Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages
Not every holiday cottage provider will be happy to admit dogs but it is worth taking the time to find one who does, even if it isn’t in every property. As well as finding properties that will actually allow pets to stay, keep an eye out for the right amenities and ensure that the cottage is placed in a nice rural area so there’s plenty of space for your four-legged friend to go roaming – after all, dogs deserve a holiday too so if you can take your pet along to somewhere wide open that is full of new and exciting smells your dog will have the time of his life too!
Cornwall, in the south west of England, is a great location for a dog-friendly holiday. As well as having a lovely temperate climate, beautiful scenery, plenty of open space and lots of sandy beaches, it is a charming and in some places quite craggy peninsular which is crammed full of character. There are more than eighty dog friendly beaches across Cornwall, so wherever you choose to stay you’re bound to find a beach nearby where you can take your friend for a run or play some games with local driftwood, sticks and balls. Some beaches restrict access for pets by time of day or year though, and some will ask you to keep your friend on a leash, but letting your dog explore these new locations will still be loads of fun.
The north coast of Cornwall has plenty of beaches which are great for dogs and families. Chapel Porth, for example is tucked away in a small bay but is very peaceful so is a great place to relax and just watch the sea or have a picnic. Take in the fresh sea air and then return to your holiday cottage at the end of the day. Perranporth has over three miles of golden sandy beach to enjoy, and a little further along the coast is Crantock beach which has a shallow river meandering through the sand dunes – the perfect place for your four-legged friend to have an adventure!
If you want to aim further for the south then the village of Polperro offers a great day out or a fantastic location to stay during your holiday. A rather quaint and rustic community, it is built around a small fishing harbour and full of tiny fishermen’s cottages that seem to cling like barnacles to the surrounding rocks. There is very little traffic which makes it easy to wander around the streets and take in the local sights when you aren’t nipping in and out of local shops selling handmade crafts and sweets. There is a coastal footpath up amongst the cliffs which leads to a smattering of hidden local beaches that usually see very few visitors even in the height of summer – fantastic for dogs (and humans too).
Finding self-catering accommodation in Cornwall that will allow your dog to come along doesn’t need to be an impossible battle. For a variety of lovely holiday cottages in Polperro and the surrounding area, try Looe and Polperro Holidays – just don’t forget to scoop up after your dog so the local beaches stay dog friendly in the future!