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Dog-friendly cottage breaks in the West Country

1st October 2012 Print

As beaches with seasonal dog bans open up access again, there couldn’t be a better time for a pooch-friendly cottage stay in the South West.

Many of the West Country’s most popular beaches are off limits to dogs for half of the year, closing from Easter Day until 1 October at selected beauty spots from Porthcurno to Portland.

As the beaches re-open to welcome our canine friends, why not take advantage by staying at one of Classic Cottages’ dedicated dog-friendly properties across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset? Here guests and their four-legged friends are in for a real treat - surrounded by acres of land where dogs are free to roam, and with countless beaches, cliff walks and dog-friendly pubs right on the doorstep.

Here are a few great examples of dog-friendly cottages currently available to book this autumn:

Bay Cottage (sleeps two) in Teignmouth, South Devon is aptly named, overlooking pretty Shaldon Beach which permits dogs from September to Easter. It’s also set on the South West Coast Path - open all year round - and dog walks don’t come much better! There are some fantastic restaurants in the village, including Ode, where Head Chef, Tim Bouget, is so good that he’s cooked for Nelson Mandela. A week’s stay costs from £152 pp (£303 total).

Court Cottage (sleeps four) is a quintessential Cornish retreat found in the unspoilt hamlet of Treligga on Cornwall’s north coast, complete with cute window shutters and an enclosed garden. It’s close to many of the county’s most gorgeous beaches, including Polzeath - which opens again for dogs from 1 October until Easter. Nearby Tintagel Castle is a must-visit too, boasting a dramatic cliff top setting and fascinating history. A week’s stay costs from £91 pp (£363 total).

Cornflower Cottage (sleeps four) is a secluded countryside haven in Cornwall’s South West, featuring a large open lawn. Nearby beaches set to lift seasonal dog bans, include Godrevy, Gwithian and Hayle Towans. Foodie fans take note - a visit to Trevaskis Farm is recommended, located only a few miles away and featuring a delicious restaurant and farm shop where you can stock up on organic produce. A week’s stay costs from £100 pp (£399 total).

Click on the following regional links for further information about dog-friendly beaches all year round, and those with seasonal bans, in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset or Somerset.

For more information and to book one of Classic Cottages’ coastal and country properties, visit

To help plan your visit to the South West, with plenty of ideas of places to go and things to do suggested by Classic’s local experts, visit