Last weekend my family and I drove down to Cornwall for an Autumn staycation – and when I say family, that includes my little dog Rupert. I would never go on a UK holiday without him, it’d be like leaving a child behind! It’s absolutely vital for us to find somewhere dog friendly, and Cornwall is one of those perfect places. We have always loved Cornwall, and Rupert adores it too!
We were looking for a cosy Autumnal woodland setting – with a hot tub of course – and that’s where Hoseasons comes in. Having stayed with them before in the Lake District (see a video montage from that trip here), I knew we’d all be in good hands! Leycroft Valley in Perranporth is part of Hoseasons’ Wanderwood Lodge Holidays Collection (16 beautiful locations in the UK, perfect to get back to nature!) meaning it’s heavily catered for dogs and their humans – and dogs always go free! Basically, it’s Rupert’s holiday as much as it is ours! Who am I kidding, I plan everything with him in mind!
We were nestled deep in a wooded valley, close to the sea, sand, and coves of Perranporth and St Agnes – the perfect base to go out and explore, and then return to to relax.
Surrounded by 7 acres of secluded woodland, we really felt as if we were in our own private forest. Waking up to the birds singing, having breakfast and a hot chocolate on the deck, the Autumn sun shining through the trees each morning – it was just what we were after. My parents and I each stayed in our own lodge – myself with Rupert of course – and mine was the wonderful Callan Lodge. It had everything we needed; a double room, bathroom, an open plan kitchen/lounge area with a separate dining space, and patio doors leading to the decking with the outdoor hot tub – all enclosed with a fence and a gate, making sure our fur baby’s don’t go on their own adventures without us! After breakfast each morning, as always, Rupert was raring to go and explore.
There’s plenty to keep you busy onsite – getting into nature, exploring, strolling, hiring bikes, den-building, tree-climbing, or of course, getting cosy in your lodge or sitting back in your hot tub! I love going on these staycations when it’s colder out – it makes the hot tubs so much more snuggly, especially at night! It’s like an outdoor bath with only the sounds of bubbles and nature around you – the ultimate peaceful relaxation! We also explored the surrounding areas and made some lovely dog friendly Rupert approved discoveries! Though you also must remember, like me, Rupert also enjoys a ‘relaxing at the lodge with family’ days – so there were a few afternoons of that, too! Anyone for a game of cards?! The stays here are all self-catering, so you can get some supplies from nearby supermarkets and get your cook on, or visit a local pub! Oh and of course, you could bring back pasty and chips – we are in Cornwall after all!
We took a half an hour walk (the perfect distance for a pug!) from our base to Perranporth beach – if there’s one thing Rupert LOVES, it’s the beach. He loves getting his paws (and face) in the sand, running around with other dogs and just watching the world go by, as well as – not swimming in – the sea. Perranporth beach is actually dog friendly all year round – yay! – though they have to be kept on leads throughout July and August. For Rupert though, being in October – freedom!
After a lovely afternoon and evening walking, watching the sunset and frolicking on the beach – me included – we decided to pick up our tea from a chippy; when in Cornwall! I mean, you can’t not get a pasty right?! Plus, little Rupert was SO ready to just snooze and cuddle up so we all hung out in my lodge with our food, blankets and the tele – perfect! Rupert slept like an angel each evening after full days of adventures – the dreams he must have had!!
We also really like to visit English Heritage sites when away as the majority are dog friendly – Tintagel Castle is a nearby fave with absolutely beautiful views and stunning scenery of the coast.
Another place I must mention is where we had a lovely roast dinner. The Miners Arms was recommended to us by the wonderful staff at Hoseasons and was a 5 minute drive away – or a short walk. If you’re looking for a traditional Cornish pub serving real food in old world comfort, then you GOTTA visit the Miners Arms at Mithian. Again, it’s super dog friendly and Rupert was very welcomed! Plus, if you’re staying at Leycroft Valley, you get a 10% discount off your bill! We actually decided to still pay full price as we had such a nice experience there.
After one final hot tub dip under the stars and one more night’s sleep, it was time to leave our woodland paradise! On our last morning Rupert and I took a final wander in our beautiful surroundings – and the ducks even came out to say hello!
Where are your favourite dog friendly places in Cornwall? Where should we explore next time we’re there? Which Hoseasons Wanderwood location takes your fancy?!
Thank you so much to Hoseasons for inviting Rupert and I to stay – we had such a lovely time as we always do when we stay at one of your locations. All opinions are my own, and by Ruperts constant wagging tail, he had a wonderful time too!
Have a look at the Hoseasons Wanderwood locations for your next staycation with your pooch here!