Getting married in Cornwall and want to share your special day with your dog? Here are some of our favourite dog friendly wedding venues. Please note, we’ll be launching our new maps and guides to beaches, walks, accommodation and wedding venues soon, so do drop us a line if you know of any other amazing dog friendly wedding venues in Cornwall.
Crowning the beautiful fishing village of Mevagissey in Cornwall, is the elegant house that is Polpier. Designed in 1872 by reknowned architect Silvanus Trevail, this beautiful mansion, for want of a more fitting word, has beautiful lawns overlooking the harbour below (just a five minute stroll). There are acres of pretty winding gardens. We would say there are six bedrooms, but really they are luxurious suites. The kitchen dining room is huge, with seating for more than twenty. For couples who want their family close, but not too close, there is a little secluded Honeymoon Suite in the gardens where you can lie in bed or sit on the balcony enjoying the sea view. There is also Penpol House available in the gardens of Polpier with three more double rooms. Many couples get married on the lawn with its pretty arbour, overlooking the sea. Quite simply, it is beautiful, and owners Amanda and Richard Hines are enthusiastically dog friendly with dogs being made as welcome as humans. We know this, because Amanda kindly let us bring our huge Newfoundland bear-dog Rosie for a weekend, and she was as happy as we have ever seen her. A wonderful, wonderful place for a wedding. Ooh, and did we mention — they have a pool! www.polpier.co.uk
On the north coast, about three miles inland of pretty Port Isaac is the beautiful estate of Pengenna Manor, an 800 year old house, with 300 acres of gardens. The house has been exquisitely refurbished by owner Richard Blewett, whose family has owned the estate for generations. Richard has transformed the manor from a working farm to a really beautiful wedding venue. The lawns in front of the house have room for marquees, and there is an avenue of cherry and apple trees leading to a summerhouse, overlooking a riverside meadow filled with wildflowers. Cross the stream through woods below and you find a campsite, available for wedding guests to stay for free if a couple book their wedding at Pengenna. The bridal party get to stay in the manor! Richard has his own dog, and openly welcomes dogs to be involved in the ceremony and to enjoy the wonderful 300 acres of woods and fields. This summer one canine guest will be a ring bearer for a couple — let’s hope he doesn’t see a squirrel on his way up the tree-lined aisle. www.pengennamanor.co.uk
Cosawes Barton is a lovely 17 acre estate in Ponsanooth, dating right back to the Domesday Book. Today, owners Louise and Andy Bishop live in the larger house with their two children and there are three really wonderfully renovated five-star rated self catering apartments, set around a pretty courtyard. Cosawes Barton is versatile, ideal for those seeking a smaller wedding or a larger wedding. Couples can get married in a summerhouse at the end of a treelined walk, and there is also room for Marquees on the lawns. The gardens offer woodland walks and pretty Cornish fields. All of the apartments are really dog friendly, and Louise says around 80% of her guests bring their dogs. Dogs are most definitely welcomed to be with the family on wedding days. www.cosawesbarton.co.uk
Set on the edge of the river, with its own private beach and gardens, The Greenbank Hotel is a really high quality wedding venue. The hotel itself has a fabulous reputation, it has a clean, contemporary style, and lovely dog friendly rooms, with dogs allowed in the gardens and on the beach. A great location for cool, dog loving couples. www.greenbank-hotel.co.uk
Undoubtedly one of Cornwall’s top wedding venues, this beautiful Napoleonic Fort set on a headland surrounded by the sea, is a really special place to get married. It is totally dog friendly. You can choose from a smaller room for 30 guests, or have 120 close friends and family in the Great Hall. The views are spectacular and there are lovely coastal walks and a private beach. There is room for about 25 guests to stay in the fort so you can enjoy a special wedding weekend. www.polhawnfort.com
We love the Driftwood Spars. The food and welcome is always wonderful. This lovely little pub, which has its own micro brewery, nestles in the beautiful Trevaunance Cove overlooking the rugged north coast in West Cornwall. They love dogs and dogs are allowed on the beach on leads. There is a cliff top garden for welcome drinks and three rooms licensed for civil ceremonies and available for sit down dinners or buffets. www.driftwoodspars.co.uk