Talland Bay Hotel | The Cornish Dog

Talland Bay Hotel is a dog friendly hotel in Porthallow, south east Cornwall. There are 23 rooms in total, boasting beautiful interiors and stunning sea views. All but two of the rooms are dog friendly and there are plenty of walks and beaches to explore nearby. The hotel goes all out when it comes to design, with statement furniture, interiors and beautiful aesthetics everywhere you go.

DOGSCLOSURE: We received a complimentary Wallace and Gromit Break in return for this review. All thoughts and recommendations are our own. Woody and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend visiting Talland Bay Hotel!

Dogs are allowed in all main areas of the hotel, except for the restaurant, which is reserved for fine dining. Fortunately, there’s a second dining area in the Conservatory, which is dog friendly and offers a more traditional menu. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to eat alone in peace, you can leave your dog in your room during meal times.

There’s plenty of choice on Lounge Menu, with a variety of locally sourced Cornish fish, sea food and other produce. After a long walk at Cardinham Woods, I had gathered quite an appetite. I settled for Soup of the Day (parmesan and onion) with Baker Tom’s ciabatta, followed by Traditional Steak and Chips with Garlic Butter.

The food was absolutely divine. I’m quite a fussy eater but was completely blown away by the main course. So much so, that I polished it off and couldn’t make room for dessert! Woody concurs, as he may or may not have tried a piece of my steak… He also received his very own chicken dinner, delivered in a china bowl to the table. Safe to say he demolished it in seconds and was soon on the lookout for more.

Talland Bay Hotel | The Cornish Dog

We stayed in Room 30, one of Talland Bay Hotel’s Superior Sea View Rooms. The ground floor room boasts an emperor size bed, en-suite bathroom and its own patio door with direct access to the hotel grounds. The interiors were stunning, with great attention to detail. I particularly liked the table top covered in 1p pieces and the blue and gold accents in the furnishings. Talland Bay also offer Garden Suites, which are dog friendly. The Garden Suites are perfect for dogs who need a little extra space while they’re away. They’re set away from the main hotel and have access to their own private patio areas outside.

Woody was welcomed with his own goody bag, which included gourmet treats from The Cornish Barkery, a fleece blanket, a rubber mat for dirty paws, a microfibre dog towel and a bowl. This was the perfect welcome, particularly as I’d forgotten to pack a water bowl for him! There was also a handy guide to nearby walks, pubs, the local veterinary practice and daycare services. Talland Bay do have a few rules for dogs to follow, however they’re more than reasonable. We also brought a big blanket with us to cover the bed and any other surfaces Woody wanted to lie on.

Talland Bay Hotel | The Cornish Dog

Talland Bay beach is just 200 yards from the hotel. It’s a small shingle cove with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. It’s dog friendly all year round and the perfect place to walk before breakfast. You can’t beat watching the sunrise over the sea, especially in winter! During summer, you can enjoy refreshments from the café, as well as hire kayaks and other beach essentials. There are also toilet facilities and parking nearby, making Talland Bay beach incredibly family friendly.

If you’re feeling adventurous, we’d highly recommend hitting the coast path. Both Looe and Polperro are 2-3 miles away from Talland Bay Hotel. The walks are moderate, with a few hills in places. Remember to keep your dog on his/her lead when out on the coast path, particularly around livestock or steep cliff drops. There are plenty of other dog friendly beaches nearby including Hannafore Beach in Looe, Lantic Bay in Polruan and Whitsand Bay in Saltash.

Talland Bay Hotel | The Cornish Dog

After a quick wander around Talland Bay beach, it was time to head back to the hotel for breakfast. Once again Woody was allowed to join me in the Conservatory and was even treated to his own sausage breakfast. The kind staff brought the sausage to Woody in his own special bowl and he couldn’t wait to tuck in.

Once again, breakfast was delightful. I ordered the Eggs Benedict, as well as enjoying some croissants, banana and toast from the continental buffet. There were a variety of jams and condiments on offer, neatly displayed in jars on each table. I was really impressed by the selection of fruit juices available, everything from orange and apple to grapefruit, and even tomato!

Talland Bay Hotel | The Cornish Dog

There was just enough time to enjoy a walk around the grounds before heading out to explore Looe and Fowey for the day. I was excited to see the hotel by daylight, as we’d arrived in the evening the night before. Talland Bay Hotel’s playful and eclectic eye for style continues outdoors, with stunning statues, wood carvings and tree trunk seating throughout the gardens. Cornwall’s climate is perfect for growing a variety of tropical plants and Talland Bay have made the most of this opportunity with beautiful palms and exotic plants in the gardens.

We highly recommend staying at Talland Bay Hotel, as it’s incredibly dog friendly. Some hotels just tolerate dogs, however Talland Bay go above and beyond to ensure your dog is welcomed and pampered throughout their stay. Woody received plenty of cuddles and treats from the staff wherever he went and loved the attention! Having him accompany us to dinner was really reassuring, as I didn’t have to leave him on his own at all. I really value how friendly and accommodating the staff were during our stay, always ensuring we had everything we needed.


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