With pet ownership on the rise in the UK, we’re looking to fill our summer weekends with endless staycations with our four-legged pals.
From Scottish castles, to cosy inns and even lakeside cabins – we’ve rounded up some of the best dog-friendly staycations in the UK so you can plan all your summer holidays, #TeamCocopup style.
The Bradley Hare, located in the charming village of Maiden Bradley in southwest Wiltshire, is a cosy country Inn that opened in 2021. Perfect for all your cottage core fanatics, The Bradley Hare has twelve homely and is located on the Duke of Somerset’s idyllic Estate.
The inn offers elevated countryside interiors and was designed by James Thurstan Waterworth, ex-European Design Director for Soho House. The Coach House is filled with cosy home from home details, with certain rooms featuring glorious freestanding baths. No to mention, all five bedrooms in the Coach House are all dog-friendly.
You can take their four legged friends out on relaxing strolls (and zoomies) around the estate or in the romantic 18th century Stourhead gardens. What’s more, all dogs will be treated as well as their owners with some delicious dog treats in their bedrooms too – hurray!
HOW: Weekend rates will start from £150 per room per night including breakfast. Dogs are allowed in the bar area of the Pub, the Skittle Alley, and all outside areas. For more information visit www.thebradleyhare.co.uk
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Glenapp Castle is a fabulously dog-friendly, 21-bedroom luxurious castle hotel tucked away on the breath-taking Ayrshire coast, Scotland. The castle is hidden away in 110 acres of stunning gardens and local woodland. It’s easy to get lost within the Castle’s extensive grounds or escape to the majestic Scottish countryside for long walks and beautiful views of Ailsa Craig and Northern Ireland – it really is the perfect dog-friendly escape! All furry friends will receive a welcome pack of specially selected doggie treats, bedding and bowls for both food and water. Glenapp Castle can even arrange a dog sitting on request, for those who want to take part in one of the 65 indoor and outdoor activities on offer.
Glenapp Castle has four spacious dog-friendly rooms at the castle. All of which have access to the gardens outside – which is ideal for late night doggy business. The hotel doesn’t allow dogs in the castle restaurant or the drawing room (where food is being served), but dogs are more than welcome to explore the grounds and take a swim in the glen. Guests can also take their four-legged friend along to the star-gazing activities on offer at the hotel. Wrap up in a warm blanket with your dog for a magical evening beneath the stars.
HOW: Guests can stay in one of Glenapp Castle’s Garden View Suites from £470 on a B&B basis. Dog-owners staying at the hotel will be required to pay a £25 housekeeping charge. www.glenappcastle.com / 01465 831212 For more information on dog friendly stays click here.
Doggies are part of the family at Castle Hotel Windsor, Francis Hotel Bath and the Queens Hotel Cheltenham. Located in some of the UK’s most historic towns and cities, these M Gallery hotels are situated in the heart of their destinations, just a stone’s throw away from sought-after attractions, cultural activities and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Francis Hotel Bath is set in the heart of Bath and is a luxury 98-room boutique hotel has a contemporary interior design and beautiful outdoor terrace for alfresco dining and drinks. Queens Hotel Cheltenham is one of the first purpose-built hotels in Europe, while Castle Hotel Windsor was established as one of Windsor’s finest boutique properties steeped in history dating back to 1528.
The hotels are delighted to welcome up-to two well-trained dogs per room, for a cost of £30 per dog per day. Paw-fect hotel amenities include bowls, feeding mats, treats, beds and poop bags as well as specially-chosen doggie walking routes to discover the best of each town or city. These pampered pooches will surely enjoy their stay just as much as their owners do.
T&C’s: Dog friendly room reservations must be made in advance. Cost is £30.00 per doggie, per night. Please note that no dogs are to be left unattended in the hotel, grounds or car park and there are no pets allowed in the restaurant, lounge and bar areas, however they are welcome to dine with guests in the alfresco dining spaces.
HOW: Rates at Francis Hotel Bath start from £139.00 inclusive of breakfast // Rates at Castle Hotel Windsor start from £154.00 inclusive of breakfast // Rates at Queens Hotel Cheltenham start from £117.00 inclusive of breakfast. For more information and to book please visit: Francishotel.com //castlehotelwindsor.com // queenshotelcheltenham.com
Kylesku Hotel, Sutherland
Kylesku is a beautiful, 11-bedroom boutique hotel in the northwest Scottish Highlands, specialising in ultra-local seafood, meats and produce. The hotel is a magical haven surrounded by sea lochs, dramatic peaks and rolling hills. Whilst its well-renowned restaurant brings in many guests from all around the country, a stay here will truly make guests feel as if they are escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
This stunning highlands hotel is located along the North Coast 500 route and is totally remote, surrounded by stunning views, dramatic landscapes, and beautiful beaches – perfect for sea-loving doggos like TeamCocopup Charlie.
All 11 rooms at Kylesku Hotel are dog-friendly and dogs of all sizes are welcome. Pooches will receive a great welcome at Kylesku Hotel and will be provided with their own “doggy pack” which includes a feeding mat, a towel for drying off after adventures at the beach, a jar of dog biscuits, “poo bags” and a map of all the best places to go for dogwalks.
The Royal Golf Hotel, Dornoch
Surrounded by the well-trimmed rolling green, beautiful seascapes and scented gorse, The Royal Golf Hotel, Dornoch is not just a golfers’ paradise, but also the perfect spot for pampered pooches.
With beautiful golden sand beaches, heather filled moors and woodland areas on all sides, there are plenty of dog-friendly activities nearby for everyone to enjoy whilst staying at the dog-friendly Royal Golf Hotel. Water dogs like TeamCocopup will love a stay at Royal Golf Hotel Dornoch with miles upon miles of golden sand with deep blue water and fresh sea air to enjoy at Dornoch beach.
Dogs are allowed in all guest rooms, as well as the reception and bar if it is not too busy. Doggie bags and baskets are also available on request for extra good pups.
Habitat Escapes – Lower Mill Estate and Silverlake
Habitat Escapes, which is the official holiday company for Lower Mill Estate in the Cotswolds and Silverlake in Dorset, certainly gets the TeamCocopup seal of approval. It offers a range of pet friendly properties from cottages to lakeside homes ensuring that guests can holiday in style with their four legged friends.
Walkies at Habitat Escapes will surely get dogs’ tails wagging. Both sites are nature reserves sprawled over hundreds of acres. The scenic reserves are perfect for guests and their dogs to explore, allowing pets to run free, collect sticks, and splash in streams. Dogs will need to be kept on leads in certain areas of both estates to help protect wildlife but in the woodlands, heathlands and fields dogs can roam free. Dog friendly houses at Lower Mill Estate include the Barn Owl and Rowan Cottage.
HOW: Stay at Barn Owl for two nights from £1,029. The property is pet friendly and sleeps up to eight guests.
HOW: Stay at Rowan Cottage for two nights from £819. The property is pet friendly, and sleeps up to six guests.
For more information and to book, please visit www.habitatescapes.com