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South Lodge

Dog-friendly rates From £225
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Awaiting Rigby's visit
West Sussex South Lodge
From £225
Paws Guestbook
3.5 Paws
Four Paws
Dine With Dog
Bed Provided
Garden
Bowl Provided
Treats / Food
Dog Sitting / Walking Available
Setting: Rolling countryside
Paws: All welcome

Nestled in the sweeping West Sussex countryside, pet-friendly South Lodge is a former family home, decorated with a relaxed grandeur that allows both human and hound to unwind with ease. Dating back to 1883, the bedrooms are individually decorated and many have Victorian features, along with a real sense of space. Dogs are welcomed with a flourish, and the 93 acres of beautiful woodlands and flowery fields will have tails a-wagging.

 
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Facilities

At South Lodge

Grand country living with a warm, family feel abounds at South Lodge. Communal spaces are charmingly busy, with plenty of places to grab a pew, while towering fireplaces and original wallpapers giving a nod to the hotel’s Victorian origins. Dog-friendly rooms include handmade mattresses, Sky TV, an in room tablet, a work desk and individual original features.

Pawfect slumbers

All accommodation options with your dog have direct outside access – handy with pooch in tow.

Smart rooms are mostly located in the stable area of the property, and have original touches, but with a more modern edge. Bathrooms are a focus here, with some featuring Italian marble and intricate mosaic designs. Some rooms also benefit from air-conditioning.

Plush Junior Suites provide a wealth of comfortable luxury with plenty of living space for your hound to bound around. Plush Junior Suites with a View, on offer to travelling pooches, have wonderful views over the lawns and grounds and on to the South Downs, and some have private patios, ideal for pups to explore from.

If it’s a country break away with dog and friends you’re after, spacious Bothy Cottage has six bedrooms, welcoming up to 10 guests, with its own kitchen, dining area, living room and two bathrooms.

It’s not just you who will want to hunker down; your dog will have his own cosy dog bed, a bowl and treats waiting for them on arrival.

Human and hound abound

This countryside is made for walking. Grab those Dubarrys and set out to explore the 93 acres of wood & parkland with eager pooches.

Relax and revive

Make space to saviour the spa. This newly created, 44,000 sq ft sanctuary houses a state-of-the-art gym and spin studio, indoor pool, outdoor hydrotherapy pool and swim pond, thermal suite and treatment rooms galore. There is also a Mediterranean inspired restaurant, beauty bar and barbers to partake of.

The extra bits

Up to two children are welcome per room if space allows – please detail when enquiring.

Essentials

  • 9 dog-friendly rooms; 85 in total
  • Check-in 3pm
  • Check-out 11am. Late check-out on request, subject to availability
  • Rates from £225
  • Breakfast included
  • Additional £50 per stay per dog-friendly room
  • Grab your walking shoes and explore the South Downs Way with fido
  • Keep an eye out for the new spa, opening late Summer 2018

Food and Drink

Hotel restaurants

The Pass is a 3AA rosette hotel restaurant to rave about. Designed to make discerning diners feel part of a chef’s table experience, opening hours are restricted so the chefs can focus on the exquisite detail of the tasting menus and creating a fabulous dining experience. Expect seasonal Modern European delights in one of the hotel’s most contemporary settings.

The Camellia is the more traditional of the two, but looks to create classic seasonal dishes with a contemporary twist. With beautiful views of the South Downs from the inviting room, dishes use fresh vegetables from the hotel’s walled kitchen garden and the finest local Sussex ingredients.

The hotel’s restaurants are not dog-friendly, except in warmer weather where you’re welcome to dine with your dog on The Camellia’s outside terrace.

Hotel bar

The Billiard Bar is a relaxed and social place to meet and mingle, with humans and hounds alike, as pooches are more than welcome here. Lighter bites and heartier pub-style meals are served all day. Although breakfast is served in The Camellia, you’re welcome to adjourn to the bar area should you wish to dine with your dog to start your day.

