September 2017 holidays
September 2017 holidays
Are you looking for a break with family or friends in September 2017? Cornwall is lovely in September, after the summer rush. Explore empty beaches or the coastal path. Pick some blackberries from the hedges. Catch some spectacular September sunsets. Hopefully we will see some late summer sunshine!
Our beautiful Farmhouse is available from 2 – 16 September. We have a 10% off late availability offer if you book for a week (usually £1600). Our Farmhouse sleeps up to 11 in 5 bedrooms. There is plenty of space for a large group, with two comfortable living rooms, a dining room and separate kitchen. There is a private garden with BBQ. Find out more about the Farmhouse here.
The Farmhouse is always popular with larger family groups or groups of friends. Our heated outdoor pool is open until the end of September. We also have a tennis court and hot tub on site, as well as a play area for any children in the group. See some of our reviews on Trip Advisor.
One guest who stayed in the Farmhouse commented: “Our family of 10 recently stayed in the farmhouse and we all agreed that the accommodation and facilities were first rate. The farmhouse was spotless, the pool was used every day and so too was the hot tub. My grandsons enjoyed the football goals and my little grand daughters were in their element feeding the animals. Faye and her husband were very friendly and welcoming and I would highly recommend Hilton Holidays to anyone who wants a lovely place to stay for a holiday. We will definitely be returning!”
There is lots to do around Bude. The town has two lovely beaches, Summerleaze and Crooklets. Summerleaze also has the Bude Sea Pool. Most local attractions are open in September. Watersports are available at most beaches and on the canal all year round. See some of our other blog entries for ideas on what to do in the area.
Favourite walks around Bude
Crooklets in Bude to Northcott or Sandymouth along the sand and coastal path
One of our favourite walks around Bude is along the beach from Crooklets to Northcott Mouth or Sandymouth at low tide, coming back along the coastal path for the views. You need to time it right as the tide does come in quickly and cuts off parts of the beach. You can check tide times at magicseaweed.com.
This is a beautiful long stretch of sand with lots of rock pools and with the backdrop of the dramatic cliffs and the strange rock formations. This walk is popular with all the family and especially our dog, Toby.
Start the walk at Crooklets beach. in Bude. Parking is available at Crooklets or Rosie’s cafe or on the street from October to the end of May. Dogs are not allowed on Crooklets from Easter to the end of September. However, you can still do the walk. Just walk up above Crooklets, either taking the steps next to the Bude SSLC hut behind Rosie’s or following the road up behind Rosie’s. Go through the gate onto the coastal path where you will see a path going down through the cliffs on your left. Follow this and scramble down the rocks onto the beach. Head right and you will find a way through the rocks down onto the sand.
Walk along the sands to Northcott Mouth. This is a dog friendly beach and there is a lifeguard service in the summer. You can climb up the beach here. It is a bit of a scramble over stones at the top. You will see a cottage up on the top of the cliffs to your right as you face inland. The coastal path back to Bude runs up past this cottage. This is a fairly easy stretch of the coastal path with no really steep climbs or steps. The views are spectacular and the flowers in Spring are beautiful.
If you feel like stopping for lunch or a cream tea Margaret’s Rustic Tea Gardens at Northcott Mouth are highly recommended. The cream teas and cakes are delicious. Sandwiches and pasties are good too. All seating is outside in a pretty garden just along the track from the beach. Margaret’s is open from Easter to early October.
Alternatively carry on along the sand to Sandymouth, a beautiful National Trust beach. If the tide is low, just north of Northcott Mouth you will see bits of a shipwreck sticking up from the sands. This is the wreck of the SS Belem which ran ashore in 1917.
From Sandymouth walk up the path leading up from the beach. Pick up the coastal path on the right towards Bude. There is a cafe and toilet at Sandymouth (March-November, times vary), or stop off at Margaret’s at Northcott along the way.
The path from Sandymouth to Northcott is more difficult than the stretch to Bude. There is a steep but short climb from Sandymouth to the coastal path and a steep run of steps down to Northcott.
