An absolute gem of a dog-friendly hotel, Cliveden’s history goes back 300 years and it boasts a visitor book including the names of most British monarchs since it was built. Previous notable guests also include such 20th century political heavyweights as Churchill and Roosevelt as well as more 'slebtastic celebrities than a tabloid editor's contact book. Anyone who has ever been anyone has stayed here at some time. The Profumo Affair took place against Cliveden's impressive backdrop. From the moment you enter the grand drive, right on up to the magnificent main house, you get the impression of somewhere too grand to allow dogs. But Cliveden would be as welcoming to the Churchill Insurance dog as it was to Winston himself.
Eat: If you want to take advantage of the excellent food in the main restaurant (and with hot-shot star chef Andre Garrett now in the kitchen why wouldn’t you?) dog-sitting and dog-walking services are available. But you can also eat in the Great Hall and other public lounges with your dog (who can also tuck into the dog menu). The only places dogs aren’t allowed are the formal dining rooms, the spa, the Walled Garden and the other formal gardens.
Sleep: There are only two bedrooms at Clivenden that don’t allow dogs, including one of the recently refurbished deluxe doubles and Spring Cottage. The hotel offers a “doggie break package”, priced at just under £200 per person, that includes a Club Room, with a welcoming letter for the dog (presumably you’re expected to read it to the pooch), a dog bed and water bowl, a feeding mat and one meal a day from Cliveden’s impressive dog menu. You also get poo bags, a towel, treats and a personalised Cliveden lead, as well as a map of the best walks on the estate and a torch for early morning and late-night walks.
Walk: With 376 acres of National Trust managed grounds, including over 250 acres of dog-friendly designated woodland paths, there's no shortage of places to walk. The National Trust doesn't allow dogs in the gardens or lawns surrounding the hotel. If you fancy something different try exploring some of the walks along the Thames Path.
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Q: Can I leave my dog alone in the bedroom?
A: Yes, but why would you?
Q: Where else are dogs allowed?
A: Everywhere, except the main dining room, spa and formal gardens
Q: Can my dog come with me when I go to eat?
A: Yes, in the Great Hall and lounges
Q: Are there any extra charges for dogs?
A: £15, or take a special "doggie break" packages