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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

So what is so special about autumn in Cornwall?

With the kids now back at school we are now starting to get that lovely autumn feeling in Cornwall. It’s a popular time here. Apart from the odd week, we had solid bookings right up to the end of November last year and already this year September is full and a couple of October weeks […]

A Walk Down the Rocky Valley

One of our favourite spots for a  gentle walk is the Rocky Valley between Boscastle and Tintagel, less than half an hour’s drive from Bude. Like many places that are not within direct access of a car park, it is something of a ‘secret spot’. A small lay-by after a tight bend about two and a half […]

October on the Clifftops

October. The word fills some people with dread. ‘Oh no, the end of summer and the start of a long dreary English winter.’ Not us though! OK, it’s always a shame when the summer finally disappears, (although this year it has managed to remain most of the way through September) but October heralds the start of […]

An Autumn Holiday in Cornwall

It’s always sad when the end of summer edges closer, particularly when it’s been as lovely as this one, but in Cornwall the sadness doesn’t last too long because an autumn holiday has a special place in our hearts. With the crowds long since departed you can now now experience Cornwall as the locals do – peaceful, […]