Taking your dog on holiday with you doesn’t have to mean self-catering accommodation. The Lounging Hound has travelled the UK from Cornwall to Cumbria, to find the most fabulous dog-friendly hotels. So now both you and your pooch can relax in style!
Trigony House Hotel, Dumfries & Galloway
Set in mature woodlands in south-west Scotland, this country house hotel prides itself on welcoming pets. Your pooch will get its own bed, towels and bowl, plus gourmet dog treats and ready-made friends in Roxy, Kit & Lola, Trigony’s Golden Retriever, Miniature Dachshund and Yorky Pug cross. Dog sitting is available on request. Take a walk round the Striding Arches, architectural wonders surrounding the natural amphitheatre at Cairnhead, then satiate your appetite at the award-winning restaurant that serves up locally-sourced food (including sausages for the dogs, if they’re allowed). Doubles from £120 per night, plus £9.50 for dogs. http://www.trigonyhotel.co.uk
Life’s a beach for any lucky pups that are brought for a stay at this stylish, laid-back hotel set on a spectacular two-mile stretch of sand. And it’s a gem for families too. Kids can enjoy organised activities, evening entertainment, indoor and outdoor pools and of course the surf, rock pools and caves just on their doorstep. Dogs are welcome in certain rooms and restaurants The Living Space and The Beach Hut. Work off your lunch with a surf lesson or choose from one of the hotel’s ten recommended dog-friendly beach walks. Doubles from £160 per night, plus £15 for dogs. https://www.watergatebay.co.uk
Gin-loving dog owners, rejoice! The charming Cholmondeley Arms, a converted Victorian schoolhouse next to Cholmondeley Castle, offers over 300 gins and runs a Saturday afternoon gin tasting class. Four-legged friends are welcome in the bar and while you work your way through the Gin Bible they can enjoy a special imported Belgian beer for dogs (actually an alcohol-free chicken or beef stock). Sleep it off in one of the characterful rooms at the Old Headmaster’s House across the road, and after a hearty Cheshire breakfast, take a walk along the stunning Sandstone Trail. Doubles from £90 per night, plus £10 for dogs. http://cholmondeleyarms.co.uk
So sleek and stylish it features in the Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotel guide, this 17th century converted mill oozes high-spec luxury. Philippe Starck baths, Missoni dressing gowns and Bose sound systems are just some of the room features, while the restaurant has recently won Suffolk’s Best Restaurant award. Sound too posh for your pooch? Never! Dogs are welcome in selected bedrooms and can eat with you in the bar. As for walks, the Mill is the perfect starting point for several beautiful routes taking in Icknield Way, the oldest road in Britain. Doubles from £99 per night, plus £15 for dogs. http://tuddenhammill.co.uk
This beautiful bolt-hole is a fabulous retreat for dogs and their owners, with boutiquey interiors, a cosy atmosphere and 400 acres of grounds to explore. Dogs are welcome in the bar area while the dog-friendly bedrooms have a dog bed, bowl, treats and dog towel. There are nice touches for humans too, like a basket of blankets in the bar if you want to watch the sun set on a chilly evening. And there’s no need to pack your wellies – the hotel provides them, so just grab a pair and head out across the rolling Cotswolds countryside. Doubles from £103.50, plus £20 for dogs. http://www.thefishhotel.co.uk