At Old Lanwarnick, we understand that our four-legged friends aren’t just pets but part of the family and this winter, we see no reason why they should miss out on the festivities! Our award-winning dog-friendly cottages in the heart of Cornwall allow both you and your dog to indulge in a cosy stay in front of the fire, nestled within the countryside. If you’re planning your stay or are thinking of escaping to one of our tranquil self-catering cottages, we have plenty of inspiration on offer for your few days of luxury living.
First of all, welcome to Old Lanwarnick! Here, we don’t just allow dogs in our cottages; we welcome them with open arms. Start your stay with us by settling into your dog-friendly Cornish cottage. Put down your bags, decide which room is whose and have a look at the generous doggy welcome pack. Every dog gets a towel to dry their paws after a muddy walk, a blanket for the sofa and plenty of tasty treats for them to feel right at home. We even include a couple of spare bowls and poo bags as well as crates, beds and leads of all sizes for you to borrow, just in case you’ve forgotten something.
Once you’re settled, get straight out into the crisp air and vast woodland for a stretch of the legs after your journey down. There are plenty of secure surrounding fields for your dog to run wild and free without getting lost. Not only this, but each cottage comes with an enclosed garden or patio so they can have a scamper while you relax in the hot tub.
After an afternoon exploring the countryside head to one of the many fantastic local establishments in the area. In the colder season, nothing beats sitting in front of a roaring fire in a tucked-away Cornish pub. Enjoy a hearty winter warmer washed down with a pint of local ale in either the Jubilee Inn, just seven minutes away in Pelynt, or at The Plough in Duloe, just ten minutes away. Both pride themselves on championing local producers and are dog-friendly.
On your second day with us, start your morning with a hot coffee outside while your dog roams the garden and the sun comes up. With the whole day ahead of you, the opportunities for exploration are endless, but we would recommend spending it on our rugged coastline, exploring one or two of the local beaches. These are beautiful places to wave-watch, investigate rock pools, or simply take in the view with a flask in hand. And since you’re staying at Old Lanwarnick during the winter, you’ll find that the beaches are not only quieter, they are now dog-friendly with the summer restrictions lifted, so your pooch can join you in exploring secluded caves, running across vast stretches of sand and sprinting in and out of the refreshing turquoise waters. For sandy coves, travel just thirteen minutes to Talland Bay or Hannafore beach and spend the day building sandcastles or, if you’re feeling brave, going for a dip. To give your dog a good run, bring a ball to Par Sands Beach or Seaton Beach, both a 30-minute drive away and with endless space to roam free. Refuel with mouth-watering local food, easy to find wherever you decide to head on your second day. Our recommendations are some freshly caught fish, delicious pasties, or the impossibly indulgent Cornish cream tea, slathered with jam and cream. After a day of exploring and filling up on Cornwall’s hearty cuisine, you’ll be in for a good night’s sleep.
For your third day at Old Lanwarnick, why not venture beyond the cottage with your pooch in tow? While you’re here you can’t miss the opportunity to visit the Eden Project, recognisable all over the world for its futuristic design. Once a barren clay mine, void of soil or plants, this huge crater was transformed into a beautiful global garden, setting the stage for an extraordinary day out where you can rediscover the natural world. Walk through the treetops of a real rainforest in the massive covered Biomes, discover rare plant species and explore eco-innovations for sustainable living. There is no shortage of family-friendly activities and for tired legs, there are lots of places to sit, eat and enjoy the view, and the best part is, you can take your dog! The Eden Project can easily take all day to peruse, so pop into one of a number of dog-friendly pubs and cafes nearby before heading home. For something different, you could even take a tour around one of Cornwall’s vineyards, cider farms, or breweries. Spend a sunny afternoon sampling local sparkling wine on the terrace at Camel Valley, 30 minutes away, or wander among the apples at Cornish Orchards, just thirteen minutes away, and sip some ice-cold cider.
Spend your last day with us exploring the stunning landscape and all that Cornwall has to offer while giving your dog one last stretch of the legs before you head back. If you’ve already completed our peaceful woodland walk, discover the leafy oasis of Herodsfoot and Church Bridge for an easy circular stroll that starts and finishes at Old Lanwarnick. Alternatively, head to Deerpark Forest just eight minutes away for a buggy-friendly wander along a network of paved paths running through trees. Make the most of the coast path before you go and take your four-legged friend for a run along the rugged cliffs just fifteen minutes away or return to the beach for one last visit. Wash those paws off in the heated dog wash area before packing up and heading home; don’t forget to throw in a pasty and the last of the dog treats for the road. Spend the journey discussing what you enjoyed most about your cosy winter escape to Cornwall, while your pooch snoozes in the back of the car, dreaming of sandy shores and endless woodland.