September 2020 availability

Our heated outdoor pool is open until the end of September. If you are lucky enough not to be restricted to the main school holidays why not book a break in September? Our September 2020 availability is below – early September is booking up quickly but we do have availability towards the end of the month.

We are in Marhamchurch, a 10 minute drive from Bude and a choice of beaches along the North Cornwall coast. Our cottages are a short drive from the A39, so a great base for exploring North Cornwall and North Devon.

Our heated outdoor pool is open Easter-September. Our hot tub is open all year.
Pool and hot tub

September 2020 availability

Farmhouse, sleeps up to 11 or 12: 1st to 5th September (£1350), 12th-18th (£1600), 22nd-25th (£920).

Manor cottage, sleeps 6: 21st-25th (£480), 28th – 5th October (£620). Shorter breaks also available.

Parsons cottage, sleeps 7, private hot tub: from 22nd September £520 for 3 nights, 26 September onwards £470 for 3 nights.

Pound cottage, sleeps 4: 19th – 26th (£600), 26th September onwards (£500 per week, shorter breaks also available).

Badger cottage, sleeps 6: from 28 September £530 per week, shorter breaks also available.

Cottages for 2: availability from 19 September onwards, £360 per week, shorter breaks also available.

Where to eat in Bude – restaurants Summer 2020

It’s a bit more complicated this year with social distancing restrictions in place, so please remember to book in advance.

Marhamchurch

Regular visitors will know the village pub in Marhamchurch, the Bullers Arms. This is about a 10 minute walk but there aren’t any street lights, so please remember a torch if you are planning a walk back along the lane. Find the pub on Facebook or call 01288 361277. The pub is not serving food at the moment but you are welcome to eat a takeaway there (see a few suggestions below) and they will provide cutlery.

There is a fish and chip van opposite the village shop every Friday around 4.45-6. Cash only. On Monday evenings over the summer there is a wood-fired pizza oven (Il Forno Pizzas) from 5pm at Court Farm Holidays, just opposite the pub. On Tuesday evenings there is a good wood fired pizza oven in Stratton in the public car park next to the King’s Arms – Alex’s Wood Fired Pizzas @AlexsWoodFiredPizza. Book in advance and they will have it ready for you. On Wednesday evenings there is a mobile chef at the Bullers Arms selling curry.

Just outside the village by the canal the Weir is a modern child-friendly cafe and bistro, open daily 9am-8pm, with a children’s play area. You can walk over the fields to Widemouth Bay from here, or into Bude along the canal.

Restaurants in Bude

Life’s a Beach is a long-established restaurant overlooking Summerleaze beach. The restaurant is open for breakfast until 7pm for food. The bar is open till 9pm daily. Good range of food and the fish, burgers, curries, salads are recommended. Children’s menu. Take-aways available to eat on the beach.

Sea Fever restaurant in the Atlantic Hotel, overlooking Summerleaze beach. Local chef and locally-sourced food. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 6.30-8.30pm.

Temple is a small, innovative cafe and restaurant open for brunch, lunch and evenings Wednesday-Saturday. Locally-sourced interesting food, beautifully presented. Good coffee too. Located on Granville Terrace at the bottom of town, along from the TSB.

The Deck is another relaxed restaurant on Summerleaze Crescent, in the Edgcumbe Hotel. Skewers, burgers, ribs, steak, good fish. Children’s menu.

La Bocca is a small traditional Italian pizzeria in Bude. They will also do take away and deliver to Hilton Farm Holidays. Owned by the family that run the modern Italian style restaurant at Elements at Widemouth Bay.

The Bank is a popular tapas bar. Open Tuesday to Sunday.

Potters restaurant and cocktail bar. New to Bude this summer and we haven’t had chance to try it yet. Cafe open Monday to Sunday, restaurant and cocktail bar Wednesday to Saturday.

The Barge is a cafe on a boat moored along the canal where you can get lunches, good coffee and cake.

Rosie’s kitchen on Crooklets beach serve ice creams and milkshakes as well as a beach cafe menu and pizza. Open 10-4 every day and also in the evening Thursday-Saturday.

Takeaways

There are several fish and chip shops in Bude – the Mermaid and The Plaice are both taking orders for collection. If you are looking for an Indian, try Mirchi or the Bay Tree in the centre of town. For Chinese try Tiandi.

Northcott Mouth

If you are heading for Northcott Mouth beach or enjoying a walk across the downs from Bude towards Northcott stop off for a cream tea at the Rustic Tea Garden, just inland from the beach. You will spot the tea pot sign as you walk down the coastal path. The cream teas are highly recommended but they also serves hot pasties and freshly made sandwiches. Find the Rustic Tea Garden on facebook or Trip Advisor. Open Easter-September-ish.

Widemouth Bay

If you have been to Widemouth Bay and feel like getting breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake afterwards we recommend the cafe and shop at Cornish Coasts campsite on the A39. Opening hours vary. If you would like an ice cream at Widemouth in the summer the ice creams at the Beach House hotel snack bar on the beach are the best, and the queue is usually shorter. Head north away from the car park. There are cafes in the Widemouth car park and also Blackrock. Trelawny Tearoom, just opposite the main car park, serve good cream teas – this year you have to book (01288 361946).

