Fido in need of a treat? If your pet your is your absolute world, then show them you care with these super luxe spots for pooch and pet pampering.
If you had as much hair as your pet you would definitely need lots of spa time. So rather than the boring old clippers treatment indulge them to a pet Superspa such as Barkingham Palace Grooming. Located in Wooton and surrounded by serene countryside, they can have the standard groom or even bump for a lavender wrap and doggy facial while they’re there.
Up in Farnborough there is the Pooch Dog Spa. This holistic dog spa offers Doggy Yoga 1-2-1s, Mud Baths (without you needing to go for a long wet walk!), and full Pooch Spa Day complete with numerous treatments such as a Pawdicure. They even have a special Wedding Day package so you can glam your pet up for your big day.
For those older dogs with aches and pains, then how about a session of massage from Affinity Canine Massage in Basingstoke? You’ll need a vet’s note for this one, but Carol Collins has had over 800 hours to training to put your pooch at ease and get their circulation and muscles feeling tip top.
If your canine likes to chill by the side of the pool, with a Bloodhound Martini in hand, then how about springing for a swimming session at a doggy pool? Ok, so this is more about getting them active and easing discomfort than lounging in the sun, but with spots like Doggy Paddle in Southampton and Hydrotherapy Four Paws in Wickham, they’ll be bouncing around like a puppy in no time.
Only the best will do for our special friends and if you want to really push the boat out then you can order them super luxe pet food from Laverstoke Park Farm. Created on this bio-dynamic, organic farm in the north of Hants, you can order from their Pure Raw Pet Food range. With “complete” and “pick and mix” ranges they are made up of meat, bones and offal from buffalo, beef, lamb, pork and chicken. Even if it sounds a bit gross your pet will feel like one of the Queen’s Corgis.
Alternatively, over at Billy and Margot they offer natural, grain-free food and treats for your precious pup. The range has been put together by Dragon’s Den winner and pet nutritionist Marie Jones. Based in Hampshire, they even have their very own Doggy Ice-Cream in two flavours – Honey & Banana and Banana, Apple & Carrot (I think I’ll stick to chocolate myself).
If you’re over on the Island then why not treat your pooch to a slap-up lunch at Off The Rails in Yarmouth. They have their very own doggy menu with pudding from the aforementioned Billy and Margot, as well as Pooch Hooch and Pawsecco to wash it down with.
If you’re more of a cat person than a dog-lover, then you’ll know that the feline species are very particular. They often rule the roost and, just like us, are quite fussy about where they stay. Introducing Longcraft Cat Hotel in Liphook, which is SO much more than a cattery.
With six hotel suites complete with climate control, special beds and pillows, they also have their very own A La Cat™ menu, private chauffeur service and pretty much everything for the most sophisticated of pussy cats. Miaow.
Near Alresford, there is Gay Dog Boarding Kennels and Cattery. Open since 1962 its surrounded by all that gorgeous Hampshire countryside for them to go for walks and play in. There are south facing runs for the pups to soak up the sun and their own in-house grooming salon. Cats as well can be booked into family rooms so they can keep their clan nearby, with plenty of toys and stimulation to keep them amused.
Perhaps you can’t bear to leave your precious pal while you swan off on holiday, we hear ya! Thankfully, there are lots of fantastic pet-friendly places to stay for a little getaway in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
In the New Forest, New Forest Cottages offer amazing dog-friendly places to stay, all within the boundaries of the New Forest itself (think of all that sniffing and running around they can do).
Over on the Island, there’s The Lakes Rookley with super modern holiday cottages next to a beautiful lake. While they’re having a doggy paddle you can also get involved with the watersports they now offer for 2019.
If you would prefer a hotel then The Lainston Country House in Winchester offers pet-friendly rooms to bring Rover. You can even take them into The Cedar Bar for dinner and walk them on its huge 63 acres.
Or you could even head to the perfectly named, The Jack Russell in Andover for a rustic pub getaway complete with the dog named rooms like Spaniel and French Bulldog, plus their own doggie beer.