Your dog will love a cottage holiday in Cornwall
Cornwall’s sandy beaches, rugged coastline, fishing villages and beautiful countryside make it one of Britains most popular holiday destinations for humans, and dogs love it for the same reasons. For surfer dogs who love to splash in the crashing waves, there are many dog-friendly beaches that accept dogs even in the summer months. For dogs who love a long countryside walk, there are coastal and inland paths to take in the smells and sites, including woodlands and heritage sites where you can take a step back in time. Whatever part of Cornwall you and your pooch want to explore, our cottages can put you a short stroll from it all.
Dog-friendly things to do
We’ve already covered splashing and exploring. When it comes time to unwinding Cornwall has many pet-friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy local food and treats. Many popular day-trip destinations are great for pets, including Trelissick park, Tintagel & Pendennis castles, the Lappa Valley steam railway and Minack Theatre. Many of the key places to see in Cornwall are simply gorgeous landmarks open to all, such as St Michael’s Mount, The Lizard Peninsula, and any of the gorgeous harbour towns such as St. Ives, Padstow and Porthleven.
The Best Towns in Cornwall
Penzance is tucked away in the heart of Mounts Bay and is the most westerly town in all of Cornwall. In this coastal beauty of narrow streets you’ll find historic castles, museums and World Heritage Sites, making it the perfect town for history-buffs.
Newquay is the undisputed UK capital of surf, and for good reason too! Here you’ll find some of the best surfing opportunities in Europe with consistently good waves and amazing sandy beaches. There’s nothing quite like a romantic evening stroll by one Newquay’s iconic harbours during the summer and, if you’re with children, there are lots to keep them occupied with the popular Newquay Zoo and aquarium.
A wonderful Cornish town, St Ives is one of the most beautiful places in the country and is ideal for a last-minute cottage break. With its world-class beaches, quaint cobbled streets and vibrant art scene, St Ives is an awesome place to stay.
Complete with countryside, culture and the famed cathedral, Truro is a truly unique town. Holding the title of the most southerly city on mainland Britain, it’s certainly like no other in the country. Truro is the only city in Cornwall and is the county’s main shopping hub so make sure you seek out the traditional, independent shops hidden away in the backstreets.
Bodmin is one of Cornwall’s oldest towns and has been home to some of the most significant events in the history of the country. Luckily, today the town is more tranquil than its tumultuous past but the relics remain, leaving several amazing attractions worth visiting. The most famous attraction is the old Bodmin jail, which has been described as one of the most haunted places in the whole of the UK.
No guide to Cornwall would be complete without mentioning Padstow. Home to Rick Stein’s legendary restaurants, shops and cookery school, the city has often been dubbed ‘Padestein.’The harbour in the heart of Padstow is a must-see while you stay here and, given the amazing cafes and restaurants that line its shore, you might not want to leave.
Getting to Cornwall
Despite its rural landscape, Cornwall is very accessible, with over 30 railway stations. There are a number of options for reaching your Cornwall holiday home by train, including direct high-speed sleeper trains to Penzance from London that run frequently, and direct trains that run daily from Bath and Bristol. For those who want to get there even faster, there are year-round flights daily to Newquay Airport from Manchester and London. You can also hire a car from locations all around the UK, for ultimate freedom on your trip.