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Hotel Norte y Londres**, Burgos

ACCOMMODATIONS in SPAIN

Hotel Norte y Londres**

Plaza de Alonso Marínez 10
ES-09003 Burgos, Castilla y León,  Spain
Phone: +34  947 264125  Fax: +34 947277375
Web:  http://www.hotelnorteylondres.com/   eMail:  info@hotelnorteylondres.com

                                                                                                                                             Stay: 12th September 2017

Woof-woof, It’s me, Tibor again exploring interesting cities for you all! This time I told Tessa and my humans that I would be thrilled to see where my brother Zoë was living as he moved to the outskirts of Burgos. As my birthday was up to come, they fulfilled my wish!

We found a nice two star hotel Norte y Londres , situated right in the heart of the historical centre of Burgos in the pedestrian area at Alonso Martínez square, just about 150 m away from the famous Cathedral. Foundered in 1904 it’s the most antique one of all the “Posadas” along the Camino de Santiago. The impressive hall decorated with antique furniture sets you back in time.

The best of the hotel was that we got the most heart-warming welcome you can imagine. The receptionists were paying so much attention to Tessa that she was even allowed to put her paws on the reception desk, something they never let us do anywhere. Put honestly, she’s great being cute to get all the attention.

Our humans were very thankful about the friendliness. Our room was OK, clean and with everything you need. The furniture again is a bit outdated as well as the bathroom installations as you do hear quite well when someone in another room has to go to the loo. Therefore the price is great, keeping in mind you’re right in the centre. The hotel offers a special parking ticket for the public parking at Plaza de España or you can park somewhere around in the streets.

There is no extra charge for us dogs and there is a nice little park for your potty just in front of the hotel.

** There’s lots to see and visit in Burgos city. Some of the nearest landmarks from the hotel are the San Gil Church, Museum of Human Evolution, Cathedral, Plaza Mayor square, Art Centre Caja de Burgos. If you fancy a nice run and you’re into meeting some other furry fellows I would recommend you to visit Fuentes Blancas Park about a 5 minute drive from the hotel.

***Unfortunately Burgos policy on dogs being able to visit restaurants and bars is very strict. You’re only allowed outside at the terraces. During Summer and when the weather is fine that’s OK but you might want to avoid the rest of the year. Definitely not the most dog-friendly city I’ve been to!

 

 

La Casa del Patrón, Murgia, Basque Country

ACCOMMODATIONS in SPAIN

La Casa del Patrón

San Martin 2
ES-01130 Murgia (Álava), Basque Country, Spain
Phone: +34 945 462528  Fax: +34 945 430754
Web: http://casadelpatron.com/  Mail: hotel@casadelpatron.com

                                                                                                                                             Stay: 21th – 23st July 2017

Casa del Patrón is a hotel located in the centre of Murgia a little town near Vitoria-Gasteiz with lovely houses surrounded by nature. Our family got a heart-warming welcome, although there were the three of us, me Winter with my charming daughter Audrey and our friend Summer (Border Collie as well). They even kept our home cooked natural food in their fridge during our stay (all well sealed of course).

This accommodation offers fourteen rooms all exterior. Seven are located on the second floor of the building and the other seven in the charming attic, with sloping ceilings and large windows from where you can watch the stars. All rooms are fully equipped. There are no additional costs for us dogs.

Surrounded by a variety of squares and parks with plenty of space and grass to go for a walk and potty break there are a lot of walks to explore around. The restaurant doesn’t allow us to enter, but you can join your humans at the beautiful terrace. Andrea and Javi had their breakfast there while we were with them. Another option is to stay meanwhile in the room, no restrictions here either. If you’re not happy to wait alone in the room you might want to wait in the car, as there is a garage for clients to park. We felt a 100% at home and I can definitely recommend this place. We will come back for sure!

**La Casa de Patrón is situated near the National Park of Gorbea and the “centro educación Canina” (dog training facilities specialised in herding) of Oscar Murguia where you can take herding classes as well as others.  

Hotel Rural Coviella, Cangas de Onís, Asturias

ACCOMMODATIONS in SPAIN

Hotel Rural Coviella

Lugar Coviella, 53
ES-33547 Cangas de Onís, Asturias, Spain
Phone: +34 985 843 757
Website: http://hotelcoviella.com/  Mail: recepcion@hotelcoviella.com

Stay: July 2017

This weekend I went once more to Cangas de Onís to practise my skills herding. I’m already great at Agility but I really enjoy doing all sort of activities. I never get enough, you know. Woof, by the way let me introduce myself, I’m Seelie a gorgeous Border Collie.