Coronavirus update for Summer 2020

We are currently open for holidays and taking bookings for 2021. Please note that we have made some changes in line with Covid19 guidance. We expect these to be in place until at least the end of September. Detailed information will be sent out prior to arrival but please check with us if you have any questions.

Our outdoor pool and shared hot tub

Our heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
Pool and hot tub

The pool and hot tub are currently open and we are using a booking system so each group can book a slot. We expect this to be in place for the pool until it closes (4 October this year) and we may well need to continue with the booking system for the hot tub after that. Unfortunately we have had to remove all the sun loungers and cushions from the pool area. There are a couple of benches.

Children’s Games Room

The Children’s Games Room is currently closed until at least the end of September. We do not yet know when we will be able to re-open it.

Check in and check out

To allow time for the extra sanitsation requirements we have unfortunately had to delay check in to 5pm. Please note this is not guaranteed and we will try to keep you updated if there is likely to be a delay. Check out is now 9am.

Corona Virus (Covid19) and your holiday (as of 22 March 2020)

Sadly we have decided to close temporarily and we are not taking any new bookings for holidays before 31 May. We will review this as and when government advice changes.

We are in the process of contacting guests who have bookings for holidays before 31 May.

This is a very difficult time for everyone and we are really sad to be closing. However, thinking of our guests and the local community, we have decided this is the most responsible way forward. We hope to see you all in Cornwall soon – the beaches, sunsets and cream teas will still be here. Stay healthy.

Bookings from 1 June 2020 onwards

As of today (22 March), our usual booking terms and conditions apply for bookings from 1 June onwards. We will keep this under review as government guidance changes. Please contact us if you have any concerns about a booking after 1 June.

Cold water swimming

I’ve seen a lot lately about the benefits of wild swimming or cold water swimming outside all year round. “Cold water therapy”, including year-round sea swimming, recently featured in the BBC’s “Easy Ways to Live Well”, with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall taking a dip in the sea. Apparently there are benefits for physical and mental health, particularly dealing with stress.

Here in Cornwall there are people who swim in the sea all year. Even on the coldest day, if I walk on the beach I will usually see surfers, paddle boarders or kayakers in the water. A friend has recently started a weekly dip in the sea with the Bluetits Chill Swimmers group, just down the coast in Newquay.

Bude has its own beautiful Sea Pool on Summerleaze beach where you can try cold water swimming even if the sea is rough. You often see groups of swimmers there all year round. Some wear wetsuits, others just a swimming costume. I love the sea pool and in winter on a calm day it looks very inviting. I haven’t braved it yet though between September and March – maybe this will be the year!

Jumping into the sea pool in Bude
Bude’s Sea Pool
Bude's sea pool on a sunny January day
Bude Sea Pool in the January sunshine
Swimmers in Bude Sea Pool in January 2020
Locals swim in Bude Sea Pool all year round – this was January 2020.

Bude also has an annual Christmas Day swim from Crooklets Beach when lots of people run into the sea – and usually straight out again, screaming. This must be a good way of working up an appetite for that Christmas dinner.

Bude’s Sea Pool is just 10 minutes away from our cottages. Even better, you can always warm up in the hot tub afterwards. Or perhaps curl up in front of a wood burner with a hot chocolate to recover.

Spring is on the way!

We are past the end of January now and Spring is on the way after a very wet and windy winter. The spring flowers and blossom are starting to appear.

Snowdrops, some of the first spring flowers
Snowdrops in the garden
Early blossom on the tree in our entrance
We have had daffodils since 10 January this year and the blossom on the tree at the entrace was in bud before the end of the month too. 

Sunsets and sunrises

January highlights included some spectacular sunrises and we went to Widemouth Bay a few times to watch the sun setting over the Atlantic. Widemouth is just 10 minutes away in the car and the sunsets are spectacular. This is the only positive about shorter days!

Amazing colours in the sky at sunrise
The beautiful colours of a January sunrise
The sun setting over the Atlantic at Widemouth Bay
A January sunset at Widemouth Bay.
Sunset at Widemouth Bay
Widemouth Bay at sunset

The Eden Project

We fitted in a visit to the Eden Project too. We like to go in the winter while the ice rink is open, usually from October to February when it’s not too busy. The ice rink is great fun and afterwards you can warm up exploring the rainforest and the rope bridges in the tropical biome. The tropical flowers were beautiful this year and we saw pineapples and bananas growing. We also enjoyed a visit to the Mediterranean Biome, where we saw citrus trees. A real contrast to the bare branches and Spring flowers outside.

This year we took three teens and an 8 year old and we all enjoyed the afternoon. It is about an hour’s drive from our cottages. We always enjoy ourselves at the Eden Project – well worth a visit. It is not a cheap day out, but tickets are valid for 12 months (if you buy them as a donation) so you can always visit again if you are coming back to Cornwall. Buy online in advance for a cheaper rate. You can take a picnic which you can eat inside or outside, or you can buy food there, ranging from pasties and sandwiches to a full meal. Dogs are welcome, but not in the biomes.

