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!
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.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com for more information.
Winter break offers
Warm up with our winter break offers before 23 March. Choose one of our cottages with a wood burner, or perhaps Parsons which has its own hot tub too!
Enjoy a bracing walk on an empty beach, or maybe a swim or a surf if you are feeling brave. There are lots of beaches to explore around Bude. Walk from Bude to Sandymouth at low tide. Explore Summerleaze and Crooklets in Bude. Perhaps go further to beautiful Bossiney Haven or Trebarwith Strand. Or you might prefer a walk on the coastal path to take in the views on a clear day. Then head back to your cottage and curl up in front of the fire with a good book and a hot chocolate. Or perhaps warm up in a hot tub. Parsons has a private hot tub in the garden. We also have a shared hot tub which is open all year round.
Explore Bude or venture further afield and make the most of the peace and tranquility of Cornwall during the winter months. Perhaps visit the Eden project and try the ice rink (until 23 Feb) or try a visit to Clovelly or Padstow.
Email us, call on 01288 361521 or drop us a message on Facebook to book these winter offers.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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 in Cornwall
It was 1 December yesterday so to get into the Christmas spirit, we visited Cotehele, a National Trust house and estate near Saltash. Cotehele is worth a visit at any time of year. The house closes for the winter but the grounds are great for a walk. You can take your dog with you in most of the estate (not the formal gardens or the house). The Cotehele Christmas garland is on display now until 5 January (except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day). The garland is made of thousands of flowers which are grown and then dried on the estate every year.
We also enjoyed a walk down to the Quay with our dog, and then we had a wander around the formal gardens. Even in December the gardens are well worth a visit.
Cotehele is about an hour’s drive from our holiday cottages near Bude. We are fully booked for New Year 2019/20 but we do have some availability for Christmas in our smaller cottages. We are now taking bookings for 2020!
There are lots of things to do at this time of year. We love ice skating at the Eden Project, then warming up in the tropical biome. We enjoy walking on the beaches at this time of year – no mud and lots of space! If the weather is rubbish why not warm up in our hot tub, or curl up by a wood burner (Manor, Parsons and the Farmhouse) with a book.
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.
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.
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.
Summer holidays in Bude
Well, the summer holidays in Bude 2019 are almost over and the children will soon be back at school. For those who are lucky enough not to be restricted to the school holidays, September is a good month to visit Cornwall. The beaches – and those narrow country lanes – will be quieter. Hopefully we will still get some sunshine and good weather. For September offers please take a look at our late availability page.
We are now taking bookings for Summer 2020. Our cottages are just 10 minutes from Bude and a choice of beaches. We have a heated outdoor pool (Easter holidays-end September) and hot tub on site, as well as a children’s play area and games room. For those wanting a bit more luxury, Parsons cottage (sleeps 7) now has a private hot tub in the garden.
Bude is a small seaside town on the North Cornish coast, a great spot for a holiday. It is relatively quiet and unspoilt. Even in July and August you can get away from the crowds and find a quiet beach. We are in a peaceful rural location on the edge of a village, but we are just a short drive from Bude and the coast. Access to the A39 is easy so this a good base for exploring North Devon as well as North Cornwall.
Families with small children will enjoy the sandy beaches. There are plenty of rock pools to explore and safe paddling in the sea pool. Bude also has a big indoor pool. There is also a soft play centre with bowling in case the weather is not so good.
If you enjoy watersports there is a lot of choice within the area. Kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding are available on the canal, the sea pool and nearby Tamar Lakes as well as the sea. There are some good spots for surfing and body boarding along the coast, with Widemouth Bay just a few minutes away.
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.
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.
August late availability
August late availability – one cottage remaining. Stable cottage for two people is available from 17 August for the week. Now £450 (usually £550). Stable is one of our cosy cottages for two, with great views over the countryside. Fully equipped for a self catering stay, the cottage has a double bedroom, shower room and living area with kitchen corner.
Enjoy our pool and hot tub on site.
