Our dog friendly accommodation is a great place to bring your pet
Many cottage owners just won’t take pets but we love dogs and have one ourselves, so we’ve tried to reach a happy compromise!
Up to two well behaved dogs are welcome in The Main House, The Old Gallery and each of the cottages (Coach House, Applebarn and Orchard Cottages). There’s a small charge (£40 per stay) to help cover extra costs. See individual accommodation pages.
Only registered assistance dogs are allowed in the top floor apartments. This is particularly due to the stairs and opening windows as well as allowing allergy sufferers suitable accommodation.
We know that your dog will enjoy him/herself here as the area is dog friendly; with open access land, footpaths, bridleways and dog-friendly pubs. There are great walks straight from Westwood Lodge out onto Ilkley Moor, across to Hebers Ghyll and down the footpath into the woods of The Rhyddings and into Ilkley town where you can cross into Nidderdale or join The Dalesway long-distance footpath.
We can help!
We’re happy to assist with any of the following:
- Pet washing station – also known as a garden hose!
- Poo bags
- Local dog walks maps
- Information about dog-friendly pubs
- Pet supplies information
- Vet information
- Emergency dog towels, if things get out of hand
- Doggie bowl
What we need from you
To enable us to continue to welcome dogs, you will need to agree our standard Terms & Conditions. Please particularly read the section on dogs before booking. The key rules are: –
- Dogs are not allowed in bedrooms or on the furniture
Sadly we’ve had dogs allowed to spend the night on the bed and walking on the cream bedroom carpets with muddy paws.
- You must bring a dog bed/cage
It is always a great relief to us when guests bring those handy travel cages with them, their pets seem to settle down much better and nobody has to worry about a sneaky sleepover on the sofa after you’ve gone to bed. Dog cages are not only a safer way to travel with your pet but give a feeling of added security to them when sleeping in a strange place – prices range from only £25.
- Dogs must not be left alone
If you leave your dog in your cottage alone it may howl and fret – even if he/she is used to be left at home. We’ve had paintwork, carpets, doors and skirting boards damaged – “I can’t believe it” being the usual response of owners. This is all unfair to other guests and our neighbours as well as making it impossible for us to rectify things on turnaround day. So please take your pet with you when you go out to restaurants and when visiting friends.
- The gardens are not toilets!
Each cottage has a small enclosed garden, primarily intended for children to play, so it is essential that pee-ing stations are not established in these gardens. As pee scorches – especially with female dogs – it can kill the grass. Please do not allow your dog to use the gardens as a toilet. In an emergency or an accident, please promptly remove any poo using poo-bags. We try hard to keep the cottage gardens as pretty for our guests as possible, so please help us.
- Your dog must be on a lead
We would just love to let your pet run around unhindered but this is just not possible. We have pet hens, pig, wildlife (grouse, sheep, badgers and deer) as well as children playing – they may dislike or fear dogs. Your dog must be kept on a lead when on the premises at Westwood Lodge.