Our favourite dog-friendly cottages in South Cornwall near a pub

If you’re thinking of a getaway with your four-legged companion, where they can frolic freely, South Cornwall’s the spot, with its bounty of dog-friendly options. This sun-dappled region rolls out the red carpet for canine visitors, with a wealth of secluded coves and beaches where dogs can roam, splash, and dig to their hearts' content. From a range of coastal paths to rolling countryside trails that wind through picturesque villages, allowing you and your tiny friend to explore the great outdoors at your leisure. But it's not just nature that wows – South Cornwall's quaint harbours, historic towns, and locally-sourced eateries extend a warm welcome to hounds.

Written by Jem Brownlee

The Stables at The Cornish Place

Relaxation, access to the country, and style – all come in buckets at The Stables at The Cornish Place. There are a number of cottages all on the stunning site at The Cornish Place, all as stunning, so you’ll enjoy the holiday feeling of the odd clinked glass, and the happy murmur of laughter in the late summer light. Or perhaps, all those sounds will be coming from your enclosed garden, where the dog’s on the cool grass, and you’re in the warm water of the wood fired-hot tub!

There’s plenty nearby, as The Cornish Place is found almost equidistant from either coast. You could head southeast towards Falmouth for the city’s great selection of dog-friendly eateries and beaches, or northwest towards Portreath for the same. Or if you feel like staying put, there’s ice creams and cake available at The Piggery, a communal space shared with the other cottages on site.

Best of all, the Fox & Hounds is just a mile or so up the road, where well-behaved dogs are welcome on leads – and most excitingly, they offer a dog snack menu!

Stay at: The Stables at The Cornish Place, a beautiful and luxurious cottage for four.

Round House East

It’s not every day you get to stay in a round house. They’re not exactly in large supply. It’s even rarer, however, to stay in one this stylish. Wearing its history and heritage on the outside, with its whitewashed stone walls and thatched roof, inside is awash with colour, and light from the large windows. At just six minutes’ drive from the coast, or a wonderful 40-minute walk, this is one dogs will adore for all the walks straight from the front door. You can even join the South West Coast Path for an amble around the coastline.

You’d better believe this is the kind of place where great food is found round every corner. It’s another easy seven-minute drive to the nearest farm shop to load up on ingredients if you’re in the mood to use your culinary talents, but, perhaps the lazier options can tempt you? The dog-friendly New Inn is just 150 yards away, a welcoming dog-friendly country pub, or if you can book it, The Hidden Hut, about an hour’s walk along the coast for one of their beach feast nights.

Stay at: Round House East, a beautiful and unique stay for two.

The Old Barn at Lower Tresithick

Truro never gets any less stunning. In fact, there’s every chance it gets more beautiful by the day. And if you’re going to admire it, there are few better places than The Old Barn at Lower Tresithick to do that from. Less than a mile to the sea, you’ve got the best of both worlds, with country and coast to choose from. Find yourself on the south-facing decking with a view over the Cornish apple orchard, and not a care in the world. And of course, with an enclosed garden, the dog will be in hound heaven too.

You’ve a BBQ out on deck, and a large dining table indoors for when the weather’s less than sparkling, so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. If you’re not feeling like heading out to do the shopping, then there are some very easy alternatives. The Punch Bowl and Ladle, a traditional, thatched inn with a classic pub menu is just a 40-minute walk away if you want to work up an appetite for a spot of dinner!

Stay at: The Old Barn at Lower Tresithick, a lovely cabin for two.

The Cabin at Halzephron House

The only thing The Cabin at Halzephron House is at the bottom of, is the country. Otherwise, it’s top of the list for spots on the coast, top of the charts for secluded beach spots to bring the dog, and top dog when it comes to dog friendliness. Right by the sea, you’re going to have to toss a coin to decide what to do, and when. Either leave your place and go in search of strolls along wild coastline, stopping off to explore spots like Gunwalloe beach, or Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach – both around a mile away. Or, enjoy sitting around in the enclosed garden with the hound and relaxing.

With the South West Coast Path right outside your space, it’s easy to take a wander up or down the coastline, and you’ll almost certainly work up quite the appetite. If so, you’ve possibly one of the shortest walks conceivable, with the Halzephron Inn just five minutes’ walk down the road, for a menu of specials that changes twice a day, from local seasonal produce.

Stay at: The Cabin at Halzephron House, a cosy coastal cottage for six.

The Old Sunday School

Once a place where you’d be singing hymns, now you’ll be singing its praises. The Old Sunday School is a light and airy space hidden away near the Tamar Valley. At this stunning spot, it’s an easy journey to get to Bodmin, Dartmoor or the coast – the choice is yours. But if you’re less of a miles of hikes kind, and more of a metropolitan idler, then never fear, there are plenty of spots to choose from. Saltash, Tavistock, Calstock, Launceston and Liskeard are all within a short drive, if you’re thinking small market towns. If your mind’s on something bigger, then Plymouth is also in easy reach.

You could easily keep yourself busy with luxurious showers, meals al fresco out on the patio, or just drinks by the wood burner. But foodies will be thrilled to find out options are aplenty round here. If you need to stretch the legs, take the 22-minute walk to The Carpenter’s Arms for that classic country pub feel with a garden for pints in the sunshine. Or head to The Crooked Inn, just a couple of miles down the road, which serves a full seasonal à la carte menu, as well as Sunday roasts.

Stay at: The Old Sunday School, a lovely cottage for two with a beautiful sunset view


Luxury’s the word of the day at Bar-K. You’ve got ample amounts of… well, everything. Indoors, there’s room for eight people to stretch out, while outside you’ll find an enclosed garden for the dog to run about in. If you’re talking about features? Well, it’s even better. There’s a cinema room, large dining room, comfy and spacious lounge, grand al fresco tables, an outdoor shower, sauna, hot tub. It’s pretty much everyone’s dream, two and four-legged.

You’ve got so much on the doorstep, Bodmin, Dartmoor, Tamar Valley. There’s the coast in easy reach, little market towns like Launceston and Liskeard, or Plymouth beyond. And if you mean, really, really on the doorstep then there’s walks straight from the front door, with a couple of miles to The Crooked Inn for a full à la carte menu, or a Sunday roast probably the best of them.

Stay at: Bar-K, a luxurious modern house for eight

Honeysuckle Cottage

Further inland from Looe, up the East Looe River, Honeysuckle Cottage sits on Treworgey Farm, away from all the hustle of modern life. Never mind the idyllic surroundings, the traditional architecture, the miles of unspoilt countryside – there’s much more to find. Lunch al fresco, with far reaching views, enjoy your own secluded enclosed garden with the hound, and listen to the babbling stream. But if you have to work harder to relax, well, you might just need to indulge in the access to the pool, spa or sauna.

Of course you’ll explore this outrageous stretch of coast, but only if you can persuade the dog to leave the enclosed dog field, or the 150 acres of estate to explore, or the dog wash station once they get back! The only course of action might be bribery, with say, a half hour’s walk to The Plough at Duloe for great local seafood, or a trip to Ye Olde Salutation Inn just three or so miles away in Looe.

Stay at: Honeysuckle Cottage, a cosy cottage for two

Written by Jem Brownlee

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