We all love what we do here at Dogfather but everyone has to have a break sooner or later, so we sent Client Managers Michael and Sarah off to a dog friendly hotel in Yorkshire for a weekend. The only catch? Muggins here had to man the phones. It’s a hard life! Here’s what they had to say. Sounds lovely! Graeme
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel – (Two night stay in February 2016)
It was clear on arrival that you are in a stunningly rural area of Yorkshire – the hotel’s location makes you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, which is perfect if you are staying here with your dog(s).
As you turn down the sweeping drive to the hotel, with woodland and fields all around you, you are presented with a beautiful old building and immaculate grounds and a very large car park.
As you enter reception it feels very homely and cosy and the staff are very friendly and helpful and nothing is too much trouble. On a notice board in the reception area it is lovely and reassuring to see ‘Thank you’ cards from previous clients and their dogs about their amazing stay.
We were staying with our dog Josh, a Pack Beagle, in one of the hotels ‘dog friendly’ suites and were shown to our room by Paul who was very polite and helpful.
Entering our room we were stunned by the tranquil colours and quality of the fixtures and fittings – everything was in neutral colours and done very tastefully. However, possibly a worry to us and others visiting with dogs was there may be evidence that dogs had stayed in the room before, however, no such evidence presented itself which was fantastic. The room we stayed in was spacious so allowing the dog and us plenty of room to settle in and be very comfortable during our stay.
Our room had beautiful views over the rolling countryside and over the lake in the grounds of the hotel. It had, as I believe all do had free wi-fi, Freeview television in both the lounge and the bedroom areas an endless supply of tea and coffee, complimentary bottles of water and all the other facilities you would expect in this level of hotel ie hairdryer, bathrobes, and complimentary toiletries.
On visiting the actual hotel dogs are encouraged to join their owner(s) in almost all areas of the hotel, and water bowls are left out or the dogs to help themselves.
On our stay the hotel had other guests visiting with dogs and some without but at no point did we feel that dogs were intrusive with our or their stay. Due to our visit being in the winter we only stayed within the grounds of the hotel which had a good mix of pathed walk ways and grass areas in the grounds and around the lake which makes the walking of your dog(s) in poor weather still a pleasurable experience. It should be noted that at no point did we see any dog waste in the grounds of the hotel – this is obviously well managed by the staff and the responsible dog owners visiting the hotel.
In the grounds there are numerous outdoor seating areas both covered and uncovered with a mix of seating to suit different occasions – How lovely would this be to sit outside with your dog on a summers evening?
At breakfast we ate in the bar restaurant which means your dog is allowed to eat with you. On this occasion there were other dogs and their owners eating also but this certainly caused no issues and was not off-putting. At all times if eating in the bar dogs are made to feel like one of the family. Water bowls are provided next to the table and the staff are always keen to meet yours and the dogs needs.
As an aside the quality of all food but especially the evening meal is outstanding, whether it be the superb quality of ingredients, the presentation of the plates or the flavours of the food – we have eaten in a number of top restaurants without our dog and this certainly matched and possibly surpassed some of those but the advantage this time was our dog was with us to share the experience.
We talked to Lindsay, the General Manager of the hotel, who was incredibly professional and friendly at all points during our stay. She informed us that all breeds and all sizes of dogs are welcome to stay at the hotel and it is not uncommon for people to bring more than one dog, and indeed this happened on our visit.
So, in summary we would recommend this hotel for dogs and their owners if they like to be spoilt (with their dog(s) both by the beauty of what the hotel has to offer but also by the surroundings of the beautiful Yorkshire moors, and we certainly would look to re-visit in the future with our dog.