Hanbury Manor has all the hallmarks of a traditional (and slightly stuffy) country club. From the impressive drive, to the golf course and spa, this Marriott Hotel and Country Club is the perfect playground for upper middle England. And yet, at Hanbury Manor the staff manage to make it more relaxed and less formal than first impressions suggest.
Eat: Dogs are welcome throughout the public areas (other than the restaurants). In summer there is plenty of space on the outside terraces where you can eat with your dog. In winter you’ll have to eat where you can in the many bar areas (find a spot by one of the huge roaring fires) or in your room. If you are OK leaving the dog alone then do that and either opt for the formal dining of the Zodiac Restaurant where they serve traditional British fine dining or the more-relaxed bistro fare at the Oakes Grill. There’s also the Sow & Pigs pub at the end of the drive, that does a decent line in pub grub, but dogs aren't allowed inside, so it’s only really useful in the summer (there's a nice little garden).
Sleep: All bedrooms are available to dog-owners, although there is a fairly hefty £40 surcharge per night and you don’t get anything for that in the way of welcome pack, bowl or bed. The rooms are what you'd expect from a large chain like the Marriott, specious and comfortable, if lacking a little in personality. Likewise, if they're your thing, both the spa and golf course are to the high standard you’d expect from Marriott.
Walk: With 200 acres of parkland to play in, there’s plenty of space to explore. There's also plenty of lovely Hertfordshire countryside nearby, including the impressive Rib Valley and the Amwell Reserve, which also takes in the disused Buntingford Railway.
South East England
TL 35115 16283
Q: Can I leave my dog alone in the bedroom?
Q: Where else are dogs allowed?
A: Everywhere, except the restaurants
Q: Can my dog come with me when I go to eat?
A: Yes, in the bar
Q: Are there any extra charges for dogs?