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Arden House

Charming holiday home in Bude close to the beach and town

Sleep 8 across 4 bedrooms Saturday changeover Up to two well behaved dogs
The Retreat

Sleeping up to eight guests in style and comfort across four bedrooms, this elegant and spacious Bude holiday cottage is full of Edwardian charm and homely comforts. It’s brilliantly situated, being within easy reach of the town, Bude’s beautiful beaches and the South West Coast Path so you can quite easily leave the car parked up for the week and soak up this little slice of Cornish heaven…

Short breaks are available from November – March excluding school holidays (Friday, Saturday or Monday arrivals only, 2 night minimum). Please contact the team here if you are interested in a short break. 

Located on the north Cornish coast in the popular seaside town of Bude, this gorgeous family friendly house enjoys modern comforts whilst keeping true to its Edwardian origins. Whether it’s a summer family holiday or a get together with friends, this Bude holiday cottage offers comfort, cheer and charm and is dog-friendly.


Nestled on a quiet road overlooking the picturesque green fields of Bude golf course, you’ll find this pretty, redbrick Bude holiday home. Through the front garden gate and up the little path, you enter the home and are greeted with an entrance hall, which has historic charm with its beautiful original flooring. There’s ample space for relaxing at Arden House, with all communal rooms on the ground floor, including two lounges. The first lounge is wonderfully cosy; the perfect place to gather for movie night or for quality time spent around the wood burner. Just next to this is the snug which is used as a games room; here you’ll find a second TV, table football and large sofa, making it an ideal den for children or those who want some separate space to relax.

Towards the end of the hallway is the large and exceptionally well equipped kitchen and dining area, which has been modernised yet retains aspects of historical charm. Here, you’ll find gorgeous stripped wooden flooring and an original Rayburn (for decorative purposes), providing a homely rustic atmosphere. There’s ample worktop and cupboard space, as well as appliances ranging from a Smeg range cooker to a Nespresso coffee machine, plus a dining table for eight — ideal when catering for larger celebratory gatherings. Through the kitchen and towards the back, you’ll find a utility room and downstairs contemporary bathroom with walk in shower.

All bedrooms are located upstairs. The master king ensuite overlooks the front of the house, enjoying sweeping views of the golf course. It’s a bright yet cosy room, with ample Cornish light entering through the large windows; settle into one of the armchairs with a good book or enjoy stepping out onto the little balcony to inhale the fresh morning air. The master bedroom enjoys an original feature fireplace and modern ensuite with walk in rainfall shower. Along the hall you’ll find a spacious double, plus a twin room which overlooks the back garden. Lastly, there is a bunk bedroom suitable for children or small adults. Completing the upstairs is a family bathroom, with shower over bath.


Arden House benefits from having an enclosed, private garden — perfect for a barbecue and dining alfresco on a summer’s evening, or for lazy afternoons catching the Cornish sunshine throughout the day. Just directly across from this Bude holiday cottage is a footpath which takes you on a pleasant ten minute stroll across the Summerleaze Downs, towards Bude’s bustling town where there’s an array or restaurants to try and shops to explore. Otherwise, Crooklets beach is just an easy 15 minute stroll west. Upon returning from a day of surfing, swimming and sunbathing at the beach — make sure to check out the numerous surf schools like Bude Surfing Experience — make use of the garage where there’s ample space to safely store wetsuits and bodyboards.

Things to love

One of the best things about Arden House is it’s location — you can enjoy staying in a peaceful area yet still be close enough to the hustle and bustle of both the town and beaches — as well as Bude’s famous sea pool. After a day spent adventuring, enjoy returning to this beautiful Bude holiday cottage for a barbecue in the sheltered garden, or take an easy stroll west to watch a beautiful Cornish sunset at Crooklets beach. Whether you’re looking for a golfing break with friends, a seaside family holiday or a dog-friendly base to explore the South West Coast Path, Arden House offers contemporary comfort whilst retaining historic charm and a ‘home from home’ feeling.

Fab location
Great house — fab location. Really enjoyed our stay, little Jack (age 6) was delighted with his bunk bed. Weather was very good this week. Bude is a great place for a vacation. Thank you!
Dave, Marise, Glenn, Amy & Jack — August 2023

Retreat Features

  • Large home perfect for families
  • Children 'snug' with football table
  • Walk to the beach and town
  • Enclosed garden with lawn and decking
  • Large well-equipped kitchen
Principal bedroom: king bed with en suite
bedroom two: double bed
Bedroom three: set of bunk beds
Bedroom four: twin beds

All bed linen and bath towels provided
Separate children's snug complete with table football and second television
Smart TVs
Outside there is a lawned area and patio with outdoor furniture
Garage for wetsuit/surfboard storage
Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
Gas central heating
Wood burner
There is on-road parking outside the house
Kitchen/diner with Smeg electric oven with gas hob, a microwave, a Smeg fridge freezer, dishwasher and washer
Dining table for eight
One en-suite shower room
Family bathroom with bath
Ground floor shower room
Travel cots, highchairs and stair gates available upon request
Washing machine
Essential cleaning items
Saturday changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
Access to front door has a small step into property
Internal stairs to landing and twin bedroom / family bathroom
Further steps to more bedrooms
The property is not suitable for wheelchair access


The seaside town of Bude is in north east Cornwall and was voted Best UK Coastal Town. Attracting families, ramblers, surfers and swimmers to its wild coastline and spotless beaches, Bude has an abundance of things to do, place to eat and is known for it’s epic golf course and tidal pool.