You can walk from Crooklets to Northcott and back in an hour if you are quick. Allow and hour and a half to two hours if you want to explore the beach or stop off for lunch. Allow two hours to walk from Crooklets to Sandymouth and back.
Things to do around Bude
We are about 10 minutes away from Bude, a small seaside town on the beautiful North Cornwall coast. Bude has won the British Travel Awards Best UK Coastal Resort two years in a row! Visit the Tourist Information site or drop into their office by the canal to find out more about Bude.
Here are some of our favourite highlights from what the area around Bude has to offer.
The beaches and Bude Sea Pool
Bude has two beaches in town – Crooklets and Summerleaze. Try the Sea Pool on Summerleaze beach which offers safe swimming in the sea. The Sea Pool was built in the 1930s and is run by a community group. Surfing and body boarding are popular on both beaches, or try surfing at nearby Widemouth Bay. Board hire and lessons are available on all beaches. If it’s too cold for a dip, explore the rock pools at Crooklets or Black Rock (south end of Widemouth).
A walk along the coast
If you feel like a walk, you can walk along the sand from Crooklets to Northcott Mouth or Sandymouth at low tide. Please check the tide times as parts of the beach do get cut off! Walk one way along the coastal path for the spectacular views. You can pick up the coastal path at Crooklets, Northcott or Sandymouth. At low tide you can see the remains of a 1917 shipwreck, the Belem, just north of Northcott Mouth beach. Stop for a cream tea with Margaret at her Rustic Tea Rooms at Northcott Mouth (open from Easter-September). Dog owners this is a good walk with a dog but please note that there are sometimes sheep on the path in the winter and Crooklets is closed to dogs from Easter to the end of September. This does not stop you from doing the walk with a dog though. If you go through the gate onto the coastal path above Crooklets a path leads down through the cliffs onto the beach just beyond Crooklets where you can scramble over the rocks onto the beach. Or park at Northcott or Sandymouth which are both dog-friendly beaches (National Trust car parks).
You can walk from Marhamchurch into Bude along the canal and go along to the breakwater at the end of harbour – at low tide you can walk out along the breakwater. Or head south from Bude towards Widemouth Bay along the coastal path to take in more fantastic views of the rocky coastline.
Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre
The Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre is about 20 minutes away and well worth a visit. The otters are fascinating to watch and the small park also has deer, wallabies, owls, giant rabbits and meerkats. It is great for children of all ages. You can see the otters being fed and walk in the woodlands, looking out for the deer and wallabies.
Tintagel and Boscastle
If you are feeling energetic visit the castle ruins at Tintagel. The ruins, which are linked to the legends of King Arthur, are on a dramatic rocky outcrop jutting into the sea, with some amazing views. This is an English Heritage property so there is usually lots going on in the school holidays (open Easter-30 September). Stop off in Boscastle to explore the village and harbour or visit the Witchcraft Museum.
Cornwall at War Museum
The Cornwall at War Museum is on a bleak spot on the moors near Davidstow (open Easter-end October) on an old WW2 airfield, with exhibits in some of the original buildings. This is a small and atmospheric museum, run by volunteers, great if you have an interest in WW2 and popular with children.
St Nectan’s Glen and Rocky Valley
Two lovely walks along the river between Tintagel and Boscastle. Walk along the river to St Nectan’s Glen and see the waterfall crashing through a hole in the rocks (fee payable at cafe).
The walk along Rocky Valley follows the river on its way to the coast, passing a ruined mill and ending with some spectacular scenery. You can walk back to the road along the coastal path above Bossiney Haven, a secluded and beautiful beach, worth visiting if you are feeling energetic enough for the climb back up to the car park.
Summer 2018 booking now open
Bookings for Easter to the end of September 2018 are now open on our website. You can check availability and book online at http://www.hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk/book-online-availability/. Please call us on 01288 361521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Summer 2017 is getting busy. The larger cottages are now all booked from 22 July till 2 September. We have availability in our cottages for couples. If you are looking for a break in June or earlier in July we have a few cottages available. Check our booking page for availability http://www.hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk/book-online-availability/. Call us on 01288 361 521 or email email@example.com with any questions.
