Here are nine incredible options for a pet-friendly getaway, including luxury properties for up-market pooches, opulent beach-side options or far-flung locations for when you want to get away from it all
Dog-friendly hotels perfect for pups
The Laslett, Notting Hill
Although Notting Hill sits between zones 1 and 2, the pastel houses, quaint mews and friendly cafes mean it has a village-like feel. Pay a visit to William Thacker’s flat, as depicted in everyone’s favourite rom-com Notting Hill, at 280 Westbourne Park Road (legend has it the home was once owned by the film’s director, Richard Curtis), devour Aussie-inspired delights at Granger & Co and browse a range of adorable trinkets at Portobello Market, all with your pooch in tow — the west London neighbourhood is widely regarded as being one of the most dog-friendly areas in London.
After a day of exploring, retire to the cosy-yet-modern rooms at The Laslett. Dogs are welcomed for an extra £30 per dog, per stay, with all proceeds going to the Wild At Heart Foundation, a global dog rescue charity that supports projects on a global scale. The hotel provides a dog bed and luxury treats for your four-legged friend, and is ideally located for exploring all of the dog-friendly sites nearby (the wide-open space of Holland Park is just a 15-minute walk away). Room rates start at £332, with a £30 charge for dogs. living-rooms.co.uk/the-laslett
East London is home to an abundance of dog-friendly cafes, pubs, restaurants and parks; Shoreditch Park is perfect for evening walks with a view of the skyline, followed by a pint at BrewDog Shoreditch or The Owl & Pussycat, both of which welcome dogs with open arms (and endless treats).
The Hart Shoreditch, a Hilton Hotel, offers a modern stay for you and your pup, just a five-minute walk from Old Street station. The hotel was designed as a celebration of the area’s unique heritage, paying homage to local craftsmen and makers. Dogs will be greeted with a high-quality bed, as well as treats and doggy bowls, which are sure to cause a wagging tail. Nightly rates at Hart Shoreditch start from £189 on a room-only basis. hartshoreditch.com
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Dog-friendly hotels close to the beach
Talland Bay Hotel, Cornwall
Where better to embark on a fur-friendly getaway than the Cornish coast, with its picturesque beaches and wide open spaces? Boasting a captivating clifftop setting at Porthallow, between Looe and Polperro, the hotel sits just yards away from Talland Bay beach — the perfect place to enjoy the UK’s rare sunny days. When you’re done soaking up the sun, take on the scenic stretch of the South West Coast Path, with views like no other.
Talland Bay Hotel, dubbed the UK’s most dog-friendly hotel, leaves no stone unturned when it comes to catering to your pet. Your fluffy companion will receive a ‘Pooch Welcome Pack’ upon arrival — a dog blanket, bowls and feeding map. They’re welcome to eat alongside owners in the conservatory restaurant, and, as the pièce de résistance, are treated to sausage for breakfast and poached chicken for dinner. There are also print-outs of nearby dog-friendly walks and attractions for guests, too. Does it get any better than that? Rooms cost £210 a night, with an additional charge of £15 per dog. tallandbayhotel.co.uk
Luccombe Manor, Isle of Wight
Possessing another amazing clifftop location, Luccombe Manor has it all: incredible spa facilities, an amazing nearby beach and jaw-dropping surroundings. There are eight walking routes accessible from the hotel, from easy, two hour-walks across the River Yar to six-mile hikes along the Tennyson Trail.
Here, pets are a part of the family, welcomed with a doggy goodie bag, and served treats at various points around the hotel. There’s a nearby dog-friendly beach for when your pal wants to get their paws wet, and dogs are even served their very own meals at the separate, dog-friendly hotel restaurant, complete with incredible sea views. Prices for upcoming dates start at £140 per night, plus £10 per dog, per night. luccombemanor.co.uk
Dog-friendly hotels that make ideal bases for exploring the great outdoors
Forest Pines Hotel Spa & Golf Resort, Scunthorpe
Where better for a dog-friendly staycation than the Forest Pines Hotel & Spa, nestled in 290 acres of woodland. With 188 spacious bedrooms, an award-winning 27-hole championship golf course, indoor pool and a rejuvenating spa, there truly is something for everyone here, including, of course, your dog. Take them on a day out they won’t forget at the nearby Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Natural Beauty, and finish at one of the areas many dog-friendly pubs (the Black Horse Inn and The King’s Head are two great options).
