The essential guide to a weekend away with your four-legged friend
Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire, the county’s leading destination marketing organisation, have curated a list of the top dog friendly places to stay in Herefordshire, from gorgeous cottages to glamping in the great outdoors.
As a nation of dog-lovers we know your UK break would be missing a family member if you couldn’t take your pooch. With its wonderful walks and glorious countryside, Herefordshire has an enviable variety of dog friendly accommodation options that the whole family can enjoy, so there’s no need to leave your four-legged friend at home next time you book a staycation.
Barton Court is a stunning Georgian country house and estate, set against the western slopes of the magnificent Malvern Hills (AONB). Ideally located between the vibrant towns of Ledbury and Malvern, it is peacefully private but not isolated. Offering a variety of self-contained accommodation, plus spectacular B&B rooms within the main house, the Barton Court estate has been sympathetically restored to offer guests a luxurious, comfortable and charming dog-friendly place to stay.
Hicks Farm is the ideal location for larger families or groups celebrating a special occasion. Surrounded by unspoilt Herefordshire countryside, Orchard House is a spacious barn conversion sleeping 14, while Rose Cottage is an extended eighteenth-century stone dwelling sleeping seven. The farm includes a fabulous indoor BBQ and bar cabin, an indoor swimming pool, games room and outdoor play area, making it the perfect place for families of all ages, plus their furry friends.
Lakes Edge offers spectacular cottages, gatehouses and brand-new barns with private swimming pools, saunas and hot tubs, nestled in the grounds of Pudleston Court. The original Victorian gatehouse has been sympathetically restored and modernised to create two stunning one-bedroom cottages, Adam Lodge and Eve Lodge, perfect for couples or can be booked together for families and groups.
Herefordshire has many superb dog friendly pubs and attractions to complete a weekend away with your furry friend. The Crown Inn at Woolhope offers an excellent range of ales, regional ciders and seasonal dishes, as well as popular themed curry nights, tasting menus and a fabulous Sunday lunch. The beautiful Riverside Inn at Aymestrey is a Slow Food UK award-winning restaurant using fresh produce from its kitchen garden to create a delicious menu. The idyllic Brobury House Garden, set on the banks of the River Wye, is well worth a visit whatever the season and also offers two lovely dog friendly holiday cottages. Open 12 months a year, the beautifully restored Victorian style terraced garden is the perfect place to enjoy a stroll with the dog or a picnic with children.
Heidi Chamberlain-Jones, founder of Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire, commented: “The county of Herefordshire is the ultimate destination for doggy families and people who love to holiday with their four-legged friends. With wide open spaces and wild landscapes to explore, to new eateries to discover and unique pet-loving places to stay, it’s a must visit for the whole family, furry and otherwise!” To find out more and for the growing list of dog friendly accommodation and attractions, see https://www.eatsleepliveherefordshire.co.uk/cat/dog-friendly-herefordshire/