Cornwall continues to be one of our all time favourite dog-friendly destinations – with its dramatic scenery, brilliant beaches and fabulous country and coastal walks. You and your dog will love exploring the famous beaches of Polzeath, Daymer Bay or St Ives or taking your dog for a walk along the Camel trail. But where to stay? We’ve rounded up some truly dog-friendly cottages, beach houses as well as luxury villas in wonderful beachside and rural settings where your dog will be as welcome as you are.
Three Mile Beach, Cornwall
Three Mile Beach is a collection of 15 stunning dog-friendly beach houses. Just a stone’s throw from three miles of beach with fabulous views over Godrevy lighthouse and the lights of St Ives with all the ingredients for the perfect dog-friendly stay. Each house is individually designed and equipped for easy living, there are stylish bedrooms complete with yeti dog beds, blankets and bowls for furry friends, your own kitchen and private chefs available. An ideal base for exploring the arts and crafts of St Ives, cliff top walks and playing catch along the beach.
Explore the Cornish coast from your own private dog-friendly luxury villa at Polurrian on the Lizard. Breathe in the cool Atlantic air from your first-floor living area. Choose between gazing out from a comfy sofa and throwing the doors open to enjoy the view from your balcony. Sleeping up to six guests, each villa has a sheltered, coastal-style garden. In the evening, grab a seat around the communal fire pit – perfect for stargazing and evening drinks. Just a stone’s throw from the main hotel, Polurrian on the Lizard, there are swimming pools, spa treatments as well as a creche – it’s the perfect spot for family and furry friends with endless seaside walks for your pet to enjoy.
Set in 13-acres of gardens and woodland, the dog-friendly Valley Cottages in Cornwall are a cosy and comfortable base for you and your four-legged friend to explore. A collection of luxury self-catering holiday cottages, you and your pooch can step straight from your front door and venture out for some stunning walks in the beautiful Cornish countryside, relax on your terrace after a hearty walk or take a dip in one of the pools. The Croft is an exceptional three-bedroom cottage with stunning views of the countryside beyond and an enclosed patio to the rear. A delightful mix of cool, fresh interiors with warming oak and original Cornish art, the cottage sleeps six people. Only a few miles from Truro and Falmouth, the Valley cottages are perfectly placed for exploring both the North and South coasts.
A stunning luxury house, dog-friendly Dreamcatchers based in Truro is situated on a peaceful footpath terrace less than 200-yards from the waterside above St Mawes. The property sleeps 10, making it a perfect dog-friendly stay for a big group looking to get away with their pets in tow. Charmingly decorated with airy, spacious rooms, it commands a magnificent view out across the harbour, St Anthony’s Headland and westwards over Falmouth Bay to Manacle Point. There is also a lovely garden and games room to keep everyone entertained – although with so many fabulous beaches and cliff top walks around, as well as an array of dog-friendly cafes and restaurants nearby, you and your dog are already spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do.
Polpier is the ultimate luxury pet party pad and makes entertaining a large group a complete breeze! Foodies will love the large, light, fabulous kitchen with fresh produce from the gardens for a perfect home-cooked meal! The large dining area seats up to 16 guests, however, the owners can provide additional seating for up to 32 for events. For a more informal setting, the kitchen/breakfast room holds up to 10 guests at the breakfast bar. The French doors lead out to a lovely sun terrace and BBQ area for al-fresco dining which seats up to 16 guests. With gorgeous beaches on the doorstep, there are also dog-friendly attractions like the Lost Gardens of Helligan nearby.
Set within the extensive grounds of North Tamarton’s Old Rectory, dog-friendly Penhale in Cornwall is part of the Tamar Valley Cottages. Offering panoramic views over unspoilt countryside, it’s the perfect escape from everyday life for families and friends with four-legged companions. This cosy and idyllic cottage can house up to 4 guests across 2 bedrooms in a peaceful and tranquil setting and a welcome pack will be waiting for you on arrival. The cottages are just a short drive from some of the West Country’s most stunning, unspoilt beaches, coastal paths and wild moors. The grounds themselves feature a barbecue and garden furniture for the summer evenings as well as fabulous walks and plenty of space for games off the lead. The Eden Project and Dartmoor are only a 40-minute drive away!
Dog-friendly Penolva has a gorgeous coastal setting between St Mawes Castle and the dog-friendly Hotel Tresanton. The house is one of very few in St Mawes with a water frontage. Its name means “lookout on the Headland” and it really does have the most magnificent uninterrupted 180 degree sea views. Built in the 1960s by yachting enthusiast and friend of the Queen Mother, Dick Wilkins, members of the royal family often visited Wilkins coming ashore from the Royal yacht, Britannia. Newly renovated and beautifully decorated with squashy sofas and baby grande piano, it is spacious and light with extensive grounds and terraces – the perfect house for a luxurious seaside escape with your best furry friend in tow.
The dog-friendly eco-lodges at Una St Ives in Cornwall offer relaxation in a spectacular setting. At this unique resort, enjoy dog-friendly clifftop ambles with your furry friend, wild sea swimming and night-sky sessions around the fire pit. The luxurious lodges make the perfect base for your dog-friendly holiday, with leisure and spa facilities, and on-site restaurant Una Kitchen which welcomes well-behaved owners and their dogs. With chic coastal styling and airy interiors, you can expect a cosy log burner, sink-down-deep beds and a well-equipped kitchen and dining area. There’s a private garden for al fresco dining – and even hot tubs in some lodges. Super dog-friendly, the Eco Lodges have lots of green space and lovely coastal walks.
Point Break is a dog-friendly, six bedroom ensuite holiday home on the Retallack Resort in the village of St Columb Major, near Wadebridge with easy access to the coast – perfect for a dog-friendly escape. With a countryside location and uninterrupted lake views from a large, gated terrace your dog will have plenty of space to play both inside and outside the property. The terrace is also perfect for al fresco dining and chilling in the hot tub. The first floor sitting room is large with sliding doors onto a huge terrace with lake views, huge comfy sofas and flat screen TV. On the Ground floor is a huge stunning living room with an open plan kitchen and dining room. Padstow, Watergate Bay and Newquay are all within a few miles drive with wonderful dog friendly pubs and wonderful walks nearby.
With breathtaking, triple-aspect sea views and cool calm interiors, dog-friendly Stargazers located in St Mawes has a south-facing garden in a peaceful area of St Mawes. A stunning detached house which sleeps 10, it’s ideal for large groups looking for a gorgeous dog-friendly getaway. There are cosy wood-burning stoves to warm you on the colder days, a charming outdoor patio overlooking the beautiful blue waters that surround the Roseland Peninsula and a games room, too. Stargazers itself is only a two-minute walk from the Castle with beautiful coastal walks on the doorstep as well as being close to the village.