Discover a Dog Friendly Cotswolds

When it comes to taking a short break away, it would not be the same without your faithful four-legged companion. Lords of the Manor is a truly dog friendly hotel, so much so that we were awarded an Editor’s Choice Dog Friendly Hotel of the Year Award from the Good Hotel Guide. To help you plan your time in the Cotswolds we have prepared this article to showcase the best dog friendly qualities of the area.

Incidentally, we have our own 8 acres for your dog to explore.  There’s an outside tap for doggy washes and we provide a dog blanket, bowls, waste bags and Bob and Lush treats in the room.

Walks and Excursions

The beauty of the Cotswolds is undeniable for both humans and their canines. If you want to enjoy a ramble around the countryside, then do feel free to borrow from the range of  Wellingtons by the front door and then venture out for one of these walks. 

Speaking of our front door, one of the very best short (one hour) walks, leads from Lords of the Manor to nearby Lower Slaughter and back. You can make this a slightly longer walk by continuing on to Bourton on the Water.  (6 miles, 3.5-4 hours, moderate on flat and gently sloping ground, with a short ascent at the start of the walk).

There are two other popular walks from the hotel (ask at Reception):  Firstly, the walk down to Lower Slaughter via Copse Hill (3 miles, 1.5-2 hours, easy to moderate walk with five stiles and a gentle ascent up the side of the valley out of Upper Slaughter).

Walk to Lower Slaughter and The Windrush Valley (5 miles, 2-3 hours, moderate with three stiles and a gentle ascent up the side of the valley our of Upper Slaughter).

The Cotswold Way Circular Walk at Chipping Campden is a moderate 4.5 mile walk that will take about 3 hours (depending on your walking speed), or longer if you stop for some of the attractions and cafes en route. Highlights include Broadway Tower and the town of Broadway. There is also a shortcut that would make the walk a maximum of 2 hours 30 minutes and reduce the distance to 3 miles, without any climbs. Lead your dog through  ‘Campden’, a market town, around shaded woodland before being rewarded with breath-taking views from Dover’s Hill. 

For a more challenging longer walk head for the Stanton Walk, which covers 6 miles and takes no longer than 4 hours 30 minutes. There’s also a shortcut version that takes less than 3 hours. This walk, along the Cotswold Edge, is quite challenging and includes stiles and steep spots; you will walk through Snowshill two picturesque villages before going over hilltops, down into valleys – incidentally, there’s a great dog-friendly pub in Stanton. For a longer day out, make the Old Sodbury route part of a day exploring the lesser-visited south Cotswolds in all its glory. Walk through this tiny village, see a medieval church and (carefully) pass farmland before taking your time along shaded paths. The reward is an encounter with the outcrop of an iron age hillfort. One for ramblers who like an easier walk that is just 2 and a half miles, clocking in at no longer than 2 hours of your day. Combine with attractions such as Berkeley Castle or Cirencester’s Corinium Museum for a complete day out.

Other walks include Croome Park, the Chipping Camden Trail and Broadway. Perhaps you don’t feel like a walk – you may be surprised to learn that there are plenty of dog friendly attractions in the Cotswolds. A few of our favourites include the 65-foot Broadway Tower. Located on Cotswold Way, it the perfect spot for dog walkers. Batsford Arboretum also welcomes dogs and is home to a vast botanical collection and 56 acres of grounds. You can also, perhaps surprisingly,  take your dog into Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford. They have 160 acres and 260 animal species.

Your Accommodation

There can be only once choice when it comes to staying in the Cotswolds, and that is Lords of the Manor. We welcome your canine companion and invite you to indulge in a decadent stay. Part of our dog friendly policy includes offering a dog blanket, bowls, waste bags and Bob and Lush treats.

Our dog friendly bedrooms are all ground floor rooms (some with direct access to outside). Majority are Manors but we have one Rectory and one Cotswold for those guests looking for a higher grade of room. We like to tailor arrangements for you and your dog, so do give us a call before your stay, if you have any questions. 

We have ample outside space for you and your friend to explore – at our dog friendly hotel, owners can relax in comfort and style. Learn more about booking a dog friendly stay here. 

Places to dine 

At the hotel you are welcome to dine with your dog in our bar and lounges, gardens (weather permitting) and dog-friendly bedrooms. It’s two legged guests only in our two restaurants however your four legged guest is welcome to relax in your bedroom while you dine.  We offer a room service breakfast for a small tray charge (and perhaps a sausage or two for your dog!). If you wish to dine with your dog at dinner, we can offer this in the bar and lounges or a small private dining room, subject to availability and prior arrangement. Afternoon tea and bar lunches are served in our dog friendly lounges.

It can be tricky sometimes to find places to dine with your pet, so allow us to share some of our favourite spots around the Cotswolds. 

Located in Stow-on-the-Wold, The Porch House is a great place to relax and dine with your dog. Here, you can eat great food and make friends with other furry best friends – the menu is classic. Another excellent choice is The Fuzzy Duck, an 18th century coaching inn. Dogs are welcome in the bar or garden. The Kingham Plough is another real country pub that even has a resident dog – you can dine in the bar area and try some traditional English bar food. Alternatively, The Village Pub is stylish and actively encourages dogs to hang out in the bar. The courtyard is a great spot to relax (weather permitting) and you can enjoy a seasonal, fresh menu.

We hope you are looking forward to your dog friendly Cotswolds experience. Book direct with us for the best rates today.