January is the most popular month of the year for booking holidays and making travel plans, but it can sometimes be difficult to find the perfect place if you want to take your dog with you.
But there’s no need to worry – we’ve got some great holiday inspiration for you and your furry friend, courtesy of PetsPyjamas. The pet brand has announced the winners of its 2017 Dog-Friendly Travel Awards, across 12 different categories, to give you some pet travel ideas.
From five-star hotels and cottages to country houses and stylish pubs with rooms, PetsPyjamas’ travel awards recognise the very best in terms of dog-friendly attractions, dining, rooms and facilities.
1. Best Dog-friendly Pub with Rooms – The Fontmell, Dorset
This luxury pub with rooms to rent is perfect for a cosy stay with your pup. The extremely dog-welcoming staff, rustic yet contemporary rooms, and dog-friendly gastropub are big draws for you and your four-legged friend. On top of this, the pub is surrounded by beautiful countryside walks.
2. Waggiest Welcome Award – St Valery, Northumberland
St Valery in Northumberland has been described by customers as a “dog lover’s paradise” with a very waggy welcome. Resident dog Roxy welcomes every canine and makes sure there are treats waiting in their room. You can also take your pet on a scenic walk along the nearby heritage coast and designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
3. Best Luxury Dog-friendly Hotel Award – Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire
If it’s luxury you’re after then head to this wonderful manor hotel located in the heart of the Cotswolds. Surrounded by 12 acres of gardens, each hotel room comes with a luxury dog basket, food, treats, toy, bowls and pet towels.
4. Pampered Pet Award – The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Is your pet dog a fan of the pampered life? This hotel and spa will treat your pup like royalty with a pet concierge at reception and blankets, bedding, bowls, spare leads, a washing station and a doggie four-poster bed in their room. A brisk walk in the Yorkshire Dales is a local highlight.
5. Best for Walkies Award – The Arundell Arms, Devon
The Arundell Arms is much-loved by dog-owning customers, receiving 28 five star reviews thanks to its wonderfully situated location between Devon and Cornwall, boasting miles of breathtaking countryside and North Cornwall beaches.
6. Home from Home Award – Moat Cottage at Wilderness, Suffolk
The highlights of this beautifully restored Tudor farmhouse are the luxurious roll-top baths, underfloor heating, and glorious views across the parkland. For cosy nights in, your pet can curl up in front of the inglenook fireplace.
7. Fido’s Family Award – Fowey Hall Hotel, Cornwall
Fowey Hall Hotel is great for the whole family, including your beloved dog. Children can enjoy all the fun activities on offer, including trampolines, games and painting. Adults can unwind in the spa or swimming pool, while you and your four-legged family member can enjoy the nearby coastal walks.
8. Best Unique Stay Award – Scamper Holidays, Swansea, Wales
Stay in Scamper’s glamping accommodation to enjoy Wales in a unique way. You can choose from the Tiki Lodges or Shepherd Huts, all located close to dog-friendly beaches. Each rental can house up to three dogs, so large canine families are welcome.
9. Gourmet Hotel Award – Cliveden House, Berkshire
You will certainly love this hotel just as much as your pet, especially if you’re a bit of a foodie. Cliveden House has a rosette-awarded André Garrett restaurant, which is listed within the top 100 restaurants in the UK. If you’d like to dine alongside your pooch, head to The Astor Grill. There is also an in-room canine menu offering treats such as pan-fried chicken or fillet steak.
10. Best Dog-friendly European Destination – Abbaye de la Bussiere, France
The one destination on this list outside of the UK, this elegant hotel is set in a 12th century abbey with peaceful parkland surroundings where dogs can explore. Owners can even dine with their dog in the Michelin-star restaurant.
11. Best Newcomer – Widbrook Grange, Wiltshire
Dating back to 1279, Widbrook Grange has attractive contemporary interiors, 11 acres of grounds which your dog will adore, an indoor pool, and Gin Bar. Tasty!
12. Top Resident Dog – Ston Easton Park, Somerset
The award for PetsPyjamas’ Top Resident Dog goes to this hotel’s beloved Cocker Spaniel Oscar. He greets all canine guests with a warm welcome, joins guided tours of the grounds and loves a snuggle.