Great Easter holidays come to an end

We have had a fantastic Easter here in Cornwall, with three weeks of dry weather and a lot of sunshine. Our Easter visitors made the most of the weather. Lots of children enjoyed the pool and there were a few trips to the beach. Unfortunately our dry weather came to an end today with a hail shower at 7.30. This was not popular with my eldest, who refused to get up.

Our pool looking inviting over Easter – wish the weather was always this predictable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had some lovely feedback in the visitors’ book in the Farmhouse. Our Farmhouse is always popular with extended families and groups of friends as there is plenty of space. Take  look at some photos on our cottages page http://www.hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk/our-cottages/the-farmhouse/. There were some great comments from our guests this Easter:

“The Farmhouse had everything we needed.” “Very comfortable.” “Fantastic.” “Thanks for the high standard of the Farmhouse.”  We also had a note from some younger visitors “It was really fun here in the swimming pool”.

They recommended visits to Boscastle and Padstow, a walk on the coastal path and the steak night at the local pub, the Bullers Arms http://www.thebullersarmshotel.com/. The most popular beach seemed to be Summerleaze in Bude which is a big sandy beach. It is also home to Bude’s Sea Pool, definitely worth a visit if you enjoy swimming in the sea http://www.budeseapool.org/.

 

 

 

 

Spring is in the air.

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.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our past and future guests! We’ve had a busy Christmas and New Year with lots of guests enjoying the hot tub, tennis court and local beaches.

 

 

 

 

 

This is a beautiful stretch of beach between Crooklets in Bude and Northcott Mouth. When the tide is out, you can walk all along the coast from Bude to Sandymouth. The beaches and cliffs are spectacular and you can also see parts of the wreck of the Belem just beyond Northcott. Then walk back along the cliffs on the coastal path to take in the views. We had a puppy in June so we have spent the second half of 2016 discovering some great walks around this beautiful, but hilly,  part of North Cornwall.

 

October half term 2016

Are you looking for a self-catering break over October half term 2016? We have cottages sleeping 2, 4, 5 and 6 available on our beautiful rural site near Bude in North Cornwall for the week or a short break (min 3 nights). There is plenty to do around Bude with lots of beautiful beaches to explore, watersports, walking and cycle paths. Tintagel, Clovelly and Boscastle are all a short drive away. Further afield the Eden Project, Padstow and Lanhydrock are within an hour’s drive. On site we have a kids’ play area (including football and trampoline), a games room, tennis court and hot tub.

Footprints

Cottages available

ALL FAMILY COTTAGES NOW BOOKED FOR THE WEEK.

Cottages for two from £180 for three nights.

Our cosy cottages are well-equipped and comfortable.  You can see pictures and more details at http://www.hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk/our-cottages/. Available for the week or a shorter break (minimum 3 nights).

 

 

Summer in Bude

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.

Bude canal

Cottages for two

We have three cosy cottages for two in a beamed barn conversion. The cottages overlook our fields, down to the sea, perfect for a peaceful and relaxing break. Set away from the pool and play area, our cottages for two were refurbished in 2015 with new shower rooms. Each cottage has a double bedroom, shower room and living area with well-equipped kitchen, TV, DVD and wifi. Two of our cottages for two are suitable for couples with a baby. We have a hot tub and tennis court on site (open all year) and a heated outdoor pool (Easter-end September). Short breaks are available most of the year (except July-mid September).   We are in a quiet, rural location, close to the beautiful North Cornish coast, surfing beaches, the South West coastal path and the small seaside town of Bude. We are dog friendly.

Nook bedroom

Stable kitchen-living

 

 

 

Summer 2016

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.

Widemouth Bay

Widemouth Bay

Pool

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!

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).
Farmhouse Christmas

Woodburner weather – winter breaks in North Cornwall

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.

Woodburner ParsonsAutumn blackberries by Strangles beach