Colourful, contemporary interiors combine with period features in this Queen Anne-style mansion. Dog-friendly rooms include handmade, deep sprung British made beds, a Flatscreen TV, WiFi and L’Occitane toiletries.
There are two dog-friendly Comfy King rooms available in The Courtyard. Each individually designed Comfy King room aims to relax with colourful decor, seating area and en-suite with power shower and bath.
Dogs will find a bowl and helpful doggy goodies awaiting them on arrival.
The estate sits at the edge of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty and with the hotel’s 26 acres of manicured gardens on your doorstep, there is an abundance of sniff spots for fido. The hotel has also developed their own Woof Guide with handy information for your pets stay.
The newly developed treatment rooms offer Mediterranean infused Temple Spa treatments. Take the time to indulge yourself with their signature treatment, Total Harmony.
For those keen to work up an appetite, the hotel also has a gym. Or, for keen cyclists, mountain bikes are available for hire with a multitude of cycle routes in the area, including that used for the 2012 Olympic road cycling race.
There is a lovely terrace overlooking the gardens to enjoy with your dog. Your pooch, however, can not partake of the hotel lounges.
Enjoy seasonal fare in the atmospheric, wood panelled, The Oak Room Restaurant. Expect dishes such as the hotel’s own take on a classic prawn cocktail, herb crusted place fillet and peanut butter and salted caramel parfait. There is also a selection of Surrey Farm steaks on offer.
Although your dog is unable to join you in The Oak Room Restaurant, they can sit with you in the bar area while you eat. There is a relaxed menu to enjoy there featuring much-loved favourites, such as club sandwiches and fish and chips.
Room service is available 24 hours a day.
There is a lovely terrace on which you can dine from the bar menu when the weather allows, and where your dog can accompany you.
The hotel pride’s itself on its traditional afternoon tea and also offers a gluten free option. Booking in advance is advisable, particularly in the summer for tea on the terrace overlooking the gardens.
Barnett Hill Hotel’s estate enjoys a splendid rural setting, on the edge of the Surrey Hills, which are an Area of Outstanding Beauty.
Once you and your dog have finished exploring the hotel’s grounds, it is under a 10 minute walk to the Blackheath Common side of the Surrey Hills Area. This 250 acre heathland is a favourite of walkers and horse riders for its sloping, ash-tree-framed fields. Have you got energy to burn? Ask the hotel staff to point you towards the 9 mile walk through the hills, which starts just off Blackheath Lane near the hotel.
Visiting in the Autumn? Make sure to visit Winkworth Arboretum with your dog for a splendid display as the leaves turn. It is just a 15 minute drive away.
For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: Barnett Hill Hotel, Blackheath Lane, Guildford, GU5 0RF
You will find Barnett Hill Hotel just 5 miles from the A3. Simply pop the postcode in the SatNav.
There is plenty of parking on site.
Whilst the nearest station is Chilworth, Guilford station is just 15 minutes drive away and has regular mainline services. Trains from London Waterloo to Guilford take just over half an hour. Make sure you pre-book a dog-friendly taxi to take you and fido the rest of the way.
For more tips on travelling with your dog, including transport options, read our essential guide to travelling with dogs. While for more handy tips for you and your dog’s life together, check out Dog Digest.
With thoughts of the countryside filling our minds (Rigby very much included!), we were soon in the car and on our way to Surrey. As we made our way through Guilford and the bustling villages beyond, we were soon on the lookout, keen to spot where our destination was hiding. We were soon to be in the know as we made a turn out of the hubbub and into the edges of Surrey Hills, where we shortly came across the leafy enclave encasing Barnett Hill Hotel.
With the tranquillity of the spot immediately striking us, a world away from the towns beyond, Rigby bounded from the car, eager for a roll around on the grass while we got our bearings. Proudly sitting at the heart of the grounds, the Queen Anne style mansion house was surrounded by a patchwork of converted red brick courtyard buildings, and gardens.
Rolling apparently complete, Rigby was ready to join us to say our hello’s. After a quick sniff test of the wellies, ready and waiting for a country walk in the entrance, we made our way to the reception. A warm welcome awaited us all as we checked-in and we were soon shown to our room in The Courtyard, while tips for the best walking routes where helpfully bestowed.
Ensconced in our room, Rigby immediately decided his bed was up to scratch and took to making himself at home while we settled in. With a cottage like feel both inside and out, our comfy room was snugly set on the ground floor of one of the converted stable buildings. Well equipped, with thoughtful touches throughout – our favourite, the special dog lead hook of course! – we were soon at home in the simply styled, modern space, brought to life with a flourish of crimson soft furnishings accenting the room.
Settled in, Rigby decided to leave the planning to us as we pursued the map, tea in hand.
All revived, we set off to explore the grounds. Rigby happily nosed his way through the formal garden spaces, with many a nook and cranny and hidden bench, perfect to enjoy on a warm day, before sniffing out one of the many paths to the woods beyond. A forest lover, Rigby could not contain his joy as he set off to explore the fern-lined paths below the towering trees. Lacking Rigby’s four-paw drive, we were glad of our walking shoes as we scaled the forest-claimed hillsides, that felt a world away from the bustling Surrey life, just a stone’s throw away.
After a thorough patrol of the grounds and with tired legs from the hilly paths, it was time for a siesta for the boys and a soak in the bath for me.
Rested and with the laid-back, friendly vibe of the hotel calling, we headed to the dog-friendly bar for dinner, where we were delighted to find a table reserved for us and Rigby. The understated space was warm and welcoming, from the friendly staff to the smattering of hotel guests enjoying pre-dinner drinks.
With a short but sweet menu of classic British fare, we opted for fish and chips and a Surrey Farm sirloin steak. Rigby meanwhile had found his spot of choice and was happily nestled between our chairs, bowl by his side, keeping an eye on all who passed by.
Our dinner was just what the doctor ordered, the steak, in particular, eliciting praise. Appetites whetted, we ordered the lemon tart and cheeses. The cheeses, more than generous in portion were a delight and the lemon tart thoroughly enjoyed. After a final chat to our hospitable waiter, we set off for an evening stroll through the gardens taking the long route back to our room, before we all settled down for a good nights sleep, all equally delighted with our comfy beds.
After a good nights sleep all round and morning constitutionals complete, we left Rigby slumbering, his belly full of kibble as we headed down for our own breakfast.
With a friendly waitress on hand to assist, we pursued the buffet, the cooked offerings standing out. Coffee and eggs were partaken of and we were soon back to Rigby, all keen for another country walk…
This friendly, peaceful spot, with its relaxed take on country living, is an easy place to be for both human and hound with woodlands sure to delight those with four-paws.
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