Travel times

  • Arden House is 50 minutes away from the closest train station of Okehampton.
  • Arden House is just under 5 hours away from London with clear traffic and about 1.5hours away from Exeter.

Things we love

  • Lovely views across the golf course
  • Edwardian brick-built house with charming, airy interiors
  • Summerleaze Sea Pool is only a few minutes’ walk away
  • Well-equipped for family holidays

The Bude guide

Surfers take to the waves in Bude

Out on the water

With its rollicking waves, golden sands and stunning sunsets, the beaches in Bude and the surrounding area are a magnet for watersports enthusiasts. Seasonal lifeguards operate on all the main beaches on this stretch of coast (Summerleaze, Widemouth, Crooklets), so it’s a safe place for families to get out on the water. Make the most of the Atlantic swell and take a surfboard out with help from Big Blue Surf School, or have a go at paddleboarding or SUP yoga with Bude Surfing Experience. Or, if canoeing, kayaking or coasteering is more your thing, explore the rugged coastline with the friendly team at Shoreline Activities just off Summerleaze Beach. Freewave Surf Academy offers surf lessons and hire from Summerleaze Beach, paddleboarding sessions on the Bude canal and coasteering trips along the coastline.

Sea swimmers are in for a treat — Summerleaze Beach is home to Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall’s oldest (and biggest) tidal pool. It’s the perfect place for a salty swim without the waves. It was created in 1930 so that the locals in Bude could bathe in safety, and there are no fees or booking requirements — just turn up and jump on in!

Forever Cornwall Camel Trail Bikes

Adventure activities

Adventure seeking families flock to Bude to make the most of its epic coastline and fabulous beaches, but head inland and you’ll find plenty of things to do away from the coast. Adventure Bude is the place to try for high-octane activities — try a high rope course, mountain boarding, caving and rock climbing, all located at their purpose built site in the town. The sheltered waters of Bude Canal are perfect for trying your hand at canoeing and dragon boating (14-person canoes!).

One of the best ways to take in the sights of Bude is on two wheels. With roads and trails that are generally quiet and accessible, there are plenty of routes to tackle in and around the town, whether that’s the challenging Tamar Lakes route, or the family-friendly Bude Canal towpath and nature reserve route that winds through the town.


Eating out in Bude

With a smattering of brilliant eateries in the area, Bude is one of north Cornwall’s top spots for fine dining. Bistro-style Sea-Fever is popular with its lovely Summerleaze beach views, whilst the relaxed Scandi-inspired Electric Bakery serves up pastries and other baked goods from Wednesday through to Sunday (check out their online sourdough courses). Potters is a fairly new on the scene, having opened back in 2020 but is now a firm favourite with locals and visitors and has earned a listing in the prestigious Michelin guide, too.

Pubs wise, The Barrel is north Cornwall’s first micropub. With a maximum capacity of 40 people, this tiny pub in the centre of town sells craft ales from independent brewers and producers. The Falcon Hotel set just back from the canal is Cornwall’s oldest coaching hotel and serves up formal but unfussy food from their restaurant and bar in the town centre.



This is Bude’s main beach, just a quick walk from the buzzy town centre and within easy reach of our Bude holiday cottages. Despite its popularity and proximity to town, it’s huge expanse of soft sand lined with rows of colourful beach huts to hire means that it never feels crowded, even at high tide. It’s a favourite spot for surfers and bodyboarders who come for the powerful waves. There’s surfboard hire and lessons on the beach, as well as windsurf, paddleboard and kayak rental, too. Swimmers can take a dip in the Bude Sea Pool for free.

Lifeguarded? May-Sept, plus Easter holidays, Oct half term and weekends in Sept and Oct
Dog-friendly? Dogs on leads between May-Sept

Widemouth Bay

This beautiful stretch of North Cornwall’s coastline offers up a choice of beaches that all bring something slightly different to the party. Widemouth is a long, open bay (3 miles from Bude along the coast path) that’s also great for surfing, dog walking and rock pooling at low tide. A little further down the coast you’ll find the pretty shingle cove of Crackington Haven, which is flanked by tall cliffs — ideal for a spot of dramatic coast path walking.