Tu enjoy a bit more this time I got really spoilt with an overnight stay in a Rural Hotel included. My family got me this fancy Hotel Rural Coviella called after the village at about 6 km from Cangas de Onís.

This Rural Hotel offers 10 comfortable double rooms all in a nice antique Asturian-style house dated from the XIX century, and completely renovated in 2004. The rooms are divided over two buildings, the main house and the annex building. The first hosts four cosy rooms  and the annex six more, all with a terrace next to the garden. We choose one of these as the accept dogs in those rooms. Just wonderful with your own terrace and only one jump into the garden with sun but also shade! No extra costs for us either. You can run around in the garden as we are allowed of the lead as well as long as you behave and your family supervises you.

Nearby you’ll be happy to find rivers to go for a swim or just a quick bath. There’s a huge variety of restaurants, local sidrerias and bars with terraces where you will feel welcome to join your family while they’re having lunch or dinner.

** Hotel Rural Coviella is situated just along the river Sella. Ideal to discover nature and all the little gems Asturias has to offer. Access to places such as the National Park of Picos de Europe, the Covadonga lakes, Sotres, Cares gorge walk…

The Montague Inn, Wincanton, Somerset

RESTAURANTS-BARS in UK

The Montague Inn

Shepton Montague,
BA9 8JW Wincanton, Somerset, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1749 813213
Mail: info@themontagueinn.co.uk , Web: http://www.themontagueinn.co.uk/

 June 2017

Hidden away amongst the Somerset country lanes between Bruton and Wincanton, is the Montague Inn; a traditional 17th century country pub where everyone receives a warm welcome including us!

The cosy bar guarantees a warm and friendly atmosphere for that quiet chat or the simple enjoyment of the local ales and ciders humans like so much.  From the restaurant you can enjoy the view overlooking the terrace and garden with wide reaching rural views. We can accompany our humans in one part of the restaurant. There’s a lot of space between tables, so you can make yourself comfortable without being concerned too much. Tessa and I, Tibor, took a great nap here!

The owners Sean and Suzy O’Callaghan are very friendly and I love one of the sentences on their website that says:

‘A favoured meeting place, half way to everywhere in the middle of nowhere.
Come and visit us; with the family, the dogs or just on your own we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.’

Our humans loved the food and service.  The restaurant delivers gastro pub style food using the best local produce. People smiling and having a good time everywhere. We even got a special treat – a dog-biscuit for being such well-behaved dogs! Hopefully we go again, one day.

** Wonderful 17th-century inn serving simple, imaginative meals using organic treats from local farms. Friendly welcome for dogs and kids, too. Nice if you stay in Castle Cary or surroundings.

The Knights Restaurant, Castle Cary, Somerset

RESTAURANTS-BARS in UK

The Knights Restaurant & Gin Bar
The George Hotel, Castle Cary, Somerset

Market Place,
BA7 7AH, Castle Cary, Somerset, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)1963 350761
Mail: contact@thegeorgehotelcastlecary.co.uk , Web: http://thegeorgehotelcastlecary.co.uk/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/georgehotelcastlecary/

 

June 2017

Set in the picturesque historical market town of Castle Cary town centre, this quaint 15th-century inn called ‘The George Hotel’ hosts this fabulous dog-friendly steak and grill restaurant: ‘The Knights Restaurant & gin bar’, where I went with my humans for dinner more than once.

The Knight’s Restaurant offers a steak and grill menu, with a in room gin & prosecco bar which is candlelit by night, which creates a lovely cosy atmosphere for your humans to enjoy their meal. A big part of it is Dog-Friendly, although you aren’t allowed everywhere. Booking is advisable and the best way to assure you and your humans there’s space.

Tessa and I, Tibor, felt very welcome. The floor was nice and cool and there was a lot of space between each table which gave us plenty of room for a nice nap around our table.

This restaurant belongs to the George Hotel, featuring modern home-style decor with airy rooms where dogs are allowed too on request without extra charge. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, TV, a desk, as well as tea and coffee making facilities and en suite bathrooms. Some rooms have original wood beams, and 1 has a 4-poster bed.

**The Knights Restaurant & Gin Bar is part of The George Hotel which is situated in Castle Cary about 4 miles from Haynes International Motor Museum, and 13 miles from Glastonbury Abbey, the legendary burial place of King Arthur.

