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