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Watergate Bay Hotel

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Watergate Bay Hotel

From £160
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Dine With Dog
Bed Provided
Bowl Provided
Setting: Surfside cool
Paws: Maximum 2 dogs per room

Named after the stunning stretch of dog-friendly Cornish sandy shore on which the hotel nestles, Watergate Bay aptly describes itself as a ‘ski resort on the beach’. With families at its heart and dogs embraced, the hotel is the epitome of contemporary surf side chic, while also providing plenty of home comforts for those more inclined to daydream of their surfing prowess. With activities abound, Watergate Bay is all about getting out and about enjoying the stunning scenery and outdoor pursuits Cornwall has in abundance. We’re sure fido will very much approve!

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At Watergate Bay Hotel

Lounges with endless seaside views, surfboards, roaring fires, Swim Club with treatment rooms, children’s areas and a surf school. Dog-friendly rooms include flat screen TVs, a DVD player, iPod docking station or Bluetooth speaker, WiFi and tea and coffee facilities and the hotel’s specially developed Another Place toiletries.

Pawfect slumbers

Happily there are a wide selection of dog-friendly rooms on offer, including family suites. Rooms are located in the Ocean Wing or Coach House, with the only type of room unavailable to four-legged friends being the two Suites in the main house.

Rooms are full of seaside charm – think beach hut hues of green, grey and blues – while bathrooms stock toiletries created especially for the hotel. Plump for a sea view room to enjoy the magnificent coastal vistas.

For fido, Joules dog beds are available on request and bowls are provided.

Human and hound abound

A towel or drying coat for fido, and a wind breaker for you, are very handy additions to the case to enjoy the magnificent bay.

Relax and revive

Chill-out and enjoy the sunset in the 25m infinity pool and outdoor hot tub. Swim Club also has treatment rooms and an all too tempting lounge, complete with deep cushioned sofas perfect for a spot of down time during Swim Club’s adult only periods (at either end of the day).

The hotel’s gym is open from 7am to 9pm.

The extra bits

Dogs are welcomed throughout the hotel, with the exception of Zacry’s and Swim Club. The hotel has baby monitors on hand so you can keep an ear out for fido as he snoozes in your room, dreaming of scampering after crabs on the beach.

The hotels Extreme Academy offers a wide range of beach pursuits including surfing, kitesurfing, waveski, stand-up paddlesurf and handplaning.

Very family-friendly, there is a kids’ zone with an outdoor space.


  • 40 dog-friendly rooms; 71 in total
  • Check-in 3pm
  • Check-out 11.30am
  • Rates from £160 incl. tax
  • Breakfast included
  • Additional £15 per night for a dog, and a further £5 for a second dog
  • Situated on a stunning dog-friendly surfer beach

Food and Drink

Hotel restaurants

Watergate Bay offers an array of dining options, including two where you can dine with your dog.

Zacry’s is a stylish brasserie, with a sophisticated edge as the sun sets. Combining local influences, international flavours and a splash of Cornish attitude results in big, warming flavours. The indoor charcoal oven means meat and seafood feature heavily, with dishes such as Fiorentina steak and Cornish spider crab often found.

Stroll from the sand right into The Beach Hut, where fido is invited to join. Enjoy the good things in life, with Cornish fish always on the daily specials’ board and a classic menu with an emphasis on local, seasonal produce.

The Living Space is the bustling heart of the hotel. Sit back, take in the view and dine with your pooch whenever you fancy. Your pup will also spot a dog bowl or two, to quench their thirst. Enjoy seasonal salads, hearty dishes and sharing plates, and treat yourself to Lobster Fridays during the summer months.

With breakfast served in Zacry’s, if you would like fido by your side, the hotel are very happy for you to take your food through to The Living Space.

Hotel bars

Indulge in coffee and pastries in the morning or cocktails in the evening at the continental-style bar Watchful Mary, built right on the sea wall overlooking the bay. Open 9am-11pm every day.

Alternatively, enjoy a beach-inspired cocktail, or a refreshing G&T from the fantastic Gin List, and watch the surfers do their bit in the bars in The Living Space or Swim Club.

At your service

Available 24 hours a day, with a reduced menu after 10pm.

The extra bits

Next door is Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, which aims to give people in need a second chance, by bringing them into the workforce. Well worth a visit, the Italian cuisine makes the most of Cornish ingredients. Its menu is accessible for all, from ardent foodies through to gastro-novices.

  • Breakfast: 7.30am to 10.30am
  • Zacry's: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
  • The Living Space: food served 11.30am to 10pm
  • The Beach Hut: 9am-11am; midday to 9pm
  • Dress code: for Zacry's surfside chic, floaty tops and cashmere knits

Where We Are


With Watergate Bay’s 2 mile stretch of beach (dog-friendly all year round), filled with rock pools and inviting places for your hound to have a dig and a dip, it’s a delight to be able to explore together without jumping in the car. Most of the beaches in the area are also dog-friendly with no seasonal ban. The costal path running along North Cornwall also passes directly behind the hotel, so you can’t get lost as you set off to explore the scenery beyond the bay.

