Our favourite dog-friendly cottages in North Cornwall

Epic cliffsides and rocky crags, coastal walks galore. Award-winning beaches, miles of unspoilt fields, tiny market towns or seaside fishing villages. Cornwall looks like a postcard of itself. So stunning, the name itself immediately conjures a hazy afternoon spent by the sea, taking walks along the South West Coast Path, or taking on national nature reserves and national parks. North Cornwall is the perfect spot to bring the dog for a few days of dream downtime.

Written by Jem Brownlee

5 minute read

South Priddacombe

In the heart of Bodmin Moor, South Priddacombe is set in its own 90 acres of unspoilt countryside, wonderfully secluded, and with views of the rolling hills around. Sit around the huge kitchen table, or by the fireplace in the lounge and let your dog amble outside to the enclosed garden for their bathroom breaks and a run about – rather than straying too far.

If you want to head out a little further, there are walks to Rough Tor and Brown Willy, the highest points in Cornwall – the trails start right outside the back door. In true Cornish style, you’re also never that far from a beach, so there’s a choice of sandy seaside walks to the north and west – and even a lake to the south.

Good food’s never more than a few miles in Cornwall, so if you’re looking to be catered to rather than slaving away in the (massive, and rather lovely) kitchen, then nearby there’s the world-famous Jamaica Inn, for not just food, but also a trip to its modest museum.

Stay at: South Priddacombe, Bolventor >

Poachers Pocket

Just a few miles from Bodmin Moor, on the way to the coast, Poacher’s Pocket is the perfect spot for a bit of the quiet life in Cornwall. Surrounded by cosy interiors, this dog-friendly cottage has everything you need to settle down and never leave.

If you do decide to head out, the local area is rich with paths and trails, with one highlight being the Camel Trail, which runs alongside the Camel River for miles of safe, traffic-free cycling or just a good stroll. There’s also Bodmin Moor in easy reach for miles of heather and strolls through hills dotted with wild moorland ponies.

This place is also a foodie’s dream, with a welcome hamper of locally-produced items for breakfast on your first morning, and plenty of foodie options nearby. If you’re thinking of cooking in, or just need a spot to eat for lunch, then there’s the dog-friendly St Kew Farmshop & Café an eight-mile drive down the road for ingredients or a refuelling spot. If it’s a seat by the fire and a glass of something local you're after, head a few miles down the road to St Tudy Inn for the pub classics, in a very dog-welcoming atmosphere.

Stay at: Poachers Pocket, Tredethy >

Trengayor Farm

With room for six, Trengayor Farm is the perfect spot for a classic Cornwall experience. You’re only a 1.5-mile walk from Millook Haven, a stunning dog-friendly shingle beach overlooked by dramatic cliffs. From the beach, stroll through ancient woodland populated with all sorts of wildlife including deer!

About 20 minutes away, there’s Tintagel to explore, with the castle welcoming well-behaved dogs on leads, and the village to roam around with a high street and plenty of dog-friendly pubs.

However, at Trengayor Farm you'll find plenty to tempt you to stay in, with an enclosed garden for you and the dog to mooch about in, dual-aspect views from the roll-top bath -- an enviable spot to settle down with a drink and sink into bubbles -- and a wood burner for a crackling wood soundtrack whilst you read on the comfy sofas. If you get a little peckish and can manage a quick jaunt, then head over to the Napoleon Inn in Boscastle, for a bite to eat and a nice dog-friendly atmosphere.

Stay at: Trenagyor Farm, Bude >

Written by Jem Brownlee

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