Château De Germigney, Port-Lesney 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾

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Just making myself at home!

Hotel

We arrived on a dark and wet evening and took a reluctant Barnaby around the grounds so he could do his business and stretch his legs. When we went to check-in, our bags were taken off us and we were ushered into the back drawing room where we were  given a cup of earl grey tea and a slice of lemon drizzle cake in front of the roaring fire! The château is perfectly charming, everywhere you turn there appears to be another little sitting room, where you can relax with a magazine or book.  The furnishings, pictures and finishing touches are really nicely done and the château has a very comfortable and cosy feel. Our bedroom on the first floor was lovely with a king-size bed with super-comfy mattress and a little bathroom with bath and shower.

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Can you spot me?

Restaurant –  dog-friendly and 1 Michelin star

Before dinner,  quite a few of the guests were having a pre-dinner drink in the drawing room. We decided to join them with Barnaby and sat in front of the fire again with a G and T. I am sure the château is just as fabulous in the summer, but it really was the perfect spot for a winter’s night! As the restaurant had a Michelin star, I had assumed that we would have to take Barnaby back to our room whilst we had dinner. However, he was welcomed into the dining room and they’d even put a bowl of water out for him. He was very well behaved and lay under the table! Another couple brought their dog in, somewhat unusually, in a bag, so it was nice that we weren’t the only ones!

I have to say that dinner was excellent. I had a truffle-fest, truffle risotto to start and Saint Jacques with truffle for my main course. Anthony had a set menu (a meat-fest before he goes home with the veggie!), and I should note that his apple pudding (that he of course needed help with) was divine.  During an excellent breakfast the following morning, yet more people had their dogs accompanying them.

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We sat here!

Nearby walks

The grounds are great to have a walk around first and last thing at night with your pup. They were beautifully lit with lights for Christmas, but again, I should imagine that it is also really lovely in the summer to eat outside and to enjoy the ‘natural’ outdoor pool.  We spotted some famous Bourg-en-Bresse chickens in the hen-house (a feature on the menu too) and a rather pretty shepherd’s hut in the car park!

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Anyone home?

In the morning we headed off for a longer walk. We went  left out of the château turning onto Maison Neuve and left again onto Rue du Moulin, following the river. The intention was to take a circular route back, but we were rather thwarted. The river was incredibly high and had burst its banks, flooding the road and making it inaccessible, so we had to take a bit of a detour. The village itself is also very pretty and Château de Germigney have a bistrot there, Le Bistrot de Port- Lesney, if you don’t fancy the fine dining at the château.

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Verdict – definitely dog-friendly

Nice touches

  • A mini-bar for storing Barnaby’s raw food

For more information visit their website: http://www.chateaudegermigney.com/en

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Cafés/restaurants SW10

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Did someone stay steak?!

Goat – 333 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QL – Italian eatery open for lunch and dinner. In the week they have a bargain £10 set lunch and they are super dog-friendly! They even have Lily’s Kitchen dog treats on the menu!

Maze Grill – 11 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10 0AJ – Lunch and dinner. Meaty menu but they do great sushi!

Cafés/restaurants SW3

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More meat loaf?! Me and my pal @freddieposingcockapoo
Duke of York Square – This area near Sloane Square tube and behind the Kings Road has quite a few restaurants where dogs are only allowed at the tables outside. Dogs are allowed inside at the following restaurants:

  • Polpo – 81 Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY – Italian eatery open for lunch and dinner. Great small plates for sharing.
  • Gallery Mess – Saachi Gallery, Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY – Dogs are allowed in the bar area only.

Beaufort House 354 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UZ – Stylish brasserie with a small but very tasty menu. It’s also a great place for cocktails.

Egerton House Hotel17-19 Egerton Terrace, London SW3 2BX – For a bit of decadence, enjoy afternoon tea with your pup in this boutique hotel in Knightsbridge. Barnaby loved the doggy meat loaf and the toy he got to take home!

Tom’s Kitchen 27 Cale Street, Chelsea, London SW3 3QP – A perfect place for Sunday brunch. We’ve also been along for dinner and they have a great  menu of classics such as mussels, fish and chips, steaks and burgers. Word of warning, when it’s busy it’s super noisy, due to the wooden floors and tightly packed tables.

 

Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter 🐾🐾🐾🐾

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Yep, it’s comfy!
The Hotel

Lords of the Manor is situated in Upper Slaughter,  one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds. It has the added bonus of not being too touristy. The hotel  only has a few dog-friendly rooms which are situated further away from the main building. They are accessed from a covered walkway, but still feel very much a part of the hotel. We had a lovely sized room with a 6 foot bed which was super-comfortable. There was space to sit and relax, plus a decent size bathroom with bath, bidet and shower. It was also very nice that they had left Barnaby some Bob and Lush food and treats, and a bottle of mineral water!

 

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Are these really for me?!

