A couple of weeks ago we went on our first proper weekend away with Charlie. He has stayed other places before, but it has always been with our families, so this was our first stay in a hotel.
We had never been to the Cotswolds before and was somewhere we both fancied, plus there are lots of walks so ideal for Charlie (I’m not sure he would enjoy a shopping break in the city!).
We booked a dog friendly hotel between Cheltenham and Gloucester. It was a large hotel, part of a chain, but had some dog friendly rooms on the ground floor. The hotel was really busy, which meant it was quite noisy at night. As I think I have mentioned before, Charlie sleeps with one eye open so he doesn’t miss out on us doing anything. At home in the evenings he will be up as soon as anyone moves, but sleeps well through the night as it is very quiet where we live. Unfortunately this meant he didn’t really sleep well in the hotel, with people walking past our room a lot. He spent a lot of the night crying in his crate, which wasn’t great for any of us!
Before we went away this wasn’t really something I had considered. I think next time we go away we will book a cottage, or a much smaller hotel, as the noise through the night was just something he wasn’t used to at all. If you are taking your dog away for the first time I’d definitely recommend finding somewhere quiet.
The Cotswolds as an area was lovely, and we were so lucky with the weather as we had sunshine all weekend. We found some nice circular walks to do on the Cotswold Way, this website is brilliant if you are visiting the area. There were a couple of times we walked through fields with new baby lambs, so made sure Charlie was on his lead (we had 2 on him at one point!), but most of the time he could wander off lead which was great.We also tried out a new lead to stop Charlie pulling. It works a treat although I don’t think Charlie is too keen as it means he has to walk nicely next to us!
We also visited Daylesford Organic Farm which I had read about on a lot of blogs previously and was also recommended to us by a lovely local chap we met in the spa at the hotel. It has been described as the farm shop version of Harrods, which I would say is a very accurate description. Unfortunately dogs can’t go in, but they had the cutest little ‘dog parking’ area outside with bowls of water. There were a couple of very well behaved dogs sat there. There is no way we could have left Charlie there he would have wanted to run up to every person that walked past! I also wouldn’t ever leave him somewhere on his own, do people still do that?!
I took a few pictures over the weekend, but not loads, sorry! Here are a few of the ones I took: