Competition is fierce amongst our finest country house hotels to provide the best possible guest experience. In recent blogs we have showcased hotels with launches, equestrian facilities and cookery schools. Now we visit some spectacular venues that have their own pets or animals which guests are invited to spend time with and delight in!

Four Seasons Hampshire – Sir Oliver Beckington

Four Seasons Hampshire resident Sir Oliver Beckington
Four Seasons Hampshire resident Sir Oliver Beckington

A real favourite of ours, Sir Oliver Beckington is FS Hampshire’s very own resident black labrador – and what a heart melter he is. Hampshire puppy born and bred, Oliver Beckington, represents Four Seasons continual commitment to being a dog-friendly destination. Lovingly named after two bishops who once resided on the Dogmersfield Estate, Oliver Beckington is already an integral part of Hampshire life.


Club Offer available: For member dining benefits at Seasons Restaurant, Four Seasons Hampshire click here.

Stapleford Park, Melton Mowbray – Merlin the Eagle

Stapleford Park Falconer, Pete Sibson
Stapleford Park Falconer, Pete Sibson

With the Stapleford School of Falconry you can experience the thrill of handling majestic birds of prey under the expert guidance of a personal falconer. And the skies at Stapleford are getting ever wilder with the most recent addition, Merlin, the Golden Eagle. Falconer Pete Sibson says, “I’ll never forget his first day at Stapleford. His eyes lit up because of the amount of activity around the house and parkland!”.

Club Offer available: For member dining benefits at Grinling Gibbons, Stapleford Park Hotel click here.

Great Fosters, Egham – Rare Breed Pigs

Great Fosters Rare Breed Pigs
Great Fosters Rare Breed Pigs

Great Fosters prides itself on using much of the produce grown and reared on their estate within the menus of the Estate Grill and The Tudor Room. Cute as these rare breed Middle White and Gloucester Old Spot piggies are, they are destined ultimately for the Butchers Block. What a magnificent setting however for these happy porkers to grow in and the provenance of your dish is guaranteed!

Club Offer available: For member dining benefits at in The Estate Grill and Tudor Room at Great Fosters Hotel click here.

Gravetye Manor, Sussex – Chickens and Swans

Hens at Gravetye Manor
Hens at Gravetye Manor

Glorious Gravetye and its magnificent gardens have many surprises in store for you, no matter what time of year you visit. It’s most famous owner was landscape gardener William Robinson, dedicated promoter of the concept of the English country garden. What could be more quintessential than collecting your own hen eggs for breakfast? Or a stroll through the wildflower meadow before dinner to witness the splendor of the swans in the Upper Lake?

Club Offer available: For member dining benefits at Gravetye Manor Hotel click here.

Lainston House, Winchester – Eric the Owl


Eric the Owl at Lainston House
Eric the Owl at Lainston House

Another favourite of ours, this unbelievably cute little chap took up residence within Lainston’s burgeoning falconry earlier this year and is winning fans all over Hampshire! Eric is in great company with Ace the Falcon and Kevin the stunning Turkey Vulture. However, as we are a little in love with Eric we are only using images of him so you’ll have to visit new Falconer, Judy at Lainston, to see his friends!

Club Offer available: For member dining benefits in The Avenue Restaurant, Lainston House Hotel click here.

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