As with most things in life, when we are offered something, we always expect that little bit more. Dog friendly travel, in its infancy used to be a real novelty. Just allowing dogs to stay in hotels was luxury enough, now the dog friendly travel offerings are increasing, so is the expectation. Going above and beyond, the award winning Talland Bay Hotel offers ‘Wallace and Gromit’ pet packages so we popped Ferguson in the car for his first road trip to beautiful Cornwall.
Set on the hillside between Looe and Polperro, Talland Bay Hotel allows dogs to stay in all but two of their rooms meaning there is no need to leave your best friend at home. The breathtaking cliff views, vast outside seating area and quirky garden touches make it a true outside adventure and Ferguson loved people watching whilst exploring.
The hotel is full of quirky decor and the reception area was my favourite, with clean blankets for your dog if you need to wipe his paws, and plenty of water bowls to keep him hydrated. For the humans there is a pretty telescope to peer out to sea and floor to ceiling windows, just in case you hadn’t seen that incredible view when you arrived.
The love of dogs is apparent throughout the hotel within the decor but there are also a number of different walking routes printed out for you, as well as a list of attractions that are dog friendly.
We stayed in room 22, which is actually a little cottage complete with its own garden and outdoor seating area. The cottage has a separate living room area which, is perfect when you have a pup who sleeps in a crate! We were able to settle him with no issues and it was just like putting him to bed at home. The rooms are light and bright with White Company toiletries in the large bathroom.
Ferguson was well looked after with pet bowls and place mats to use during his stay, as well as blankets to keep him warm and some calming treats to make sure he settles as easily as possible. They are small things but such a nice gesture and so welcoming of our furry friends.
Dogs are allowed in most areas of the hotel with only the fine dining room out of bounds. Ferguson was fussed over by all the staff, even the chef sent him out some poached chicken at dinner and some sausages at breakfast. At Talland Bay, your dog is just as much an important guest as the humans.
The Wallace and Gromit package includes a three course dinner as well as your overnight stay with breakfast. The menu is beautiful, lovingly prepared by Michelin trained chef Nick Hawke. Local produce is used where possible and there is a heavy seafood influence which was a delight to see. We both chose the crab served on a salted focaccia with a slight heat from chilli and a creamy mayonnaise dip. For mains I chose the lamb with fondant potato and a slightly fruity jus. The dish was a generous size and beautifully fresh. My friend chose the burger which arrived with the tastiest triple cooked chips. Well seasoned with a crunchy coating, I think I possibly stole more than I should. The burger was also good and clearly made on site. So full we decided to share the cheese board which arrived with a selection of local cheeses. The chutney was well spiced and chunky, the quince jelly smooth and sweet, the toasts crunchy and thin. It was a delight that I could eat again and again.
The bar of the hotel has an impressive selection of gin including local options and their cocktail menu is impressive for a hotel by the seaside.
After the perfect sleep in the large and cosy bed, we arrived at breakfast to the most beautiful continental buffet as well as a good choice of hot breakfasts. We both chose the salmon and scrambled eggs which were presented as impressively as the dinner options. There were some fabulously healthy options and the fruit salad took a massive hit during my visit, Ferguson may have helped…
We left armed with local fudge, a genuine farewell and directions down the hill to a beautiful rocky bay where Ferguson enjoyed a swim and we managed to get stranded on the opposite side as the tide came in. I’ll share the beauty of this cove with you in another post but it is magical, just like Talland Bay Hotel which watches over it from the cliff side. A hidden gem in the stunning Cornish countryside that is perfect for both you, and your furry best friend. We are already planning our return.
We were invited to stay as guests of Talland Bay and weren’t asked to pay for our stay.