The top 5 best pet-friendly hotels in Britain

Pets welcome at hotel
Best pet friendly hotels ©Bill.Anastas, Unsplash

You’ve got to love our pets! Dogs with their wagging tails, or kittens purring contentedly, they offer us complete devotion. No wonder it’s so tough when it comes to leaving them at home when we want to go on holiday. It’s good to know that we don’t have to leave them behind. Check out our list of the 5 best pet-friendly hotels in Britain.

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Four Seasons Hotel – Dogsmerfield, Hampshire

Located just outside London, the name of this village even sounds inviting for your dog! Set in 500 acres of stunning parklands, this 18th-century manor house hotel has 133 luxurious rooms. Offering plenty of outdoor activities for not only the family but also your pooch. Highclere Castle, the set of the drama series of Downton Abbey is just a few miles away. This pet-friendly hotel caters for dogs on request, although a small charge may be made.

The Cary Arms Hotel – Devon

Of course, we cannot leave our kitties out of the holiday plans. The Cary Arms Boutique Hotel on the doorstep of Babbacombe Beach will welcome your cat with open arms. They cater to our feline friends with pet beds, treats and bowls. The gastro-pub restaurant serves real ales too, and with all the charm of an English pub, what’s not to enjoy? This property also accommodates dogs, for a total, pet-friendly, holiday experience.

The Fish Hotel – The Cotswolds

This collection of quirky huts and treehouses offers luxurious living on a 400-acre estate. Dog-friendly rooms with wooden floors can accommodate 2 well behaved, medium sized pets. Your dog is provided all the home comforts, with a cosy dog bed, food and water bowls, a dog towel and even doggie treats. This pet-friendly hotel charges just £30 per dog per stay. Believe it or not, your dog can even enjoy a specially catered, canine afternoon tea!

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Soar Mill Cove Hotel – Salcombe, Devon

Overlooking a sandy beach, on Devon’s southern coastal headland, a fantastic location to take your dogs on holiday with you. Imagine the brilliant walks you can take on the private beach. This hotel has 22 bedrooms and it seems, most with stunning seaside views. With a nominal charge for each dog that sleeps overnight, pets are welcomed into the bedrooms and private suites. As this hotel operates as a wedding venue, your dog can above all, be part of your special day too!

Dryburgh Abbey Hotel – Roxburghshire

This stunning country house hotel is set in the Scottish Borders. Both cat and dog-friendly, there are more than ten acres of surrounding grounds for guests to explore. Dryburgh Abbey Hotel has been named as “Dog-Friendly Hotel of the Year” in Scotland for the last three years, quite an accolade. Although pets are not allowed into the restaurant, your four-legged friend is welcome to join you for an afternoon relaxing in the lounge. Pet beds are provided in the accommodation, and even more astonishing, staff often leave gifts of pet treats for any special animal guests.

Pet friendly hotels
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Taking your pet on holiday

There are several considerations to make if you decide to take your pet on holiday. Many dogs and cats too, find the journey, their new environment and change to routine extremely stressful.  Ensure before you leave, that your holiday hotel provides all the facilities to make yours and your pet’s stay, the most comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Of course, we are anxious about the planning, but our pets can have a fun and amazing holiday too.

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I live in County Durham, in the North East of England, and have been a freelance writer for several years. My hobbies include travelling, gardening and spending time with my grandchildren. I believe that animal lovers are a special group of humans, full of empathy, big-hearted, rather prone to sentimentality and generous of spirit. No matter how few possessions or how little money you have, owning a pet makes you a rich person!