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Down House

Elegant dog friendly holiday home near the beach in Bude

Sleep 12 across 5 bedrooms Saturday changeover Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
The Retreat

Down House is a dog friendly, spacious holiday home near epic beaches in Bude. The sociable living spaces and five bedrooms are ideal for family gatherings or groups of friends up to 12, you can enjoy Bude town with ease, as well as Crooklets Bay just a gentle stroll away.

Down House couldn’t be better positioned for those that love to holiday by the ocean. Stroll for just a few minutes from this elegant holiday home and the delights of Crooklets Bay reveal themselves. Rocky outcrops on either end provide endless rock pooling opportunities while an expanse of golden sand at low tide allows for beach strolls, bathing or simply setting down a rug and relaxing. Away from the water, Bude offers fine dining and boutique shopping while the surrounding area has much to explore.


The facade is dignified and elegant, echoed by its interior décor and furnishings. A feeling of understated calm is created by the use of earth tones, natural stone and wood. An open-plan orangery invites hours of endless chatting or dining in style, all warmed by a rotating wood burner. The kitchen is vast and replete with modern equipment. Bedrooms are tranquil havens of comfy beds and crisp linen and a ground floor double bedroom is ideal for anyone with walking or mobility problems.


Perfectly positioned to catch the evening sun, the level front and rear gardens invite you to pause awhile with a glass of something chilled at the end of a summer’s day. Pretty planting and mature borders surround luscious lawns, ideal for a good-old fashioned game of bat and ball.

Things we love

Cornwall’s north coast offers the ultimate in holiday adventure. From Bude’s beaches and its iconic sea pool to the miles of South West Coast Path just waiting to be explored, you can spend endless days outdoors, every day different. Further afield, there’s Padstow for foodies or Tintagel for lovers of legend.

Would highly recommend
The house is a wonderful place for friends or family to enjoy the nearby beaches and coastal walks. It is well equipped and has a fantastic layout with laundry and wet room for those, like us, who enjoy messing around in the great outdoors. Fantastic entertaining space with underfloor heating. Beautiful, bright spacious bedrooms, quality linens, and lashings of hot water. The managers are efficient and sorted out anything quickly and without fuss. Would highly recommend.

Retreat Features

  • Modern, elegant and calm interiors
  • Gardens front and back to enjoy the evening sun
  • Open-plan orangery with woodburner
  • Minutes from Crooklets Bay
  • Dog friendly and great for large groups
Principal bedroom: king bed with en suite
Bedroom two: super king bed (can be made into a twin upon request)
Bedroom three: double bed with en suite
Bedroom four: two sets of bunk beds
Bedroom five: double bed

All bed linen and bath towels provided
Open planing kitchen/diner/living room
A good-sized garden with barbecue and dining furniture
Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
Saturday changeover
Arrivals after 5pm
Departures before 9.30am
With a ground floor double bedroom and nearby full shower room the house is ideal for those who have difficulty with stairs but it is not suitable for a wheelchair.
Dining takes place in the orangery around a large farmhouse table.
Spacious kitchen with island worktop, houses an American style fridge freezer, a vast Rangemaster oven and microwave
Washing machine and dishwasher in addition to a Belfast sink in the utility room and separate tumble drier
Two en-suite bathrooms
Family bathroom with cast iron bath and shower
Wet room
Downstairs shower room
Families with young children are very welcome and a travel cot, stair gate and high chair are available upon request
There is private, off-road parking for three cars


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

  • Down House is 5 hours away from London by car on a quiet day and around 1.2 hours away from Exeter
  • Down House is about 50 minutes away from the nearest train station of Okehampton

Things we love

  • Minutes from Crooklets Bay Beach
  • Light and modern interiors
  • Lovely outdoor areas to enjoy the sun morning and evening
  • Close-by to eateries and shops in Bude

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.


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