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MODERN BEACH HOUSE, WIDEMOUTH BAY

Llawnroc

Modern holiday home on the beach at Widemouth Bay

Sleeps 10 across 4 bedrooms Saturday arrivals Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
The Retreat

Llawnroc is a cool and modern Widemouth Bay cottage split across two levels. You’ll find this dog friendly house nestled on the rugged north Cornish coast. Set in an exclusive private development, you’ll be able to access the sandy shores of Widemouth Bay beach almost instantly. This area has a multitude of surf schools and miles of beautiful, winding coast paths just waiting to be explored. It’s the ideal base for family and friend groups, sleeping up to 10 guests across four bedrooms and offers private parking.

15% low occupancy discount available for groups who use two bedrooms or less, outside of peak times.

Imagine waking up to the invigorating smell of Cornish sea air to start your day. You can do that here at Llawnroc — just stroll the minute’s walk to the beach for a sunrise swim and then retreat back to the modern comforts of this Widemouth Bay cottage. Designed with a reverse-living set up, the property offers flexible sleeping arrangements across four bedrooms which all benefit from having ensuites. You can also enjoy sea views from the balconies upstairs — the perfect spot for wave watching or a sundowner.

Inside

Upon entering Llawnroc, you’re greeted with a bright, airy hallway and natural wooden tones which wind their way throughout the house. This Widemouth Bay cottage has a contemporary reverse layout, with three of the four bedrooms on the ground floor as you enter.  Here, you’ll find a spacious master ensuite with super king bed. This room benefits from two sets of patio doors with access to the private garden, inviting in ample light. The second bedroom on this floor is a king ensuite and also enjoys patio doors leading onto the back garden. Lastly, there is a neat twin ensuite, as well as a downstairs WC.

The fourth bedroom is located upstairs and ideal as a children’s room, consisting of two sets of bunk beds and an ensuite with bath tub. The rest of the upstairs space has an open plan living, kitchen and dining area, where families and friends can gather for meals and planning the day’s adventures. One of the best features about this space are the two Juliette balconies which you can step out on; take in the fresh summer breeze here, or enjoy wave watching in the winter with a steaming mug of tea. There’s also underfloor heating for added winter warmth.

Outside

As well as Widemouth Bay beach being quite literally on your doorstep, Llawnroc benefits from its own private back garden area, which has a mixture of grass and decking. Enjoy a family picnic here whilst watching the waves, or whip up a feast on the barbecue. The local village shop is well stocked, so you need not go far for essentials. This Widemouth Bay cottage has all the trappings for a beach side holiday, with a private storage shed for beach equipment, as well as an outdoor shower.

Things we love

This stretch of coastline is a hot spot for adventurous water sports such as surfing, body boarding and coasteering. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or have never stepped foot on a board before, there’s numerous surf schools offering various levels of tuition so don’t be afraid to try something new! Freewave Surf Academy are a brilliant local company with over 15 years experience. Little ones can also build sandcastles in the shallows of the wide, sandy bay and furry friends can join in too; to the southern end of Widemouth Bay beach beyond the rocky outcrop, you’ll find Black Rock beach where dogs are free to roam year round. This wilder stretch sees big tides and impressive reef breaks. Just a couple of miles along the coast is the lively seaside town of Bude, which is a buzz of activity with numerous restaurants, eateries and shops as well as the famous Bude Sea Pool to explore. Once the day’s adventures are done, you can retire back to the modern, cosy comforts of Llawnroc…

Recommend highly
Great location and accommodation with friendly, helpful hosts. Would recommend highly.
Gemma & family — April 2024
Features

Retreat Features

  • Juliette balcony with sea views
  • A stones throw from the beach
  • Ideally property for families
  • Decked garden area for al-fresco dining
  • Outdoor shower and surfboard shed
  • South West Coast Path on your doorstep
SLEEPING
Principal bedroom: super king bed with en suite
Bedroom two: king bed with en suite
Bedroom three: twin bed with en suite
Bedroom four: two sets of bunk beds with en suite

All bed linen and bath towels provided
COOKING & DINING
The kitchen has a Bosch double oven and grill with four-ring hob, a microwave, a large fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
Large dining table for 10
LIVING & RELAXING
Open-plan living area
Large L-shaped sofa
Juliette balcony with sea views
BATHROOM
Four en-suites (three with shower, one with bath)
Downstairs WC
OUTDOORS
Garden table and chairs
Charcoal barbecue
Outside storage box and a lockable shed suitable for surfboards and bikes
PARKING
There is reserved parking for one car. Further parking can be found at the adjacent Black Rock Sands car park available for a charge of approximately £30 per week. There are three visitor spaces but not reserved so are on a first come, first served basis.
BABIES & TODDLERS
Families with young children are always welcome, with travel cots, stair gate, bed guard and highchairs available upon request
PETS
Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
UTILITIES
Washer/dryer
Essential cleaning items
HEATING
Underfloor heating
Wood burner (not in use during warmer months)
ARRIVALS & DEPARTMENTS
Saturday changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
ACCESSIBILITY
The property is suitable for wheelchair access
Location

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

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

Things we love

  • Juliette balconies in the living space with sea views
  • Close to the beach
  • Great for surfers, families or couples
  • Near to Bude town with fantastic eateries
  • Explore the coast on the South West Coast Path

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.

Beaches

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

Summerleaze

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.

Coasteering

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
  • Recommend highly

    Great location and accommodation with friendly, helpful hosts. Would recommend highly.

    Gemma & family — April 2024
  • Our first ever return to a rental!

    The property is well finished with a modern feel. We stayed with our two children, aged 10 and 11, as well as my in-laws. It is situated a really short walk from the beach so was brilliant for our dogs. The house has wood flooring through the majority of the house so coping with the beach sand was easy. Large door opened in the upstairs living space allowing you to see and hear the waves and really soak up the seaside experience. The interaction with the agent was fantastic and because of this we have booked again. Our first ever return to a rental!

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