Explore local beaches and the seaside town of Bude. Visit Tintagel Castle, Boscastle and Clovelly, or venture further afield to Padstow, the Eden Project or the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Local beaches: Crackington Haven
About 20 minutes down the coast is another of our favourite local beaches: Crackington Haven. Crackington Haven is a beautiful cove with some spectacular scenery around it. Walk along the coastal path in either direction to take in the views. Beware the hills though – they are vicious! You can walk to Cam Beak, the point at the south of the cove, a longer walk with lots of steep climbs and drops. The climb to the north of the beach is also steep but easier and you can stop at a bench to take in the view.
The beach itself has stones at the top, with sand revealed further down as the tide goes out. It is great for a swim if it is calm, or body boarding, but be careful with the rocks towards the top of the beach. The beach is also popular with surfers and kayakers and you will see stand up paddle boarding too. There is lifeguard cover in the summer. No dogs are allowed from Easter till the end of September.
Crackington Haven is popular with children; the sandy beach and the rock pools are great for playing. There are also some tennis courts in a great spot, overlooking the sea. Find the Crackington Haven tennis club on facebook for more details.
There is a pub in a great spot, the Coombe Barton Inn and two cafes, including one of our favourites, the Cabin. The Cabin does evening BBQs in the summer and sells good sandwiches, cakes and ice cream, as does the cafe on the other side of the car park, the Haven. There is a small car park by the beach and another one as you are coming into Crackington Haven down the road from Wainhouse Corner.
Take a look in our blog posts under local area for information on other local beaches.
Where to eat in Bude 2019
Bude’s restaurants and cafes are always changing so here are some suggestions of places to eat in Bude and nearby in 2019. Please book in advance, especially in the school holidays.
Places to eat in 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 serves food but please check before planning to eat there as kitchen opening hours vary. If you would like a coffee or snack, the new village shop next to the village hall sells good coffee, tea, soft drinks, snacks and hot pasties.
Just outside the village by the canal the Weir is a modern child-friendly cafe and bistro, open daily 9am-4.30, with a children’s play area. The Weir also opens in early evenings Thursday-Sunday for a BBQ menu. 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 owners have refurbished it over the winter. Fortunately some of our old favourites are still on the menu, although it no longer has a separate restaurant menu in the evenings. Open for breakfast until 8pm or 9pm (varies daily). New bar 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.
The Beach Hotel is boutique hotel overlooking Summerleaze beach with a cocktail bar and more upmarket restaurant. Good food, portions not huge. Fixed price lunch menu. Open for lunch and in the evenings every day. Cocktail bar with a good choice of drinks open daily until 11pm.
Sazerac cocktail bar and restaurant in the Atlantic Hotel, overlooking Summerleaze beach. Relaxed bar food menu at lunchtime, restuarant menu in the evenings. Open Tuesday-Saturday.
Temple is a small, innovative cafe and restaurant open for brunch and lunch every day except Monday and evenings Thursday-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, 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.
Cafes in Bude
There are plenty of cafes in Bude if you are looking for somewhere to get a coffee, a light lunch or maybe a cream tea.
Try Cafe Bellini’s in the town centre for delicious sandwiches and ice cream. Find Cafe Bellini’s on Facebook. A good deli as well with a selection of local products.
The Barge is a cafe on a boat moored along the canal where you can get lunches, good coffee and cake.
We also like Get your Veg On which is a popular vegetarian cafe operating out of a caravan by the Tourist Information Centre. Recommended as one of the best vegan restaurants in a Guardian survey in 2018. Find them on Facebook as opening hours can be affected by the weather and they sometimes cater at local events instead. There are tables next to the canal where you can sit. Really good vegetarian and vegan wraps, toasties, nachos and other food freshly made with local ingredients.
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 Margaret’s 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 Margaret also serves hot pasties and freshly made sandwiches. Find the Rustic Tea Garden on facebook or Trip Advisor. Open Easter-September-ish.
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. The cafe in the Widemouth car park is open all year round.
Private hot tub for Parsons cottage
Parsons cottage now has a private hot tub in the garden! Parsons is a modern, spacious cottage which sleeps 7 in comfortable accommodation. The cottage has an open plan living area with well-equipped kitchen, woodburner and dining area. There are two double bedrooms, one ensuite with a great view. There is also a twin room and a small single. Parsons has a private garden and the hot tub is a great addition. Ideal for an extended family or group of friends to get together and enjoy a relaxing break.
