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Do you want to book a hotel, inn or cottage for a short-break with your dog? Helena Lang tries out petspyjamas.com, specialists in dog-friendly holidays and checks into a Cotswolds hotel for a weekend break with her whippet, Woody.
I love a big hotel bed, being served a Full English Breakfast in the morning and hanging out in a buzzing bar and, although Woody is not one to rip up furniture and at his happiest curled up in a snug corner after an epic walk, understandably many places don’t want him on the premises. Browsing petspyjamas.com throws up all sorts of ideas for a weekend away from luxury hotels to cute cottages all over the UK and even mountain chalets in Bavaria and chateaux in France.
They have a large selection of ‘exclusive pet packages’ too with extras thrown in both dog-owners such as spa treatments and extra drinks, and some properties will take even up to three dogs. I fancy revisiting the Cotswolds and linger over the 22 dog-friendly options plumping in the end for the family-owned Tewkesbury Park Hotel and the offer of their ‘canine retreat’. This is a two-night break for two, plus the pooch, with dinner for all of us on one night, afternoon tea on arrival, a spa voucher and a full English on both mornings.
We’re also promised walks in The Malvern Hills, a dog friendly bar and all the Pets in Pyjamas trimmings…a free doggie travel kit, treats, beds and bowls provided and a Pet Concierge service ‘should Woody require anything else Madam’. The dog-friendly bedrooms are basic, but cosy and open straight out onto the hotel’s enormous golf course where we could walk Woody on the lead avoiding golf balls all the while. Large oak trees border the course and you can continue your stroll into the medieval town of Tewkesbury to wander around the antique shops and imposing abbey we also made use of the well put together pack of suggested local walks especially enjoying a 2 hour walk along the banks of the River Avon.
In the beautifully designed lounge bar Woody munched on sausages while we enjoyed an excellent chicken tikka masala for supper. There is also a (dog-free) restaurant with a more sophisticated menu and we enjoyed chef Anuj Thakur’s cooking, especially dishes such as homemade ham hock terrine with piccalilli and Burford trout fillet on Israeli couscous.
If, like us, you get drenched in a rain shower then you can warm up in the (dog free) health club pool and hot-tub or get some pampering in the spa while the dog puts his paws up in your room. All in all, a great break whether you have two legs, or four.