Luxury UK hotels offer a big doggy welcome

Simone Kane

Ever fancied shooting off on a spontaneous UK getaway, then realised you can't just leave the dog behind? Problem solved.

Fine Individual Hotels, a collection of 60 privately owned, luxury hotels around the UK, is highlighting that many of its properties not only welcome four-legged family members, but are also set in ideal landscapes for walkies.

At Headlam Hall Hotel Spa & Golf (pictured above) near Darlington in Durham, dogs are allowed to stay with guests in the mews bedrooms free of charge. The rooms have direct access to the four acres of grounds and the village green.

Meanwhile dogs are allowed to curl up in front of the log fire in the Great Hall, as well as accompany guests into the cocktail bar and sitting room, at Combe House Devon, a Grade I Elizabethan manor house near Exeter.

Pampered pooches also get a complimentary 'doggy room pack', including water and food bowls, a chewy bone, a box of tasty treats and – for the really clever ones – a map of the best local footpaths. A 'Canine Survival Box' is also available on request when forgetful owners have left behind the essentials.

At Linthwaite House in the Lake District, two ground floor rooms, which open onto the grounds, are available for canine companions. Bowls, blankets, spare leads and a list of dog-friendly pubs and strolls are part of the special treatment on offer.

So what are you waiting for? Pack up that pooch and head for the hills...

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