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UK breaks for pampered pets by train

Can’t bear to leave your beloved pooch at home when heading off on your hols? Why not bring them along! Taking a ‘staycation’ could be just the thing for you and your furry friend.

If you’re not driving to you UK destination, then taking the train with your pet is a great way to kick your holiday off. It’s always advisable to check the National Rail Enquiries website or with the train operating company for any restrictions before you travel.

Here’s just a handful of pet-friendly suggestions to give you paws for thought…Happy holidays!

Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa

If you’re looking to get away from it all, then a spa break in this beautiful four red star 17th century former stately home, situated near to Keswick on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake in the English Lake District could be just the ticket. The hotel welcomes dogs and have selected bedrooms available which are equipped with a dog bed and dog treats so you can both feel at home.

Take the train to either Carlisle or Penrith railway stations and arrange for a taxi to take you the final stretch to the hotel.

The Black Swan Hotel, Hemsley

If you really want to give your four-legged friend a treat, The Black Swan Hotel in Hemsely is a must. With rooms designed especially to accommodate you and your pet and even a ‘Phodographer’ offering doggy portrait adventures in some of Yorkshire’s most beautiful locations, your pooch will get a pampering they’ll never forget.

Head to Thirsk Railway station and catch a dog-friendly taxi to the hotel.


The William Cecil at Stamford, Lincolnshire

You might have trouble convincing your dog to ever leave this place once they’ve spent the night on a specially made four-poster bed for dogs in the  VIP (‘Very Important Pets’ room) and dined on  home-made, organic Dog Room Service Menu delivered straight to your room.

The nearest railway station is Stamford (Lincs) and a short walk to the hotel from there

41, Victoria, London

When it comes to going that extra mile for your pet, 41 in Victoria is simply amazing. This London hotel has a dedicated pet concierge to cater for your dogs’ every need and provides a welcome hamper, bed, mineral water and menus, whilst the concierge will provide pet-sitting, walking and grooming services, plus litter boxes and first-aid kits. What more could you want?

Head to Victoria railway station and the hotel is a short stroll from there.

Kilcamb Lodge, Scotland

With over 22 acres of loch side meadow for dogs and owners to enjoy and a huge expanse of private beach at low tide for swimming and paddling, Kilcamb Lodge is the one of the best dog-friendly hotels in the UK. There are 5 dog friendly luxury rooms in total, are all close to the rear exit which takes you straight from your room into the gardens and grounds for easy walks.

Fort William is the nearest railway station.

It’s a dog’s life!


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