Dog Friendly Holidays

Posted on 24 March

More pet owners than ever are choosing to bring their furry BFFs on holiday, avoiding expensive kennel costs and the pang of separation! Cornwall is a truly great location for a dog-friendly holiday. It offers not only a wealth of stunning scenery, but also has some amazing beaches and countryside which offer the perfect place for your dog to get their daily dose of fresh air, exercise and even a refreshing swim! There are lots of cosy countryside pubs and coastal cafes to dine in and dogs are also welcome at some of Cornwall's top attractions so you don't have to miss out whilst you are away. Alternatively there are local kennels which provide 'doggy day care'. Cornish Collection are pleased to be able to offer 12 properties which are pet-friendly and these range from accommodation sleeping 2 to 8 people. They are proving extremely popular with our guests and their four legged friends! Just select an advanced search on the website to select a suitable pet-friendly property.

Below we have compiled some 'Top Tips' for dog-friendly holidays in and around Looe.

Dog Friendly Beaches

Hannafore Beach lies about 1/2 mile west of Looe and is a sandy/shingle beach with some incredible rock pools. Dogs are welcome on this beach all year round. There is a lovely kiosk at Hannafore and the Island View Cafe - the perfect spot for an ice cream or a delicious Cornish cream tea! 

Talland Beach is at Talland Bay, a small and quiet cove located midway between Looe and Polperro. It is situated on the South West Coastal Path so you can walk to it from Looe or you can drive to it and visit the beach as you prefer. It is a lovely sand and shingle beach and the Talland Bay Beach Cafe comes highly recommended!

Seaton Beach is a spacious grey sand beach which welcomes dogs all year round. At low tide the beach stretches all the way from Seaton to Downderry. There are also pleasant walks along the Seaton Valley. The Seaton Beach Cafe is dog friendly as is Waves Bar.

Par Beach is a large expanse of sandy beach stretching over half a mile long and backed by sand dunes. Dogs are welcome on this beach all year round.

Dog Friendly Walks

Kilminorth Woods is one of the largest valley oaklands in Cornwall which is also a nature reserve. Running alongside the West Looe River valley it is close to town, the entrance situated at the end of the Millpool car park, but is a world away from the hustle and bustle. 

The Wooldown is an area of open countryside in East Looe. Situated high above the centre of Looe it commands wonderful views over the sea, coast and St.George's Island. 

The Downs are the equivalent area of open countryside above the town in West Looe. A great open area to let your dog run freely.

South West Coast Path - There are walks along the coastal path from both East and West Looe. The walk from Looe to Polperro (via Talland Bay) is particularly popular. A 5.7 mile walk along the stunning South East Cornwall coast ending in a stroll through the picturesque village of Polperro. A bus service runs back to Looe. 

Cardinham Woods is a beautiful mixed woodland near the town of Bodmin, approximately 30 minutes from Looe. It is very popular with dog walkers and the Woods Cafe is a real treat! 

Dog friendly places to eat in Looe

Daisy's Cafe is a wonderful dog friendly cafe serving delcious homemade fare!

The Lookout on the Quay is a funky riverside cafe with an outside seating area. The perfect spot to sit and watch the world go by. They are so dog-friendly that their 'Dog in a box' photo competition even culminated in a calendar this year! Check out their Facebook page for some of the images! 

The Courtyard is a lovely restaurant situated off the main street in Looe. It has inside seating or the opportunity to eat al fresco in the pretty mediterranean courtyard garden. It is a great find and open daily for coffee & cake, lunch and dinner!

Ye Olde Salutation Inn is a characterful pub dating back to the 16th Century with low beams and an open fire, serving delicious home made food.

Dog friendly attractions

The Eden Project is a must for those visiting Cornwall and they welcome dogs to visit too. The Eden Project are so dog friendly that once a year they even dedicate a day to our furry canine friends. 

Lappa Valley Railway is a greatl family day out which includes a miniature ride on a railway, a canoeing lake, crazy golf, play areas and nature trail. Dogs are welcome with their owners for a £1.00 charge.

Carnglaze Caverns is a much recommended all-weather family tourist attraction where underground caverns can be explored. It is located near the village of St Neot on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor. 

Tintagel Castle is a wonderful site to visit on the rugged and spectacular North Cornwall coast. Explore the stunning medieval castle and immerse yourself in the legends of King Arthur.

The National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow is a pioneering marine conservation project focusing on lobster stock enhancement. A fascinating place to visit and welcomes well-behaved dogs on a lead.

If alternatively you would like to leave your dog in safe hands for the day Pelynt Boarding Kennels comes recommended, with 'doggy day care' services available! It is recommended that you book this in advance of your holiday to avoid any disappointment.

Even our local shops cater for dogs! The lovely Purely Cornish shop stocks the wonderful ‘Dog Pamper Hamper’ and sells such wonderful items as mini dog pasties and even a St.Piran’s flag dog bandana!

With so much in favour of bringing your precious pooches away on holiday, what are you waiting for?