Autumn in Cornwall

Well, October half term passed in a blur. We are enjoying Autumn in Cornwall this year. I hope our guests had a good week despite the winds that Storm Brian brought at the start of the break. The weather did get better though! It is hard to believe that it was Halloween this week and we are now into November.

Halloween pumpkin, carved by one of the kids (far more artistic than me)

We have had a beautiful, settled, sunny week. In fact the weather is better than it was in July. I’ve had some lovely walks on the beach with the dog and the views from the coastal path are stunning. At low tide you can walk along the beach from Crooklets to Northcott or Sandymouth. It is a long stretch of sandy beach and the cliffs and rock formations are also fun to explore.

Exploring the rocks between Northcott and Sandymouth

The beach on 2 November! Between Crooklets and Sandymouth.

 

The best thing about the clocks going back is the winter sunsets. We have a great view from here and you can see the sun disappearing into the sea. Even better on the beach if you wrap up.

October half term 2017

October half term 2017 late availability offers

10% off when you book for the week from Friday 20 October, Saturday 21 October or Sunday 22 October 2017.

We have some late availability offers on our last available cottages for October half term 2017. Our cottages are on the edge of the village of Marhamchurch which has a pub and small shop. We have a hot tub, tennis court, play area and games room on site.  It is a quiet rural location with great views close to the beautiful North Cornish coast and the small seaside town of Bude. Marhamchurch is just off the A39, so we are in a convenient location for exploring North Cornwall and Devon or further afield. Our cottages are dog-friendly.

Badger cottage usually £580, now £530

Badger cottage is one our beamed barn conversions. It sleeps 6 in a double room and a bunk room on the ground floor with a second double on a mezzanine over the living area.  See pictures and more details here .

Pound cottage usually £660, now £600

Pound cottage is a modern open plan cottage all on one level. It sleeps 4 in a double room (kingsize bed) and a twin. The cottage has a spacious open plan living area. It is well-equipped with washer-dryer, dishwasher and wifi. See photos and more information here .

Both cottages have a dishwasher, washing machine and wifi.

Wet weather activities around Bude.

Unfortunately sometimes the Cornish sunshine does not appear.

After a wet spell…

This need not stop you surfing, walking or going to the beach but sometimes if it is really wet and windy it is good to plan some indoor activities around Bude for your holiday, particularly if you have young children. Here are some of our suggestions.

Activities around Bude

Harlequinns Leisure is a soft play centre with ten pin bowling in Bude, just next to the indoor swimming pool Splash. Splash has a wave machine, slide and beach style shallow end for toddlers.

If you would like to try something artistic visit the Wharf in Bude. You can try painting ceramics or book binding at the Kitchen Front or on facebook. Beau Nidol runs workshops in fused glass and bone carving. Find Beau Nidol on facebook or take a look at their website.

Find out more about Bude and the local area at the Castle museum and heritage centre (free).

20-30 minutes away

On the old WW2 RAF base on the moors near Davidstow you will find the Cornwall at War museum (open Easter until 30 October). This is a fun and slightly eccentric museum, staffed by enthusiastic volunteers. The museum’s exhibits about WW2, WW1 and the Falklands conflict are displayed in different buildings on the airfield, including some from the 1940s.

The village of Boscastle and the harbour is well worth a visit. You can find out more about the village at the National Trust visitor centre. While you are in Boscastle visit the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic . This is an independent museum with a large collection in Boscastle harbour (open April until end of October).

Further afield (within an hour’s drive)

On a wet day try Cornwall’s trampoline centre in Bodmin. ibounce Cornwall opened in late 2016. It is great fun for kids of all ages and adults too.

Also good on  wet day is Bodmin Jail. Creepy and atmospheric, the jail is well worth a visit. There are lots of small exhibits about prisoners, life in the jail, strange stories and executions. The Jail also organises evening events and ghost walks.

The Eden project is well worth a visit in all weathers. If the weather is not good enough to explore the gardens, the biomes are fascinating and in the winter there is an indoor ice rink.

The ice rink at the Eden project

Where to eat around Bude

We are often asked where to eat around Bude. Here are some of our favourites in the Bude area. Please tell us if you have any recommendations to add to our list.  We advise booking in advance in the school holidays.

Where to eat around Bude; evening meals

1. The Bullers Arms – Marhamchurch village pub.

The Bullers Arms has been very popular with our guests this summer. We have heard lots of good comments. Good value village pub. We are fans of their Sunday roasts! It is best to book in the school holidays.   The Bullers is a 10 minute walk down the lane. There are no street lights so you might want to take a torch if you are planning an evening meal.