Hopefully the weather will be good! Even if it isn’t,we keep our heated outdoor pool open until the end of September. Our hot tub and tennis court are open all year round.
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.
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/.
Dog friendly holidays in Cornwall
Are you looking for dog friendly holidays in North Cornwall? Perhaps you are thinking of bringing your dog on holiday with you. Lots of visitors to Cornwall bring their dogs on holiday. There are dog friendly beaches and attractions open all year round so with a bit of planning hopefully you will all enjoy your holiday. If you are looking for dog friendly holidays in North Cornwall the Bude area is a good place to start
Last summer we got a Labrador puppy, Toby.Toby is past the cute puppy stage now and has far more energy than we do! Over the last few months we have done a lot of walking around Bude and sometimes farther afield. We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the UK and unless the weather is really bad, walks with Toby are nearly always a good part of the day.
The area around Bude and Marhamchurch has lots of good dog walks, essential for a dog friendly holiday. The scenery is very varied, from the canal tow path to fields, woods, country lanes, the coastal path and the beach. Our favourite walks are along the coastal path from Bude, usually finishing with Toby having a mad ten minutes on the beach.
When the tide is out you can walk the long stretch of sand from Crooklets to Northcott or Sandymouth. Walk back along the coastal path and take in the stunning views. In the other direction, explore the breakwater in Bude if the tide is out and then take the coastal path over Efford Downs towards Widemouth Bay. The scenery in this direction is more rugged and dramatic. Carry on through Upton and pick up the tow path back to Bude or walk to Widemouth and back. There are plenty of cafes to re-fuel in Bude!
If you would like to explore a bit further afield, the coastal scenery around Tintagel and Bossiney Bay is particularly beautiful. There is a car park at Bossiney Haven from where you can walk down to the beach which is well worth a visit at low tide. Or you can follow a circular walk from here to the spectacular Rocky Valley. Try the National Trust’s walk https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tintagel-old-post-office/trails/rocky-valley-walk. There are walks in the woodland around St Nectan’s Glen with its waterfall http://www.st-nectansglen.co.uk/. These walks all have enough to keep children interested. For a longer walk you can follow the coastal path from Tintagel to Rocky Valley and back along the road.
Walks from Marhamchurch
We are at the top of the hill so it is downhill at the start for most of the walks from Marhamchurch, but unfortunately upwards on the way back. If we are walking with our youngest child (aged 5) we usually cheat and park the car in the village. From the car park it takes around 45 minutes to get to Widemouth Bay and about the same into Bude. Widemouth is over the fields and a bit hilly. Bude is along the tow path which is nice and flat with plenty of distractions for tired children. In Marhamchurch itself there is a pretty walk along the river, the Hele Valley trail. Toby is particularly keen on a quick dip in the river.
Dog friendly facilities
If you are looking for dog friendly holidays in North Cornwall the Bude area is a good place to start. There are dog-friendly pubs and cafes in the Bude area, including the village pub, the Bullers Arms http://www.thebullersarmshotel.com/. Some beaches have restrictions on dogs from Easter to the end of September but there are local beaches where dogs are allowed all year round, including Black Rock, Northcott Mouth and Summerleaze (on leads at Summerleaze). You can find out more about facilities and restrictions on beaches in North Cornwall at http://www.thisisnorthcornwall.com/beaches.html or further afield at www.visitcornwall.com/beaches
We accept dogs in all of our cottages. Parsons and the Farmhouse both have an enclosed garden. We do ask guests to keep their dogs under control on site as there are other dogs, children and animals around. If you want to go further afield without your dog one day, there are boarding kennels nearby which will provide doggy day care or a short stay. See more about our cottages at http://www.hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk/our-cottages/
Cottages for two
We have three cottages for two, all refurbished over the last two years. Our cosy cottages are located away from the family cottages and the pool, overlooking our fields. Each cottage has a double bedroom, shower room and living area with fully equipped kitchen. We offer short breaks in our cottages for two all year round, except July-mid September. May and June are a good time of year to visit Cornwall, before the summer rush. There are long evenings, glorious sunsets and the coastal scenery is particularly beautiful with wild flowers. Our rural site is well located if you want to explore Cornwall. It is less than 10 minutes’ drive to Bude and Widemouth Bay. We are a few minutes from the A39.
