Dog Friendly Cotswolds

A Dog-Friendly Guide to The Cotswolds

Written & Curated by Felicity Moxon

 

If you’re looking for a retreat away with the whole family and want to bring the dog along, then The Cotswolds is one of the best destinations to visit in the UK. Most places are extremely dog friendly which means you can have the ‘ultimutt’ trip away without having to compromise on luxuries or miss out on experiencing the very best The Cotswolds has to offer.

Me and my dog Morris have sniffed out the best dog friendly places to stay, eat, visit and more so that your fur babies can enjoy their holiday with you too. Keep reading to see what paw-some finds we recommend…

Artist Residence Oxfordshire

Where to stay in The Cotswolds with your four legged friend

Artist Residence, Witney
We love the whole Artist Residence boutique hotel collection thanks to their gorgeous interiors and their dog friendly credentials. Their Oxfordshire hotel (above) is the ideal retreat for guests with canines in tow, as many of its rooms can accommodate you and your dog. Tucked away in the quiet hamlet of South Leigh, there are plenty of walks right on its doorstep and dog beds, bowls and organic treats can be ready and waiting for your stay .

Cowley Manor, Cowley
This country house hotel boasts 55 acres of grounds to explore with your dog and two spacious pet-friendly rooms.

The Fish Hotel, Broadway
This boutique hotel offers its four legged guests cosy dog beds, bowls, treats and towels. They also have a dog agility course and doggy afternoon tea if you want to pamper your pooch during their stay. 

The Close Hotel, Tetbury
Dogs are more than welcome to stay with you at The Close Hotel. Your canine companion can join you
in the bar and garden and look forward to some fabulous nearby walking trails. 

The Lygon Arms, Broadway
This charming Broadway destination is so dog friendly it even offers an owner and dog spa day. Look out for d
og beds, treats and bowls, as well as a muddy paw stations dotted around the hotel.

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The Wild Rabbit, Kingham 
Travelling with your dog doesn’t mean comprising on little luxuries like staying in boutique hotels. At The Wild Rabbit (above) you’ll be offered a dog bed, water bowl and treats for your furry friend.

The Feathers, Woodstock
This Woodstock hotel takes dog friendly to a whole new level, offering a ‘paw-fect doggy break’ package for you and your mutt. The break includes a goodie bag of dog treats, a 3 course meal, and a walking route booklet so you can sniff out the local area.

Kings Head Hotel, Cirencester 
Let the Kings Head Hotel know that you’re travelling with your pet to receive some doggylicious treats in your room when you arrive. 

Rococo gardens, Painswick

Things to do in The Cotswolds with your dog


Rococo Gardens, Painswick

There’s plenty to see and do at these 18th-century gardens, whether you’re exploring on two legs or four. Sniff out mazes, explore woodlands and discover plenty of beautiful flower and vegetable plots.

Birdland Park and Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water
Introduce your dog to the resident penguins at Birdland Park and Gardens and look out for a myriad of other birdlife while you’re there. Just make sure you keep your pooch firmly on their lead, as you don’t want to scare their new feathered friends.

Cotswold Lavender, Snowshill 
Your dog’s nose will be working overtime when you explore these beautiful lavender fields. Just make sure you bring your camera as the photo opportunities are endless.  

Broadway Tower

Broadway Tower, Broadway
Stroll up to the famous Broadway Tower (above) and explore the local landscape with your dog. You never know, you may even spy a deer or two! Alternatively, head down into the village of Broadway itself and discover its idyllic high street and wisteria clad cottages. 

Newark Park, Ozleworth 
We love this historic Tudor hunting lodge. Set within a huge country estate, there’s plenty of grounds to explore with your dog. Just keep them on a lead so as not to spook the resident peacocks or chickens.

Find out where else Fliss and her dog Morris are exploring over on her UK travel blog: upupandawayandtheuk.com

Photography credits (top to bottom): Lead Image by Steven Wise/Shutterstock, Artist Residence, The Wild Rabbit, Rococo Gardens by PJ Photography/Shutterstock, Broadway Tower by Jo Jones/Shutterstock.