Blessed with some of the UK’s most beautiful coastline – Cornwall (or Kernow, as it is known by the locals) is one of the top spots to staycation with your dog this summer. So we’ve selected the top 5 places to visit in Cornwall with your pooch, along with some fabulous dog-friendly hotels.
1. St. Mawes
What to do: St Mawes Castle, coast and village – nestled at the end of the Roseland Peninsula, there is so much to explore in and around the pretty fishing village of St Mawes! Peruse the lovely shops and dine outside at the many delicious cafes and delis. Take Fido for a walk along the shores of the Carrick Roads for beautiful views of the Fal Estuary and beyond. You can also enjoy a stroll through the grounds of Henry VIII’s castle which welcomes four-legged friends on leads.
Stay at: Hotel Tresanton – Olga Polizzi’s super stylish escape will provide your furry friend with a bed, blanket, towel and bowls, plus dinner can be arranged specially so your pet can join you. All the delights of St Mawes are on the doorstep of this dog-friendly hotel.
What do to: Café Mylor – the ultimate dog-friendly café! Overlooking the pretty Mylor yacht harbour, this café offers the perfect spot to enjoy a cream tea before, after or during a walk with your pet around the Falmouth estuary. Furry friends are welcome inside and outside the café, and to keep them happy and hydrated will be given some yummy dog biscuits and water. There is even a social walking session every Wednesday – owners and their pets can embark on a group walk before enjoying a warm bowl of soup and a doggy treat.
Stay at: Moonrakers – this luxury self-catering cottage is only a ferry ride away from Falmouth! Set in Saint Mawes, furry friends will love the magnificent gardens and the sea views will take your breath away.
3. St. Ives
What to do: Mexico Towans Beach – dog-friendly all year round, this glorious beach is backed by sand dunes and stretches for four miles from the mouth of the Hayle estuary to the lighthouse at Godrevy Point. Perfect for coast-loving canines to enjoy ball games and swimming in the sea. After lots of fun frolics on the beach, stop by the Blue Bay Café – nestled in the dunes of St. Ives Bay – for a warm drink and slice of homemade cake.
Stay at: The Garrack Hotel – within easy reach of St. Ives and the surrounding beaches – this elegant but cosy dog-friendly hotel is the perfect base for exploring West Cornwall. Its private gardens are also great for an early morning or midnight stroll with Fido. Only 7-miles from Mexico Towans, reach the beach in 19-minutes by car.
What to do: The Cornish Arms – owned by celebrity chef Rick Stein, this dog-friendly pub offers a fabulous British menu with all the dishes based on Rick’s famous recipes. Four-legged friends are more than welcome to join you for some food and drinks in the pub and if you ask at the bar – Fido will be rewarded with a couple of treats! The large beer garden is also perfect for enjoying the Cornish sunshine.
Stay at: Retallack Superior Collection – the luxury Retallack resort offers a host of facilities to make your holiday memorable. Set in 100-acres of gorgeous countryside – your pooch will love wandering along the lake and woodland trails. The Cornish Arms is 7.4-miles away and can be reached in 14-minutes by car.
5. St. Austell
What to do: The Lost Gardens of Heligan – from the sub-tropical jungle to the ancient woodlands, your canine companion will truly be spoilt with all the new sights, smells and sounds to discover! After exploring the 200-acres of gardens, settle down in the picnic area with your pooch for a refreshment and well-deserved post-walk nap. Dogs are welcome all year round.
Stay at: Tregoney House – a pretty dog-friendly townhouse in the heart of the fishing village of Megavissey. Perfectly located for furry friends who like to be beside the seaside – the beaches of Pentewan, Port Mellon and Gorran Haven are all nearby. As are The Lost Gardens which are only 2.5-miles away and can be reached by car in 8-minutes.