More so than ever, dogs are considered an important member of our family group, and dog-friendly holidays are more popular as a result. The Devonshire Hotels Group has launched its new ‘Canine Retreats’
This is closely aligned to The Devonshire Hotels Group’s dog-friendly ethos, where dogs are actively made welcome across their wide range of holiday accommodation. In fact, at The Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey, one of their two beautiful hotels in the Yorkshire Dales, there is even a themed ‘Dog Lounge’ in honour of this time-honoured bond.
The new ‘Canine Retreats’ programme is set to get tails wagging all over the country with countless treats on offer, to ensure that both owners and pets enjoy the most paw-fect of country staycations. The programme extends right across the Group, which has hotels and inns across the Chatsworth Estate in the Peak District and the Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales.
Properties include The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa at Bolton Abbey and The Devonshire Fell in the Yorkshire Dales; and in Derbyshire, The Cavendish at Baslow and two historic inns, The Devonshire Arms at Beeley and The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley.
Top of the list for dogs, of course, is the promise of doggy adventures across open countryside, exploring the inspiring National Parks and rural locations surroundings our properties. Dogs will also relish the warm welcome at reception, where they will have a fuss with our specially trained reception team, and perhaps a treat or two (if they are good!)
In our guest rooms discover the ‘Canine-friendly’ Welcome Pack, which includes dog treats, branded ‘Devonshire Dogs’ ball (for those countryside walks), poop bags, and a towel for a good rub down afterwards.
Each property has a delicious Canine Retreats dog menu on offer, with a range of options, so that pet owners won’t be the only ones wolfing down delicious meals during their stay. Dishes available for room service, include canine-suited twists on family favourites such as cottage pie, chicken and turkey casserole, or for a small snack, some cheese-flavoured ‘dog-corn’. Pooches can even wash it down with a ‘Bottom Sniffer’ beer or a ‘Posh Pooch’ wine – it really is a dog’s life!
At each of the properties, an area for dining has been created, so that dogs may dine with their owners, rather than being left alone in the guest room. Should there be an occasional need to leave well-behaved dogs alone at some point, then ‘dog in room’ swing tags will be a signal for Housekeeping to let the proverbial ‘sleeping dogs lie.
Pampered pooches will be delighted by the optional extra of their very own hand-made four-poster bed, a perfect fit for your own ‘Duke’ or ‘Princess’.
Richard Palmer, Managing Director of The Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants Group, commented,
“We’ve always been dog friendly at our hotels and boltholes, and now we’re taking this proposition even further, to give both owners and pets alike the very warmest of welcomes, and the very best of experiences when they choose to stay with us at one of our wide range of properties, all set in magnificent countryside, which both dogs and owners alike will love exploring.”
Canine Retreats available from 1st April
Costs are simply added to the guests’ stay – £15 per dog per night, for hotel and inns, and an additional £20 to include the optional four-poster bed hire, per dog per night
Cottages are £35 per dog per stay, irrespective of the length of stay
(Max number of well-behaved dogs per stay is two, in both hotel and cottage accommodation)
For full information on other optional extras such as dog grooming, photography session and more, please see www.devonshirehotels.co.uk/dogs
On social media please use hashtags #devonshiredogs and #devonshiremoments
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THE DEVONSHIRE HOTELS & RESTAURANTS GROUP
Devonshire Hotels & Restaurants Group is a collection of luxury hotel and restaurant properties, which form part of The Duke of Devonshire’s hospitality businesses, located at his Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales and on the Chatsworth Estate in the Derbyshire Peak District area.
The Cavendish Hotel at Baslow was acquired by the Chatsworth Estate in 1830, from the Duke of Rutland and dates back a further century. This 28-bedroom four-red star country hotel offers stylish comfort, with warming open fires in winter. The beauty of the surrounding area and views across the estate are a delight and with supremely comfortable bedrooms and a choice of two restaurants, The Gallery, with 3 AA rosettes and its well-established ‘Kitchen Table’ experience, and The Garden Room, it is the perfect place to stay for a relaxing break. It’s a 20-minute walk across parkland to Chatsworth itself and an ideal location for exploring the surrounding Peak District.
