The Cotswolds is one of our favourite places to visit with pooch in tow. Complete with stunning views and beautiful hills, lakes and rivers, the area is well-suited to dog-friendly holidays. Pups are largely welcome in and around the magnificent Cotswold countryside, and there’s an array of dog-friendly accommodation and eateries, including inns, pubs and restaurants. In the first part of our Cotswolds special, we’ll take a look at what the northern areas of the Cotswolds have to offer for you and your dog.
The dog-friendly accommodation options in the northern Cotswolds are superb. One gem is Michelin-starred and oh-so-tempting Lords of the Manor, in leafy Upper Slaughter. This wonderful, honey-coloured stone manor house dates back to 1649 and comes with imposing bay windows, original gables and lovely gardens to stroll in. Outside, there’s something very special for dog owners – the picturesque 14 mile Warden’s Way footpath. Dog-friendly, the footpath is lovely for brisk morning walkies and it runs directly adjacent to the hotel, so is very easy to get to. Inside the Manor, dogs are invited to sleep in specially prepared rooms that come with blankets, toys and homemade biscuits. While the dining area itself isn’t dog-friendly, pups are welcome to dine on organic dog food in the special dog area just outside and are well looked after by staff.
In nearby Chipping Campden, swanky Soho Farmhouse (of Soho House fame) is a members’ club-style village. We advise getting on the waiting list now for a chance to stay at this celebrity favourite. The Farmhouse hosts lavish accommodation as well as arty-style pubs and party barns. While it should be noted that not all the cabins are dog-friendly, the Mill Room pub certainly is, and serves local ales and ciders as a bonus. Elsewhere in nearby Broadway (known for its fabulous delis, cobbled streets and walks) is listed Arts and Crafts country house, Foxhill Manor. Boutique in style, Foxhill Manor is simply everything you could want from a luxury stay – and four-legged friends are more than welcome. Cosy dog beds are available, as well as tailored puppy menus, specially prepared by the in-house chef.
The dog-friendly North Cotswolds is full of delicious eateries where fido is welcome. One to try is the bar and lounge at the Broadway Hotel. Proud servers of local ales and with beautiful interiors, the inn welcomes dogs at the large bar area. We also love stylish The Wild Rabbit; owned by Lady Bamford, it is a modern take on the traditional Cotswold pub. Beautifully decorated, dogs are welcome in a select handful of bedrooms (Mole, Otter and Owl), where snuggly beds are provided, and they’re also able to join you as you eat in the bar area. Spectacular Daylesford is just 35 minutes away, full of tracks and wooded areas where dogs can be let off the leash.
If you’re in Daylesford, it’s worth checking out the dog-friendly market garden at Daylesford Organic. Or you could try the Broadway Tower, located just off the Cotswolds Way, where pups can enjoy the muddy walks, Tower and surroundings. It makes for a completely perfect day out.
There are plenty of places to explore in the dog-friendly North Cotswolds to keep you and fido busy for many a weekend, but should you wish to venture further afield, don’t miss our Part Two of our Cotswolds adventure where we look at the very best of the south.