7 Dog-Friendly Weekend Breaks That Put The ‘Wow’ In Chihuahua!

Posted on 11th Jun 2020. In ,


If your four-legged friend is the only thing keeping you all sane during lockdown, then it’s time to plan a dog-friendly weekend break and reward your precious pooch for getting you through these ground dog days.

To help you decide where to go on your dog-friendly weekend break, the UK’s leading dog-friendly holiday company PetsPyjamas and the new Cool Places guide book, Dog Friendly Britain, have some brilliant getaway suggestions and exclusives – our favourite picks are highlighted below.

From dog-welcoming boutique hotels to gorgeous pet-friendly glampsites, these places will be hound over heels to see you once lockdown ends.

Best paw forward, friends. Let’s walkies.

Dog-Friendly Weekend Break | No. 1

Nails and Tails Doggy Spa

The Lygon Arms, Broadway, Worcestershire

Let the professionals at The Lygon Arms in the Cotswolds, take the grooming reigns and pamper your pooch with the Nails & Tails package.

As part of the deal, your four-legged pal gets a full-body groom, blueberry facial treatment, paw and nose balm, and a choice of perfume (Jimmy Chow to Jean Paw Gaultier), amongst other treats.

Whilst you get an overnight stay in a standard dog-friendly room, Glow on the Go facial treatment, a delicious breakfast and a hands or feet file and polish treatment

Need to know: This is one of the most luxurious dog-friendly hotels located in the impossibly picturesque village of Broadway in the Cotswolds. So it’s a pricey treat and you won’t be ruffing it.

Costs: from £390 2 adults, 1 dog

Dog-Friendly Weekend Break | No. 2

Film Nights for Dogs

South Place Hotel, London

Just around the corner from Liverpool Street Station and within easy reach of classic London landmarks, including St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge, stands one of the hippest hotels in East London: South Place Hotel. It’s 100% dog-friendly and happily provides your pooch with beds, towels, treats.

You can dine with your dog in the bar and in the heated Secret Garden. Or, if you‘re eating in the Michelin-starred Angler restaurant, you can leave your dog with the concierge who’ll look after them while you eat.

Dogs are even invited to the hotel’s regular film screenings on the Secret Garden Terrace where both dogs and their human companions can relax in deck chairs and enjoy the show.

Need to know: Pets can explore all areas of the hotel on a lead with the exception of Angler and Chophouse. But don’t worry, you can enjoy the Chop House menu at 3Bar or in your room.

Costs: from £468 per night, 2 adults, 1 dog

Featured in Dog Friendly Britain, on sale 2nd July 2020

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Dog-Friendly Weekend Break | No. 3

Romantic Doggy Lodges

The Bell, Ticehurst, East Sussex

Top-notch pub grub and delicious local beer, yup – you and your canine companion are going to fall for the beautiful 16th-century The Bell, in the heart of the village of Ticehurst.

Winner of the ‘Best Pub with Rooms’ in the PetsPyjamas Dog-Friendly Travel Awards, there are 7 quirky dog-friendly room options available. But our favourite has to be the pub’s 4 gorgeous luxurious lodges: choose from either Pour L’Amour, Pretty Vacant, Between the Lines, or Love Nest.

Each is individually special and all come with an enclosed patio and a fire pit (perfect for roasting marshmallows and drying wet paws after returning from a countryside walk).

Nice to know: The Bell was built in the 24th year of Edward I, in 1296. Little is known of its history at this time, although it was probably inhabited by monks.

Costs: From £160 per night, 2 adults, 1 dog

Dog-Friendly Weekend Break | No. 4

Doggy Dutch Barge Holiday

Woodfarm Barges, Suffolk

Hop aboard one of Woodfarm’s two dog-friendly Dutch Barges for a bonkers and brilliantly unique weekend break with your best pal.

Both barges date back to the 1800s and have been carefully and lovingly restored. Onderneming is moored at Snape Maltings on the River Alde ( sleeps up to 8), whilst Twee Gebroeders is moored at the Tidemill in Woodbridge on the River Deben (sleeps up to 4).

