Paws and Reflect: 15 Historic and Dog-Friendly Hotels

December 19, 2018 by Travelmyth

Photo from Pickmere Country House

History is a favorite travel destination. Think of your past vacations, you probably included visits to museums and monuments, right? With Travelmyth, you won't just visit historic sites, you'll have the chance to stay in one. But don't just pick one of the nearly 10,000 historic hotels listed on our site, travel through time and celebrate one of man's oldest relationships by packing along your pup. Out of more than 4,000 available pet-friendly and historic accommodations, we've picked 15 to share with you. Pack up your furry friend and travel back in time with these hotels.

Stocks Hotel

The Sark Island's oldest hotel, this property dates back to 1741. Originally a farmhouse, this site opened its official hotel doors in 1895, and since 2011 it has since grown into Sark's leading independent, 4-star hotel. Sark is one of the four islands of the English Channel separating the UK from mainland Europe. With such a long relationship to the island, Stocks Hotel can offer guests deep insider knowledge to all the hidden treasures of this small island. The landscape is also perfect for your small pup to come along with plenty of green space to roam and explore. For £30 per night, guests are welcome to bring up to 2 dogs along on their Sark visit. Dogs must be 10kg or less and the hotel asks that guests let them know during the booking process if they plan to bring a pet. The hotel also offers a number of dog-related services for reasonable prices.


Bankfoot Inn

The Bankfoot Inn was already a fully functioning stop for travelers since 1760, in the early years of the Industrial Revolution, and years before the American colonies gained independence. The Inn, located in Bankfoot, UK (a short distance from Perth) also has military history as it was once overtaken by the Scottish Army as an officers' accommodation. Since 2007, the Bankfoot Inn has been refurbished to fill modern expectations while still maintaining its 18th century charm. You've heard of an Irish goodbye? Well, here the Scots say hello and welcome to families with pets. In 2016, the hotel won a spot on Scotland's Top Ten Most Pet-Friendly Hotels. For £10 a booking, guests can bring up to three pets, while gift baskets will be waiting for you and your canine companions when you arrive for check-in, and special sheets can be provided for the rooms.


Residence Hilda

Residence Hilda enjoys an ideal location located in the city center of Florence, Italy, just a few minute's walk from Duomo and Michelangelo's David statue. For the art lovers looking for a travel location, this hotel may be the perfect spot for you. In addition to a gorgeous location, the Residence Hilda also has a very pet-friendly policy. Just let the hotel know by email beforehand, and you and up to two canine companions can stay for free, walking the streets of Florence surrounded by the best art and architecture the Renaissance had to offer. Be aware, however, that there is a 300€ refundable deposit fee for damages. In addition to a doggy gift-basket upon arrival, guests can also purchase walking, pet sitting, and grooming services.


First Hotel Grand

First Hotel Grand has been in operation since 1897, 121 years ago. The city of Odense, Denmark is fabulous for business travelers and for romantic excursions. 700 meters from the city center, the First Hotel Grand is a great starting place to learn about the history of Denmark. The Danes are also an incredibly dog-friendly people, with 1 in 10 people owning a dog, and that same dog-friendly attitude is seen in the pet-policy of this hotel. For just 27€ per booking, there is no limit to the number of pets you can bring. Although there are no leash-free zones on the property, the city has plenty of green space and cityscape for long walks with you and your pooch.


The Wycliffe

This charming, Victorian guesthouse in Kent, UK offers a warm welcome to all guests. Renovations over the years has given this quaint, English bed & breakfast a modern feel while maintaining many of its original features. Guests are just a short walk to the English Channel and the city center is within reach. The surrounding landscape and easy access to mainland Europe via the Eurotunnel make this an ideal stopover for travelers with pets. This dog-friendly accommodation welcomes dogs and cats onto their property for a booking fee of six pounds per night. There are leash-free spaces, particularly in The Wycliffe's private garden, where you and your pooch can stop to smell the roses. The fresh, sea-breeze air and rainfall famous in England means the surrounding lands are patterns of vivid greenery. Take advantage of the central location to explore the rich histories of neighboring cities, and test your medieval knowledge.


