Hotel Du Vin

The most dog friendly hotel in Europe?

Hotel Du Vin on Wimbledon Common is a dog lovers delight. As we pulled in to the huge car park we were faced with a beautiful old house as the long suffering husband exclaimed that the car in the a park net to us a De Lorean which sent him off into some male raving and ranting about cars engines and …excuse me while I drop off.

Sausage tip: The man  you are with loves  cars more than you. Bite him.

Into reception and the staff greeted me with my full title – Charlie Chorizo Sausage Dog like a long lost friend. “We love dogs” said the receptionist rubbing my tummy much to my delight. The husband thought optimistically she might move on to him. Which she didn’t clearly she has more taste.

Sausage tip: Roll onto you back fast and you can discombobulate receptionists. Great biscuit opp.

Having booked on we were shown to a very small and not very nice room which after a chat with the receptionist was changed for a much bigger one overlooking the front door, lawn and Wimbledon Common. There was a dog bed, and water dish in situ – honestly the hairy critters really are welcome here.

This is the roll I was referring to – come one you have to admit – its a cracker!

Then they went to the orangery for lunch. A huge sunny room over looking acres of grounds watching as people and their dogs lollop about. Dogs are allowed everywhere in the hotel with the exception of the breakfast room. So we enjoyed scallops, Chablis and sole . A walk in the park. A slump in the bar and then an early night. Comfy room, SKY TV, lovely beds. And they laid my own bed, an actual bed for me, a dish a mat and frankly if the humans annoy the hell out of me on this trip I will just come back here and live forever.

Breakfast another triumph. smoked haddock and ap laced egg for LSH I had the omelette with tomato and mushroom. Delicious coffee, freshly squeezed OJ, toast, cereal and again smiling attentive staff.

We were on the road again but have put a great big YES against this hotel – for our pack of 2 legged and 4 legged travellers we will be back.

Sausage Tip: We are off skiing next week. She has bought paw wax for me. I remain unconvinced. Report back from the slopes soon.

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