Cornwall has been on our list of places to visit for such a long time...we'd heard so many great things about this county being very dog friendly and seen lots of pictures of the beautiful beaches, harbour towns, villages and landmarks, so we thought that it was about time for a Cornish adventure!
We spent a week in Cornwall and since we packed quite a lot into our time there, I have split this post into 3 parts. Here is Part 3 of 3 | Where We Stayed + The Journey Home:
Willow Cottage | Ashton, near Helston
We found Willow Cottage on cottages.com, where you can use an online filter to look for dog friendly accommodation. I always like to be near the beach, but the price goes up the closer that you get to the coast so we searched for somewhere that was within a short driving distance of the nearest beach, but also had some character, and was reasonably priced. Willow Cottage ticked every box!
Willow Cottage is steeped in history, with members of the Carter family having lived here for over 100 years. (Their most notorious family member was a local smuggler called John Carter, also known as 'The King of Prussia' because he used to use nearby Prussia Cove as a base for smuggling.) In the 1960's, the cottage used to be the holiday home for BBC journalist and economic advisor, Alan Wheatley.
We didn’t actually realise how good this cottage was going to be until we got there… not only did it have an enclosed garden and a little snug area complete with dog bed, blankets and bowls; the cottage is also within walking distance of a field which is specifically designated for exercising dogs, complete with poo bins! The owners were also very attentive and kind enough to leave a bottle of wine and some local delicacies (Cornish buns with clotted cream) waiting for us on arrival.
Mobile Groomer | Shore Paws
Elsa went to the beach every single day while we were in Cornwall! Although she had a lot of fun, all the salt water and sand left her fur feeling quite coarse and brushing her became more difficult every day. I’d noticed a mobile grooming van close to where we were staying and, despite the short notice, I was absolutely thrilled when Chloe said that she could fit Elsa in for a quick bath and brush before we headed home, saving me a very big job! Elsa looked beautiful when she was done, and smelled absolutely amazing! Thanks again!
M5 Journey Recommendation | Gloucester Services
We drove down to Cornwall on the M5 and stopped at Gloucester Services to stretch our legs. We didn’t know what to expect from this modern, unconventional service station and were completely blown away by how lovely it was! Although dogs are not allowed to go inside, there is a pleasant outdoor seating area and a designated dog exercise path, with plenty of poo bins!
This brings us to the end of Paws across Cornwall - Part 3
We had a very eventful week in Cornwall, but only really started to get our bearings towards the end of the holiday and there are still many more areas to explore, so we hope to visit Cornwall again sometime...
In the meantime please let us know if you have found any dog friendly destinations in Cornwall that are worth barking about in the comments below!