Dogs Love Cornwall LivingAutumn/Winter 2019

Holidaying with the hound

With just a little planning, the whole family, including the dog, can enjoy a cottage break in Cornwall. Toad Hall Cottages offer their top planning tips.

Dog owners will know that one of the toughest decisions when booking a holiday is what to do with your four-legged family member. If you don’t want your dog to pine for you (and vice versa!), why not bring them along? Walking, beach time, exploring and relaxing family bonding are just a few things you can enjoy on a dog-friendly cottage break in Cornwall so, with more than 70 dog-friendly cottages in beautiful locations throughout Cornwall, Toad Hall Cottages have put together a few things to remember when planning a holiday with dogs.

Plan your car journey with plenty of time for toilet breaks! Not only does this allow everyone to stretch their legs and remain comfortable, it will help avoid any ‘accidents’. After all, dogs are unable to tell you they need to stop and use the bathroom!

Take familiar bedding, toys and treats. This will help your dog settle quickly into new surroundings, and a happy, relaxed dog will be a great companion to share your holiday with.

Cornwall is renowned for beautiful scenery, so it’s well worth doing your research on walks near your accommodation before you go. After a long journey, a walk can make everybody feel much better! Along a similar vein, it also pays to check out any dog restrictions on nearby beaches. There are many dog friendly days out, pubs and restaurants throughout Cornwall, including a number of beaches, but it’s worth checking first before you incur a fine.

Check your accommodation’s house rules ahead of your arrival. This will help you understand where your dog is allowed to go, and be aware of any new risks.

If you’re on the beach all day, remember lots of water and some shade for your dog. Encourage them into the sea as well – a great way to cool off! Also be sure to take poo bags with you wherever you go, so everybody can enjoy Cornwall’s beautiful scenery without accidentally stepping in something!



Make sure your furry friend is up to date with tick and flea treatment, especially if you’re visiting countryside areas where some ticks carry diseases.