Hotel Simonis

Looking for a romantic countryside vacation with your loved one? Hotel Simonis, located in Moselle, near the city of Koblenz, Germany, is a gorgeous traditional German lodging. "A tradition dating more than 150 years" this long-established hotel recently underwent sweeping renovations under new ownership, revitalizing the hotel without stripping it of the quaint, country feel and timber architecture. Looking out onto the historic Kobern's marketplace, Hotel Simonis is a picturesque place to come live out a countryside ferry tale with your loved one. Of course, what fairytale is complete without a trusted animal companion? Here, one pet per booking is welcome for just 10€ a night. Be sure to email the hotel before you arrive letting them know you will have your canine companion with you. There are leash-free play areas so you can sit back and enjoy the picturesque view while letting your pup roam free. Don't just imagine your fairytale vacation, live it at Hotel Simonis.


Hotel Katajanokka

Welcome to the only prison in the world with room service. Dating back to 1837, Hotel Katajanakko began as a county prison and pretrial detention center, and the prison was only closed in 2002. It was five years later, in 2007, that the hotel opened its doors, the original prison layout still partially in tact. Today, guests can stay in a modern lifestyle hotel with stylish décor, echoes of the historic prison atmosphere still felt through the halls. Located in Helsinki, a stay here offers guests a stay in a historic location with the pace of a modern city. There are plenty of other sites to visit when in the Finnish capital, and 80 dog parks for you and your furry companion to choose from. Up to two pets can join you on your historic prison visit, just let the hotel know during the booking process, no paw prints or additional fees required.


Hotel Lucrezia

Hotel Lucrezia is a standing tribute to Italy's long and unique history, dating back to the 17th century. Located in the city of Riola Sardo, this Italian hotel is roughly 400 years old. For perspective, Hotel Lucrezia was built while Shakespeare was releasing his famous works like Hamlet and Othello in England. If you want to see what kind of home decor original Shakespeare fans would have had, Hotel Lucrezia has maintained its original architecture. The hotel is named after a former owner, Lucrezia, a woman who is said to have been both beautiful and generous. She wanted her home to maintain that sense of hospitality even after her passing. That welcoming spirit has been extended to canine guests as well. For 10€ a night, up to two pets are welcome. There are leash-free zones and a beach nearby. Hotel Lucrezia also offers dog sitting services if guests should need assistance.


Agriturismo Al Marnich

The three homesteads in Schignano, Italy that make up this property date back to the 1700s, where the original stables still stand. The stone, earth, and wood have been refurbished to bring this 18th century homestead into modernity, while still maintaining its unique Italian style. The rich, pastoral land keeps its history alive, having once been a breeding ground to over 2,000 animal inhabitants. Now, roughly 900 animals can still be found on the property, including the pets that guests bring during their visit. This dog-friendly accommodation welcomes up to 2 dogs in each room for just 6€ per night. There are leash-free zones, veterinary care, food and water bowls, and specialty food available as well. For those cat lovers out there, your kittens are welcome, too.


Pickmere Country House

Imagine, it's the eve of American independence. The British are moving troops into battle, the French are sending aid and ammunition to New England. On the other side of the pond, in the country village of Pickmere, England, a farmhouse is being constructed. This Georgian grade County House dates back to 1772, and has been in use ever since. Today the farmhouse is open to guests who want to enjoy its central location in the village and picturesque views of the surrounding landscape. Intimate in size, this 11 bedroom guesthouse is perfect for travelers looking for a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Dogs are also welcome in this historic accommodation. For £5 a night up to 3 dogs are accepted per booking, just let the hotel know during the booking process. Leashes, food and water bowls, and leash-free play areas are available on site.


