Chi An Mor

Dog friendly contemporary holiday home by the beach at Widemouth Bay

Sleeps 6 across 3 bedrooms Friday changeovers Two well behaved dogs welcome
The Retreat

After family days spent exploring the rugged north Cornish coast, where better to retreat to than a Widemouth Bay coastal home, only a few moments from the beach. Chi An Mor sleeps six guests is dog-friendly and has private parking.

Situated just seconds from the beach sits Chi An Mor, a contemporary seaside home at the heart of Widemouth Bay which can sleep six across three bedrooms. If you love the prospect of waking up by the sea, meandering to the beach for a sunrise swim or spectacular sundowner, or trying your hand at surfing, Chi An Mor is for you. It is one of just eight superior beach houses, an exclusive private development which is highly sought after, and just seconds from the sea. A sister property to Chi An Treth, booking both together opens up the possibilities to sleep larger family and friend groups in style.


This Widemouth Bay coastal home is split across two levels. Upon entering Chi An Mor on the ground floor, you will find an open-plan living, dining and kitchen space. The sitting room centres around a wonderful cosy log burner, which is flanked either side by double doors which can be thrown open onto the decking area, inviting the sea air in. Subtle nautical hues and cosy throws create a feeling of calm, with plenty of modern touches. There is a king bedroom on this floor, which enjoys its own access to the decking area, as well as a modern bathroom with walk in shower.

Upstairs, you’ll find the other two bedrooms; immediately at the top of the stairs is the wonderfully spacious master bedroom. A light, airy feel presents itself through the high ceilings and large floor-to-ceiling windows, which overlooks sister property Chi An Treth. There’s plenty of spacious built in storage, as well as a modern ensuite with bathtub and double sinks. The other bedroom on this floor is a cosy twin which consists of two smaller singles (2’6”), but this can be made into a king on request. Double doors open out onto a delightful Juliet balcony, inviting plenty of light in, and you’ll find a fabulous ensuite with large walk in shower for this bedroom.


Set in an exclusive private development, you can enjoy use of the communal gardens. Chi An Mor also has its own decking area which wraps itself around the lounge and ground floor bedroom — enjoy a morning coffee here, or dine al fresco with some fresh catch of the day from the nearby local shop. Each beach house here comes with its own private storage shed, perfect for storing away beach gear and the barbecue, and you can enjoy use of the communal outdoor shower to wash off any sand. Widemouth Bay beach is only seconds away, which has prestigious Blue Flag status, and will no doubt provide endless hours of entertainment and relaxation.

Things we love

You can’t get closer to the beach than this! Enjoy the comforts of a modern, dog-friendly Widemouth Bay coastal home, right in the heart of this little community with its well-stocked local shop and cafe for all the essentials. There’s no need to worry about where to leave the car with private parking available; in fact, you can leave the car parked all week whilst enjoying endless beach days. Try out the Widemouth Bay Surfing Co for surfing lessons and hire, or perhaps after a day adventuring on the South West Coast Path — the bustling town of Bude is only an hour’s stroll north along this beautiful stretch of coastline — return home to Chi An Mor and dine al fresco on the decking, soaking up the ultimate beach life.

Brilliant if you want the beach on your doorstep!
A lovely home situated right on the beach. The master bedroom is especially striking with tall floor to ceiling windows. The property is a 30 second walk to Black Rock beach, a dog friendly beach with a nice cafe. There is an outdoor shower to wash off after surfing and sheds to store your surf gear. We really enjoyed our stay and the location was brilliant if you want the beach on your doorstep!
Jamie & family — July 2023

Retreat Features

  • Just seconds from the beach
  • Nautical hues and cosy interiors for a coastal feel
  • Cosy woodburner
  • Close to the South West Coast Path
  • Great for families and couples
Principal bedroom: super king bed with en suite
Bedroom two: twin beds with en suite (can be made into a king upon request)
Bedroom three: king bed

All bed linen and bath towels provided
Open-plan kitchen with dishwasher, induction hob, small fan oven and grill, double fan oven, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, a tall fridge freezer
Dining table seats six
The spacious sitting room has a corner sofa
Woodburner with fireguard
Two sets of patio doors
Two en-suites
Shower room on ground floor
The two sets of patio doors from the sitting room that lead out on to a private decked area with seating and charcoal barbecue
Communal garden
Secure surf store and useful outdoor shower
There is allocated parking for two vehicles

Families with young children are always welcome, with travel cots and highchairs available upon request
Two well behaved dogs welcome
Essential cleaning items
Underfloor heating
Friday changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
The property is not suitable for wheelchair access

Widemouth Bay

Widemouth Bay is a bay, beach and small village on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall, just 3 miles south of Bude. Attracting surfers, families and couples, this stretch of coast is steeped in the smuggling history of times before, and not far south of Widemouth Bay along the South West Coast Path can be found many little inlets and coves.

