Packet House is a beautifully considered and luxurious dog-friendly townhouse from which to explore Falmouth and the surrounding coast and countryside with your canine pal in tow.
The town itself offers a wealth of wonderful restaurants, shops and galleries, and it’s pretty unique to also have fabulous beaches on the doorstep. Falmouth is a brilliant base for exploring the Roseland peninsula, the Helford, the Lizard, St Ives, Penzance and the far west. The popular surf beaches of the north coast are a short drive away, and the Eden project and Fowey are also easily within reach for day trips.
Packet House is brilliantly positioned for you and your four-legged friends to explore, it is close to several beaches and countryside walks. Harbourside dog exercising is just a couple of minutes’ walk away in Greenbank Gardens and on the foreshore.
Dogs love the underfloor heating in the kitchen and dining area, along with the secure walled-garden with a lawn to run about and play. There’s also an outdoor shower with hot and cold running water and an oversized Belfast sink in the basement for dog washing. Falmouth itself is a vibrant town with lots of creative flair. There’s a growing independent scene with an eclectic mix of wine bars, cafes and pop ups – many of which welcome dogs – as well as a great music scene and lots of antiques. It’s also a town that’s been shaped and influenced by its strong connection to the sea – it combines fascinating maritime heritage with artistic and tech-led creativity, home to many galleries, and experimental arts and crafts workshops.
Many of the beaches allow dogs out of season, and some year-round. There are coastal walks around the castle and the dog exercising Boscawan Fields have stunning views towards the Roseland and the Lizard. We can also recommend the Helford, which is very popular for scenic walks, riverside paddling and pub lunches.
We particularly love blue flag, Gyllyngvase Beach – a beautiful bay about 20 minutes’ walk across to the opposite side of town with a great dog-friendly beach café at the edge of the sands. A little further around the coast, you’ll find Swanpool Beach – starting at Gyllngvase, take the coastal path south towards Swanpool – a great route for your dog to explore rocky coves, inlets and grassy hills along the way. We also enjoy the walk up to Pendennis Castle, offering a glimpse into Falmouth’s rich history.
For those who enjoy a swim with their dogs, you can take a dip from the steps of Greenbank Gardens, just a three-minute from Packet House, whilst Castle Beach, Gyllyngvase and a little further out Swanpool, offer excellent shore swimming too. Head to the Prince of Wales Pier or Custom House Quay for boat trips – from here you can visit St Mawes, Flushing and Truro or you can take a cruise along the coast or up the Helford Passage or River Fal. The beautiful dog-friendly gardens, Trebah and Glendurgan are also within easy reach, towards the Helford. On Tuesdays, a tiny local market takes place on The Moor where the standout stall is Chris Bean’s Helford caught fish.
Falmouth offers a really brilliant dog-friendly foodie scene that covers all bases; a trip on the foot-ferry over to Harbour House, Flushing is an absolute must! This fabulous, sustainably-driven Cornish pub is set on the waterfront with acclaimed chef – and ever-rising star on the foodie scene – Andrew Tuck at the helm. Andrew is known for his love of open-fire cooking techniques and innovative flavour combos. Well-balanced dishes that showcase some of the freshest Cornish produce. Dogs are allowed in all areas of the restaurant.
There’s also Sabzi, a superb deli set at the heart of the town, where owner and founder Kate Atlee, is reshaping Cornwall’s culinary landscape, serving Middle Eastern cuisine in the form of wholesome lunch bowls – think flavoursome Lentil Dhal to Pickled Raw Cornish Broccoli & British Pea Salad, the principles of Sabzi’s dishes are flavour, seasonality, and affordability. We also love the Verdant Seafood Bar – walk-ins only – serving delicious seafood small plates, locally brewed beers and specialist bottles, the perfect spot to enjoy a cosy supper.
Other recommended dog-friendly spots to eat include INDIdog for carefully crafted seasonal dishes and lots of fresh seafood, Kernow Wine for specialty wines and sharing boards, Pizza Jockey’s for insanely good pizza with some innovative toppings and The Orgia for simply tasty small plates and a variety of niche orange wines. For specialty coffee, pastries and sweet treats, head to Beacon Coffee or Koala Karlous – the latter also serve delicious freshly-made bagels.
Packet House is every dog’s dream spot by the sea – perfectly located for us four-legs to explore the local beaches and sniff the salty sea air. I loved pottering in the walled garden and curling up by the huge log fire – then waking to another day in Falmouth with its endless dog-friendly eateries and walking spots. High paws to this brilliant dog friendly abode!
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