Brand new to Boutique Retreats’ portfolio is Apple Loft (sleeps two), a cosy cottage slap-bang between Cornwall’s north (St Ives) and south (Porthleven) coasts, meaning that the beach is no more than a 20-minute drive in either direction. With its clotted cream coloured walls, vintage furnishings and Aga, plus a cobbled courtyard and pretty gardens, this dog-friendly retreat is set to become extremely popular. A three-night stay in October costs from £209 pp (£417 total). Call Boutique Retreats on 01872 553 491 (www.boutique-retreats.co.uk).
Civilised Cornwall by rail – from £599 pp with Pride of Britain Hotels
Overlooking Carne beach on Cornwall’s spectacular Roseland Peninsula, The Nare enjoys an impressive water-front setting. Spend the days walking coastal paths, exploring secluded creeks and stunning gardens or relaxing in the hot tub, spa or indoor and outdoor pools. The hotel’s two restaurants serve delicious Cornish produce and there’s also a well-stocked wine cellar. A three-night Quintessential break starts from £599 pp (two sharing) and includes first class return rail travel (London Paddington to Truro), hotel transfers, early morning tea, breakfast, cream tea and dinner. Call Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929.
Swim into autumn: Cornwall – £102 pp with Classic Cottages
As autumn’s crisp days creep in, spend a week at Nanteague House (sleeps five), a traditional farmhouse, only four miles from sandy Perranporth Beach, with a sleek, outdoor, solar-heated swimming pool. A freshly-baked cream tea awaits you on your arrival, and one dog is welcome; there’s miles of coastal path for you all to enjoy, and an outdoor kennel and run available for times when you might be visiting dog-free attractions. A week’s stay arriving Saturday 19 September costs £102 pp (£507 total). Call Classic Cottages on 01326 555 555.