Travel times

  • Chi An Mor is 50 minutes away from near the nearest train station of Okehampton
  • Chi An Mor is 5 hours from London on a quiet day and around 1.2 hours away from Exeter.

Things we love

  • A stones throw from the beach
  • Modern, coastal interiors
  • Large, light and airy principle bedroom
  • Private parking

The Widemouth Bay guide

Beach life

The village’s two beaches — Widemouth Bay and Black Rock — form one long expanse of sand when the tide’s out, stretching for almost two miles. With its Blue Flag status, this is a brilliant area for families who flock here for old-fashioned seaside holidays of rockpooling, sandcastle building and ice creams on the beach. Both Widemouth Bay and Black Rock are lifeguarded during high season, and Black Rock is dog-friendly all year round so it’s a great place for dogs too (there are seasonal restrictions on Widemouth Bay).

There are a number of places to eat within striking distance of the beach, including the popular Bay View Inn and laid-back beach bar The Break. Adventurous families who want to get out on the water will have plenty of surf school options (there are four schools on Widemouth Bay alone and many more in neighbouring Bude); some of them offer paddleboarding or coasteering if that’s more your thing.

Cornish walking holidays Gwithian South West Coast Path

Walking galore

Widemouth Bay is a fantastic spot for a bit of rambling. The coastal walk into Bude follows the South West Coast Path north and takes around an hour — it’s a beautiful stretch of coast, and along the way you’ll pass the magnificent Phillip’s Point Nature reserve, one of the Wildlife Trust’s smallest reserves. You’ve got the option to make this a 10km circular route if you want to by carrying on along Bude’s canal towpath south out of the town towards Helebridge and following the footpaths over fields back to the coast and onwards to Widemouth Bay.

A more challenging route takes you along the coastal path to Crackington Haven. It’s a good stomp of just over six miles and rather strenuous in parts but the views are worth it if you can handle the terrain.

Beautiful Bude

Widemouth Bay is only a couple of miles — or an hour’s walk — from Bude, and it’s brilliant to have all of the delights of this charming beachside town on your doorstep. There are several wide, golden beaches to choose from within walking distance of the centre, with many more little coves an easy stroll along the coast path. The wonderful sea pool on Summerleaze Beach is perfect for calm, salty swims when the tide’s out, and one of Cornwall’s largest nature reserves packed with wildlife and migrating birds can be found on the fringes of the town.

The little town is an interesting place to amble around with art galleries and independent shops, plus there’s a fascinating 18th-century castle on the outskirts. Bude is also home to some brilliant places to eat, from popular seafood restaurants such as the bistro-style Sea Fever and Potters Restaurant, to cosy pubs and cafes on the coast.


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

Black Rock Widemouth Bay

Black Rock

To the southern end of Widemouth Bay beach beyond the rocky outcrop, Black Rock is a wilder section of this stretch of coast, where big tides and some impressive reef breaks draw the surfing crowds to its waters throughout the year. There are also some incredible rockpools and caves along the beach, so bucket-and-net-wielding children will have hours of fun here.

Lifeguarded? Mid-May to mid-Sept
Dog-friendly? Yes, all year round

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


This is Bude’s main beach, just a quick walk from the buzzy town centre. 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 (no booking required).

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

Food & drink

The Bay View Inn

For food with a view, you can’t get much better than this popular beachside restaurant, tucked behind Widemouth Bay with beautiful views from the deck at the front. There are various eating areas, each with a different vibe, such as the laid-back surf bar with scrubbed floors, the sea-facing conservatory, and the open plan Driftwood area, which is perfect for sandy-footed families who’ve spent the day at the beach, and kids will love the pirate ship on the terrace. They’re big on fresh, Cornish ingredients, and it’s creative bistro menu features things like crispy hake and chips and gourmet burgers.

