Tewkesbury Park: A doggy's day trip

Tewkesbury town

Tewkesbury is a good looking city in rural Gloucestershire

The parkland rolls away from her and within the distance, rising from the early morning mist, is the strong Norman tower of Tewkesbury Abbey. Abruptly her eyes dart to the left. Overlook the 900 years of historical past, there are rabbits on the market. A whole lot of them.

And she or he’s in doggy heaven, on the Tewkesbury Park Resort, a golf and leisure advanced in an previous nation home within the rolling Gloucestershire countryside. Bella couldn’t be happier, her nostril pressed to the glass. Truly perhaps she might, if one in every of her pesky homeowners would rise up from their king-sized consolation and roll again that sliding door so she might get out.

They appear so settled within the fashionable, fashionable room, with a mattress nearly as luxurious as her personal. However no less than she will be able to watch from the consolation of her personal mattress, with its reminiscence foam mattress, whereas sometimes reducing her eyes to feast on a few of these scrummy nibbles that maintain showing. 

Yesterday afternoon, she had the run of the first and 18th fairways of the golf course that surrounds the resort. Down on the backside of the valley she gambolled into the “Bloody Meadow”.

She noticed that humorous look in her homeowners’ eyes when their minds wander – did she care this was the place the Home of Lancaster was routed by the Home of York in 1471 in a decisive battle within the Warfare of the Roses, the place it feels just like the ghosts of the hundreds who misplaced their lives nonetheless wander? No. She simply went and sat within the boggy stream and waited.

She discovered herself ready once more the attractive water meadows created by the assembly of the rivers Avon and Severn, to the abbey on the sting of the city. At the least the solar was shining as her homeowners went inside and immersed themselves in one in every of England’s largest parish church buildings, marvelling on the spectacular medieval stained glass home windows. 

Dog in field

There’s loads of room for even probably the most energetic canine

Clouds had been overlaying the solar by the point they emerged and he or she was delighted to observe them into Café au Chocolat on the Excessive Road, the place they didn’t thoughts her muddy paws and even gave her a bowl of water.

She seemed enviously on the most opulent scorching chocolate drink, served with chocolate shavings marshmallows, whipped cream and a chocolate cigarillo. She gave the cream tea her seal of approval too, hoovering up the crumbs.

They walked by means of the city with its medieval and Tudor buildings, vintage outlets and quaint little alleyways, again to the resort the place she was made a fuss of by the workers – what a deal with to be beside her homeowners on this mild and ethereal lounge with a woodburning range. 

The entire public areas have been up to date not too long ago and the lounge, with its leather-based armchairs and funky colors, is a comfortable distinction to the principle eating room with its huge home windows giving superb views of the countryside stretching into Wales.

The menu right here is imaginative and as domestically sourced as doable, goat’s cheese from Carney Ash with Cheltenham heritage beetroot, or asparagus from close by Revills Farm among the many starters (each £6.95).

The braised shoulder of lamb with a pea and broad bean fricassee (£24.95) was meltingly scrumptious as was the Gloucester Outdated Spot pork served 3 ways – a ham hock croquette, loin and stomach (£17.95). The hazelnut praline parfait with caramelised banana (£6.95) is actually particular. 

Tewkesbury tudor houses

The resort is within reach of the Norman Tewkesbury abbey and many Tudor buildings

In any case that, falling into mattress was about all any of them had been able to. She didn’t even care that she snored.


Tewkesbury Park (01684 272 300/tewkesburypark.co.uk) provides the Canine Retreat from £199 (dinner, B&B).

Worth features a dog-friendly room with doggie treats, a Hunt & Wilson canine mattress, afternoon tea, three course dinner for 2, and a Canine’s Dinner.

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