10 Dog Friendly Hotels in Lancashire and the Lake District
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Dog lovers don’t have to leave their precious pooches in kennels – Lancashire and the Lakes have many top quality hotels that welcome four-legged guests. Jessica Ward reports
Broadoaks Country House, Windermere
This award-winning 19th century hotel, winner of several accolades, combines period furniture with modern elegance, creating a personalised touch to each bedroom. All three garden suites and their main suite the ‘Boudoir’ are dog-friendly, allowing you and your best friend to enjoy your stay together. The dog loving owner and Molly, the house cockapoo, will welcome you with a personal selection of treats and a copy of the ‘4 paws menu’.
Bridge Lane, Troutbeck, Windermere, LA23 1LA. 015394 45566 www.broadoakscountryhouse.co.uk
The Sun Inn, Kirkby Lonsdale
This award-winning 17th century inn has recently been shortlisted in the new Dog-Friendly Business of the Year category 2016. It has a selection of rooms that are canine friendly, including standard, superior and deluxe and your dog will be welcomed with a complimentary ‘pooch pack’ including a towel, bowl, a treat and a trail map. After enjoying the surrounding scenery a ‘dog and boot’ shower is available outside. Dog sitting and dog walking facilities are also available close by.
6 Market Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AU. 015242 71965 www.sun-inn.info
Holbeck Ghyll Hotel, Windermere
This famous Lakeland hotel offers pet-friendly rooms across their hotel with grounds for the pups to play in. Well-behaved dogs are welcomed with a package of essentials, including treats and a list of popular nearby walks. Nearby pubs and cafes also accommodate owners and their dogs, for a quick breakfast or refreshments after exploring the region. An exclusive package is also available at the hotel called A VIC (Very Important Canines) – it includes an extra welcome pack and a Mungo and Maud bed and toy.
Holbeck Lane, Windermere, LA23 1LU. 01539 432 375 www.holbeckghyll.com
Longlands Hotel, Carnforth
An unashamedly old fashioned four star bar and inn which is a short hop to the Lancaster Canal making it perfect walking country for you and your pooch. It is also a brief drive to the area of outstanding beauty around Morecambe Bay where you can explore the communities of Arnside and Silverdale. The hotel has rooms and self-catering cottages that are suitable for pets and if you haven’t got a pet you can always borrow the pub dog, Ronnie.
Tewitfield, near Carnforth, LA6 1JH. 01524 781256 www.longlandshotel.co.uk
The Inn on The Square, Keswick
Situated in the centre of Keswick, the Inn is close by to all of your needs including shops and Derwentwater is a ten minute walk away for you and your dog. Keswick has been voted the UK’s most dog-friendly town by the Kennel Club making the Inn on The Square proud to be dog-friendly. The rooms, bar and lounge area are all hound friendly and dogs are made to feel welcome with their own dog bed and bowl.
Market Square, Keswick. CA12 5JF. 0800 840 1247 www.innonthesquare.co.uk
Assheton Arms, Downham
This is a Lancashire countryside gem in the unspoilt village of Downham, where there’s not a double yellow line, a satellite dish or a road sign to be seen. Opposite the church, you’ll find the Assheton Arms, a recent winner of Lancashire Life dining pub of the year. As well as having an excellent restaurant and good beer, it now boasts some lovely bedrooms some of which are available to well-behaved dogs.
Top Row, Downham, near Clitheroe, BB7 4BJ 01200 441227 seafoodpubcompany.com
Hillthwaite House Hotel, Windermere
A family owned boutique hotel with charm, elegance and stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Lake District. A range of rooms cater for you and the four-pawed member of the family. Dogs are also welcome in and around the hotel, including the relaxed log-fired lounge, conservatory, reception lobby and all areas outside including the panoramic terrace and exquisite landscaped gardens. A packet of essentials will be issued including treats, a small toy, doggy bags and a list of dog-friendly eateries and local walks. Additional accessories include a muddy paw mat.
Thornbarrow Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 2DF. 015394 43636 www.hillthwaite.com
Dale Lodge Hotel, Grasmere
Situated in the relaxing heart of Grasmere located two minutes away from the serenity of River Rothay and the lake. The family owned hotel combines period features with traditional charm, making it the ideal stay for you and your canine. The wide range of rooms to choose from allows you to select the perfect facilities for your stay including the premier, classic and executive rooms. Relax in Tweedies Bar and enjoy the real ale beside the wood-burner with your four-legged friend.
Grasmere, LA22 9SW. 015394 35300 www.dalelodgehotel.co.uk
Linthwaite Hotel, Windermere
After exploring the nearby village of Bowness, you will discover Linthwaite House Hotel. This hotel has been awarded many accolades rating its exquisite modern British food and luxurious accommodation. The hotel has accommodation on the ground floor for canine guests and 14 acres of grounds to walk in. Dog-friendly facilities are available at the hotel including towels, spare leads, bowls, bucket and sponge for muddy paws.
Crook Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JA. 015394 88600 www.linthwaitehouse.com
Armathwaite Hall Spa Hotel, Bassenthwaite Lake
This charming 17th-century hotel sits on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, the ideal place to take your four-legged friend for a relaxing walk. The ground floor spa rooms are pet-friendly and even come with their own patio. Your pet will receive its own bed and cushion; dog treats and doggy waste bags upon arrival. Dining at Armathwaite is great opportunity to try local produce and indulge in some of Cumbrians delicious specialities in their contemporary brassiere or restaurant.
Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick, CA12 4RE. 017687 76551 www.armathwaite-hall.com