Arriving here is like a welcoming embrace. This enticing, characterful, home-away-from-home country house hotel comes complete with fine chef-baked treats in your room, luxurious linens and views across the valley. Dog-friendly rooms include LCD TVs, WiFi and Neom toiletries, as well as tea and coffee making facilities and the delightful homemade biscuits.
Pups cannot stay in the main house, but the Garden Wing rooms, where dogs can stay, should not disappoint. Contemporary with their intricate bathroom tiles, and stylish through and through, everything is of the highest quality and presented with their blend of country cool.
Pick from Small or Medium rooms in the Garden Wing, which has its own handy entrance through the charming boot room, where maps scrolls are waiting with a choice of walks fido will adore.
Nestled in the eaves, Badbrook and Sladbrook are the perfectly formed Small rooms available. Both are doubles with exceptionally comfortable beds, sure to deliver a good night’s rest. Their en-suites have showers over the bath.
Medium rooms have picturesque views over the Slad valley, so you can count those sheep! Available as double or twins, these rooms offer more space for your dog to sniff out. Our choice is Cuttles Mill, which has a wonderful roll-top bath, as well as a separate shower.
Your dog will be greeted with a bed, bowl, toy, treats and a personalised welcome note. Should he require his food to be ready and waiting, make a request when booking and the hotel will be delighted to oblige.
No need to bring your wellies – borrow a pair from the boot room and head off from the hotel to explore the recommended local walking routes. The countryside on your doorstep is spectacular, and you and your pooch will have a ball. Be warned – this may go down as hill training!
Two serene treatment rooms are open from 10am to 6pm daily, offering Elemis treatments for massages and facials, and Leighton Denny for manicures and pedicures. With the group’s renowned spa expertise, book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Dogs are restricted to the Garden Wing and terrace, where they are asked to stay on a lead. The terrace is spacious with a grassy area, perfect for fido to take in the country air. There are also comfy sofas, tables and chairs for you to relax in, or have a meal.
Children are welcome in the larger rooms, with extra beds charged at £20 per bed per night, and cots at £15 per cot per night.
Don’t forget to enjoy the games room, complete with pool table. There are also two inviting lounges with roaring fires, however the main house is not dog-friendly, so enjoy while fido is taking a post-walk snooze.
Inviting and enticing, the blue hues and washed woods are perfectly complemented with glass ball lanterns that bring country chic bang up to date at The Painswick restaurant.
In ‘The Hearth’ area, Smorgasbord style dining is the special every day of the week. In the main restaurant, menus change regularly, offering contemporary British and European fare with a flair, done to an exacting standard. Think Pâté de Campagne, focaccia and mixed leaf salad, or perhaps lobster & black pudding pie, with lobster gravy.
The trendy hotel bar offers an extensive drinks selection. Enjoy a tipple indoors, or wander out to enjoy the views on the terrace.
Should you wish to partake in a meal with your pooch from the comfort of your room, room service is available from 7am to 9.30pm, offering anything from the main menu operating at that time of the day, from breakfast to dinner, or afternoon tea. Just pick up the phone and an obliging staff member will deliver the menu of the moment direct to your door.
Dogs are not allowed in the restaurant or bar. Dog-sitting is available should you wish to arrange for someone to keep an eye on fido while you dine in the restaurant, or enjoy a meal outside on the terrace on warmer days. Alternatively, wander out and explore – the Cotswolds is full of delicious dog-friendly dining (see our recommendations below).
The quaint town of Painswick is on your doorstep. Well worth an explore, this grey-stoned village (unusual for the Cotswolds) has a selection of shops and places to grab a drink. If you’ve still got some energy after tackling the hills, don’t miss Painswick’s Rococo Gardens. Located on the edge of the town, this garden, built 250 years ago in a hidden valley, welcomes dogs.
Further afield, explore the historic town of Cirencester, which is also home to the grand Bathurst Estate, where you can explore its stately Broad Avenue with your pooch. Grab a bite to eat with your dog in the bar or lounge of The Kings Head.
The Cotswolds is full of dog-friendly delights, from beautiful countryside to charming villages. 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.
Address: The Painswick, Kemps Lane, Painswick, Stroud, GL6 6YB
Put the postcode in your SatNav, and you will find The Painswick buried in the Cotswolds’ countryside. You may be directed down some narrow lanes on approach. These are utterly charming and will have your dog’s nose sniffing out of the window; take it slowly in case you meet any oncoming humans and hounds.
