The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey has been awarded the title of Pampered Pet in PetsPyjamas 2017 Dog-Friendly Travel Awards, as part of the UK’s leading pet-friendly holiday company’s recognition for the special destinations, who lead the way by offering a truly pet-friendly experience for customers and their Very Important Pets. With the Guide Dogs Great British Dog Survey 2017 revealing that 70% of pet owners like to take their dog on holiday, the Year of the Dog is most certainly set to be the Year of the Holiday Dog, with The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa and the other 11 award-winning dog-friendly hotspots to choose from.
Setting their standard of excellence to be met by all their travel partners – from five-star hotels to cottages, country houses and stylish pubs with rooms, PetsPyjamas’ travel awards recognise only the very best, so The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa and the 11 other winners were judged on the following criteria:
1. Super dog-loving atmosphere and staff at all times;
2. Three or more dog-friendly rooms available to book;
3. Dogs have access to some communal areas and are able to dine with their owners – a special doggie menu would be a bonus!;
4. Dogs are provided with beds, bowls and treats in the hotel room or cottage;
5. Nearby dog-friendly attractions, for example, fabulous doggie walks or a dog-friendly beach.
Canine friends are treated like royalty at The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa with a pet concierge at reception and blankets, bedding, bowls, spare leads and doggie four-poster bed in their room. Thinking of everything, furry friends are even able to freshen up after a long walk through the Yorkshire Dales at the hotel washing station before returning indoors.
Adam Dyke, General Manager of The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa says: “We’re delighted to have won the prestigious Pampered Pet award from PetsPyjamas, joining the crème de la crème of pet-friendly properties, which include some of the finest hotels to be found in the British Isles. We love to pamper all of our guests, not least our four-legged friends, and make sure they are received with a warm welcome and every need catered for.”
He adds: “A country hotel like ours, which enjoys open access onto the Yorkshire Dales, perhaps part of the most beautiful countryside in the North of England, makes a stay here equally pleasurable to dogs and their owners, who love to make the most of our location. Our dog-welcoming ethos comes straight from The Duke and Duchess, who are themselves keen also dog lovers!”
Co-founder of PetsPyjamas, Karen Hanton comments: “Having sent thousands of dogs and their owners on getaways since the launch of our dog-friendly division in 2014, we understand exactly what is needed to delight canine guests and their owners. We work closely with accommodation partners to create exclusive packages, all-inclusive deals and extras just for the dog, and our awards celebrate this new level of customer service and understanding in the hospitality industry. We believe dogs are very much part of the family and that holidays are much more fun when Fido comes too. The properties we work with share this ethos and have proved themselves to be truly dog-welcoming, going that extra mile with special touches to excite our two and four-legged customers.”
She adds: “We’re thrilled to share and reward those properties that have particularly excelled this year with their own unique brand of dog-friendliness, and The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa are such deserved winners of the Pampered Pet award.”
A who’s who of dog-friendly hotspot, the other winners of The PetsPyjamas 2017 Dog-Friendly Travel Awards include Best Dog-friendly Pub with Rooms – The Fontmell, Dorset; Waggiest Welcome Award – St Valery, Northumberland; Best Luxury Dog-friendly Hotel Award – Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire; Best for Walkies Award – The Arundell Arms, Devon; Home from Home Award – Moat Cottage at Wilderness, Suffolk; Fido’s Family Award – Fowey Hall Hotel, Cornwall; Best Unique Stay Award – Scamper Holidays, Swansea, Wales; Gourmet Hotel Award – Cliveden House, Berkshire; Best Dog-friendly European Destination – Abbaye de la Bussiere, France; Best Newcomer – Widbrook Grange, Wiltshire and Top Resident Dog – Ston Easton Park, Somerset.
PetsPyjamas is Europe’s number one online pet lifestyle destination where people who love their pets can book from 1,500 truly pet-welcoming hotels, cottages, manor houses, pubs with rooms and stylish B&Bs around the UK and Europe, with new properties signing up almost every day. With a net promoter score of 77, PetsPyjamas is the leading pet-friendly holiday bookers with something for every breed and budget from just £60 and unique dog-friendly packages you won’t find anywhere else. Pets go free and a complimentary pet travel kit worth £20 are standard for all stays, and all breaks are bookable via PetsPyjamas’ expert Pet Concierges – a dedicated pack of dog lovers and experts, who help their furry customers and owners find the perfect break for them. PetsPyjamas also offers a fabulous collection of over 10,000 pet accessories – all handpicked by in-house pet stylists and curated by breed.