Dogs at the Kings Arms

The Kings Arms is a dog friendly hotel - we welcome dog owners with amicable, well behaved dogs, and we know that both enjoy our relaxed atmosphere and our open fire. There is some fantastic walking in the area, and the North Pennines, Yorkshire Dales and Lake District are beautiful; we wouldn't want any dog owner who stayed with us to have to enjoy them without their companion.

We go to some lengths to ensure that everyone who stays with us enjoys a clean, fresh environment, and we always clean our rooms and public areas more thoroughly after dogs have visited. There are obvious challenges to this, and we ask that dog owners help us to maintain the hotel for the next guest by following our guidelines:

  • Please let us know at the time of booking whether you will be bringing a dog, so that we can ensure that you are in a dog friendly room and make the necessary preparations
  • Dogs are allowed in the public bar but not in the restaurant. Many dogs prefer this arrangement, as the open fire is in the bar! Please ensure that your dog is kept under close control in the bar area, and does not wander unattended - please keep your dog on a lead in the bar if this is necessary to keep them by your side.
  • We understand dogs bark, particularly in the presence of other dogs. We would prefer dogs who are particularly agitated or excitable to be taken outside to burn off some energy, or left in the car to cool off (whichever you think works best), so that other customers are not unduly disturbed (we will trust your judgement as dog owners on this). There is no total ban on barking but we'd like to keep it from ruining the relaxed atmosphere in the bar.
  • We ask that dogs are not left unattended in bedrooms. Dog owners who wish to eat in the restaurant are asked to pop their dog in their car temporarily. However, many dog owners simply choose to eat in the bar area and keep their companion nearby (which is perfectly fine).
  • We request that dog owners bring dog bedding to protect our bedroom carpets and soft furnishings, and to keep dogs from sleeping on the beds. We may be able to provide some dog bedding if you forget to pack some, but we are unable to provide bedding for all dogs on a routine basis.
  • All the usual rules around dogs in the countryside apply - please observe the countryside code, keep dogs on a lead around livestock, and please ensure waste is removed from public footpaths and disposed of safely.

There is a small surcharge of just £20 per dog per stay (not per night), and these funds go towards the additional work and materials needed to ensure other visitors (even those with dogs of their own) are not affected by the presence of dogs in the hotel. We will keep this surcharge low for as long as possible.

Many thanks

The Kings Arms team

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Guest comments

A selection of recent comments from our valued customers

December 2018

A Wonderful Hotel. Must recommend this hotel. Just checked out after a 3 night stay with my wife. Visited nearby locations such as Keswick, Grasmere and Windermere. This hotel is in a very good location for accessing the surrounding area. The hotel itself is 400 years old and is oozing character, it's warm & comfortable. We stayed during horrendous weather and the hotel was soooo nice to come back to especially it's open fire. Staff are polite, welcoming & helpful. I didn't give a 5 out of 5 because I very rarely do. Amsterdam is our next getaway
Tim T.
November 2018
Great for us and the dog! Returned here for B&B after living in the village 5 years ago. It has not changed. The staff as friendly as ever, the food was excellent both off the menu and the full english. We arrived in the afternoon and had a walk around the village with the dog before relaxing in our spacious room before dinner. Sat in the bar for food as had the dog but I think it had a great atmosphere with the locals and the open fire. Good value for money and definitely recommended.

Anne I.

November 2018

Beautiful surroundings for a quiet relaxing break, tasty food and wonderful staff. Lovely relaxing stay as part of a longer road trip. Comfy bar, lovely staff and tasty food!


Thursday 7th July 2016

My wife and I were just passing The Kings Arms tonight and decided to stop for food. We had the mushroom and haggis starter, I had the New York burger and my wife had the stir fried chicken. The food was excellent, as was the beer and the service; we will certainly return. The only negative was the size of the portions - we couldn't eat it all! Brilliant!

Tony C.

Sunday 26th June 2016

Enjoyed a two night stay here in a comfortable double room with en suite bathroom. The owners and staff were friendly and welcoming, we came with bikes to explore the area and were able to lock them up in a secure outhouse overnight. Our breakfasts and meals in the bar and restaurant in the evening were very good indeed!

Kevin C.

Thursday 9th June 2016

We used this little pub as a stop over en route from The Midlands to Loch Lomand, and it was a great little find. 
We had our dog with us and this really wasn't a problem. We were allowed to take him in the bar, where we had a lovely evening meal, and a table was set up for us in the bar area for breakfast (dogs are not allowed in the restaurant/breakfast room, nor are they allowed in rooms unattended)
We were in room 7, which faces the road at the front of the property. It is such a quiet little village that there was hardly any traffic to disturb us, nor was there any noise from the downstairs bar. The village itself is very pretty. The room was very traditionally decorated, clean and comfortable. 
A hearty breakfast and friendly hosts make this the perfect place to visit.

Family J.

Wednesday 25th May 2016

We stayed one night here in room 8. Our room was spacious and quiet. Our hostess was very attentive to our needs. We ate dinner in the bar and enjoyed a good quality pub meal in a cosy and friendly environment and a hearty English breakfast the next morning.

Tom W.

Tuesday 24th May 2016

Just arrived home from a 2 night stay with our dog at this fabulous establishment, management and staff were top notch, food and drink were superb, and the rooms were clean and comfortable. We could not have asked for any more and would recommend to anyone.
Thanks for a lovely stay

Michael E.