With Britain being a nation of pet lovers it’s not surprising that we want to take our four-legged friends on holiday with us, after all, they’re part of the family! However, it’s not always easy to find dog friendly hotels or pet friendly cottages in a great location. Well, we have good news for you because we love dogs in the Cotswolds and we have numerous pet friendly hotels in the perfect location for a break away.
Whether you’re looking for a market town, a beautiful village in a quiet location or a vibrant Cotswold town centre, we can find you dog friendly hotels in the Cotswolds that are perfectly located with a friendly atmosphere and full to the brim with Cotswold charm.
Here’s a list of some of the best pet friendly hotels welcoming travellers and their four-legged family members. But before we dive into the best dog friendly hotels in Cotswolds, let’s take a look at what else you could get up to!
Pssst, don’t forget to see our other great places to stay.
Why visit the Cotswolds?
Famous for some of the most picturesque villages in the country (if not, the world!), the Cotswolds is packed with traditional, charming and quaint characteristics you simply won’t find elsewhere. As well as admiring the stunning cottages that overflow with personality, there are also some fantastic places to eat and drink in Cotswold town centre.
But if you’re looking for the best reasons to visit the Cotswolds (aside from being able to bring your furry companion!), here are 10 reasons to get started with:
The countryside views
Let’s face it, the Cotswolds is beautiful, offering scenery like no other. From rolling hills to wild meadows, the Cotswolds is a place of beauty.
There’s plenty to do
We’re often asked, ‘can I explore the Cotswolds in a day?’ and the answer is, most certainly not. If you’re looking to see everything, we’d recommend booking out at least 10 days! There is simply so much to do, from medieval castles to breathtaking abbeys, you’ll never be stuck for an afternoon activity.
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A writing inspiration
The stunning views of the Cotswolds have long been an inspiration for many writers, including Laurie Lee, J. R. R. Tolkien, Beatrix Potter and J. M. Barrie having taken inspiration from the towns and villages.
Food, glorious food
With an abundance of local produce, you’ll never be short of a new place to eat in the Cotswolds. Local specialities, such as Gloucester Old Spot pork, Tewkesbury mustard, Stinking Bishop cheese, Hobbs House bread and Bibury trout can be found on delicious menus across the Cotswolds.
Cottages in the Cotswolds are incredibly distinctive, with honey-coloured stone and that undeniable Cotswold charm. If you’re a fan of photography, you’ll be overwhelmed at the tranquillity to capture.
The opportunity to explore further towns and cities
Beyond the small-scale beauty, there is plenty more to explore. The Cotswolds is nearby to some of the most beautiful cities and towns in the UK, such as the grand city of Bath. If you’re looking for culture, head to Cheltenham and catch their renowned Jazz Festival.
Oh so traditional pubs
Think roaring fires, idyllic beer gardens and a true dog friendly spirit – yep, you’re in the Cotswolds. If you’re looking for a real homely, hearty meal, you’ll be spoiled for options.
A walker’s paradise
Every year, thousands flock to the Cotswolds for its beauty-filled walking spots. If you’ve got the right boots (comfy, of course), there really is no better way to explore the Cotswolds than on foot. Plus, your furry friend is going to love it!
More than enough to get your heart pumping
If you’re into your sport – while the pretty walking trails will certainly get your step count up – there are also plenty of opportunities for mountain biking. Not so keen on cycling? No problem, there’s also wild swimming, wakeboarding and water-skiing to keep you busy and pumped!
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You might spot some famous faces
It’s easy to think of London hotspots as the place to spot some famous faces. In reality, some of the locals may look more familiar than you first think… Celebrities including, Kate Moss, Kate Winslet, Jeremy Clarkson and Alex James all call the Cotswolds their home.
Which is the prettiest Cotswold village, though?
We’d have to say that Castle Combe takes this crown, as it is frequently considered the prettiest village in England. A relaxing stroll through Castle Combe is not to be missed.
Our favourite pet friendly hotels
When you’re planning a trip away with the whole family, bringing your four-legged friend is important to any dog owner. Of course, we naturally tend to look for the main benefits of any hotel, whether it’s a relaxing seating area, free WiFi or even free breakfast (yum!).
But what about when you’re seeking dog friendly rooms, and a great close hotel to the best views in the Cotswolds? Now, things start to get tricky! Thankfully, we’ve put together a list of our top dog friendly hotels Cotswolds, so you can rest assured your furry friend is very much welcome.
