As dog owners, it’s no surprise that so many of us choose to holiday with our pets. In fact, recent research says over 1.4 million of us choose to holiday at home in the UK every year so our pets can join us.
With this in mind and to help celebrate National Pet Month, Lintbells, creators of YuMOVE the UK’s No.1 Vet Joint Supplement, have complied a list of some of the top dog friendly hotels from across the UK to consider for your pet friendly getaways this year.
Trigony House Hotel, Dumfries and Galloway Scotland
In the heart of Dumfries and Galloway, this traditional country house is surrounded by beautiful woodland and gardens. Roxy, their resident Retriever will be ready and waiting to welcome you and your dog, with all dog guests receiving a box of gourmet dog treats, free beds, towels and bowls.
The Four Seasons Hotel, Perthshire Scotland
Escape to the Scottish Highlands with your pooch in hand and pay a visit to The Four Seasons hotel, equipped with stunning views over Loch Earn and even a resident pet butler. The dedicated pet concierge service is sure to make your dog feel like a VIP. From a specially created canine menu, to a pet-sitting and walking service and even a pooch parlour, it will definitely be a hit.
East Anglia, England
The Chequers Inn, Norfolk
Situated on the beautiful Norfolk coast and surrounded by coastal walks, beaches and sand dunes your dog will be in heaven whilst staying at The Chequers Inn. With just a small extra fee to bring your furry friend, the Inn will even supply treats and loan you blankets to make your dog’s stay as comfortable as possible.
North West, England
The Inn on the Lake, Lake District
On the shores of Lake Ullswater, this Inn offers breath taking surroundings with an abundance of country walks for you and your pet to enjoy. The hotel also has a beautifully kept garden with sweeping lawns, perfect for your dog to enjoy the great outdoors and British weather.
St Valery, Northumberland
This boutique B&B in the heart of Alnmouth village in Northumberland is just a short stroll away from the beach making for a wonderful dog-friendly getaway. Welcomed at no extra charge, your pooch will be provided with a bed, bowls and towels. They even have a doggie drawer filled with spare leads and poo bags.
South East, England
No.15 Great Pulteney, Bath
This quintessentially English boutique hotel in the heart of Bath could be great for a city break for you and your dog. They happily host up to two fairly small and well behaved dogs in a selection of their rooms, for just a small extra charge.
South West, England
Talland Bay Hotel, Porthallow Cornwall
Enjoy a luxury Cornish break at Talland Bay, situated only minute’s away from beautiful costal walks and beaches you definitely won’t be short of walking routes to enjoy during your stay. Dogs are welcome in all of the rooms (bar two) and on-site cottages.
Mill End Hotel, Devon
Set in the Dartmoor National Park in Devon where you won’t be short of amazing scenic walks, dogs can stay for free at this hotel. Along with treats and dog beds, there is also a pet sitter on hand (should you need it).
The King’s Arms, Gloucestershire
Set in the quaint village of Didmarton, within the stunning Cotswold countryside, The King’s Arms welcomes dogs to stay free of charge. Beds, bowls and biscuits are all provided and your pooch can even make friends with the resident Jack Russell while enjoying a Snuffle Dog Beer. The Inn makes for a great base while you and your dog enjoy long walks throughout the countryside.
The Fish Hotel, Cotswolds
With its impeccable design and ideal location in the Cotswolds, this hotel could be described as ‘the’ perfect place for a pet friendly getaway. For a small extra charge the hotel offers a stay for your dog in one of their eight cosy luxe rooms and two Hilly Huts. Beds, bowls, treats and dog towels are offered to all dog guests during their stay.
Top Travel Tips for Pets from the RSPCA
Before you embark on your trip, it’s really important to make sure your pet is comfortable travelling in the car. It’s reported that high numbers of dogs can struggle with travel, likely due to motion sickness or due to anxiety, so it’s really important to teach them gradually – using positive, reward-based training methods – that being in the car isn’t scary. It’s best to take them on lots of little car journeys from a young age to get them used to the experience.
It’s also important to keep a close eye on them when travelling long distances to make sure they are not displaying signs of travel-related problems such as barking, whining, jumping, attempting to run around the car, salivating, vomiting, attention-seeking, licking, cowering, hiding or restlessness.
Dogs travel better without a full stomach so it’s best to feed them more than two hours before the journey and give them chance to go to the toilet just before you leave. Remember to take regular breaks on long journeys, so he or she can go to the toilet and exercise.
As dog-lovers, you’ll also want to make sure your friend is safe in the car. As well as having the dog’s welfare in mind, the UK’s Highway Code also states that dogs should be suitably restrained in a vehicle so they are safe during an emergency stop and so they do not distract the driver.
Travelling crates and containers, dog guards and car harnesses can be used to secure your pet when travelling. It’s important to ensure any crate is big enough for your dog, and that your pet is somewhere with good airflow and ventilation so they don’t get too hot. Bedding inside a crate or in the boot will stop them from slipping and will help make them feel comfortable and secure during the journey. Regular breaks with access to water are important during long journeys, as is the temperature inside the car.
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