self-catering holiday cottage close to beach & town

'a home where your heart lies'

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 […]

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 […]

A bank holiday stroll in the sun

It was another glorious spring day today and a Bank Holiday too so we took a little walk from Tintagel to Trebarwith Strand. The clifftops are just now coming into bloom and the ocean was azure and crystal clear. The beach was surprisingly busy too. We even saw one brave soul bathing without a wetsuit! Why not come […]

The Joy of Spring in Cornwall

Don’t you just love Spring in Cornwall? With the spring equinox behind us, Easter just ahead of us and with the clocks sprung forward, this is a lovely positive time of the year. The clifftops will shortly become a riot of colour as the wildflowers burst into bloom; the grass is greening up; the evenings […]

Bude at War Weekend

How’s this for something a little different?  In 1944  the US 2nd Rangers (the ‘Saving Private Ryan’ regiment) were encamped in Bude, training for the D-Day assaults on Omaha beach and the infamous, disastrous assault on the non-existent guns at Pointe Du Hoc. This September, re-enacters will set up camp at Crooklets beach and stage a […]

Win a Free Holiday at The Beach Haven

Update: Congratulations to Peter Brocklehurst who has won our free holiday at The Beach Haven. We look forward to welcoming him and his family to Cornwall How do you fancy winning a free holiday for up to four people in ‘The Best Seaside Resort in the UK’ in ‘The Best County/Destination in the UK’ according to […]

Bude is once again voted the UK’s Top Coastal Resort!

We are delighted and proud that Bude has, for the second year running been voted ‘The Best UK Coastal Resort’ in the British Travel Awards. In addition to that, Cornwall has also been voted ‘The Best UK County/Destination’. Proof, if you needed it, that this indeed the best place to take your holiday! Click any […]

At the going down of the sun

My dad was a veteran of the Second World War and served in the 8th Army. He passed away in 2013 in his 100th year so I though this to be a perfect opportunity to remember him and honour his colleagues by using his campaign medals which I wear with pride on Remembrance Sunday. The famous […]

Looking forward to your Cornwall holiday in 2017?

The year is nearly over and it’s now the traditional time to plan next year’s holidays! We’ve had a lovely year in Cornwall in 2016. Inevitably there was the odd bad week but by and large the weather really did deliver. September and October were been fabulous – as they often are.  Here at The Beach Haven, we had a record year […]

When your day goes off with a bang

We’ve had a glorious October so far, which is not that unusual. I remember a number of ‘beach days’ In October  in the last few years and last year we had a few days when the temperature was in the 20s! Yesterday was another glorious day – albeit with a chilly easterly breeze. Maria and I […]

Approaching the end of the season

Well, there’s only another month or so left of the main season before we have an opportunity to go in to do some maintenance and various improvements to The Beach Haven. Earlier this year we introduced a feedback form for guests to fill in before they depart. This helps us find out what we do […]

Bude Lifeboat Day – August Bank Holiday

Without a doubt, Bude Lifeboat Day is the single best day of the year in Bude for activity, buzz and a feel-good factor. The luck of the RNLI also blesses us with good weather nine times out of ten. The 2016 event was a cracker. A beautiful, sunny, warm day with just a gentle breeze. […]

Multi-generation family holidays

We have many multi-generation family holidays staying at The Beach Haven. With four bedrooms giving plenty of privacy and being one one level means much easier access for those with limited mobility. Our current age record-holder is Ken who was 99 at the time of his stay! We’re pleased to say he’s still going strong at 101! At […]


There has been a lot of rubbish washed up on our beaches this summer. The same amount we’d normally get after winter storms. Some bits are more attractive than others! This lovely piece of driftwood, washed up at Black Rock beach, was stranded there on the spring tides. I returned a couple of days later, armed […]