dog friendly

Pengelly Retreat is a real paradise for dogs – and their owners!  Here you are based in a lovely area of countryside with plenty of dog-friendly delights to explore nearby.  We welcome one well-behaved dog per booking to stay in the Sail House here at Pengelly, but please let us know when you are booking that you’ll be bringing your four-legged friend too.  Click on the links below to discover more about perfect walking places on our doorstep, dog-friendly beaches and fab places to visit nearby where your dog can come too. We have a few simple rules for guests bringing dogs, please check our Dogs Rule(s) OK section to make sure you are happy with these before booking.

Perfect places for dog walks close to Pengelly Retreat
We are located in 5 acres of lovely private land where you are very welcome to walk your dogs, there’s plenty to explore from lakes and the stream to areas of meadow and gardens. We have a public footpath that runs adjacent to our land plus one across the road that leads to the nearby hamlet of Trenwheal. About 20 minute’s walk up the lanes, or a couple of minutes in the car, you’ll find Crenver Grove, a beautiful ancient forest that adjoins the nearby Clowance Estate.

About 10 minutes’ drive away, close to Helston, is the National Trust owned Penrose Estate, an absolute haven for dog walkers. It’s a gorgeous area of woodlands full of wild flowers and a huge inland salt lake. There’s an excellent network of well-mapped paths here to explore with routes leading out to Looe Bar beach (dog friendly all year round but not for swimming because of the currents) and the coast path to the pretty harbour town of Porthleven.

Also National Trust owned and just under 10 minutes’ drive away is Godolphin House and Estate. Dogs are welcome here and it’s a fantastic area for walking with stunning views from the top of Godolphin Hill. Dogs must be kept on a lead in the garden and formal areas but can be off lead on the wider estate.

Doggie friendly beaches
One of the highlight’s of any trip to Cornwall is exploring the fabulous coastline and world-beating beaches. Sniffing the salting air, racing across the sands and splashing in the waves – dogs love it too!

Cornwall Council have recently changed the regulations around summertime dog bans on beaches and from 2020, the majority of Cornish beaches will be dog-friendly all year round except in July and August.  In those two months there will be dog bans that run from 10am till 6pm, meaning that dogs can still get their beach runs either early morning or later in the evening each day.  The exception to these rules are the Blue Flag beaches (Porthmeor & Porthminster at St Ives, Carbis Bay, Porthtowan, Gyllngvase at Falmouth, Polzeath, Trevone and Widemouth) which have a longer ban in place from 15 May till 30 September, from 10am till 6pm.  As ever, it’s always worth a quick double-check on the signs before taking your dog on a Cornish beach to make sure you are complying with the rules.

Of course there’s also the South West coast path to explore with your four-legged friends for jaw-dropping coastal scenery and a challenging leg stretch. Have a look at their website for more walks than you can shake (or throw) a stick at:


Dog-friendly Gardens to visit further afield
Just because you’re bringing your faithful friend too doesn’t mean you will miss out of some of the glorious gardens to visit in this area. Here’s some of our favourites where you can take dogs with you too:

Trengwainton Gardens, Madron, near Penzance (25 minutes) – open mid-Feb to Oct, closed Fridays
National Trust owned gardens close to Penzance, with an impressive collection of sub-tropical ferns and plants. Great for a stroll around and walk up the slope to see views of St Michael’s Mount. Dogs are welcome here, although must be kept on the lead.  The cafe here is highly recommended, the cream teas are legendary!

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Gulval, near Penzance (25 minutes) – open Feb till Oct
A garden on slopes with a collection of intriguing sculptures and viewing points scattered around the land. You’ll find a stream, ponds, lush ferns, a woodland walk and views across to St Michael’s Mount. There’s an art gallery here, plus a great cafe.  Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a lead.

Enys Gardens, near Penryn (35 minutes) – open April-September
These gardens are a must see in spring-time when their bluebell display is absolutely phenomenal – a sea of blue, framed by woodlands in the background. Enys is close to Falmouth so easy to combine with a visit here. The gardens are dog-friendly although dogs must be kept on a lead.

Lost Gardens of Heligan, near St Austell (60 minutes) – open daily exc Christmas Day
A bit further afield, but these are some of our favourite gardens in Cornwall.  There’s lots of explore here from lush jungle areas to orderly kitchen gardens and everything in between. They often have festivals and events on so worth checking their website in advance. There used to be a dog ban here in the peak months but more recently this has been lifted and dogs are welcome to accompany you as long as kept on a lead.

The Eden Project, near Par (60 minutes) – open daily exc Christmas Day
The Eden Project with its iconic biomes is on many of our guests’ list of places they want to see. It’s a little further afield but only about an hour’s drive, so very doable for a day trip. If you are coming with your dogs it isn’t completely off-limits but there are some things to be aware of: dogs are allowed on a lead but you are not allowed to bring them into the biomes (guide dogs excepted). So you can visit but one of your group will have to dog-sit while the other visits the biomes. There is also a restriction of a maximum of 2 dogs per person allowed at Eden.

Doggie-friendly Eats & Treats
Plenty of pubs in Cornwall do welcome dogs but it’s always worth checking when you make your booking. Close to Pengelly, we like the Rick Stein owned Cornish Arms in Hayle (about 10 minutes’s drive). It has retained it’s traditional pub feel and dogs are welcome here. Another of our top tips is the Victoria Inn at Perranuthnoe (about 20 minute’s drive). The food is great here and dogs are made very welcome.

And if you are looking to treat your furry friend a little more then how about a Billy & Margo Iced Treat for Dogs, a sort of doggie-icecream, stocked at the excellent Nauti but Ice Cafe in Porthleven. Or for something a bit more traditional, Trevaskis Farm Shop, just up the road from us stocks an impressive range of dog food and snacks, including the Cornish-made Paws for Cake dog treats.

Dogs Rule(s) OK
For guests staying in the Sail House you are welcome to bring your well-behaved dog with you.   We have some simple rules to follow for dog owners:

  1. Guests staying in the Sail House may bring a maximum of one well-behaved dog per stay.  We don’t accept dogs in the Boat House.
  2. Please let us know when you make your booking if you are planning to bring your dog with you
  3. There is a one-off fee of £15 per stay to bring your dog with you, payable at time of booking.
  4. Keep your dog off the furniture and beds when inside. Bring your own throws/blankets to help protect floors and furnishings.  We will charge for any damage caused.
  5. Bring a dog bed or blanket for your dog to sleep on so they are not sleeping directly on the floor.
  6. Don’t leave your dog unattended in your accommodation when you are out.
  7. Don’t allow your dogs to toilet on the lawns.
  8. When out with your dog in the Pengelly Retreat gardens and land please scoop up any dog poos and dispose of in a poo-bag in an appropriate bin.  Please don’t allow your dog to roam around the land here without you accompanying them.
  9. Don’t wash your dog in an indoors bathroom.  We have a hose pipe outside the main house which you are welcome to use to wash off muddy paws.
  10. Please bring your own towels to dry your dog off with – we only provide towels for the humans 🙂

Thank you!