The Woburn Hotel, Woburn 🐾🐾🐾🐾

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Nice white linen – perfect!

The Hotel

The Woburn Hotel is situated in the picturesque Georgian village of Woburn, and part of the 3,000 acre Woburn Abbey Estate.  It opened its doors as a hotel in 1701 but has been transformed into a contemporary hotel with an award-winning restaurant. I have to confess that our stay was a freebie, offered to Anthony as he had stayed there before for work when the heating and hot water had broken! When he found it was dog-friendly he was keen to show me Woburn and to explore the grounds of Woburn Abbey with Barnaby.

The cottages on the side of  the property are dog-friendly rooms. We were in ‘Endsleigh’ which had a big bedroom and bathroom with ample space to sit and relax. It was very nicely furnished and  very quiet and peaceful.

Woburn is small but really very charming. There are quite a few lovely pubs and restaurants on the main street that would also be worth a visit.

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Welcome to Endsleigh

The Restaurant

The hotel has a big bar, full of character, with dark beams and a massive open fireplace which has a huge sofa in it! The chairs were a funky purple colour that Anthony wasn’t sure about. When I enquired if dogs were allowed in the bar area, we were told only small dogs and not if it was busy!

The hotel restaurant, Olivier’s, is AA star-rated and situated in a lovely room with big windows and wooden floors which, unfortunately for us, was just being refurbished! We ate instead in one of the conference rooms, which worked pretty well. The menu was great and we shared gravlax on a potato cake to start. I had halibut with crab bisque as a main, and Anthony had the venison. Judging with how many deer we saw on the estate it would have not had to travel far to the plate!  The restaurant is not dog-friendly but Barnaby was very happy in the room.

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So you’re leaving me here?!

Nearby walks

In theory with 3000 acres of estate you would think that this would be the very best place to walk a dog – but NO! Dogs have to be kept on a lead at all times because of the huge number of deer. There were only a few set footpaths for the public across the estate and, as we missed the first footpath, we found it very hard to get back on it again! We ended up having a lovely 6 mile walk, rather longer than intended, in the glorious sunshine!

 

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Explain to me why I’m on a lead?

Nice touches

  • Fresh milk in the fridge

For more information visit: http://www.thewoburnhotel.co.uk/

 

 

 

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Hotel du Vin, Birmingham 🐾🐾🐾🐾

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The Hotel

We were en route to Manchester so decided to stop in Birmingham to meet our nephew, who has just finished studying here. The hotel is a former eye hospital in the jewellery district of Birmingham. It’s a beautiful building with high ceilings and plenty of character. We had a superior room with a big bed and I loved the feature wall with its wallpaper of books! The bathroom was huge, with a bath and fabulous shower, big enough for Barnaby to sleep in.

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But I’m clean!
The restaurant – Dogs welcome

We were surprised to find that not only was Barnaby allowed in the beautiful bar area, but he was also allowed in the restaurant.  The staff went out of their way at dinner to offer him water and make a fuss of him! I had sea bass which was lovely and my husband had a cobb salad. Presentation was beautiful, especially the asparagus and duck egg starter which I rather wished I’d ordered.

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I’m just going to chill here for a bit…

Nearby walks

If you head out of the hotel and turn left you’ll come across St Philip’s Cathedral. There is a small park here where you can exercise your dog on the lead. For a longer walk, on the recommendation of our nephew, we drove for 10 minutes to Edgbaston reservoir. It’s a 20-30 minute walk around the outside and if your dog loves swimming then this is the place to go!

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Nice touches

  • Nespresso machine
  • Fresh milk in the fridge

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