Parsons is fully booked for the main school holidays this summer but it is still available between 6 and 20 July and from 31 August. We also have some short breaks available before 6 July. Or perhaps try a winter break, maybe even over Christmas, when you can warm up in the hot tub and then relax in front of the woodburner.
Cottage for two
Special offers August 2019:
LAST WEEK AVAILABLE Stable cottage, 17 August – NOW £450 for the week.
Are you looking for a cottage for two in Cornwall? We have three cottages sleeping two on our peaceful rural site near Bude. They are set away from the pool and play area, overlooking the countryside across to the coast. Our cottages for couples are cosy and fully-equipped with everything you need for a self-catering break. They each have a double bedroom, shower room and small open plan living space with kitchen area. Each cottage has outside seating. Dogs are welcome, usually a maximum of two in Pear Tree and Stable and one in the Nook. Find out more on our cottage page.
We have a heated outdoor pool (open Easter-end September), hot tub and tennis court on site. Our cottages are a short drive from Bude and Widemouth Bay. Just a few minustes from the A39, Hilton is an ideal location for exploring the North Cornish coast and North Devon.
We are getting booked up for Summer 2019, especially the school holidays but we do have some availability earlier in July and in our cottages for two. Enjoy our outdoor pool (open from Easter till the end of September). Explore the small seaside town of Bude and nearby beaches.
Summer 2019 school holidays
Our family cottages are almost fully booked for the main Summer 2019 school holidays. We now have just omne week in Swallow’s Nest available.
Swallow’s Nest cottage – a barn conversion with lots of character, sleeping 4. Available the week of 24 August, £900.
If you are lucky enough not to be restricted to the main English school holidays, we do have some availability earlier in July. Come and explore the local beaches before they get busy!
13 July – last week available in our Cornish Farmhouse. Sleeps up to 11 in 5 bedrooms. The Farmhouse is great for a family holiday or a group of friends, with lots of living space and a private garden. NOW £1950.
29 June-13 July – we have availability in Parsons cottage. Parsons is a spacious, modern cottage with an open plan living space and private garden with hot tub. Parsons sleeps 7 . Popular with families and groups of friends.
29 June- 13 July – last weeks available in Pound cottage. Pound is really popular with families with young children as it is all on one level. Couples who want a bit of extra space also book Pound cottage.
Bude's beaches: Summerleaze beach
We are spoilt for choice with beaches around Bude. There are plenty of beaches within a short drive. This is the first of a few posts with tips on Bude’s beaches to help our guests choose which ones to visit. First up, Summerleaze Beach in Bude town.
Summerleaze is one of our favourites all year round. It is a big sandy beach, great for kids and surfers. It is dog -friendly all year round (although dogs must be on a lead in the summer, check the notices for details). Summerleaze is good for sandcastles, maybe not so good for rockpooling as nearby Crooklets. If you walk along towards Crooklets at low tide, you will come to a rocky section which is good for exploring.
Summerleaze is home to the Bude Sea Pool, great for serious swimmers and children who want a safer swim than the sea.
Facilities on Summerleaze beach
Summerleaze has better facilities than some of the more remote beaches. There is a big car park and toilets and showers by the RNLI station. It is a short walk to the beach so access for pushchairs is possible. Beach wheelchairs are available to hire from the Beach Office in the summer (call
01288 352226). There are toilets and showers by the RNLI station. Life’s a Beach (up the steps) sells food to take away or eat in and ice creams. Lifeguard cover for the beach and sea pool is provided by the RNLI over the Easter holidays and May-September. Check the board at the entrance to the beach for lifeguard cover hours and any warnings.
Summerleaze is popular with surfers and body boarders and a few surf schools operate from the car park.
Summerleaze beach landmarks
As well as the Sea Pool there are a few landmarks to look out for. You will see Barrel Rock at the end of the Breakwater just over river from Summerleaze. Barrel Rock has become a Bude landmark. Named after the beacon at the end of the rock, there is also a micropub called the Barrel on Lansdown Road (check the website as opening hours are limited).
