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5 Dog-friendly hotels to visit for a magical Christmas


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so now is the time to get booking if you’re planning on taking your pooch on a Christmas break! From the understated to the extravagant, here are five of our favourite dog-friendly hotels in the UK for visiting this Christmas – whether for the big day itself, or to relax after the trauma Christmas shopping!

B+B Edinburgh, Scotland

To get the most out of the festive period, why not visit Edinburgh? Spend your days taking your pooch on a hike up the highest peak in the city, Arthur’s Seat, or go for a walk in one of the city’s several picturesque parks. And at night time, be sure to check out the sights and sounds of the Christmas markets and the festive lights that adorn the city’s architecture. Rooms at B+B Edinburgh start at £60 per night (with a £50 deposit for pooches), and if you’re lucky enough, you’ll get some lovely views across the city!

Lime Wood Hotel, Hampshire

limewoodSet in the New Forest, the Lime Wood provides the perfect base for taking long winter walks with the dog in the surrounding countryside. Their Garden Lodges are welcome to dogs for the additional charge of £30 per pooch, and open up straight onto the forest.

The Gallivant, East Sussex

Enjoy a seaside Christmas by the beautiful Camber Sands, and don’t worry – your pooch can join in too! Expect a delicious meal each night, and as many mince pies as you could possibly eat! All that, and there’s a picturesque 7 mile-long beach, perfect for long winter walks. The two day Christmas package starts at £370 for two, and rooms at other times start at £105 per night.

Holbeck Ghyll, Lake District

Christmases at the Holbeck consist of a cosy evenings around open fires and copious amounts of mince pies, hot chocolates and other festive treats. Set in the scenic Lake District, there is plenty of space for long, post-Christmas dinner country walks for you and your pooch. The four-night package starts at £1,100 per person, and dogs cost £25 for the whole stay, or can enjoy the V.I.C. (Very Important Canine) package for £50. Rooms at other times start at £170 per night.

Claridges, London

For a truly spectacular Christmas beyond your wildest dreams, this quintessentially British hotel has all you could ask for! Wake up on Christmas morning to the sound of a choir singing Christmas carols and a full stocking for everyone, before being treated to a horse-drawn carriage ride around Mayfair and a lavish meal at the Michelin-starred restaurant. The Christmas package costs an eye-watering £3,050 per room for two people for two nights, and dogs are allowed on application only.

Featured image via Craftberry Bush.

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