Saturday, March 5, 2022

10 of the best dog-friendly B&Bs in the UK

"Every dog must have his day," said Gulliver's Travels author, Jonathan Swift, and with the plethora of gorgeous dog-friendly B&Bs in the UK, that day is just around the corner, and set to be better than ever.


When we're out of lockdown and can travel with our four-legged friends again, the first place we'll be checking into is a dog-loving bed and breakfast.

With 2021 set to be another year of staycations, looking on the bright side of things is a must. And one of the best parts of a great British staycation? Bringing along your pooch for long walks, exploring the lovely outdoors and plenty of treats!

That's why we've searched the length and breadth of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland to find the best dog-friendly B&Bs that will ensure both you and your pet enjoy a memorable stay.

From Tyrella House, an 18th century house surrounded by glorious wooded parkland and offering its own polo ground in County Down, to Burnhopeside Hall near Durham where a warm welcome is on hand from resident springer spaniels Max and Barney - these B&Bs are well-versed in hosting our favourite four-legged friends and cater for them just as well as they do you.

Check out the best dog-friendly B&Bs in the UK for a post-lockdown staycation.

1. Burnhopeside Hall, Durham



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Nestled in the middle of a 475-acre estate near Durham, this dog-friendly B&B is a listed Georgian house decked out with elegant furnishings, sofas you can sink into and roaring log fires at every turn. At Burnhopeside Hall, there are even great sash windows looking out over the woodlands for you to channel your inner-Pride and Prejudice.

Resident springer spaniels Max and Barney are welcoming to all pooches at the dog-friendly B&B, so bring your pooch and stroll the magnificent lawns or cycle alongside the river. Oversized beds, luxurious linen and fresh flowers also await.

2. Forthay Bed and Breakfast, Gloucestershire



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Among the wooden beams and wonky floors, this characterful farmhouse is filed with some of the owners' (Deborah and Charles) favourite things: books, fresh flowers and enchanting artwork to name a few.

At dog-friendly B&B Forthay, your pooch will enjoy racing around in the garden, once they've enjoyed their complimentary treats, of course. Meanwhile, you can curl up by the log-burner and toast marshmallows, play croquet on the lawn or head out to the Cotswolds (just fifteen minutes away) for an idyllic country ramble.

3. Zeal Farm, Somerset



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Zeal Farm looks like a house out of a story book. Set in Dulverton in Somerset, the owners at this dog-friendly B&B offer guests (and their dogs) the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature, and the charismatic charm that this region is famed for.

You can enjoy a continental or à la carte breakfast each day, before heading out on one of the nearby hikes or exploring the gardens with your four-legged friend.

4. Penbontbren Luxury Bed and Breakfast, Ceredigion



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The Penbontbren Luxury Bed and Breakfast, sitting in 32 acres of its own idyllic slice of countryside, in a converted 1860s farmhouse is only two miles from relatively unknown beaches.

Its rooms are elegant - with painted beams and adjoining sitting areas - and owners Huw and Richard encourage you to bring your own wine or to buy provisions from the farm shop.

The friendly pair are also on hand to offer pet-friendly walking and activity advice.


5. Tyrella House, County Down



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This 18th century dog-friendly B&B is surrounded by private wooded parkland - not to mention its very own polo ground and equestrian cross country courses, all used for major competitions.

In the heart of the County Down, Tyrella offers those visiting an opportunity to explore a plethora of picturesque National Trust houses and gardens nearby, as well as brilliant dog walking opportunities on its private beach.

Open fires and dinners cooked by the owner himself set the tone for an evening of luxurious relaxation, often making new friends in the process.

6. Johnby Hall Bed And Breakfast, Cumbria



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This family and dog-friendly B&B on the edge of the Lake District is set in an Elizabethan manor house and built onto the side of a 14th century pele tower. Johnby Hall Bed & Breakfast offers guests - both two-legged and four-legged - the opportunity to explore the extensive gardens and meander the adjoining woodlands.

Breakfast is quite the affair here, taken in the 6th century Great Hall, and the produce on offer includes bacon and sausages from the free-range pigs and eggs from the free-range chickens that live within the grounds.

7. Stow House, North Yorkshire



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Transforming a former vicarage into a quirky, dog-friendly B&B, the owners of Stow House in the Yorkshire Dales have left no corner untouched in their quest to create a haven for dog lovers.

Views across Wensleydale, Bishopdale and acres of private garden, frame the Victorian interiors with a gorgeous green hue. Floors, banisters and sash windows have been restored, and sofas given new life with velvet covering.

Expect cocktails expertly created by owner Sarah, and hearty breakfasts served up by her husband, Phil.

8. Belmount Hall, Cumbria



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Formerly owned by none other than Beatrix Potter, the illustrious Belmount Hall sits proudly in the heart of the Lake District, offering views across Esthwaite Water and the Lakeland Hills.

The dog-friendly B&B's bedrooms have had their period features accentuated, and complemented by both antique pieces and modern en-suites (complete with a power shower).

Dog-friendly pub grub can be found in the centre of Hawkshead, just a 15-minute walk away, while the shores of Windermere is just under 20 minutes away by car.

9. Bulleigh Barton Manor, Devon



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At the end of the leafy driveway, the quaint Bulleigh Barton Manor looks postcard-perfect within the acres of grounds - which themselves contain a pool, ponds a big colourful garden.

Owners Liz and Mark have restored the house with great attention to detail, uncovering beams and original features, adding personal touches with original art and books. You can explore Dartmoor and the south coast with your pooch, before returning to a friendly welcome by resident dog Zennor.

Dogs can also enjoy homemade biscuits and dog blankets ,and there are tips for owners on the best walks and dog-friendly pubs.

10. The Willows, Londonderry



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With an almost perfect rating from previous guests, The Willows embraces families and pets in all their chaos. Just a few miles from the Roe Valley Country Park, where cycling and hiking are a must, the dog-friendly B&B sets its guests up for the day with a choice of an à la carte or a full English or Irish breakfast.

Larger family rooms are available and the guest house's garden is available for everyone to use, plus the terrace is a lovely place to relax on a sunny day.

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