From the Tudor exterior of this 14th Century coaching inn to the original wood panelling and numerous firesides, there are period features galore in this atmospheric, sumptuous slumber spot. Dog-friendly rooms include Nespresso machines, WiFi, British mattresses handmade in Devon, antiques and history at every turn.
Four-pawed guests can pick from a Deluxe Room or Junior Suite.
Beautifully appointed and all unique, Deluxe Rooms have plenty of space to stretch out, with some also having private terraces. With original paintings, traditional touches and luxurious linens they are charming spaces to relax in.
With king-size beds and a double sofa bed, Junior Suites are wonderful for a family break, or a decadent break for human and hound. Elegance combines with old world glamour, accented by colourful fabrics in these lovely spaces. Just a moment away from The Spa, most of these spacious suites also have original wooden beams.
Dogs will find their slumber spot awaiting their arrival with a dog bed and bowls.
Dogs are welcome to give a full sniff inspection of the hotel’s garden but you will soon be biting at the bit to go and explore the gorgeous scenery around. The hotel has walking maps for the surrounding countryside available at reception.
It’s hard to resist a trip to the alluring spa, so make sure to spare some time to enjoy.
There is an impressive, double height indoor pool with retractable roof and a relaxing spa bath, male and female saunas and a eucalyptus-scented steam room. Book a treatment in advance to avoid disappointment. Now just to pick from the facial treatments by OSKIA, therapies and rituals from ILA and Jessica nail treatments on offer…
Parents fear not, there are ‘children’s splashing times’ so the junior members of the family can also enjoy the pool.
For the more active inclined, there is also a fitness centre, which along with the spa is open from 6.30am to 9pm. The Spa Kitchen & Bar serving lighter bits and smoothies is open daily from 8.00am.
A children’s club operates during school holidays for young guests up to 12 years old. Make sure to reserve their place. Babysitting can also be booked if requested in advance.
Dining throughout the hotel aims to celebrate local food and drink with a thoroughly enjoyable experience you’ll want to linger over.
Set below the towering, barrel roof with wood panelling with deep blue hues at every turn is The Lygon Bar & Grill. With favourites such as Waghourne’s 30 days dry aged Ribeye steak, Caldecott chicken, ham hock and leek pie and sticky date and toffee pudding, make sure you’ve made room before partaking of dinner this characterful dining room.
The Lygon Wine Bar is a haven for wine lovers and brings a taste of Italy to this English idyll, with small plates and tapas style dishes. Pop in for a glass of wine, or enjoy an Italian bite or two. Tickled your fancy? Wines are available to buy in the Boutique if you’ve found a drop you just can’t be without.
Are cocktails more your thing? Try one of the Cocktail Bar’s offerings, crafted with botanicals in mind and enjoy the laid-back ambience.
While dogs are not able to join you in The Lygon Bar & Grill or The Lygon Wine Bar, there is an array of lounges on offer where you can dine with your loyal companion, as well as in the Terrace restaurant, which serves the same menu at The Lygon Bar & Grill.
Afternoon tea is a lovely affair here. Book to enjoy with fido in the Terrace restaurant, one of the seven cosy lounges or outside in the Courtyard.
A seasonal room service menu is available 24 hours a day.
Now where to rest a paw? You will be spoilt for choice with the many Lygon Lounges dotted around the hotel, all of which are dog-friendly and serve a tempting selection of hearty fare, from burgers to eggs benedict. You’ll soon be settling in for an hour or more…
The Lygon Arms is at the heart of the charming and quintessentially-Cotswolds village of Broadway. This pretty enclave, packed with boutiques is special indeed and more than worthy of a mosey around. Make sure to take the walk up to Broadway Tower, located just off the Cotswolds Way, where pups can enjoy the rolling hills, Tower and surroundings.
Just 10 minutes’ drive from The Lygon Arms is the Snowshill farm of Cotswolds Lavender. To take in the stunning fields in full bloom, aim to visit around the end of May. Dogs can accompany you as you explore the fields, just be sure to keep them on a lead.
Another country idyll? Just a short drive away are the famous Cotswolds towns of Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh.
For younger visitors, the Cotswolds Wildlife Park is 30 miles away, and your dog can accompany you on a lead through many of the attractions.
Address: The Lygon Arms, High Street, Broadway, WR12 7DU
Broadway lies just a short distance from the main A44 tributary that runs from the M40 to the south-east and to Worcester and beyond to the north-west. Upon entering the village the hotel is easy to spot on High Street. Pull off into the sweeping driveway outside the front door and you’ll soon have a helping hand for your luggage. The hotel has two car parks.
The nearest train stations are, Moreton-in-Marsh and Eversham, served by Great Western Railways and both around 25 minutes by road. We recommend you book your dog-friendly taxi in advance for the rest of the onward journey.
