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Cotswolds

The Kings Head Hotel

Dog-friendly rates From £99
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Awaiting Rigby's visit
Cotswolds

The Kings Head Hotel

From £99
Paws Guestbook
4 Paws
Four Paws
Dine With Dog
Bowl Provided
Setting: Country town life
Paws: All welcome
Maximum 2 dogs per room

With the charming market town of Cirencester as its setting, The Kings Head Hotel is boutique at its best. An enticing mix of architecture, featuring Tudor, Medieval and Georgian touches, combines with sleek, modern furnishings to create a welcoming balance of old and new. Roll back the centuries as you get lost in the caverns of the indulgent subterranean spa, or stretch your pooch’s legs with a stroll in the glorious Cotswolds countryside, before retreating to your uniquely-designed dog-friendly sleep spot for a well-earned rest. Perfection.

 
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Facilities

At The Kings Head Hotel

Elegant interiors, with soft lighting and muted colours throughout, inspire relaxation as soon as you enter the grand glass doors at this country town retreat. Dog-friendly rooms include designer furniture, Nespresso machines, luxurious linens, cosy lounge chairs and homemade biscuits.

Pawfect slumbers

A wonderful selection of rooms awaits, with slumber spots in all categories featuring either a spacious walk-in shower, or a shower over the bath.

Classic rooms have an intimate feel, but are still roomy enough for a king-sized bed and a stay with a small dog. Superior or Deluxe rooms are pleasingly spacious, all featuring a separate seating area.

For maximum indulgence, Feature rooms are the hotel’s most bespoke, with a variety of throwback features. Georgian bedrooms feature original wood panelling and high ceilings, a Tudor room will charm you with its exposed beams and fireplaces, while a journey to Medieval times includes pitched ceilings and exposed brick walls. Elemis toiletries are an added treat here.

A bowl will be provided for your dog, but be sure to bring fido’s bed along with you.

Human and hound abound

With acres of stunning Cotswolds countryside to explore, don’t forget your walking gear. Bring your Dubarrys and your dog’s Barbour coat and you’ll be ready to start sniffing out the picturesque parks and wondrous dog-friendly woodland in no time.

Relax and revive

A trip to the enchanting spa is a must. The Vaulted Spa features a steam room, infra-red sauna, experience shower and hot tub in its Thermal Suite, with scented candles and exposed brickwork creating a dreamy ambience that will have you drifting off in no time. Lubatti and MONU products feature highly on the pamper menu; take your pick of the treatments, enjoyed in one of four rooms, or treat your cuticles at the nail bar.

To ensure a peaceful visit, the Thermal Suite must be reserved in advance (at a charge of £10 per person for a two hour session), as do any additional therapies. The Thermal Suite is open from 10am Sunday – Wednesday (last entry at 3pm), and from 9.30am Thursday – Saturday (last entry at 5.30pm).

Relax and revive

There is a small gym at the hotel, open 24 hours.

The extra bits

Children can be accommodated in either Superior or Deluxe rooms. Rollaway beds can be provided, or adjacent connecting rooms are available.

 

Essentials

  • 41 dog-friendly rooms; 45 in total
  • Check-in 3pm
  • Check-out 11am. Late check-out on request, subject to availability at £10 per hour
  • Rates from £99
  • Breakfast included in some rates
  • Additional £20 per night for a dog
  • Treat yourself with a visit to the atmospheric underground spa
  • Explore the nearby Bathhurst Estate with fido

Food and Drink

Hotel restaurants

The main restaurant, situated at the rear of the open-plan ground floor of the hotel, serves up hearty British fare, using fresh produce from a range of local suppliers.

Hotel bar

While you can’t dine with your dog in the restaurant area itself, the lounge and dining spaces are all open plan, and easing into a luxurious lounge chair, or grabbing a stool at the buzzy bar, feels much more fitting of the surrounds. You can relax and enjoy the all day menu in either the bar or lounge space, with fido by your side. Breakfast can also be enjoyed here. The menu has a ‘pub classics’ feel, including the Kings Head burger and Gloucestershire Old Spot sausages with creamy mash, while a good selection of deli sandwiches will keep you satisfied outside of lunch and dinner serving times.

For an afternoon encounter – post-walk, perhaps – afternoon tea is served in the bar and lounge area from 3pm to 5pm daily. Delectable delicacies include bite-sized cakes, scones and comforting finger sandwiches.

The bar itself is open all day; start with a morning coffee, and be sure to round off the day’s adventures by trying the cocktail of the week – specially created in-house with a Kings Head flourish.

At your service

Room service is available 24 hours, with a reduced overnight menu.

The extra bits

A number of private dining spaces are available for hire; the cellar spaces, featuring exposed brickwork and arched walls, are particularly special.

  • Breakfast: 7am to 10am weekdays, 7.30am to 10.30am at weekends
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday noon to 2.30pm, Sunday noon - 4pm
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Sunday 6.30pm to 9pm
  • Afternoon tea: 3pm to 5pm daily
  • Lounge menu: noon to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 9.30pm daily, with deli sandwiches served all afternoon
  • Bar: 11am until late
  • Dress code: Countryside casuals for a relaxed lounge bar dinner with fido

Where We Are

LOCAL AREA

Situated at the heart of the market town of Cirencester, the Kings Head Hotel is the perfect base from which to discover the town itself, and the beautiful, dog-friendly countryside around.

Start off with a nearby stroll as you explore the magnificent architecture and independent boutiques in this historic town, before heading west to the green spaces of Cirencester Park, home to the grand Bathurst Estate. Dogs aren’t allowed to play in all parts of the park, but it is still spacious enough for a run around and a game of fetch or two – make sure you enter by the Cecily Hill entrance. For inspiration see our dog-friendly Cotswolds destination page.

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

LOCATION AND CONTACT

Address: The Kings Head Hotel, 24 Market Place, Cirencester, GL7 2NR

Hit the road

Cirencester is extremely accessible from all surrounding areas, with a number of A-roads crossing paths here. If coming from the M4, take the A419 or A429. There are loading bays outside the hotel when you arrive. The hotel has a limited number of garage spaces which are charged at £15 per day – booking is essential. There are also plenty of pay and display options nearby; The Waterloo car park is a four minute walk away and your best bet, with a charge of £6.50 per day.

All aboard

Kemble is your nearest train station, less than 5 miles from the hotel, with fast trains from Paddington. Book a taxi in advance for the final leg to ensure it’s dog-friendly.

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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4 Paws Emily, August, 2017.

First time we stayed in a hotel with Alfie and it was so lovely to feel so welcome, we didn’t even have to bring our own water bowl. Was a lovely place for humans and dog, he even joined us downstairs for dinner and breakfast without any fuss. Plus there were two parks in easy walking distance for a good run around, I’m sure we’ll be back.

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