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The Old Dairy - Idyllic barn conversion near BudeTastefully furnished barn conversion near the spectacular North Cornish Coast, with secluded garden and countryside views. A single storey property with good access and spacious rooms, The Old Dairy is a great choice for couples, families and guests with reduced mobility. The barn comfortably accommodates up to five people in two bedrooms. Close to spectacular beaches and coastal paths, with good pubs, restaurants and supermarkets nearby.
Victorian family friendly cottage, 3mls from BeachRecently refurbished detached character cottage. Set within a Cornish village and within walking distance of 2 village pubs, shops and takeaways, and within 3 miles of the North Cornwall beaches. A family friendly cottage with lots or character and original features, a front enclosed garden as well as a rear lawned garden. A lovely summer cottage for bbqs in a summer evening after a day at the beach. And great in the winter with a cozy lounge to snuggle down next to the wood burner.
Bucks Mills Bideford Devon :Old Coastguard CottageA quaint traditional stone built two bedroomed cottage at the heart of the Village. The old home of the village coastguard Malcombe Braund,this cosy cottage with wood burners and private garden is a wonderful place to stay. The beach is just 2 mins walk down the path and the car can be parked on the road outside or 10 yrds up the lane outside the garage. A modern fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and large electric cooker range makes this ideal for self catering holidays.
Thanks to low-lying rocks and some of the tallest cliffs in Britain, this stretch of the north Cornwall coast has always been a place of high drama. In the 19th century, wreckers would lure ships to their doom and plunder their contents. Today, the Atlantic waves at Bude attract surfers, while its quiet beaches have made it a popular destination with families. Independent shops and businesses maintain the town’s traditional feel, along with a restored canal that affords pleasant walks into the surrounding countryside. Summerleaze beach, a five-minute walk from the center, is overlooked by the crenellated walls of Bude Castle, a 19th-century mansion built by a local inventor, while sunsets over the harbor pick out the dramatic silhouette of Barrel Rock, a treacherous outcrop marked out by a tall beacon made of ― you guessed it ― a barrel.
Near the Devon border, Bude is one of the closest and easiest parts of Cornwall to drive to, and sits on the scenic route known as the Atlantic Highway, aka the A39, home to some of the prettiest driving in Devon and Cornwall. London is around 4.5 hours away by car, but the journey is considerably longer if you catch a train, which will take you direct to Exeter St Davids, but then requires a connecting two-hour bus service. London is also the closest option for most international flights; Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY) offers transfers from a limited number of UK cities. If you do come without a car, regular bus services can connect you with nearby towns, and there are plenty of taxis to get you to quieter, more local spots.
Storms are a regular part of life on the Atlantic coast, and can be part of the fun of visiting here. You just need to be prepared, with plenty of warm, waterproof clothing and good footwear for walking the cliffs. Rain can be expected any time of year, and the wind can make it feel colder than it is, with average temperatures between 55 and 66 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. Cornwall is famous for being one of the sunniest spots in the UK, with an average low temperature in winter that rarely drops below 37 degrees. The sea temperature averages 68 degrees (dropping to around 50 degrees in the winter), so wetsuits are recommended.
Officially part of Devon, this 3.5-mile-long island can be seen from the sandy beach of Widemouth Bay, just south of Bude. Car-free, and home to a 13th century castle, it’s a serene place for a day trip, and home to all kinds of wildlife, from seals and dolphins to wild ponies and deer.
Built in the 1930s out of the surrounding rocks, this semi-natural tidal pool nestles beneath the cliffs of Summerleaze Downs, where it offers a calm alternative to sea swimming. It’s larger than an Olympic-size pool, and the water is usually a good deal warmer than the Atlantic.
Bude is surrounded by pretty villages — Poundstock, Stratton, Kilkhampton, and Morwenstow — but this is one that should be at the top of your list. The views from its cliff tops are spectacular, the waves are great for surfing, and its shingled beach and sandy shore are nicely sheltered and fringed with rock pools.