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Dog-friendly hotels in Wales | endless beaches, countryside and mountains

By , 14th August 2018

Both you and your pooch can explore the verdant Welsh countryside and rugged coastlines to your hearts’ content at one of these dog-friendly hotels. Our pick of secluded retreats includes a former castle, a characterful Victorian manor house and luxurious 4- and 5-star options with four-poster beds (plus cosy wicker baskets and blankets for your pooch).

Pamper yourself with a spa weekend (complete with a surrounding nature reserve for long walks), book into a countryside hotel deep in acres of parkland, or spend an afternoon soaking up historic sites with your dog at your heel. Then, return to your home away from home to sample traditional Welsh fare like tender lamb and laverbread in a dog-friendly restaurant.

A dog-friendly boutique hotel by the sea in Llandudno

Belmont Llandudno | Llandudno

beach at llandudno dog friendly

The soothing sound of the sea surrounds the Belmont Llandudno – simply take a seat on the peaceful terrace and watch the waves crashing on North Shore beach. Inside, this boutique hotel combines minimalist furnishings with classic Georgian features – look out over the bay through floor-to-ceiling sash windows or relax in your room surrounded by calming grey, blue and green tones. Golden yellow and azure cushions, as well as large pieces of contemporary art, add an elegant pop of colour to the hotel’s cool interiors.

Sink into your spacious double bed at night and let those murmuring waves lull you to sleep. To make the most of the seafront location, book a room with a private beach-facing balcony and savour a quiet cup of coffee in the morning light.

The Grill at North Parade serves up traditional British dishes alongside plates of locally sourced seafood. Grilled meals are cooked in a wood-burning oven to give a distinct taste to juicy steaks, burgers and even lobster. If you’re feeling peckish mid-afternoon, order small plates such as tempura and chipolatas to share – the Grill also has a kids’ menu to please the younger members of your family. For an evening tipple, settle into a cosy velvet armchair and order a craft gin or bourbon cocktail. If you want your pet to join you, take a seat on the terrace that looks out over the headland.

This quaint coastal retreat sits on Llandudno’s picturesque grand promenade and is only a few short steps from the shore, where guests can walk and play with their dogs. If you’re thinking of bringing your pet, ring ahead to let the hotel know. To make the most of the surrounding area, take a 10 minute drive to Deganwy Castle, where your dog can explore miles of hillside. Alternatively, spot flora and fauna at the National Trust‘s Bodnant Garden – less than 20 minutes’ drive away – and relax with a pot of tea and slice of cake. Dogs are welcome to explore the grounds for Wag Wednesdays, every Wednesday evening.

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A dog-friendly hotel in Wales by Lake Vyrnwy

Lake Vyrnwyth Wales dog friendly hotels dam over the water

Enjoy a serene getaway with your pet in tow at the peaceful Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa. Set within a 24,000 acre national nature reserve and offering sweeping views of the surrounding woodlands and lake, this 4-star guesthouse is an idyllic country retreat with a dog-friendly atmosphere. The hotel has dedicated rooms reserved for those travelling with pets – make sure to call ahead to confirm you can bring your dog too. Alternatively, keep your dog cosy and comfortable in a heated kennel just a short walk from the main building.

For a refreshing drink or hearty meal, head to either the traditional Last Grouse pub or the Tavern Brasserie – both of these eateries have pet-friendly sitting areas. The Last Grouse specialises in unique local ales: quench your thirst with a bottle of Station Bitter while looking out from the pub’s spacious terrace. At dinnertime, take a seat in a wooden booth at the Brasserie and tuck into a hot homely meal, like Welsh beef fillet followed by apple crumble.

After a long stroll around the nearby Powis Castle and Gardens, unwind in a spacious yet cosy guest room. Located in the original house and its contemporary extension, the hotel’s rooms are bright and traditional with antique furniture and heritage-style patterned fabrics. Sit back in a leather armchair and admire your room’s stunning lake views, or lie back on your double bed for a snooze under the Egyptian cotton sheets. For a special treat, upgrade to a room with a large four-poster bed, private balcony and a free-standing bath with views over the rippling water.

