Us Brits are a nation of animal lovers. They’re our loyal best friends and ever-devoted members of the family. That’s why it can be so tough when we travel. Can you get a neighbour to feed Molly? Will your mother look after Arthur again? Do you really want to put Roy in a boarding kennel?
Well, the good news is that you don’t have to do any of those things because a rising number of luxury hotels across the country are more than happy to host you and your cuddly companion (even if they’re not so cuddly).
From luxurious grand hotels to cosy countryside boltholes, each of these dog-friendly five-star hotels will make you and your pet more than welcome.
The Arch London 9.7
The Arch London is a fabulous Georgian townhouse located in the heart of central London, just minutes from Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Oxford Street. A family-run hotel, The Arch London offers owners and their dogs an equally five-star experience.
Guests’ four-legged friends can make the most of their travels by checking into the spa for some pampering, dine on gourmet food made to order by the chef, and even eat from fancy bowls and sleep in a luxurious bed. Tough life.
Cliveden House is a castle-like country house just outside London, not far from Windsor Castle. Set on a 376-acre estate owned by the National Trust – ideal for a boisterous pooch to stretch his legs – Cliveden House offers a luxurious escape from the city where your dog is as welcome as you are.
Along with a myriad of woodland paths for your dog to explore, the five-star hotel and spa also provide a doggie bed, treats and a special doggie menu, all for an extra charge of £35 per night. Cliveden welcomes small dogs, over the age of 1, and allows them in the bedrooms and public areas, but not the dining rooms, the brand new Spa which opens this Summer, or the Walled Garden.
A picturesque country house set among 12-acres of beautiful British countryside, Whatley Manor is a beautifully restored, five-star Cotswolds hotel complete with posh spa, lush gardens, and Michelin-starred cuisine.
A laid-back philosophy pervades at Whatley Manor, which stretches to their heartfelt welcoming of dogs. For £30 a night, your furry friend can expect a luxury dog basket, food and treats, while a toy will be waiting in the room upon arrival.
Inverlochy Castle is set amidst some of Scotland’s finest scenery in the foothills of the imposing Ben Nevis. Built in 1863 by the first Lord Abinger, Inverlochy Castle today offers a luxurious dog-friendly hotel experience in one of the UK’s most enthralling settings.
Guests can enjoy Michelin star dining in three opulent dining rooms, 17 palatial rooms overlooking beautifully-curated gardens, and access to a private loch. Dogs, meanwhile, have ample opportunity to tire themselves out among the rolling hills and vast meadows of the surrounding area, before returning to a sumptuous doggy-bed and some specially prepared treats.
Another Scottish hotel, this small boutique number in Inverness appears unremarkable from the outside, but inside is awash with style and snazz.
The fantastic Chez Roux Restaurant serves a delightful fare in an atmosphere of quiet, modern elegance that’s not only for you to appreciate but your canine companion, too. World-famous chef Albert Roux has created a mouth-watering menu just for dogs, which includes quality cuts of salmon, ground turkey and chicken liver.
The Milestone Hotel, London 9.7
If you’re looking to treat yourself and your tail-wagging pal to a luxury break in the capital, then The Milestone Hotel is the place to go. Classic British service, an ideal location in the heart of London, and your very own ‘pet concierge’, The Milestone is well-equipped to see you and your pooch right.
While butlers are on hand to make sure you are taken care of, the on-site pet concierge is there to make sure the pets have just as great a stay here as guests. In addition to offering dog-sitting and walking, the Milestone has an extensive menu for dogs and cats, with dishes including “Woof Waffles” (two grilled potato waffles with a large Cumberland sausage) and “Meaty Muncher” (chunks of steak in gravy, served with creamed mashed potatoes).
A stylish and unique hotel situated at the intersection of Edinburgh’s most historic streets, The G&V Royal Mile Hotel is as vibrant as the Scottish capital whilst remaining inviting and homely.
The hotel is renowned for championing local artistic talents; the result being a bright, eclectic mixture of rooms and communal areas. And, for a £50 charge, you can bring your dog along to explore the city together.
This is Four Seasons’ only UK country hotel, so you know that standards will be high and service impeccable. Just an hour outside London, Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire even has its own dog, a Hampshire-bred black Labrador with a very British name – Oliver Beckington.
For a fee of £35, you can bring a playmate for Oliver. The concierge team at the hotel will be able to arrange dog-sitting and activities, while a bed, dish, packet of food and personalised spring water will be provided on arrival. Bear in mind, however, that furry guests must weigh no more than 30kg (66 pounds), be fully house trained and at least six months old.
Rosewood London 9.7
An elegant and sophisticated grand hotel, Rosewood London, formerly Chancery Court, is a luxury 5-star hotel in the West End. A haven of calm in a bustling neighbourhood, the hotel is home to a popular bar, an exceptional restaurant, and selection of special amenities to ensure man’s best friend, be it cat or dog, enjoys a memorable stay in the heart of London.
Dogs receive a cosy bed, delicious welcome treats, food and water bowls, while their owners can get information on local dog-friendly restaurants, bars and parks. Cats receive a comfortable bed, litter box, fun toys, welcome treats, and food and water bowls. All furry guests will also receive a welcome card from Rosewood London’s resident pooch, a golden retriever by the name of Pearl.
One of London’s best hotels, Egerton House is also one of the most welcoming when it comes to pets. Let the hotel know in advance, and staff will go out of their way to make sure companion receives first-class hospitality throughout their stay.
A pet concierge service provides a personalised pet welcome message, food and water bowls, a turndown pet treat, dog sitting and walking service, grooming service, toys and treats, and special pets menus. Additionally, for the more high-maintenance animals, an exclusive Pet Spa Day Experience is on offer for £99, which includes a range of spa treatments and grooming sessions such as a relaxing Pet Pedicure.
So, when you next find yourself planning a break, be it in the city or country, make sure you can take your floppy-eared friend with you by booking at one of these luxurious dog-friendly UK hotels. We’re sure he’ll appreciate it.