Before we headed on the long journey to Cornwall and back ( home is up North in Lancashire) , we decided to break up the trip with a couple of hotel stays. Having Hugo with us ( our black lab) meant scouting out some pet- friendly options. We had got really lucky with our accommodation in Cornwall, as we would be staying in a beautiful restored 1940’s Showman’s Wagon at the lovely Spring Park near Launceston in the Tamar Valley. They are happy to welcome your pooch, there are even dog bowls and treats in the vans. 🙂
Wil found a great website called www.petspyjamas.com that specialize in stylish pet accessories and dog-friendly holidays. I ended up booking us a guest house in Bath for on the way down and an Inn near Sandbach for our journey home. The ‘Pet Concierge’ ( how swish) checked availability for us and asked me to email a picture of Hugo for his own personalized ‘treat boxes’ which he would receive at each of the hotels. Quite a fun and thoughtful idea. ^^
Our first stop was a quirky but classy B&B on the outskirts of Bath. Bloomfield House is an attractive Georgian manor house , about 20 minutes walk into the city centre. It has elegant rooms, a nice sized garden, car parking,wifi and a friendly welcome.
Hugo was given his ‘treat box’ on arrival. We couldn’t wait to open it! The owner also handed us a list of eateries in Bath , highlighting the ones that welcome dogs.
Bloomfield is very near to a small dog friendly park and Bath itself has some good dog- friendly parks and walks including Victoria Park and The Bath Skyline Walk. I must admit We mostly gazed up in awe at all the gorgeous Bath architecture, instead of researching any pet-friendly attractions. Definitely a city to visit on our own one day. I would love to try out the open air rooftop pool !
We enjoyed our stay at Bloomfield and would recommend it as a welcoming and restful stopover on the way down South or as the perfect Bath City Break hotel. 🙂 The price was £130 for the night with Pets Pyjamas and included Breakfast, a treat box for the dog and 1000 pet points to spend on the website.
The second hotel I booked was on the way home, though in hindsight I should have booked somewhere a little further away. The picturesque village of Warmingham near Sandbach in Cheshire is only about an hour and a half from where we live. However after such a long drive ( the weekend motorway traffic was at a crawl) it did feel good to arrive at our destination. Our hotel was The Bear’s Paw , an attractive red bricked building ,dating back to the 19th century. The Bear’s Paw is a traditional Country Inn with two open fires, reclaimed oak flooring and stylish modern contemporary bedrooms. It also has a fantastic restaurant where you can dine with your four legged friend, wifi and car parking .
Hugo again was given his ‘treat box’ on arrival. We wondered if he would get exactly the same treats inside as at Bloomfield, but there were a few changes. This box contained dog treats,bags,collapsible water bowl( these are a bit small for larger dogs),dry dog biscuits and a tug toy. 🙂
We took Hugo on a walk ( there are leaflets showing 3 local walks in the rooms) but after such a long drive we didn’t bother exploring the area much. We soon got cosy indoors and enjoyed a lovely meal in the restaurant. Warmingham is a pretty village with lovely red bricked buildings, typical of the area. Dog friendly places to visit within driving distance include Tatton Park, Quarry Bank and Dunham Massey.
The Bear’s Paw is a relaxing and very pet-friendly country hotel which we wouldn’t hesitate to stay in again. The price of our stay with Pets Pyjamas was £157 and the package included Breakfast,Yappy Hour (a free drink each), Dinner for two, Treat Box for Hugo and 1000 pet points to spend on the website.
We…… and Hugo are very happy to have discovered Pets Pyjamas. It might just be the ‘Pawfect’ way to treat you and your pooch to a welcoming night or two away. 🙂