While your dog dozes in your room, visit the ESPA spa and unwind with a thermal experience. This treatment incorporates an invigorating salt steam room and the spa’s ice fountain to leave your body feeling revitalised. To release tension in your muscles, opt for a hot stone massage or relax in the powerful whirlpool bath. Additional treatments include rejuvenating facials and full-body massages as well as manicures and pedicures.

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A historical dog-friendly hotel in Wales with a spa

Corran Resort and Spa | Carmarthen

Carmarthan Wales beach with dog

Spend a weekend in complete tranquillity – without leaving your dog at home – at the Corran Resort and Spa. Your four-legged family member is more than welcome at this 5-star, 16th-century manor house, which has dog-friendly rooms with enclosed gardens, soft dog beds, food bowls and post-walk treats. When you arrive, be sure to pick up your pet’s doggy bag from the front desk.

For breakfast or dinner accompanied by your dog, ask to be seated in the hotel’s bar rather than the restaurant. In the morning, the kitchen serves the Corran’s take on a classic Welsh breakfast with fresh, free-range eggs and locally cured bacon. The restaurant provides succulent fine-dining experiences come evening, with each dish crafted from regional ingredients. Wash your meal down with a hand-picked wine from their extensive wine cellar. If dinner is too far off, head to the dog-friendly bistro with its panoramic views of the Carmarthenshire countryside to relish a spot of afternoon tea.

Each of the hotel’s 21 rooms are individually styled and finished with homely yet luxury details. Unwind in a freestanding bathtub with the help of complimentary Pevonia Botanica toiletries, or relax in a plush armchair. Many of the rooms still have original features like wooden ceiling beams and exposed stone walls, which are artfully complemented by vintage furnishings and leather Chesterfields.

With rich marshlands and wildflower meadows on the hotel’s doorstep, there’s no shortage of places to go walking with your dog. Meander through woodlands nearby, follow the coastal trails along the River Taf, or walk in the footsteps of Dylan Thomas to his picturesque Boathouse. After a long day in the countryside, let your dog snooze while you head down to the spa. Take a dip in the heated indoor pool underneath the glittering starlight ceiling, or unwind in the bubbling Jacuzzi bath. The spa offers revitalising facials that use natural ingredients like seaweed and green tea, as well as hot stone massages and mineral-rich Moor mud body masks.

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A Victorian dog-friendly hotel in South Wales

The Falcondale | Lampeter

Welsh countryside on an early morning

Gourmand dog-lovers will find that The Falcondale richly fulfils their two loves in life. This dog-friendly hotel’s restaurant has been awarded 2 AA rosettes for 11 consecutive years – quite an achievement. Dishes here are made from locally sourced produce and seasoned with herbs grown in the hotel’s gardens. Try homely plates such as home-made duck terrine followed by a 28-day matured fillet steak and a sticky carrot sponge for dessert.

The grade II-listed Victorian country house has 14 acres of grounds, including rolling lawns, lush gardens and quiet woodlands. Take your dog for a wander around the flowerbeds and trees each morning and they might even make friends with the hotel’s resident Cocker Spaniel, Snoopy. When you arrive, your dog will be pampered with a soft blanket, water bowl and treats, but make sure to bring a bed so they feel right at home in your room. The front desk even has torches at the ready for late evening or early morning walks in the grounds.

After an afternoon spent exploring the Cambrian Mountains or Cardigan Bay – a mere 14 miles away – make yourself at home in your individually-designed room. Rich wallpapered walls in warm gold and cream hues provide a luxurious backdrop to ornate gilt frames and deep-hued armchairs. Sink into a hot bath in your en suite before getting cosy in your complimentary fluffy bathrobe. Make yourself a cup of tea – with a home-made shortbread biscuit on the side – and slip between the Egyptian cotton sheets of your double bed.

Admire the sweeping views of the expansive Teifi Valley from your spacious balcony room, or gaze at the distant rolling hills from the conservatory at the back, which opens out onto the colourful gardens. As you wander through the hotel, you’ll find original fireplaces and open log-burning fires add to the cosy charm of this countryside haven. In the afternoon, if the weather’s warm, take a seat on the spacious outdoor terrace, settle your dog by your feet, and order a chilled glass of wine from the restaurant’s cellar.

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