Beech Cottage was converted from part of an 18th Century farm building, which stands at the end of a private tree lined drive, in a quiet rural setting. The cottage has a small private garden, and access to grounds of three acres with barbeque areas, children's playing field, paddock with goats and chickens and a small copse. This is our 'upside down' cottage, with a double and twin bedroom on the ground floor along with the shower room, with a further bedroom on the first floor together with the kitchen and living/dining room. There are some low beams on the ground floor. The cottage can accommodate up to five guests. We are open throughout the year. Short breaks available in the low season and at short notice subject to availability. Pets are welcome in this cottage. Four further cottages, which in total can sleep up to 21 people, makes this ideal for larger families or groups of friends.
The cottage provides an ideal touring base for the north Cornish and Devon coast, famous for its sandy beaches, rock pools, surfing and coastal walks, which can be reached in less than 10 minutes by car. Bodmin Moor is nearby, with Dartmoor a little further afield. Pony trekking, fishing and golf are all available in the area. The southwest cycle route passes within a few hundred yards of the entrance to the cottages. We are two miles from the A39, with Crackington Haven, Bude and Boscastle all nearby. Clovelly, the Eden Project, Padstow and a number of National Trust properties and fabulous gardens are all within a 45-minute drive. A shop, garage and public house are three miles away, at Wainhouse Corner, with a greater selection of shops and restaurants being found in Bude, a 15 minute drive away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 shower room|
|Nearest beach||Crackington Haven 8 km|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Single Beds (3), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
North Cornwall, rugged coastline, moors, beaches basically something for everybody, the adventurous can do a days coasteering, surfing or trek across Bodmin Moor, whilst those who wish to relax can sit on the beach or simply find a quiet picnic spot to soak up the tranquillity. You can see a lot more of what’s available locally below.
One of the first things that many of our new guests say when they arrive is how quiet and remote the cottages feel, which is probably due to the last few miles drive along quiet country lanes, surrounded by open countryside, with on a clear day views of Lundy and a few farms which can be seen in the distance. The cottages are located at the end of a tree lined drive with nothing to see but distant views towards Dartmoor, the fields leading to Warbstow Bury Iron Age hill fort and the cottage gardens, so they are right in that respect, it is quiet. The cottages may feel remote initially, but our guests soon get to know that we are less than two miles from the A39 Atlantic Highway, which opens up the north Cornish and Devon coasts.
Crackington Haven is our nearest beach, five miles and about ten minutes away by car. This is our and many of our guest’s favourite place, whether it be a days sunbathing, surfing, rock pooling or walking, Crackington Haven is laid back and relaxed. With only two car parks the beach doesn’t get as busy as many of the larger beaches along the coast.
Widemouth Bay, about 15 minutes by car, is a long sandy beach with rock pools, which is ideal for a family day out, building sandcastles, looking for fish, shrimps and crabs in the rock pools, honing those surfing skills or simply swimming or body boarding in the surf. There are a number of cafes on the edge of the beach, along with great fish and chips and a pub on the roadside overlooking the bay.
Bude is the largest coastal town in this area and as such has a relatively large amount of shops, recreational facilities, a number of good beaches and the Bude Canal all of which provides a number of options for a varied day or couple of days out. The town itself has shops ranging from large supermarkets to the small gift shops, with a large range of restaurants from Indian and oriental to fish and chips. The largest beach in Bude is Summerleaze which connect to Crooklets at low tide. Summerleaze is a very large sandy beach, with a sea pool, bordered by the canal one side and sand dunes on the other. With surfing being possible at all tides and being suitable for beginners through to experts, the beach is perfect for this sport. Body boarding is also enjoyed by young and old alike. At anything but high tide there is plenty of room for the children to run around, play football, cricket or simply dig moats around their mum and dad. When you have had enough sun, swimming, surfing etc a few steps takes you to a great café where you can enjoy a cooling drink whilst overlooking all the activities on the beach below.
From the main car park in Boscastle it is a short walk passed a pub, pottery, gift shops, cafes and restaurants which forms the hub of the village to the river leading down to the harbour. An easy walk takes you to the Witchcraft Museum and then over the new bridge to the quayside and then up to the Lookout from where you can sit down and marvel at the view. Walks north towards Crackington Haven and south towards Bossiney and Tintagel along the coastal footpath are dramatic. With planning boat trips can be organised for wreck fishing or down the coast to Long Island. Evening entertainment is based around the local pubs which have both good food and live music, making for an enjoyable evening out.
Tintagel has the usual range of shops, cafes and pubs but the walk down to the castle is the main reason for visiting the village. Castle Island can be found at the end of the track and is the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. A new footbridge takes you to the island and the imaginative amongst you can take yourselves back to those times. Merlins cave sits at the foot of the castle and can be entered at low tide; here too your imagination can take you back to the anything but legendary smugglers, who were known to have used the cave. Once back in the village a visit to The Old Post Office, a 600 year old Cornish longhouse owned by The National Trust is well worth a visit.
Just before you get to Camelford on the A39 you can take a left turn signposted Rough Tor which after a couple of miles takes you to the car park at the foot of Rough Tor on Bodmin Moor. The path to Rough Tor summit standing at 1312 feet is clearly marked and from the top you get fantastic views of the unspoilt moorland with the remains of Bronze Age settlement clearly visible. In the distance stands Brown Willy which at 1375 feet is the highest point in Cornwall.
Overlooking the cottages and an easy walk along a quiet country lane and across fields takes you to Warbstow Bury Iron Age hill fort, which is the second largest and best preserved hill fort in Cornwall. The ditches and ramparts are impressive and the views from the top are stunning from Dartmoor in the south to Lundy in the north and everything in between. If the walk up the hill is too daunting you can park your car at the top.
Amazingly all the above can be found within 20 -25 minutes of the cottages, so we may be quiet but we certainly are not remote!