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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 […]

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 […]

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!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Driftwood

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 […]

New photos

We’ve recently taken the opportunity to take a few new photos of The Beach Haven. It’s amazing how quickly they become out of date. We’ve only made small changes and updates to the accommodation but they all add up. We hope you like them! Click any of the photos to open as a slideshow. Photography […]

A Delightful Family Blog

One of our regular guests (who has just booked her fourth visit to The Beach Haven) has produced a delightful family blog and three of her most recent posts have been about what they got up to on their latest visit to Bude. They include a fabulous review of The Beach Haven too. Do take […]

Happy Easter!

Well here we are at Easter already; the start of the new ‘season’. We’ve been busy during the quieter months and as you can see, The Beach Haven is now resplendent in its new cladding which, we hope you agree, looks much smarter than the old tired render! In addition, we’ve had a new condensing boiler […]

Bude is the ‘Best Resort’ in the ‘Best County’: Official!

Some of us might have known this for some time but at the recent British Travel Awards, Bude won the vote for ‘Best UK Coastal Resort’ and Cornwall won the ‘Best County/Destination’ award. So if you were in any doubt about where to venture to for your holiday this year, rest assured you’ll be making […]

The Top Ten spots to visit in Cornwall this Autumn

Cornwall is a magical place in the autumn. We reckon that the north of the county has the has the most to offer at this time of year too. The wild, rugged and exposed north coast also boasts a number of steep-sided combes with fast flowing streams bordered by golden woodland and of course there is also the […]