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2016 Dog-friendly Hotels

Dog-friendly hotels are all about making our four-legged friend as comfortable during their stay as you are during yours. We believe canine hotels should preserve the air of luxury too - so that pet owners get the chance to relax and unwind as much as their furry loved ones. Prince Hall in spectacular Dartmoor has welcome biscuits at reception for dogs. Bowls and treats are left in the rooms of The Falcondale, Ceredigion, which has ample ground for walks. Blagdon Manor, Devon, has friendly resident Labradors to greet guests of two-legged and four-legged varieties.

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    Blagdon Manor, ASHWATER, Devon

    ‘In the depths of the Devon countryside’, this Grade II listed restaurant-with-rooms has ‘beautifully manicured gardens where birds sing and bees buzz’. The owners, Liz and Steve Morey, are ‘the best

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  • The Traddock, AUSTWICK, Yorkshire

    There is a ‘happy buzz’ about the Reynolds family’s small hotel, a Grade II listed Georgian manor, says a visitor in 2015. On a wild and wet weekend, the public areas were ‘snug, with a crackling fire

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    Overwater Hall, IREBY, Cumbria

    Deer and red squirrel may be seen on the approach to this ‘comfortable, friendly hotel’ in the northern Lake District. The Grade II listed Georgian mansion is run in an informal style by

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  • The Crown and Castle, ORFORD, Suffolk

    ‘Peaceful and comfortable, a good place to unwind.’ This small hotel/restaurant stands near the castle in a Suffolk village. Ruth and David Watson are its owners with Tim Sunderland the

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    Plumber Manor, STURMINSTER NEWTON, Dorset

    The Prideaux-Brunes’s Jacobean manor would have been known to Thomas Hardy in his years at Sturminster, where he wrote The Return of the Native. It has been a family-run hotel since 1972, and the

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    Prince Hall, TWO BRIDGES, Devon

    In a ‘wonderful position’ on Dartmoor, Fi and Chris Daly’s ‘welcoming’, dog-friendly hotel is liked for the ‘peace and seclusion’ that surround it, say

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  • Kilcamb Lodge, STRONTIAN, Highland

    An 18th-century stone house with Victorian east and west wings, Kilcamb Lodge stands amid meadow and woodland grazed by red deer. Its lawns run down to Loch Sunart. Variously home to an admiral, a

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    The Falcondale, LAMPETER, Ceredigion

    Up a drive bordered by bluebells in season, Chris and Lisa Hutton’s ‘striking’ Italianate hotel is ‘run with good traditional taste and without pretension’. Guests praise the ‘very pleasant’ staff and

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  • The Cary Arms, BABBACOMBE, Devon

    ‘Courage’ is required by drivers making the ‘precipitous, twisting descent’ to Lana de Savary’s small hotel in a ‘fabulously secluded cove’ near Torquay.

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  • Cliveden House, TAPLOW, Berkshire

    ‘A very special place where affluent hotel-goers can experience luxurious country house living as it used to be.’ Visitors were impressed in 2015 by the restoration of this illustrious

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