The Painswick has on-site parking – get practising those hill starts!
Stroud is the nearest station and is well served by Great Western Railways. The number 61 bus will take you from Stroud to Painswick in around 10 minutes, or you might want to grab a taxi for the last leg. Book this in advance to ensure it’s dog-friendly.
Rigby and I were lucky enough to arrive at The Painswick on a warm, sunny spring day – the kind you long for. With the roof down, a breeze in the air and the SatNav taking us the somewhat ‘back route’, Rigby’s curly locks were ‘a-blowing’ and his nose ‘a-sniffing’ as we entered the sleepy town of Painswick. Riveted with the excitement enlisted from the country smells, Rigby could not help but bound from the car, ready to explore.
Although dogs are not allowed in the main house here, Rigby was not disappointed. More than a couple of dog-loving staff arrived on our approach, greeting Rigby by name and more than a little tickle behind the ears, while helpful hands quickly relieved me of our bags and whisked these straight to our bedroom. The warm welcome enlisted much tail wagging from Rigby, ever keen to be the centre of attention! As we were shown through the doggy boot room entrance, Rigby’s tail took on propeller-like speed as he sniffed the rack of wellies and his gaze fell upon the walking maps, beautifully presented as scrolls, at the ready for paws.
As we were shown to our Medium room in the garden wing, a calming atmosphere took hold in this thoughtful, luxurious, easy on the eye idyll. As Rigby bounded into our room, he immediately ensconced himself on the tartan bed provided. After an excited sniff of the bowls, treats, toy and food, so thoughtfully left for him, it was obvious I had a very content pooch on my hands. Calcot group regulars will be familiar with the attention to detail and attentive, understated style and service which epitomises their venues. Wonderfully decorated in muted mauves and neutrals, with Moroccan-inspired tiles, The Painswick also has an edge. As the newbie to the Group, it has a slightly cooler, trendier vibe – cleverly executed so approachable for all, without compromising on taste or detail.
Encouraged out to enjoy the beautiful English weather by the light bathing our gorgeous room, we headed out to try out the shortest (1 mile) walking loop suggested by the hotel. Strolling through the peaceful town, with its pretty cottages, grand house entrance ways and Georgian windows, and the birds chattering animatedly over head, we contemplated again….why are we city paws and feet?! Loving the sniffs through the meandering lanes of this small town, with smiles greeting him as he passed, Rigby was in his element. As we both braced ourselves for the punishing last few hundred metres up the remaining steep hill, we decided a bottle of water might have been a plan! This is not to be missed, even for those of us used to flatter terrain. The views are wonderful, and left us feeling virtuous enough to tuck in to afternoon tea on the hotel’s sunny terrace, where Rigby, having sat ears pricked up listening to the birds, soon found himself counting sheep in the last of the afternoon sun.
After a long day, we jointly declared a night in was in order. And who could resist the tempting, supremely comfortable bed? After one of the delicious homemade treats left in our room (today, madeleines and homemade marshmallows), a long soak in the roll top bath was next on the list – wonderfully positioned to gaze out at the hills beyond. With the aromatherapy vapours filling the air from the Neom toiletries, along with a book left thoughtfully bath-side, a blissful state was achieved; meanwhile Rigby got some more (apparently!) much-needed shut eye. A menu from the main restaurant was then whisked up to us by one of the attentive staff members. I enjoyed a warming meal of chicken kiev, wonderfully modernised with a wholesome bowl of roasted vegetables, delivered to the room, while Rigby chowed down on his favourite food, thoughtfully provided by The Painswick. We managed to garner motivation enough for a night time stroll around the garden terrace just outside the Garden Wing, before retreating back to our cocooning bedroom, where we were soon both blissfully asleep.
After waking to a mystic morning, with mist filling the valley beyond, Rigby took his morning constitutional around the grounds, after which I popped down to enjoy some tempting treats for breakfast. Relaxing in the light of the stunning Georgian windows of the wood-panelled main dining room in a blue leather chair, the breakfast buffet was calling. With creamy greek yogurt and seasoned fruit and goji berries at the ready, seconds were hard to refuse. Best not forget to leave room for something hot – a bacon butty? Or perhaps a Full Elvis – waffles with banana, praline ice cream, crispy bacon and chocolate sauce – it’s worth the treat!
Re-fuelled and ready to explore, another hilly but pretty walk awaited the both of us, as we continued to slow down to the welcoming pace of this charming Cotswolds’ town.
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