It’s a Dog’s Life | Dog Holidays in Rock, Cornwall

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Here at Perfect Stays, we know how important our guest’s dogs are to them, particularly when it comes to holidays. We also know how frustrating and time consuming it can be to find accommodation, places to eat and dog friendly days out once you’ve arrived. Which is why we thought we’d do some of the leg work for you, starting with Rock in Cornwall.

Where to Stay

Rosemain House, Rock

One of our best dog friendly holiday homes in Rock is the lovely Rosemain. A renovated detached cottage that sleeps up to 10 people, located on the highly coveted Rock Road, Rosemain enjoys a large patio and barbecue area and boasts 3 acres of fields to the rear – perfect for our four legged friends to have a good run around.


Nearby Dog Friendly Beaches

Rock Beach

Rock Beach: Image – John Adams

From Rosemain, Rock Beach is a pleasant 20 minute stroll away on the Camel River facing picturesque Padstow. Stretch your legs a little further and you can catch the Water Taxi over to Padstow for a bite to eat.

If you enjoy a longer walk, Daymer Bay stretches round the corner from Rock Beach and is also a dog friendly beach with a stretching expanse of golden sand. Alternatively, jump in the car and you’ll be there in no time.

Eating Out

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There are a number of dog friendly pubs, restaurants and cafes in and around the Rock area, including the highly recommended Rock Inn where well-behaved dogs are welcome in the garden and patio. Along this same road is the incredibly popular No. 1 Rock Road, where dogs are welcome on the terrace.

If you’re staying in Rock, you have to hop on the water taxi to Padstow where you’ll enjoy a stroll around the breath taking harbour and indulge in some proper Cornish fish and chips.

Day Trips

Pencarrow House & Gardens

Pencarrow House by Ripplestone Garden

No one wants to have to leave their poor dog in the car when going on a trip out for the day, particularly in the summer. And you don’t have to if you visit Pencarrow House and Gardens – loud and proud members of The Kennel Club ‘Open For Dogs’ campaign. Dogs are kindly asked to be kept on a lead in the immediate surroundings of the house and café, but are actively encourage to be let off the lead in the extensive gardens and woodlands on the estate.

Cycling the Camel Trail is an absolute must-do, and you can take your furry friend along too when you hire with Bridge Bike Hire, who can provide the most adorable Dog Trailers.


The best dog walk in the area is the Sir John Betjeman Coastal Walk starting out in Rock Quarry car park. This is a nice and easy 3.7 mile circular coastal walk that affords beautiful scenery and takes you round to dog friendly Daymer Bay.

If, heaven forbid, you do need to leave your dog for an afternoon or evening, our knowledgeable Concierge Team at Perfect Stays will be more than happy to recommend some highly reliable dog sitters. To view more of our dog friendly luxury self-catering houses, visit the Perfect Stays website. We’d love to see your photos of your dogs enjoying themselves on holiday: share with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.