If you’re planning to spend a Christmas tucked away in a cosy countryside cottage or in a hotel full of joy and merriment, there’s one thing you’ll need to make sure of – that both you and your four-legged friend are welcomed in with open arms.
With this in mind, here is our choice of the 4 best places in the UK and Europe for you and your dog to sink into during the festive season.
The Grosvenor Arms, Dorset, UK
Sitting snugly on the edge of Cranborne Chase, The Grosvenor Arms provides a rustic slice of escapism for the holiday season. This newly refurbished hotel is a fantastic choice for some traditional Christmas cheer. Feast on a festive lunch or for something a little extra special, try the Christmas Eve wine-tasting dinner.
Say hello to beautiful countryside walks for you and your pooch to explore with plenty of fresh air on offer. And when the Christmas lights come on, Fido can treat himself to his own canine dinner menu!
Stable Cottage, Little Petherick, Padstow, UK
Fancy spending your Christmas break by the sea? If so, Stable Cottage provides the perfect space for couples and small families, including a festive doggy or two. Nestled beautifully in the picturesque village of Little Petherick, wrap up as you stretch your pre and post-Christmas dinner legs along miles of chilly coastline with your furry friend in tow. With a private patio and huge grassy field right next door, it’s the perfect Christmas gift for Fido.
Dine with your dog courtesy of the fully-equipped kitchen, whipping up a delicious Christmas dinner feast. The crisp sea air of Hawker’s Cove is a mere 15 minute drive away and the perfect beach for your dog to work off all of that Christmas merriment with some ‘off lead’ running. And when you’re done for the day, head back to the welcoming fireplace and roast a chestnut or two.
Le Chateau de la Motte – Montgomery’s Gite, France
Nothing says Noel like the magic of Montgomery’s Gite. The beauty of this hotel lies not just in its Normandy parkland or steep history, but in the hotel’s personal love of four-legged companions! The owners have a total number of six spaniels no less and as they put it themselves, “one of our greatest passions is our dogs and we know that many of you feel the same about your furry friends too!”
They welcome other furry Fido’s in with friendly and welcoming arms and provide doggie throws, towels and poop bags – to help keep their impeccable grounds pristine – as well as ample freezer space for your very own doggie dinners.
Both you and your faithful pup will have access to everything you need for the ultimate Christmas relaxation break. If you want to celebrate with friends and family in tow, this magical castle provides the perfect backdrop and the owners provide a handy dog-sitting service for when you need to pick up a few last-minute Christmas presents!
L’Albereta Resort, Italy
Allow the splendour of Franciacorta to take yours and Fido’s breath away as you head to lush green hills for a quintessential Italian Christmas. Located just a few minutes from the beautiful waters of Lake Iseo, L’Albereta is a great place to spend some festive time away and is as dog-friendly as they come! Magical and mesmerising, this resort provides moments of pure bliss and encourages its visitors to enjoy life in a laidback style.
Your faithful companion will be welcomed like royalty with his own plush bed, food bowls and cosy blanket. And when it’s time for that all-important festive fest to commence, pull up a pew for your furry friend, as you dine together at the dog-friendly restaurants on site. Try the delectable flavours of VistaLago Bistro, where the dining terrace offers unparalleled views of Lake Iseo. Work of those tasty dishes as you treat your pal to all 150-hectares of the hotel’s private park!