Our heated outdoor pool is open Easter-end September and our hot tub and tennis court are open all year round. Dogs are welcome. See more information on our cottages at http://www.hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk/our-cottages/
Late availability offers for Easter 2017
Late availability offers for Easter 2017. Our outdoor pool is open ready for the Easter 2017 holidays! The pool is always warm and hopefully we will see some sunshine. There is plenty to do here with a tennis court, hot tub, play area and games room on site as well as the pool. Bude and Widemouth Bay are just a few minutes’ drive away. There are great beaches like Widemouth Bay within a 10 minute drive. Try surfing, kayaking or body boarding at a local beach. Book a stand-up paddle boarding on the canal for beginners. Take a swim in Bude’s Sea Pool at Summerleaze Beach or explore the rock pools. Walk along the canal tow path into Bude and enjoy a cream tea, or discover the beautiful South West coastal path. Find out more about Bude at https://www.visitbude.info/places-to-visit/
We have availability in cottages sleeping 2-6 over the school Easter holidays. Short breaks are available (minimum 3 nights in the family cottages). See more details and photos at http://www.hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk/our-cottages/
Week of 8 April 2017
Pound cottage (sleeps 4) 8-12 April £400
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.
Christmas and New Year breaks
Are you thinking of getting away for a Christmas or New Year break? We have cottages sleeping 2-6 available for short breaks over the holiday (minimum stay 3 nights). We are in a rural location, close to the North Cornwall coast and the seaside town of Bude. Walk the coastal path and explore the beautiful local beaches. Come back for a dip in our hot tub or a drink by the fire in the village pub. We have a hot tub, tennis court, play area and games room on site. Check availability at http://www.hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk/book-online-availability/, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01288 361521
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.
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).
Self-catering short breaks
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/
September late availability offers
September late availability offers. 10% off family cottages from 3rd-17th September. Enjoy a break in Cornwall after the summer rush. Walk on empty beaches, hopefully soak up lots of late summer sunshine and enjoy our heated outdoor pool which is open until the end of the month. We have a beautiful rural site with great views over the countryside to the coast. There is a tennis court, hot tub, play area and games room on site, as well as our heated outdoor pool.
We have availability in cottages sleeping between 4 and 6 between 3rd and 17th September. See more details at http://www.hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk/our-cottages/. Call us on 01288 361521 or email email@example.com to book at the prices below.
Manor (sleeps 6) usually £780 NOW £700 for a week from 3rd September
Pound (sleeps 4) usually £655 NOW £600 for a week from 3rd September
Badger (sleeps 6) usually £655 NOW £600 for a week from 3rd or 10th September
Primrose (sleeps 5) usually £660 NOW £600 for a week for a week from 3rd or 10th September
Our 16th century Farmhouse (sleeps 11 plus cots) is available between 10 and 20 September. Usually £1550 for a week (any start day), now £1400. Our beautiful Farmhouse is ideal for a break with family or friends. There is plenty of space for a large group with two living rooms, a separate dining room and a private garden with BBQ. See more details at http://www.hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk/our-cottages/the-farmhouse/
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.
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.
Late availability for Easter 25 March - 9 April
Not long now until we open our pool ready for the school Easter holidays from 25 March! The water will be nice and warm, but no promises about the weather. Fingers crossed for some sunshine. We have some cottages available over Easter, including short breaks.
Pound cottage (sleeps 4): available for a 3 night break 2-5 April, £320.
Cottages for two available until 5 April (minimum 3 nights, £210).
You can see more details and availability for all our cottages on our website – just click the Our Cottages tab. Call us on 01288 361521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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.
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).
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.
October half term - 24-31 October 2015
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
Food festivals September- October 2015
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.