Rounding up all the latest news and information on dog-friendly breaks and ideas to help you enjoy time at the beach with your dog.
Here’s some ideas from Coast for great dog-friendly breaks and places to staycation with your dog:
1. The Old Coastguard Lookout, Port Isaac, Cornwall
If you’re looking for something a little different to a dog-friendly hotel in Cornwall, try something new! Situated in a stunning clifftop location in the picturesque fishing village of Port Isaac, The Old Coastguard Lookout is a fabulous reverse level pet friendly holiday home, sleeping six. Boasting far reaching views of the North Cornwall coastline and out to sea, enjoy long walks along the South West Coast Path, before returning to the luxury of this contemporary coastal bolthole. Sip sundowners on the ocean facing terrace and soak up the evening sunshine. Prices start from £1,257. johnbraycornishholidays.co.uk
2. Porthminster Penthouse, St Ives, Cornwall
For a luxurious dog-friendly base overlooking award-winning Porthminster beach, look no further than Porthminster Penthouse. Part of the exclusive Peninsular Apartments, this stunning duplex home is enviably located and accommodates up to six people, with exceptional sea views best enjoyed from the spacious living area and balcony. With the beach just metres away, and spa passes included with the accommodation, guests have everything they need for a relaxing break in this idyllic part of Cornwall. Prices start from £1,148. carbisbayholidays.co.uk
3. Beachcomber, Carbis Bay, Cornwall
In a wonderful elevated position, Beachcomber is a stylish apartment with far reaching views over St Ives Bay and across to Godrevy Lighthouse. Featuring vaulted ceilings and open plan living accommodation, this holiday home is ideal for dog-friendly breaks with a small family of four and dog, looking for a property within easy reach of North Cornwall’s coastline. With an enclosed garden and sun terrace, the dog and children can roam freely, whilst also soaking up the sea air and sunshine in this beautiful area! Prices start from £519. carbisbayholidays.co.uk
4. Ty’r Ddraig, Dartmouth, Devon
This quirky holiday home is in the heart of historic Dartmouth, in beautiful South Devon. Over four floors, the property has multiple outside terrace areas, with views over the River Dart – ideal for an al fresco breakfast to start the day! Spend time exploring the Start Bay coastline, home to countless dog friendly beaches and coves, before heading back to dine in one of Dartmouth’s many exceptional seafood restaurants. Prices start from £670. coastandcountry.co.uk
DOG OF THE MONTH
Belle is an English Springer Spaniel, whose owner Justina Walters, of Axminister in Devon, says: “She is at her happiest when chasing her ball on one of Devon or Cornwall’s beaches.
“She loves digging in the sand, finding driftwood and paddling in the shallows. Her favourite treats are banana, peanut butter and carrots. She will be 18 months old in January.”
And here’s Belle pictured living up to her reputation by enjoying the beach at Croyde Bay in north Devon.
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IN ASSOCIATION WITH FORTHGLADE
A stocking must-have this festive season are Forthglade’s tasty turkey with Cranberry dog treats. These natural hand-baked grain free treats are guaranteed to encourage good behaviour over the festive season! 90g pouch £1.85 at forthglade.com.
COAT OF MANY COLOURS HELPS CHARITIES
Dog food specialist tails.com and technical clothing brand Gill have teamed up to create a limited edition dog coat raising funds for charity partners StreetVet and Ocean Generation.
The new dog coat is available in graphite, blue and navy colours across four sizes with a RRP of £35. The two-in-one coat has a waterproof outer layer and is made from offcuts from Gill’s XPLORE® fabric which is usually used in high-performance sailing wear. The detachable inner-lining is made from 100% recycled taffeta for comfort and warmth for colder winter days. The coat incorporates many of Gill’s traditional motifs including a reflective collar and badges for visibility to provide a stylish and practical solution for winter walks in all weathers.
Dr Sean McCormack, head vet and tails.com community fund lead, commented: “It’s so important to find innovative ways to use unwanted materials which would otherwise go to waste, particularly if it creates a high performance, design-led product to benefit our dogs.
“And, best of all, your dog’s new style icon status will help support conservation in our seas and less fortunate dogs and their owners experiencing homelessness through our charity partnerships with Ocean Generation and StreetVet. Forget the catwalk, it’s all about the dog walk this winter! ”
Sally Streeting, Gill marketing director added: “It’s been really exciting to collaborate with the team at tails.com on the creation of our first waterproof dog coat. Their wealth of vet, behaviourist and canine experience has been critical in creating what we believe is one of the best dog coats out there – from the colours we’ve used to the fastenings and how it fits – everything has been very considered to deliver a product that’s best for the dog, but also gives their owner the reassurance that they have a coat that will keep their dog dry, warm and happy.”
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PERFECT POOCH PRESSIES
Still shopping around for a last-minute Christmas gift for your dog? Then here’s two lovely ideas which might just fit the bill:
- The Lounging Hound velvet bolster bed is a silver-coloured special space for your dog to reast their weary head and is available in small and medium sizes. £125 from thelounginghound.com.
- Ruff and Tumble’s Country Collection dog drying coat is available in a mud colourway in sizes XS-XL with special Dachshund and Corgi sizes also available. From £46.95 via ruffandtumbledogcoats.com