Those planning a great British staycation this summer needn't banish their four-legged companions to the kennels, thanks to a wave of luxury retreats that are extending their five-star treatment to man's best friend. From treats created by Michelin-starred chefs to doggie spa days, these specially designed packages will leave you and your pooch feeling seriously pampered. Never fall foul of your pet’s puppy dog eyes again with a staycation that excels in creature comforts at one of the UK's best pet-friendly hotels.
Cliveden House in Berkshire presents a Downton Abbey-esque haven for both human and hound – but it’s the latter who truly receive the royal treatment. Visiting pets (and their owners) will be given a dog-walking map of the estate – which boasts 250 acres of National Trust woodland paths – along with waste bags, towels and treats. Back at the hotel, a bed, bowl and feeding mat await, along with a gourmet meal from the The Astor Grill’s special canine menu. It certainly has the bow-wow factor.
From £445 per night
Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons
Raymond Blanc OBE is such a fan of dogs that he has dedicated three suites at his hotel, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, to guests visiting with their trusty sidekicks, who’ll be treated to chewy toys, a comfy bed, a set of bowls and waste bags. One for the foodies, the Oxfordshire retreat boasts a two Michelin-star restaurant and a resident cookery school, while tail-waggers can tuck into treats of their own back at the room or from the comfort of the resident kennels. Bone appétit!
From £695 including breakfast
At all Red Carnation Hotels, four-legged guests are treated to the finest service thanks to dedicated pet concierges at each establishment. But the team at The Egerton have gone the extra mile and are offering a dedicated Doggy Afternoon Tea for seriously pampered pooches. Among the elegant surrounds of the Drawing Room, dogs can tuck into a meal of chicken and beef meatloaf, homemade dog biscuits and doggy ice cream. There’s also VIP grooming, dog walking services and custom-made pet beds.
From £250 per night; from £25 for the Doggy Afternoon Tea
The Lygon Arms
Boasting a glamorous guest book that includes Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, The Lygon Arms is a charming country house in the Cotswolds steeped in history. The hotel recently partnered with wellington brand Le Chameau to create two dog packages for furry friends. Treat your pal to a Le Chameau tweed dog bed and ceramic bowl to take home, or opt for The Ultimate Dog Escape for a seriously indulgent spa experience. Pets will be pampered with a wash, cut and dry, nail clipping, Blueberry facial and paw and nose balm. The treatment will conclude with a choice of hair accessory (bow or bandana) and a spritz of Jimmy Chow or Jean Paw Gaultier perfume. To end the day, Dog House treats created by Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux will be served.
£165 for The Ultimate Dog Experience
The Kensington’s elegant suites have recently been refurbished by interior design studio Timothy Matter, and to celebrate the hotel is offering guests the chance to bring along a VIP, a.k.a a Very Important Pooch. The It's A Dog's Life at The Kensington package includes accommodation for two people, an à la carte breakfast each morning and dog beds, blankets and water bowls for their tail-wagging companion. Ask the concierge desk for tips on local walking routes and pet-friendly places.
From £375 per night
The Spread Eagle
The Spread Eagle is the go-to for seriously pampered pooches. Along with an extensive menu of treatments for owners at the spa – a trip to which is made all the easier with the help of a dog-sitting service – the hotel can arrange for your hound to indulge in some TLC too, courtesy of local master groomer, Lesley Sills. Book Milo in for a wash, blow-dry or full groom, before exploring the nearby South Downs National Park. For a real pampering experience, book the Muddy Paws package, which includes overnight accommodation, a full English breakfast, a three-course dinner, full use of the spa facilities and a doggie welcome kit including a bed, meals, food and water bowls, and a Ruff and Tumble drying coat to take home.
From £329 for the Muddy Paws package
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
This 18th-century manor house is nestled among 500 acres of countryside, which dogs can explore to their heart’s content thanks to the hotel’s dog-friendly policy. Pets are invited to sit in the outside eating areas of the Wild Carrot bar and library, and are welcome to relax in their rooms while their owners explore the spa and pool. Pets will also be treated to a welcome package including a dog bed, bowl, food and spring water on arrival.
From £445 per night
Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa
Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa in West Sussex is well equipped for adventurous pups looking to improve their doggy paddle. A short walk from Climping Beach, the hotel prides itself on its Sandy Paws package, which offers two owners and their pet a night’s stay with a three-course meal (for the humans), as well as a welcome kit comprising a bowl, biscuits, a tennis ball and a list of the best dog-walking spots in the area. Post-walk, a Ruff and Tumble drying coat will be offered to clean up mucky pups.
From £430 for the Sandy Paws package