With most of the beaches now allowing dogs, winter makes a wonderful time for a dog friendly winter break in Cornwall.
Wide open, empty beaches, beautiful walks and a wealth of dog friendly pubs and eateries means that you and your pet can really enjoy the county, whether you live locally and want a staycation close to home or if you’re visiting from afar. What is even better is that many self-catering cottages offer really good deals at this time of year as they try to extend their ‘shoulder months’ and keep their cottages busy during quieter times.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite dog friendly cosy cottages for breaks at this time of year.
Farmhouse, Bosinver near St Austell
With its higgledy piggledy walls and beamed ceilings Farmhouse at Bosinver oozes character and charm and its hidden nooks and crannies make it perfect for family games of hide and seek.The kitchen is the heart of the house, with a hewn oak table and Aga, and after a long day out exploring the Cornish countryside you can sink into squashy sofas and enjoy the large flat screen TV. There’s also a hot tub in the garden of this beautiful dog friendly cottage.
Holiday tips: It’s ideal for family get togethers but if there are six or less of you, then a low occupancy discount of 30% can apply. Anyone with a Cornwall or Devon postcode can also benefit from Bosinver’s new Local’s Pass and get a 10% discount between September 2016 and May 2017. www.bosinver.co.uk/our-cottages/farmhouse Tel: 01726 72128
This cottage started life as the shippon over the milking parlour where hay was stored and still retains much of its original character.Sink in to sumptuous sofas in the wonderfully inviting spacious adjoining living room where you can really relax and catch up with friends and family. French windows open out onto a balcony which leads down to the enclosed garden, safe for pets to play.
Holiday tips: Bosinver have a hosepipe to wash muddy paws and a safe kennel where you can leave your dog if you need to pop out for a few hours. You’ll also find lots of great ideas for dog friendly days out on their blog and they have 30 acres of woodland, fields and a lake for lovely country walks.
http://www.bosinver.co.uk/our-cottages/jacks-barn Tel: 01726 72128
TIME FOR A WINTER STAYCATION?
Anyone with a Cornwall or Devon postcode can also benefit from Bosinver’s new Local’s Pass and get a 10% discount between September 2016 and May 2017 (excluding school holidays).
www.bosinver.co.uk Tel: 01726 72128
This pretty barn conversion is perched in Advent, three miles from beautiful St Breward on the edge of . Snuggle up with your dog in front of the woodturner in the lounge, and enjoy panoramic views of Alex Tor and Roughtor and the wild beauty of the surrounding moorland, which you can explore with your dog.
Holiday tips: Only walk on marked and guided trails on the moor as there are boggy areas and restricted military zones. For lovely dog friendly lunches try The Old Inn in St Breward and the Blisland Inn in Blisland
www.corncott.com/cottages/swallow-barn-advent-camelford Tel: 01208 895 354
This cottage near Bude is one of three overlooking a shared courtyard, gardens and green meadows beyond, part of an 11-acre estate on the edge of Whitstone in north Cornwall. There’s a lovely open plan living room, where you can snuggle up and enjoy views over the surrounding countryside in this upside down house.
Holiday tips: As with most cottages where there are animals outside, it is best to keep your dog on a lead when near the animals. Fun dog friendly days out here include a walk along the Camel Trail and boat trips, although many boat rides stop in the winter, regular services, such as the ferry from Padstow to Rock continue.
http://www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Cornwall-Whitstone/Bluebell Tel:01244 20746320
Captain’s Quarters is deceiving from the outside, inside is a beautiful cosy sitting room with fireplace where you can enjoy beautiful views over the beach. With four bedrooms and an enclosed garden, there is plenty of space for humans and dogs.
Holiday tips: Perranporth is unofficially, the dog friendly capitol of Cornwall with its beautiful dog friendly beach, wonderful walks through the dunes, doggy shower and even dog friendly ice creams and a canine boutique in the village.
www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Cornwall-Perranporth/Captains-Quarters Tel:01244 20746320
Enjoy Cornish sunsets and the warmth of flickering flames from the open fireplace at this cottage in Trebudannon near Watergate Bay. Somerby boasts uninterrupted views across the north Cornish countryside with pastoral panoramas to stir the soul. www.somerby.uniquehomestays.com
Once upon a time in the late 1700s… deep within pastoral Poldark country at the end of a little farm track, this beautiful cottage was built. The Fable takes you on a whimsical journey of luxury and indulgence through ambrosial countryside, the prettiest of rose gardens and inside to where vintage farmhouse interiors and a log fire await. This self-catering thatched luxury cottage near sought-after St Agnes village is just a few miles from the golden sandy beaches of dog friendly Trevaunance Cove and Perranporth Beach. www.thefable.uniquehomestays.com
As seen on ITV´s ´Cornwall´ with Caroline Quentin and George Clark´s Amazing Spaces, this quirky 1930s luxury beach hut is becoming quite an iconic dwelling within the north coast of Cornwall. Its unique position with Holywell Bay’s sand dog friendly dunes nearby makes it perfect for luxury surf breaks and romantic self-catering weekends away. www.thelimit.uniquehomestays.com