The Devonshire Arms at Beeley originated as three separate cottages in 1726 and these were converted into an inn in 1747. During the period 1755-64, there were three inns in the village, only The Devonshire Arms has survived. Today this characterful, friendly inn has 18 guest bedrooms in the inn plus three neighbouring cottages. Diners here are accommodated in the pub itself with its inglenook fireplace and cosy beam, including The Malt Vault a private seating area for up to 12 diners, and a colourful and contemporary Brasserie, as well as an outdoor terrace to be enjoyed during the warmer months.
Coaches often stopped in Beeley to rest the horses, and frequent visitors included the distinguished writer Charles Dickens. It is also rumoured that King Edward VII often met his mistress Alice Keppel at The Devonshire Arms.
The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley has been a traditional village pub since the C18th, and only relatively recently developed into an inn with rooms, initially the seven rooms in the main pub, with six beautifully-styled, romantic four-poster (‘Farmhouse’) bedrooms located just next door. Seasonal freshly prepared gastro pub dining is enjoyed by residents and locals, walkers and visitors to Chatsworth in equal measure.
Yorkshire Dales properties:
The Devonshire Hotel & Spa is located at ‘The Gateway to The Dales’, in picturesque Bolton Abbey, and is established as one of the finest country house hotels in the North of England – A coaching inn, since the early C17th, its reputation for fine hospitality is unrivalled in the region, with its 3 AA rosette fine dining restaurant, ‘The Burlington’ having won many awards and its one AA rosette ‘Brasserie’ also a highly popular restaurant with both resident and non-resident diners.
There are forty bedrooms, including two suites, ‘Herbert Royal’ and ‘Lismore’. Owned by several Dukes of Devonshire since 1753, the inn has hosted many influential guests including the Royal family who regularly visited this 50 square mile (33 000 acre estate) to enjoy grouse shoots in this beautiful and unspoilt area of The Yorkshire Dales with its picture-postcard villages, historic castles, Abbey ruins and stately homes. Notable guests historically included Wordsworth and Turner inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape.
The 5th Duke was a visionary and realised the importance of visitors to the area, creating many miles of footpaths so that visitors could access the splendid views. The coming of the railway in 1888 and the motorcar in the early 20th century, placed new demands on the hotel, so the Cavendish Pavilion was built by the riverside to provide refreshments. Nowadays, a popular cafe by day, and an events venue by evening.
The Devonshire Fell has just sixteen bedrooms and was originally built in the early C20th, it was once a Gentleman’s Club for local mill owners before being taken over by The Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants Group in 1998 when it was re-developed and re-opened the following year as the stylish and contemporary property we see today. The restaurant serves beautifully presented 2 AA rosette seasonal fayre.
The hotel is a popular hideaway for country and outdoor activities enthusiasts, couples and those seeking inspiration from the Dales and enjoying its peace and tranquillity, and a popular venue for events too, such as exclusive use weddings and special birthdays where the whole property may be hired for exclusive use.
Holiday Cottages or ‘Boltholes’ – these are high spec and developed with style and comfort in mind to explore two of the North’s most beautiful National Parks.
Yorkshire Dales: Two luxury ‘cottages’, Stank House and Wharfe View, are stone-built, self-catering farmhouses, each with three bedrooms and located to enjoy fabulous views over the Wharfe Valley – these cottages are high specification with every luxury for guest comfort and convenience, and an ideal spot from which to explore the beauty of the surrounding Dales – Stank House boasts its own hot tub on the outdoor stone terrace. A third luxury holiday home once a Wesleyan Chapel, to sleep up to 8 with its own hot tub and wood-burning stove coming soon, available late summer 2022.
Chatsworth area: A collection of unique and characterful self-catering barns, farmhouses and cottages, even a Hunting Tower with panoramic views from its location 400 feet above the Chatsworth estate, each sleeping between 2 and 10 guests, in some of the most picturesque locations on and around the Chatsworth estate.