A few days away with the family can turn a run-of-the-mill lazy weekend into a grand adventure, but if you’ve got pets it can be tricky to arrange last-minute care. Luckily, these days there are more and more holiday accommodation options letting you bring your four-legged family members to join the fun. We’ve rounded up our favourite pet-friendly hotels where families can stay with their furry best friends. Prices are based on a family of four (plus puppy) sharing.
1/9 Three nights’ B&B, Langstone Cliff Hotel, Devon
With spectacular views of the ocean, the Langstone Cliff Hotel in Dawlish is a great option for pet-friendly weekends away. Grab a family room with sea view and balcony for the perfect place to relax and ideal base from which to explore the area. The family rooms offer a double bed along with a single and camp bed, and are elegantly furnished featuring tea and coffee making facilities, Sky Sports channels and an en-suite family bathroom. Regular guests rate the excellent breakfasts and helpful service along with the location: family-friendly attractions in the area include Shaldon Wildlife Trust, a bird of prey centre, Dawlish Warren beach, and the World of Country life museum.
What: three nights’ B&B accommodation for a family of four in a family room
Where: Dawlish, Devon
Price: from £505
2/9 Two nights’ B&B plus afternoon tea, Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Ipswich
With stunning views of Neptune Quay a stay at the Salthouse Harbour Hotel in Ipswich is an indulgent treat for the whole family. A short walk takes guests to the centre of Ipswich and there is plenty to look in at the marina. The hotel offers huge Suffolk breakfasts each morning as well as afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Every room is individually designed with contemporary aesthetics and luxury furnishings. Temple Spa toiletries wait for guests in each bathroom along with cafetiere coffee and luxury teas, as well as LCD flat-screen televisions for entertainment. Bring the kids and dog along for a fun city break on the waterfront.
What: two nights’ B&B with afternoon tea for a family of four in a family room
Price: from £310
3/9 Two nights’ luxury B&B, Hallmark Hotel, Bournemouth
Perfectly located to make the most of Bournemouth city centre as well as the nearby stretches of golden sand, the Hallmark Bournemouth Carlton is an ideal choice for a pet-friendly family break. The seafront hotel has an indoor and outdoor pool and gardens to enjoy, fast WiFi to keep guests happy and entertained, and 24 hour room service. The family rooms are suite-like in their proportions and all have complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities and Freeview television. Local attractions that kids will love include an aquarium, a water park, the pier and a hot air balloon ride.
What: two nights’ B&B in a family room
4/9 Three nights in a forest cabin with hot tub, Strathyre, Scotland
Escape to the woods with this Forest Holidays break in Strathyre, Scotland. The Silver Birch cabins are high-spec with everything you could need for a relaxing family weekend and have a choice of two or three bedrooms. Luxury scented Anyah toiletries are included along with in-cabin entertainment packages; you might have a hard time convincing the kids to leave the cabin! Forest Ranger activities will tempt them out, with options such as forest survival skill lessons, kids’ mini forest ranger sessions and even hiring a picnic butler! Dogs will love having the space to roam and discover new sounds and smells in the woodland.
What: Three nights’ stay in a two-bedroom cabin
Where: Strathyre, Scotland
Price: from £475
5/9 Three nights in a Woodland Lodge, Sherwood Forest
Take a Center Parcs break and enjoy the peace and quiet of woodland lodges with this long weekend package. Families can enjoy unlimited access to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise with multiple pools, waterslides and even a rapids to ride! Other activities available include woodland aerial walkways, archery, forest den making, mini discos and more. Parents can get involved in falconry, court sports or relaxing in the Aqua Sana spa and choose from self catering in the fully equipped kitchen or dining out in one of the family-friendly restaurants.
What: Three nights in a two-bedroom Woodland Lodge
Where: Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
Price: fom £699
6/9 Two nights in Headlands Hotel Llandudno, Wales
Enjoy bracing sea air with a weekend at the Headlands Hotel in Llandudno, north Wales. Located at the sunny south end of Llandudno Bay, there are stunning views from the hotel’s lounge and dining room. The Great Orme Country Park is a stone’s throw away and a cable car to the top of the Orme will be an exciting experience for little ones. The Headlands’ rooms offer complimentary WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities, daily housekeeping and sea views. Kids and dogs will love having the bay to run along and stretch their legs, making this an ideal location for pet-friendly weekends away.
What: Two nights’ B&B in a Quad room
Where: Llandudno, Wales
Price: from £252
7/9 Two nights’ B&B at the Inn on the Coast, Portrush, Northern Ireland
Stay in a spacious room with a king-sized bed and two single beds for little ones at the Inn on the Coast, Northern Ireland. Enjoy sea views from your room and take a bite in the popular bar and restaurant offering classic country pub meals. There are plenty of attractions nearby such as Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and Dunluce Castle – perfect for a fun and educational day out with kids and four-legged friends. A full Irish breakfast is included for the whole family on each morning of your stay.
What: Two nights in a Quad room with breakfast
Where: Portrush, Northern Ireland
Price: from £274
8/9 Two nights’ B&B at New Manor, Hampshire
Treat the whole family to a five-star break at the New Park Manor, member of Luxury Family Hotels. Relax in the sumptuous rooms with traditional countryside manor furnishings or chill out in the ‘snug zone’ kitted out for families with beanbags, board games and movies. Take the kids and pooches to explore the grounds or let the kids take advantage of their complementary daily sessions at The Den children’s club. There’s even a spa that caters for children and teens, so everyone can feel pampered.
What: Two nights in a family room with breakfast
Where: New Forest, Hampshire
Price: from £430
9/9 Two nights in a family-run Inverness hotel, Scotland
Enjoy a city break with the whole family at the Beaufort Hotel in Inverness. The city offers plenty to do for children including a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus, a mystery treasure trail, a museum and art gallery and – of course – Loch Ness tours. The hotel is comfortably furnished and offers large Jacuzzi baths and is within walking distance of the city centre, ideal for families with little ones. The hotel has a restaurant and bar and is 15 minutes away from the beautiful St. Andrews Cathedral.
What: Two nights in a family room
Where: Inverness, Scotland
Price: from £350