2. Life’s a Beach

Life’s a Beach is a beach cafe by day and a great restaurant at night. It has great views overlooking Summerleaze beach. Some of the best food in Bude, especially if you like fish and seafood. The best burger in Bude according to my son (lunchtime menu only).

Summerleaze beach in Bude.

3. La Bouche Creole

La Bouche Creole serves New Orleans style food. A bit different. Spicy but not hot. Great fish, yummy puddings. The restuarant is in the Atlantic Hotel (the pink building) on Summerleaze Crescent.

4. The Beach at Bude

Good food in another great location overlooking Summerleaze beach. The Beach is a boutique hotel on Summerleaze Crescent. Great outside seating on a nice day and good cocktails.

5. The Weir

Just down the road, off the A39 opposite the turning for Marhamchurch. The Weir is a child-friendly cafe and restaurant with a play area. Open all day in the summer, including BBQ evenings.

6. Elements

Elements is an Italian restaurant in a hotel with great views overlooking Widemouth Bay.  Good food, including a children’s menu.

Widemouth Bay

 

7. La Bocca

La Bocca is a tiny pizzeria on the Strand, serving authentic Italian pizzas and a limited range of other food. They also deliver.

8.  Mumma Bears

Design your own burger at this burger bar in Bude. Good vegetarian options also available. Mumma Bears also serves breakfast.

Where to eat around Bude; snacks, lunches and cream teas

The Barge is a cafe on a barge moored on Bude canal. In the summer the Barge moves to the end of the canal, overlooking Summerleaze Beach. Open 9-5.

Cafe Bellini is a small Italian style cafe on Queen Street in Bude town centre. Cafe Bellini serves a good range of sandwiches, light meals and coffee.

Get Your Veg On serve really good vegetarian and vegan salads, wraps and toasties from a caravan in the car park by the Tourist Information Office. Seating is available by the canal.

Rosie’s Kitchen at Crooklets beach in Bude serves breakfasts, lunches and evening meals in the summer. Good icecream. Our kids like the milkshakes.

Visit Margaret’s Rustic Tea Gardens at Northcott Mouth for delicious cream teas. Margaret serves great cream teas and cakes, freshly made sandwiches and pasties from a caravan in a pretty garden at Northcott Mouth.

If you are looking for a good cocktail or a nice glass of wine try North Coast Wine in Bude. This is an independent wine merchant with a great bar and friendly staff. They also serve good coffee and soft drinks. Find them on facebook.

A couple of recommendations a bit further afield but definitely worth a visit.

The Rectory Tea Rooms in Morwenstow.  Delicious lunches and cakes in a beautiful old house. If you are celebrating something special their High Teas are amazing (must be booked in advance).

Cabin Cafe in Crackington Haven. Excellent cakes and cream teas at this friendly cafe overlooking the beach in beautiful Crackington Haven. They also do BBQs in the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bude canal walk

Bude canal walk is one of our favourites. Follow the tow path along the canal into Bude. There is usually lots to see along the canal; birds, butterflies, dragonflies, flowers, lambs in the spring, water voles. The tow path comes out by the Tourist Information office. You can cross the road to the Wharf and walk along to the Breakwater and Summerleaze beach. Bikes are not allowed on the tow path. If you want to cycle,  there is a cycle path which runs near the canal for much of the route.

The walk takes about an hour from Hilton, a bit longer if you have small children. The tow path is a good walk if you have a child in a pushchair. It is downhill to the canal and then a flat walk along the tow path. The path down to the canal is bumpy and quite steep. To avoid the hill on the way back you can park at the bottom of the village in the canal car park. To get to the canal car park drive into the village, turn right at the pub and head down the hill past the church and the school to Helebridge. Just before the junction with the A39 opposite the Weir, there is a turning on your right. There is a small car park on the right hand side just before the bridge. If you are walking from Hilton follow the instructions below.

Walking from Hilton

From Hilton take a left out of our gate and the first left at the top of the hill along Hilton Road. Follow this into the village. Take a left at the end of Hilton Road. You will see the pub opposite the T junction. Turn right and head for the church.

St. Marwenne’s church in Marhamchurch

 

Walk past the church on your left and the school on your right. Continue past the first house after the school. You then come to a track on your right (signposted Public Way).

View from the top of the path down to the canal

Take this path down to the canal. It is quite steep. At the end of the track you see some houses. Follow the path on the left hand side just past the SW Water station. There is a sign on the fence “Canal Walk”.

