June 15, 2024

Walkies while you work

Recognising the sharp increase in pet ownership since the start of the pandemic, De Vere is launching a doggy day-care service for guests visiting its hotels to work or for business training, meetings, or events.

The service is launching at De Vere Wokefield Estate with local company Pets, Homes and Gardens, allowing guests to leave their dogs with a dog walker and sitter on site at the hotel, which is set in 250 acres of Berkshire parkland.

De Vere said the service will be rolled out across the rest of its portfolio in a phased approach.

Dogs are allowed in the outside area of the Wokefield Estate’s Benedict’s Bar and the property has even installed new dog washing stations to ensure there will be no “mucky pups”.

During breakout sessions, delegates can also explore the property’s jogging trails or walking routes to clear the mind and enjoy some quality time with their four-legged friends.

“Dogs are a part of the family and we’ve realised this more than ever over the last year as we have spent a lot more time together in lockdown,” said Peter Sangster, Venue Director at De Vere Wokefield Estate.

The dog sitting and walking service is priced from £15 per dog per hour.

Gguests can stay overnight at De Vere Wokefield Estate from £99 per room and £30 per dog per stay.

De Vere Wokefield Estate’s dedicated on-site conference centre has 34 meetings and events spaces with breakout areas equipped with superfast Wi-Fi, available up to 100m from the hotel.

It is located near Reading, 10 minutes from J11 of the M4 and 40 minutes from Heathrow Airport.