Audrey and I stayed at The Manor House Hotel for one night in March 2018. I paid £100 plus £15 dog charge, which is a nightly fee per dog.
- Dog Friendly: 9.5/10
- Solo Friendly: 9.5/10
- Comfort/Design: 9/10
- Breakfast: 9/10
- Room: 7.5/10
- Service: 9.5/10
- Wifi: 7/10
- Value for Money: 9/10
- Blog On A Dog Approval Score: 9/10
The Manor House Hotel is a member of The Cotswold Inns and Hotels group. It is situated in a gorgeous spot close to one end of the Moreton-in-Marsh high street. Their website promises that we can “relax, eat and sleep in the ultimate luxury and homely comforts of a place that’s truly unique”.
The Manor House Hotel Grounds
Though the grounds are not huge, they are truly stunning. I spent a happy hour strolling around the walled gardens taking photos with Audrey. This hotel is a wedding venue, and you can certainly see that the walled gardens are an attraction.
There are 3 separate areas, the main garden, a beautiful walled garden, and another garden with trees and lawns between the carpark and the main garden. Unfortunately our stay coincided with the ‘beast from the east’ snowstorm, but in better weather I can imagine enjoying a drink or good book in the gardens.
At no point was I asked not to let Audrey toilet in these gardens. However, I decided to only let Audrey toilet in the garden area between the car park and the main garden. This was not a small patch of grass at all, and it made for an ideal early morning and late night walking spot. There is a bin in the car park ideal for poop bags. It’s a real objection of mine when dog friendly hotels don’t provide an accessible outdoor bin!
There is a large car park with a security barrier to the rear of the hotel (you are given instructions how to find it when you book, but for reference it is on East street, the entrance is the 3rd on the right).
Dog Friendly Rooms
There are 35 guest rooms in total. We stayed in a ‘very good’ room on the first floor. Not all of the rooms are dog friendly so I would always advise to book as early as you can.
Our room was spacious, with a nice view over the hotel grounds. Some reviews mention road noise, particularly in rooms at the front of the hotel. So it may be wise to request a room to the back. While I did not have any issues with road noise, the floorboards of the room above were really loud in our room. It is a lovely old building, so perhaps this is inevitable but it was bad enough to mention here. So it also may be wise to request a room on the top floor if possible, particularly if your dog has a hard time settling in new places.
The room furnishings are classical, perhaps a bit traditional for my taste, but certainly nothing offensive. The shower was excellent, but be warned that the bath in my room was noticeably small. Tea, coffee and biscuits were provided, though you had to ring the reception for fresh milk which I find to be a minor inconvenience. There was a nice dog bowl and mat waiting for us in the room. I appreciated the mat in particular, saved me worrying about water on the carpet.
Dog Friendly Score at The Manor House Hotel
There is a clearly labelled “dogs welcome” page on their website, that states “we love having dogs here at The Manor House Hotel and have ‘plenty of room at the inn’ to sleep both you and your pooch comfortably during your stay”.
Clearly for everyone to see (not hidden in small print) it also advises that dogs are allowed in the Beagle Bar and the gardens, but not in the Brasserie or the Mulberry restaurant.
The staff were extremely welcoming towards Audrey, and the other guests mostly seemed delighted to see her. The library, bar and lounge where dogs are allowed were very welcoming and cosy with roaring fires, and a nice atmosphere.
At breakfast, Audrey and I were seated in a gorgeous alcove in the bar just off to the side of the entrance to the restaurant. It was an ideal set up, as we felt nicely tucked away without being forgotten about. The service was excellent, and Audrey even got her own sausage (the waiter asked me first) and water bowl.
The breakfast buffet table was in the restaurant which is not dog friendly. Our alcove had a nice view of the restaurant so I felt comfortable leaving Audrey at the table. The buffet table was out of view from the table (same as at The Fish and the Old Stocks Inn), but there were enough people around that I felt Audrey wouldn’t get stressed. And because the alcove was our own little space, I wasn’t worried it would affect anyone else if she did have a little whine or pace around.
The entrances to the hotel all had nice big heavy duty doormats, something I always appreciate when I have Audrey with me. Moreton-in-Marsh is a walkers paradise, and The Manor House Hotel felt like the type of place you can walk into with muddy wellies, wet dog etc without feeling uncomfortable.
If you turn left out of the front door and cross the road, you will come to Parkers Lane. Walk down this road and at the end is a public footpath suitable for off lead walks. While staying here we visited the Batsford Arboretum and Martha’s Tea Rooms, look out for reviews here next week.
As I mentioned above, this is a wedding venue. It may be worth checking when you book if there is a wedding booked during your stay.
The features I loved the most were the gardens, the breakfast, and the excellent car parking. The two slight negatives were the noise in the bedroom, and the wifi which you had to continuously log in to.
I booked this stay at the very last minute, due to being snowed into the area. It turned out to be a great bonus night on our trip. I would recommend this as a dog friendly hotel without hesitation.
The Manor House Hotel, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0LJ
Phone: 01608 650501