A cottage on the coast

Dog-friendly cottages near the sea in South Cornwall

There are hundreds of reasons to love Cornwall, from the endless unspoilt countryside and the quaint country lanes to the great local food that can be found at every turn. But one of the more obvious reasons is the incredible coastline. Whether it’s beach walks, exploring harbour towns or little fishing villages, or even just a good ice cream – Cornwall’s seaside is without parallel. We've rounded up a selection of our dog-friendly cottages near the sea in South Cornwall.

Written by Jem Brownlee

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Logi’s Boathouse

It doesn’t get much closer to the sea than this. Or at least, not without getting a bit wet. There are precious few spots with views like you have at Logi’s Boathouse, where they reach out over The River Tamar. At night, you’ll be able to spot the twinkle of Plymouth’s lights in the distance, whilst you enjoy a drink below the festoon lights on the deck. That is of course, if you’re not sliding down into bubbles in the outdoor bathtub or cooking up a storm with the BBQ.

If you’re wanting to get out on the water, that’s also taken care of. There are kayaks waiting to be used, and even better, there’s a little dog life jacket, if your pup’s brave enough to join you! There are also coastal walks galore, with options to head in almost any direction for great views and some ear-flapping winds.

Once you’re thoroughly worn out by day’s end, you can easily cater to some hungry mouths, with the shops just a 15-minute walk away in Milbrook, or you can take the easy route, and head to The Devonport Inn, which is a 14-minute drive, and welcomes dogs on leads.

Stay at: Logi's Boathouse, Millbrook >

Round House East

A marvel from the 1820s, you’ll be surprised to find out how modern and colourful this dog-friendly cottage is inside. With an enclosed garden, it’s a doddle to bring the dog, and even easier to find things to do with them!

Consider taking on the South West Coast Path, for an afternoon’s activity, or the secluded coves of Great and Little Molunan a 20-minute drive down the road – both allowing dogs. The nearest beach is only around a mile away, so if you’re feeling like something easy, that’s a simple stroll too.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, then it’ll be time to pop into Curgurrell Farm Shop on the way home to grab some fish fresh off the boat for dinner. Or if you want a bigger meal, book The Hidden Hut (book early, it's popular!) one of their legendary feast nights, served at a long table on the sand.

Stay at: Round House East, Truro >

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The Old Barn at Lower Tresithick

There’s something for everyone at The Old Barn at Lower Tresithick, for both the countryside ramblers and the coastal strollers. This gorgeous spot is just a ten-minute drive from the sea but comfortably surrounded by rolling fields and stunning countryside. At this dog-friendly cottage, there’s an enclosed garden for a happy dog, and for you, a south-facing decking that looks out over a Cornish apple orchard – the perfect spot to enjoy a sundowner.

If the hound gets tired of their own enclosed garden, there are 12 acres of farmland on site, woods and fields to explore, and even more to find if you follow one of the many walks straight from the front door. And of course, an outdoor hose to wash the dog when you get back when they inevitably enjoy the walk a little ‘too much’.

For a spot of culture, pop to The National Trust’s Trelissick Estate, which is under a ten-minute drive. But the real pull here is the wealth of seaside available. Head to Loe Beach, which is dog-friendly all year round, and a hotspot for watersports. Hire kayaks, boats or take lessons – or simply laze about in the nautical-themed café on the beach.

Stay at: The Old Barn at Lower Tresithick, Truro >

The Observatory at Halzephron House

Nothing says 'near the sea', like a view of it from your window. And views aren’t in short supply at The Observatory. It has everything you could want for a dog-friendly holiday –- there are walks straight from the front door, an enclosed garden for the hound to make happy canters round, and a local pub very close by (we’re talking about one minute’s walk). The Halzephron Inn is dog friendly and serves a menu of local and seasonal produce.

This dog-friendly cottage is directly on the South West Coast Path, so there’s the opportunity to take a stroll in either direction for miles and miles of coastal splendour, great views, nature, and a very happy dog. On the way, you might discover Gunwalloe beach – dog friendly all year round (not one for swimming) or Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach, 1.2 miles away, and Dollar Cove around the corner at one mile away (both better spots for a dip).

When the day ends, you’ve got the best spot to watch it roll in. There’s a firepit to huddle around and stargaze, or a wood burner indoors to toast your feet by -- if you’re not admiring the stars with a telescope!

Stay at: The Observatory at Halzephron House, Helston >

Written by Jem Brownlee

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