I am Jess the Dog and I have featured on Phileas Dogg before – but only as Attlee’s sidekick and never as a scribe in my own write. I am an eight-year-old rescue lab and I live in Durham and recently my family, which is Vicky, Simon and James the Baby, took me to Bamburgh on the Northumberland coast for the weekend. Lucky for them they had me with them because when we arrived at reception at the Victoria Hotel and they saw what a grand and stately lady I am, they upgraded us all to a room with a four poster bed. Four pawster bed!
Anyway enough of the wagging – sorry, bragging – I am here to write a review and not show off, as my editor Attlee is reminding me. So, Bamburgh is a very picturesque village with dog-friendly tea shops, I liked the Copper Kettle, and dog-friendly pubs and a beach – the sort of beach I would dream of when I was used for breeding and cooped up in kennels all the time, before I became too old and ended up in the council pound. I had heard of beaches from passing dogs but never seen them with my own eyes as I’d never travelled – well, now I have travelled and I love beaches. In fact, I am a regular silver surfer!
Bamburgh Castle is right on the beach and it is thousands of years-old, in dog years. (Even older than me – graaaah ha ha!) There are lots of sand dunes around the castle and they are excellent for sticking my snout and sniffing in, but Attlee wouldn’t be too keen as there are no chicken wrappers or bones, which is all he ever sniffs around for. Phileastine! But the beach at Bamburgh is very clean – it has won awards for being clean – and for a sophisticated dog like me, that is perfect.
Anyway, back to my four pawster bed at the Victoria Hotel. I was very annoyed as the humans decided they should have it for the night – a right cheek when the nice lady at reception had specifically given it to ME!
Despite that, the Victoria Hotel was lovely and our room had a view over the village green, so I could keep an eye on the canine comings and goings, and it was right next to the Castle, so I could keep an eye on the royal comings and goings. (Nothing to report on that front – no sign of Lupo Wales or any of the daft dorgi’s.)
- The Victoria Hotel, Front Street, Bamburgh, Northumberland, NE69 7BP Tel: 01668 214431; www.victoriahotel.net
- Prices for double room start at £70 per night bed and breakfast. Dogs stay at £7.50 per night and are allowed in the bedroom and the bar area.