 

The Restaurant

The restaurant has one Michelin star which was the main reason for choosing the hotel, and I have to say that the food was amazing. On Friday and Saturday you have to have the tasting menu which is not a hardship! (our seven courses were described as  pumpkin soup,  beetroot, scallops, risotto, turbot, optional cheese course, cheesecake). I have to say that the mushroom risotto with 36 month aged parmesan was the nicest I’ve ever had, and only added to my menu as I don’t eat meat! A great substitute in my opinion. Dogs are not allowed in the restaurant, although  I think Barnaby would have been better behaved than some of the other diners there that night! He had a nice nap in our room while we were gone.

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Do you mind, I’m having a wee!
Nearby walks

Lords of the Manor has recently been announced as the Good Hotel Guide’s best Hotel with Gardens. It’s set in 8 acres with the river Eye running through it and Barnaby had a lovely run around in the wet grass in the morning. Anthony took him out in the evening before we went to bed and said that it was very hard to see anything as there was no lighting…so take a torch or a LED collar for your pup! The hotel also recommends some longer walks but unfortunately for us it was pouring with rain and we couldn’t face getting soaked.

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What a lovely garden!
For more information visit: http://www.lordsofthemanor.com/

Abbaye de Maiziéres, Beaune 🐾🐾🐾🐾

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‘Mirror, mirror on the wall’
 Hotel

Beaune is literally the very heart of Burgundy. It is a very pretty town with cobbled streets full of shops selling wine, food and generally gorgeous things! Abbaye de Maiziéres is a historic former abbey,  owned by the monks of Maiziéres from 1301 until the French Revolution. It’s a charming hotel, with an unusual entrance stepping down into the vaulted room below which houses the reception, lounge and dining room. There are only 10 rooms, all of which are dog-friendly and with no extra charge for your dog. We opted for a larger room, the junior suite on the first floor, which had a very comfortable king-size bed and walk-in shower room. It had all been newly decorated, which was lovely, but it felt a little bare, as if they hadn’t put all the furniture and rugs back! It did however have a large fridge. Very handy for keeping Barnaby’s raw food cold and for chilling a half bottle of champagne, purchased on our way down in Champagne!

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I know, I know…I’m not sleeping here!

Restaurant – dog-friendly 

The restaurant, Le Castrum Café, really is the main feature of the hotel with its beautiful vaulted ceilings. You can really imagine the monks of old at work and at prayer there. When we asked if Barnaby could join us for dinner they said, ‘bien sûr’, of course! The menu was so incredibly French with snails and foie gras, and masses of meat!  There was only one fish dish on the menu. I’m not sure exactly what it was, but it was lovely and came in a delicious creamy sauce. Being in Burgundy, Anthony felt the need to  have a traditional boeuf bourguignon, although, strangely,  it was served with linguine. We both had a cheese plate to finish and the epoisse was tongue-itchingly good. I have to say that I felt a bit guilty as Barnaby got a bit chilled lying on the cold 14th  century stone floor, so maybe take something for your pup to lie on!

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Table for two, plus dog
 Nearby walks

Abbaye de Maiziéres is right in the centre of town, so we didn’t find anywhere off-lead for Barnaby to have a run around. We just explored the town with him on a lead, which sufficed.  In the morning we popped into a café for breakfast and again when we asked if Barnaby was allowed in they said, ‘bien sûr’, of course! Altogether it felt like a super dog-friendly place to visit.

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The entrance is down here!

Nice touches

  • Coffee machine
  • A fridge to store Barnaby’s raw food

For more information visit their website: https://www.hotelabbayedemaizieres.com

Cafés/restaurants W1

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Dinner date with Darcy

Liberty London – Regent Street, London W1B 5AH – Liberty is a must see for any Londoner and tourist alike. It’s such an iconic building and just tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Regent Street. Walk up the winding wooden staircase to the newly opened Arthur’s restaurant on the second floor. It’s such a pleasure to find dog-friendly places like this! The food was great and they brought water for our pups, always a nice touch.

Locanda Locatelli– 8 Seymour Street, London W1H 7JZ – This is the first Michelin star restaurant I’ve taken Barnaby to and we were made to feel very welcome. We had a discreet corner table so the dogs were out of the way. Giorgio came and said hello! He has a cockapoo called Olive so he was very sweet to the dogs and the food was excellent!

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I think I like her!

The Wigmore, The Langham Hotel– 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London W1B 1JA –  The newly open Wigmore bar describes itself as a tavern, but it’s so much more! The former banking hall has wonderful high ceilings and funky green walls. It’s great menu is overseen by Michael Roux Jr. so you can’t go wrong! A great place to stop for a drink or lunch with your pup after a visit to Regents Park.

These were all visited with May Wong and Miss Darcy. Check out her blog http://missdarcy.org for an extensive list of Dog-friendly places!

La Clos de la Tour, Chátillon-sur-Chalaronne 🐾🐾🐾🐾

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But you said bistrot, not bath?!

