My dog is spoiled and I'm over-protective, so without a go-to baby sitter, she now tags along for the overnight trips. However, I quickly learned the first time we tried to plan a little trip to the coast that finding dog friendly accommodation is easier said than done. You'd think with Google at your fingertips you could easily find a dog friendly hotel or B&B in just about any area, but the lack of information really disappointed me. A cursory search will give you hundreds of caravan parks (not really my thing) and self-catering places which must be rented for a week at a time starting only a Wednesday or something, but a one-night stay in an actual hotel, B&B or pub takes a bit more research.
Then there is the matter of the just how friendly is friendly... I naively assumed when I booked our first "dog friendly" B&B in Chichester for a bit of sea air and relaxation that the B&B owner would be just as friendly to my dog as she was to the humans, and was surprised when she said the dog couldn't come in the house (only the room which had been built as an extension with its own entrance) and couldn't sleep on the bed. Couldn't sleep on the bed or eat breakfast and a bed and breakfast? Hmph. This was no way to treat my best friend!
Sadly, she wasn't alone in her dog friendly guidelines. I have since spent ages looking for other places to go with dog in tow and have heard the same rules many times over. Truly dog friendly hotels and B&Bs are difficult to find, even in country which I think is more accommodating to those on four legs than most others.
I have decided to put together a directory of sorts of the friendliest dog friendly places in the UK and need your help. Have you travelled in the UK with your dog? Have you managed to find any places that allow doggie to sleep on the bed AND eat breakfast with you? Those are my criteria and here is my very infantile website. Share your reviews please!