There’s so many reasons to visit Bognor Regis with your dog. Not only is it packed with award-winning beaches, but its regularly voted as one of the UK’s favourite coastal towns. Oh and did we mention that it regularly tops the UK charts for the most sunshine hours in a year? This dreamy little town has everything you need for a dog friendly holiday.
Snuggled by the sea in Bognor Regis, you can find the lovely Beachcroft Hotel. This comfortable hotel goes above and beyond to give every dog and their humans a holiday they won’t forget. But there’s one thing that makes this place even more unique, and that’s the four luxurious beach hut boltholes sleeping by the sea. Each boasting breathtaking views, and a contemporary but cosy interior.
During our stay we explored all that Bognor Regis has to offer and sniffed out plenty of dog friendly places. Read the guide below to find out what we got up to during our dog friendly staycation.
This guide is sponsored (gifted) by via CJ Hotel Consultancy, but our opinions and tail-wagging excitement for this place is completely independent.
The Beachcroft Hotel Shore Is Pretty
If your dog loves the beach, then your pooch will lap up all of the pleasures the Beachcroft Beach Huts can bring. The sea is just a bone’s throw away from the hotel. It’s so close that you can hear the tranquil waves crashing to the shore the moment you open the car door.
When you toddle on over to the beach, you’re instantly blown away by four dreamy beach huts, oozing with contemporary style. These beautiful beach huts are a ‘dream holiday come true’ overlooking the Felpham pebble Beach. Beautiful on the outside, but what about the inside?
What’s it like inside?
After receiving the warmest welcome checking in, we headed over to the beach hut’s private carpark and wagged our tails right up to the door. We stayed in a seaside suite aptly names ‘Sand’.
Boy, oh, buoy, the Beachcroft Beach Huts exceeded every expectation.
The hut is made up of one open plan living space with a mezzanine bedroom, a smaller bunkroom for children, and a bathroom. On first impressions you notice the tall ceilings, the light oozing from the outside and the sea-air that fills the place from head to tail.
The hut is filled with plenty of nautical furnishings and everything you could possibly need for a relaxing staycation. This included a welcome pack on arrival for our canine companions, which consisted of doggy beds, bowls and treats.
The beach hut is well-equipped with Wi-Fi, a smart TV, alarm clock, and toiletries. We especially loved the finishing touches, a sample of Sloe Gin, a Smeg fridge with a bottle of wine, a Nespresso machine, tasty biscuits and a range of teas.
Then as if this wasn’t enough, a wall to wall glass door that opens onto a private terrace overlooking the sea. A place which we took advantage of by waking up to the sunrise with a couple of blankets, or whiling away an hour to completely switch off from all technology.
The sumptuous double bed in the mezzanine room, had us dreaming in no time, as we all fell asleep to the sound of the sea. Who needs meditation apps, and soundtracks when you have the real thing just outside your door?
During our stay, we were giving the five paw treatment. Not only did we enjoy a three course dinner and breakfast in the on-site restaurant, but we had a continental breakfast basket delivered by room-service in the morning, and fish and chips in the evening. This kind of comfort and service is really appreciated especially after a long dog walk along the coast.
Doggy Getaway Package
During our stay at the Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites, we enjoyed the Doggy Getaway Package. What do you get in the doggy getaway package?
- 2 night stay in a luxury a Beach Hut
- A doggy welcome pack, including a dog bed, bowls, treats and a toy
- A delicious 3 course dinner at Monty’s Bar & Bistro (including a dinner for the dog)
- Full English breakfast both mornings, with some breakfast sausages for your dog.
Places To Eat In Bognor Regis
When you’re out and about exploring, Bognor Regis is filled with plenty of dog friendly places to eat. Check out some of our favourites below.
Monty’s Bar & Bistro
This lovely bistro is located in the hotel, endearingly named after the hotel owners beloved Chihuahua Monty.
The restaurant offers delicious home cooked classics for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Charlie and Minnie enjoyed some doggy sausages for breakfast, while us humans tucked into dishes such as burgers and the ole’ seaside classic, fish and chips.
Dog’s are showered with treats here, but there’s a drink and treat station at the front of the restaurant should you want to give them a little bit more! It has everything you need for your family and furry companions.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat during the day, we love the Lobster Pot. It’s just a short stroll away from the hotel. Dogs are allowed both inside or out. There are heaters and covered seating available outside. That’s not forgetting lots of sea-views.
