If you’re heading to the Gloucestershire countryside and looking for dog-friendly hotels in the Cotswolds that are the ultimate dog-friendly retreat for you AND your dog, look no further than the dog-friendly Tewkesbury Park Hotel. We had the opportunity to stay at this fabulous hotel recently, and we were so impressed by the facilities designed for dogs and the warm welcome that we received.
In our latest dog-friendly hotel review, we’ll share our experience of this beautiful country retreat, where luxury, relaxation, and spending quality time with your dog come together. From scenic walks in the sprawling estate to sumptuous dining experiences, Tewkesbury Park Hotel promises an unforgettable stay for you and your canine companion. Read on to find out why your dog will enjoy their stay as much as you do, if not more.
Where is the Tewkesbury Park Hotel?
Tewkesbury Park Hotel enjoys a truly idyllic location perched on a hill in the heart of the breathtaking Gloucestershire countryside. Set in 165 acres of grounds, with an award-winning golf course and overlooking the historic town of Tewkesbury, its peaceful setting provides the perfect blend of tranquillity and accessibility, making it an ideal destination if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life while remaining within easy reach of the stunning beauty of the Cotswolds. This picturesque backdrop sets the stage for a perfect getaway, whether travelling with your best four-legged friend or simply seeking a peaceful retreat in the heart of the English countryside.
How dog-friendly are the rooms?
We stayed in one of the new dog-friendly rooms at Tewkesbury Park, and our benchmark for how dog-friendly a hotel should be has now risen significantly as each room has its own private, enclosed terrace designed with dogs in mind.
There are six dog-friendly rooms at the Tewkesbury Park Hotel, and they do not disappoint. The hotel has gone above and beyond in creating a room that makes dogs feel as welcome as humans, with thoughtfully designed rooms equipped with a memory foam dog bed, food/water bowls, a quick-drying pet towel and a pack of welcome treats.
However, the luxury dog-friendly welcome doesn’t stop there, as all the dog-friendly rooms have a private enclosed terrace offering a safe and secure space for your dog to relax and enjoy the fresh air whilst enjoying the stunning views of the Tewkesbury Park Hotel grounds.
Whilst having enclosed outdoor space for your dog is more common in non-hotel accommodation, e.g. cottage stays, we found this to be a real game-changer for a hotel stay. We loved being able to head straight onto the beautiful grounds with Piccolina for a walk or if needed, a doggy toilet break during the night; plus, there are doggy waste bins outside the rooms, too.
And did we mention that wellies for humans to keep their feet dry on walks are provided in the room? Tewkesbury Park really has thought of everything dogs and their owners may need!
Our room was spacious and very comfortable, and we thoroughly enjoyed relaxing on the terrace, too.
Dining with your Dog at the Tewkesbury Park Hotel
Dogs are encouraged to dine with you in the Piano Bar at The Tewkesbury Park Hotel. If you would prefer to eat in the main restaurant, you can, but your dog will need to stay and relax in the room whilst you do.
Of course, we chose to eat dinner in the Piano Bar with Piccolina. I’m so glad we did, as Daniel, the restaurant manager, gave Piccolina the warmest welcome we have had in a restaurant in a long time. Daniel had not only reserved our table but also ensured there was a perfectly Piccolina-sized memory foam dog bed and water bowl next to it.
However, the best part is that Daniel brought Piccolina a delicious dinner of chicken, vegetables and potatoes and personally served it to her. Piccolina couldn’t believe her luck!
The human food was delicious, and dining in the spacious and relaxing Piano Bar was just what we needed after a long day exploring the Cotswolds, so much so that we decided to eat at the Piano Bar for both nights that we stayed at the hotel.
Our breakfast experience also surpassed expectations! The humans could choose from an extensive buffet of cooked and continental breakfast options in the main dining room (to eat in the Piano Bar), whilst Piccolina once again had her own breakfast dish.
This time, on the dog menu was sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs or any combination of those your dog desires. Well, Picciolina desired them all, and once again, Daniel served Piccolina her breakfast in style.
As you can probably tell, we loved dining in the Piano Bar at the Tewkesbury Park Hotel and how much effort there was to make the dining experience as special for Piccolina as it was for us.
What Dog-friendly walks and things to do are nearby?
With 165 acres of parkland on your doorstep (literally), you won’t be short of dog-friendly walks to explore. Dogs should be on the lead when exploring the grounds (we used a long line) as you share the stunning parkland with the award-winning golf course The Deerpark.
Once you’ve finished exploring the grounds (it may take a while), you can take a 20-minute walk or a 5-minute drive to Tewkesbury, where Tewkesbury Abbey is dog-friendly; however, sadly, it was closed for renovations when we visited. You will also find many dog-friendly places to eat in Tewkesbury, such as The Tewkesbury Abbey Tea Rooms, The Hide, Rosada Lounge and Coffee Mer Med.
Located on the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds, the Tewkesbury Park Hotel is a short drive (30-40 minutes) from Cotswold towns such as Broadway (our favourite), Snowshill, Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter, all of which lived up to our expectations of Cotswolds towns.
We also visited the popular Bourton-on-the-Water; however, we would only recommend visiting here if you go very early in the day, as by lunchtime, there were already bus-loads of tourists in town, which detracted from its beauty.
Cheltenham is also nearby (about a 20-minute drive) if you fancy exploring a larger town.
Relaxing at the Hotel
Tewkesbury Park has an 18-hole par 72 parkland golf course, squash and tennis courts, as well as a fully-equipped leisure club with a gym, steam room, indoor swimming pool, and an outdoor Scandinavian-style sauna with a secluded terrace and hot tub. If you’re using any of these facilities, your dog won’t be able to join you, so it’s probably best to tire them out with a long walk around the grounds first, so they can relax in the room!
Although we spent a lot of time exploring the Tewkesbury Park Hotel grounds and the nearby towns, we would have also loved to spend more time relaxing at the hotel in the sauna, hot tub, pool or spa – we just ran out of time in one weekend!
What Piccolina loved about the Tewkesbury Park Hotel
The private room terrace especially for her, the doggy dinner and breakfast in the Piano Bar and the fuss from the staff, especially Daniel!
What we loved about the Tewkesbury Park Hotel
The warm welcome, the thoughtful design of the dog-friendly rooms with the terrace and all the small dog-friendly touches, the doggy dining experience, and the acres of grounds to explore!
Why the Tewkesbury Park Hotel is the ultimate dog-friendly retreat
The Tewkesbury Park Hotel offers you and your pup an experience that goes above and beyond with its dog-friendly welcome! From dog-friendly rooms designed for your pup with a fabulous fully-enclosed private terrace, plus 165 acres of parkland right outside the door, and providing your dog with their own breakfast and dinner in the Piano Bar, it’s hard to deny that this hotel offers an exceptional dog-friendly experience. For us, it’s evident why the Tewkesbury Park Hotel is one of the best dog-friendly hotels in the Cotswolds.
How to book a dog-friendly stay at The Tewkesbury Park Hotel
Prices for the dog-friendly rooms at Tewkesbury Park cost £258, including breakfast (based on double occupancy), a memory foam dog bed, food & water bowls and treats for your pup. Don’t forget when dining in the dog-friendly Piano Lounge; the hotel team will serve your dog breakfast and dinner, too, which is also included!
For more information or to book, visit the Tewkesbury Park Hotel website.