Audrey and I had a 2 night midweek stay at The Fish Hotel in December 2017. I paid £221 plus a dog charge of £20.
- Dog Friendly: 9.5/10
- Solo Friendly: 7/10
- Comfort/Design: 8.5/10
- Breakfast: 7.5/10
- Room: 9/10
- Service: 7/10
- Wifi: 5/10
- Value for Money: 8/10
The Fish Hotel has an excellent social media presence, and promised me lots of my most wished for desires when it comes to a dog friendly stay. It is situated just outside Broadway, which is a quintessential Cotswold village. It is part of the Farncombe Estate, which promises “three boutique hotels, a country retreat for businesses and a haven for leisure guests seeking somewhere remarkable to stay in the Cotswolds”. The three are The Fish Hotel, Dormy House and Foxhill Manor. I believe all three are dog friendly, but The Fish Hotel appealed to me the most, both in terms of budget and style.
The Fish Hotel Grounds
The hotel is nestled in the 400 acre Farncombe Estate. The Fish Hotel is the last of the 3 hotels down a long winding tree lined drive. The hotel is made up of a mish mash of buildings, including the Stables, where all of the dog friendly rooms are, some hilly huts for glamping, a building with the reception in, another building with rooms in, and a clubhouse where the restaurant, bar, games room and lounge are. In the grounds of the Fish Hotel itself there were two large fields perfect for off lead walks. This one is right behind the Stables so perfect for early morning or late night toilet walks, and it is much bigger than the photo shows.
The Stables – Dog Friendly Rooms
All of the dog friendly rooms at The Fish Hotel are in The Stables, which is as it sounds, a converted stable block at the bottom of the site. Several reviewers have commented on the steepness of the hill to get to and from The Stables, but I didn’t find this to be an issue at all. There is a good size car park at the bottom of the hill by The Stables.
For me, having the ability to make tea/coffee in my room is an absolute essential. In the stables, there is a large Smeg fridge in the lobby, full of small cartons of fresh milk. I thought this may turn out to be irritating, but actually I just got in the habit of picking up a carton every time we passed. You are allowed to store your own goodies in the fridge and small freezer section. Those of you who raw feed, there is a previous review that mentioned storing food in the freezer. Just be courteous and don’t take up the whole space! My room itself was very spacious with a huge bed and separate chair and desk and chair. There was plenty of space both sides of the huge bed for Audrey’s bed.
Dog Friendly Score at The Fish Hotel
As you can see I have given The Fish Hotel a dog friendly score of 9.5/10. It really was excellent. There were numerous poop bins throughout the grounds. On arrival I was given printed maps and clear instructions to follow for dog walks from the site. These included a walk into Broadway which we did, and a walk to Broadway Tower which is a local attraction. The walk we did into Broadway was extremely well signed (I am not blessed with good map reading skills).
In the room was a dog bed, 2 large bowls and a packet of artisan dog treats. Audrey was also given treats at the bar, and all of the staff we encountered were very friendly towards both of us. The bar area is where you eat meals if you’re travelling with a dog. At dinner you can choose to dine from either the bar or restaurant menu.
For breakfast there is a buffet table with cereals, juices, pastries, fruit etc and then you order a hot meal from the menu. The breakfast buffet table is set up in the restaurant, so does require you to leave your dog at the table. Fine if you are travelling with someone, however this could be tricky if you’re by yourself as I was. On the first morning I left Audrey at our table and she was absolutely fine when I went out of view. The second morning there was a somewhat boisterous lab sat closely to us and I didn’t feel I could leave Audrey so didn’t get to the buffet table. This is just something to be aware of. I am working hard with Audrey on training her to be left in this exact scenario.
The only facility that was missing was an outdoor hose or dog washing area. However, The Fish Hotel has recently closed for a refurbishment (it’s open again now) and it seems there is now a boot room. Hopefully this includes somewhere to wash dogs.
I absolutely recommend The Fish Hotel, i found it to be extremely dog friendly and had a lovely stay. The walk into Broadway is perfect, however be aware that it can get very muddy. My plan was to have lunch in Broadway, however once we got there Audrey was so muddy I didn’t particularly feel I could take her in anywhere! The location would make an excellent base for exploring some of the other nearby Cotswold towns in addition to Broadway. personally I prefer to be staying in the town, rather than a couple of miles outside like The Fish Hotel is, but the trade off is the fantastic grounds. you can’t have it all!
I did find eating at The Fish Hotel to be on the expensive side, however the food was excellent. There are plenty of dog friendly options for eating in Broadway village as an alternative.
In terms of my solo experience, it was not perfect. On two occasions I was ignored for more than 5 minutes after sitting down at the bar to eat, and on arrival at the hotel when I was struggling to find the hotel reception a member of staff walked straight past me even though I was clearly in need of help.
The only real let down was the wifi which was pretty poor. They have just had a refurbishment so hopefully this will have been addressed.
The Fish Hotel Information
The Fish Hotel, Farncombe Estate, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7LH
Phone: 01386 898573