Summerleaze has a half tide cross – when the sea reaches the cross bar the tide is half way.
Just next to the beach you will see the end of the Bude canal and the sea lock, one of only two working sea locks in Britain. You can cross over the lock to pick up the path along to the Breakwater. The canal itself was originally built to take sand inland. You can walk along the canal back to Marhamchurch. See our blog entry for details on the walk (scroll down to Bude Canal Walk.
What you might not like about Summerleaze
If you are looking for a quieter beach, Summerleaze is popular with families so it does get very busy in high season. There may well be queues for the car park in school holidays. Summerleaze is dog-friendly so if you would prefer a beach with no dogs, try Crooklets, just along the bay.
We have cottages sleeping 2-11 available over the Easter 2019 holidays. Our spacious Cornish Farmhouse (available 8-13 April, £1000, sleeps 11) is ideal for family get togethers or a break with friends. If you are looking for a cottage for a smaller group, we have modern cottages sleeping 4, 6 and 7 or cosy barn conversions available. Pound cottage is ideal for families with young children. It sleeps 4 (plus cot) and has a spacious open plan living area. Pound is available from 20 April (NOW £630 per week). Manor cottage is a spacious modern cottage sleeping 6 – 4 nights from 23 April £550. See more details on our cottages here . We now have some short breaks available.
There is lots to do on site, with our heated outdoor pool (opens for the Easter holidays), tennis court, hot tub and a play area and games room for children.
Explore the area around Bude, voted the UK’s Best Coastal town in 2018. Bude is just 10 minutes’ drive away. There is a choice of beautiful beaches within a 10-20 minute drive. Try walks with breathtaking views along the coastal path or amble along the canal tow path into Bude. Hilton is just a few minutes from the A39, ideally located for exploring North Devon and North Cornwall.
Happy Christmas to all our past and future guests!
Now that we are quieter over the winter months I am making the most of my dog walks around beautiful Bude, especially when it is not raining! We are very lucky to live here, in such a lovely part of the country. We often head for the beach which is glorious on a clear, sunny day at this time of year. There are still a few hardy surfers in the water on a good day and keen swimmers in Bude’s Sea Pool.
I’ve also been trying to find some good spots to take in Autumn colours this year – too often the leaves get blown off the trees in a gale. The new footpath/Segway route/cycle path between Whalesborough, just down through the village, and Widemouth is a great place for a walk, as is the Bude canal tow path.
Bude canal – walk into Bude along the canal. Use the car park at Helebridge for a shorter walk.
Autumn colours on the footpath near Widemouth.
The sunsets at this time of year are also spectacular. A guest recently took a photo of the sunset reflected in the pond in our field (open to guests when the cows aren’t around).
October half term 2018
Are you planning a break over October half term 2018? We have cottages sleeping 2-11 available for short breaks or a week on our rural site near Bude in North Cornwall. We are 10 minutes from the coast so ideal for walks on the beach or the cliffs, watersports or just a relaxing break. There is a hot tub, tennis court, play area and children’s games room on site.
Farmhouse (sleeps 11 plus cots)
Curl up with a good book or film in front of the wood burner in our lovely Cornish Farmhouse. The Farmhouse sleeps 11 in 5 bedrooms. There is plenty of space for a big group to relax with two living rooms.
Available for 3 nights from 19 October NOW £700
Parsons (sleeps 7) plus cots
Parsons is a spacious modern cottage with a large open plan living area with woodburner.
Available for a week from 27 October £530
Manor (sleeps 6) plus cots
Manor is a spacious modern cottage with a large open plan living area with woodburner.
Available for 3 nights from Monday 22 October or Monday 29 October £300
Pound (sleeps 4) plus cots
Pound is a modern cottage all on one level, ideal for young children.
Available for 3 nights between 22nd October and 25 October £250
Available from Monday 29 October, 5 nights £350
Badger (sleeps 6) plus cot
Badger is a cosy barn conversion sleeping 6
Available from 22-26 October, or from 29 Otober from £250 for 3 nights.
