The Best Dog Friendly Attractions in Cornwall

Cornwall is a great holiday destination for dogs. Some of Cornwall’s best visitor attractions welcome dogs and there are plenty of lovely beaches to scamper along. There is a wonderful choice of dog-friendly holiday cottages in Cornwall, as well as places to eat and drink.

Take a look at our guide to dog-friendly Cornwall.


Dog-Friendly Visitor Attractions in Cornwall 

Fancy a day out? Happily, there are plenty of dog-friendly attractions in Cornwall where your four-footed friend will be more than welcome. 

If your pooch likes a bit of culture, take them along to Newlyn Art Gallery and its sister venue, The Exchange in Penzance. Occasionally, dogs may be asked not to visit certain exhibitions (imagine: dogs and complex floor-level art installations); however, well-behaved dogs are usually welcome in most areas.

Dogs are allowed at many of the attractions at Newquay’s Lappa Valley, including the train ride for a small fee. Also near Newquay, your (leashed) pup can join you at Healey’s Cyder Farm. Dogs are not allowed in the production areas, but are welcome in most other parts of the site, including the restaurant.  

We all love a boat trip and salty dogs can come on board the Jubilee Queen, which sails from Padstow. The fresh tang of the sea, a drink from the bar, your companion at your feet… Perfect.

Back on dry land, your pooch can join you at the fascinating Pendennis Castle in Falmouth. They can even go inside most of the buildings: just please make sure they are leashed. 

Unusually for a wildlife attraction, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek allows dogs, provided they are kept on a lead. 


Our Favourite Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cornwall

Which Cornish beaches are dog friendly? Many council-run beaches allow dogs at certain times of day and have an annual “timetable”, which can get a bit complicated. If you are ever unsure, check Cornwall Council’s guide to dog beach regulations

To make things easy, our recommendations are for year-round dog beaches with no restrictions.

In St Ives, lovely Bamaluz is a popular spot and you’ll always find other friendly pet parents to chat with. Lambeth Walk (around the back of the lifeboat house) is another dog-friendly beach in St Ives and at low tide you can enjoy Breakwater beach together.

Head east along the Carbis Bay road and you will come to pretty Lelant. Park somewhere in the village and find the path that runs alongside the church. This leads to Porthkidney, which is without doubt the best place ever for a sandy scamper. Just watch the tides and remember it’s not a swimming beach.

Across the peninsula in Penzance, head for the locals’ favourite beach, Long Rock. This sweeping stretch of sand is between Marazion and Penzance, so as you can imagine the sea views across to St Michael’s Mount are spectacular. There is a small car park above the beach.

One of the best family beaches in Cornwall is on the north coast near Padstow. Harlyn Bay is perfect for dogs as well as kids, with good swimming, lots of fascinating rock pools and facilities including parking and a cafe. It is also lifeguarded in the summer. Holywell Bay near Newquay is another excellent kids-and-dogs beach.


Cornish Gardens That Welcome Dogs

Cornwall has more than its share of beautiful gardens – but which ones welcome dogs? Trebah Garden outside Falmouth has long had a reputation for being super dog-friendly. These sub-tropical gardens have plenty of paths to explore, which you’ll both love. Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens near Penzance is another favourite place for a dog walk and as a real bonus, there is a lovely dog-friendly terrace outside the cafe.

The Eden Project allows dogs in its outdoor areas but not in the biomes (humans may have to take it in turns). However, Eden’s outside space is vast and your dog will love exploring its many paths with you. There are also plenty of outdoor dining areas. 

Eden’s sister attraction, The Lost Gardens Of Heligan is one of the best places for a dog walk in the area. Please keep your pet on the lead, as Heligan is home to wildlife, livestock and poultry.


The Best Dog Walks in Cornwall

If you and your dog love a long walk together, choose a section of the magnificent South West Coast Path. There is a helpful page about dog walking on their website. National Trust-managed Godolphin Hill (near Helston) is another favourite spot for a good stank (Cornish for “brisk walk”). Please watch out for cattle and keep your pooch on the lead. 

How about a bit of forest bathing?  Cardinham Woods near Bodmin is so dog-friendly that they even have a self-service dog wash. There’s also Bodmin Moor itself, but please read the restrictions first as animals graze on the wild moorland.

If you want to combine a really good walk with some local history, head for the china clay museum near St Austell. Wheal Martyn has a network of paths as well as a dog-friendly cafe.