At your service

Room service is available 24 hours a day – just order via your in-room tablet.

The extra bits

Alfresco dining on the terrace is a must in the summer months, whether a morning coffee and cake, or a relaxed meal with fido. Make your way to the lush green lawn and take a pause in one of the deck chairs, while your dog takes a snooze by your side.

Afternoon tea is served daily in the The Camellia, The Drawing Room, on the terrace, or in one of the inviting lounges. Dogs are welcome to enjoy this with you on the terrace.

While dogs are not allowed in The Drawing Room, you are very welcome to enjoy the lounge areas together, other than when afternoon tea is being served.

Be sure to visit The Cellar, a haven for wine lovers. Browse and taste over 300 wines (though perhaps not all at once! 16 are available to taste each day) – choose a bottle to pair with your dinner, or relax and enjoy alongside a selection of antipasti.

  • The Pass: Lunch served from noon to 1.30pm Friday and Saturday, and from 12.30pm to 1.30pm on Sundays. Dinner served from 7pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday to Sunday
  • The Camellia: Lunch served from 12.30pm to 1.45pm Wednesday - Saturday, and from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Sundays. Dinner served from 7pm to 8.30pm, Sunday to Thursday, and from 7pm to 9.30pm on Friday and Saturday
  • Breakfast served in The Camellia from 7am to 10am Monday to Saturday and 7.30am to 10.30am on Sundays
  • Afternoon tea: 1.30pm to 4pm in The Camellia, The Drawing Room, alfresco, or one of the hotel lounges
  • The Billiard Bar: 10.30am until late
  • Dress code: Country smart casual with a nod to historic luxury

Where We Are

LOCAL AREA

There is plenty to explore right on your doorstep at South Lodge. The 93 acres of terraces, gardens, lakes, woodland and parkland have sensational sniffing potential and will keep even the most adventurous of hounds occupied. Enjoy the abundance of Rhododendrons, Camellias and Azaleas, and test your culinary identification skills at the Kitchen Garden. If fido has the tendency to outrun you, there are mountain bikes available to borrow so you can keep up as you set out on your adventures together.

A little further afield, a 20 minute drive will take you to the South Downs National Park, with walking routes galore. While a half hour drive south will take you to bustling Brighton. For more on this seaside town, don’t miss our guide to dog-friendly Brighton.

For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below. You will also find more handy tips and fantastic places to explore on our dog-friendly Sussex destination page.

LOCATION AND CONTACT

Address: South Lodge, Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PS

Hit the road

South Lodge is easily accessible from a number of nearby A roads, and will take you less than 60 minutes on a good run from the Capital’s southern suburbs. On-site parking is available for the duration of your stay.

All aboard

Horsham is your nearest railway station, with services from London Victoria or London Bridge taking just over an hour. The journey up from the south coast is a little quicker. The number 17 bus will take you from the station to within a five minute walk of South Lodge, or book a dog-friendly taxi for the last leg.

For more tips on travelling with your dog, including transport options, read our essential guide to travelling with dogs. For more handy tips, check out Dog Digest.

 

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3 Paws Archie, February, 2018.

Close to London for an ideal weekend getaway. Great terrace for outdoor eating when the weather is good. Countryside on your doorstep for walks with your dog, plus direct access to outdoor from our room made this an ideal place to go with pooch in tow.

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4 Paws Sara, July, 2017.

South Lodge is an easy weekend escape from London. Our dog loved our suite which had patio doors opening directly on to our own terrace and the lawns beyond. Their were several other dogs staying in the rooms adjacent to ours and our dog really loved meeting them and exploring. The room layout was the major plus point as a dog owner, and was really spacious. Also the staff were very welcoming to our dog, who seemed to get a constant supply of biscuits! Our rooms was a more traditional than our taste and the building work going on is a bit of a shame and took the edge off a bit but the warm welcome and suitability of room are definitely worth highlighting.

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