Our Midlands Canine Critic, Woody, took a trip to Cornwall for his first assignment, sniffing out the best accommodation, beaches and food in the county. His owner, Liv, tells us what he got up to:
Since having Woody we don't feel the need to travel abroad (unless he can come with us) because having him with us as a trio is what makes our adventures so special. That’s why we’ve really started exploring the UK more.
Cornwall is a place I have loved since I was young, but it's a part of the country that we hadn’t visited with Woody. That’s why, when we were able to list our preferred areas for holidays as part of our Canine Critics job, Cornwall was at the top of our list.
After a pleasant journey down from the Midlands, a service station pit-stop (and a premature Cornish pasty: well, it would have been rude not to), we finally arrived at The Flower Box. We’d been excited about this trip since having it arranged with Canine Cottages and we honestly weren’t disappointed. In fact, the photos we had seen don’t do the cottage justice!
The Flower Box is located in the south-west of Cornwall and it’s the perfect spot for a countryside retreat with a beach just a 5-minute walk away. There's truly something for everyone.
It's a super eco-friendly cottage which was a former flower barn (hence the name). It used to house all the flowers for their shop before they got sent to customers up and down the country. There were lovely images throughout the cottage of all different kinds of beautiful flowers which I can only presume once lived in the flower box. But today, it’s been split into two luxury cottages: The Flower Box and The Lily Pad (which is still being converted and is due to be completed next spring).
When we arrived, we were greeted with a super modern, open-plan, very airy and spacious cottage which had all the homely touches one could need, fresh flowers and freshly baked hevva cake (a traditional Cornish cake).
After a quick swoon around the cottage and a real ‘someone pinch me moment’, we enjoyed a cup of coffee and a slice of hevva cake (which was delicious) whilst Woody sniffed out his new home for the week.
We were so surprised with how well the cottage is equipped; usually, when you go away there's always something you need but don't have but we certainly didn't feel like that with The Flower Box. We also loved the number of games and books that were there as well as the snazzy 50" Smart TV. It was beautifully decorated with crates as tables and industrial dimmer lights in the kitchen.
Like most self-catering cottages you go to, you usually have a welcome book explaining the necessary bits about the property. What we loved about The Flower Box was how informative it was. It went into great detail about the history of the property throughout the generations, the recycling, the best walks nearby, dog-friendly beaches, restaurants and takeaways but they also had a little section about their own pets that we may see across their land (cats and dogs). I thought this was such a lovely personal touch that I've never experienced anywhere else before.
The Flower Box is located in Penzance which is a perfect place to stay when visiting all of the local attractions. Here are some of the things we got up to in our week in Cornwall.
It’s been on our bucket list for a while, so we knew this was our perfect opportunity to visit Land’s End considering this attraction was less than half an hour from our cottage.
We also had a lovely peaceful morning walk along Sennen Cove where Woody had a lot of the beach to himself. It’s safe to say, he was in heaven!
A must-see when visiting Cornwall is the Minack Theatre; this too was just 30 minutes from The Flower Box. It is an open-air theatre perched into the cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean; it’s like something out of this world and is dog-friendly too (except for when there are shows/performances on). The theatre overlooks the most stunning beach which makes you feel like you have been transported to a different country.
The beach is Porthcurno and it’s easily become my favourite beach in the UK. I could talk to you about how white the sands were and how blue the sea was, or I could just show you this photo…
Throughout our week in Cornwall, the weather was definitely hit and miss. Some days the sun was shining and we were taking our coats off, and other times it was super windy and rainy. Living in the UK, you become quite used to this kind of weather so we were definitely well prepared; we even knew different activities we could do which were indoors if the weather got too bad.
A great dog-friendly indoor attraction in Cornwall is Bodmin Jail. It's a former jail which was closed in 1927 but has now been turned into a tourist attraction. Much of the jail is in ruins but there are parts which have been refurbished, telling the story of the history of the jail and the offenders which were imprisoned there. The latest development being built is a hotel - it looks so cool!
Bodmin was around an hour from The Flower Box, so we decided to spend some time further afield. So, on the way back, we visited Newquay because I heard about a pizza place that we HAD to visit. Wet Dog Pizza is a cute little pizzeria tucked behind a little street which could have been easily missed if you didn't know about it. It didn’t open until 5.30pm so we headed to Fistral Beach to have a play and run around before it opened.
CALLING ALL PIZZA FANS: YOU MUST VISIT WET DOG PIZZA! It was definitely a highlight of our trip because we treated Woody to his very own dog-friendly pizza. You can pick your toppings; we went for: coconut oil, ham, chicken, sprats and a little bit of basil. When the pizza was cooked, it looked good enough for us humans to eat. What’s really lovely about the doggy pizza and beer is that all of the money from these items goes to help a local dog shelter which is just amazing. The human pizzas were delicious as well and they even have a 20” pizza challenge to take on, if you dare!
As we were on holiday, there were a couple of days where we had a more chilled day and stayed in The Flower Box – it was lovely. On one of these days, we had a delivery for Woody. It was a gorgeous Love Louie box courtesy of Canine Cottages - a total surprise and a real treat for The Woodster.
It was on these days we discovered the local beach just a stone's throw away (it was down the road, over a bridge and you were there). It was a really quiet, dog-friendly beach which has views of St Michael's Mount. I could get used to daily walks along there, that’s for sure.
Other places we visited and would recommend were:
After a day full of adventuring, we always looked forward to unwinding back at 'home' at The Flower Box on the comfiest sofa in the world (yeah, you heard it here first!)
Outside the cottage was a brilliant wash station which had access to water to wash off your muddy/sand boots and doggos, and coat hangers to hang your wetsuit up to dry. Inside The Flower Box, there was a doggy station which had a tray to put your muddy walking boots, hooks to hang your lead, collar and harness, a dog towel to dry off those muddy paws and a jar of dog treats.
Woody loved patrolling the garden and it was safe and secure to let him wander around without always keeping an eye on him.
We absolutely LOVED our time in Cornwall. We made memories that we will cherish for a lifetime and we can't thank Canine Cottages enough. We would - and have already - recommended this gem of a cottage to friends and family. The Flower Box certainly kept Woody’s tail wagging the whole week.
It’s five paws out of five from us!
Lots of love, your Midlands Canine Critic, Woody, and his beloved treat dispensers, I mean humans - Liv and Alex! X