There is nowhere in the world that does cottages quite as sweet as in England and that is why I would recommend a cottage stay to anyone coming to visit.
I recently stayed at The Homestead, a beautiful 3 bedroom stone Cornwall holiday cottage, bookable through Classic Cottages. The charming home is surrounded by beautiful countryside and woodland and is just a stone’s throw from Newquay.
The cottage is dog friendly which was great as it meant I could take Baxter to the beach, one of his favourite past times and something that is difficult to do when we are at home as we love so inland.
The Homestead offers a fully equipped kitchen, three living rooms (one with a good sized dining table), a utility room, three bedrooms (one is a two room, perfect for kids), and two bathrooms – one with a roll top bath and the other with a full sized shower.
Baxter and I stayed for four nights but we definitely could have done a full week here. We particularly loved Crantock Beach, a dog friendly National Trust beach with stunning sand dunes and clifftop walks. We were in a great location to explore much of Cornwall and its coastline.
We spent an afternoon exploring St Ives, a picturesque fishing village in the south, just 45 minutes from the Homestead. We also enjoyed two incredible woodland walks, Tehidy Woods near Camborne (30 minutes drive) and Cardinham Woods (20 minutes drive) – Cornwall really is a walker’s paradise!
Just down the road, quite literally a 10 minute walk, is a Trerice – a breathtaking Elizabethan manor looked after by the National Trust. Beautiful at any time of the year, the manor was sporting some stunning red ivy and boasts beautiful gardens no matter what the season.
Other than that, Baxter and I enjoyed some well-deserved R&R at the cottage. The large garden meant Baxter could enjoy a game of ball, and he loved watching the sheep in the field across the river. The garden benefits from a dining patio area for sunny evenings and picnics, as well as a repot in the wild area, with marshmallows provided for toasting!
I managed to read an entire book, watch the Notebook in the bath, and catch up on all my work. Despite its rural location, you aren’t far from anything. There is a large Morrisons supermarket less than 10-minutes away by car and Newquay offers an array of dining and leisure options for any type of traveller.
Cornwall is well set up for a dog friendly holiday, and I would encourage you to visit outside of the main summer season as many of the beaches allow dogs from September onwards. Autumn is a beautiful time to explore the countryside of England, the woodlands already were covered by a carpet of golden leaves and the trees were slowly starting to change colour.