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Our Favourite Doggy Days Out

We love dogs at Merchant House. In fact, dogs visiting us on dog-cation get to enjoy a welcome pack, complimentary treats and use of our outdoor heated doggy shower complete with fluffy towels. We’ve put together some of our favourite places for pooches to visit when on holiday in Cornwall. Read on for inspiration on days out with your four-legged friend!


Trelissick is one of our favourite doggy days out: beautiful scenery, woodland, parkland and a beach! They are spoiled for choice! Throw a stick, paddle in the water, run in the fields or amble along the woodland path together side by side, it’s the perfect day out for everyone.


For somewhere on our doorstep, head to Malpas. Not too far from Merchant House it’s a lovely leisurely walk along the river and to the park. Stop off for a bite to eat at the super dog-friendly pub, The Heron and wander back slowly.

Seal Sanctuary

The Seal Sanctuary in Gweek is a wonderful day out for dogs and their owners. See the rescued seals, listen to the feed time demonstration, see the penguins and sea lions and witness the magnificent views as you explore the walk. A must visit when in Cornwall! See our day out at The Seal Sanctuary here.

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

For a bit of Cornish history head to Pendennis Castle in Falmouth. Explore the Castle Keep, the stone staircase and admire the panoramic views of Falmouth. Afterwards, let Fido run around the moat or why not walk around Pendennis Point and take in the sights of the working dockyard, sweeping coastal road and beaches below. Make sure you stop at The Point for a proper Cornish ice cream!

Visit the Beach

It’s not Cornwall unless you’re visiting the beach! From October many of the beaches are dog friendly and there’s so many to choose from. Some of our favourites include Gyllyngvase in Falmouth, Perranporth, Harlyn Bay in Padstow and Watergate Bay in Newquay,

No matter how you spend your Fido-friendly vacation, head back to Merchant House for a warm shower for your furry friend to get clean followed by complimentary tea and homemade cake in the lounge (doggy treats provided for Fido, of course) and curl up next to the log burner.