On a very rainy day, Rigby and I set off from London with waterproofs in hand and paw, many a towel for the furry one and wellies for me. Our destination du jour, a historic Cotswolds slumber spot, The Lygon Arms.
Rigby’s head popped up from his snooze, just in time to take a gander at Broadway, the village at the heart of which The Lygon Arms lies. No sooner had we pulled into the hotel’s drive than we were met by a smiling doorman, ready to assist us on our short dash through the rain to the welcoming hotel inside. In from the cold and with a warm welcome received we were delighted to have arrived. Rigby in particular, given the flurry of pats and one, or maybe two biscuits thoughtfully delivered to him by the friendly staff.
A little ahead of schedule in our eagerness to escape the big smoke, we decided that despite the rain this was the time to explore. Kitted out with all-terrain gear more suited to hiking than a stroll around a country village on a supposedly mid-springs day, we set-off. With Broadway impressively still beautiful despite the mizzle, we took a turn around the village, Rigby keen to greet all who passed. He was not to be disappointed, it really was a paw hotspot, with a veritable array of pooches padding the streets and greens. With Rigby having declared he still had a bit more energy to dispense of, we wandered to the Cotswolds Way, where he took great delight in rolling his way down a field or two – helpful indeed! Tuckered out and with R&R on the mind, we headed back, after a significant rub down of the furry, or should I say grassy one!
Met with smiles once more and a bowl of water for a very grateful Rigby, we were soon off to see our pad. After a tour of the plethora of atmospheric dog-friendly lounges filled with inviting velvet sofas and many a roaring fire, stunning historic dining areas, and our specially reserved dog-friendly dinner table, we were even more excited to see our abode.
Winding our way through the courtyard to the cottage beyond and alongside the rather lovely hotel garden, our ground floor room was a delight. With dark grey tones, a gigantic, imposing four-poster bed, antique furniture and crimson accents, it really was a place to hunker down – pawfect on a day like today!
Clearly sensing the comforts ahead, I was soon dragged by a very overexcited Rigby through the door, held ajar by our very helpful guide. A mere nanosecond later, Rigby was in the bed left for him, nose prodding meaningfully at the treats. With a goodie bestowed to the pup, he was soon curled tight as a ball in his bed, deep in slumber after his exerts.
With peace and quiet achieved, it was time for me too to put my feet up, and perhaps a soak in the oh so tempting bath, surrounded by wonderful portraits of pups being pampered – puppy love indeed. With the welcome chocolates spotted and tea in hand, this was just what the doctor ordered.
The stresses of the city now a world away, we roused ourselves to adjourn to dinner. After exploring the charming garden with Rigby, we made our way to the main house. With the restaurant not dog-friendly, we still felt more than welcome with a table thoughtfully laid for us just alongside, and with a water bowl and treats awaiting Rigby’s arrival – oh to be a pampered pup! Settling into the lovely, relaxing ambience of the hotel, with happy chatter rising from the sprinkling of patrons enjoying this inviting abode, this was a lovely spot for a leisurely meal. With the furry one occupied greeting a trickle of people keen to say hello to him, I deliberated over the menu. Springtime was firmly on my mind, even if not in the weather, so I selected the English garden pea soup with warm bread, followed by grilled salmon and asparagus with purple sprouting broccoli on the side, accompanied by a cheeky glass of Sancerre. Full of freshness and cooked to perfection, the meal was a delight and Rigby was in his element with the attention and seemingly endless supply of biscuits available to him!
Both with full stomachs, we ambled back through the pretty courtyard, festooned with lights to the garden and cottage beyond, before snuggling into our supremely comfortable beds for a good nights sleep.
After a sound sleep all round and a morning potter in the adjoining garden, Rigby insisted it was time to return to bed and so I hung his ‘tails we’re out’ sign so everyone knew not to disturb his slumber and headed to the spa for a morning swim. In an unusual setting, reminiscent of a Roman bath, a brief stint in the pool was the perfect way to clear my head and work up an appetite for breakfast.
Having found Rigby still happily snoozy on my return and with breakfast in bed calling, I decided to follow his lead until our tasty treats arrived. A lovely staff member, delighted to see Rigby, soon delivered a tray festooned with breakfast delights that suddenly had his nose twitching with anticipation, all thoughts of slumber forgotten.
Stomachs once again full, it was time to take the climb to Broadway Tower… well, I had promised Rigby!
This historic hotel, in its utterly charming setting, is a dog-friendly delight. With pooches embraced and the warmest of welcomes, it will brighten even the dullest of days. It’s an idyllic spot to take the load off and let yourself slow down to a much more gentile pace of life and we thoroughly approve – well, there really should be time for human and hound to smell the roses after all…
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