The Best Area to Stay in Cornwall for Dogs

December 20th, 2021

A holiday just isn’t a holiday without the whole family there. That’s why staying local with a staycation is a fantastic option for those looking to bring their four-legged friends along for the ride!

And where better to bring them than Cornwall? With plenty of outdoor walks, beaches to run across and all the sticks they can carry, Cornwall is the perfect spot for any dog (and their human).

Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages at The Valley

A bedroom at The Valley

The Valley is in a prime spot in Cornwall and is just a short distance away from some great places that you’ll want to visit with your dog.

Our pet-friendly cottages wholeheartedly welcome four-legged friends, ensuring both you and them can relax in luxury.

You’ll find countless woodland and coastal walks right on your doorstep, so you can roll out of bed and start your adventure straight away! Set in a picturesque hamlet of luxury cottages, there’s nowhere better to return to after a day of exploring.

The Valley site from above

All of our dog-friendly cottages have the added benefits of being:

  • Family-friendly.
  • Safe and secure in a gated community.
  • Equipped with bespoke furniture and accessories.

Our site also has:

  • Numerous sports facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools.
  • An on-site restaurant that welcomes both children and pets.

As already mentioned, The Valley is in a wonderful central location in Cornwall, meaning you can easily visit all the top destinations and attractions and be home in time for tea.

So, where can you and your dog visit while you stay with us?


A street in Falmouth

If you’re planning a Cornish excursion where your dog can accompany you, a trip to Falmouth is a must. This town is known for its lovely harbour surrounded by independent shops and its rich maritime history.

Falmouth’s centre is just a 20-minute drive from The Valley, so you’ll definitely want to stop by.

While Falmouth’s most popular beaches do have a seasonal dog ban in place for some months of the year, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty more for you to enjoy during your stay.

Dog-Friendly Attractions in Falmouth

Finding things to do with a dog in tow can be quite a challenge, but luckily there are plenty of things to do in Falmouth, including:

  • Pendennis Castle – the artillery fort constructed by Henry VIII.
  • Trebah Gardens – just a fifteen-minute drive out of the town.
  • Boat trips up the Fal and the nearby Helford River.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Falmouth

As well as things to do, there are also plenty of places in Falmouth that will allow you to eat with your trusty dog by your side.

From local pubs to harbourside restaurants, you’re bound to find something you fancy while trawling this bustling harbour town. Some of our top picks are:

  • Stable Pizza – a pizza restaurant on Arwenack Street.
  • Harbour View – an eatery on the main street overlooking the harbour.
  • 5 Degrees West – a bar and grill on Grove Street.

If you were looking for more reasons Falmouth is the top spot for dog-lovers, check out our dog-friendly guide to Falmouth.


A view of Truro cathedral

When you stay at The Valley, you’re just 10 minutes away from the bustling city of Truro. Along with all the rich history waiting to be explored, Truro has a great selection of attractions that will be more than welcome your four-legged friend!

Dog-Friendly Attractions in Truro

Some of our favourite spots in and around the city include:

  • Trelissick Park – dogs cannot enter the National Trust site itself but will have heaps of fun exploring the walks around the grounds.
  • Healey’s Cyder Farm – dogs on leads are allowed in all of the outdoor spaces.
  • Boscawen Park – Truro’s biggest park, with a dedicated space for dogs to exercise.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Truro

After a day of bounding through parks, you and your pup are bound to work up an appetite. Luckily, there are countless dog-friendly restaurants and cafes to choose from. Just some to consider include:

  • The William IV Pub – a pub with a menu full of favourites.
  • Truro Lounge – an extensive menu with something for everyone.
  • Flourish Cafe – a cafe with a great selection of coffee and cake.


The beach at Portreath

If you were looking for somewhere a little quieter, then why not visit the lovely little resort of Portreath while on your holiday? It’s just 5 miles north of Redruth and a 25-minute drive from us at The Valley.

What was once a bustling harbour town dedicated to the export of copper, Portreath is now a quiet spot with plenty of independent cafes and shops for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.

Dog-Friendly Attractions in Portreath

As Portreath is a rather quiet spot, there’s not much in the way of actual attractions. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty for you and your pup to do while you’re there! Some of our favourite places to go and things to do include:

  • Portreath Beach – where dogs are allowed between October 1st and Easter Sunday every year.
  • Tehidy to Deadman’s Cove Circular Walk in the Godrevy to Portreath Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Portreath

What this little harbour town lacks in attractions, it definitely makes up for in choices of places to eat. And, the vast majority of them are dog-friendly too!

Here are our top picks for places in Portreath where you can eat with your dog:

  • The Basset Arms – a local pub with a beer garden and live music events.
  • The Atlantic Beach Cafe Bar – a local cafe offering fish and chips and other hot food.
  • Portreath Arms – a bar and restaurant located in the centre of the village.

We’ve given just a hint of the fantastic areas that Cornwall has to offer when you’ve got a dog in tow. If you can’t wait to begin your adventure with the whole family, book a stay at one of our luxury dog-friendly cottages at The Valley!

If you’re looking for somewhere for you and your furry friend to stay on your next holiday, why not browse our range of dog-friendly luxury cottages below?

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