Boozy dinners by the fire with Fido at your feet, too much red wine, and long walks among rolling fields – it’s easy to forget that this bucolic bliss awaits just mere hours from the city. We know you love nothing more than leaving the daily grind behind, packing up your pooch and making a mad dash to the countryside – so we’ve handpicked 10 must-visit luxury country pubs with dog friendly lodgings. From the stunning Yorkshire Dales to charming Cotswolds villages, and the glorious Dorset coast, these pet friendly places are the perfect way to escape for some much needed R&R!
THE WILD RABBIT – COTSWOLDS
With only twelve bedrooms this hotel is as boutique as it gets. Owned by Lady Carole Bamford – champion of eco-luxury and organic chic, The Wild Rabbit’s stylish neutrals, pared back furnishings and bare stone walls complete the picture. The four garden rooms are dog-friendly and dog beds are freely available on request. Though not allowed in the restaurant, dogs are allowed in the bar. The pretty village of Kingham makes for a nice on-leash walk while the Cotswolds countryside beckons.
THE DUNDAS ARMS – WEST BERKSHIRE
The Dundas Arms, is your go-to pub in the warmer months. A renowned summer destination, let your dog zip around the spacious back garden chasing a squirrel or two. On a really hot day, your pooch can enjoy a splash in the stream that flows through the garden and into the River Kennett.
CONISTON HOTEL – NORTH YORKSHIRE
Head northward to the Coniston Hotel, a 4 star Yorkshire Dales destination complete with luxury dog friendly accommodation, traditional yet elegant dining, and a range of countryside sporting activities perfect to share with your pup. Exhausted from the action, take a load off in the Canadian style lodge and kick up your feet…or paws!
THE MUSEUM INN – DORSET
The Museum Inn is perfect for action and adventure-loving humans and their hounds. With fishing, golf and glorious walks, you’ll never be sat around twiddling your paws. Located by Ashcombe and Rushmore, this holiday is ideal for the working dogs in our lives.
THE WHITE HORSE – SOUTH DOWNS
For a quick escape from the city, The White Horse is located less than an hour away from central London, nestled at the foot of the stunning South Downs. Combining rustic elegance with contemporary design, each room opens out onto a private courtyard with with rolling views of the lush Sussex countryside in every direction. While you’re stretched out in your four poster bed with goose down covers, your dog will be tucked into their hotel room fitted Orvis Dog bed for a cosy night’s sleep.
SUMMER LODGE – DORSET
Head to the stunning Dorset coast for a bit of sand between the paws! This Grade II Listed Hotel is the epitome of luxurious five star country house charm. Ask one of the friendly and knowledgeable hotel staff to advise on extensive country walks around the grounds.
THE YEW TREE INN – HAMPSHIRE
Swing back through Hampshire to Newbury, home to Highclere Castle of Downton Abbey fame. Bring the pup along for a stroll of the grounds, before heading back to the Yew Tree, a traditional cosy spot run by game chef Simon Davis. Snuggle up in your cottage-style room with sumptuous Feather & Black bedding, calming rain showers and luxurious handmade bathing products from Bramley.
CRAB & BOAR – BERKSHIRE
*BRAND NEW* Just reopened is the Crab and Boar, formerly known as The Crab at Chieveley, and prior to that, The Blue Boar. Steeped in history and known for serving the best seafood and seasonal game, it is the perfect place for a Sunday lunch with your faithful friend. Stay overnight in one of the dog-friendly rooms where you can relax fireside wrapped up in a luxury throw or enjoy a soak in the tub. Bliss!
THE DURHAM OX – NORTH YORKSHIRE
Explore the rolling Yorkshire Dales from this 300 hundred year village pub. Serving up mouth-watering meals made from the freshest local meat, fish and vegetables, The Durham Ox is a firm favourite with Yorkshire’s in-the-know foodies. Too beautiful for just a day trip, you and your pooch are welcome to stay overnight in one of the five converted farm cottages.
ACORN INN – DORSET
The Acorn Inn in Evershot, Dorset warmly welcomes man’s best friend. This historic 16th century property boasts plenty of countryside charm with old beams, oak panelling and flagstone floors. Dogs are also able to join you in the restaurant as long as reception is made aware. Have a cocktail at the bar while your companion has a bowl of water and a dog biscuit. After a good night’s sleep, there is a stunning 400 acre deer park to explore at the bottom of the village.