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The landing at Megizzy, Polzeath.

It is no secret that people are increasingly looking to holiday with their dogs. Particularly in North Cornwall, it’s unsurprising that so many choose to experience the rugged coastal paths, beautiful unspoilt beaches and countless pet-friendly restaurants and attractions with their pooches in tow.

As part of the Sykes Cottages family, at John Bray Cornish Holidays we are lucky to have a fantastic wealth of data at our disposal, giving us useful information on the latest booking trends and patterns. Across the organisation, we’ve experienced a 60% increase in searches for pet friendly holidays since 2019, following a surge in dog ownership during Covid.

Nowadays, for holiday home owners looking to maximise their income and booking potential, being dog-friendly is an essential component. Properties that accept pets earn on average 4 extra bookings and 18% more revenue annually, compared to their ‘no dog’ counterparts!

Here we showcase one of John Bray Cornish Holidays’ most desirable dog-friendly properties in 2024, and explain how the property owners have made their property attractive to guests with dogs:

Megizzy: A dog-friendly holiday home

Ariel view of Megizzy, Polzeath

In a stunning position overlooking Polzeath Beach, Megizzy is an exceptional holiday home for up to 10 guest, and two dogs by arrangement. Finished to a five-star, contemporary standard throughout, this popular coastal holiday home is the ideal accommodation for those looking to escape to North Cornwall’s coastline.

Having joined the John Bray Cornish Holidays portfolio in the autumn of 2021, this year has been very successful, trumping the number of bookings taken in 2023 already; in 2024, the property has taken 21 bookings to date, with 8 more already confirmed for 2025!

So, what makes this property stand out as pet-friendly accommodation?

Location, Location, Location

Outdoor dining area at Megizzy, Polzeath

This property is in a very dog-friendly position, within a stone’s throw of the South West Coast Path, and just yards from Polzeath Beach. Whilst there is a seasonal dog restriction on this beach (dogs are not permitted from 15th May to 30th September between 10am to 6pm), dogs are welcome at all other times.

For owners taking dogs in their holiday home, why not include some information within your welcome folder about dog-friendly beaches nearby and any restrictions, great dog walks, and restaurants allowing pets.

Dog facilities

The doggy shower at Megizzy, Polzeath

Megizzy is not only luxuriously styled for its human guests – pets are taken good care of too! Given the property’s proximity to the beach, and the potential for sandy children and mucky dog paws, Megizzy is equipped with a lower ground floor wet room, utility and storage area… with a bespoke elevated dog shower, designed with sandy pets in mind! Also in this space, guests can store wetsuits and beach gear – a superb addition, ensuring the main living area is kept much cleaner.

Offering an enclosed outside space is beneficial to those travelling with their pets – Megizzy’s rear garden with terrace is a lovely spot for pets to burn off steam safely. For owners making their property dog-friendly, providing a similar space along with facilities for cleaning up after dogs, will pay dividends and make your accommodation even more appealing.

Share the rules

dog in bed in a dog friendly holiday let

Whilst it is important for all your guests to feel welcome in your property, there are strict terms and conditions your visitors and their dogs need to abide by during their stay. Why not leave a reminder of these expectations for guests within the welcome folder? The owners of Megizzy make it clear on the website, dogs should never be left alone in the property, should be kept off furniture and prevented from entering the bedrooms. Simple steps like this ensure everyone knows the rules clearly.

Advice on making your holiday let dog-friendly

If you are a North Cornwall holiday home owner and are considering becoming pet-friendly, our dedicated John Bray Cornish Holidays Owner Experience team would be happy to discuss whether this might work for you. Why not get in touch today for bespoke expert advice.