountains. Traditional aspects maintained with the original features and antiques. Rooms are cosy and unique, with modern bathrooms. Seasonal menus, daily specials and a fully stocked bar entice locals and guests alike.
Gwynedd, North Wales
An historic mountaineer's hotel offering characterful service, right under Snowdonia. Delightfully eccentric climbing inn with a range of comfortable sleeping options. With a hearty breakfast to start the day and a lively dinner upon your return!
Monmouthshire, South and Mid Wales
Monmouthshire old coaching inn turned stylish hideaway - perfect for the great outdoors. Charmingly quaint rooms with chic touches. Superb food straight from the organic kitchen garden. Relaxed atmosphere, family friendly and perfect for outdoorsy types.
The Cotswolds is one of the most celebrated areas of England for its lanes, hedgerows, ancient trees and honey-coloured stone. The farmland and villages are as picturesque as they could be and the climate is as good as it gets in England making the area glorious for dog-walking. The places to stay are among our picks for dog friendly hotels in the UK.
Dial House Hotel in Bourton-on-the-Water is a restaurant with rooms overlooking the evocatively-named River Windrush. There is a stone fireplace in the bar and bedrooms are traditionally decorated with flair by the owner. Dogs may be tempted by the leather sofas, people will definitely be tempted by the food in the restaurant.
Calcot Manor near Tetbury is so honey-coloured and cosily inviting looking from the outside that it couldn’t be anywhere other than the Cotswolds. You could be forgiven for expecting to bump into a human or canine character from a Jilly Cooper novel in the bar. Inside the décor is smart modern and the fire in the bar has a fender seat so dog owners can cosy right up to the fire with their dog in comfort. There is a spa with an indoor pool and a courtyard of old stone barns and lime trees.
Nearby Cowley Manor is a devilishly hip, grown up Cotswolds retreat for urbanites. It is hard to imagine anyone turning up in tweed with a grinning tongue-lolling muddy spaniel. Designer dogs only at this super-spoiling retreat with a menu in the restaurant by chef Mark Hix.
In Oxford, the well-known Randolph Hotel is perhaps less well-known for being a dog friendly hotel. This Oxford institution in a gothic revival building which vies for attention in this city full of impressive buildings serves good food in a collegiate-style dining hall. Wander the streets or head for a walk along the lovely Isis, but beware of cyclists.
Bourton on the Water, The Cotswolds
Elegant 17th century mansion turned hotel in a very pretty classic Cotswold village overlooking the river. The interiors are traditional yet stylish. Premium rooms feature four poster beds and roll top baths. The cuisine is award winning. Ideal for that country get away.
Tetbury, The Cotswolds
A charming 14th century manor house in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Chic rooms feature bold wallpaper prints, soft tones, deep soaking tubs and trendy artworks. The beautifully landscaped gardens feature a range of family activities as well as a pool and spa. An elegant country retreat.
nr Cheltenham, The Cotswolds
A contemporary-chic manor house set on 55 beautiful acres, in the Cotswold countryside. Trendy rooms mix the best of both worlds, with original sash windows, high ceilings and fireplaces mixed with sleek handmade modern furnishings and bold colour combos. A sophisticated, fun country escape.
Robustly elegant, quintessentially English and extremely comfortable, The Macdonald Randolph Hotel is perfectly situated on the corner of Beaumont Street and St Giles, within easy walking distance of enough historic sites to satiate the appetite of the most culturally hungry traveller.
Those brave enough to venture into central London with a dog, should remember that plenty of dogs actually live there and that the Royal Parks are a dog’s dream. Dogs who deserve a treat in a different stratosphere from the chuckable edible variety, can be accomodated at ultra-grand Claridge’s in Mayfair which has to be one of the ultimate dog friendly hotels in the UK.
Super-luxurious and glamorous with opportunities for see-and-be-seen walkies in Green Park or Hyde Park. A doggy bag brought up to the room from Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in the hotel would be popular.
The incredibly sophisticated Halkin is even nearer Hyde Park and an even less likely dog friendly hotel than Claridges to look at. Possibly best for handbag dogs as most dog owners would be unable to enjoy all that lovely understated super-luxury knowing that their pet was there too.
Small dogs would be better than something big and bouncy at B & B Belgravia and Studios @ 82. Thismodern good value central London B & B is not for Irish Wolfhounds, being ultra-compact, but there is no lift so something to drag you up the stairs after a long day might be helpful.
The Seaview Hotel in the village of Seaview, one of the loveliest on the north coast of the Isle of Wight has views across the Solent and a delightful variety of seaside houses of all shapes and colours opposite.
There is a cosy bar full of sea-doggery where owners and dogs can get extremely comfortable. Bedrooms are comfortable and simply furnished and dogs like knowing that they are never more than 50 yards from plunging into the sea.