Hotel

We had booked into La Tour, but, when we arrived, we found that we had been moved to La Clos, which is another of their hotels around the corner. We had booked just a basic room which was small but perfectly comfortable and very quiet! The bathroom had just a shower, so was a bit too small to put Barnaby in, but he was happy sleeping by the side of the bed.

If you are staying in summer, I would recommend making sure you ask specifically for a room at La Clos, as this has the main restaurant that is open in the summer. It also has a lovely outdoor pool.

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I’ve found my spot!

Restaurant – dog-friendly in summer

On the website they say they have three restaurants: Gastronomic, Bistronomic and Patio. In the summer only the Bistronomic, at La Clos, is available in the evenings. I don’t know what other options are available in the day or if the indoor restaurants are dog friendly, so do check. All the restaurants are closed on Sunday evenings and all day Monday.

The Bistronomic restaurant was set up on the outside terrace and really nicely laid out. We had a table near a fountain, slightly away from everyone else, so Barnaby had a bit more space and could lie on the grass. There were cacti everywhere, even in teapots on the tables! The staff were very smiley and friendly and we had an excellent three course set menu, all of which was delicious, particularly the rather huge chocolate fondant.

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I’ve found more cacti here!

Nearby walks

La Clos has a garden which is perfectly adequate for morning and evening bathroom duties. Our only difficulty in arriving early evening, was that we had to try and find a more discreet place where diners couldn’t see Barnaby doing his business! There is a handy bin in the car park for you know what!

As we left the following morning at 6am, we noticed a lovely park on the river very near the hotel. This would have been a really nice place for a longer walk. Next time!

 

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Are you coming in?

For more information visit their website: http://www.hotel-latour.com

La Cardinale, Le Pouzin 🐾🐾🐾🐾

The Hotel

La Cardinale is a very charming, small and peaceful hotel with a rustic homely feel.   Despite being only ten minutes from the A7, the Autoroute du Soleil, it was totally quiet and tranquil. The hotel rooms are separate from the main restaurant building and each has a little garden with table, chairs and sun beds, with trees offering privacy between the gardens. The rooms themselves are large with big bathrooms with a large tub, walk-in shower, and separate loo and bidet. Barnaby was banished to the bathroom to sleep (no door but we closed the curtain!) as he jumped on the bed in the night!

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What a grand tub!
The restaurant – Dogs welcome

We arrived very late as there had been delays with Eurotunnel. However, we managed to arrive on the dot of 9pm, just as the kitchen was taking last orders! As we were so late and didn’t want to inconvenience them further, we just ordered the set menu which was moules in garlic and dourade (bream) with vegetables. It doesn’t sound very exciting but it was all delicious. Probably the best moules I have ever eaten and we both said that we would have been happy with just the vegetables which were divine…sweet potato puree, roast potatoes with rosemary and a touch of truffle. It was all very relaxed as we were dining outside and, before our first course arrived, we took Barnaby for a quick walk in the garden and gave him his supper. The next table to us had two dogs; Australian shepherds, dad and daughter!

Breakfast is also worth a mention for its delicious home-made pastries served in colourful stripy cases, fresh fruit and smoothies.

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This way to the restaurant
Nearby walks

The hotel has enclosed grounds which are fine for a short walk. It was also very easy to send Barnaby out for his first and last toilet break on the patch of lawn in our little garden!

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Home sweet home

For more information visit their website: http://www.hotel-restaurant-privas.com/fr

The Swan at Bibury 🐾🐾🐾

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Mmm breakfast!

The Hotel

The Swan is situated in the picturesque Cotswold village of Bibury, right on the river Coln. It’s very much on the tourist map, but with a dog you have an excuse to explore the beautiful countryside and get away from the coach parties! The hotel was super dog-friendly and our room had a dog bed and bowl for Barnaby. We had a basic room in the main hotel which, although it was small, had a bathroom big enough for Barnaby to sleep in. The hotel requests that you feed your dog in the bathroom where there are tiles, for ease of cleaning; fair enough!

The Restaurant

The plan was to eat in the bar area where Barnaby was allowed with us, but it was quite busy and noisy so we took Barnaby back to our room and headed to the brasserie on our own instead. This was much more relaxed and comfortable and we very much enjoyed our meal. We had breakfast with Barnaby in the bar area the following morning when it was more peaceful! You can also take dogs into the little sitting room where there is a fire. We had a coffee and read the papers there after breakfast.

Nearby walks

The Swan is situated right on the road at a junction, which has to be navigated first when taking your dog for its loo visits! The hotel does however have a small enclosed garden just across the road, with a stream running through it; a great place to wash off muddy paws! For a longer walk the very picturesque six mile walk from Bibury to Coln St Aldwyns (see link) is great, although you’ll need to work out how to get back if you don’t want to do double the distance! There can be livestock so some lead walking may be necessary and when we were there it was quite muddy!

 

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Wellies required!

For more information visit: http://www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk/the-swan-hotel