In their second review for Feet on the Ground, Sue Kittow and her trusty canine companie, Mollie, visit the newly refurbished (and dog friendly) apartments at Mullion Cove, Cornwall.
Mullion Cove is as unspoilt and breathtakingly beautiful as it sounds – a tiny fishing village on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall where jagged cliffs tower over emerald green seas and the strong arm of the harbour protects it from the worst of the storms.
We arrived on the summer solstice, with the idea of going to the north coast to see the sun set. But it was so peaceful we stayed in Mullion Cove, on the ground floor of the very luxurious, dog friendly apartments that had just been refurbished. Owned by the nearby Mullion Hotel, our apartment had three double bedrooms overlooking the sea, all with en suite bathrooms and TVs. What better way to go to sleep than listening to the sea outside your window, for we were literally on the harbour’s edge.
Shortly after our arrival, the duty manager arrived with a hamper containing a delicious cream tea and showed us how to work the very high tech cooker, dishwasher, coffee machine, TV and other gadgets. MollieDog enjoyed a chew from her dog pack which also listed various local walks and details of dog friendly beaches. Fortified by scones and Rodda’s cream and jam, we walked over the cliffs towards Predannack Cove, spotting skylarks and stonechats, and I picked a bunch of ox eye daisies, campion and buttercups for the vase on the dining table.
The wonderful coastal footpath is on the doorstep here, but we also explored footpaths inland, then drove to Coverack to Terence Coventry’s amazing sculpture park set in a field high above the cliffs. This is not easy to find, but well worth a visit. We also visited Fat Apples Cafe which is part gallery, shop and cafe set in the most idyllic spot just outside Porthallow, where dogs roam freely and newspapers and local books are available to browse. We parked outside Gillan and walked down to the stunning secluded creek to enjoy an afternoon of blissful peace, and watched the famous J Class yachts sailing far out in Falmouth Bay.
The apartments are the ultimate in luxury, so we all felt very pampered, though you are asked to bring your dog’s bed and toys to make them feel more at home. The Mullion Hotel staff are extremely welcoming and friendly, and visitors to the apartments can enjoy reduced price meals, drinks and use of their swimming pool. There is also a dog friendly lounge where you can eat and drink and dogs are made very welcome – as are their owners!
How to get to Mullion Cove, Cornwall without flying:
From Helston take the A3083 past RNAS Culdrose airfield to Chypons Road, then continue to Mullion village. Here take the B3296 to Mullion Cove, and drive down to the harbour where parking is available outside the apartments. Buses and taxis are available from Helston.
Words: Sue Kittow for Feet on the Ground
Images: Mullion Cove and Sue Kittow