You Can Stay in a Dog-Friendly Castle Hotel in Britain

These 4 castles allow you and your furry friends to experience castle life

How would you like to stay in a castle with your dog? You can at these 4 castles. If you’re in Britain you’re all set. If you’re in America, and your dog is small, hop on a plane with your dog under the seat and go.

Thornbury Castle Hotel & Restaurant, Gloucestershire

The luxurious stone Thornbury Castle was originally constructed by Edward Stafford, the only man to rival the king’s wealth and status at that time. The castle is a luxurious symbol of grandeur that holds past history for guests to explore. The Thornbury Castle offers a private, romantic retreat with impressive architecture, sumptuous interiors, breathtaking grounds, and magnificent history. Explore the royal gardens, enjoy breakfast, dinner, or Sunday lunch in one of four dining rooms, or explore the rich history of the castle and surrounding 15 acres. Bedchambers range from a luxury 1-bed room with desk, plush chairs, and flat-screen TV option to the luxury Henry VII Suite, where King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn stayed in 1535. The Catherine of Aragon Tower Suite is another popular option, sitting at the top of a 77-step spiral staircase in the South Tower. All rooms feature turndown service, cotton linen, luxury bathroom amenities, a minibar, coffee and tea, a flat-screen TV, walk-in shower, safe, and more. Well behaved, quiet dogs are more than welcome at Thornbury Castle. They are allowed everywhere in the Hotel apart from the Main Restaurant. Dogs are charged an additional £15.00 per dog per night for an overnight stay in one of the dog-friendly Bed Chambers (call ahead to reserve).

Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Bonnyrigg

Located eight miles from Edinburgh, this historic castle sits on eleven acres of private parkland and wooded valleys for peak relaxation. As Scotland’s oldest inhabited castle, its accommodations have housed guests like King Edward I, Sir Walter Scott, Oliver Cromwell, and Queen Victoria.

The castle hosts 29 guest bedrooms that are accessed by staircases and secret passages. The Castle Rocks annex rooms include the same amenities in a mix between a modern hotel and castle living just a two-minute walk from the castle grounds. All rooms feature soft Egyptian cotton bed linen, fluffy towels and robes, slippers, and Temple Spa toiletries. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, flat-screen digital TV, direct-dial telephone, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Two on-site restaurants range include a cafe that serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and a bistro-style dinner, and a chic dinner restaurant located in the Dungeon (adults-only dining). There is also a luxurious on-site spa.

Dogs of all sizes are welcome. There is a £25.00 per dog per night pet fee, and dogs are subject to availability. Dog-friendly rooms are located in the castle annex, Castle Rocks, which is a two-minute walk from the castle grounds, NOT the main castle. Pets aren’t allowed in the bedrooms, spa or restaurant areas within the main castle.

Glengorm Castle, Tobermory

Located in Glengorm Castle, accommodations include B&B-like stays as well as serviced apartments. The serviced apartments are located either inside the castle itself or in the former farm stables. The accommodations include a full kitchen, sitting rooms, satellite TV, internet, washing machine and dryer, and multiple bedrooms. You can also choose to add breakfast in the castle dining room for an additional rate per person. The bed & breakfast accommodations feature individual castle bedrooms with private baths. Views range depending on which room you choose, and all rooms include an alarm clock, bath and shower, coffee machine, flat-screen TV, hairdryer, iPod dock, coffee making facilities, radio, and towels, as well as access to cooked breakfast daily with fresh eggs and locally made sausages, as well as complimentary whisky in the library.

Dogs are permitted in all properties except The Steadings Flat (located in the former stables.) Small dogs only in the castle. Other pets are not allowed. Dogs are not allowed on the furniture. You must keep your dog under control at all times and clean up after them.

Mingary Castle, Kilchoan

The Mingary Castle is a 13th Century Castle offering luxury rooms & fine dining. It is set on the beautiful Ardnamurchan Estate, atop a rocky outcrop so that it looks over the Sound of Mull. It was actually abandoned until early 2016, when it was painstakenly restored to the luxury accomodations it now boasts. Cozy furnished accomodations feature beautiful fabric, four-poster beds, en-suite bathrooms, and anqique-style furniture. Breakfast and dinner cuisine is headed by 3 AA Rosette Chef Colin Nicholson.

Dogs are welcome at Mingary Castle. In consideration of other hotel guests who may have allergies or do not like dogs, dogs must refrain from entering the dining room. Dogs should not be left unattended in the bedrooms, and if they bark or cause a disturbance to other guests, staff may ask you to leave your dog in the car or cage where appropriate. Any damage caused by a direct result of dogs in the bedroom will be charged accordingly.

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