To help you plan your weekend break or a day out, here is a selection of pubs, accommodation and attractions that are dog friendly in Test Valley.
The Grosvenor Hotel, Stockbridge – this historic hotel lovingly restored to its former glory in the centre of the High Street near the famous River Test offers outdoor pursuits, beauty treatments and wonderful rooms and food. It welcomes well-behaved dogs and offers comfortable dog beds, garden rooms that open into the garden and a welcome in the bar, walled garden and outside eating area called La Hutte.
The Peat Spade Inn, Longstock – at this lovely country pub with rooms responsible pet owners and well-behaved dogs are welcome in some of the bedrooms. There’s a charge of £20 a night per pet and £10 a night for 2 or more nights.
The Duke on the Test, Romsey – This traditional 16th century inn has recently re-opened with an extension housing 12 luxury bedrooms. There are designated dog-friendly rooms included. The Duke claims to be a big lover of dogs, knowing how important it is to give them a comfortable stay. The warm welcome to dogs and their owners includes dog-friendly bedrooms which feature wooden flooring for convenience, making it simple to clean up any accidents. Plus, the four-legged family member will get their own bed, bowl, mat, and treats, giving them the full VIPooch experience. There is a supplement charge per dog. The pub even suggests some good dog walks locally.
Gambledown Farm – At this wonderful farm stay with luxury converted barns and safari tents with all mod-cons dogs are welcome for a fee of £25 per stay and should stay on a lead whilst on the campsite and around the farmyard. There are wonderful walks from the farm and the owners of the farm can point out the areas very close to your tent where you can take your dog for a quick run around. For the comfort of all the guests the number of dogs accepted is restricted so it’s important to book the dog in when making a booking for the accommodation. No dogs are allowed in the Hay Barn.
The Apple Rooms at Houghton Lodge Gardens - On the site of Houghton Lodge Gardens is a bespoke collection of 6 individually designed boutique ensuite bedrooms. These rooms were once part of a falling down calf byre and they are named after apple trees growing in the walled garden orchard. Some of these rooms allow dogs.
The Greyhound on the Test, Stockbridge. Dogs are welcome in all the bedrooms of this traditional and historic hotel dating back to the 1800s. A maximum of two dogs per room is allowed and they are to be kept on a lead and owners should clean up after them on the hotel grounds. Dog food should be brought by the guests.
The Hunter’s Inn, Romsey – this recently refurbished pub is dog friendly, even offering doggie ice cream to satisfy its four-legged guests!
The Rockingham Arms, Canada Common - Built in 1840, The Rockingham Arms is a cosy old village pub full of character. The pub has traditional values and a warm welcome, serving comforting home cooked food, real ales, great wines and good coffee. The back garden leads straight onto the beautiful Canada Common, a National Heritage area. It’s a very dog friendly pub, and the pub is happy to take bookings in the Bar area for you and your 4 legged friends.
The Red Rover, West Wellow – This pub won the top spot in the Dog Friendly Awards in 2019. It allows dogs in the restaurant, bar and garden, provides water bowls throughout and even offers dogs dinners on a Wednesday – chicken or sausage and vegetables!
Dog friendly days out
Mottisfont National Trust property – this wonderful house and gardens welcomes dogs on leads in most of the gardens and wider estate. Professional dog walkers can obtain a license from the Trust. Dogs can roam freely on the wider estate, including Spearywell Wood, a mere 3 minute drive (15 minute walk) away. The visitor reception team can advise on the best places for dogs when you arrive, and where you can find appropriate bins. There are maps on site to help you or you can download a map for dog walkers Download our map for dog walkers (PDF / 0.7MB) downloadThere are water bowls on the visitor reception terrace and by the outdoor seating area for the Coach House Café, in the Stableyard. There are dog bins in the car park too and around the grounds.
Houghton Lodge Gardens - with sweeping lawns, formal and informal gardens and water meadows, this wonderful gem is arguably one of the most beautiful privately owned gardens to visit in Hampshire. Dogs on short leads are welcome.