Tips and tricks for a dog friendly getaway in Cornwall!
No-one wants to leave their dog at home when they go on holiday and thankfully more and more holiday in Cornwall properties now accept well-behaved pooches. In actual fact, all of our properties are dog friendly, with many owners going above and beyond to help make your hound feel welcome, comfortable and safe with additions such as dog beds and bowls, treats and blankets.
Packing for you pooch
It’s not just you that will need to be considered when the packing starts, your dog will need their own things too. Packing them in a separate bag is a good idea so you have everything to hand in one place. Here are some essentials that your dog will need:
Lead, harness, collar and tag
Food and food bowl
Water and water bowl
Bed, blankets and towels – although these may be provided your dog may prefer the familiarity of their own
If you’re travelling to Cornwall with your dog, chances are your journey is going to be at least a couple of hours long. With that in mind, if you can take some time to plan ahead, everyone will be much happier. Make plenty of stops, especially if the weather is anywhere near as hot as it has been recently and be sure to have sufficient food and water to hand. It’s worth checking out some dog-friendly service stations for your journey down: Hog and Hedge, Solstice and Cornwall Services are just a few of our favourites. If you’re dog isn’t used to travelling in the car, then a few shorter ‘practise’ drives will get your pooch ready for the road.
Give your dog time to get used to its new surroundings and create a cosy space where they can feel safe and secure. Try and keep to a similar routine when it comes to walks and mealtimes in the first couple of days as it may take your pup a little time to adjust to its new surroundings.
No-one wants to have to contact a vet while they’re on holiday, but if your dog is ill or injured during your stay it’s a good idea to have the local vet’s contact details to hand, which is why each of our cottages have contact details close to hand as part of the welcome pack.
It is also worth taking your pooch to your own vet in advance of your holiday for a quick health check and to ensure they are fully up-to-date with vaccinations and other treatments such as worming, and are also micro-chipped.
While you’re here, these are just a few of our dog-friendly places to visit…
Dogs are allowed on this vast stretch of beach from 1st September to 30th June (restrictions apply during high season from 1st July to 31st August between 10am and 6pm). There is plenty of space for running around or splashing in the sea when the weather’s kind. If you fancy a longer walk, the South West Coast Path runs from nearby Marazion towards Perranuthnoe and Rinsey beyond, or follow the gentle sea wall path into Penzance. The nearby Godolphin Arms welcomes well-behaved dogs on leads and is the perfect pitstop for lunch, dinner or a thirst-quenching pint of local beer!
This glorious sub-tropical National Trust-owned garden is a lovely place to visit for a gentle stroll through its 25 acres. Four-legged friends are welcome throughout the garden although will need to wait outside if you want to visit the bookshop or while ordering in the café. There are tables outside the café for when the weather’s fine or there are a host of picnic spots to enjoy, some with spectacular views out towards St Michael’s Mount.
This quintessentially Cornish village was originally a church town hamlet that grew from the 1600s as tin mining took off in West Penwith. Today it is home to a plethora of shops and cafés as well as the renowned Jackson Foundation and Gallery, which welcomes dogs on leads. Here you can view works by the world-renowned artist Kurt Jackson, as well as other prominent creatives, housed within a massive ex-industrial building. The nearby beach at Porth Nanven at the head of the Cot Valley is dog-friendly, as is Geevor Tin Mine where pups are welcome across the entire mine site, with the exception of the underground mine.
The nearby Gurnard’s Head is also dog friendly. A dining pub nestling between St Ives and St Just, near the Minack Theatre, Zennor, Penzance and Newlyn, the Gurnard’s Head serves an exceptional menu that’s strong in flavour, cooked beautifully from ingredients that are sourced locally.
This thriving harbour town has become something of a foodie destination in recent years. Its bustling quayside is home to an array of dog friendly restaurants and cafés. It also boasts three pubs; The Atlantic, The Harbour Inn and The Ship all of which welcome happy hounds; a brewery, a distillery and The Mussel Shoal – an open air eatery right on the harbour’s edge, which all bring a relaxed vibe and a place for your pooch to chill while you sample some local tipples. Craft stalls and foodie pop-ups line the harbour head while Origin’s roastery and harbour head shop supplies the coffee!
October is the perfect time of year to enjoy Cornwall with your dog. Gone are the summer crowds, as well as the very hot days, so you can enjoy some deserted beaches, quiet footpaths and balmy Autumn sunshine while on your canine adventure.
Discover our beautiful homestays:
Located close to the harbour in the beautiful coastal village of Mousehole, a few miles west of Penzance. From the cottage it is an easy walk down to the coast, there is also a natural swimming area cut out of the rocks, for you and your dog to have a refreshing morning dip!
Mousehole Cottage is detached property with secure garden, and private parking space. It sleeps six and is perfect for chillier autumn evenings with a woodburner and full central heating.
Located nearby, we highly recommend popping your heads (and tails) into The Old Coastguard, offering a menu that refuses to underestimate the quality of Cornish beef, poultry and game from local estates, and cheeses from some of Britain’s best dairies. The reputation for the food here is founded on the principle that all the good things in life are kept simple, and it’s no truer anywhere than here. A traditional brasserie menu takes good ingredients and gives them a very simple but classic treatment. It changes through the seasons, too, and with the day boats and trawlers of Newlyn tying up just two miles to the west, you’d be right to expect plenty of fresh Cornish seafood.
Brook Cottage located in the magical Cot Valley, within walking distance of St Just in the far west of Cornwall. Doggie paradise with footpaths in every direction from your front door! A beautiful reverse level house with large balcony along the back of the house to enjoy the stunning sea views and sunsets with a glass in hand. Sleeps 5, with spacious living accommodation, extensive, tropical garden with stream running through it and parking for 1-2 cars.
Located in Ashton, a small village near Porthleven and halfway between Helston and Penzance; The Barn is a perfect base for exploring the whole of West Cornwall. A deceptively spacious converted barn with large, dog proof garden and a wide variety of walks from the property. With Tregonning Hill on one side and access to the coast at Rinsey on the other, your dog will be spoilt for choice! Sleeps six, private secure garden, parking for several cars and a wood burner for chillier evenings.
Book your dog-friendly holiday in Cornwall in one of our stylish cottages, here.