Autumn breaks in Bude
Autumn breaks in Bude
It’s hard to believe it’s the last week of the school holidays and I’m thinking about Autumn. We had such a lovely warm spell in July and August; some beautiful sunny days on the beach. Today it’s raining and windy, a reminder of the other kind of Cornish weather! However, our guests are enjoying our pool which is open until the end of September. The water is always warm.
Living here has definitely made me more aware of the seasons and now the nights have started to draw in I am missing warm(ish) summer evenings. Autumn around Bude can be lovely though so I am reminding myself of some of the good things!
- Walks on beaches and the coastal path. If you are lucky enough to be able to visit Cornwall outside the school holidays you’ll find empty beaches. Walk from Bude to Sandymouth at low tide and find the remains of a shipwreck just north of Northcott Mouth.
On a sunny day take in the views from the coastal path. One of my favourite stretches is the section between Northcott Mouth and Bude, which has some amazing views over the beach, but is not too hilly!
- Sunsets. We get some beautiful sunsets over the coast all year round, but in the Autumn and Winter they are really stunning.
- Blackberries are everywhere at the moment, a bit earlier than usual, but I think they’ll be around for a few weeks. I’m looking forward to crumble, or maybe cakes with some of our eggs.
- The Budelicious food festival. This is a new event on 22nd and 23rd September, based around the Falcon Hotel in Bude. It includes demonstrations and an Artisan Producer’s Hall, where you can buy some great local produce. There will be a Foodie Fortnight from 15th-29th September, with lots of Bude’s great cafes and restaurants taking part.
- Finally, sometimes it’s nice to chill with a book, maybe curled up by a woodburner. Three of our larger cottages have woodburners. Or perhaps take a dip in our hot tub, which is open all year.
September 2018 late availability offers
Take a look at our September 2018 late availability offers. Visit Cornwall in early September after the summer rush. Enjoy the empty beaches and take in the beautiful views from the cliff path.
Enjoy a dip in our heated outdoor pool and hot tub. Hopefully there will be some lovely September sunshine too. You can see more details on all our cottages here.
Farmhouse (sleeps 11), great to get together with family or friends. NOW £1300 for the week, or short breaks available from £900 for 3 nights.
Manor (sleeps 6), a spacious modern cottage. £700 for the week or short breaks available from £370 for 3 nights.
Badger (sleeps 6), a beamed barn conversion. £600 for the week or short breaks available from £320 for 3 nights.
Manor (sleeps 6), a spacious modern cottage. £700 for the week or short breaks available from £370 for 3 nights.
Badger (sleeps 6), a beamed barn conversion. £600 for the week or short breaks available from £320 for 3 nights.
Bank holiday special offer for two!
August bank holiday special offer for two! We have one cottage for two available for the week from Saturday 25 August. NOW £450, usually £540. Shorter breaks considered. Our cottages for two have great views over the countryside. We have a heated outdoor pool, hot tub and tennis court on site. We are just a few minutes’ drive from Bude and the beautiful North Cornwall coast. Email email@example.com or call us on 01288 361521.
Cottages for two in August
Late availability in our cottages for two in August
Are you looking for an August break for two? Our cottages are on a peaceful rural site on the edge of the village of Marhamchurch, just 10 minutes from the coastal town of Bude in North Cornwall. We have availability in our cottages for two on the following dates:
1 August 3 nights – £250
4 August 1 week 10% off – NOW £490
11 August 1 week 10% off – NOW £490
25 August 1 week – £540
Our cottages for two have a double bedroom, shower room and small, fully-equipped kitchen/living area. They are set away from the pool and play area, so nice and quiet, overlooking the countryside and the smallest one, the Nook, looks out towards the coast.
Heated outdoor pool, hot tub and tennis court on site.
