This weekend we were lucky enough to be invited along to stay at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, a dog friendly hotel in Yorkshire. We had never taken Hendrix away for the weekend so we were very excited to see how he would get on staying away from home.
I read quite a few dog blogs and I have seen plenty of reviews of dog friendly hotels and loved the idea. My concern was that they always take smaller (and probably better behaved) dogs, so can it be the same with big dogs?
I can honestly say that the answer is yes!
From the moment we walked in the staff made a constant fuss of Hendrix. He was definitely made to feel like a valued customer and in no way a hindrance. After getting booked in for dinner we were taken up to our room to get settled in. Benoit, who escorted us up to the room, explained that we had the biggest room in the hotel, however nothing prepared me for what we had in store!
The suite itself comprised of 2 massive bedrooms with king sized beds, a living area with a sofa and TV, and bathroom with a large bath, twin basins and a walk in shower. And here was me worrying that the room might be too small for Hendrix! We could of housed 10 huskies and still had room to spare!
Hendrix took no time in making himself at home, testing out the comfort of all of the beds and sofas, before settling down to a nap before dinner.
After a bit of chill time we were ready for dinner, and boy it was worth waiting for!
We were spoilt with the sample 6 course Gourmet Evening menu (see menu here). I can honestly say there wasn’t one thing we disliked. I would have taken you some pictures but it didn’t stay on the plate long enough! The beef just melted in the mouth and the mix of flavours in all courses complemented each other perfectly.
I was dubious that Hendrix could sit nicely in a restaurant while we ate without causing chaos, but thankfully, I was proven wrong. As long as Hendrix could see everyone and get attention for anyone who passed the table, he was content. Hendrix was not the only dog in the Bar & Bistro area, we were joined by an elderly whippet and a young Collie called Jack. Guests are invited to dine with their four legged companions in the Bar & Bistro area, the only place in the whole hotel off limits to them, is the Courtyard Restaurant, which is regarded as one of the best restaurants in Scarborough. The best part is, dining with your dog seemed perfectly normal here. Straight away a bowl of water was brought over to the table and although the bar had run out of dog treats, Hendrix was offered some cheese biscuits by the barmaid. She, of course, was instantly forgiven for the lack of dog biscuits and now has a friend for life.
Once dinner was done we took some drinks back to the room and settled down for the night. Someone was a bit tired after all the excitement and adventures.
After an incredible nights sleep we spent the morning exploring the grounds before breakfast. The hotel is set in 17 acres of land so there is plenty to see and explore.
It is easy to see why the hotel is a popular wedding venue, the gardens are meticulously tended to and the country house provides the perfect backdrop.
Once we had finished exploring we sat down for breakfast. After the previous nights treat with dinner I was excited about what breakfast would offer. I was not disappointed. Both me and Dan decided on the full English (well it would be rude not to) and it was one of the best I’ve had. Hendrix got a bit of black pudding and toast so he was happy too.
If you have every had the dilemma of trying to decide between a trip to the beach, or a day in the woods, then Ox Pastures Hall is the perfect place for you!
It is located about 10-15 minutes away from Scarborough seafront, where you can find dog friendly cafes and beaches (just be careful during peak season as places are restricted for dogs). We met up with my dad and took a trip to Scarborough on the Sunday before driving home. Hendrix loved the beach!
About 10-15 minutes North of the hotel and you find yourself in the heart of the Yorkshire Moors National Park. We stopped off at Broxa Forest on the Saturday before checking into the hotel. We loved getting lost in the woods, it was so quiet and peaceful.
There is so much to see and do in Yorkshire, I grew up there and really miss all the fun places to go on an adventure. I would highly recommend Ox Pasture Hall Hotel to anyone who is looking for somewhere to stay in Yorkshire. If you didn’t fancy something as fancy as we had, they have dog friendly rooms available in all sizes, from doubles right through to the luxury suite.
We would like to extend a massive thank you to all of the staff at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel for making our trip such a memorable one.
It definitely gets the Hendrix seal of approval, we would love to hear if you decide to visit,
Emma & Hendrix
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