The canal path in Helebridge

Walk along the canal to the end of the path. The car park is on the other side of the canal. Cross the road and follow the path under the A39. This brings you out by to the Weir cafe and bistro. The Weir is a good place for a coffee or meal with children. There is a play area and lake. Bude Segway tours leave from here. For the Weir turn left. For Bude turn right along the tow path. Follow the tow path.

A lock on the canal after heavy rain

Bude Canal

Bude canal was completed in 1825, with a total length of 57km/36 miles. The lowest section of the Canal, between Bude and Helebridge, was built to be operable by barges. The rest of the canal was operated by small “tub boats”. The canal was used to transport sand inland. You can find out more about the history of the canal on the Bude Canal Trust site or from the Bude Canal and Harbour Society.  Just next to the car park in Helebridge is the Barge Workshop (owned by Bude Stratton Town Council, open Sunday afternoons late July-September only). Here you can see an example of a Bude Canal tub boat. These had wheels to get up the hills or “inclined planes”. There is a board along the Helebridge section of the canal walk which explains how the system worked.

Keep going along the tow path until you come to Rodd’s Bridge, a green painted bridge next to Rodd’s Farm. Cross the bridge and go through the gate onto the tow path on the other side of the canal. There are usually plenty of water birds to see along this stretch; herons, ducks, geese and swans.

Goslings on the canal

If you don’t want to walk all the way into Bude, you can loop back to the village here along the cycle path.

The tow path comes to an end by the Tourist Information Office. At the end of the tow path you can cross the road over to the Wharf and walk along to the sea lock at the end of the canal or down onto Summerleaze beach. You can also explore the Breakwater if the tide is out.

The Breakwater in Bude Harbour

Bude canal from the sea lock.

Where to eat by the canal

There are plenty of places to eat along the canal in Bude. If you like vegetarian food there is a caravan in the Tourist Information car park in the spring and summer Get Your Veg On. This sells delicious vegetarian salads, toasties and wraps.  Over along the Wharf you can try the Barge, a tea room in a Barge, open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. The Barge is moored at the end of the canal by the sea lock in the summer and down on the main Wharf in the winter. On the Wharf itself try the Olive Tree or the Lock Gates Tea Room.

 

 

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!

Family cottages – 10% off!

We are currently offering 10% off when you book one of our family cottages for a week between 2 and 16 September. We have cottages sleeping 4, 5, 6, 7 and 11. Contact us by email at enquiries@hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk, facebook messenger or call us on 01288 361521 for details. You can find out more about our cottages on our website .

Short breaks (minimum 3 nights) also available. Email enquiries@hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk for details.

Cottages sleeping 4-5 1 week

Pound (sleeps 4 plus cot)

2-9 September – 1 week NOW £610 (usually £680).

Swallow’s Nest (sleeps 4)

2 September – 16 September 1 week NOW £555 (usually £620).

Primrose (sleeps 5)

2 September – 16 September 1 week NOW £590 (usually £660)

Cottages sleeping 6-7 1 week

Badger (sleeps 6) 2 September – 16 September 1 week NOW £610 (usually £675)

Manor (sleeps 6) 9-16 September NOW £730 (usually £810)

Parsons (sleeps 7) 2 September – 16 September 1 week NOW £750 (usually £840)

Our Farmhouse.

Farmhouse

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!”

Blackberries and eggs from our hens.

A September sunset at Hilton.

Bude

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.

 

Pieces of the wreck of the SS Belem which ran aground 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.

 

On a good day the sea is very inviting…

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

The beautiful Bude Sea Pool at Summerleaze beach.

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).

The coastal path from Sandymouth to Bude on a winter’s day

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 waterfall at St Nectan’s Glen

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.

Dramatic scenery at Rocky Valley

 

 

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 enquiries@hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk with any questions.

 

Summer 2017

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 enquiries@hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk with any questions.

Widemouth Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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/.

 

 

 

 

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.

Local walks

Toby waiting for me to climb up the hill on the coastal path.

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.

Toby on the beach at Northcott Mouth

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!

Further afield

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.

Rocky Valley

The waterfall at St Nectan’s Glen

 

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.

Playing by the river in Marhamchurch

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

At Blackrock beach, open to dogs all year round.

Our cottages

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/

 

Nook cottage bedroom

 

Stable cottage bathroom

The living area in Stable cottage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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/

Our outdoor heated pool

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

 

 

Bude canal – the lock gate looking onto Summerleaze beach

 

 

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 enquiries@hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk or call 01288 361521

Footprints

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).

 

 

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/

rough-tor

Walking at Rough Tor in December

nov-sunset

November sunset at Widemouth

Manor woodburner

Manor cottage log burner

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

 

 

 

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 enquiries@hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk if you have any questions.

Pool

 

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

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.