The Observatory at Halzephron House

Helston, Cornwall

Suitible for: 2 Humans icon 2 Humans
Suitible for: 5 Dogs icon 5 Dogs
Suitible for: undefined Babies welcome icon Babies welcome

  • Enclosed garden
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Why we love it

A stunning cabin right on the Cornish Coast, spot dolphins from your bed, or shooting stars from the deck, it doesn’t get much better than this

What you'll love

Dogs will love

  • Pretending to be a salty sea dog in the enclosed garden
  • Following the South West Coastal Path all the way from your coastal meadow
  • Trotting down the hill to the beach in five minutes

Humans will love

  • Rinsing their salty beach hair in the rainfall shower
  • Lying out by the firepit on the loungers
  • The closest dog-friendly beach being a short walk away

The place

You might think the incredible sea views are the only beautiful views on offer here – but you’d be decidedly wrong. Whilst your days are likely to be spent admiring the sea, lying about on loungers, taking long coastal walks with your hound or visiting beaches and fishing villages – the falling sun will reveal an entirely different set of pleasures. As the sun sets, instead of sunbathing, you’ll be admiring the onset of night by the firepit, cuddling by the wood burner indoors (if the dog isn’t hogging it) or most likely when the dark has set in – spotting the vast expanse of the milky way with either your own two eyes or the telescope provided. The light pollution here is minimal, so the night sky makes for the perfect evening entertainment.


  • 1 x King room with a sea view


  • Wet room with a rainfall shower
  • Faith In Nature toiletries
  • Towels (bring your own for the beach!)

Living and relaxing

  • Communal areas across site including wild coastal meadow, wooden viewing deck, and a cliff-side garden
  • Private use of the enclosed garden with a view of the sea
  • Living room with sofas
  • Wood burner
  • Firepit
  • Unlimited firewood and kindling
  • Outdoor seating for two
  • Smart TV
  • Playing cards and board games
  • Binoculars
  • Books
  • Wifi

Cooking and dining

  • Kitchen including a mini oven, hob, a fridge/freezer and ice box
  • Cooking basics supplied - tea, freshly ground coffee, sugar, local milk, dishwasher tablets and washing up liquid
  • Welcome hamper with homemade granola and two bottles of local cider
  • Indoor dining area with seating for two
  • BBQ with charcoal

For the dog

  • An enclosed garden to roam in
  • Dog bowl
  • Dog towel
  • Locally-made dog treats

Booking information

  • Check in 1500
  • Check out 1000
  • £25 per dog per stay

You should know

  • The owners have two Labradors, that you may be lucky to meet! However, if you have nervous guests please let them know and they'll keep them away
  • There are other places on the same site (The Cabin and The Cottage at Halzephron House), but you'll still have complete privacy
  • Shared parking is about 50 metres away from The Observatory
  • The garden is enclosed by hedges, so an energetic hound could scramble over into the secure garden next door
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In the neighbourhood

  • The South West Coastal Path runs across the estate here. If you know, you know, and if you don’t – SWCP is a walking route that runs 630 miles around the entire circumference of Cornwall, and a large part of Devon, essentially encircling the entire southwestern peninsula on the UK. Head north, head south, it doesn’t matter. There’s the entire coastline to explore with your hound
  • Those with a keen eye might notice, you’re on the coast here, and there happen to be a lot of beaches nearby. Your closest sandy stretch is Gunwalloe Beach and is dog friendly all year round, but there are strong currents – so dogs aren’t encouraged to swim. Nearby, there’s Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach, 1.2 miles away, and Dollar Cove round the corner at one mile away. Both are much better spots for swimming. Dollar Cove has no dog restrictions, and Church Cove allows dogs with the exception of July and August when a seasonal dog ban is in place between 1000 and 1800
  • There are a few towns and cities to explore nearby. Take a drive out to Cadgwith a picture postcard village and harbour, with its own small inshore fleet. Buy fresh fish, or crab and bring it back to the cottage to cook up on the BBQ (if it survives the car ride with the dog). There are also a few dog-friendly pubs to make use of for a pit stop. You could also head a little further to Falmouth, which is a half-hour drive, with the reward of all the dog-friendly restaurants like Stable Pizza, or Harbour View or the dog-friendly pubs like The Boathouse, or Five Degrees West
  • Closer to home, you have The Halzephron Inn, a dog-friendly pub, serving a menu of specials that changes twice a day, from local seasonal produce. Award-winning, and even better, a five-minute walk down the road. If you’re in the mood for something soft, pop south to Poldhu Beach Cafe & Shop, for organic coffee and light bites – alongside your faithful friend
  • Care to see something unusual? The largest and best preserved of its kind, Halliggye Fogou is a series of complex underground passages associated with Cornish Iron Age settlements. It’s just a 15-minute drive away, and dogs on leads are welcome. Archaeologists are unsure of its purpose, so see if you and your four-legged friend can sniff out its function.
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