Amberley Inn

Standing in Stroud, UK since 1885, this 13-room Inn has retained much of its original architecture and features. With modern amenities and a gorgeous Cotswold village hilltop backdrop, this quaint location is great for a romantic couple's getaway, especially during the winter holidays. We all have that special someone we want to enjoy a picture perfect vacation with. Long walks along the green hillside, lovingly staring into each other's eyes, curling up under a blanket at the end of a full day. Yes, we know the feeling. When you book your stay at Amberley Inn, just let them know during the booking process that you'll be bringing that loved one with you. We're referring to your dog of course. For an additional fee, you can bring up to 2 dogs per room, and the Inn will provide you with additional blankets, towels, food and water bowls. It's Pride & Prejudice meets Marley & Me.


Rose in Vale Country House Hotel

If these walls could talk... Rose in Vale is an 18th century property that has been handed over to new families a number of times, once notably to a copper mine owner, it was featured in a novel, and bared witness to a love story that now only exists in the letters that remain from the old tenants. The love letters found in this Saint Agnescan, UK hotel can be read on the hotel's website, but be warned, it's the cutest thing you'll read all week. The only thing that could make this property more adorable would be engraved paw prints in the yard. Though no 18th century paw prints can be found, your pooch can leave his mark at this historic house. For an additional fee, up to 2 dogs are allowed in each room. This pet-friendly accommodation offers leash-free zones, and is located near the beach so you and your canine companion can enjoy the surrounding greenery and sandy beaches. It's no 19th century love letter, but you and your pooch can leave your own legacy at the Rose in Vale Country House Hotel.


Eynsham Hall

History truly has its eyes on the Eynsham Hall in Whitney, England. This Oxfordshire country home was built in the early 1700s, on an estate that spanned 3,000 acres. Thanks to a man named Willoughby Lacey, guests can still enjoy this history-laden property today. Having been transformed from a country home, to a Police Training Academy, then conference and training center, and finally the hotel that stands today, the eclectic architectural add-ons over the years have created a visual history to accompany the story. But, this Hall is more than just a historic hotel: it's also dog friendly. At Eynsham Hall, they welcome four-legged friends. They certainly have the room for it. For 10€ per night, up to 2 dogs are allowed in each room. Upon arrival, your pooch will be pampered like the Earls and Dukes that roamed the halls before him. Treated to a doggy gift basket, give you and your pup the vacation you deserve, with a historic twist.


Kingsbrae Cottage Inn

Kingsbrae Arms is an Inn of humble origins. This turn-of-the-century home was purchased by its current owners in 1996, and refurbished into an intimate inn for guests looking for a private vacation atmosphere. This Canadian property is perfectly located in the historic resort town of St. Andrews, New Brunswick. The Victorian style still resonates in the property's architecture and design. In order for guests to feel like they're truly enjoying their own private getaway, the Kingsbrae Arms encourages guests to bring their closest companions along. Dogs are welcome to stay, absolutely free of charge. Just warn the hotel during the booking process and up to 2 dogs can accompany you during your stay. Dogs will be treated to a gift-basket upon arrival, and you can allow your pooch to roam free in the leash-free zones. Note your dog will need to be kenneled whenever in public spaces.


Elkhorn Inn & Theatre

Built in 1922, in the midst of the "Roaring Twenties", the Elkhorn Inn in Eckman WV, USA began as a "Miner's Clubhouse" built by Empire Coal & Coke Company. This property has been featured in two TV specials and is the only historic property still standing around its location. The Inn also has a "Museum Room" dedicated to artifacts of the Inn's past and a history of railroading and coal-mining. When you think of coal mining and railroading, you may also see the small dogs hopping the tracks, almost as if a part of the railway team. At the Elkhorn Inn, they see that, too. That's why this dog-friendly accommodation allows up to 2 dogs per room for a fee of $25 per booking. Just be sure to bring a leash along as this property has no leash-free zones. Learn the rich history of this historic Inn, and bring your best friend along for the journey.


Finding a hotel that has the proper accommodations for a canine companion can be difficult. Finding a property that takes your pup in and offers you a rich history with a unique story is a new challenge entirely. With hotels like these, though, make the most of your curious side by getting the best of both worlds. While this article offers you just a taste of options, there are still over 4,000 pet-friendly and historic hotels to explore on our website. Visit us today to find the hotel that fits your needs!

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