The Porch House
While it bills itself as "England's oldest inn", The Porch House is in fact a wonderful, recently restored boutique retreat. It may have heritage, but it has been reborn as a classic Cotswolds pub with rooms. Stow-on-the-Wold wasn't short of reasons to visit before, but dog owners now have another yet another one.
Eat: The Porch House kitchen serves up well-considered takes on pub classics. Think ham hock terrine and piccalilli or a generous British cured meat board for starter, followed by the delicious signature Porch House burger or excellent fish and hand cut chips for main. Dogs are allowed everywhere apart from the main restaurant.
Sleep: After its recent refit, all 13 rooms at the Porch House carry off the classic vintage country chic well. More importunity, all are supremely comfortable. Dogs are allowed to stay in the room on their own, although you can take them with you to eat (assuming you're not eating in the main restaurant). There's a £15 charge for dogs, which includes a water bowl and biscuits. Dog beds are also available on request.
Walk: A stroll around the pretty town is always worth it and allows you to discover the organic food store, artisan chocolatier or high-end fashion boutique. But to properly stretch the legs there a numbers walks in the area - take the lovely four-mile loop to Bourton-on-the-Water, across meadows and through the unspoilt village of Wyck Rissington, or for a bigger hike head to The Slaughters. Ask at the bar for the Stow Walks pamphlet, which details a number of dog-friendly walks in the surrounding scenic Cotswolds countryside.
South West England
01451 870 048
SP 19241 25713
Q: Can I leave my dog alone in the bedroom?
Q: Where else are dogs allowed?
A: The bar and conservatory, but not the main restaurant
Q: Can my dog come with me when I go to eat?
A: Yes (assuming you don't go to the restaurant)
Q: Are there any extra charges for dogs?
A: £15 a night. Includes water bowl and biscuits (beds available on request)