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A Walk in the Woods

Although I’m never too keen to greet the arrival of October, because it means that summer has finished, once it’s here I love it! Finlay enjoyed a lovely day out in the crisp autumn sunshine today. North Cornwall is not known for huge woodland, it’s generally too exposed for that, but it does have some […]

October Half Term in Bude

October half term is always a really popular time for visitors to spend a week in Bude. Surprisingly, the sea temperature is still almost as warm as it is in July so it’s a great time for budding surfers to pop one of our bodyboards or full-size beginners ‘foamie’ boards under your arm and take […]

Poldark’s Cornwall

The fact that Cornwall is such a beautiful and photogenic county has not been lost on the folks in the world of TV and cinema. It’s as much as a film-star as Aidan Turner in Poldark’s Cornwall! Poldark Poldark fever continues to sweep, not only the country, but across the world too. With Series Four just […]

Autumn Holiday in Cornwall

There’s a brief period of melancholy when the summer is over for another year but in Cornwall the sadness doesn’t last too long because an autumn has a special place in our hearts. With the crowds long since departed you can now experience Cornwall as the locals do – peaceful, relaxed and contented. You can park […]

The Cornish Man Engine

We took a trip down to Tavistock, the gateway of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining’s World Heritage Site, to see the incredible, magnificent ‘Man Engine‘ on his ‘Resurrection’ tour. It’s the UK largest mechanical puppet standing over 11 meters tall. He celebrates our famous Cornish mining tradition: the invention, strength, hardship, innovation and traditions. […]

Book Direct. How to avoid paying surcharges.

Many holidaymakers don’t realise they are paying a hefty premium when they book through one of the large online booking sites such as AirB&B, Booking.com, TripAdvisor’s Holiday Lettings, HomeAway and Owners Direct etc. These sites are charging guests a 6 to 20% surcharge on the rental price which can easily be a few hundred pounds […]

Auri: VIP guests at the Beach Haven!

It was twelve months ago, almost to the day, that we welcomed some VIP guests to the Beach Haven. Two members of the predominantly Finnish rock group ‘Nightwish’ and their wives had flown in to north Cornwall from Helsinki and Yorkshire for some promotional photos of their new band ‘Auri’. Their eponymous debut album is […]

Bude in the snow

It’s not very often we get a covering of snow in Bude so I made an early start (5.30am) to make the most of it!

Aerial photos of Bude

I excited to be able to show you aerial photos of Bude and the area from new an unusual viewpoints with my new flying camera! This should also extend to some videos when I’ve learned how to edit them properly!! Due to time constraints and some unfavourable weather of late, I’ve not had much of […]

Looking forward to longer days and sunshine!

The year is nearly over and it’s now the traditional time to plan next year’s holidays! We’ve had another lovely year in Cornwall in 2017. Inevitably there have a few bad weeks but by and large the weather really did deliver. Spring and summer seem to start earlier each year.  Here at The Beach Haven, we had a bumper year with […]

Christmas Family Holiday and New Year in Bude

Do you enjoy a New Year or Christmas family holiday? Well, The Beach Haven may be the perfect place for you! With four bedrooms and sleeping up to 8 (plus a cot), as well as being dog-friendly, it’s ideal for a multi-generation Christmas Family Holiday and the huge oven means you’ll be able to fit […]

The Crooklets pillbox

We have the exciting prospect of The Bude at War Weekend coming up on September 16th/17th. In preparation for that, the Second World War Crooklets pillbox overlooking the beach has been opened again for the first time in many years. Before it was blocked up I have distinct memories of playing in it as a […]

Bude Canal

Think of Bude and you will probably picture sandy beaches, crashing surf, our lovely sea pool or perhaps a sunset over the breakwater. They are certainly all iconic images of Bude. I wonder how many of you immediately thought of our lovely Bude Canal? In fact, I wonder how many of you have even seen […]

Our new eco-friendly bodyboards

We were horrified last summer when we saw six-hundred broken polystyrene bodyboards displayed at Crooklets. They had been collected from just three beaches during August, to highlight the amount of waste they create. The boards were collected by Keep Britain Tidy’s BeachCare programme. Neil Hembrow, the BeachCare Officer, said: ‘Every year, I’m shocked at how […]

National Cream Tea Day

All you wanted to know about a cream tea but were afraid to ask! The Cornish Cream Tea is truly a thing of splendour but with National Cream Tea Day coming up this Friday you could unwittingly be munching your way through a minefield! Why? Well because both the Cornish and Devon folk claim it […]

Flaming June!

We’re having a scorcher! But if you’re having a scorcher, where better to be than by the seaside? Finlay, our golden retriever needed a few trips to the beach yesterday to cool off in the sea so I grabbed a few photos on our stroll – and went back again as the sun set. Really, there […]

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Cornwall and north Devon are no strangers to film crews. The long-running Doc Martin films every two years just twenty miles down the coast in Port Isaac, and Poldark films every year in various different locations around Cornwall. Recently, scenes from the Night Manager were shot around Hartland just […]

It’s a Dog’s Life.

We had an uplifting day yesterday. To be honest, living here in Cornwall, most days are good for Finlay but yesterday was a very good day! We took a short trip over the border into Devon to meet up with some amazing golden retrievers; Marley, and his buddies Poppy and Harry. Marley and Poppy have both recently […]

What’s new at The Beach Haven for 2017?

We always have an improvement project or two on at The Beach Haven in the close season each year and we’re excited to reveal this year’s improvements. We completely replaced the decking at the tail end of 2016 as some of the boards and joists were rotting. Although the end result looks similar, the deck […]