Autumn is a lovely time of the year with all the leaves turning those gorgeous colours and hues, but it's a time that can also bring on a few “winter blues”. The days get shorter, the nights longer and there never seems to be enough time to get everything done. The one bright thing to look forward to is Christmas which is drawing ever nearer. If you want to get away over the holidays and would love to take your beloved pooch with you, there are some fabulous places around the country which welcome pets with open arms, 5 of which are mentioned below.
One of the best ways to get rid of a gloomy feeling, is to take a short winter break somewhere very special and if you can take your dog with you – all the better! You'll be amazed at the number of places that welcome both owners and their pets with something to suit all budgets from luxurious pampering to a gorgeously affordable bed and breakfast deal.
If you've always wanted to treat yourself to a luxurious weekend away at a superb English stately home – you can, and the best part is for a little extra charge your beloved dog is allowed to stay there too! Set in just under 400 glorious acres of English countryside, the formal Grade I listed gardens of Cliveden House boast being run by the National Trust.
The setting is out of this world with Cliveden House standing on chalk cliffs offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and a unique scenic bend in the River Thames. It's a 5 star privately run hotel that welcomes owners and their pets with open arms and a great place to be pampered whilst being able to explore the area on fantastic walks.
If you're a Londoner and would like to get out of the capital for a short winter break that's just a short 25 mile drive out of the city, then head for Hertfordshire and the The Brocket Arms in Ayot St Lawrence where a wonderfully warm welcome awaits discerning dog owners.
The pub is steeped in history, dating way back to the 12th century and boasts being right in the heart of the English countryside in an area that was once home to Bernard Shaw. There's a fabulous restaurant and of course very welcoming bars complete with inglenook open fire places – just perfect for those colder winter evenings. It is the ideal place to spend a weekend with pooch in tow.
The Cotswolds is a lovely place to visit at any time of the year but particularly in the Autumn when all the trees start to turn a beautiful colour, it's when the valleys are misty in the mornings and evenings which is a great time to go for long walks with your dog. One place not too far from Stroud that welcomes pet owners in a charming location is the delightful Amberley Inn.
The Amberley Inn has it all, great rooms, warm and welcoming bars as well as a very good restaurant. The open fires are brilliant and the place is furnished throughout with beautiful antique furniture. This is one special place to spend a day or two and your dog will always be welcome – as long as they are well behaved that is!
The Lake District is a superb place to visit and especially Lake Windermere. Walking your dog in the area is an extraordinary experience in one of the most beautifully scenic areas of the country. The Crunchy Leaf B & B is wonderfully situated and welcomes pet owners in a friendly setting that's cosy and warm.
The bed and breakfast is a small family run affair where pets are more than welcome. It's a place where you can kick back and relax to enjoy a wonderful weekend away with your pet in the glorious Lake District.
Everyone knows that during the summer months, Devon has a lot to offer. But during the winter, this part of the country has a lot going on too and the good news is there's a dog friendly hotel in the region which boasts 3 stars.
The Cliffden Hotel is ideally situated for dog owners to spend a short winter break. You can expect a very warm welcome and the walks along the beaches and through the surrounding countryside are hard to beat when it comes to splendid south Devon scenery.
Winters are great if you love the great outdoors and dog owners certainly do. Organising a wonderful weekend away with your beloved pooch means spending some quality time away being pampered. The great news is there are dog-friendly places around the country to suit everyone's budget. It's one of the best ways to ward off the winter blues enjoying time away with your four legged friend in some glorious settings where you're guaranteed a warm welcome.