Wells and Mendips

Dog Friendly Hotels around Wells

The Paws4Rest editor himself.

The Editor Says: The little city of Wells is a grand place to have a shufty about (even if you’ll be on a blinking lead for most of it), although I have to admit that the swans on the moat around the Bishop’s Palace look as if they would be quite handy in a set-to. Best avoid them, if you ask me. However, for running around like a daft beggar then the surrounding Mendips take some beating. Just so long as you’re under control when around livestock there are countless paths and tracks to explore. In fact, the whole area is full of walking routes, and there are lots of lovely villages to stop off in and small trees to cock your leg up. Fabulous place.

The Crown, Wells

The Crown in Wells

This splendid old inn with rooms is right at the heart of the beautiful little city of Wells, and makes for a fabulous “step back in time” stay. History enthusiasts will no doubt relish the Crown’s association with William Penn, and film buffs that connecting it to Hot Fuzz.

Paws Policy: Dogs are welcome (subject to room availability, so state your intention at the time of booking) in the standard double and twin rooms. A supplementary charge of £10.00 applies, and they are not to be left alone in bedrooms. They are very welcome in the Penn Bar which offers one of the hotel’s dining options.

Details and secure online reservations: Booking.com

The White Hart, Wells

White Hart, Wells.

Wells is full of wonderful historic buildings, and the 15th century White Hart is certainly one of them. Located by the Cathedral Green, this popular pub-with-rooms features 15 en suite guest bedrooms and its own restaurant.

Paws Policy: Dogs are very welcome at The White Hart, and can stay for a small additional charge. No further specific details available at the time of writing.

Details and secure online reservations: Booking.com

The Ancient Gatehouse, Wells

The Ancient Gatehouse in Wells, Somerset

Family run as a hotel and restaurant for over four decades, this famous old building sits opposite the cathedral. The property itself is Grade-II* listed and dates largely from the late 15th century.

Paws Policy: Dogs are welcome by arrangement. Supplementary charges may apply (no specific detail available at the time of writing).

Details and secure online reservations: Booking.com

The Oakhouse, Axbridge

Oakhouse Hotel in Axbridge Somerset.

Located on the town’s Market Square, The Oakhouse Hotel is set within a Grade-II listed18th century building which also possesses some even earlier medieval features.

Paws policy: Dogs are welcome at the Oakhouse Hotel subject to room availability. Additional charges for four-legged guest apply.

Details and secure online reservations: Booking.com

Ston Easton Park, near Midsomer Norton

Ston Easton Park Hotel, Somerset

A beautiful piece of Palladian architecture, Ston Easton Park really is an authentic classic country house hotel. Just a short drive to the north east of Wells (and also within easy reach of Bath) it is set within extensive parkland grounds, and features 19 luxury rooms in all.

Paws Policy: Very dog friendly, with certain rooms allocated for those bringing their pets. Dogs are allowed in public places on leads, with the exception of the restaurant and dining areas. Supplementary charges apply.

Details and secure online reservations: Booking.com

The Oakhill Inn, Digney Radstock

The Oakhill Inn, Somerset

The Oakhill Inn offers bed and breakfast accommodation via just five guest bedrooms (including a family suite). It is set within an area full of great walks for those on both two and four legs, and is within a short driving distance of both Wells and Shepton Mallet.

Paws Policy: Dogs welcome, but no further information relating to charges available.

Details and secure online reservations: Booking.com

The George Inn, Nunney

George Inn at Nunney

Some have described the village of Nunney as being one of the loveliest in the whole of Britain. And it is there, opposite its moated 14th century castle, one will find the George Inn. It offers just 9 guest bedrooms and has recently been refurbished to blend the historic with the contemporary.

Paws policy: Pets welcome. No further specific information available.

Details and secure online reservations: Booking.com

Archangel, Frome

The Archangel at Frome

First recorded as an inn in the 14th century, Archangel is undeniably one of the oldest places to stay in the south west of England. It features 10 rooms in all (4 being located in the courtyard), together with a restaurant and popular bar.

Paws policy: Allows dogs by prior arrangement and subject to suitable room availability. They are permitted in the bar and outside, but should be supervised at all times.

Details and secure online reservations: Booking.com

The King’s Arms, Stratton on the Fosse

Kings Arms, Stratton on the Fosse

A Grade II listed building, the Kings Arms is a traditional country inn on the eastern fringes of the Mendip Hills. It offers just a handful of en suite rooms, and is within easy reach of the splendid cities of Bath and Wells.

Paws policy: Dogs are very welcome at the Kings Arms (subject to room availability), and there are no additional charges.

Details and secure online reservations: Booking.com

Knoll Hill Farm, near Frome in Somerset

Knoll Hill Farm, Trudoxhill

Proudly calling itself “the Place to Stay” (and the independent reviews certainly back up the claim), Knoll Hill Farm is an Edwardian country house just a few miles outside Frome.

Paws policy: Well behaved dogs are welcome in Room 5 (deluxe double). Owners should state their intention to bring their dog in advance. Additional charges may apply.

Details and secure online reservations: Booking.com