We all like to press pause – or should we say paws – from time to time, and that includes our curious canines too. Given that Cornwall has so much to offer dogs on the beautiful beaches and countryside walks front, it's not surprising that we have plenty of dog-friendly hotels too.
We round up five Cornish hotels that go that extra mile for our four-legged friends, from treats on arrivals to cosy dog beds for them to snuggle down on. These wonderful hotels ensure dogs and their owners enjoy a well-deserved break with an added dose of luxury for good measure.
Cornwall’s prestigious eco-friendly hotel welcomes your canine companion, going that extra mile to ensure everyone is well catered for. While dogs are priced at£15 per night, the hotel does go the extra mile. Its dog-friendly rooms also only feature enclosed outdoor areas, plus the room will be prepared ready for your arrival with a dog blanket, thick towel and food bowls already here. Just moments from Mawgan Porth beach, it’s dog-friendly all year round and the perfect place to play fetch. Or take on the South West Coast Path which is in easy reach from the hotel.
Where to eat nearby with your dog? Catch Seafood, Bar and Grill is right on the beach front and the perfect place to head for a bite to eat with your dog, after a walk along Mawgan Porth.
Treat your pooch to a Paws Break at relaxed coastal hotel, Polurrian on the Lizard. With feeding bowls, treats and doggy blankets waiting for your arrival, the Paws Break means your four-legged friend stays for free. Due to the Polurrian’s clifftop setting, it’s a fantastic location for long dog walks. You’re well place to explore miles of coastal paths or acres of countryside. If you’re dreaming of beach strolls, Mullion Cove is not far on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula and is dog friendly all year round.
Where to eat nearby with your dog? A mile away, situated in the picturesque village of Mullion, The Old Inn is a dog-friendly traditional thatched pub.
St Michael’s Resort in fabulous Falmouth greets your furry friend with dog beds, treats, bowls and dog guides to help you make the most out of your stay. Unlike many hotels, your pooch can accompany you for every meal in its restaurant. With dog-friendly specific rooms, a nightly supplement applies priced from £20 per dog, per night.
Situated right on the Coast Path, what better place to wear out your energetic pup. If you want to explore the local beaches, dogs are allowed on Gyllyngvase and Swanpool Beach between October and Easter, and Sunny Cove all year round.
Where to eat nearby with your dog? Overlooking the River Fal, harbourside eatery Indidog is relaxed dining space serving up seasonal classics which welcomes four-legged friends.
Stay at the famous Fowey Hall is one way to pamper your pooch. With its dedicated Paws Break, your dog will be treated to a Pippa & Co dog bed, doggy blankets, feeding bowls, tennis ball and doggy biscuit treats, not to mention plenty of grounds to roam. If you’re looking for sandy paws, the nearest dog-friendly beach is Lantic Bay around three miles away. While you’ll need to head down a steep cliff path to find it, it’s well worth a visit.
Where to eat nearby with your dog? Head across the water to the sleepy village of Polruan, and stop by The Lugger Inn for a traditional Cornish pub where pups are welcome.
Five miles outside of Falmouth sits Hotel Meudon in Mawnan Smith, open to human and furry friends alike. A charming hotel, it’s set in nine acres with sub-tropical gardens and its own private beach Bream Cove, which is of course dog friendly all year round – what more could your curious canine wish for? There’s an additional charge of £20 per dog, per night but they’ll be well taken care of in one of the hotel’s dog-friendly rooms. Pups will be greeted with a comfy dog bed, bowls, towels alongside some tasty treats.
Where to eat nearby with your dog? Enjoy delicious pub fayre with a contemporary twist at the Ferry Boat Inn, just over two miles from Hotel Meudon it sits on the North Helford Passage on the waterfront.
Cornish Secrets has a wonderful selection of dog-friendly self-catering properties
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