Cornwall’s Dog-Friendly Pubs and Restaurants

Cornwall has too many dog-friendly restaurants, cafes and pubs to choose from! It is always worth phoning or emailing ahead to ask, as many places have dog-friendly areas (and some even have jars of treats behind the bar…)

They’ll always make a fuss of your dog in Hub St Ives and Moomaid St Ives is another welcoming spot in the town. Near Penzance, The Mexico Inn welcomes dogs on a lead in both the bar and restaurant areas and it’s just a tennis ball’s throw from dog-friendly Long Rock beach.

In Gwithian near Hayle, the sandy garden at the Rockpool Beach Cafe is perfect for pooches. The Mousehole Deli & Kitchen is so pet-friendly, they even have a menu for dogs, including pasties. 

Further up the coast, celebrity chef and famous dog lover Rick Stein’s St Merryn pub The Cornish Arms, is an excellent place for great food in the company of your furry companion. And really, how could Launceston’s The Springer Spaniel be anything other than dog friendly?


Book Your Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottage In Cornwall.

Are you planning a Cornish holiday with your dog? We have a wonderful choice of dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall. To find out more about dog-friendly self-catering in Cornwall, please contact us at Cornish Escapes.


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Drop Anchor

St Ives

  • 6Sleeps 6
  • 33 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Log Burner
  • Wifi

Located in the popular Downalong area, Drop Anchor is a traditional fisherman’s cottage in the heart of St Ives. Sleeping six guests and only a […]

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Stone’s Throw

St Ives

  • 7Sleeps 7
  • 33 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Wifi

The spacious living room is lovingly furnished with large comfy L-shaped sofa, tub chair, Smart TV, DVD player and HiFi, along with lots of games, boo […]

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Breaking Waves

St Ives

  • 6Sleeps 6
  • 33 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Wifi

Breaking Waves is a charming, traditional, three storey fisherman’s cottage in the heart of Downalong in St Ives. This pet friendly and tasteful […]

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Island Wastrel

St Ives

  • 6Sleeps 6
  • 33 Bedrooms
  • 33 Bathrooms
  • BBQ
  • Dog Friendly
  • Hot Tub
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

Island Wastrel is a magical sub-tropical oasis perched on the shoreline of Porthgwidden Beach in the heart of St Ives. Island Wastrel offers a cool, […]

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The Shepherd’s Hut

  • 2Sleeps 2
  • 11 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Wifi

Nestled in the quaint parish of Morvah, with on-site parking for one car and glorious views, this bespoke-made Shepherd’s Hut is the perfect esc […]

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Ocean Air

Carbis Bay

  • 8Sleeps 8
  • 44 Bedrooms
  • 33 Bathrooms
  • BBQ
  • Dog Friendly
  • Electric Car Charging
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

Situated in the idyllic and peaceful location of Carbis Bay, Ocean Air offers gorgeous sea views towards St Ives harbour, Godrevy Lighthouse and beyon […]

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Tiddles

St Ives

  • 2Sleeps 2
  • 11 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Off-Site Parking
  • Wifi

Tucked away on one of St Ives' quieter little streets is Tiddles. This compact and charming one-bedroom, dog-friendly holiday home has off-site pa […]

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Little Burrows

St Ives

  • 2Sleeps 2
  • 11 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Wifi

This one bedroom studio apartment is the ideal getaway for couples, situated in the Downalong area of St Ives. Surrounded by the gorgeous beaches, ind […]

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High Noon

St Ives

  • 8Sleeps 8
  • 44 Bedrooms
  • 33 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Log Burner
  • Off-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

High Noon is a grand and spacious Victorian Townhouse situated in a convenient elevated position which takes advantage of the spectacular views across […]

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Floyd’s

St Ives

  • 8Sleeps 8
  • 44 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Outside Space
  • Wifi

Located on ever-popular Bedford Road, you will find the charming and spacious four bedroom holiday home, Floyd’s. The ideal base for your perf […]

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Shrimp Cottage

St Ives

  • 8Sleeps 8
  • 44 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Log Burner
  • Off-Site Parking
  • Wifi

Shrimp Cottage is a gorgeous recently refurbished Grade II listed fisherman’s cottage situated in the heart of St Ives with four bedrooms and we […]

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Beach Haven

Newquay

  • 8Sleeps 8
  • 44 Bedrooms
  • 33 Bathrooms
  • BBQ
  • Dog Friendly
  • Hot Tub
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Log Burner
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