Cotswold Water Park hotels
This area of the Cotswolds is very pet friendly and is home to over 150 lakes set over 40 square miles with stunning countryside, grassy meadows and even a nature reserve that allows dogs. Furthermore, it’s just a short drive away from one of the Cotswolds’ main towns, Cirencester. Some of the hotels we suggest, are:
De Vere Cotswold Water Park
One of the more modern lakeside country hotels with a spa and modern rooms, many room come with a balcony and lake views. And of course, the all important dog friendly rooms. There’s numerous walks and even dog friendly eateries nearby waiting to give you and your fur friends a warm welcome.
Hoburne Cotswold Holiday Park
Hoburne Cotswold Holiday Park is a dog friendly holiday park in a spectacular location for relaxing or exploring with your pooch. There’s a sauna and gym, outdoor heated pool, restaurant & bar, nature trail and more.
Pet friendly hotels in Cotswolds: Market town and Cotswold village locations
If you’re looking for more of a market town location with a dog friendly village pub or cosy bar, here are a few options to get started with:
The Bay Tree Hotel
Located in the ancient market town of Burford. Located on the rambling banks of the River Windrush, there’s plenty of walking to be done here and there’s a number of quaint little shops and galleries nestled along the old high street, most even have dog bowls outside. The Bay Tree Hotel welcomes dogs to dine with you in the bar and garden, where they can also enjoy a wander around.
Rooms include free WiFi.
This wonderful country hotel welcomes four-legged guests and has a number of dog friendly rooms and suites. Located in Broadway perched high above the village, Dormy House is a perfectly located rural retreat. Think cosy corners, log fires, sparkling spa, glorious grub and sumptuous interiors.
This Broadway hotel offers numerous walking opportunities being located along the Cotswold Way. Perfect for dogs and dog owners that like long walks in stunning countryside. The Lygon Arms is another dog friendly Broadway hotel centrally located along the village’s high street.
Guests mention enjoying free WiFi, as well as access to their House Spa.
The Lygon Arms
This beautiful Broadway hotel is not only known for its spa treatments and luxurious pool, but also its impressive, rich history – having once hosted King Charles I and Oliver Cromwell.
And yes, your pooches can also get involved with the pampering, with the hotel offering a Nails and Tails Spa Day, giving guests the opportunity to get a facial and manicure, while your precious furry pal goes to the groomers.
There is a £25 supplement per dog, per night, but you can both dine and relax in the spa with your doggo. Wonderful additions to your stay include a bed, bowl and treats and dog wash area.
The Fish Hotel
Yet another dog friendly hotel in Broadway! The Fish Hotel offers a collection of quirky dog friendly accommodation, including treehouses, huts and luxury suites. This beautiful Broadway hotel is considered one of the quirkiest and best pet friendly hotels around, with a number of dog friendly rooms for well-behaved pooches.
Their dog friendly accommodation comes with wooden floors, easy access to your car and a whopping 400 acres of Cotswold countryside on your doorstep – perfect for those morning walks.
A small charge of £30 per night per dog is applied at The Fish Hotel, with a cosy dog bed, dog bowls, treats for your furry friends and dog towel included.
Ready to live out your Austen or Bridgerton dreams? This listed Palladian mansion is found in Chippenham, surrounded by 500 acres of parkland, making for the perfect dog friendly hotel destination! However, it’s advised you keep your furry friends on a lead, as the grounds are also home to horses.
If you do fancy a ride, this pet friendly hotel is also home to an impressive equestrian centre. After a long day of exploring, relax in the hotel’s tranquil spa and get ready to tuck into their seasonal menu – your doggo can even join you for Sunday lunch in the lounge area of the Brasserie.
The hotel includes a £25 supplement per dog per night, with bowls, bedding, fleeces and towels available during your stay.
The Old Stocks Inn
If you’re looking for a wonderfully elegant boutique hotel that also allows dogs, you’ve come to the right place. The Old Stocks Inn is a dog friendly, stunningly boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Stow on the Wold. The Inn is traditional with a modern twist. It boast a wonderful restaurant, bar, well tended gardens, and even a little coffee shop.
This wonderful pet friendly Cotswold accommodation gives you guides to the best walks in the area for you and your dogs and every furry resident is given tasty treats, a water bowl and a cosy bed.
Please check before booking, however, as not all rooms are pet friendly.