Late availability offers for July 2018
We have a few late availability offers for July 2018 at our self catering cottages near Bude. Are you planning a break in July before the summer rush? Our comfortable cottages are on a rural site with great views 10 minutes from the coast. We have a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, tennis court and games room. We are just a few minutes’ drive from the small seaside town of Bude with family-friendly beaches, the beautiful Bude Sea Pool and shops, cafes and restaurants. Hilton is close to Widemouth Bay, popular with families and surfers. Walk along the South West coastal path or try some of the watersports available locally on the sea, Bude canal or Tamar Lakes.
Sleeps up to 6 in two doubles and a bunk room. 1 week from 14 July, £100 late availability discount – NOW £820.
Sleeps up to 5 in two doubles and a single room. 1 week from 14 July, £100 late availability discount – NOW £790.
Sleeps 2 plus a cot in one double room. 1 week from 28 July £50 late availability discount – NOW £490.
Self-catering cottages for two
Self-catering cottages for two
Availability for July
Sleeps 2 plus a cot in one double room. 1 week from 28 July £50 late availability discount – NOW £490.
Are you looking for a relaxing break for two? We have three cosy self-catering cottages for two. They are overlooking our fields, away from the pool and family areas. Each cottage has a double bedroom, shower room and a kitchen/living area. They are fully equipped, including wifi, TV and DVD and outside seating. We have a heated outdoor pool, hot tub and tennis court on site. We are in a peaceful, rural location but we are only 10 minutes’ drive from the coast and the small seaside town of Bude. Our site is well located for exploring Cornwall and North Devon, for water sports or walking the South West coastal path. Our cottages for two are available for short breaks until July, as well as longer stays.
The cottages are dog friendly. Click here for more information on the cottages.
May half term 2018 late availability
Last availability for May bank holiday week
Stable cottage (sleeps two). £470 for the week from 25th, 26th or 27th May, also available for short breaks (3 nights £250, 4 nights £310).
Pound cottage (sleeps 4) 2 nights from 1 June £260, or 3 nights £350
Explore North Cornwall and North Devon from our peaceful, rural site in the village of Marhamchurch over May half term 2018. We are just a few minutes’ drive from the small seaside town of Bude with family-friendly beaches, the beautiful Bude Sea Pool and shops, cafes and restaurants. Hilton is close to Widemouth Bay, popular with families and surfers. Walk along the South West coastal path or try some of the watersports available locally on the sea, Bude canal or Tamar Lakes.
There is a heated outdoor pool, tennis court, hot tub, play area and games room on site so there is plenty to do.
Easter 2018 short breaks available
If you are looking for short breaks over the Easter 2018 school holidays why not try our self-catering cottages near Bude in North Cornwall? Our cottages are on a rural site with great views over the countryside to the coast. We are close to the small seaside town of Bude and the North Cornwall coast with Widemouth Bay and the beaches in Bude all around a 10 minute drive away. We have a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, play area and a games room on site so there is plenty to do.
Easter 2018 short breaks availability
Contact us on 01288 361521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you would like to make a booking. Our minimum booking is 3 nights. Check-in is 3-8pm, check-out 10am.
Badger cottage; beamed barn conversion, sleeps 6. Available 10-13 April. 3 nights £300.
Farmhouse ; 16th century Farmhouse, lots of space and character. Sleeps 11, from 7/4/18, 12/4/18 or 13/4/18; £880 for 3 nights, £1045 for 4
Manor cottage; spacious modern cottage with the best views on site from the upstairs living area. Sleeps 6, available from 7/4/18. 3 nights £400, 4 nights £500.
Swallow’s Nest; beamed barn conversion, sleeps 4. 3 nights £265, 4 nights £325.
Pear Tree cottage; a cosy cottage for two overlooking our fields. . 3 nights £250, 4 nights £310.
Easter holidays 2018 late availability offers
We now have a 10% late availability discount on week long bookings for the Easter holidays 2018. Some short breaks available too.
Our heated outdoor pool opens for the Easter holidays. Last year we had some great weather over Easter so fingers crossed for the same again. Even if the weather is not so good, the water in our pool is always warm and we also have a hot tub, play area and a games room on site so there is plenty to do. Our cottages are on a rural site with great views over the countryside to the coast. We are close to the small seaside town of Bude and the North Cornwall coast with Widemouth Bay and the beaches in Bude all around a 10 minute drive away.
