12 hotels, inns and holiday homes across the country have been recognised as having the most accommodating approach to pampering pooches, at the 2018 Dog-Friendly Travel Awards.
The awards, which are the creation of the hospitality division at pet booking site, PetsPyjamas, recognises properties offering the friendliest welcome, the most luxury and the best location for walks among others, with the likes of New Park Manor, Another Place, The Lake and Soar Mill Cove Hotel scooping accolades.
PetsPyjamas was launched in 2012 by the founders of toptable.com, Europe’s number one restaurant booker, and has been championing to improve since the launch of its dog-friendly holiday division in 2014.
The winners of the Dog-Friendly Travel Awards 2018 are:
Best Dog-Friendly Pub with Rooms
The Jack Russell, Andover, Hampshire.
New Park Manor, Brockenhurst, Hampshire.
Widbrook Grange, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire.
Best Luxury Hotel
Another Place, The Lake Ullswater, The Lake District.
Coed-y-Mwstwr Hotel, Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales.
Best for Walkies
Mill End Hotel, Chagford, Devon.
Soar Mill Cove Hotel & Spa, Salcombe, Devon.
Home from Home
Coastguard’s Beach House, Rye, East Sussex.
Best Unique Stay
Woodfarm Barges, Suffolk.
The Black Swan at Helmsley, North Yorkshire.
Best European Destination
Abbaye de la Bussiere, Dijon, France.
Top Resident Dog
Charingworth Manor, North Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.
The awards were judged on: 1. Super dog-loving atmosphere and staff at all times; 2. Three or more dog-friendly rooms available to book; 3. Doggy access to some of the property’s communal areas and the ability to dine with their owners – a special pet menu is a bonus; 4. Dog facilities and provisions such as a bed, bowls and treats in the dog-friendly hotel room or cottage; 5. Nearby dog-friendly attractions such as a fabulous doggy walks or a dog-friendly beach.
Co-founder of PetsPyjamas, Karen Hanton comments: “Having sent thousands of dogs and their owners on getaways since 2014, we understand exactly what is needed to delight our customers and create a stay that is truly dog-friendly not just dog tolerant. In conjunction with our accommodation partners, we create a difference with exclusive packages, all-inclusive deals and extras just for the dog and these awards celebrate the increasingly high standards in customer service.”