Dog Friendly B&B in Gloucestershire
Louise Dolan from www.roverrecommended.com, her husband Simon and Border Collie cross Holly find a home from home at Fieldways B&B in Gloucestershire.
Cold Aston is a picturesque Cotswolds village situated between Cheltenham and Bourton-on-the-Water. We stayed at Fieldways Boutique Bed and Breakfast, which is a beautifully furnished country house at the edge of the village with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that we were old friends if you'd seen the effusive welcome given to us and our dog Holly by Carol, the housekeeper at Fieldways. As the owner was away, it was Carol who gave us a grand tour of every room in the house and encouraged us to treat it as a home from home. Holly sniffed each room enthusiastically, walked past the two Burmese cats toasting themselves by the radiator without incident and soon made firm friends with Flora, the owner's black Labrador. The garden at Fieldways is safe for dogs as it is backed by fields and well away from any busy roads and Carol didn't mind when Holly christened the lawn.
Each room is tastefully furnished with fine art and exquisite antiques so keep your wits about you if your dog's tail has a tendency to sweep ornaments on to the floor! Visitors can choose from two twin rooms or one double room. All the bedrooms are en suite and are on the first floor. The Cream Room has a low pitched ceiling so is not really suitable for tall guests. We stayed in the Green Room, which we thought was the best bedroom in the house, except for the owner's master suite! There was plenty of room for Holly's bed next to ours and we put her food and water bowls on the tiled bathroom floor.
The Green Room at Fieldways
Tea and coffee making facilities were available in our room but we never used them as we were invited to help ourselves to fresh milk from the kitchen and relax next to the open fire. Carol is a real animal lover and most of our conversations with her centred around Holly and her dogs, past and present. Holly was able to roam around the house and garden off lead and she soon looked really at home, especially as Carol plied her with treats every time she walked past. There were also copious bowls of cat biscuits in the kitchen which Holly used as a 24 hour buffet so we cut down her dinner a bit as she is prone to putting on weight. The cats were very placid - we never saw them move!
After a quick cuppa we headed off to The Black Horse at Naunton for some well-cooked pub grub. There were no restrictions on where Holly was allowed to go, which was fortunate as the bar was full but there were plenty of tables in the small restaurant. The pub has a resident dog that only bothers to beg if you order steak!
On our return we met two American ladies who were also staying at Fieldways and found out that Carol had driven them to a pub in Bourton-on-the-Water and picked them up when they were ready as the Cold Aston village pub was closed for refurbishment and they didn't have a car. Nothing was too much trouble for Carol.
After a refreshing sleep Holly was up early the next day for a walk around the village with Simon. Breakfast was brought to the table in piping hot serving dishes so that you could help yourself to as much bacon and sausage as you wanted. Needless to say, Carol saved some sausages for Holly.
We spent a great day at Cotswolds Wildlife Park, where dogs are allowed throughout the majority of the site. Holly liked watching the penguins and small monkeys the best and really enjoyed her free ride on the park train. There are plenty of bins in the park and if you run out of poop scoop bags they are available free of charge at the entrance. Doggy water bowls are located near the human refreshment areas and we used a handy outside tap to rinse off Holly's muddy feet before going back to the beige carpets at Fieldways.