Easter holidays 2018 late availability
Contact us on 01288 361521 or email email@example.com if you have any questions or if you would like to make a booking.
Short breaks (minimum 3 nights)
Badger cottage; sleeps 6, available 30/3/18 to 5/4/18. 3 nights £300, 4 nights £400.
Farmhouse ; sleeps 11, from 7 April, 12 April or 13 April; £880 for 3 nights, £1045 for 4
1 week from 30 or 31 March
Primrose cottage; sleeps 5, now £500
Swallow’s Nest; sleeps 4, now £490
Pear Tree cottage; sleeps 2, now ££420
1 week from 7 April
Farmhouse; sleeps 11, now £1400
Manor; sleeps 6, now £780
Pound; sleeps 4, now £610
Badger cottage; sleeps 6, now ££570
Swallow’s Nest; sleeps 4, now £490
Spring breaks in Cornwall
Are you looking for Spring breaks in Cornwall with family or friends? We offer short breaks up until the end of June (except for Easter and May half term). Our lovely Farmhouse sleeps up to 11 in 5 bedrooms. It is available for Spring breaks over weekends in March and April (from £650 for 2 nights). We just have one weekend left in May (19th May, minimum 3 nights £880) and one in June (9th June, minimum 3 nights £880). Even better our heated outdoor pool opens at the end of March for the Easter holidays!
We have had some lovely feedback from guests who stayed in the Farmhouse for February half-term. They also booked some outside catering from local chef Nicky Vereker, who delivers freshly prepared food to your cottage. Nicky’s food is really tasty.
“Just a quick note to thank you very much for our stay. The house was wonderful, a really good size for us all. The kids loved the games room and the hot tub. What great facilities you have there. I only wish I’d found time to have a quick knock about on the tennis court but it was either the weather or we were exhausted from our walks. Maybe next time. Thanks also for the recommendation with Nicky, her food was really good and it was a lovely way to end our last night.”
It is 1st February today and I am so pleased to see the back of January and welcome in some February sunshine!
I had a lovely, sunny, if breezy, walk on the beach today. Spring is definitely in the air. The chickens seem to have noticed the longer days and are busy laying eggs.
The first daffodils are appearing and snowdrops are around.
February half-term, hopefully with more February sunshine!
We have some availability for short breaks over February half-term 2018 if you feel like getting away for a few days. Availability after 12th February.
Pound cottage (sleeps 4) From £250 for 3 nights
Manor cottage (sleeps 6) From £300 for 3 nights
Parsons cottage (sleeps 7) From £320 for 3 nights.
Looking forward to Easter we also have availability and our heated outdoor pool will be open again.
Farmhouse (sleeps 11) 1 week from 7 April £1550
Manor cottage (sleeps 6) 1 week from 7 April £865
Pound cottage (sleeps 4) 1 week from 7 April £685
Badger cottage (sleeps 6) 1 week from 31 March or 7 April £630
Swallow’s Nest cottage (sleeps 4) 1 week from 31 March or 7 April £535
We are having such a wet January I am trying to cheer myself up by planning for Summer 2018, the pool and hopefully some better weather!
We will be opening our heated outdoor pool in a couple of months ready for the Easter holidays. The family cottages are booking up quickly for the summer holidays! Check availability at the end of this post.
The pool is always popular with children and if it is sunny there is plenty of space to sit in the sun and relax. If not, well the hot tub is just next to the pool. There are lots of beaches to explore within a 10-20 minute drive. Widemouth and Black Rock beaches are a long stretch of sand about 10 minutes away.
These beaches are very popular with surfers. In Bude, Summerleaze with the sea pool is great for families.
Crooklets is a bit quieter and good for rock pooling. Further afield, Northcott Mouth and Sandymouth are both beautiful beaches to the north of Bude (about 15 – 20 minutes’ drive), with a mix of sand and rock pools as the tide goes out. If you would like something off the beaten track try Bossiney Haven at low tide. This is near Tintagel, about a 20 minute drive and a 15 minute walk down a steep rocky path.
