If you’re looking for a weekend away and can make your way to the Cotswolds (UK) then Chipping Campden could be the place for you. All honey coloured sandstone buildings, a high street that looks like a film set and a community (that seemed to us) that genuinely love our four legged friends.
STAY: We stayed at The Noel Arms, we booked last minute (that morning) on late rooms. There was a little confusion when got there – they couldn’t find our booking, but they soon discovered it and happily gave us a complimentary upgrade to a superior room. Dogs can stay with you for an extra £15 per night and they’re also allowed in the bar, coffee shop and lounge. They’re not allowed in the restaurant or conservatory. I saw lots and lots of dogs whilst I was there. All were very well behaved and their owners seemed pleased that they could share their holiday. The rooms were immaculately clean, warm and nicely decorated with antiques.
EAT: The first night we stayed in and booked for the hotel restaurant. You can choose to have your meal in the Dover’s Bar (which allows dogs). There were two vizsla, one labrador and one bearded collie sharing the dining room with us and besides people wanting to take pictures and the collie showing an interest in our dinner. They were delightful and definitely added to the night out.
The second night we ventured around the corner to the The Eight Bells Inn, again dogs were welcome with open arms. I overheard one of the waitresses saying ‘I just want to hug all the dogs’. This was after she’d tripped over an Old English Sheepdog at least once.
Our favourite cafe was The Campden Coffee Company in The Old Silk Mill on Sheep Street (just around the corner from the main street). They serve fantastic coffee, have free wi-fi, fantastic homemade cakes and a resident dog of their own Fred. They have comfy sofas and positively encourage you to relax and chill whilst reading the papers. Once you’ve fuelled up on cakes and coffee The Mill is well worth a potter around. It’s home to a Gallery which had, when we looked around some fantastic art at affordable prices, plus handmade pottery which would have been perfect as gifts. There’s also Hart’s silversmith’s which was sadly closed on the Sunday we visited.
WALK: You’re on the Cotswolds Way so there’s lots and lots of walks that you can do without needing to drive anywhere. We did a circular walk from Chipping Campden to Broad Campden (stopping at The Baker’s Arms Inn) to the village of Paxford and then back to Chipping Campden.
SEE: Lots of pretty villages, with tea shops and of course if you love Shakespeare you’re in driving distance of Stratford-Upon-Avon. We saw this lovely stone statue guarding the door of a local house in Chipping Campden – proof we think that it’s the perfect place for dog lovers.