Ice skating at the Eden Project's ice rink
The ice rink at the Eden Project – usually open October to February each year.
A tree orchid in the tropical biome at the Eden Project
An orchid in the tropical biome at the Eden Project
A beautiful pink Torch Ginger flower in the tropical biome at the Eden Project
A Torch Ginger flower in the tropical biome at the Eden Project. The torch ginger plant grows in southeast Asia.
A pineapple growing in the tropical biome at the Eden Project
A pineapple growing in the tropical biome

We have availability for short breaks and longer stays in our cottages until the beginning of April. We open our outdoor pool for the school Easter holidays on 3 April and we have some cottages available if you would like to get away then for a break with friends or family. Check availability here or drop us an email at enquiries@hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk for more information.

Swimming pool…

It’s that time of year, now that Christmas is over, when we start to think optimistically about warmer weather and opening our outdoor swimming pool ready for the summer season.

Our heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
Pool and hot tub

We open our heated outdoor swimming pool for the start of the main school Easter holidays each year, until the end of September. In 2020 our pool will be open from 3 April until 30 September. Fingers crossed for some warm, sunny weather. The hot tub is open all year round.

Bookings for Easter and the summer are going quickly. Please take a look at live availability here, or email us enquiries@hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk. We are 10 minutes from Bude and the beautiful North Cornwall coast. There are lots of beaches to explore, from secluded sandy coves to family-friendly Summerleaze in Bude with the Bude Sea Pool. The local beaches at Widemouth Bay and in Bude are popular with surfers. You can book lessons and hire boards and wetsuits locally.

We are in a rural location on the edge of a village, but just a short drive from the A39, so a great base for exploring the North Cornwall and North Devon coast. Padstow, Clovelly, Port Isaac and Polzeath are all within 30 minutes to an hour away. Further afield, the Eden Project is about an hour’s drive and the Lost Gardens of Heligan slightly further.

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas to all our guests! We hope you have a relaxing time catching up with family or friends over the holidays. If you are thinking of getting away for a break over the Christmas holidays next year, we are now taking bookings for Christmas 2020 and New Year 2020/2021.

Christmas decorations in the Farmhouse
The Farmhouse ready for Christmas

School holidays 2020!

Are you looking for a self-catering cottage in North Cornwall for the school holidays 2020? Our cottages are almost fully booked for May half-term (week from 23 May 2020),with only Pound cottage (sleeps 4) and cottages for 2 available. The summer school holidays 2020 are getting busy too but we still have some availability most weeks. If you are thinking of a break over Easter, our pool will be open from 3 April and we have cottages available throughout the Easter break.

Heated outdoor pool opens for the school Easter holidays 2020 until the end of September.
Our heated outdoor swimming pool (open school Easter holidays until the end of September).

Just a few minutes from the small seaside town of Bude, we are in a quiet rural spot with great views. Bude itself has been voted Best UK coastal resort several times over the last few years. Bude is small and unspoilt, with independent shops and restaurants. There are two beaches, a semi-natural sea pool and some great walks along the coastal path. If you want to explore further afield, we are near to the A39 which gives easy access to North Devon and North Cornwall. Visit Clovelly, Boscastle and Tintagel which are all within 30 minutes. Or try the Eden Project and Lanhydrock.

Spring flowers along the coastal path, overlooking Northcott Mouth.
Spring flowers

If you are feeling adventurous there are lots of watersports available locally. Try coasteering or book a surfing lesson from one of the local beaches. You can try paddle boarding on the canal or the sea pool to get your balance before you have a go on the sea. Kayaking is available along the canal to see the wildlife, or on nearby Tamar Lakes. Or maybe just go for a walk along the coastal path and take in the scenery.

September 2019 late availability

We have a few last minute deals for September 2019 late availability bookings. For a full list check out our special offers.

Explore North Cornwall and the area around Bude in September, after the summer rush. Hopefully we will get some sunshine! Our heated outdoor pool is open until the end of the month.

Visit the beautiful local beaches and walk the coastal path. Try watersports on the sea, the canal or nearby Tamar Lakes. Go for a swim in Bude’s Sea Pool. Bude itself is a small seaside town, with independent shops and cafes and two beaches. We are ideally located for exploring the North Cornwall and North Devon coastline with Boscastle, Tintagel and Clovelly all within an easy drive. Further afield, the Eden Project, Lanhydrock, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are all around an hour away.

Our heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
Pool and hot tub

September 2019 late availability: 10% off any week in a cottage sleeping 4 or more until 30 September. 

Farmhouse: 31 August to 6 September (6 nights), £1250, usually £1550. Our spacious Cornish Farmhouse sleeps 11 or 12 in 5 bedrooms. Ideal for families or friends to get together.

Parsons: 31 August to 6 September (6 nights), £700 (usually £780). A comfortable, modern cottage with a private hot tub. Parsons sleeps 7 in 4 bedrooms.

Swallow’s Nest: 31 August to 6 7 September (1 week). £540 (usually £600). Swallow’s Nest is a cosy barn conversion sleeping 4.