Whether you’re looking to stay in a stylish hotel in Keswick or a hidden gem in the Lakeland countryside, if you’re planning a Lake District break with your four-legged friend, take a look at the best dog-friendly hotels.
Situated on the shore of Lake Windermere, the fittingly named Wateredge Inn is located only a short walk from the Ambleside town centre, making it the ideal place to relax and enjoy the outdoors without being too remote. The hotel has a generous pet policy, allowing up to 2 dogs per room, and a lower bar area where they can join you for food and drinks – including breakfast.
George and Dragon
This gastropub located on the northern edge of the Lake District has earned itself a reputation for its excellent, locally-sourced menu. Ideal for an active getaway, packed lunches are provided for walkers and an overnight bike storage is available for cyclists to use. George and Dragon even provide dog welcome packs, including treats and recommended walks. Although dogs aren’t allowed in the dining room, the same menu is offered in the bar where four-legged guests are welcome.
Inn on the Square
Don’t let the traditional slate exterior and arched windows of this dog-friendly hotel fool you, what lies beneath is a cool modern interior that wouldn’t look out of place in a London boutique hotel. Located in the heart of Keswick, the hotel’s cool colour scheme and geometric patterned furnishings all come together for a contemporary Scandi vibe. Dogs are welcome in the majority of bedrooms, as well as in the two bars and the lounge. Inn on the Square even provides beds and bowls on request, and a hosepipe and towels are available to ensure that every member of your party is presentable after a muddy walk.
Located in a scenic spot just outside Elterwater village, The Eltermere offers idyllic views of the Langdales and an uninterrupted panorama of Elterwater lake, despite being only minutes away from the Ambleside shopping areas. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty and surrounded by stunning Lakeland countryside, it’s perfectly positioned for walking, or simply getting away from the world and relaxing by the fire. Dog owners will be pleased to hear that the only area off-limits at this beautiful hotel is the smart dining room, however, you can enjoy the same menu in the bar where your pet is more than welcome to join you.
The Masons Arms
Dating back to the 16th century, The Masons Arms has become a Lakeland institution. Set in the serene countryside with views stretching to Scout Scar, the inn offers a range of cottages, suites and apartments for visitors to stay in. As an added bonus, all of the dog-friendly rooms come with a terrace or patio so you can easily go for walks without having to go through the pub each time.