Being a country lover and dog owner there is nothing I love more than escaping reality and being out in the country. Match this up with a swanky hotel and I am in heaven!
It can be hard to pick a stay-cation especially if you have to bring your dog in tow! However, I have put together my top 5 places to stay to give you the country feel and a little piece of luxury.
My top place has to be The Manor House – Castle Coombe, I absolutely love this place, the Exclusive Hotel collection are all fantastic however The Manor House has that little extra special magic to it. (I even got engaged here which has added something even more special to the place!)
The grounds are stunning, from the electric country style gates as you enter, to the babbling brook and bridge to drive over before seeing the magnificent Manor House itself. Upon entering you are immediately greeted with the delicious smell of the open fire, the staff are fantastic and the walk to your room seeing all the different room names adds a sense of adventure to it.
I have visited this hotel several times now as we can’t get enough of the place, the food is to die for and the service is exceptional. Since adopting a crazy black and white pointer, our travels now include taking him with us so we were delighted to be able to take him along too. The dog friendly rooms are set up as cottages that sit alongside the manor house and they continue to provide the same level of luxury found in the main house.
Obi, our rescue dog, was pleased to find they even provided him with two bowls, fresh mineral water, a dog bed and towel, plus a packet of dentastix! Spoilt boy!
I thoroughly recommend this hotel it isn’t a cheap stay away but is worth every penny.
Next up is the Lime Wood Hotel and Spa – in Hampshire
Being in the heart of the New Forest, its Regency style boasts an element of class without the frayed edges. It simply is a stunning place to relax, with extensive grounds and a lake to wonder around. If you and your pooch need a pampering then this luxury country-house hotel is for you. With a fabulous spa and world-class cuisine is one of our favourite dog-friendly hideaways. We love the beautifully styled suites and lodges. It’s a perfect places to walk in amongst the New Forest and back home to taste the delicious cocktail menu. They even have Hunter wellies for you to borrow!
The Lygon Arms – Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is one of England’s best countryside locations and for me is extra special, it brings back childhood memories. As I continue to revisit this magical location I can’t help but visit The Lygon Arms.
Sat amongst rows of boutique county shops and cafe’s its the best location. Another roaring fireplace to sit around, drink tea in the afternoon and taste their amazing range of cocktails in the evening. Yet another one to add to the list that lets you bring your four-legged friend along too!
Lords of the Manor Hotel – Gloucestershire
Set in picturesque landscape with plenty of dog walks, how could you not enjoy and relax in this stunning setting. Your four legged friend is welcomed with home made biscuits and rooms set up with blankets, treats and toys! Although dogs are not permitted access to the restaurant while you dine, they will be able to enjoy a balanced and healthy dinner of their own. Delicious daily servings of luxury, organic high end dog food from Bob & Lush.
New Park Manor – Hampshire
Set inside the New Forest, New Park Manor is a gorgeous rural retreat. It’s a property that’s just made for dog lovers. You can dine in the restaurant with your pup, or reception staff will look after any nervous hounds while you enjoy a quiet meal. This is one of the best things about this hotel. A lot of other dog friendly hotels have designated areas that dogs are allowed in but usually not the whole place. New Park Manor accommodate a lot for dogs and even can provide a pet travel kit.
As you can see we love a great country manor house and even better they all cater for dogs too! It can be so tricky leaving your dog with dog sitters. This way you can relax and save yourself the worry by bringing your pooch with you!
Hope you enjoy finding your next stay-cation! I look forward to hearing about them and any recommendations will be welcomed!