I’ve never really thought about taking Malc to a dog friendly hotel (doesn’t it just cast ideas of pretty grim dank smelly places?!) but when I saw Becky Instagram-storying about where she was going to be going for her mini-moon next year, I rushed to the Pets Pyjamas website for a browse. Pets Pyjamas are a website who specialise in pet friendly getaways and they have literally hundreds of places to offer!
After some browsing I decided to book Tewksbury Park hotel for our anniversary weekend away where we booked the ‘Canine Retreat’. This package included a 2 night stay, cooked breakfast both days, afternoon tea, £25 off a spa treatment and also a three course dinner for us both one evening. On top of this was also a cooked breakfast for the dog both days, and a cooked tea when we had our three course meal. This retails for £300 but I was able to score a discount voucher bringing the weekend down to £250. What a bargain!
We bundled Malc into the car on Friday 10th November to make the 90 minute journey to Tewksbury. He was surprisingly well behaved and I really hoped that this would be a good omen for the weekend to come. We drove up the long driveway towards the hotel and I hopped out the car to check us in. What awaited me was literally like nothing I was expecting. The lobby was decorated in the most stunning deep blue, with pops of gold decor, it was genuinely stunning.
I collected our keys and off we popped to our room, Malc was absolutely in his element wandering down the hotel corridors and when we opened the door to the room, he of course hopped straight onto the bed. As part of the room it was advertised he would get a memory foam mattress bed – there was a memory foam bed, but it was more Chihuahua than bulldog sized). There was a little set up for his bowls and a box of treats for him.
Our room itself was pretty normal – big wardrobes, a big (very comfortable) bed and a desk but with big French doors which opened straight out onto the golf green. The bathroom was bright and clean with a bath and shower. The hotel itself is based on a golf course with acres of grassy grounds.
On our first night we went into the ‘Piano Lounge’ for afternoon tea to be greeted by the most wonderful staff. They fussed Malc like there was no tomorrow and he had the time of his life! Afternoon tea was fab with smoked salmon and cream cheese on crusty bread, cucumber sandwiches, macaroons and scones with cream! Yum!
Malc has never really spent much time at the pub, or in cafes etc so we were really nervous about how he would react to it all. He loves other dogs so we were a bit worried about it being a bit of sensory overload for him – lots of dogs and food – but he loved it. I honestly think he’d happily have stayed there for life. On our first night we had a couple of delicious pizzas in the lounge and enjoyed a really lazy evening.
For breakfast there was a full English breakfast buffet, with lots of fresh fruit and pastries, and MTD was given a plate full of sausage and egg. I think the hotel is in the midst of a refurb as the breakfast room was definitely a bit ‘foggier’ than the reception and Piano lounge.
We took advantage of the discounted spa treatments to both have a back massage with Laura (she was fab!) then we walked down to the village for a wander around and went into Chocolat which is a dog friendly café on the high street for a slice of cake and a coffee. The staff in there were so good with Malc too and he left the café thoroughly fussed up!
That evening was our three course dinner and my oh my, what a dinner- this wasn’t cheap basket food, this was proper gourmet deliciousness!
For starters we had Pan Fried Scallops and Pigeon & Duck Leg Rissole, followed by Proscuitto Wrapped Pork Loin and Chicken Supreme for Chris. We finished off with a Sticky Toffee Pudding which was to die for. The highlight of the meal however was when Malc was given a full Sunday dinner, chicken gravy and all the trimmings. He thought his Christmases had all come at once!
I was genuinely sad to be leaving the hotel on the Sunday as we had enjoyed ourselves so much. There really was nothing too much for the staff and they clearly all adored dogs. The atmosphere was uber relaxing and it was just a gorgeous getaway.
I’d definitely recommend giving a dog friendly hotel a go, especially if you’re interested in Tewksbury Park; the dog had the time of his life. One thing I’d definitely recommend however, is that if your dog isn’t very good at staying in his own bed, a crate might be helpful if you don’t want a befriend… We tried without luck to corner Malc using a dresser and some chairs but he did his best contortionist impression and shortly joined us in bed!
We’ve decided we’ll give Malc a 7/10 for his behaviour (room for improvement but overall not too bad) and we’ll definitely be giving this dog hotel thing another go!! I’d 100% recommend both the Tewkesbury Park hotel but also Pets Pyjamas to book it through.
Have you got any recommendations for a dog friendly getaway? I’d love to hear!