Five Star Holiday For You And Your Dog With Britain’s Finest

Britain’s Finest is the first place to look for those who want to take their dogs on holiday with them.

Britain’s Finest is the first place to look for those who want to take their dogs on holiday with them.

As a nation of dog lovers, it’s only right that we should take our four legged friends on holiday with us. Why should they miss out on the fun? There’s nothing nicer than a bracing walk on the beach or countryside with our best four legged friends by our sides.

Yet more than half of Britain’s 8m dog owners sacrifice going on holiday because of their pets. And 75 per cent said they would take their dogs on holiday if they could find suitable pet friendly accommodation, according to the survey by The Kennel Club.

The hotel industry is catching on to the fact that our pampered pooches are important members of the family and enlightened staff positively welcome guests of the furry kind.

Britain’s Finest is the first place to look for those who want to take their dogs on holiday with them. Here you’ll find a hand-picked selection of great hotels, restaurants and places to visit that welcome your family pet – with some even offering special services from canine cuisine to comfy dog beds and daily treats. Who said it was a dog’s life?

The team at Britain’s Finest focus on identifying places that are full of character, offer excellent standards and are usually independently owned and managed.

So for a UK pet friendly holiday that ticks all the boxes, here are the latest Editor’s Picks from Britain’s Finest that are designed to suit the whole family, four legged ones included:

Broadoaks Country House Hotel
Bridge Lane, Troutbeck, Windermere

Dog owners run this beautiful country house near Lake Windermere, so they certainly know a thing or two about giving your dog the five star treatment. Dogs are welcome on all the ground floor rooms, the top suites and the garden lodges. There’s even a Doggie Dinner B&B rate which includes a choice of dogs’ dishes (usually chicken or beef) with home-made gravy and even bones to gnaw on! Humans aren’t neglected either – their smart rooms contain hydrobaths and plenty of home comforts. There are delicious afternoon teas available too -perfect after a long walk with Fido!

The Milestone Hotel
1 Kensington Court, London

Who says pet friendly holidays should be restricted to the countryside only? For the perfect five star London break, this luxurious hotel is right up the most pampered pooch’s street! Your dog can expect his or her own deluxe dog bed, little toys to play with and lots of treats. Hungry hounds can tuck into sausages and gravy and one of the hotel’s walkers will even take them out for a stroll to give owners a break. Cats are welcome here too and can tuck into a bowl of fresh salmon.

The Headland Hotel and Spa
Headland Road, Newquay

For dogs and their owners who love a splash in the sea, The Headland Hotel and Spa in Newquay is ideal. This is the perfect spot for canine lovers with long morning walks and evening strolls along the beach being an essential part of the daily schedule. The hotel is more than geared up for humans too. Guests receive a welcome letter detailing everything they need to know about a holiday with their dog – including information on the best coastal paths to use. Dogs are top guests here and are given plenty of soft squidgy bedding, a chew stick, scoop bags and a bowl, for a small fee. This Cornish retreat is a real haven for dogs and humans alike.

Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club
Wych Cross, Forest Row

If you’re looking for some pampering for both you and your pooch, this sprawling country house estate in the heart of the Sussex countryside is the perfect luxury getaway. Those who have a dog in tow should book one of the Fairway Junior or Studio Suites that include a dog package. Enjoy a cosy bed and blanket, a dinner of organic chicken breast or grilled fish and a treat as well – and that’s just for the dogs. Their humans can also enjoy five star dining amid 186 acres of beautifully manicured parkland and lots and of five star pampering. Kids of all ages can play Pooh Sticks over the river – this is where children’s author AA Milne is said to have been inspired to write his classic Winnie The Pooh stories.

The Bonham Hotel
35 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh

Set in Edinburgh’s elegant Drumsheugh Gardens, this hotel knows a thing or two about how to pamper pets and humans alike. This hotel’s superb doggy package gives your pet the five star treatment including a welcome toy and treat, a special meal lovingly prepared by the chef and a dog bed. The helpful hotel concierge will give guests the lowdown on the city’s best walking routes or where to take dogs for a haircut. Guests say they love the hotel’s very central location, uber-smart bedrooms where walls are graced with work by some of Scotland’s finest artists and the chic bar and restaurant.

If you prefer the independence of self-catering, Britain’s Finest also has an excellent selection of holiday homes including this one:

Quantock Cottages
Near Bridgwater, Somerset

The owners of these beautifully designed cottages believe that canine guests are just as important as human ones – they are after all very important members of the family. The three luxury cottages that make up the Quantock Cottage collection are totally dog friendly. Dog biscuits, water bowls and beds await and the gardens are all large, well fenced and secure. There are even outside hot and cold taps for those muddy little paws. There are wonderful walks from the cottage and you don’t even have to cross a road to get to the 9,000 acre Quantocks. As an added bonus, all of the local beaches are dog friendly all year round, as are the majority of pubs in the area. There’s a nearby pet shop that also offers grooming and doggie day care for guests who need a break and they also deliver dog food to your cottage that’s ready and waiting on arrival.