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Last word in luxury for dogs
Batty the basset in front of the Holne Chase Hotel
Batty is always keen to welcome guests to the hotel
A Devon Hotel is aiming to set new standards in pet luxury.

Holne Chase Hotel near Ashburton is extending its offers of pedicures, luxury baths, and spa treatments to its guests' dogs.

Owner Phillipa Hughes says the spa is a logical extension of the hotel's dog friendly policy.

And with fewer hotels catering for the needs of pet owners she thinks the quirky concept will prove attractive.

My dog can be cleaned up and go back to London looking very pretty
Penny Riviera, hotel guest

"I think that some hotels that say they are dog friendly aren't always willing to take dogs in the rooms.

"It is becoming very difficult to find good hotels that offer good levels of food, service and accommodation who are genuinely wanting to see people with their dogs and children."

The hotel has invested over 1,500 to convert a kitchen area to house the spa.

One guest Penny Riviera, says the hotel's welcoming attitude to its canine guests is unusual.

"It's difficult because English hotels don't really like you having dogs," she said.

"I think the spa is a very good idea because I can go off and have a massage and my dog can be cleaned up and go back to London looking very pretty after running around in the mud for a couple of days."

"I think it's a real bonus."

Dogs wishing to visit the hotel are also able to book via their own website, hosted by the hotel's own four-legged friend Batty the basset.



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