Best dog-friendly cottages by the beach


There’s no place a dog loves more than the beach – chasing balls, running in and out of the sea and getting a sandy nose. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of dog-friendly cottages by the beach. Some offer baskets, bowls and treats, whilst others really spoil your pooch with hampers and maps for local walks. Below, we reveal five of our favourite dog-friendly cottages by the sea. 

Beach Cottage, Anderby Creek


The creek is a secret local-onlys spot and this cottage is located in the prime position to enjoy it. Perched above the dunes, its sky-blue exterior will make you smile. Whilst inside, it’s all about the sea views. Its small but open-plan living area has a wood-burning stove to keep you warm and big windows to watch the water. The two terraces, one downstairs and the other off the bedroom, provide the perfect stage for whiling away warm evenings. 

Your four-legged friend will love taking long walks on the beach, and it’s easy to get to Sandilands and have fish and chips on the harbour. When you’re back there’s a handy outdoor shower and dog-drying area too. Many have said they’ve had their best ever sleep here, melting into the huge comfy bed and listening to nothing but lapping waves in the distance. 

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Smugglers Lane at Middle Colenso Farm


A short walk from the famous and beautiful Prussia Cove is this lovely converted outbuilding. The wet room tells you everything you need to know – this is a place to head out from, get wet and muddy, then come home to with no worries at all. There are body boards to borrow, as well as plenty of space for wetsuits to hang and paws to be scrubbed. Inside is a simple but stylish space and there’s a firebowl and bench in the courtyard garden if you haven’t got enough fresh air during the day. That shouldn’t be a problem though, with some legendary beaches and stretches of the coastal path a short walk from your door. A half-mile walk will take you to the Falmouth Packet, which warmly welcomes boots and paws.

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Felin Hescwm

Newport, Pembrokeshire

Both you and the dog will feel as free as a bird at this beautifully converted 18th-century cart shed. You’ve got your own garden, waterfall and pond so there’s hours of fun to be had exploring the woodlands and beyond. Swimmers can cool off in the millpond or follow the pebble path down to a private beach. There, you will find cliffs for scrambling, rock pools, mussel beds, caves and plenty of sand. This area offers a huge network of footpaths for walking – ramble along the coastal path that follows the entire Pembrokeshire coastline or head to the Preseli Hills which is simply breathtaking. 

The cottage itself is wonderfully unique and homely. Find halls lined with books, bedrooms with Welsh slate floors and walls hanging original art and sculptures galore, as well as Afghan and Tibetan rugs, antiques and a big wood-burner. This is a place for curious souls, dreamers, artists and peace-seekers. 

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Round House East


These two whitewashed roundhouses that sit like guard towers by the lane to the pub and the village green have been superbly styled into chic places to stay. Your dog might have trouble if they like finding a corner to make their own, but rummage in the dog cupboard for towels, poo bags, treats and toys, then get prepped for the beach. Some local ones are dog-friendly (on leads 9am-5pm, May-October), but the coastal path runs right past and there are woodland walks with streams to splash in nearby if it’s not the right time of year. The local pub is dog-friendly, as is so much of Cornwall, and there’s a vet and grooming parlour nearby, although humans might be more excited by the sourdough at the local bakery.

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The Beach Hive


If it’s gorgeous sea views and a dog-friendly cottage near a beach you’re after, then look no further. French doors lead from the open-plan living space indoors to the outdoor dining area, with beach access straight through the garden gate. Summer days are best enjoyed out on the terrace; light the firepit, sizzle sausages and do a spot of star gazing. 

Your four-legged-friend will love running off some energy down at the beach or walking along the coastal paths. They’ll even receive a little doggy hamper on arrival, stocked with treats, bowls and towels. There’s nothing better than retreating to your botlhole after a busy day; cook up local fish for all the family and settle into the sofa with pooch asleep by the fire. 

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Written by
Ella Perryman

Ella has a great eye for telling a story in a full article or a single picture. Marshall only has eyes for anyone who’ll give him a scratch or a biscuit. He’s also partial to a wander in the woods and days spent digging in the sand. Together, they’re a coastal adventure dream team who love heading back to Ella’s Devon roots or exploring the rugged fringes of Wales.

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