It’s been home to bishops and baronets, but the current lord of the manor at this imposing country pile is a down to earth sort of chap who spends many hours pacing the lobby. Oliver Beckington clearly enjoys welcoming every guest although, being a black labrador, he has a tendency to pay some VIPs (Very Important Pets) more attention than others.

My ridgebacks certainly have nothing to complain about. Perhaps they’ve spied the plush dog beds waiting in our suite and the VIP room service menu, complete with grilled chicken and other delectable dishes that even my ever-hungry husband would gladly wolf down in an instant. With 500 acres to explore, including numerous pub walks, dogs — and their owners — will be in their element, but those without a pet pooch will not be short of exercise.


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