Raithwaite Estate consists of two expansive hotels, a castle-like keep and a sprinkling of stone cottages. But it’s the latter two dog-friendly options you’ll be residing at if you’re travelling with a pet in tow. Club Rooms, constructed from red bricks, cater to canines – but you’ll need to let staff know in advance if you’re holidaying with yours. For home comforts, the cottages, with their arch windows, authentic fireplaces and full kitchens featuring retro SMEG appliances, are also a splendid choice.
Complimentary access to Raithwaite Estate’s Temple Spa is provided with all rooms, so once your dog is tired out from a walk around the 100 well-kept acres surrounding the hotel, it’ll be time to relax. Unwind in a neutral-hued treatment room adorned in scenic art – therapies here range from energy-boosting facials to soothing massages. Plump for an option using botanical-infused ingredients that traditionally hail from the Mediterranean, then bask in the heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Oversized windows allow natural light to stream in while you gaze at views of the bubbling stream and verdant woodland. Sip on a herbal tea afterwards before reuniting with your dog for dinner.
Sample an afternoon tea next to the crackling wood-burning stove at the pup-friendly Poachers Bar – the delectable scones accompanied by clotted cream from Devon are a must. Or, if it’s dinnertime, mosey on over to Hunter’s Lodge for a low-key meal under the atrium-style glass roof. Listen to the pianist play the baby grand piano while you sample international cuisine – whether that’s tantalising Spanish tapas or spicy Asian seafood noodles. Booking is recommended here, and, more importantly, dogs are most welcome.