Guest Post – Dog Friendly Wedding Venues

Posted By Hazel Winstanley / 8th May 2019 / Hotels / 0 Comments

Dog Friendly Wedding Venues

We knew it was on the cards – our owners have decided to get hitched! Amongst much tail wagging and wriggling and pushing and shoving, it dawned on us – would we be able to go along for more than the ride? We love a good wedding as much as the next dog – but not all venues want to deal with the occasional muddy paw print. Our owners undertook some much needed research and have come up with a few spectacular wedding venues that are sure to be a bit hit with humans and dogs alike! Here are three wedding venues that we loved!

Highfield Park – Heckfield, Hampshire @HighfieldParkH

Highfield Park can surpass the expectations of any well behaved dog! Staff are kind and welcoming, and you’ll be escorted over to the Fir Tree Court Bedrooms, which is where dogs and owners sleep when they visit the Hotel. There is a small booking fee for canines  – and it’s worth every penny. Dogs can enjoy the gardens and grounds, and will be able to keep an eye on things when you go inside to the Rotherwick Lounge. When your dog is ready to take a mid afternoon nap, you can accompany them or,  if you want to do your own thing for a bit, the Hotel provides large, comfortable cages – so they remain safe in your room while owners relax with other humans. The menus are superb and the dogs have the pick of meals too! Highfield Park has a dedicated Wedding team who will ensure that all the nitty gritty details have been attended to, leaving the Bride and Groom and dogs to have a fantastic wedding party in fabulous surroundings.

When considering hiring entertainment for a wedding the team at Highfield Park, like many other experienced pet friendly venues, are able to advise you with some helpful top tips about how your dog can be involved during the ceremony if not the evening reception

Hallmark Hotel, Stratford upon Avon @HallmarkHotels

Our second recommendation is a Hallmark Hotel – which offers the Pawfect Pet Package for visiting doggies! If you’re lucky enough to have a beloved friend with four legs – they’ll love the Hallmark Hotel in Stratford upon Avon and there are 12 dog friendly rooms available to book in a variety of sizes – everything from a standard room to a grand suite with a four poster bed – how’s that for luxury! The rooms are on the ground floor for ease of access and you can take two dogs per room. Depending on the size of your dog, the hotel will ensure that the space you have will be suitable for you and your pet. Each and every dog is welcomed to the hotel with their own card and gift pack – ready and waiting for them in their owners room. Their welcome pack contains scrumptious doggy edibles and a food bowl and mat to keep things tidy and a good sized bottle of still water. After all, travelling is thirsty work!

There are 157 acres of landscaped grounds and gardens to explore, but dogs with little legs need not be daunted, since there is a handy Dog Walkers Map supplied by the Hotel. You can pick and choose routes to suit your dogs energy levels and there is also a nature reserve next to the Hotel, so you won’t be short of places to explore.  When it’s time to have some rest and recouperation, you’ll be pleased to know that animals are welcome in the Hotel  bar/lounge area and you can order them a special treat or drink (non-alcoholic of course!) from the delicious menu options.

This gorgeous hotel blends traditional and modern styles – making it perfect for a Wedding. The sweeping views, terraced walkways, romantic staircases overlooking beautiful gardens are picture perfect and the in-house Wedding Team will be delighted to help you achieve a wedding that everyone loves, including the dogs!

Bovey Castle – Dartmoor, Devon

Set in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, this five-starred hotel is stunning, with incredible views, superb eateries and stylish rooms. It’s the perfect setting for a Wedding – with a variety of rooms suitable for ceremonies and celebratory meals. There is a magnificent raised terrace, with sweeping views across the gardens and grounds, right over to the moors. When it comes to bedrooms, there are plenty of options-  from cosy singles to luxury lodge houses suitable for groups. Whether your wedding is an intimate affair or an extravagant party – Bovey Castle can rise to the occasion! The ceremony rooms have a timeless elegance, and a summer wedding allows for receptions on the raised terrace – perfect for a night of dancing!

For an additional £25.00 per night per dog, your canine chum can be accommodated in the lap of luxury. Visiting hounds are provided with scrumptious meals, tasty treats, dog coats to help combat the Dartmoor mists and super comfortable dog beds.  Dogs can visit many of the public rooms with their owners – but are respectfully requested to give the lounge containing an aged Parrot a wide berth.  Dogs can keep their eye on their owners at one of the excellent dining options and when it’s time to repair to the well stocked bar – your pooch can take a well earned rest in your own room. Everyone benefits from a spot of exercise and that’s easy to achieve at  Bovey Castle. You’ll be provided with a  map, which contains all the information responsible dog owners needs to know – so everyone gets to enjoy the gorgeous grounds, whether they have dogs or not!

While your dog has a rest, you can enjoy the luxury spa, the beautiful indoor pool, the tucked away Cider Barn where you can sample local alcoholic treats, or afternoon tea in the grand drawing room. You are your dog will be be treated like royalty – and there is nowhere quite like in the South West.


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