Cottage Lodge Hotel in Brockenhurst, in the heart of the New Forest, has teamed up with local company Sophie’s Pet Care, to provide a pet minding service for guests that wish to go out for the day, or evening, but are unable to take their dog with them.

Comments Christina Simons, owner of Cottage Lodge Hotel: “With 570 square kilometres of forest to explore, the New Forest is the perfect destination for dog owners.

“We are very dog-friendly at Cottage Lodge and have three rooms that can accommodate dogs with their owners (£10 per dog per night).

“However, from time to time, our guests might want to go somewhere where their four-legged friends aren’t welcome – a stately home or restaurant for example – so what to do?

“This is why we decided to announce a collaboration with the local Hampshire company Sophie’s Pet Care, which offers a unique ‘dog days out’ service and can also arrange overnight accommodation (minimum 2 nights) with their sister company Sophie’s Pet Holidays.

“Sophie’s offers a great solution to enable you to have your New Forest adventure and so you can relax knowing that your VIP ‘very important pooch’ ( as they like all dogs to be known), is having a wonderful time too!”

Sophie’s pet care offer full days of dog sitting with their experienced Pet Rangers, visiting carefully selected and pre planned locations.

Anyone holidaying in the New Forest with their dog can now drop off their dog for the day, knowing they’ll have a unique canine adventure and will be well cared for. Advance booking is essential further details can be found at or

A two-night break at Cottage Lodge Hotel in June, in a dog-friendly room, costs from £99 pp plus £20 for a dog (three sharing a room – two people and a dog). This includes a full-English breakfast, private off-road parking, welcome tea and cake, and free Wifi.

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