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In the doghouse: Welcome to the UK’s most sought-after canine hotel (no human guests allowed)

Just miss it! Spa Treatments, Chauffeurs, Custom Bone Treats – Welcome to the UK’s most sought after dog hotel (no human guests allowed)

  • A celebrity favorite, the Country Dog Hotel sits on an estate atop Somerset’s scenic Quantock Hills.
  • David Gandy’s rescued puppy Dora and Lorraine Kelly’s Angus border terrier have stayed at the hotel
  • There are two packages for dogs: standard, at £ 50 per day, and VIP at £ 80, the latter offering ‘human beds’
  • Harriet Sime checks her cocker spaniel Pippin, in the VIP package, while she repairs in the Dolomites …

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Owners travel from everywhere so their precious little dogs can have their own vacation at The Country Dog Hotel.

Owners travel from everywhere so their precious little dogs can have their own vacation at The Country Dog Hotel.

Pippin likes his comforts. And he can be fussy about where he sleeps and who he associates with. So we hope you have no complaints about The Country Dog Hotel, with its in-house spa, roaring fireplaces, open-air movie nights, and Aga-baked treats.

Mind you, finding a litter can be difficult because this is arguably the most sought-after doghouse in the country. The owners travel from everywhere and pay a premium so that their precious little dogs can have their own vacation.

We hear that model David Gandy’s rescue puppy, Dora, and Harry Redknapp’s bulldog, Barney, have stayed. Lorraine Kelly’s Angus border terrier is a regular dog, as are many of the dogs on the England rugby team.

The plan is to leave Pippin, our cocker spaniel, here for five nights while my fiance and I move to the Dolomites. The hotel, set on a large estate atop the rolling Quantock Hills in Somerset, offers two packages: Standard, which costs £ 50 a day, and VIP, Very Important Dogs, at £ 80 a day.

Pippin, of course, goes for the VIP package. After packing his bag with his food, his blanket and his favorite teddy bear, he is taken from his flat in the North London city in a Land Rover while listening to the quiet Classic FM.

The hotel is the brainchild of Rebecca Linnell and Michael Walton, who started the business five years ago when they realized that dog owners have a habit of messing up their charges just as much as parents are happy to pamper their children.

“I think it’s crucial that we eliminate that concern by giving dogs their own vacations and sending regular updates to their owners,” says Rebecca.

Yap Deluxe: Pippin at The Country Dog Hotel.  Image and video updates come as part of the VIP package

Yap Deluxe: Pippin at The Country Dog Hotel.  Image and video updates come as part of the VIP package

Yap Deluxe: Pippin at The Country Dog Hotel. Image and video updates come as part of the VIP package

At The Country Dog Hotel, guests (dogs) are in control of the place

At The Country Dog Hotel, guests (dogs) are in control of the place

The hotel's hot tub for dogs (warm)

The hotel's hot tub for dogs (warm)

At The Country Dog Hotel, guests (dogs) control the place, and there are only ten at a time, with seven members of staff. The hotel’s hot tub for dogs (warm) is shown in the photo to the right.

“Many of our clients are billionaires. They are lucky to be able to go to the Bahamas for months, but they also want to give their dogs a good rest. ”

At The Country Dog Hotel, guests (as they are called, naturally) are in control of the place, and there are only ten at a time, with seven members of staff.

Fundamentally, prior to Pippin’s departure, we have several conversations with Michael and Rebecca. We discussed Pippin’s preference for sleeping next to our bed and how he doesn’t like to be left alone.

Image and video updates are part of the VIP package. Along with messages like, ‘Everyone is quickly falling in love with him and those puppy dog ​​eyes,’ they send us images of Pippin curled up next to the Aga in the farm’s kitchen, frolicking through the windswept hills and running through the cream- carpeted hallways that look like they were straight out of the pages of Country Living magazine.

The hotel is located on a large estate atop the rolling Quantock Hills in Somerset.

The hotel is located on a large estate atop the rolling Quantock Hills in Somerset.

The hotel is located on a large estate atop the rolling Quantock Hills in Somerset.

VIP canine guests at The Country Dog Hotel can eat treats baked with Aga

VIP canine guests at The Country Dog Hotel can eat treats baked with Aga

VIP canine guests at The Country Dog Hotel can eat treats baked with Aga

After having signed a disclaimer saying that we are happy that Pippin appears on the hotel’s social networks, the images and videos start to appear on the Instagram account. A photo of him and his fellow guest Margot, a beautiful wire-haired dachshund, sitting in a planter, has garnered over 800 likes.

After five nights of living with his new friends, Pippin returns to our doorstep fluffed, combed and groomed to perfection, and smelling of sweet orange and cedar wood after a shampoo, conditioner and facial scrub with a bottle of £ 15 WildWash lotion in the spa. As promised, she returns with a goodie bag containing bone-shaped treats engraved with her name, which Rebecca baked that morning.

So who had a better time on vacation, us or Pippin? We’ll never really know, but The Country Dog Hotel seems pretty hard to beat.

IN THE LUXURY DOG HOUSE: TRAVEL FACTS

VIP package (£ 80 per day)

  • Luxury door-to-door pickup and drop-off in a Land Rover with Classic FM.
  • Two country walks a day.
  • One-on-one training.
  • Cookies cooked in the Aga.
  • Days to nearby beaches.
  • Spa treatments including a full bath and clip (if needed).
  • Care and medication for dogs that need extra affection.
  • Daily updates, including images and videos.
  • Choice of sleeping areas, even human beds.
  • Bag of goodies at check-out.

Standard package (£ 50 per day)

  • Two country walks a day.
  • Afternoons by the wood burners.
  • Run of the house.

For more details, go to countrydoghotel.co.uk

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