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Cotehele and Calstock

On a lovely, sunny November day we decided on a visit to Cotehele, a gorgeous National Trust property, to see the amazing Christmas garland as well as to enjoy a leafy, autumnal walk through the woods and along the Tamar Valley to Calstock. Finlay, of course, needed his walk before we indulged in the house […]

Castle Drogo and Fingle Bridge

Our latest autumnal day out was a visit to the National Trust owned, Castle Drogo, on Dartmoor. It’s around a 40-mile drive from the Beach Haven. Castle Drogo is not actually a castle; it was built as a family home built between 1911 and 1930, however, it was built as if it were a castle […]

Lydford Gorge – A Gorge-ous Day Out!

While the Beach Haven is a mere 10-minute walk to the beaches and coast path, Bude is actually a wonderful base to explore not just Cornwall but Devon too. We’re only about 5 miles from the border! One of our favourite spots when we venture ‘abroad’ is Lydford Gorge, on the edge of Dartmoor. It’s […]

So, you want a holiday cottage in Cornwall with a hot tub?

Are you looking for a holiday cottage in Cornwall with a hot tub? When we lived at the Beach Haven we had a hot tub. We loved it. After a stressful day at work, it was lovely to let the warm water and bubbles soothe your aches away. However, when we started holiday-letting, we removed […]

August Bank Holiday – Lifeboat Day in Bude

If you had pick just one day to be in Bude, I suspect many people would choose ‘Lifeboat Day’ on August bank holiday. The RNLI are always blessed with good weather and the town, beaches and downs are a-buzz with events and activities that range from crabbing competitions at the sea lock to fun runs, […]

Rebecca

We are, of course, proudly anchored in Cornwall but we are only about 5 miles from the Devon border so we are perfectly located as a base to explore north Devon too. Hartland Quay, just 14 miles up the coast has just been used as a location for a new feature film of the Du […]

A little Cornish secret spot!

When you think of Cornwall your immediate thoughts will doubtless be the Atlantic Ocean; the wild and rugged north Coast; Poldark perhaps; sandy beaches; fishing villages or wooded river estuaries. But there is also another side to Cornwall best explored by heading away from the coast into the heartland on Bodmin Moor. There are countless […]

The new Hebasca

Hebasca is the nearest bar and restaurant to the Beach Haven – just a five minute walk away – and it overlooks the golf course. It has recently changed oweners and, we’re delighted to report, is better than it’s ever been! It now offers a revamped, dog-friendly, bar and separate restaurant. We popped down and […]

Fighting the waste of polystyrene bodyboards

We were horrified a couple of summers ago when we saw over six-hundred broken polystyrene bodyboards displayed on our nearest beach 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 […]

A snow day!

Cornwall was gripped in a blizzard yesterday: apart from a 3 mile radius of Bude that is! Feeling deprived, I set out this afternoon with Finlay for a snow day. Bodmin Moor, a 15 minute drive away, is always a great for a walk in any weather so I headed for the old RAF aerodrome […]

Bude is the UK’s Best Seaside Town – Official!

We are delighted and proud that Bude has regained its title as ‘The Best UK Seaside Town’ in the 2018 British Travel Awards. That makes it three times in the last four years we’ve won the Award! Proof, if you needed it, that Bude is indeed the best place to take your holiday! They say […]

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 […]