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Many people wouldn’t dream of holidaying without their beloved pets, but unfortunately, not every venue welcomes our four-legged friends. Dog-lovers in the UK may therefore be interested to find out who has won this year’s awards aimed at venues offering a truly welcoming experience to doggie guests and their owners.

British travel company PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its 2016 travel awards. Image: PetsPyjamas
British travel company PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its 2016 travel awards. Image: PetsPyjamas

Pet-friendly British travel company PetsPyjamas introduced the Travel Awards in 2015, and it has just revealed the winners of the 2016 awards across twelve categories.

British travel company PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its 2016 travel awards. Image: PetsPyjamas
British travel company PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its 2016 travel awards. Image: PetsPyjamas

PetsPyjamas features approximately 1500 dog-welcoming hotels, cottages, country houses and B&Bs on its site, and it has a standard of excellence that all travel partners must match.

British travel company PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its 2016 travel awards. Image: PetsPyjamas
British travel company PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its 2016 travel awards. Image: PetsPyjamas

They are judged on criteria such as whether they have a “super dog-loving atmosphere,” whether dogs can dine with their owners and if they are provided with beds, bowls and treats.

British travel company PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its 2016 travel awards. Image: PetsPyjamas
British travel company PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its 2016 travel awards. Image: PetsPyjamas

The awards were judged in several categories, including Waggiest Welcome and Home from Home. The Best Unique Stay Award went to the Treehouses at Chewton Glen in Hampshire. The surrounding New Forest makes for great walks and the sea is only a few minutes walk from the hotel.

British travel company PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its 2016 travel awards. Image: PetsPyjamas
British travel company PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its 2016 travel awards. Image: PetsPyjamas

While ten of the awards went to British venues,the international award went to Le Château de la Motte in the heart of Normandy, France. PetsPyjamas says that its location makes it a fantastic base for exploring one of France’s most historic regions, plus its owners have six very sociable spaniels who are more than happy to play with four-legged guests.

British travel company PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its 2016 travel awards. Image: PetsPyjamas
British travel company PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its 2016 travel awards. Image: PetsPyjamas

Golden Retriever Pearl at the Rosewood Hotel in London won the Top Resident Dog prize, as she sends all other pets in residence a welcome card upon arrival.

British travel company PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its 2016 travel awards. Image: PetsPyjamas
British travel company PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its 2016 travel awards. Image: PetsPyjamas

“We believe dogs are such important members of the family and our customers want to include them in their travel plans,” said PetsPyjamas’ chief executive, Gracia Amico.

British travel company PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its 2016 travel awards. Image: PetsPyjamas
British travel company PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its 2016 travel awards. Image: PetsPyjamas

“These awards celebrate a new level of customer service and understanding in the hospitality industry. The properties we work with have proved themselves to be truly pet loving and go that extra mile to make pets as welcome as their owners.”