When it comes to check-in time, dogs will be provided with a bed, bowl and bag of treats. Plus, dogs can accompany their owner on the expansive terrace, where a range of al fresco dining options are served up. Prices for upcoming dates start at £89 per night, and dogs stay for no extra charge. forestpineshotel.co.uk
Ellenborough Park Hotel, Cotswolds
A quintessentially British hotel, Ellenborough Park is located within a 90-acre country park — ideal for pups who are prone to the zoomies. Widely regarded as one of the best dog-friendly hotels in the country, there are plenty of amenities for your pooch — including doggie treats and toys, plus beds and blankets upon arrival. What’s more, after long, muddy walks, pets are invited to the Paw Spa, a tin bath with running water, dog towels and shampoo that will have your pet feeling relaxed and rejuvenated in no time.
Unwind alongside your pooch in open plan lounge area The Atrium, stroll through the grounds or treat yourself to a decadent meal at The Horse Box Brasserie, where pets are also allowed. Here, your dog is a part of the family. Nightly rates at Ellenborough Park start from £299 inclusive of VAT and breakfast based on a Cosy Double room sleeping two people. ellenboroughpark.com
The Montagu Arms, New Forest
Set in fairy-tale woodland, The Montagu Arms is the perfect place for a weekend away with your pooch in tow. Your four-legged friend can make the most of the expansive New Forest National Park, where they’re free to roam the Gertrude-Jekyll inspired gardens or stroll beside you on a long countryside walk. After your day of adventure, you and your pet can relax in one of the courtyard suites or retreat rooms. If you’re looking to really spoil your dog, opt for the Hayloft suite, where there’ll be a dedicated hamper full of treats and toys awaiting them.
When it comes to the evening, head down to The Terrace to enjoy seasonal dishes like their Cured Chalk Stream Trout and Lyons Hill Farm Beef, or if you fancy some British classics, Monty’s Inn is the place to be. Your dog will be welcome to choose from the homemade À la Bark Menu, featuring a variety of dishes, from chicken casserole to fish pie. There are even dog-sitting services available on request, so your furry friend can return home having made some new friends. Packages start from £274 per room and includes breakfast as well as SenSpa’s leisure facilities. montaguarmshotel.co.uk
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Dog- friendly hotels for fancy pooches
Pan Pacific, Liverpool Street
For dogs that are accustomed to the finer things in life, a stay at Pan Pacific will be right up their street. Just a short walk from London Liverpool Street, the hotel offers a range of amenities and services dedicated solely to dogs, including a pet concierge who can book activities such as dog reiki healing and puppy or kitten yoga. There are also on-site dog walkers and even grooming and beauty treatments (including a dog massage).
If that wasn’t enough, the in-house Pet Menu has been produced by behaviourist and nutritionist Anna Webb, who’s included a range of ‘species’-specific meals. Dogs can chow down on The Dog’s Dinner, a sushi-style lamb hot pot with seared lamb and chicken bone broth, or the Dog All Day Breakfast, crafted from organic eggs, lamb sausages and nitrate-free bacon. Prices for upcoming dates start at £387 per night, with an additional fee of £60 per pet, per stay. panpacific.com
The Hari, Belgravia
Just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park, The Hari is a perfect base for a dog-friendly weekend in the city. Up to two dogs are welcome per stay, and will be treated to water and food bowls, as well as a lot of fuss from staff members. Well-behaved dogs are welcome at The Hari Bar, an intimate spot serving a range of wines and artisanal cocktails, as well as sharing plates and Italian dishes, and The Garden Terrace, a suntrap in summer and cosy space in winter that shares a menu with The Garden Terrace.
For dog-friendly restaurants, pubs and cafes nearby, we recommend The Antelope (which provides a range of dog toys to keep your furry friend entertained), Smith & Whistle Bar and Terrace and the Mitre at Lancaster Gate. Prices for upcoming dates start at £432 per night. thehari.com
Words by Layla Turner