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The Feathers Hotel

Dog-friendly rates From £115
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Oxfordshire The Feathers Hotel
From £115
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3 Paws
Four Paws
Dine With Dog
Setting: Historic market town
Paws: All welcome
2 dogs allowed per room

The interwoven buildings of this characterful, pet-friendly townhouse hotel, at the heart of the Oxfordshire town of Woodstock, is a history buff’s dream, with magnificent Blenheim Palace on its doorstep. Contemporary, while embracing its historic routes, its colourful interiors will welcome you and your dog with open arms. Make sure you leave time aplenty to visit The Feathers Hotel’s renowned, dog-friendly Gin Bar – it’s record-breaking!

 
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Facilities

At The Feathers Hotel

Colourful, charming and quirky, this townhouse embraces its namesake birdy motives with a wink and a smile. Dog-friendly rooms include, WiFi, crisp linens, flat screen TVs and complimentary tea or coffee, whisked to you fresh, upon request.

Pawfect slumbers

Dogs can join you in several Cotswold Superior bedrooms. These fresh spaces blend old and new, with a splash of colour. They come with double or king size beds (which can be converted to twin beds upon request) and a small seating nook.

Alternative for those who really want to stretch their paws, dogs can also join you in a number of the Suites. Each individually designed, with a nod to their historic surrounds, they have queen or king-size beds, with a separate sofa bed and inviting bathrooms.

A doggy pack is available by prior request for £15 per dog per stay, which includes a bed and feeding station, amongst other doggy delights.

Human and hound abound

Located in the centre of historic Woodstock, the hotel itself has a courtyard dogs will, of course, want to sniff out but to stretch those paws, just a couple of minutes walk away is Blenheim Palace, where you can explore the parkland together.

Essentials

  • 6 dog-friendly rooms; 21 in total
  • Check-in 3pm
  • Check-out 11am
  • Rates from £115
  • Breakfast included
  • Dogs stay for free
  • Explore Blenheim Palace's parkland with fido, just a couple of minute's walk away

Food and Drink

Hotel restaurants

The hotel’s restaurant, Kitchen celebrates straightforward, homely food, cooked to perfection, with a focus on locally sourced, seasonal produce. Make sure to reserve your spot for Sunday lunch!

While dogs are not allowed here, Kitchen’s menu is served throughout the hotel, including the bar, where your pooch can accompany you.

Hotel bar

Not to be missed, the Gin Bar has a place in the Guinness Book of Records™ for offering the greatest selection of gins on the planet, over 400! What can we say, it’s always gin o’clock at The Feathers!

At your service

Should you and fido fancy putting your feet up, you can dine from the Bar menu in your room.

The extra bits

Afternoon Tea is celebrated here – with an array of options available. Break from the norm and try the Gin Tea, which you can enjoy in the Bar or Terrace with your dog.

A children’s menu is available from Kitchen, for under 12’s.

  • Breakfast: continental buffet with hot dishes cooked to order
  • Lunch: noon to 2.30pm daily, with Sunday lunch served until 3.30pm
  • Afternoon tea: 3pm to 5pm daily
  • Dinner: 6.30pm to 9pm Sunday through Thursday, and 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Bar: open from noon to 11pm daily
  • Dress code: country casuals

Where We Are

LOCAL AREA

Woodstock itself is a charming market town, filled with independent shops, cafe’s and gastro-pubs – many of whom welcome paws.

Known for its connection to Blenheim Palace, a trip to Woodstock would not be complete without a visit to the home of the Duke of Marlborough. The only non-royal ‘Palace’ in England and a World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace was also the birthplace of Winston Churchill. With the parkland developed by Capability Brown, you and your dog will adore exploring the grounds together. The Park is open from 9am to 6pm (or dusk).

Venture a little further into the Cotswold hills, and under half an hour’s drive away you’ll find the picture-perfect town of Burford. With ambling countryside all around, there is more than enough to keep you entertained. When peckish, take a pew at the dog-friendly The Lambs Inn – you might even find a doggy menu on offer.

The historic university town Oxford is also just 10 miles away. After enjoying the magnificent surrounds, if fido is straining for a run, just north-west of the city centre, Port Meadow is a great, expansive spot for your dog to run around. There are on occasion cows and horses grazing on some of the meadows, so take an extendable lead so you can prevent your pup having any close encounters.

For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below. Also worth a read are our North and South Cotswolds guides on Dog Digest.

LOCATION AND CONTACT

Address: The Feathers Hotel, 16-20 Market St, Woodstock, OX20 1SX

Hit the road

Located in the centre of Woodstock, just a leap and bound from the A44, your destination is easy to spot. While the hotel does not have a car park, there are a number of parking areas in the town you can use, and to which the staff can direct you to after you have dropped off your bags.

