Spring is in the air – hopefully. As I write this Storm Doris is howling round the house, bringing gales and lots of rain. However, we are now into February and this week I have seen lots of snowdrops and a few primroses.
The first daffodils are out, although the wind will probably flatten them tonight. It definitely feels warmer this week when I am walking our puppy (who is now in the naughty toddler stage), despite the wind.
Our hens have started laying again as well. Unfortunately, we had a visit from the fox at the end of November. The cheeky thing had three of our newest hens. The others went on strike, except for one who laid an egg every day all through December. However, now the days are getting longer we are getting more eggs each week. Good for baking!
While we are quiet we are busy trying to fit in work to update the cottages, with the help of our local builder /handy man and his daughter . They have started taking off the rendering on the outside of our lovely Farmhouse, revealing a lot of old stone wall which we are re-pointing. This is a very time consuming and painstaking job, not helped by the winter weather. We are also re-fitting bathrooms in the Farmhouse and Manor, doing some decorating and laying new flooring.
This week I booked the local pool maintenance company to re-open our pool at the end of March, ready for Easter! Only a couple of months to go now and hopefully we will see some sunshine. If not, you can always hide in the hot tub.
Self -catering short breaks near Bude, in North Cornwall. We offer short breaks in our self-catering cottages throughout the Autumn and winter (except the family cottages for the week from 22 October). Our cosy cottages are well-equipped and ideal for a weekend away with friends or family. There is lots to do on site with our hot tub, tennis court, games room and play area available. We are close to the beautiful North Cornish coast so you can enjoy walks on empty beaches at this time of year or explore the coastal path. Our three largest cottages have log burners, perfect for cooler evenings.
Prices start from £135 for two nights in a cottage for two, £150 in a cottage for four. Full details, prices and availability are available on our website http://www.hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk/our-cottages/
Walking at Rough Tor in December
November sunset at Widemouth
Manor cottage log burner
Hoorah! Is summer here in Bude, or nearly? We’ve had some warm weather this weekend and a couple of trips to the beach, including a dip in the Bude sea pool at Summerleaze beach and the first body boarding session of the year for the kids yesterday. Looking forward to plenty more. We had a nice lunch at the Olive Tree by the canal in Bude today, followed by a walk down the canal and across the bridge to the breakwater. If you are feeling energetic you can hire a pedalo or a rowing boat to explore the canal in the summer. There are lots of places to eat along the wharf and we are waiting for Bude’s first restaurant in a barge to open as well. At the end of the canal if the tide is out you can either cross over the bridge to Summerleaze or walk over to the breakwater. The breakwater is one of my favourite spots in Bude and it is always popular with the kids, who love scrambling over the rocks and exploring the pools. It is fun in all weather – good for watching the waves when the sea is rough and the tide is in, provided you don’t get too close! However today the tide was way out so we were able to get down onto the sand on the other side of the Breakwater from Summerleaze beach. It was almost empty, a great stretch of sand to run around on and lots of anemones in the rock pools.
We’re looking forward to summer 2016 and hopefully some better weather, spring flowers and maybe even blue sky and sunshine. Our pool will open late March ready for the Easter holidays. The family cottages are getting busy for the school holidays but we do have some availability (see the dates below or check our online calendar). We have plenty of availability for couples and short breaks or longer holidays for bigger groups outside the main school holidays. We offer short breaks (minimum 2 nights) outside July – mid September and the main school holidays.
Our heated outdoor pool
May half term 27 or 28 May: Pound (sleeps 4, £890), cottages for 2.
School Summer holidays (16 July-3 September)
Cottages for 2 available all weeks
27 August: cottages sleeping 4, 5, 6 and 7
Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2016! We hope you have time to relax with family and friends over Christmas. We have some cottages sleeping 2 and 4 available over Christmas and New Year so please get in touch if you are looking for a last minute break (minimum 3 nights).
There is a definite chill in the air now in the mornings. We’ve been having some beautiful sunny weather, great for walking on the coastal path. We’ve closed the pool now until next Easter which always makes me feel that the end of summer has definitely arrived. On the plus side, this is a good time of year for warming up in the hot tub or by the woodburner after a bracing walk on the beach. Woodburners are available in three of our cottages – Manor, Parsons and the Farmhouse. If you are looking for a winter break we offer short breaks (minimum 2 nights) from November to March.
We have some availability in cottages for two, including short breaks. FAMILY COTTAGES ARE NOW ALL BOOKED FOR THE WEEK. Close to the beautiful North Cornwall coast and Bude. Surfing, other watersports and pony trekking available locally. We have a tennis court, hot tub, games room and play area on site.
There is lots on locally over the half term week. Visit Tintagel Old Post Office (National Trust) for Halloween trails www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tintagel-old-post-office/. Find out about Myths and Legends at Tintagel Castle (English Heritage) 27-29 October www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tintagel-castle/. Further afield, there is a Spooky Trail at Lanhydrock (National Trust) www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock/ and lots on at the Eden Project, where the ice rink will also be open www.edenproject.com
There are lots of foody events over the next month, starting with the second Bude for Food festival 18-20 September. Last year’s event was a great day out, with lots of lovely food and a good atmosphere, helped by fantastic late September sunshine.
The Boscastle Food, Arts and Crafts Festival runs over the weekend of 3-4 October. Further afield, the Eden Project is less crowded out of season and there is lots going on between 10-27 September at the Eden Project Festival of Food followed by the Eden Project Beer Festival on 3 October. Short breaks available (minimum 2 nights) in our cottages in September and October.