Art Deco inspired, luxury-centric hotel in the heart of Mayfair offering seamless service, spa treatments and gym facilities. Large, contemporary rooms exude comfort. Whether it is the famous afternoon tea in the 1930's Reading Room or a gourmet meal at the restaurant, be ready to be spoiled.
London (South West)
In the heart of Belgravia, this 21st Century luxury hotel, is home to a Michelin starred Basque restaurant and Asian-styled rooms. The contemporary, chic rooms exude understated luxury, and service is top notch. A fantastic relaxing stay for all whether you're here for business or leisure.
London (South West)
An understated and elegant B&B, in central Belgravia. The contemporary design, self service facilities and unbeatable location combine to make this an ideal spot in the heart of the city. Numerous restaurants and bars on your doorstep, complete the picture.
Seaview, The Isle of Wight
Friendly, stylish hub in the centre of charming Seaview, popular with locals. Boasting a busy terrace, two restaurants and a mix contemporary or chintzy bedrooms in various sizes, some with views. Great base for sailing or local exploring, 50 yards from the sea.
Norfolk’s coastline and famous broads are popular with visitors who want to enjoy being outside. There are plenty of dog friendly hotels in Norfolk and places to stay.
Strattons Hotel in Swaffam blends modern and traditional in a comfy mix. The former family home of Les and Vanessa Scott, the rooms are all individually decorated with funky furniture and prints. Plus they serve award winning food. Doggy visitors should look out for the potentially alarming carved bird and shaggy sofa in the entrance hall.
The White Horse at Brancaster Staithe in North Norfolk is in a lovely location overlooking the Brancaster Estuary. Great food and simple nautical bedrooms. It isn’t super smart so a good place to take a dog for its first stay in a hotel without being paranoid about it wrecking something.
The quirky Cley Windmill in Cley-next-the-Sea is full of charm and beams and comfortable rooms, some in the old stables and boathouse. There is a Swallows and Amazons vibe in this windmill with a lookout which makes a dog almost essential. Good food too.
Eclectic, welcoming, family-run bolthole of just 10 rooms in a charming market town. Beautiful boutique rooms and elegantly decorated suites. Boasts a popular restaurant famed for its homely cooking, afternoon tea and personal comforts.
Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk
A lively inn with panoramic views overlooking Brancaster estuary. Popular with families and sailors. An ideal weekend getaway spot with direct access to the coastal path. Chic, modern suites are decorated in nautical palettes. The theme continues to the menu where fresh seafood dishes are served.
Characterful windmill B&B overlooking marshes of Cley, a pretty village near shingle coast where locals swim. Quaint rooms with comfortable beds and wonderful views. Good birdwatching nearby.
The Lake District is a perfect place for dogs, and as you would imagine there are plenty of dog friendly hotels in the North of England.
Lake Windermere, which is looked over by the Linthwaite House Hotel, is one of the area’s best known bodies of water. Rooms in the Edwardian Hotel are modern country and comfortable. There are gorgeous views over the lake and the fells and good walking right outside the door.
A mile away from Lake Windemere next to Beatrix Potter’s former home in Ambleside is the Tower Bank Arms, a pretty pub with three homely rooms. Food is good and locally sourced and the owners and staff could not be more welcoming and helpful. This place is so dog friendly that they let them stay for free.
Slick, stylish designs meet an intimate Edwardian country house offering all round comfort. Award winning dishes and fine wines at the restaurant. From its hilltop location over Lake Windermere and the Fells - explore The Lake District on foot, bike or horseback. Serenity at its finest!
Classic and atmospheric Lakeland village inn, next to Beatrix Potter's former home. Good local food and ales, just four rooms, fine walks from the door. A mile from Lake Windemere.
If you fancy a Scottish sojourn with your four-footed friend, Prestonfield House in Edinburgh would be a great choice for a dog friendly hotel in Scotland. Although in Edinburgh, it is right next to Arthur’s Seat, one of the seven hills on which the city is built where you can go for a really good two hour walk. The hotel is luxurious with a fabulously glamorous restaurant.
On the west side of Scotland, Mar Hall near Glasgow is a dog friendly hotel beloved of Glasgow footballer’s dogs. A golf and spa hotel a good twenty minutes from the centre of Glasgow with great views over the River Clyde and good dog walking.
Edinburgh (Priestfield Road)
Opulent extravagance at the Prestonfield just 5 mins from the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Come for attentive service, divine bedrooms and spoiling galore. Fine dining is served in an ultra romantic setting. The concierge have a 'nothing's too much' attitude. Best for a truly indulgent stay.
An imposing mansion with epic surrounding views. Grand bedrooms with large sash windows and four poster beds. A world class golf course is attached. A spa with an extensive therapy list and beauty treatments for those wishing to relax. Formal and informal dining options. An ideal rural escape.