This beautiful spacious and artistically designed Beachside residence offers stunning sea views enjoyed from the glass-fronted sun deck overlooking th […]

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Burrow Cottage

St Ives

  • 6Sleeps 6
  • 33 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Wifi

This charming, luxury cottage is situated in the heart of St Ives – Downalong. Although Burrow Cottage has been refurbished to an extremely high stand […]

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Whistler’s Rest

St Ives

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 22 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Log Burner
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Wifi

Whistler’s Rest is a beautiful and cosy stone cottage overlooking the moors within a short five minute drive of St Ives town, restaurants, galle […]

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Sea Scapes

St Ives

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 11 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

Chy Kensa Apartments presents Sea Scapes a recently refurbished fabulous contemporary one bedroom apartment with open plan living room with fantastic […]

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Tregarth

St Ives

  • 10Sleeps 10
  • 55 Bedrooms
  • 33 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

Tregarth is an impressive three-story townhouse that has been tastefully decorated throughout and provides accommodation for up to ten guests. Located […]

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Number Four – Piran View

Padstow

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 22 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Wifi

Number Four – Piran View is a stunning Luxury Lodge located in Padstow Holiday Village, a mile from the centre of Padstow. It has been designed […]

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Blue Water

St Ives

  • 5Sleeps 5
  • 33 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Wifi

Blue Water has been lovingly designed to present the perfect holiday home for families or friends alike. A stylish three-bedroom, two-bathroom terrace […]

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Alba

St Ives

  • 5Sleeps 5
  • 22 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

Alba is a modern, two-bedroom, first floor apartment with striking partial sea views over the glorious Blue Flag Porthmeor Beach with its golden sands […]

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Causeway Bay

Mounts Bay

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 22 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Wifi

Modern and contemporary chic, Causeway Bay has been lovingly designed to present the perfect holiday home for families and friends alike. A stylish tw […]

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Artist Cottage

St Ives

  • 6Sleeps 6
  • 33 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • BBQ
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Off-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Wifi

Artist Cottage is a quintessential former fisherman’s cottage and net loft situated on one of St Ives’ most iconic pedestrian only streets […]

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Surfside

Hayle

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 22 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Wifi

Surfside is a stunning wharf style apartment located in the new North Quay development in Hayle. It has been designed to present the perfect getaway f […]

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Oyster Cottage

St Ives

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 22 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Wifi

Nestled in the heart of St Ives, Oyster Cottage is a delightful dog-friendly hideaway brimming with charm. This traditional Cornish cottage, deceptive […]

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Jesse’s Place

St Ives

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 22 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

A beautiful first floor, two storey contemporary apartment enjoying stunning sea views across Porthmeor beach and out to sea. The property has been ex […]

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Honeysuckle Cottage

Lelant

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 22 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Wifi

Situated on the outskirts of Lelant village, Honeysuckle Cottage is ideally situated. St Ives, with its wonderful beaches, galleries and restaurants, […]

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Sea Shells

St Ives

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 22 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Wifi

Sea Shells offers a bright and well-appointed first floor apartment with onsite parking for one car and just a short stroll to the beautiful Porthmins […]

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21 Carthew Court

St Ives

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 11 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Outside Space
  • Wifi

21 Carthew Court is a modern one bedroom apartment located minutes from the Tate Gallery and Porthmeor Surfing Beach in St Ives. Being only a short di […]

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St Hilary

St Ives

  • 8Sleeps 8
  • 44 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Wifi

St Hilary is situated in a popular yet quiet residential area in the heart of St Ives, just a short stroll away from the golden sandy beaches, St Ives […]

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Picture House

St Ives

  • 5Sleeps 5
  • 33 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Off-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Wifi

Picture House is the perfect bolthole for friends and family alike. St Ives has always been a mecca for art lovers and Picture House lives up to that […]

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Chy an Pol

New
Property

St Ives

  • 6Sleeps 6
  • 33 Bedrooms
  • 33 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

Immerse yourself in this three-storey dog-friendly Cornish home away from home, and unwind in the sizable outdoor area with views across St Ives Bay. […]

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Ocean Aura

Carbis Bay

  • 6Sleeps 6
  • 33 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Electric Car Charging
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

Ocean Aura is a lovely single-level retreat only a short walk from Carbis Bay's golden sands. Take advantage of the on-site parking, including an […]

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Mariner’s Belle

St Ives

  • 6Sleeps 6
  • 33 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Off-Site Parking
  • Wifi

