Wagging tails, no expensive kennel fees and no goodbyes. Here are just some of our favourite dog-friendly holidays in Cornwall with amazing nearby coastal walks and wonderful countryside views.
The beauty of a dog-friendly holiday is that the whole family can have fun, and no one gets left behind. Whether you choose to stay in a tent, caravan or glamping pod, dog-friendly holiday parks often feature plenty of outdoor space with the freedom to roam and separate dog exercise areas. There’ll be no sad puppy eyes with one of these recommended holidays.
1. Trevella Park, Newquay
The award-winning Trevella Park by Crantock Beach in Newquay has plenty of space around meadows, trees and lakes stretching down to the beach where dogs can run free. Trevella Park also has its own dog grooming salon, the aptly named Trevella Bark!
This is a superb park offering a variety of pet-friendly holiday homes that include a dog basket, food and water bowls, treats and bags to save you space and make your dog feel really at home. For the family, there is a heated outdoor swimming pool, crazy golf, a games room and children’s activities.
An ideal base for the Eden Project, Newquay Zoo and the Lost Gardens of Heligan plus the South West Coastal Path for some of the best dog walks of your life.
‘First dog holiday’, Tripadvisor, 2019
"Absolutely lovely site. Friendly staff with people as well as dogs. There was a dog groomer on site, very reasonable prices. Loads of places for the dogs to walk. The caravan was absolutely lovely, almost too perfect for dogs to go in, with a nice veranda around the caravan so the dogs could see what was going on."
2. Penmarlam Caravan & Camping Park, Fowey
Situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the award-winning Penmarlam Caravan & Camping Park offers breathtaking views across the valleys and hills of southern Cornwall from its elevated position above the Fowey Estuary.
A dog-friendly campsite for dogs on leads with a variety of ideal dog-walking paths nearby, it's also an ideal base from which to explore the beautiful former home of famous novelist Daphne du Maurier or the Eden Project.
Penmarlam has been a finalist in the Top 100 Parks by Practical Caravan Magazine for six years running.
‘Fantastic site, excellent facilities.' Tripadvisor, 2019
“Beautiful site, facilities are spotless, would definitely revisit. Excellent site highly recommend. Dog-friendly, staff are really knowledgeable and very helpful.”
3. Padstow Touring Park, Padstow
Padstow Touring Park is an award-winning 5-star park with panoramic views of the spectacular north Cornwall countryside and the perfect place for ‘foodies’.
This dog-friendly campsite is great for coastal walks and situated just one mile from Padstow Harbour, sandy beaches and the area’s famous restaurants.
Padstow Touring Park was awarded five stars from EnjoyEngland plus the David Bellamy gold award for conservation.
Go surfing at Fistral beach or explore the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Bodmin Moor nearby.
“We treat dogs like family, with a dog snack bar where you can spoil them with a selection of treats and even doggy ice creams. Pooch heaven.” Padstow Touring Park
4. Meadow Lakes Holiday Park, St. Austell
Award-winning family-run Meadow Lakes Holiday Park is set within 56 acres of idyllic countryside, woodlands, lakes and meadows.
The dog-friendly park has a large dog exercise field with amazing countryside views, a heated outdoor swimming pool, children’s indoor and outdoor play areas and a pet’s corner with Shetland ponies, goats, donkeys and chickens.
Perfectly placed for visiting the Eden Project or the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Meadow Lakes was a winner of the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for four years running from 2015-2019.
‘A great week away!' Tripadvisor, 2020
"We had a great week staying at Meadow Lakes and this was our fifth time at the site. Great for camping with plenty of stuff to do locally. The heated pool was excellent, and we found all the washing/toilet facilities clean and to a good standard.'
5. Eden Valley Holiday Park, Bodmin
Family-owned Eden Valley Holiday Park is set in a peaceful, secluded Cornish valley with easy access to the striking surrounding countryside.
Awarded the prestigious David Bellamy gold award for efforts in conserving the natural environment, dogs are welcome at this campsite and there is a dedicated dog’s exercising area where they can enjoy time off the lead.
For families, there is a children’s adventure playground with swings, slides and climbing nets and an indoor games room.
Explore nearby Bodmin Moor, visit the house and gardens of Lanhydrock or walk through the woodland behind the gardens to spot wildlife and feel close to nature.
Eden Valley Holiday Park has been a finalist in the Top 100 Parks by Practical Caravan Magazine for four years running.
‘Special site.’ Tripadvisor, 2019
"The site is the best site I have stayed on and I feel the owners take great care of the appearance and the feel of the site. The toilets are spotless due to the dedicated team. Lovely wooded walks and areas, dog walk is available, children’s play area as well."
The beauty of a UK holiday is that it's easy to bring your pet with you and although some holiday homes charge extra for cleaning, it's cheaper than kennels and worth every penny to see their happy faces every day.