Stay at this dog-friendly colonial-chic retreat, set in an elevated position, overlooking the River Fowey, with terraced-gardens providing the ideal spot for you and your canine pal to relax and enjoy eye-grabbing estuary-views over a cream tea or seasonal Cornish fare.
There are eleven dog-friendly rooms in a vibrant and contemporary design, fused with striking interiors that draw from Fowey’s rich history of exotic world-travel. Your friend will find a comfy dog bed, water bowl and treats to help them settle in. Nearly all of the communal spaces are home to estuary and harbour views, with a unique wrap-around terrace, and two tiered gardens, an upper garden next to the hotel and a lower garden situated down some steps, at the water’s edge. Dogs are welcome on the terrace, though the hotel asks if your four-legged friends could kindly be kept on a leash.
It’s worth noting that dogs are not allowed in the restaurant, bar, lounge areas or other public areas, with the exception of service dogs. When we stayed, the friendly reception staff were happy to step in and keep Partridge company whilst we dined.
Situated on the Fowey river, with striking estuary views, the hotel couldn’t get any closer to the water; an immaculate split-terraced garden – bisected by the South West Coast Path and the foot-ferry to the fishing-village of Polruan, a stone’s throw below – offers prime position to soak up the south Cornish coast.
The Fowey ‘Hall Walk’ is a quite spectacular circular walk, starting with a ride on the Caffa Mill ferry and returning to Fowey on the Polruan ferry. The nearest seasonal dog-friendly beach (30th September to Easter) Ready Money Cove – with its French Chateau-like fortress above – is a ten-minute stroll, where you will find St Catherine’s Castle and National Trust owned, Covington Woods, leading to expansive open fields, where your dog can run free.
Dine on the terrace with your dog during warmer months; Expect freshest Cornish produce with an emphasis on fish and seafood, washed down with a Harbour cocktail, local craft beer or locally made gin. Dishes are light, seasonal, and locally-sourced, showcasing the region’s flavours.
If like us, you love to dine with your furry friend at your side, five-minutes walk takes you to Fowey’s charming narrow streets – a sanctuary for foodies, seeking fresh Cornish produce or an intimate dinner destination – home to some of our favourite dog-friendly restaurants. For a scrape-the-plate-clean tasty feast, we love Appleton’s – serving rustic Italian dishes with a contemporary Cornish twist. Both The Ship Inn, and The Galleon Inn are great for pub classics using freshest local produce whilst Sam’s Fowey offers house specials and individually crafted plates in a kitsch environ and Pink Murphys is a quirky eclectic café serving brunch and lunch.
There is a charge of £15 per night, per dog. This charge does not apply to service dogs.
What a great stay, despite many of the communal areas not welcoming dogs, I received plenty of fuss and attention from the kind staff, who also kept me company whilst my humans dined. I loved sitting out on the terrace, taking in the views and exploring the lovely surrounds with all their sniffs and fellow four-legged pals.
The walk up to Covington woods was a particular highlight, paws crossed we can head back soon.
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