Wild wonderful Wales is only 170 miles long and at its narrowest points, 60 miles wide. It’s easy to get to the sea or a mountain from where ever you stay, which makes the country extremely popular with walkers, climbers, cyclists surfers and Twitchers. And of course dog owners so, dog friendly hotels in Wales are plentiful.
You’ll find dog friendly hotels in Wales dotted across the beautiful islands off the Welsh mainland, on The Gower Peninsula, along the coasts of Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion and all across the country. But our Gurus have come up with a list of the best dog friendly hotels in Wales, to make sure you and your canine companion get the most from your visit.
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Llys Medygg (which means Doctor’s Court) on the Pembrokeshire coast near Newport is a restaurant with rooms run by a local couple. In summer the restaurant moves into the garden and in winter into the cosy wine cellar.
The Penhelig Armsi on the Dyfi Estuary has a fabulous spot, right on the seafront, with views of the sea and the mountains. Or for proper mountain views try the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel in Gwynedd, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Here hearty dinners are announced to guests by a member of staff banging 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.
To find somewhere foodie, but also dog friendly is a challenge, yet in Llandrillo, in the breathtakingly beautiful Vale of Edeyrnion, you’ll find Tyddyn Llan, which has been converted from a Georgian house. This is a Michelin starred foodie paradise, where dogs (and kids) are allowed in the bedrooms, but not in the public areas.
The West Arms in Wrexham has plenty of warm fires for dogs to stretch out in front of, after a long walk in the Berwyn Hills. The food is good and the vibe is un-fussy, there’s kayaking, mountain biking and riding nearby, and rooms start from just £70 per night.
Great for total escapism, the Lake Country House Hotel and Spa is in the very heart of Wales. There are huge lawns, rhododendron walks and riverside paths for endless gambolling for canine guests as well as a spa, golf course and tennis court for families.There is a large indoor swimming pool and a very decent restaurant.
Y Meirionnydd in Dollgelau has been converted from a prison, but with its now subtle furnishings, great restaurant and proximity to the beach and the mountains, it’s come a long way from its original use. On the nearby Mawddach Estuary you’ll find The Slate Shed B&B, another interesting conversion, this time of a slate cutting mill, which is modern and slick and friendly to bikes and dogs.
Hurst House near Laugharne in Carmarthenshire has been converted from a farmhouse and has a huge kitchen garden, a spa, cinema and regular musical and literary evenings. Or try the Bell at Skenfrith, a former coaching house in the Welsh Marches with light, unfussy, modern country-style bedrooms and lovely walks right outside. As well as being great for dog owners this is also a great spot for fisherfolk.
Ty Mawr Mansion, near the Georgian harbour town of Aberaeron sits in twelve acres of parkland which would delight any dog. For those who want a longer walk there is a beach nearby. Sip something cold in the drawing room while choosing dinner from a menu bursting with Welsh specialities. Local game, fish, lamb and beef are served alongside seasonal vegetables.
Gwynedd, North Wales
A quaint option at the heart of Snowdonia National Park. A former country jail now beautifully renovated. Rooms feature exposed stone walls, crisp white linen and comfortable beds. The intimate restaurant serves hearty food and there's a cosy bar. An ideal spot to return to after a day outdoors.
Arthog near Dolgellau, North Wales
Cycle and pet friendly B&B in the heart of Snowdonia. A converted Victorian slate cutting mill featuring an eclectic mix of custom-made and vintage furnishings. Fabulous views over the Mawddach Estuary and mountains.
Llandrillo, Denbighshire, North Wales
Charming Welsh farmhouse turned exceptional Michelin starred restaurant with comfortable rooms resting in the stunning Vale of Edeyrnion. Classic style throughout and with armchairs around every corner. Enjoy the seasonally inspired menu whether it be a taster menu, Sunday lunch or breakfast in bed.
Gwynedd, North Wales
A picturesque waterfront hotel in the heart of Aberdovey, Gwynedd. The rooms marry original features with modern conveniences and wonderful sea views. There is a quaint on site bar with a cosy fireplace, and a restaurant serving locally sourced Welsh produce. Utterly charming.
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!
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.
Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, South and Mid Wales
Converted 16th century dairy farm in the depths of South West Wales. Exceptionally generously sized rooms and suites. Heavy wooden beams and exposed brick walls sit against contemporary furniture and fittings. Award winning restaurant serves Welsh cuisine. Extensive spa. An excellent choice.
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.
Pembrokeshire, West Wales
Artistic, family-run restaurant with rooms situated on the Nevern estuary in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. With miles of coastline to explore you'll be glad of the comfy beds and locally sourced, beautifully cooked cuisine. Simple and effective.