Nearby, there are plenty of riverwalks for you and your pet to enjoy, as well as dog-friendly pubs to visit for a refreshing gin when the urge takes you.

Fancy a little something more grounded? Woodfarm also offers dog-friendly barns to stay in complete with two acres of enclosed meadow,  heated dog showers for cleaning off after muddy walks and water baths for cooling down on hot days.

Both options are super dog-friendly and each visiting pooch receives a doggy passport allowing them to stay again for free.

Need to know: You won’t need to pack your sea legs if you’re staying on a barge; the barges remain moored for the whole of your weekend break. No sailing required.

Cost: Barges from £161 per night, 2 adults, 1 dog | Barns from £150 per night, 2 adults, 1 dog.

Featured in Dog Friendly Britain, on sale 2nd July 2020

Dog-Friendly Weekend Break | No. 5

 Wilderness Doggy Weekend 

Glen Dye, Banchory, Aberdeen

Step into the Glen Dye private estate on the banks of the River Dye and enjoy a bonnie 30,000 acres of Scottish wilderness, with forest, moorland and mountains all around you.

At the centre of this incredible setting, there are 2 dog-friendly cabins and 2 dog-friendly cottages ready to welcome you. Each one unique and beautifully appointed, with comforts such as an outdoor woodfired hot tub, BBQ and a retro record player.

Nice to know: You can run, hike or bike all around the beautiful Glen Dye landscape with your pooch in tow. And The River Dye is also on your doorstep, for wild swims or canoeing.

Cost: From £170 per night, 2 adults, 1 dog

Dog-Friendly Weekend Break | No. 6

 Doggy Afternoon Tea Break 

The Fish Hotel, Broadway, Cotswolds

Nestled within the 400-acre Farncombe Estate, The Fish is a collection of super-stylish, affordable country houses and glamping options created to ensure humans don’t have all the fun.

Dog-friendly weekend breaks start in one of their 5 pet-welcoming accommodation options where dog bed, bowls, towels and treats are provided. Step out of your room and your pet can sharpen their hound instincts at the hotel’s agility course.

Afterwards, you furry friend can gobble up a doggy afternoon tea created by The Barking Bakery and Cotswold Raw and featuring tasty woofins and domuttz (doggie muffins and donuts).

Nice to know: There’s also a dog-friendly treehouse on-site built into a large Oak tree and complete with underfloor heating, Nepresso machines, minibar and two outdoor baths.

Cost: From £155 per night, 2 adults, 1 dog

Featured in Dog Friendly Britain, on sale 2nd July 2020

Dog-Friendly Weekend Break | No. 7

 Doggy Beach Break 

Thurlestone Hotel, Kingsbridge, Devon

With year-round dog-friendly Thurlestone beach just a stone’s throw from the hotel, this is a gorgeous spot to reclaim coastal walks together and fun afternoons in pretty seaside towns.

The hotel oozes warmth and timeless charm and is set in a perfect coastal location, near Kingsbridge and Salcombe. Check into one of its gorgeous dog-friendly rooms and rest a while, before it’s time for walkies.

There’ll be a doggy goody bag waiting for your furry chum filled with Forthglad dog treats, a ball, dog waste bags and leaflets on dog-friendly beaches around the South Hams. You can dine with your dog at the hotel on the outdoor terrace, in the Snug or at the hotel reception lounge.

Need to know: Dogs are not allowed in every part of the hotel, so check where they are permitted before you go exploring!

Cost: From £195 per night, 2 adults, 1 dog


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I'll share this with a couple I know, who are very keen to get away with their dog over what's left of the summer. These places look phenomenal.
Stuart Forster on 2020-07-02 09:42:51
Thanks Stuart :) I hope they find somewhere suitable!
Claire on 2020-07-02 10:28:40
Hi We live in South Yorkshire with 2 dogs. Do you have anything that's not too far for us to travel please.
John Griffiths on 2021-03-05 10:10:25
Hello :) Of course, check out: devonshirefell.co.uk thedevonshirearms.co.uk larosa.co.uk millgatehouse.com And please tell them we sent you, good luck!
Claire on 2021-03-19 15:19:39

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