All aboard

The nearest station is Hanborough Station, to which Great Western Railways run mainline train services, including ones direct from the capital’s Paddington Station. We recommend you book your dog-friendly taxi in advance for the 10 minute onward drive to Woodstock.

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.

 

The Feathers Hotel

Rigby's Review

Remarkable rambles

On a delightful English day, we arrived in the charming market town of Woodstock. A lovely enclave full of pubs, boutique shops and cafes, it’s a spot we (Rigby included!) have grown to love over the years. Famous for adjourning Blenheim Palace, the grounds of which Rigby adores exploring, he was soon standing to attention, nose twitching in the country air, the anticipation of the palace’s parkland ensuring his tail was wagging at a frenetic pace.

No sooner had we pulled off the main road than we spotted our destination, The Feathers Hotel. Lucky enough to spot a parking space right outside, we were soon at the entrance, where Rigby insisted much sniff time was required, clearly keen to check out which paws had been here before.

Met with a welcoming smile, we were soon shown around this endearing spot. Trying very hard to remember the way amongst the corridors and staircases in this characterful rabbit warren, we soon arrived at our suite and were delighted to find it looked over the pretty street below.

With its dark cosseting tones and original features, from the stone fireplace to the run of sash windows, all intermingled with colourful artwork and eclectic fixtures, there was much to draw the eye and space enough for many feet and paws! While we made a mental note to save time for a soak in the huge freestanding bath, Rigby scurried around, keen to check out every nook and cranny before soon alighting upon a treat indeed. A supremely (I am reliably informed) cushiony framed bed with matching bowls awaited him, adorned with a toy, treats and his very own welcome note, of which he soon had a chew as he snuggled into his new digs.

All keen to rest awhile, we had a bite to eat while we took the load off in the wingback chairs dotted about the room and relaxed, magazines in hand with a treat or two from the sweetie jar left for us. Revived, we set off for a wander around the town. As we wound our way amid the streets we found our way to the footpath into the parkland. Keen to take in the view of the palace before dusk, we explored the banks entranced by the vista, while Rigby had a whale of a time checking out the country smells. The promise of a long walk in the grounds in the morning made, we headed back to our slumber spot for tea all round.

Relaxed and looking forward to a hearty meal, we all headed downstairs. With the hotel’s main restaurant area not dog-friendly, we made our way to the laid-back bar, where the welcoming staff had kindly kept us a spot. All settled in, with a water bowl speedily delivered to the furry-one, we were presented with the enticing menu from the main restaurant. With weekend treats on our mind, we opted for the chicken liver pate and chicory, pear and Roquefort salad to start, followed by moules frites and pork belly.

Now decisions decisions… With the bar holding a world record for the number of gins on offer, there was really only one choice to be had, but where to begin! Having perused and soon got confused with the myriad of choices on offer our friendly waiter stepped in to help. Full of suggestions of exotic combinations of these two, on the face of it ubiquitous ingredients, each pairings ideal accompaniments, as well as an impressive knowledge of the perfect choices to complement our meals, we left the selection firmly in his hands. Now we had all we needed to sit back and enjoy this colourful country-town environment, with Rigby more than content keeping an eye out for passing paws.

More than full, we headed back to our suite. I could wait no longer, it was definitely time to luxuriate in the giant egg bath sitting in pride of place on our suite, before we all put our heads down for a good nights rest – Rigby needing no encouragement to dive once more on to his much-loved bed!

Waking the next day to let’s say not the perfect weather, we decided to take our time and have a leisurely start to the day. A rare treat of a lie in, papers in hand and coffees delivered to us, we contemplated the day ahead. Still keen to explore more of the beautiful Blenheim grounds, we decided to hell with the weather we were off to explore! But perhaps a good breakfast first to set us on the way.

Having donned our dog-walking gear we all took a pew in the bar, where a dog-friendly table had been awaiting our arrival. With cooked breakfasts on the mind, Rigby already thinking about falling bits of sausages, our order was soon placed, while Rigby was momentarily distracted by the chance to meet some other four-pawed guests.

Breakfast enjoyed, duvet coats and Dubarry’s on and Rigby trotting along in his coat, we set off to take the impressive driveway walk to Blenheim Palace and the grounds beyond.

With its truly lovely position next to Blenheim’s stunning grounds and the charming town around, this townhouse hotel has relaxed, olden world charm in abundance and a welcoming smile for human and hound.

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3 Paws Pari, February 14, 2018.

Fantastic location just next to Blenheim Palace and within easy reach of Oxford. Perfect gateway to the rest of the Cotswolds also. Good pub grub served in the restaurant and all the staff were so dog friendly.

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