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Canine Cavorts – Merchant House faves

At the Merchant House we like to look after our doggies, our lovely wovely doggies with their droopy ears and… WHO’S A GOOD BOY!

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You will know by now that we we cater for pooches as well as people, welcoming dogs to specific rooms in the house – and as a dog owner you want your dog to have as much fun as you when you go away, after all, they’re part of the family!

We’ve compiled five trips for you, your significant other (oh, and your husband/wife/business partner, should they want to come). They’re all in and around Truro, so they’re pretty central to the Merchant House should anyone’s legs get tired.

Pendower beach

Cornwall’s beach/dog ratio must be close to Nottingham’s female/male ratio, meaning that if you’re a dog visiting Cornwall then you’re a very lucky creature indeed.

Most beaches are dog friendly during the winter, with restrictions during the summer months due to the huge increase in population (from lovely visitors such as yourself!)

Pendower is four miles east of Truro, meaning you’ll have to nip out in the car to get there (you might need a few pennies for the car park though), but the extra expense is worth it, for at low tide…as if by magic…

*drumroll please*

…two beaches become one! The neighbouring Carne Beach throws a sandy arm over the shoulder of Pendower, letting you and your pooch frolic for 1½ miles with views of Gerrans’ Bay to entertain the eye.

Snacks and slurps can be taken into the hotels at either end of the beach, and disabled access to the beach means that everyone can enjoy a sandy paddle!

Postcode: TR2 5PE

Trewithen Gardens

If coats and cliffs aren’t your thing then a wander around Trewithen Gardens may be just the thing for you and your dog to get some horticulture whilst staying at Merchant House.

At approximately nine miles from us (towards market town St Austell), the gardens offer a guided tour or allow you to explore at your own pace, with several features including both history and science.

Perhaps most importantly, there’s a tearoom with a covered outside area where both master and pet can refresh.

For the safety of others (and for those who may get a little close for comfort) leads are required at all times.

Note: Trewithen Gardens are open 1st March – June 30th, so only plan if you want to take a Spring or Summer saunter!

Postcode: TR2 4DD

Malpas to Fal River

No transport is necessary for this one, just whip on your shoes and off you go!

Our chef can provide you with a packed lunch and a cheeky wink as you start off through Truro towards Malpas. The gambol along the Fal River leads you to the Heron Inn for a spot of lunch and a local ale or two (heck, you’ve earned it!)

It’s probably best to keep furry friends on a lead until you reach the quieter parts of this walk, also the road can get a bit narrow at times!

The walk itself is fairly gentle, and the bonus of The Heron at the end will suit those who perhaps don’t have the inclination to trot for a treat.

Distance: 3 miles

Time: Approx 2 hours (depending on how long you stay at The Heron!)

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Hendra Park

Hendra Park is a traditional park right in the middle of Truro, you literally couldn’t get closer to our front door for a place for you and your dog to play – it’s literally just down the road!


And for those a little more laid back…

Should you or man’s best friend prefer to take things a little easier, there are many cafés, bars and restaurants a short walk from Merchant House, who are happy to have you both, as long as everyone behaves themselves! Here’s a few:

Bustophers – Bistro and cocktail bar serving wholesome local food with over 100 wines to choose from (dogs allowed in the bar, and probably only allowed water, too!) Far from sour, you’ll find them on Lemon Street.

The William IV – A bustling St Austell Brewery pub with Steak Night every Monday!  Head down to Kenwyn Street for traditional food in a traditional pub, served daily 12-9 and roast dinner 12-3 on Sundays.

One Eyed Cat – Fear not, no moggies in sight! Kenwyn street’s bar and brasserie like to put a modern twist on traditional brasserie food, and for when the weather’s fine they have an outside seating area where dogs are most certainly welcome.

108 Coffee House –Home made cakes and coffee go hand in hand in 108, and you can come in hand in hand – or lead – with your dog! You can find the team on Kenwyn street, and they are always happy to see wagging tails and floppy ears!

PS. Please don’t forget your doggy bags!