Stirk House Hotel, near Gisburn, celebrated a bumper week during Visit England’s national English Tourism Week campaign from March 29th to April 6th.
A variety of guests paid a visit to the hotel and its impressive grounds – including several of the four-legged, tail wagging variety!
The award-winning hotel offered discounted afternoon teas enjoyed by many guests throughout the week, with the celebration culminating with a dog walk and afternoon tea in aid of charity organisation Dogs for the Disabled.
Despite the drizzly weather, guests and their four-legged friends enjoyed a walk around the hotel’s 24-acre grounds, seeing the work done to develop a wildlife haven with a nature trail and bird watching hide.
An all-terrain Tramper vehicle provided by Bowland Tourism made it possible for one attendee whose normal wheelchair would not have been capable of going “off road” to take part.
More than £400 was raised for Dogs for the Disabled, a charity close to the hearts of hotel owners Paul and Anne Caddy.
Denise Sinclair, of Stirk House Hotel, explained: “As a dog friendly hotel with 24 acres of extensive grounds, in which we have developed a marked nature trail, hosting a dog walk seemed like a great way for the hotel to support Dogs for the Disabled – a charity already well supported by the hotel’s owners, Paul and Anne Caddy.
“As part of English Tourism week, at Stirk House we offered a ‘week of afternoon tea’ to encourage people to visit our award-winning hotel and explore our grounds and gardens and then enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea treat.
“The charity dog walk and afternoon tea was a great finalé to our English Tourism Week events.”
Lynn Matthews, of Dogs for the Disabled, said: “I’ve had a wonderful time – it was so good to be able to use the Tramper vehicle and join the walk.
“I have wanted to try one for so long, but never had the opportunity. Now I know that I can use one and explore walks I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.
“The afternoon tea has been delicious, and it’s so nice to be able to show people the valuable work that dogs like Crista do, and how they support their owner. Thank you for a great time, and the funds raised.”