Ellesmere House (B&B), Castle Cary, Somerset UK

ACCOMMODATIONS in UK

Ellesmere House (B&B)

South Street
BA7 7EX Castle Cary, Somerset,  United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0) 7950 377571
Web: https://www.ellesmerehouse.co   FB: https://www.facebook.com/CastleCaryBandB/

Stay: 10th – 13th June 2017

 

The second B&B where I (Tibor) stayed with my pack during my UK-journey was at Ellesmere House at the entrance of a lovely town called Castle Cary in Somerset. The landlady was called Melanie, just like my human friend, so special!

The three-floored Victorian house has got a great garden. From the windows you’ve got amazing views out the back lead onto fields accessed from a gate in the garden. From the front it overlooks Glastonbury Tor. My daughter Tessa and I loved exploring around in the garden. We had access to every part of it without being called back not once. It is somewhere to feel totally relaxed as if you are in your own house. Melanie, the hostess really adores dogs! She just couldn’t get enough of hugging us. There were two house-dogs too. We wanted to play with the greyhound, but she was recovering from surgery so we unfortunately we couldn’t. Maybe next time.

Our humans loved the spacious room. Each room is beautifully decorated in an elegant Bohemian style. It was all very clean, and we loved the soft touch of the floor. The continental breakfast is on the house – yoghurt, locally baked bread, croissants, granola, muesli and such like – if people would like a cooked breakfast it is £7.50 per person. They also organise suppers on request. The coffee was great too! Like in most English B&B there were tea/coffee facilities in the room. We didn’t have an en-suite room but the shared bathroom was great and our humans had it all for themselves anyway.

I especially loved the garden and the walking facilities just starting from the garden. It’s only a short walk to the centre of Castle Cary. I was welcome in most of the bars and restaurants.

There might be an extra charge for dogs at Ellesmere House. Just talk to them about it.

** There are plenty of bars en restaurants nearby where you can go to with your humans. A nice place to explore interesting sights such as Stonehenge, Salisbury, Bath, Bristol, Bradford-on-Avon etc. Melanie and Jasper the hosts will be glad to help you!

The Palk Arms, (Pub) Hennock, Devon

RESTAURANTS-BARS in UK

The Palk Arms (Pub -Restaurant), Hennock, Devon

Church Road Hennock,
TQ13 9QB Bovey Tracey, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1626 836584
Mail: palkpub@gmail.com , Web: http://www.theonlypalkarms.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/TheOnlyPalkArms

 

 June 2017

‘The Palk Arms is a 16th Century Free House, situated in Hennock only 2 miles from Bovey Tracey, within Dartmoor National Park. The traditional rural Devon pub offers locally brewed real ales, great wines and serves high quality pub food at reasonable prices in a relaxed atmosphere with extensive views over the Teign Valley.

What a friendly welcome I got when we entered the pub! Not only by the staff, and the owners Ivan and Jane with their great four-legged pal Olive, also the locals (clients of the bar) were all very friendly. I felt like I was just one more of the village.

During meals you’re allowed to be with your humans at all time unless you’re on the lead. It was great to take a nap under the table meanwhile they were having a meal.

**Besides, this independent village pub offers four nice en-suite rooms (B&B). All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, a flatscreen TV, hairdryer and free Wifi.

The Palk Arms (B&B), Hennock, Devon

ACCOMMODATIONS in UK

The Palk Arms, Hennock, Devon

Church Road Hennock,
TQ13 9QB Bovey Tracey, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1626 836584
Mail: palkpub@gmail.com , Web: http://www.theonlypalkarms.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/TheOnlyPalkArms

 Stay: 8th – 10th June 2017

On my first trip through the UK with my daughter Tessa, and my human friends, I (Tibor) spent our first two nights at a lovely B&B house called ‘The Palk Arms’. It is a 16th Century Free House, situated in Hennock only 2 miles from Bovey Tracey, within Dartmoor National Park. This independent village pub offers four nice en-suite rooms (B&B). All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, a flatscreen TV, hairdryer and free Wifi.

My humans raved about the fantastic quality of the bed, as I had my own travellers-sleeping bag with me, and I’m never allowed to get on the bed, I’ve got to trust them on that one. The bathroom was tiny, but had all you need. The room was very clean too. Not too much noise from the bar underneath either, they said. There’s free parking a bit further (30 cow lengths) up the hill.

What a friendly welcome I got when we entered the pub! Not only by the staff, and the owners Ivan and Jane with their great four-legged pal Olive, also the locals (clients of the bar) were all very friendly. I felt like I was just one more of the village.

The traditional rural Devon pub offers locally brewed real ales, great wines and serves high quality pub food at reasonable prices in a relaxed atmosphere with extensive views over the Teign Valley.

