COMBERMERE Abbey near whitchurch has been recognised as a top place to visit for dog owners after winning a national award.

The estate is one of 11 places around the UK to be recognised in PetsPyjamas' 2020 Dog-Friendly Travel Awards, scooping the title of Charming Canine Cottages.

Judged in line with the PetsPyjamas' gold-standard of dog-friendliness, the awards were judged on a number of categories, including the dog-loving atmosphere and staff at all times; three or more dog-friendly rooms available to book; four-legged access to some of the property's communal areas and the ability to dine with their owners

Bonus factors include whether there is a special pet menu, dog facilities and provisions such as a bed, bowls and treats in the hotel room or cottage; and nearby dog-friendly attractions.

Combermere Abbey Estate impressed PetsPyjamas judges and received their Charming Canine Cottages award thanks to their properties on the estate sleeping from four to 10 people and pets within the estates various gardens and woodland.

Speaking about their award, Sarah Callander Beckett, owner of Combermere Abbey Estate said the site was a 'doggy heaven' and was delighted to win the award.

"We have always had dogs, so why not invite our furry guests to come with their owners too," said Sarah. "Combermere is 'doggy heaven' with lots of space to run and walks with delicious smells to discover!

"We put a Pooch Pack for each stay in the cottage, and there are clear guidelines about respecting the place.

"Many people struggle to find places that can take a dog, and for them leaving their 'best friend' behind is not an option.

"At Combermere Abbey Cottages we feel the same and so very happy to welcome them here.

"We are thrilled to have won our PetsPyjamas award.

"Dogs are a part of our life here and to be recognised for having excellent quality cottages as well as accepting dogs is wonderful recognition.

"In a long and difficult year it has given all the team a real boost.' "

Meanwhile co-founder of PetsPyjamas, Denise Elphick, added: "With these awards we wanted to say a really big thank you to all these wonderful properties, who have really excelled with their four-legged welcome, offering even more dog-friendly extras for our canine guests including doggie spa options, dining with your dog and their own special meals.

"And we are delighted to report a huge demand for these dog-friendly properties from our customers who wish to reward their pets for their devotion this year."