The Break Beach Bar

With private access to the beach from the bottom of the parasol and beanbag-dotted garden, sandy-footed beachgoers in search of sustenance should make a beeline for this multi award-winning laid-back beachside restaurant and bar. Serving up a heady mix of food, tunes in the dunes and stunning ocean views, The Break’s coast-inspired menu features things like seafood skewers and fragrant fish curries as well as local wines, ales and coastal cocktails. Inside, there are books, games and sofas for rainy days whilst the garden outside looks right onto the golden sands of Widemouth Bay. 

Widemouth Bay Cafe

You can almost dip your toes in the water from the terrace of this brilliant eatery overlooking Widemouth Bay — it’s a great place for watching the waves roll in and surfers performing tricks out at sea. It’s a relaxed, cosy little place, with leather sofas and driftwood tables. The menu features all the favourites, from burgers and scampi to sandwiches, and there’s an impressive gluten free and vegan menu, too, as well as lots of options for children. From pasties and sandwiches to all-day-breakfasts and tasty organic smoothies, wave-fuelled appetites will find what they need here. 

Eating out in Bude

Bude is just a couple of miles north of Widemouth Bay and has lots of good places to eat, from the laid-back cafes and bars to family friendly pubs. The stylish bistro Sea-Fever has lovely sea views and unpretentious food, whilst popular Potters is all about fresh, local fish dishes, such as Tandoori Cornish monkfish and St Ives smoked mackerel pate on toast. The scandi-inspired Electric Bakery serves up pastries and other delicious baked goods. There are also a number of great pubs, such as the tiny The Barrel, which sells craft ales from independent brewers and producers, and the slightly more formal The Falcon Hotel set just back from the canal.

Things to do
surfing widemouth bay

Learn to surf

If you want to learn to ride the waves, Widemouth Bay is a great place to give it a go. With four surf schools on Widemouth Bay beach catering to all ages and abilities, you’re spoilt for choice. As well as offering surf lessons and hire, Freewave Surf Academy also run SUP, coasteering and bodyboarding sessions. The Reubyn Ash Surf School halfway along the beach is lead by a European Champion with 30 years experience, whilst the Widemouth Bay Surfing Co offers surf lessons and hire, as well as a surf clothing shop from its shack off the sand.


If surfing’s not your bag, there are plenty of other watersports to try in Widemouth Bay. Coasteering is one of the most exhilarating way to explore the craggy coastline — you’ll swim through huge sea caves and wildlife-rich rockpools, visit inaccessible beaches and leap off cliffs and plunge into clear tidal pools. There are two centres on Widemouth Bay beach that provide coasteering to explore the surrounding coastline — Freewave Surf Academy, which run family trips as well as providing for stag and hen parties, and OA Surf Club, whose instructors have over 3o years’ experience.

Bude Sea Pool

The beauty of tidal pools is that you can take a dip with having to brave the waves, making it the perfect place for a bit of family fun. Under the cliffs at Summerleaze Beach in neighbouring bude, this is Cornwall’s oldest sea pool, 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. There are no fees, and there’s no need to book, just turn up and jump on in!

Guests Say
  • Fabulous!

    Fabulous! Spotless furniture and linen and beautiful surroundings.

    Michelle — August 2023
  • Simply amazing!

    Loved the location of Black Rock Sands and surrounding area. Property was well equipped, clean and comfortable. Overall had a lovely family holiday.

    Rosalind & family — August 2023
  • Fantastic location

    This place is in a fantastic location close to an excellent beach. The house is warm and cosy and has everything you need. We would definitely go again.

    Jane & Richard — July 2023
  • Brilliant if you want the beach on your doorstep!

    We visited as a family with our dog in early July. A lovely home situated right on the beach. The master bedroom is especially striking with tall floor to ceiling windows. The property had everything we needed. The property is a 30 second walk to Black Rock beach, a dog friendly beach with a nice cafe. There is an outdoor shower to wash off after surfing and sheds to store your surf gear. The property shares garden space with the other properties however there are separate fenced off decking areas for each home meaning space for a BBQ and meals outside. We really enjoyed our stay and the location was brilliant if you want the beach on your doorstep!

    Jamie & family — July 2023
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