Yes, we are welcomed at Danesfield House Hotel & Spa in Marlow-on-Thames.
After some tea and biscuits, we were shown to our Garden Suite room – hmm, this is rather nice. We each have our own chair – how considerate.
George spotted right away that we have a very large “garden” right outside our room!So off we went to exploreLovely formal gardensAcres of green to run We walked all around the back and got back to the entrance of Danesfield HouseWell, that was a satisfying walk – love that we have a garden right outside our door.May’s comment: We go to Marlow often to see friends and for meetings. We thought we would try out some of the accommodation that way.
When I made my reservation at Dansfield House (Marlow-on-Thames), I inquired about it’s dog-friendly policy. They have only two rooms for dog occupancy – both garden suites. Sounds good. Dogs are not allowed in any of the public areas – to which I asked – so how do we get to our room? LOL! Oh, you can walk through, just they can’t be loitering in the public areas. Asked if there’s anywhere I can dine with them. One staff said they can sit in the Great Hall and I can have my breakfast served there. Another said – not at all – I can have room service.
Thankfully when we arrived, we could indeed sit in the Great Hall for refreshments and breakfast.However, they are allowed to run off leash in their 65 acre gardens. Well, from a dog’s perspective, I am sure they would rather have the garden to run. Equally, they would rather be with me when I dine than be left in the room. After our many experiences staying at “dog-friendly” hotels with my two doggies, I think the term should be further fine-tuned. I would categorise the “dog-friendly” hotels as such:
Dog-welcoming hotels are properties where dogs are allowed in public spaces as well as being allowed to be left in the room. They can dine with owners in their restaurants, bars or a designated place. They have accessories to welcome the dogs – beds, putting out two bowls (one for water, one for food) in the room, treats in the room and towels for drying them. E.g. Ashford Castle in Ireland, Corinthia Hotel in Malta, Victoria Inn in Holkham, The Belgraves in London
Dog-friendly hotels allow dogs to stay. There is always somewhere you can dine with your dogs, e.g. lounge or bar area but not in the restaurants. They don’t usually have dog accessories – sometimes they have a token bed and a bowl. I think this is often down to Management not really having given it too much thought about dogs as guests. E.g. Hotel Costes in Paris, Cliveden in Buckinghamshire, Kinloch Lodge in Isle of Skye, Hotel du Vin in Poole, Birmingham, Edinburgh, etc, etc
Dogs-permitted would be places that are similar to “children should be seen and not heard” – dogs are not allowed in public places, dogs cannot be left alone in the room, you cannot dine with them anywhere within the property – so you ask, “what should I do then, if I can’t leave them in the room and I can’t eat with them?” Their answer, “we’re sorry, that’s our policy for health and safety reasons.” Very annoying answer – as we all know in the UK – it’s down to management whatever you decide to do on your properties. Yes, we have stayed in one of those. E.g. Westin Hotel in Paris, Four Seasons in Dublin, etc, etc.
Danesfield House I would categorise as “dog-friendly”.And Miss Darcy needs a hair cut!!!