Cornwall

Dog-friendly hotels in Cornwall: a pooch-perfect coastal destination

Family holidays for many of us mean the whole family – pets included!

Your four-legged best friend is just as much a part of the family, so why should they miss out on all the fun? Not to mention, kennels can be rather expensive, meaning your holiday budget could more than double.

Cornwall is the perfect place for a holiday with your dog; think fresh sea air, miles of beaches and fields to explore, and cosy dog-friendly pubs to cosy up in after a day of activity. There are so many hotels in Cornwall that will welcome your pup with open arms, so there really is no need to leave them behind; here are five of my favourite.

A dog-friendly hotel in Cornwall on the beach

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Located on Fistral Beach, there is no shortage of places for your dog to exercise and explore at this resort. As a dog-friendly beach, dogs can explore the golden sands and paddle in the sea to their hearts’ content (although in peak seasons of July & August they do need to be kept on leads).

The Headland Hotel & Spa itself is one of the most pet-friendly I have come across yet. With water bowls dotted around the hotel, dog treats on the reception desk and dog pets and water/food bowls in the rooms (if you have booked your pet in). Should you want to have breakfast or dinner in peace and not want to leave your dog in the room, staff at the reception desk are often happy to pet sit, provided they aren’t too busy.

The Headland Hotel & Spa

Top rated
Newquay, 7.2 km to Newquay Cornwall Airport
8.8 Excellent (1465 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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A dog-friendly hotel in Cornwall that's cheaper that kennels

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Located in Mullion, South Cornwall, this is a quiet and less touristy part of Cornwall and somewhere I personally head to at least twice a year to visit family.

Mullion Cove Hotel is a beautiful location with coastal walks on the doorstep. Dogs are free to stay in this hotel in low season, with a £9 per night supplement at other times of the year (far cheaper than kennel fees). They also receive their own welcome pack on arrival, and can join you in the hotel’s very own doggy lounge.

If you fancy exploring the surrounding areas, you can visit Kynance Cove, one of Cornwall’s most photographed beaches (parking here is free for National Trust members or costs £5). You can also find my family’s favourite beach, Poldu Cove, tucked away and quiet even on the hottest of days. Here you’ll find golden sand, rocks to climb and equipment for surfing and bodyboarding available to hire. Note: dogs aren’t allowed on the nearby Gunwalloe Church Cove.

Top tip

My top tip is to take a look at www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk for the Gunwalloe Caves walk – a beautiful five mile circular walk from Loe Bar to Dollar Cove is mapped out for you. You and your dog will love passing the wrecks of treasure ships, whose cargo still washes ashore, and returning via the Halzephon Inn which still has a trapdoor leading to an underground network of tunnels used by smugglers back in the day.

Hotel Mullion Cove

Top rated
8.8 Excellent (225 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Outdoor swimming pool
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A dog-friendly hotel in Cornwall where pets stay for free

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Fowey Hall overlooks the Fowey Estuary and is set within five acres of beautifully landscaped gardens perfect for dog walks (you do have to be mindful of other guests staying here and it is advised pets are kept on a lead). The hotel is also a five-minute walk from Readymoney Cove and Porthpean Beach, and the renowned Eden project is only 15 kilometers away.

You can have up to two well-behaved dogs staying in your room and all pets are provided with bowls, blankets, poop bags and treats. And believe it or not, pets stay for free here!

Take them with you for a walk around the south west coastal path which is only ten minutes from the hotel, then let them sit by the fire with you in the evenings while you enjoy a drink downstairs before retiring to your room for the evening. Your dog is also able to join you for dinner in the restaurant making it a proper family holiday – they will be very fussed over by the staff too.

Fowey Hall

Top rated
8.8 Excellent (220 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.1 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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A family-run dog-friendly hotel in Cornwall

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Located just outside of Falmouth there are beautifully landscaped sub-tropical gardens and a path leading down to a private beach. From here you can often hear dolphins calling to each other, I’ve heard them but haven’t been lucky enough to see them and you can often spot Seals playing here too.

Meudon is a lovely family run hotel who’s staff love pets as much as you do and have been known to take them for walks for you, but this is of course at their discretion and only if not too busy. Pet rooms in this hotel are located near to outside doors to help make dog walks and loo trips easier, with 2 rooms available which have direct access to the garden from their patios.

Dogs are unfortunately not allowed in the restaurants here, but the staff are very accommodating and you could eat outside if you want your pet to join you.

Hotel Meudon

Top rated
8.7 Excellent (277 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Restaurant
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A dog-friendly hotel in Cornwall with a pet-friendly restaurant

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All pet friendly rooms at The Garrack Hotel have direct access outside, making walks and quick bathroom trips so much easier. Pets are also allowed to dine with their owners in the relaxed setting of the Island View Room, a separate area to the main dining room.

The hotel also has treats and towels for drying paws off after a trip to the beach, which of course is rather handy to save packing space.

Dogs will enjoy the self-guided treasure trail nearby and there is also a murder-mystery themed walk which will take you all around St Ives, lasting around an hour and a half – a perfect way to exercise your pet and explore all St Ives has to offer – do at your own pace and discover all the pet-friendly pubs and restaurants at the same time.

Hotel The Garrack

Top rated
St Ives, 1.1 km to Barbara Hepworth Museum
8.6 Excellent (497 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.9 / 10
Car park
Pets allowed
Indoor swimming pool
Restaurant
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Packing for Pooch

If this has convinced you to bring your dog along for the fun, here are my top tips for what to pack.

Packing for Pooch

Dog bed/blanket – many hotels do offer these but yours may have a favourite at home which they prefer (check in advance with the hotel to see if they provide one)
• Dog food – this probably goes without saying unless you plan to order them a steak in the restaurant every night!
• Towels – there are so many beaches to explore in Cornwall and hotels really don’t want wet dogs pottering around no matter how pet-friendly they are
• Poo bags
• Food/water bowls
• Travel water bottle/bowl – you’ll want to carry water around for your dog on your walks
• Treats
• Tick remover – possibly not the first thing you’d think to pack, but in the hot weather dogs pick up ticks in the long grass and these can cause serious problems if not removed
• Lead – in the height of summer many beaches, although pet-friendly, require you to keep your pet on a lead

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Clare Nicholas, a former Nanny of 14 years, now full time blogging mum shares family life adventures and misadventures of her 2 livewire whirlwinds over on her family lifestyle blog www.emmysmummy.com, here you’ll find everything from travel posts, reviews, competitions and also her very popular blog series ‘Top Tips from a Former Nanny’, Clare can be found in the Veulio Top 10 UK Mum Blog charts for 2017 & 2018 as well as the Veulio Top 10 Parent Blog Charts for 2017, and when she has time blogging at www.thismummysalwayswrite.com