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Looking forward to longer days and sunshine!

On a dark, cold winter night in January it’s lovely to escape and dream of summer! We had a incredible year at the Beach Haven in 2021. Every single week, from the end of lockdown at Easter until after the New Year, was fully booked: thirty-nine weeks in total, equalling our 2019 record!  Inevitably there […]

A dreadful shock and loss

Our regular guests and viewers of our website, or Facebook page, will be well-aware of the antics of our gorgeous golden retriever, Finlay. Back in the summer he started to develop a limp and he flinched occasionally when we went to stroke him. We took him to the vet but nothing obvious was found other […]

When Bude gets busy… the locals go off-piste (part 2)

As mentioned in the previous blog, at busy times we like to head to less-frequented spots and so it was a couple of weeks ago. It was a scorcher and there was nothing else for it other than head to the beach. We always like to take Finlay when we can because he adores a […]

When Bude gets busy… the locals go off-piste!

Let’s face it, Bude is a popular place and since the lockdown restrictions were eased, it’s been very, very busy! Because we are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the coast all year round, on a sunny, busy weekend we are more inclined to avoid the hotspots and use our local knowledge for a […]

How about celebrating New Year in Cornwall?

Ok, so Bude isn’t exactly renowned for its New Year festivities! There’s no big firework display; no raucous fancy-dress shindigs or all-night partying – even in normal times, let alone in Covid year! However, if your idea of a perfect New Year is to enjoy some bracing walks with the dogs on Cornwall’s wild north […]

Relaxed Restrictions for Dogs on Cornwall’s Beaches

We’re delighted to bring you news today that Cornwall Council has decided to relax their dog restrictions on many Cornish beaches after a public consultation where the public voted overwhelmingly to reduce the bans. This means that dogs will now be allowed unrestricted access on all beaches (apart from Blue Flag beaches), all year, apart […]

Valentine Special!!

We have a very special deal to offer you for Valentine’s Weekend! A 3 night stay at the Beach Haven for 2 people for just £280. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever let the Beach Haven and won’t often (if ever) be repeated!! It’s down to circumstances really. We are closed for the period before […]

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, […]


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

UPDATE: October 2022. I originally wrote this article six summers ago, back in 2017 when we purchased our ‘proper’ bodyboards and a pair of full-size, ‘foamy’, beginner’s surfboards. They immediately proved to be a very popular addition to the Beach Haven and have been used extensively in that time. They claim to have a ‘lifetime’ […]

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 […]