In late June 2018 we packed up the Mini and set off on our first proper holiday with our much loved furry friend, Rita. She is the first dog that either my boyfriend or I have had, so it was a new adventure for all of us.
Once we had packed her bed and abundance of toys and snacks, we managed to squeeze in a small bag for our belongings! Thankfully Rita, being a Dachshund/Jack Russell cross is a Mini Cooper-sized dog!
We headed down from Manchester to a self-catering cottage booked online via the holidaycottages.co.uk website (after a bit of dog friendly research) just outside Tintagel, Cornwall.
It turned out to be the perfect size for the two of us and Rita. The kitchen and bathroom were modern and clean. The living room was cosy but roomy, with two sofas. It also had a open fireplace with wood-burner, which would be lovely for a Wintery stay.
The main reason we opted for the cottage was the contained garden, which was a good size, sunny and quiet. The cottage is within a small hamlet with no safe roads to walk to the nearby shops beach or restaurants, so be prepared to drive, but no more than 5-10mins.
Just down the road is a small bay, Trebarwith Strand. Parking was no problem and both the beach cafe and the pub (up a cliff path overlooking the bay) are dog friendly. Rita had a fantastic time running free, paddling and making new doggy friends (there were plenty) The beach is clean and family, as well as dog, friendly.
We used the cottage as a base for exploring the coast, during our week’s stay, from Tintagel down to Treyarnon Bay. We found so many beautiful beaches especially along Constantine Bay and never had a problem taking Rita.
We also had a day trip to the mystical waterfall at St Nectan’s Glen www.st-nectansglen.co.uk/ It was an easy walk through the woods to the Waterfall and very dog friendly cafe (the owners are dog lovers).
Another visit was to the popular town of Padstow, I think it’s difficult to find a bar or restaurant that isn’t dog friendly! I’d recommend the delicious Prawn on the Lawn over the Rick Stein for treat, but book ahead.
Overall, I would recommend and the cottage if you don’t mind driving to the pub, it’s perfect for one or two people with dog. We will definitely be holidaying in Cornwall again, we love it nearly as much as Rita!