Beside the seaside
Every dog owner knows that our faithful friends love a beach holiday just as much as humans do. An increasing number of hotels are also recognising this – the happy outcome of which is that booking a luxury seaside stay no longer means having to leave your dog at home.
Here’s our pick of top-rated hotels that are best in show when it comes to welcoming four-legged guests.
Please note that some of the hotels featured ask for a small extra charge for their dog-friendly rooms or services.
This Victorian hotel is often referred to as the ‘Palace by the Sea’ – a moniker we’re sure canine guests would endorse. Dogs are welcome in certain rooms for £20 per night; this rate includes one dog-friendly healthy dinner per day and a staycation goody bag supplied by Arden Grange pet foods.
Located on a 300-acre private island off Scotland’s west coast, this hotel boasts stunning views of Loch Linnhe. Dogs are welcome in all bedrooms, with extra towels on hand for muddy paws. Special meals can also be arranged if required.
This 5-star country house hotel is renowned for its fabulous Carne Beach location and unobtrusive hospitality. Well-behaved dogs are very welcome in the gardens and bedrooms for a daily charge – they even have their own table d'hôte menu to choose from.
Situated on Blakeney’s quayside, this charming hotel has several dog-friendly ground floor rooms with direct access to the gardens. The area is perfect for exploring with your four-legged friend – the north Norfolk coastal path is on the doorstep and there are several dog-friendly beaches within easy reach.
Just a 10-minute drive from the nearest dog-friendly beach, Doxford Hall is ideally located for those looking to discover Northumbria’s much-loved coastline. A number of dog-friendly rooms are available, and Reception are well stocked with dog shampoo, spare leads and collars.
Four-pawed guests can expect to be pampered at St Michael’s Resort. Dogs checking into beach residences or resort bedrooms will be treated to snacks and a special dog bed, blanket and bowl. There’s also designated space in each dining area, so the whole family can spend the evening relaxing together.
This contemporary hideaway hotel on the Isles of Scilly is a true island retreat for dogs and humans alike. A VIP treatment is on offer for Very Important Pets, which includes a canine-friendly menu, welcome treats and an ‘access all areas’ pass.
Situated on the beautifully peaceful Ardamurchan Peninsula, this historic house offers dog-friendly luxurious rooms that are just a frisbee throw from the beach. The hospitality doesn’t stop there – expect treats on arrival, dog towels and special covers for when the bed is simply too cosy to resist.
This perennially popular family-owned South Devon hotel welcomes dogs in several of its beautifully appointed rooms at an additional charge of £15 per night. Year-round dog-friendly Thurlestone Beach is also on the doorstep for walkies.
Boasting spectacular views over Ventnor Bay, the Royal Hotel allows dogs in a selection of its classic rooms for a small supplement. Four-legged guests will delight in the amount of outdoor space here, with beaches, gardens and the coast path all easily accessible.
Located ‘where the mountains meet the sea’, the Trefeddian Hotel’s Snowdonia setting is hard to beat. Sandy paws are more than welcome here, with well-behaved dogs allowed in all bedrooms on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors, and in the Library.