It’s no secret that the United Kingdom is a nation of dog-lovers. Now more than ever, pet-friendly households are on the lookout for equally pet-friendly holiday destinations. With no intention of leaving these important family members behind, it’s a case of all for one, one for all…so to speak.
Unsurprisingly therefore, growing demand for dog-friendly cottages across Cornwall is transforming the way Brits book their holidays. In response, some of the better accommodation providers are offering all manner of pet-friendly options to suit families and groups of all shapes and sizes.
It’s simply a case of choosing the right place!
Where to Stay?
In terms of places to stay Estuary Cottages in Fowey have become firm favourites among dog owners across the UK. These stunning and perfectly situated cottages are all about delivering that quintessential home-from-home experience. All the comforts and conveniences you’d expect from home, a prime location in one of Cornwall’s most gorgeous towns and the kind of pet-friendly policy you’d expect these days.
Fowey itself is also a dream come true for dog owners and their pets. The town presents a labyrinth of quaint and quiet cobbled streets, which makes for a wonderful afternoon’s exploration. The quay down by the estuary is a hive of activity day and night, while the nearby beaches are beautiful throughout the year. And of course, the fact that Fowey is right on the doorstep of some of Cornwall’s most beautiful countryside is simply the icing on the cake. Whether heading out for a weekend or an extended stay, you and your pet are guaranteed the time of your life in Fowey.
If you plan on exploring Cornwall a little further afield, there are a handful of dog-friendly places that top the table among those in the know. It’s worth remembering that if planning to hit the beach, not all beaches in Cornwall have a dog-friendly policy. In fact, quite a lot of them restrict animals entirely.
One notable exception to the rule is Beachview, which combines the classic Cornish seaside experience with a comprehensively dog-friendly policy. The beach itself is 4 miles long, meaning you’ll always find plenty of room for the whole family at even the busiest times. The waters are also perfect for swimming throughout the warmer months of the year.
If time permits, it’s also worth heading over to Cadgwith Cove. This gorgeous stretch of quaint and quiet coves flanked by a traditional fishing village really is a sight to behold. Cadgwith Cove is predominantly seasonal and things slow to a crawl from the late autumn, but this only adds to the peace and tranquillity of the place.
For anyone planning to indulge in a spot of surfing, Constantine Bay is not only one of the most popular surfing spots in the region, it’s also a dog-friendly beach. The amenities are fantastic and there are no restrictions on dogs being brought to the beach at any time of year.
A Bite to Eat
You probably won’t struggle to find a pet-friendly pub in Cornwall – these folks tend to take an accommodating approach to all members of the family. Nevertheless, there’s one particular highlight on the map between Falmouth and Truro, in the form of Café Mylor.
For one thing, the location is gorgeous – perched prominently with pretty views of the marina, along with enchanting gardens on all sides. Not only this, but they also have a fabulous menu of local delights throughout the day and evening. Not to mention, complementary water bowls and biscuits for your guest of honour!
Another place renowned for its dog-friendly policy is the Hayle Cornwall pub, which again boasts a truly idyllic setting and is also a great place to try some of the best local ales on offer.
Last up, it would be a shame for any visitor to Cornwall to leave without first checking out the spectacular Eden Project. Unsurprisingly, the Biomes themselves have a relatively strict entry policy when it comes to who (and what) can and cannot enter. Nevertheless, the surrounding open spaces are comprehensively open to guests and their pets alike. All of which makes for an unforgettable outing for the whole family.
Once again, Cornwall as a whole represents one of the most idyllic destinations in the UK for pet-friendly families. Just be sure to base yourself in one of the dog-friendly cottages the county has to offer – Estuary Cottages in Fowey coming highly recommended!