Pets are part of the family and for many of us that means taking them with us when we go away on holiday. Many hotels, even of the 5-star variety, have recognised the growing demand for pet-friendly accommodation, so you don’t have to give up lush golf greens, full-body spa treatments, cotton sheets with 100-thread count and the best food money can buy. We look at four of the best luxury pet-friendly hotels in the UK.
Luton Hoo Mansion House
Luton Hoo Mansion House is a 5-star hotel that borders Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. It’s stately and elegant with an award-winning restaurant, luxury spa, woodlands, parklands, lakes, rivers, nature trails and a championship golf course. If all the nature is too much for you, you can get your urban fix at St. Albans and Milton Keynes.
The best thing about Luton Hoo Mansion House, however, is the fact that it is dog-friendly; in fact, it’s dog-uber-friendly. Dog-friendly accommodation is available on the ground floor of the Parkland and Flower Garden rooms, which have direct access to the grounds. There is a £30 per night pet fee, which includes one meal per day (prepared by the chef and delivered by room service), a bed, bowl, toy and treats. Dogs are not allowed in the restaurants and public areas (like the pool) but the rest of the estate is theirs to roam (under supervision).
Ashdown Park, near East Grinstead, Uckfield and Crowborough in Sussex offers 5-star everything, from opulent rooms, a relaxing spa and award-winning restaurants to a celebrated golf course, wildlife trails (for jogging and cycling) and immaculate gardens.
Certain rooms in Ashdown Park are made available for dog owners, although it is limited to one dog per room. There is a £30 per night pet fee which includes a basket and blanket, chew toy, dinner bowls and gourmet dinners of roast organic chicken or grilled white fish fillet with long grain rice. There are plenty of dog-friendly walking trails and even some dog-friendly pubs in the neighbourhood. Dogs aren’t allowed in the main house and should be supervised at all times.
Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel
The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel is an award-winning hotel in London whose location puts it within easy reach of Bond Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly shopping, Royal Parks, Buckingham Palace, the Royal Academy of Arts and all the theatre in the world in nearby Soho.
The Chesterfield doesn’t just allow pets – it caters to them with several VIP (Very Important Pet) friendly services. For example, beds are available for dogs of all sizes, dogs receive a homemade goodie bag with a toy, treats and poo bags and there is a nightly ‘turndown’ treat, so your dog can also enjoy a version of chocolate on the pillow. You can also take advantage of dog sitting and walking services, a grooming service and even veterinary services.
The Chalmondeley Arms in Malpas, Cheshire is one of the most renowned pet-friendly pubs/hotels in the UK. In addition to the excellent pub food, the 200 types of gin and charming estate, it also boasts six en-suite bedrooms, two of which cater to dogs. Dogs are welcome in the pub (provided they are well behaved) and can even enjoy their own doggy beer (meat-based stock) and dog biscuits from the bar. Well behaved dogs are also welcome in the hotel, with an additional £10 per night charge.
If you can’t take your pooch or kitty on holiday with you, but can’t bear to leave them with a pet sitter or at any old boarding kennel or cattery, you could always try an exclusive pet hotel, which can include spa facilities, gourmet meals, four-poster beds and even 42-inch TVs.
MailOnline’s Carol Driver lists a few of the outstanding (and expensive) pet hotels currently available.
- Ings Luxury Cat Hotel in Yorkshire has outdoor balconies, underfloor heating, large screen TVs displaying images of fish and birds, designer climbing trees, mood lighting, spa packages, a la carte menus and even duck down pillows.
- Balneath Wood Boutique Cat Hotel in South Chailey has nine luxury suites and offers spa packages to ensure your kitty is well-rested when you return from your holiday.
- Hayfields Luxury Dog Hotel in Northamptonshire occupies a large estate where dogs get plenty of walks and deluxe sleeping.
- Paw Seasons is very exclusive (only up to 10 dogs at a time) and provides comfortable beds or sofas for sleeping or napping and owners can check up on their pooch’s activities on Facebook, where Paw Seasons posts pictures and videos of all the dogs having a blast.
Luxury for your pets doesn’t come cheap though, with luxury accommodation ranging from £25 to £60 per night.