During meals you’re allowed to be with your humans at all time unless you’re on the lead. It was great to be with them during breakfast and dinner time.

We really like Jane’s and Ivan’s recommendations about the big field next to the camping where Tessa and I could run freely and relief ourselves. Probably Olive’s favourite too! My humans liked all the details about walks and making sure they had all the information they needed.

They do charge £7.50 to cover the cost for carpet cleaning after every stay of dogs. My humans didn’t bother as we really enjoyed our stay and we felt very welcome as a pack. Hopefully we come back!

** The Palk Arms is a traditional rural pub and a firm favourite with walkers, cyclists, horse riders, tourists and locals. One of the few independent village pubs in the area. Set high above the Teign Valley it has wonderful panoramic views over the rolling hills and beautiful countryside near Bovey Tracey and within the Dartmoor National Park. Maps and tourist information available.

San Glorio Pass – 1,609m

WALKS & SIGHTS in SPAIN

San Glorio – Mountain Pass 1,609 m.
N-621 Potes – Riaño, Cantabria, Spain

 Done: every year again

San Glorio Passis a mountain pass at the elevation of  1,609 m above sea level, located in the Picos de Europa, a mountain range of Northern Spain. The pass is traversed by the N-621 road on the border between Cantabria and Castile and León.

From Potes in Cantabria this mountain road is indicated wit Riaño (León). The surface of the road is asphalted, and chains or snow tyres can be required throughout the year. Usually there isn’t much traffic. In case you suffer on those kind of roads, ask your humans to make some stops along the road. There are natural springs along the road, starting with Potes, one en Naroba at km 4 (on the left) and at km 20 (on the right), in case you need some fresh water to recover!

This unique pass has been an important access in the past up to now to connect Liébana with the province of Castile and León. It’s a wonderful and magic spot specially when it’s covered with snow (usually from November to April) to enjoy the views and roll yourself around in the cool white snow. During the first 10 km you’ll pass several villages. In La Vega your humans can have great meals or inform themselves at the Tourist office (open during high season only).

At the viewpoint ‘El mirador del Corzo’ you’ll find a beautiful statue of a Deer from where your humans can make amazing photos and gaze about the views. The view over the valley below our paws is impressive. A bit further away, you’ve reached the pass now, there is also a paved dead end for 2 km up to another viewpoint called ‘El Mirador del Oso’ at Collado de Llesba with its impressive statue of the Brown bear. Definitily worth a visit too.

I (Tibor) try to go every year as soon as there’s snow. Lately we take my daughter Tessa too, as she loves snow just  as much as I do! There are signs with walks too, but we usually just walk a bit around having fun. Nowadays you see more and more humans with ski’s or families with their young ones playing and enjoying the snow as well.

Bilbao (city), Basque Country, Spain

WALKS and SIGHTS in SPAIN

Bilbao
Tourist office, Plaza Circular 1,
ES- 48001 Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
Tel: +34 944 795 760, Fax: +34 944 975 761
Web: http://www.bilbaoturismo.net   Email:   información@bilbaoturismo.bilbao.net

 Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday : 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. / Every day of the year

Visit: 08.12.2015

Bilbao is the capital of Bizkaia/Biscay with over 1,000,000 inhabitants. Famous for architecture and the Guggenheim Museum as well as several bridges it’s definitely worth a visit.

There’s a huge new shopping area, but you might fancy more a walk along the river Nervión. Dogs are generally well accepted. I saw a lot of walks accompanying there human fellows some even off the leash. There bag-dispensers along the river in case you forgot your own.

Stroll around and explore the Casco Viejo or The Seven Streets (Somera, Artecalle, Tendería, Belosticalle, Carnicería Vieja, Barrencalle and Barrencalle Barrena) which is the oldest neighbourhood and the original nucleus of Bilbao. It forms part of the Ibaiondo district and holds the Plaza Nueva and buildings such as the Arriaga Theatre, Bidebarrieta Library, the Bilbao Stock Exchange, Atxuri railway station, Santiago Cathedral and the churches of San Antón, San Nicolás and Santos Juanes. Its commercial strength is reflected in five hundred shops, most importantly the Ribera Market, the largest indoor food market in Europe.

Especially the Somera street in the old town is a good bet to go. In almost all the bars we, dogs, are welcome too. There are plenty of facilities, shops specialised in dog products such as Belfos & Trufas with homemade cookies for us or bakeries such as Bertiz with a click-system for your leash while waiting or you’re welcome to join your humans outside at the terrace.

I felt just great visiting Bilbao with my human friends.

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