Only a few miles from the cottage is the lovely harbour town ‘Padstow’ where Rick Stein as a cookery school, fish and chip restaurant, café and bakery. The town was wholesome with its individual shops and quirky seaside produce. Padstow was probably the most dog populated town I’ve ever been to – and that’s saying something! There was a lovely pet shop called ‘Slickers Doghouse, Padstow’ offering a range of retail household goods and offering all the pet necessities you would need – including dog goggles to protect their eyes from UV light on the beach! Being a practical person, I just brought the Beco Poo Bags, and believe me…this town was well equipped with dog poo bins and water bowls outside every other shop/café.
Rosie and Bonnie had so much fun meeting dogs at every head turn, swimming in the sea and running along the beach…this town truly is dog heaven!
Truth be told, I’ve travelled abroad far away to many countries and am very privileged to have done so, but this was my first proper family holiday taking the dog with us, and it’s also one of my top-rated places to visit! The fact is, when booking accommodation with Pet’s Pyjamas, you’re not just booking accommodation that welcomes both human and dog, but the whole surrounding area is super dog friendly. Each day we were spoilt for choice on which award-winning beach to go to. Pet’s Pyjamas really should be awarded a medal and referenced as the ‘dog friendly brand’ across all travel agents in the UK. Just look at the daily view we had early evening from every room in the cottage!
No wonder why Rick Stein has made his chef masterwork here, the food is fresh, super delicious and the views are outstanding.
I should probably mention there is a superb golf course only a very short drive away, but because I don’t play golf, us girls ventured off next door to the ‘Scarlet’ Spa Hotel for the most outstanding coffee and a fresh juice of he day. If you haven’t heard of the Scarlet hotel before, trust me, google it! With stunning natural pond swimming pools, outdoor hot-tubs overlooking the sea and the most amazing interior, you could mistake it for an art gallery! www.scarlethotel.co.uk
Leaving the cottage in the opposite direction to Padstow, we headed to St Ives for another doggy day out. Only 40 minutes by car and we landed in a harbour and seaside town buzzing full of individual shops (including a lot of pasty shops, traditional sweet shops, fish and chip shops and ice cream cafes). Apparently, St Ives is the busiest town in the UK after Edinburgh (50% of which I think are dogs!).
Here I spotted Pet Shop number two where ‘dogs are welcome and people are tolerated’ ‘The Salty Dog Boutique’ and believe me this wasn’t any old pet shop, instead it was quirky, full of all the top dog brands and super stylish. Not only that, the lady inside called ‘Rosie’ was so pleasant and cheerful to chat with.
After another refreshing swim in the sea at St Ives, and some pre-drinks at the cottage, with two worn out doggies, we left them to recharge at the cottage whilst we’re off for a special dinner to celebrate my parent’s anniversary at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant ‘Fifteen Cornwall’ – super excited!