Not only one of the UK’s favourite family destinations, Cornwall also welcomes dogs on holiday. With two children and a hound in tow, I’ve set about finding 10 of the best places to stay where Fido and the kids can have a great time too:
Polurrian Bay Hotel, Lizard Peninsula
A boutique hotel perched on the cliffs above a private beach, the Polurrian Bay Hotel is a stylish and luxurious retreat for families with dogs. There’s the South West Coast Path on the doorstep and plenty of room for dogs in the family suites. As well as sea views, fine local cuisine, spa treatments and swimming pools, you get two hours of free childcare every day of your stay.
Watergate Bay Hotel, nr Newquay
Watergate Bay Hotel is making waves on the family accommodation scene for providing the perfect combination of action and relaxation. The two-miles of surf-lashed sands are dog friendly year-round, and the hotel’s activity centre offers all sorts of watersports from kitesurfing to hand planing. Indoors the dog can curl up at your feet by the log fire, children can have fun in the kids’ zone and you can all tuck into fine Cornish cuisine, from burgers to freshly landed fish.
The Olde House, Wadebridge
Situated on a 550-acre farm that’s been in the Hawkey family for three generations, The Olde House self-catering cottages are ideal for family holidays. As well as a pet’s corner, a farm trail, bird hide, indoor pool complex, adventure trails and tennis courts, you’re on the doorstep of the Camel Trail and Padstow’s foodie scene (babysitters can be arranged). Hot on the eco-tourism front, many of the cottages are powered by solar energy and there’s a free electric car charge point.
The Cove, Lamorna, West Cornwall
A period property overlooking Lamorna Cove, The Cove has been converted into a cluster of chic apartments that welcome children and dogs. Not only have you got the South West Coast Path and white-sand beaches at your fingertips, the apartments offer all the facilities of a luxury hotel – including a kids’ concierge service, a range of tailored activities, breakfast delivered to your door and a spa and swimming pool onsite.
Fowey Hall Hotel, Fowey
Another member of the brilliant Luxury Family Hotels stable, this revamped family mansion overlooking the Fowey estuary welcomes dogs and children into the fold. Walk the hound in beautiful grounds, let the nannies whisk the kids off to the playroom and to collect eggs from the chickens, take a dip in the pool, sit down to a family meal or switch on the baby listening and enjoy a candlelit dinner for two.
Bedruthan Steps Hotel, nr Newquay
It’s little surprise that Bedruthan Steps Hotel and Spa has topped the family- and pet-friendly hotel league for years. After all, what more could you want than a host of kid-friendly facilities, a spa, first-class Cornish cuisine, a huge sandy beach and miles of coast path for hounds? For tiny tots there’s indoor soft play, ride on toys and an adventure playground, plus free childcare so fraught parents get time out for some pampering. Older kids have a club room kitted out with Wii and beanbags, as well as free surf lessons and film nights.
The Rosevine, Roseland Peninsula
A cross between a boutique beach house and hotel-on-sea, The Rosevine is made up of family suites, studios, apartments and self-catering cottages; all of which enjoy the facilities of a pool, sea-view gardens and an excellent restaurant. The house is small enough for the kids to roam and find their way to the playroom while you’re still in bed, and if you don’t want to join other families for Cornish cuisine served in the dining room, you can rustle up food at your leisure in your private kitchen (there’s even a menu of heat-and-serve deli meals available, from breakfast boxes to a family-sized Bolognese).
Merlin Farm Cottages, Mawgan Porth
Surrounded by countryside yet just a short walk from Mawgan Porth beach (dog friendly year-round) these luxury eco-cottages boast ground-source heating, solar-heated water, green electricity and bamboo bath robes. All the cottages are decked out with baby-friendly gear, from stair gates to baby baths, and young children will love grooming Horace the donkey.
Bosinver Cottages, nr St Austell
A haven for families who love the Great Outdoors, here children can feed the animals with Farmer Dave, collect eggs from the hens, follow woodland trails, ride ponies, and build dens on the ‘Wild Kids’ programme. However, once you’ve left your wellies at the door, life inside the 20 self-catering cottages is laid-back and luxurious, with all manner of child-friendly facilities from cots and highchairs to indoor soft play and a games barn.
Nare Hotel, Roseland Peninsula
With ‘Famous Five’ experiences for kids and an à la carte menu for dogs, The Nare is a truly luxurious, yet unstuffy, place to stay. In the perfect location overlooking a dog-friendly beach that’s ideal for swimming and rockpooling, you’ve also got secret coves, sub-tropical gardens and the South West Coast Path to explore. As well as family dining and babysitting services, there all sorts of family activities including sailing trips aboard the hotel’s yacht.