Or walk north from Crooklets in Bude at low tide towards Northcott Mouth, a long stretch of sandy beach. Just keep an eye on the tide!
Summer 2018 availability
We still have lots of availability in early July. The week of 30 June is the last week left in our lovely Farmhouse (sleeps 11, £1840).
In the school holidays;
Week of 28 July; Manor cottage (sleeps6, £1530)
Week of 11 August; Pound cottage (sleeps 4, £1100)
Week of 18 August; Pound cottage (sleeps 4, £1100)
Week of 25 August; Manor cottage (sleeps6, £1530)
We have availability in our cottages for two throughout July and August.
Try a walk on the South West Coastal Path
The Times featured a walk along one of my favourite sections of the South West Coastal Path (The Times, 20/1/2018 by Christopher Somerville, or find the walk on Christopher Somerville’s website). This particular walk starts at Northcott Mouth, just north of Bude and follows the South West Coastal Path above Sandymouth to Duckpool. It then heads inland to Coombe Valley and back to Northcott Mouth though woods and the countryside. Northcott Mouth is a short drive from our cottages (about 15 minutes).
The views of the coast are spectacular along here.
In the Spring you get lots of flowers which are beautiful.
Even on a grey and murky day in the Autumn it is still worth walking along here. The craggy cliffs, waterfalls, the long run of sand and sheer drops to the sea are always stunning. There are some steep climbs on this stretch of the path and a long flight of steps up from Northcott. For an easier walk try walking from Crooklets in Bude to Northcott. This is an easier stretch of the South West Coastal Path. Time it right and walk one way along the South West Coastal Path and the other way along the beach, which is only possible at low tide. Check tide times online at Magic Seaweed.
Stop for lunch….
The Times recommended the Preston Gate pub in Poughill for lunch. Definitely worth a visit, or try Margaret’s Rustic Tea Garden at Northcott Mouth in the summer or one of the many cafes or pubs in nearby Bude.
February half term
Are you looking for a short break over February half term 2018? We have availability in our family cottages sleeping from 4 to 7 starting any day from Monday 12 February (minimum booking 3 nights). Our cottages are on a small peaceful rural site close to the North Cornwall coast. We are only 10 minutes drive from the coastal town of Bude and from Widemouth Bay, a popular surfing beach. Walk on the canal path, explore the rock pools, take in the sea views from the South West Coastal path and enjoy a cream tea or a hot chocolate in one of Bude’s many small cafes before heading back to relax in the hot tub. We have a play area, games room, tennis court and hot tub on site.
Pound cottage, sleeps 4, from £250 for 3 nights
Manor cottage sleeps 6, from £300 for 3 nights
Parsons cottage sleeps 7, from £320 for 3 nights
Further afield you can explore the Eden Project and maybe try skating on their winter ice-rink before warming up in the tropical biome. Or try the indoor and outdoor activities at the Milky Way Adventure Park.
Family holidays in Bude
Well we are nearly at the end of 2017 and here in Bude we have our usual wet and windy wintery weather! I think this one is Storm Dylan which sounds far too chilled. I found a blog by a regular visitor to the area about family holidays in Bude on Love Bude’s Facebook page yesterday. This was a lovely reminder of what makes Bude a good place to stay for families, even if the weather is typically Cornish. This writer mentions some of my favourite spots; the Breakwater, the Pepperpot and the lovely sunsets. Great photos too! If you are thinking of family holidays in Bude find out more at Picture Taker, Memory Maker.
This is one of my favourite places in Bude, the Sea Pool on Summerleaze beach. This is great for swimming in the sea in a safe environment with children, or if you want to swim some lengths in a pool with a difference.
Happy Christmas from all of us! Best wishes to past and future visitors for a lovely Christmas. Here is our lovely Farmhouse looking festive ready for this year’s Christmas guests.
We’ve had some beautiful sunny days and fantastic sunsets recently which has been a welcome change from the usual wintery murky weather. Bude is lovely in the winter sun!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
Elements is an Italian restaurant in a hotel with great views overlooking Widemouth Bay. Good food, including a children’s menu.
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.
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).
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com 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 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/
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 email@example.com 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.