WHAT’S THE SCOOP? If you’re planning to explore Cornwall, this welcoming 4* hotel makes a great base. Originally two merchant houses, the hotel is set high above the rooftops of Penzance and boasts far-reaching views across Mounts Bay to St Michael’s Mount, which can be enjoyed from the terrace or Mediterranean-style garden. The elegant Edwardian building is located in a quiet residential road but the bustling centre of Penzance is just a five-minute walk away.
ARE MUDDY PAWS WELCOME? Yes, dogs are allowed in several rooms and most of the communal areas, except The Bay restaurant. Don’t forget to bring your own bed and bowls, however, as no special provisions are provided for pets.
AND WHEN I’M DOG TIRED? The hotel has 25 well-appointed rooms, ranging from Classic to Superior and many enjoy fabulous sea views. Complimentary H2K toiletries come as standard, alongside flatscreen TVs with Freeview and soft, fluffy bathrobes. If you’re lucky, you might even get a teddy bear to snuggle up to as well.
We booked late and arrived after midnight so were greeted by the night porter, who showed us to our room. We stayed in a small double on the top floor, above, which was perfectly comfortable for our one-night stay. While Ernie would have no doubt preferred to be closer to the garden, navigating the stairs was not a problem for us – but it might be an issue for less mobile people travelling with a dog.
HOW ARE THE SCOOBY SNACKS? Excellent. The hotel’s very own restaurant – The Bay – has two AA Rosettes and specialises in local produce, especially seafood. It also serves delicious afternoon teas. Sadly, we arrived too late to sample the evening meals but found breakfast to be an equally fine affair with a range of continental and cooked options. Dogs are not allowed in the main restaurant but we preferred to dine on the terrace anyway – it overlooks the swimming pool, below, and has great harbour views.
ANY FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS TO PLAY WITH? No, but you may well encounter other holidaying pups.
WHERE’S GOOD FOR WALKIES? There are lots of lovely walks in and around Penzance. A stroll around the harbour makes for a nice little leg-stretch but if you want to go further afield, seek out the South West Coast Path. Originally created by coastguards, the Path runs for more than 630 miles and takes in Somerset, Dorset and Devon – but the Cornwall section is particularly picturesque.
For great views of Mounts Bay, follow the Path along the seawall from Penzance to Marazion. On this easy two-mile walk, you will pass a beach as well as plenty of dog-friendly pubs, should you need to stop and refuel. Alternatively, head in the opposite direction to the cute fishing village of Mousehole, via Newlyn. Distance-wise, it is on a par with the Penzance to Marazion walk so if you’re feeling energetic, you could combine the two or save the walks for different days.
WHAT ERNIE LOVED: The fuss from staff, exploring the gardens
WHAT I LOVED: The location, the great views, the pool
GET ON THE DOG AND BONE: Rooms at Hotel Penzance start from £89 per night, including breakfast. For more information or to book, click here or call (01736) 363117.