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Dog-friendly Cornwall: Goose Rock seaside rental apartment in Crantock

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Perched at the top of Crantock village on the north Cornwall coast, the dog-friendly Goose Rock apartment at Lismore House offers outstanding views out to sea

View from Goose Rock living room, an apartment at Lismore House, Crantock, Cornwall View from Goose Rock’s living room window

Part of Lismore House, Goose Rock is a first-floor two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. Lismore House offers a further three two-bedroom apartments, Rock Pools, Penpol and Sea Shells.

In all, Goose Rock would sleep five comfortably. One bedroom is a double while the ‘children’s’ room has a bunk bed with a double base. Both bedrooms have all the storage and hanging space a family could need.

The kitchen is well stocked with cutlery, crockery and appliances, including a fan oven with hob over, a microwave, a kettle, a fridge freezer and a washing machine. A dining table that seats six separates the kitchen from the living-room area, which has two comfortable couches, a coffee table and a large, flat-screen TV. The living-room window also offers a stunning view out to sea (above). If you’re anything like us, ‘Wifi’ comes right after ‘dog friendly’ when assessing whether a property meets our requirements. The Wifi at Lismore House is adequate for most needs.

Outside, down a flight of steps, Lismore House has a large, secure garden with three seating areas, a barbecue and a hot tub. Across the road, a narrow flight of steps leads to a couple of fields that are common land – ideal for taking pooch out to spend a penny first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Just remember to take a torch.

Out and about in Crantock

Located up a narrow lane, Vosporth Hill, that leads off the village centre, Lismore House is well-placed for guests to access local amenities, such as the village store – freshly baked pasties, daily – and either of the two village pubs, The Albion and The Cornishman. We ate at The Albion on quite a few evenings, so we can vouch for its dog-friendliness, and the food wasn’t half bad either. We didn’t try The Cornishman, which comes across as more of a sports bar, with its ‘Watch the match here!’ signs and a menu with washed-out photos of anaemic-looking food.

The dog-friendly beach is a 20-minute walk away, down a hill that doesn’t feel steep on the way there; we had a different opinion on the steepness of that hill after walking back on a couple of occasions. If you’d rather take your car, there’s a National Trust-operated car park at the beach that charges £3.50 for all-day parking.

The beach car park also offers access to the Cornish Coastal Path, which we followed across a couple of headlands to the beach at Holywell, a few miles away.

Final say…

Lismore House has a relaxed feel about it. Guests are not bombarded by rules, and owner Paddy Hardy seems to allow common sense to prevail – wash up, clean up and strip the beds at the end of your stay. He’s also friendly and knows the area well, so if you’re looking for directions or recommendations, just ask.

We enjoyed our stay at Lismore House. It was early September, children were back at school after the summer break, the beaches were deserted, the weather stayed on side, and Cornwall is absolutely stunning, whatever the time of year.

Goose Rock essentials

  • Contact: Paddy Hardy
  • Address: Lismore House, Vosporth Hill, Crantock, Cornwall TR8 5QS
  • Tel: 01637 831207
  • Prices: from £335 to £740/week. Check Lismore House’s calendar for prices and availability
  • Sleeps: 5, one double, one triple sleeper (bunk bed with double base)
  • Self catering, fully equipped kitchen, washing machine
  • Bed linen provided, not towels
  • Website: http://www.crantockholiday.co.uk/lismorehouse.html