Away from the beach, North Cornwall has an abundance of dog-friendly activities for you and fido to enjoy together. For inspiration see our dog-friendly Cornwall destination page.

For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.



Address: Watergate Bay Hotel On The Beach, Watergate Bay, Cornwall, TR8 4AA

Hit the road

Leave the A30 to take the exit for the Highgate Hill Roundabout, and take the 3rd exit for the A39 towards Wadebridge and Newquay. At the Halloon roundabout, take the third exit, continuing on the A39 towards Wadebridge. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A3059, signposted to St Mawgan and the Airport. After about 1 mile, turn right to St Mawgan and the Airport. At the B3276 ‘T’ junction, turn left to Watergate Bay.

All aboard

First Great Western offer services to Newquay station, or to the mainline station of Bodmin and St. Austell. Remember to book your taxi in advance.

For more tips on travelling with your dog, including transport options, read our essential guide to travelling with dogs. For more handy tips, check out Dog Digest.

Watergate Bay Hotel

Rigby’s Review

Seagulls be gone!

From the moment we came around the headland into Watergate Bay, with its golden sand and sea breeze to welcome us, All Four Paws’ guru Rigby’s nose was happily a-sniffing, keen to get out and explore the delights below. As we parked up and made our way to the hotel entrance, there was more than a little pull to head straight down to the beach. Thankfully, after a ruffle of the ears and a promise of a later walk, Rigby decided this way also looked more than worthy of investigation.

Walls adorned with surfboards welcomed us as we entered the hotel’s bright and breezy reception and lounge area, and eyes were immediately drawn through the heart of the hotel, The Living Space, and its panoramic views across the bay. Warm and welcoming, both human and hound were immediately at ease; the hustle and bustle of this inclusive hotel has enough activity and welcoming hands to keep even the most inquisitive of paws occupied. Rigby was delighted to give a paw up to the warm welcome, with more than a few strokes and hands offered as we made our way to our sea view room in the Ocean Wing.

With Rigby immediately claiming the Joules dog bed and luxuriating into it as he gazed out across our patio to the sea below, we knew we had one contented pooch. Rooms are bright, contemporary and well set-up to cater for the myriad of sandy feet that will no doubt be making their way in after sampling the outdoor delights on offer. From our ground floor room, Rigby and I took in the view on the patio, before wandering straight out to the small garden area in front of the Ocean Wing rooms, perfect to stretch out those pads after a long drive.

Our travel companion headed off for some ‘me’ time, to enjoy the beautiful infinity pool, and plush seaside blue sofas and roaring fire of the Swim Club’s lounge, where a sense of calm had descended as adults only time had begun and the sun was waning. Meanwhile, Rigby and I decided a local tipple was in order. We soon succumbed to the delight of enjoying the sunset, while watching the surfers tackle the waves. Accompanied by a local gin and tonic, and water for Rigby – along with plenty of attention for the furry one amongst the hubbub of post day chatter from locals, couples and families alike, the day to day was soon forgot. Having nestled into a sofa, it seemed just a little too hard to break away, so we let drinks roll into dinner and enjoyed some of the welcoming, hearty fare in The Living Room. With the sea air and good food starting to take effect, an early night was insisted on by Rigby, keen to enjoy his new bed of choice.

Lulled to sleep with the crash of the waves in our respective, but I hear equally comfy, beds we decided to break from the tradition of our holidays and rise promptly, in order to make the most of the deserted beach below. Braving the atmospheric, wintery morning but keen to explore, we all set off for the short stroll down to the dog-friendly beach. With rock pools aplenty, Rigby could not contain the woofs of delight as he chased seaweed, ears a flapping in between the obligatory dive in every rock pool – just to test them out of course! Having successfully cleared the whole of Watergate Bay of seagulls, a feat Rigby will not be letting us forget in a while, we managed to persuade him that breakfast was in order. After drying off both human and hound, and dispensing with a bucket’s worth of sand on our handy patio, we all made our way down with thoughts of a hearty meal in mind.

With Rigby settled in The Living Space, with water and a treat, we took our turns to venture into Zacry’s, the hotel’s main restaurant, with its contemporary, cool beachside decor. With a feast on offer, and even a make your own waffle station, sure to keep any children (big or small!) content, Zacry’s did not disappoint. While breakfast is served in this inviting space, as paws are not allowed here, we made our way back to The Living Space to enjoy breakfast with Rigby and once again enjoy the increasingly addictive view of the bay…definitely not a second choice of breakfast location in our view. Now, just to decide on the day ahead…

Whether you’re keen to enjoy the quiet beaches in the winter, or take the family to this activity-filled destination in the warmer months, there are outdoor pursuits, many a landscape or pretty Cornish idyll to enjoy with fido. Watergate Bay is designed to welcome all, and encourages you get out of your rooms to the bustling heart of the hotel and beyond, to enjoy all Cornwall has to offer. If you love life and bustle, and want somewhere you, pooch, child and partner can all enjoy, try Watergate Bay.

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