The Kings Head Hotel
Another former coaching inn believed to date back to the fourteenth century. This is one of the pet friendly hotels set in the heart of Cirencester. It has all the modern amenities you need and even has a spa and fitness suite. Most cafes and even some of the shops in the town are pet friendly and it’s a great central location
Rooms also include free WiFi.
Centrally located, the Greenway Hotel is also a top pet friendly hotel favourite! They welcome your four-legged friend and even have eight acres of stunning grounds to explore with your pup! The perfect base to explore Cheltenham and its surrounding areas.
Nearby walks include Cleeve Hill (climb to the highest point in the Cotswolds), Crickley Hill Country Park and even a circular walk around the world famous Cheltenham Racecourse, home to the Gold Cup.
This super pet-friendly hotel also includes free WiFi, traditional decor and more.
The Mousetrap Inn
Located in Bourton-on-the-Water, The Mousetrap Inn is a delightfully cosy pub with three dog friendly rooms available. If you’re a fan of ales and beers, you’ll be pleased to hear that this beautiful pet friendly hotel specialises in regional treats, with locally sourced food also on offer.
In the warmer months, enjoy a drink in the hotel’s beer garden with your four legged family member, right on the edge of the River Windrush. There is a £15 supplement per dog, per stay, and some yummy treats available behind the bar.
The Swan Hotel
The Swan Hotel in Bibury is another of the pet friendly hotels in Cotswolds country. This former coaching inn sits on the river Coln in an area of outstanding natural beauty surrounded by undulating hills and some of the most beautiful countryside you have ever seen. In fact, it’s a dog walking paradise and the perfect rural retreat. The Swan Hotel is a definite if you love history too as it sits within easy walking distance of Arlington Row, some of the most famous, historical cottages in the UK.
Guests also mention free WiFi and tea & coffee facilities at this hotel.
Ellenborough Park is a magnificent 15th century English country estate with a luxury spa. Perfectly situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, this dog friendly hotel boasts 90 acres of beautiful grounds and landscaped gardens. With 12 dog-friendly rooms on-site, this manor house even has two ‘Pooch Bedrooms’ which have their own large enclosed back garden. Your dogs are welcome throughout the hotel grounds and can even join you at the pub restaurant for a great breakfast, lunch or evening meal, and there’s plenty of Cotswolds countryside to explore.
Many guests of this beautiful hotel have mentioned free WiFi, breakfast included and full use of their spa and gym facilities.
The Hare and Hounds Hotel
Get ready to leave life’s stresses behind at this magnificent country house, filled with a whole world of indulgence. Sink into a cosy armchair with a book in the library or play a board game in the relaxing ambiance of the drawing room. The Hare and Hounds Hotel is certainly a place where everybody is welcome, including your furry pals.
This hotel also includes complimentary WiFi.
Pet friendly hotels: Cottages
As well as pet friendly hotels, there are also plenty of holiday cottage that welcome your four-legged family members! The Nest at Robins Roost in located in Little Rissington, near Bourton on the water, sleeping two guests and their furry friends.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend away, or travelling with the whole family (dog included!), there are plenty of cottages that sleep upwards of four guests, including Miller’s Cottage in Winchcombe.
Rest assured, as well as pet friendly hotels, we’ll soon be showcasing the best pet friendly pubs to visit in the Cotswolds too! To give you a sneak preview, here are some of our ultimate favourite places to enjoy a delicious meal alongside our four-legged family members:
Duke of Wellington
Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BY
In a prime position overlooking the pretty river Windrush, if you’re look for spectacular scenic views and a delicious meal, the Duke of Wellington is a popular go-to!
Before we get too carried away here, we’re just going to list out a few of the greatest dog friendly pubs for you to take note of – Before our follow-up blog of course!
Crown & Trumpet Inn
14 Church St, Broadway WR12 7AE
Beckford Rd, Alderton, Tewkesbury GL20 8NL
1-3 Montpellier Villas, Cheltenham GL50 2XE
Our round up of pet friendly hotels in the Cotswolds
With so many wonderful pet friendly hotels to choose from, where will you book your stay? From a beautifully charismatic coaching inn to The Bay Tree Hotel in Burford, there are so many opportunities to dine and stay with your furry family member.
Don’t forget to check out some of the beautiful dog friendly cottages available, too!
Are you ready to explore the Cotswolds?
With so much to see and do, are you ready to dive deep into the wonderful scenery of the Cotswolds?
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