Pinks Parlour serves the most delicious dessert dishes in the whole of Bognor Regis. While our furry pals can slurp on a doggy ice-cream, humans can tuck into waffles, pancake stacks, sundaes, milkshakes and more!
This cosy dog friendly pub is squirrelled away in Bognor Regis town. It was built in 1817, and it’s known to be the oldest public house in Bognor Regis. Nowadays you’ll find a vibrant pub with cracking grub! Dogs always welcome here… people tolerated!
Fancy a quick bite, delicious cup of coffee while perusing for your next potential holiday? This little place is a coffee shop, cafe and travel-agents all rolled into one. Here you can find delicious cakes, pastries, croissants, doughnuts, muffins, as well as savoury options including sandwiches, toasties, jacket potatoes and more!
You and your canine companion can kick back and relax in this gorgeous pub with beautiful views of the sea. The bar boasts a range of drinks and a deliciously fresh seasonal menu. Including hearty Roast Sunday Dinners. Dogs are loved, welcome inside and out with a fresh bowl of water.
This pub is loved by the locals! This building of historic interest dates back to the 17th century. Nowadays you can pick up a refreshing drink or a delicious family meal. Dogs are more than welcome to join you both inside and out.
Dog Friendly Beaches
When you think about Bognor Regis, the first thing that springs to mind is all the seaside. There are plenty of places to enjoy sandy paws. Some have restrictions through the summer, while others are open all year round.
Felpham beach is on the doorstep to the Beachcroft Hotel. The long stretch of coastline is shingle, but the tide pulls back to reveal a gorgeous sandy stretch. Not that the dogs were very fussy about shingle or sand – they only had one mission and that was to have as much fun as possible. Restrictions are in place from May to September (from Canning Rd to Felpham Sailing Club), however there’s plenty of beach in-between those spaces for you to frolic and play!
Other beaches include Bognor Regis beach which also has restrictions from May to September (Park Rd, to Gloucester Rd) and Aldwick Beach which is dog friendly all year round!
Things To Do
Aside from enjoying the perks of the seaside, what else can you do in dog friendly Bognor Regis?
This park is loved by locals and visitors, with nine hectares of land to explore with your canine companion. The park has its own conservation area, arboretum, boating pond and a miniature railway that travels around the park, pulled by “Boris” the steam engine.
Bognor Mini Golf
We loved spending some time at Bognor Mini Golf. So much so, that we went twice. It’s a great course for all ages and the gardens that follow you throughout are very pretty. Plenty of fun and dogs are welcome throughout.
How about getting your fortune done? Gypsy Lee is a fourth generation fortune teller and has been telling fortunes in Bognor Regis for many years. She can either read your palms, or gaze into her original crystal ball. No doubt she’ll predict treats and walkies for your pup!
On the outskirts of Bognor Regis you’ll find Bersted Brooks. A nature reserve with over 46 acres of fields, trees, hedgerows, ditches, scrub & wetland. Plenty of space for dogs to run free!
South Downs National Park
From coast to country, the South Downs National Park isn’t too far away and offers some of the most picturesque views in the South of England. There are also prehistoric flint mines and Bronze and Iron Age forts to explore.
For a nearby dog friendly attraction, discover the ruins of Boxgrove Priory. This ruined priory was founded in about 1107, originally for just three monks. Nestled in the South Downs, the remains include a fine two-storey guest house, roofless but standing to its full height at the gable ends.
Would We Go Back?
The Beachcroft Beach Huts were truly stunning in every sense of the word. Not only were they incredibly well-designed but included everything you need for a relaxing staycation. The staff were so friendly and welcoming throughout, and not just to us, but the dogs too! Everything had been well thought out, right down to the little doggy station of treats and water next to the restaurant.
Before arriving we looked at the dreamy contemporary photos thinking ‘wow, this place looks like a total showstopper’. In fact, when you see a place as beautiful and dreamy as this, it’s usually compromised by it not being dog friendly. However, this hotel goes above and beyond to make your dog feel at home – it’s more than dog friendly, but dog loving.
When it comes to dog friendly places, Bognor Regis has a winning combination of places to explore with the dog. Whether you’re visiting with children, or just your furry children.
Would we come back? In a heart beat. This place exceeded our expectations – and then some! Our dogs came back fully pooped but relaxed which is the sign of a great dog friendly holiday.