Our canine companions have been used to having us around more over the last year because of lockdown and working from home. For those who need a convenient solution for doggy day-care once they return to work and get back to meetings, De Vere* is launching a new dog sitting service for guests visiting the hotels to work or for business training, meetings, or events. 

The service will be launching at De Vere Wokefield Estate with local company Pets, Homes and Gardens, allowing guests to leave their dogs in safe hands with a dog walker and sitter on site at the hotel. Owners can rest assured that their pooch will be treated to the paw-fect day. Dogs will be given their own bowl, bed, and delicious treats to enjoy, and De Vere Wokefield Estate is surrounded by 250 acres of Berkshire parkland, ideal for your most trusted companion to stretch their legs. The property has also installed brand new dog washing stations to ensure there will be no mucky pups.

During breakout sessions, delegates can also take advantage of the property’s jogging trails or walking routes to clear the mind and enjoy some quality time with their four-legged friends. De Vere’s properties offer super-fast Wi-Fi that stretches up to a 100m perimeter, ensuring everyone can stay connected too.  

“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. We’ve launched our new dog sitter and walking service with Pets, Homes and Gardens at De Vere Wokefield Estate to make it easier for owners and their four-legged friends to adjust back into working life,” said Peter Sangster, Venue Director at De Vere Wokefield Estate. “Dogs can take advantage of our extensive outdoor space, and they are also welcome in Wokefield Place and the outside area of Benedict’s Bar, so they don’t miss out on any of the fun during their owner’s visit.”

De Vere’s dog sitting and walking service is priced from £15 per dog per hour. For those who would like to extend their visit, guests can stay overnight at De Vere Wokefield Estate from £99 per room and £30 per dog per stay.

De Vere’s Your Wellbeing at Heart programme ensures a healthy and safe visit for all guests, and their pets, and a safe working environment for its team members. With the support of ChemEco, De Vere has carefully crafted a range of new measures, from enhancing the already meticulous deep cleaning of bedrooms and public areas, to thoughtful social distancing measures inside and outside the hotels. This includes regularly sanitising public areas using jet action ‘misting’ technology which uses hard acting yet environmentally and pet friendly solutions from ChemEco. 

De Vere Wokefield Estate’s dedicated on-site conference centre boasts 34 flexible and versatile meetings and events spaces. The estate also boasts breakout areas both equipped with superfast Wi-Fi, available up to 100m from the hotel, nutritious food and a dedicated conference host to meet every business need.

Conveniently located near Reading, just 10 minutes from J11 of the M4 and 40 minutes from Heathrow Airport, De Vere Wokefield Estate is extremely accessible and ideal for delegates travelling across the country.

*The service is currently only available at De Vere Wokefield Estate and will be rolled out across the portfolio in a phased approach.