There are pros and cons of being a dog owner. One of them is when you go away and your poor pooch isn’t allowed to go. You’ve either got to leave them with friends or relatives or pop them off to a local kennels. Either way, it’s pants and when you’re heading to the countryside, we all know that you and your dog want to be together. There are dog friendly hotels but, how dog friendly are they? Is your dog allowed to eat with you and chill out in the bar with you or are you stuck in your room all day? It’s a tricky decision to make when booking a trip away.
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel got in touch with me and asked if I wanted to review their luxury hotel in exchange for a complimentary stay in one of their luxury suites with dinner and breakfast. One of the best things about the invite was that Rufus could come too. We had never taken Rufus to a hotel before so we were a little apprehensive if he’d settle and enjoy it but we were eager to give it a go! So, we packed up Paulo the Polo and travelled 3 and a half hours to Yorkshire
The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a 4* dog friendly hotel located in the North Yorkshire Moors and about a ten minute drive from Scarborough. Bundling up country roads, we fell in love with the picturesque countryside around the hotel. The hotel itself is set in 17 acres worth of grounds so everything around the hotel is green. It was so beautiful.
We were shown to our room and to put it simply, I wanted to move in. It was absolutely stunning and I have never stayed in a hotel room like it. Like, there was 2 beds and 3 TVs. There was only 2 of us and a dog and we had 2 beds. The bathroom was something out of a Pinterest dream with waterfall taps and what was the best bath in the world. We also had a lounge to chill out in with some complimentary tea, coffee and hot chocolate. These went down a treat after a 3 hour drive!
We then decided to go for a walk around the grounds in aid to tire out the hound before dinner. There’s so many pretty courtyards with fountains to walk around and to get some fresh air. At the back of the hotel, there’s a huge lake with so many places to sit and just, chill. If only the weather was a bit warmer it would have been gorgeous to sit outside with a drink or two. We ventured out of the grounds the next day to the seaside town of Filey where there is a dog friendly beach. Driving through Scarborough, it only took us half an hour until we were in the sea with Rufus. He wasn’t a huge fan of the sea but loved the sand.
Dinner was an experience in itself. The hotel is known for it’s exceptional food in the Scarborough area and has been awarded 2 rosettes for culinary excellent, so we were pretty excited for dinner. We decided to leave Rufus in the room and experience the restaurant. Dog are allowed everywhere in the hotel except the restaurant but you can opt to have your evening meal in their bistro area and eat with them. When we arrived at the bar, we received a complimentary bottle of Prosecco (Thank you Shaun!) which went down a treat. We were shown to our table and our order was taken quickly. I opted for mushroom to start, Yorkshire beef for mains and a cheeseboard for dessert. The beef was heavenly and one of the best beef dishes I have ever had. The Geek was in some sort of beef food dream after it. The staff were lovely too; making sure our drinks weren’t empty and taking away our plates promptly. They were also so friendly and kept chatting to us through out the meal without being overbearing.
After dinner, we collected the hound and spent the evening chilling in the lounge area whilst having a few drinks. It was lovely for Rufus to experience what we do when we’re away and he was happy to sit by our feet watching everyone come and go. The staff sat with us and fussed him making us feel really welcome bringing him. He also received a fair share of attention off other guests!
Our nights sleep was amazing. We contemplated swapping Rufus for one of their matresses at one point. We woke up really refreshed and headed down for breakfast. We took Rufus with us and ate in the bistro. We opted for the hot breakfast to fill our bellies before the long drive home and it came just as beautifully presented as the night before dinner. They also have a continental breakfast full of fresh pastries, cereal, breads and fruit. It was again, superb!
The hotel is everything it claims to be on the website and really is a dog friendly hotel. We were worried about taking Rufus and how he’d be but he loved it. The staff made us feel so relaxed and welcome bringing him, which really made our stay. Thank you so much for inviting us. We will certainly be back!