Our favourite dog friendly cottages in Cornwall
Cornwall is a spectacular place to go with your dog, but it can be hard to find genuinely good dog-friendly holiday cottages. What we look for in our dog-friendly places is a warm welcome for both you and your pets. Blankets and bowls ready and waiting, a jar of biscuits to throw treats from or a few good walking routes all mapped out for you. Here are five of our favourites for cream tea and coastal path adventures with your best friend.
The Old Granary is a quintessential Cornwall beach cottage, with gunnera and banana palms in the shared garden and a bright, breezy feel to its decor, where there’s plenty of space for the dogs to curl up under the dinner table or hog the warmth from the wood burner. Praa sands is just round the corner, where dogs are welcome outside July and August, and you can walk the coastal path to Marazion and over to St. Michaels Mount in no time. There are body boards and beach games to borrow if you’re packing out for a day on the sand, and four-legged guests will have Cornish dog treats, a towel and a blanket provided to make them feel at home.
Recycled and upcycled materials give Shore Shack the casual, surfer feel that makes for perfect relaxation. Its private beach and beautiful design add a dash of exclusive glamour. There are body boards that you can borrow and take down for a day of splashing and swimming, with a big horseshoe sofa, perfect for coming home to spend the evenings reading, napping or hoeing into the boardgames. In true surf style, there’s an outdoor shower for sandy feet and paws to get a rinse when they come home and around the house is a huge fenced field, shared with one other cottage, where kids and dogs can safely run wild and free, if they still have the energy.
This gorgeous spot near Looe combines country charm with a dash of spa chic, making it one of our favourite luxury dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall. Choose from the main house or one of the smaller cottages and enjoy the pool, the sunken jacuzzi and the huge terrace, all with stunning views over the hills. Dogs will love their welcome pack, with bowls, towel, treats, feed mat and even a dog-friendly map of Cornwall! There are throws so they can lounge on the sofa with you and tips on where to find the best dog-friendly pubs and restaurants too. As Treworgey is a working farm, you are asked to keep dogs on a lead around livestock or if you decide to visit the on-site horse riding school, but there’s a private garden for them to run around in and 150 acres of fields and woodland that you’ll all love exploring.
Big terraces and balconies with views down to a tiny secluded cove make these two dog-friendly apartments a real find, where you don’t have to compromise the tiniest bit on quality to bring your pets. Start hikes along the coastal path right from your door or scramble down the steep and narrow path to the beach as your dog bounds ahead wondering why you’re taking so long. Fortunately for water-loving people and animals, Port Gaverne is home to one of the few beaches in Cornwall that allows dogs all year round rather than having a summer ban. You can pop down for a morning stroll, or grab the surf boards and fishing nets and set yourself up for the whole day. If you fancy a day trip, you’ll find the Eden Project and some lovely country gardens nearby, many of which are dog-friendly too.
This is a wonderfully natural escape inside and out, with geothermal heating and solar panels making this one of the most eco dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall. Nature provides the entertainment too, for humans and four-legged friends alike: a gaggle of waddling ducks, a buzzard hovering overhead, a night-time display by bats, a terrace for a ringside view. The open-plan living space, sleek with limestone flooring, wooden beams and stone walls, is warmly furnished with leather sofas, rugs, plants and a wood-burning stove – the perfect spot for snoozing pets to retire after a day of coastal and countryside walks or just the mile back up the hill from lovely Fowey.
Megan our in-house designer and Winston the whiplington are inseparable whether at home or away. They tend to lead a fairly outdoor life and love a big road trip in the van, but Winston’s whippet side means he’s not really one for the long hikes. A quick sprint along the beach or wander in the woods and he’s ready to sleep for most of the rest of the day, which leaves Megan to free to park him under a pub table and settle in.
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