Today we have a poacher turned gamekeeper – or some-such like that – writing for Phileas Dogg. Carrek runs a holiday cottage in South Petherwin, near Launceston, North Cornwall for dogs – and he’s using the Phileas Dogg Bugle to give it a big Bark Out to potential guests. Here are Carrek’s tips, as a hotelier hound, on how to make accommodation that’s grrr-fect for canny canine customers, like me, Phileas. Woof!
Hello, my name is Carrek which is Cornish for rock and I am a black Labrador. Last year I persuaded my bipeds to buy and renovate a cottage to rent to hounds on holiday – and their bipeds too. I supervise the cottage and advise on what is going to make it appeal to Egon Bone-ays – travellers with tails to tell. As you can see, I am a mover and shaker in the hospitality for hounds industry….
- The most important thing to make accommodation fit for discerning dogs is location; location; location. No point creating a Ritz for Rovers in the middle of a built-up area with no walks for miles around. No such problems here in North Cornwall, as we are just a few miles from some prop beaches that are dog-friendly all year round.
My favourite is Widemouth Bay – 20 minutes away in the car. There’s a café there named after me – The Black Rock Café, right next to the beach – so I am always given a royal welcome inside.
The south end of Widemouth Bay is dog friendly all year round. Black Rock Café, Marine Drive, Widemouth Bay, Bude, Cornwall EX23 OAW
My second favourite walk is on the beach at Harlyn Bay, with dramatic cliffs and sweeping sand.
And my third is Padstow. I like to walk along the harbour, then up onto the green at the top of the cliffs for some ball chasing. Afterwards, when the sea goes out, I have a fine romp along the sand.
- Humans like the little touches when they go to a hotel – chocolates on the pillow, a glass of welcome wine etc. Well here’s some news – dogs like the little touches too. And that’s why I spend my pocket money on things to welcome the dogs that come to stay at Hellangove – a big bowl of biscuits, double the amount if two dogs are staying. A tennis ball or a ball on a rope or a Wango (what’s this? – Phileas). Whichever toy is my favourite at the time, I’ll buy to make my canine brothers and sisters welcome. And a card, from ME, explaining where the best walks are.
- Access all Areas. We don’t mind dogs on sofas and beds – it’s our canine right, after all – so we leave out throws for this purpose.
- First Aid Box – dogs need one too. Well, not first aid, exactly – more thirst aid, as we’ve got a big box in the utility room with spare dog bowls for indoors and water bottles for outdoors. And spare leads and collars and poo bags etc…
- Sometimes dogs just want to chill on holiday and find some me-time, away from the bipeds. So my mate Jake is on hand, if you need a day away from the family, to take you for a walk in the Cornish countryside. (His human Lynn accompanies – well, you can’t have everything!) I’ve left Jake’s details in the cottage for you but here he is, handsome fella, former resident of Dogs Trust, Ilfracombe.
- To go for a walk with Jake, contact Lynn at Walking Woofers on 07827 734247 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- So there you go Phileas readers – in giving you my tips on what makes a castle fit for a canine, I hope you know what to look for in accommodation next time you book a trip. WALKS, BEACHES, TREATS, BALLS, FRIENDS AND A COMFY KIP!
- And if you want to come and stay in my gaffe, check out www.hellangoveholidaycottage-cornwall.co.uk. Prices start at £245 a week and DOGS STAY FREE!