Lifeguarded? May-Sept, plus Easter holidays, Oct half term and weekends in Sept and Oct
Dog-friendly? Dogs on leads between May-Sept

Crooklets Beach

This popular cove was awarded Blue Flag Beach status in 2022. Flanked by rocky outcrops which are brilliant for rockpooling families, this beautiful expanse of golden sand just north of Bude is a short walk from the town centre and is home to the Bude Surf Life Saving Club. At low tide it joins Summerleaze to form one long bay. It’s great for families with its play area, skate park and popular dog-friendly beach cafe just off the sand.
Lifeguarded? Mid May-Sept
Dog-friendly? Dogs on leads between mid May-Sept
Food & drink

Restaurants in Bude

A firm favourite, Sea Fever is fine dining without the fuss. Fish is caught in the bay and all other ingredients are local and Cornish. Try and bag the window seat for spectacular views over Summerleaze beach. The cocktail menu is definitely worth a gander, too! It may be fairly new to the scene but popular Potters has already become one of the best places to eat and drink in Bude. Their Cornish hake fish and chips is one of North Cornwall’s best, whilst the Cornish negroni cocktails include Bude gin and are especially delicious. Set just back from the canal, The Falcon Hotel is Cornwall’s oldest coaching hotel and serves up formal but unfussy food. The sprawling terrace sits under the trees and is the perfect spot for a drink when the sun’s shining.

Cafes in Bude

Right above Summerleaze, laid-back Life’s a Beach is perfect for anyone who’s worked up an appetite in the waves. Serving great beach café fare by day and a locally-inspired seafood menu by night. Open from Wednesday through to Sunday, this Electric Bakery on the outskirts of Bude is definitely worth hunting down for their artisanal sourdough, cakes and pastries, specialty coffee and craft beers. They’re staunch supporters of local producers (try their ‘3-mile loaf’) and great advocates of sustainable food — their menu reflects the seasons. Grab a table outside and watch the world go by.

Pubs in Bude

Cornwall’s first micropub, The Barrel at Bude is one of Bude’s tiniest venues with a maximum capacity of 40 people, selling craft ales from independent brewers and producers. About a mile from Bude in the village of Stretton, The Kings Arms is a 17th-century coaching inn with centuries-old flagstones, huge inglenooks and bags of character with an extensive menu features wholesome pub fare. Overlooking Bude’s inner harbour, The Brendon Arms has been run by the same family for centuries, serving homemade dishes using fresh local ingredients.

Local food in Bude

Bude and Widemouth Bay have plenty of places where you can get your hands on local produce when you’re staying at our Bude holiday cottages, from markets to fishmongers and delis. Bude’s weekly farmers’ market, held in the bustling heart of the town, is a great place to get hold of all your fresh produce and Cornish goodies to take back home.

Find out more about buying local in with our handy Local Food Guide to Bude and Widemouth Bay.

Things to do

Bude Sea Pool

The beauty of tidal pools is that you can take a dip with having to brace the waves, making it the perfect place for a bit of family fun. Under the cliffs at Summerleaze Beach, Bude Sea Pool is Cornwall’s oldest, created in 1930 so that the locals in Bude could bathe in safety away from the waves. Today it’s managed by local charity, Friends of Bude Sea Pool, who look after the upkeep of this semi-natural swimming spot. No fees, no booking, just turn up and jump on in!

Lizard Wildlife Unsplash

Maer Lake Nature Reserve

One of north Cornwall’s most important breeding grounds for overwintering birds, this beautiful wetland meadow reserve to the north of Bude — known locally as ‘The Pool’ — welcomes a variety of breeding, feeding and nesting bireds such as spoonbill, marsh harrier, sandpiper and whooper swans, amongst many others. the 22-acre site is also a fascinating place botanically, with a number of interesting plant species. Although you can’t get up close to the wildlife, the viewing gate allows wildlife watchers to catch sightings of the various birds. Don’t forget your binoculars!

Bude Castle

Once the home of steam carriage inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, the wonderful Bude Castle is a fascinating little place to while away an hour or so on a wet afternoon. Exhibitions in the heritage centre delve into all aspects of Bude history and the surrounding area, from prehistory to the present day. Outside there are lawns to explore, and during the summer months the castle hosts family-friendly events, such as craft afternoons and circus skills days.


Guests Say
  • Fab location

    Great house — fab location. Really enjoyed our stay, little Jack (age 6) was delighted with his bunk bed. Weather was very good this week. Bude is a great place for a vacation. Thank you!

    Dave, Marise, Glenn, Amy & Jack — August 2023
  • We especially enjoyed our evenings with the fire

    We loved our stay! My daughter said that the only thing that would make it better was if it had chickens and hedgehogs! So cosy and we especially enjoyed our evenings with the fire. Thanks so much!

    The Eppes family — November 2022
  • Really well situated

    Amazing house, really well situated — a good base for exploring Bude and this part of Cornwall. Enjoyed some lovely meals out, but equally some great nights in. Thanks — hope to return soon.

    Andrea, Fran & Deborah — May 2022
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