Believed to have once been a net loft, Mariner’s Belle is a charming ground floor apartment situated in the heart of popular Downalong, St Ives. […]

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Jack’s Corner

St Ives

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 22 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

Boutique hotel quality and with spectacular sea views across Porthminster beach and St Ives Bay, Jack’s Corner is a reverse level holiday home s […]

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Curlew Cottage

Lelant

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 22 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Log Burner
  • Outside Space
  • Wifi

Curlew Cottage is a gorgeous two-bedroom cottage situated in Lelant, a charming village on the main road to Carbis Bay and St Ives. This beautifully d […]

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Will’s Rock

St Ives

  • 6Sleeps 6
  • 33 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

Will’s Rock is a beautifully refurbished first floor, three storey apartment in central St Ives. Enjoying wonderful views from the master bedroo […]

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Primrose Cottage

St Ives

  • 6Sleeps 6
  • 33 Bedrooms
  • 33 Bathrooms
  • BBQ
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Log Burner
  • Off-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Sea Views

Nestled within Primrose Valley, only a stone’s throw from Porthminster Beach, this stunning picturesque character cottage boasts spectacular sea […]

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Tara

St Ives

  • 12Sleeps 12
  • 55 Bedrooms
  • 33 Bathrooms
  • BBQ
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

Tara is an individual, architect designed contemporary house that is the perfect location for a large family and pet friendly retreat in St Ives. Tara […]

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Del Mar

St Ives

  • 6Sleeps 6
  • 33 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • BBQ
  • Dog Friendly
  • Electric Car Charging
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

Del Mar is a gorgeous, contemporary, and spacious three-storey Town House with stunning sea views towards St Ives Bay and Porthminster beach, which ca […]

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St Ives House

St Ives

  • 6Sleeps 6
  • 33 Bedrooms
  • 33 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Off-Site Parking
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

St Ives House is a stunning three-bedroom townhouse located right on the Harbour front, with off-site parking for one car. Walk out of your front door […]

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The Boathouse

St Ives

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 22 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Wifi

This quirky holiday home started its life as a pilchard cellar before becoming the renowned Boathouse Theatre. Now tastefully restored to an extremely […]

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Dowran

New
Property

Hayle

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 22 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Log Burner
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Wifi

Dowran is the perfect retreat to escape to for a holiday on the West Coast. Immaculately and tastefully restored throughout, this two-bedroom dog-frie […]

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The Shambles

New
Property

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 22 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Log Burner
  • Off-Site Parking
  • Wifi

Imagine waking up to the gentle sounds of the seaside village of Port Isaac coming alive. The Shambles, a charming dog-friendly cottage, is tucked awa […]

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Dream by the Sea

Newquay

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 22 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

Dream by The Sea is an exquisite two-bedroom, one-bathroom, semi-detached bungalow in Porth, a large coastal village on the outskirts of Newquay with […]

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Number One Peninsula

St Ives

  • 4Sleeps 4
  • 22 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Sea Views
  • Wifi

Number One Peninsula is a prestigious apartment perched right above the idyllic Porthminster Beach, offering a luxurious escape for a family of four a […]

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Merlins

Lelant

  • 10Sleeps 10
  • 55 Bedrooms
  • 33 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Wifi

Merlins is a beautifully presented modern five bedroom house with parking for two cars. A short walk from the beautiful and often deserted mile long s […]

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Chi Lowen

Carbis Bay

  • 8Sleeps 8
  • 44 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Wifi

Chi Lowen, meaning House of Joy, has been refurbished to provide contemporary spacious accommodation for eight people. Arranged over two floors with o […]

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Maranatha

St Ives

  • 8Sleeps 8
  • 44 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Off-Site Parking
  • Wifi

Refurbished to an extremely high standard and situated over three floors, Maranatha provides modern and contemporary living while still maintaining it […]

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Carvean

Carbis Bay

  • 6Sleeps 6
  • 33 Bedrooms
  • 22 Bathrooms
  • BBQ
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outside Space
  • Wifi

Escape the hustle and bustle of St Ives and unwind in idyllic and peaceful Carbis Bay. Located just a short five-minute drive from the heart of St Ive […]

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The Old Workshop

St Ives

  • 2Sleeps 2
  • 11 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Linen And Towels Provided
  • Wifi

The Old Workshop is a quirky one bedroom, pet friendly holiday home and was formerly a place where fishing nets were repaired. The originality of this […]

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