If you’re one of the many pet lovers who thinks a holiday without your four-pawed friend is no fun at all you’re far from alone.
There have long been options for pet-friendly holidays but many of them have centred around self-catering or camping. Now hotels are getting in on the act too. Here’s a round-up of some of the best in UK hotels where your pooch is as welcome as you are.
The Pig, Brockenhurst, Hampshire
Taking your dog to ‘The Pig’ might sound like something from Dr Doolittle and, better yet, the specially designated dog-friendly room is titled ‘The Dog House’. You get your own double bedroom, there’s a separate sleeping area for your canine friend and you all get to share your own private terrace. You might not want to spend too much time in your accommodation though.
You’ll be in the midst of the New Forest National Park, so there’s stunning countryside scenery for you to enjoy, and plenty of trails full of fascinating country smells for your dog to play hunting hound. Price for accommodation for two humans and one dog starts at £209 per night, room only.
The Ceridwen Centre Carmarthenshire
Doesn’t just offer to let you bring your dog, you can actually centre your whole holiday around him at a four-day retreat for owners and their dogs.
The retreat is run by a spiritual dog healer and apart from getting to meet similar-minded dog owners, you’ll get lots of tips on improving your relationship with your pet and even learn something about dog hypnotherapy. Full board for the four days, for dog and owner, comes in at £595.
If your pet is more of the city type how about the heart of Belgravia? The Belgraves hotel offers a pet package which includes a room upgrade, a “pet in room” sign for your door, food bowl, and toy. What more could you need?
Double rooms start at £371, room only.
Russell’s, Clapton, London
Not all dog and owner holidays are high end, a very modest £60 per night for you and £10 for your dog is all that’s needed to stay at this Victorian B&B right on the Clapton high street. They have three dog rooms and your pet gets its own bed.
Finally, the Best Western Chain has a pet-friendly search option, and 119 hotels around the country which will accommodate your dog, cat and they even claim to have provided a room for a pet pig!