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Dog-friendly Cornwall: Towancott, St Agnes

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A last gasp booking this summer saw us secure a gem of a holiday rental above the village of Porthtowan, near St Agnes, in Cornwall

Towancott, Porthtowan, St Agnes, Cornwall Roma was relaxed as can be in her new home from home, Towancott

Towancott, a spacious, three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage nestles on a hillside overlooking the seaside village of Porthtowan on the north Cornwall coast. This summer it became our destination for a week-long break in what has become our favourite part of the country.

Entering via the front door – mind your head – leads you into the spacious dining room, with two doors opposite leading to the downstairs bathroom with a shower and a bath, and a small office. Turning right leads into the living with stairs to the first floor and a door leading to the rear-facing, well-equipped kitchen with a breakfast table. The living room has two comfortable couches, a TV and a log burner for chilly evenings, meaning Towancott is well worth considering whatever the time of year. Steep stairs lead to a further bathroom with a shower, a double bedroom, a bedroom with two single beds and a bedroom with one single bed.

Heading outside via the kitchen leads to a spacious garden, mainly laid to lawn, with views over the valley, and an outbuilding that contains the washing machine a fridge-freezer and barbecue equipment.

View from Blue Bar, Porthtowan beach, Cornwall Blue Bar serves up some magnificent views as well as great food

The village of Porthtowan is popular with the surfing crowd, with its relaxed atmosphere and sports bar, The Unicorn, and our favourite by a long shot, the super dog-friendly Blue Bar, with its great food, friendly staff and magnificent views.

The village and beach are a 15- to 20-minute walk down a sometimes steep, narrow, rough pathway that snakes through the heather. Porthtowan also offers a chip shop, general store, post office and a number of other shops and small cafes.

Dog-friendly Blue Bar, Porthtowan beach, CornwallThe super dog-friendly Blue Bar

The beach is not as dog-friendly as we would have liked, with dogs barred from the final stretch to the sea between Easter and October. With that in mind, we decided to explore further afield, to St Agnes and its four beaches, two of which are dog friendly all year round. Unfortunately, we only came across one of the beaches that does not allow dogs and another that only allows dogs on leads. Roma was not to be too disappointed, though, as a delicious Cornish ice-cream awaited on our arrival in St Agnes. Our other days out took us to the dog-friendly beaches at Crantock – among our favourites – and Holywell, where Roma got the opportunity to run free and find new friends.

Towancott’s owners have only recently decided to let their precious holiday getaway so that others can experience this charming part of Cornwall, hence our luck at finding it available at short notice. We are certain that will not happen too often in the future, once word gets out about this fabulous place. The cottage offers a high level of accommodation, having been tastefully decorated and decked out with quality furniture and facilities throughout. Highly recommended.

Towancott essentials

  • Contact: Susan Swales
  • Bookings: via Owners Direct
  • Prices: from £435 for seven nights
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Self-catering, fully equipped kitchen, washing machine/dryer, wifi
  • Bed linen and bath towels provided
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