Perfectly picturesque, this manor house hotel, with its own idyllic row of mews cottages, is a quintessential English spot, where bathrooms strive to take a staring role. Dog-friendly rooms include handmade mattresses, breathable, hand-finished duvets, pillow menus, WiFi and an in-room tablet.
Pampered paws can have their pick of most of the room and suite options on offer here.
For those pups whose tastes stray to the refined, try the Traditional dog-friendly room. This room offers classic decor and unique features, including a grand wooden-carved four-poster bed, and a charming bathroom located in an old wine cellar. For a king-sized bed and more paw space, try the Plush room, which comes with its own seating area.
Be sure to embrace the line of beautiful cottages, in which hidden slumber spots lie, and opt for a Cottage Suite. All unique, but equally stylish, these elegant suites where period features are cherished, are fit for the most stately of hounds. Or, for a serious paw treat, try the grander Master Suite.
Your dog will be delighted to find their Creature Comforts goodie bag on arrival, ensuring they have treats, bed, bowl, toy and walking maps on-paw.
With 365 acres of parkland on offer, your dog will delight in the sublime surroundings. Avoiding the golf course will not be a hardship, as you explore the lawns down to the meandering Bybrook River, or perhaps find the perfect sniffing spot in the Italian or walled gardens together.
While The Manor House does not have a spa, treatments are available in the comfort of your room, or alternatively in the Potting Shed in the Italian Gardens. Advanced booking is required.
Is a little exercise required to burn off that second scone? Take a turn on the tennis court, or perhaps just a leisurely game of croquet, or giant chess.
Children aged between 4 and 16 can be accommodated on extra beds in the rooms, which are charged at £27 per night, including breakfast.
There is an 18-hole Championship golf course here, with adventure enough for any level of golfer. Fly fishing on the river is also available.
The enticing Bybrook Restaurant is the proud owner of a Michelin star. The culinary team here work hand-in-hand with the gardeners to plan the year’s harvest in order to bring fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and homemade honey direct to the kitchens. Beware, you’ll need to save space if you’re to tackle the tasting menu.
As dogs are not allowed here, or just for a more relaxed dining spot, try The Castle Inn with fido. The estate’s very own pub, located just beyond the hotel gate, is a delight, and will provide cosy home comforts from morning coffee through to sumptuous suppers.
The Full Glass Bar is worth a tipple or two. As your dog is not allowed here, enjoy while they’re mid-snooze – you’ll need time to peruse the gin menu!
In room dining is available 24 hours a day, with a reduced menu after 10pm.
An inviting casual dining menu is available and can be enjoyed in the bar, lounges, or alfresco with your pup.
Afternoon tea is served daily, along with cream teas, which are available in the lounges from 11am (except on Sundays). On a warm day, adjourn to the terrace to enjoy with your dog.
Children under 11 years old can only dine in the Bybrook restaurant during the day.
The dog-friendly South Cotswolds attracts visitors from all over the world, and is well-known for its spectacular landscapes, parks and famous monuments. Just 25 minutes’ drive away is Westonbirt Arboretum, a simply glorious spot to escape with your pup for walkies, full of interesting woodland and mapped trails. Combine with nearby Jack Hare’s Bar, which has a tasty menu for both humans and hounds.
Another great play area is the Bathurst Estate in Cirencester. These fabulous estates, dating back to 1716, were once owned by Lord Bathurst and Alexander Pope, and a regal, pristine stretch of 5-mile parkland – known as the Broad Avenue – connects them. The area is perfect to dip in to for a light stroll, or you could enjoy the day exploring the many leafy nooks and crannies. While there, grab a bite to eat in the lounge or bar of The Kings Head.
Alternatively, if a little more hubbub is required, the metropolitan City of Bristol is a mere 20 miles away, or the majestic town of Bath is just 12 miles away. Explore the stunning surrounds here, and on your journey back pop into its smaller neighbour, Bradford-upon-Avon, where you can enjoy a drink at Timbrell’s Yard, before taking your pup to the paddling spot a short stroll away.
Address: The Manor House, Castle Combe, Chippenham, SN14 7HR
Just 15 minutes’ drive from the M4, The Manor House is easily accessible from west or east, or connect to the Midlands and north via the M5.
The nearest station is Chippenham, which has regular Great Western Railway services from the Capital (in 80 minutes), as well as from Bristol and the south-west beyond. The station is a 15 minute drive from the hotel. Book your taxi for the onward journey in advance to accommodate your dog.
If you've subscribed before click here to resubscribe.