Tucked between the ever-popular North Cornish towns of Padstow and Newquay, the sleepier coastal village of Mawgan Porth makes for a slow, relaxing bucket-and-spade break away.
Sheltered by high cliffs, there’s plenty of dog-friendly beach to play on, plus rockpools to dip into, caves to explore, a waterfall to duck and dive in and a stream running down the length of one side of the beach that’s perfect for for paws to splash in – as Barney can testify.
No need to pack a sandy picnic if you don’t want to either. Just across a quiet road from the beach there’s a restaurant, pub, café and fish and chip shop to satisfy hungry appetites, plus some shops to browse.
We loved the dog-friendly seafood restaurant Catch, which you can trundle straight off the beach into, opposite the sands of Mawgan Porth.
It serves up a deliciously fresh menu of seafood – from crab to mackerel, mussels to squid – all locally caught. And of course there’s always the catch of the day to consider. www.catchmawganporthbeach.co.uk
Our beautiful base in Mawgan Porth was ‘Panorama’. Putting the ‘wow’ into your break in Cornwall, this dog-friendly architect-designed two storey glass-fronted house sits high up on the cliffs above Mawgan Porth surveying the serene scenery.
Bedrooms of this luxury property are on the lower floor overlooking a large sea-facing garden.
The hallway rises up majestically, featuring a haute mosaic design of blue glass fish leading up to the bright and airy top floor open-plan living area that benefits from the view that this house gets its name from – a peaceful panorama of farmland and rolling hills leading to the sea.
The house sleeps 12 people, with six bedrooms – the master has an ensuite bathroom and there are a further two bathrooms for other guests.
There’s a ‘teens’ room where they can hide away and the open-plan upstairs south-facing space features two living areas, one with a TV and the other with a log-burner as well as a spacious dining area and kitchen.
A balcony makes the perfect place to kick back and relax with breakfast or a chilled glass as the sun goes down. If you’re not already completely lulled by your idyllic surroundings, there’s the option to unwind with a private family yoga session with a Vinyasa Flow yoga expert in the gardens overlooking the sea.
More information: www.beachretreats.co.uk