The Old Cider House is the 2015/16 winner of the Kennel Club’s ‘Be Dog Friendly Awards

The Old Cider House has won the most dog friendly accommodation in the UK for the second time.

Kennel Club / Dog Friendly Annual award for the best dog friendly B&B and hotel in the UK.

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Alan Pearson picking up the award on behalf of Ian, Lynne & Ozy

Alan Pearson picking up the award on behalf of Ian, Lynne & Ozy

Local B&B run by Lynne and Ian and with the support of their dog Ozy in Nether Stowey has been announced as the top place to stay in the UK for dogs and their owners in the national Be Dog Friendly Awards 2015.

The Old Cider House received 1,836 (11 per cent) of nominations in its category in this year’s awards, firmly placing it as the nation’s favourite for dogs and their owners. The competition, held in association with Dog Friendly, is based solely on public vote.

The national recognition could prove a welcome boost to the local economy as research from the Kennel Club revealed that 72 per cent of dog owners said that they would take more holidays in the UK, if they could find places that had a dog friendly attitude*.

Lynne Abbott, from The Old Cider House said: “When we holiday in the UK we always take our dog Ozy with us. It is so hard to find good quality dog friendly accommodation and we try to provide the sort of service that we would like to find on our travels. Hopefully, this competition will encourage more accommodation providers to open their doors to our canine companions.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “We were overwhelmed by the number of votes this year for the Be Dog Friendly Awards, which just goes to show the huge appetite there is in the UK for dog friendly places people and their four legged companions can visit.

“We are delighted that The Old Cider House has been recognised for the fantastic experience offered to guests. The winners of these awards are determined by the public and all of this year’s winners are wonderful examples of the many businesses and public places that have already adopted a dog-friendly policy and are reaping the benefits of welcoming dogs.”

The winners of the Be Dog Friendly Awards were presented with their awards at the Kennel Club’s Eukanuba Discover Dogs event at ExCeL London on Sunday 18th October.

* Taken from Gorkana Survey of 500, July 2015, ‘Holidaying with your Dogs’