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MODERN, QUIRKY BEACH HOUSE, BUDE

The Blue House

Modern holiday home near the beach in Bude

Sleeps 8 across 4 bedrooms Friday changeovers Sorry, no dogs
The Retreat

The Blue House is a striking, architecturally designed home exuding coastal comfort and quirky charm. This modern Bude beach house sleeps eight guests and offers a contemporary reverse living design across three floors. It’s close to Bude’s beautiful sandy beaches, as well as Bude town, making it a fantastic base for a north coast adventure.

This modern Bude beach house is one of just four houses on Ash Row designed by renowned architect Ian Hogarth, whose London home featured on Grand Designs. Modern, fresh, and bright — The Blue House is family-friendly and sleeps up to eight guests across four bedrooms. It has all the trappings for a coastal escape, plus private off-road parking with EV charging.

Inside

Inspired by a combination of Bude’s Victorian architecture and its iconic, colourful beach huts, The Blue House embodies the epitome of a Cornish seaside holiday. Upon arriving, you’re warmly welcomed into a spacious open plan living area consisting of kitchen, dining room and lounge. The space is filled with ample coastal light from the sliding glass balcony doors and high ceiling, making it feel bright and airy. It’s the perfect place to relax with family and friends, planning the day’s adventures, or gathering for an evening meal. Keen cooks can relish in the well-equipped kitchen, making use of the top spec appliances, whilst the lounge area invites a cosier feel — perfect for settling in to watch a movie after an action-packed day. This modern Bude beach house has been designed with sustainability at the forefront, so it’s well-insulated with a sophisticated underfloor system, but should you require extra warmth there’s also a wood burner for those cooler wintery evenings.

The four tastefully furnished bedrooms are located across the ground and middle floors, which all have sleek, modern ensuites. The principle king bedroom on the middle floor has an ensuite with shower over the bath, and enjoys access to a private decked balcony which looks out towards the sea. The ground floor king also has access to an outside garden area — a gorgeous little sun trap — and has a wet room style ensuite with large walk-in shower. The utility room can be found on the ground floor, and a separate WC on the top floor.

Outside

Outside space can be found on each floor of The Blue House, which enjoys two balconies as well as an enclosed ground floor garden area. Both balconies – one on the top floor and the other off the principal king bedroom – enjoy peaceful views over Bude golf course and Crooklets beach in the distance; it’s the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee or sundowner. Designed with the outdoor lifestyle in mind, this modern Bude beach house also has a secure beach storage area plus handy outside shower.

The Blue House benefits from being in a superb location, with its close proximity to Bude’s beautiful beaches — Crooklets and Summerleaze – as well as the bustling town centre, which has a multitude of cafes, shops and restaurants. Bude’s coastline is a mecca for water sport activities with its golden sands and epic sunsets; seasonal lifeguards operate on all the main beaches here so it’s safe and family-friendly. There’s an array of surf schools to try such as Bude Surfing Experience who offer surf, paddle boarding and SUP yoga lessons throughout the year. Bude’s famous sea pool can also be found just a short walk away, which is Cornwall’s oldest and biggest tidal pool, and the best thing is that you can simply turn up and jump on in for free! If you fancy a change from water sports, try Adventure Bude who also offer land-based activities like mountain boarding or rock climbing at their purpose built site in the town.

Things we love

This modern Bude beach house is effortlessly chic, with high quality soft furnishings that are locally sourced along with spectacular artwork by Cornish artists including Nina Brook and Sue Reed. We love the contemporary reverse living design and quirky furnishings, with pops of vibrant colour throughout the house to brighten any day. It’s the ideal base for an action-packed family holiday on the north coast, or a stylish getaway for a relaxing break full of coastal walks and sea therapy.

Delightful
A delightful family holiday despite the wind and rain! Loved the sea pool; for our morning walk the beaches are a joy. Many favourite eateries — Electric Bakery, Life's a Beach, Beach Cafe...a successful family break.
The Magee family — July 2023
Features

Retreat Features

  • Bright, modern and stylish interiors
  • Balconies with fantastic views across the golf course
  • Top spec appliances
  • Spacious and great for groups of friends
  • Private parking space
SLEEPING
Principal bedroom: king bed with en suite
Bedroom two: twin beds consisting of two 2'6" x 6'3" single beds (can be made into a king upon request)
Bedroom three: king bed with en suite
Bedroom four: twin beds consisting of two 2'6" x 6'3" single beds (can be made into a king upon request)
All bed linen and bath towels provided
COOKING & DINING
Open plan kitchen/dining area
Vintage Italian dining chairs and bespoke dining table
Breakfast bar
Electric oven and hob
Fridge freezer
Dishwasher
LIVING & RELAXING
Contemporary open-plan living space
Woodburner
Bespoke Cornish sofa
BATHROOM
Four en-suites (three are wet rooms)
OUTDOORS
Lockable wetsuit facility with useful outdoor shower
Small enclosed garden area with artificial grass and deck chairs
Sorry no barbecues allowed at this property
PARKING
Private off-road parking for one car directly outside the property
Electric car charging is available
Additional roadside parking nearby
BABIES & TODDLERS
Travel cots and highchairs available upon request
Sorry it is not possible to fit stairgates in this property
PETS
Sorry, no dogs
UTILITIES
Washer/dryer
Essential cleaning items
HEATING
Gas central heating
Underfloor heating
Woodburner
ARRIVALS & DEPARTMENTS
Friday changeovers
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
ACCESSIBILITY
Due to the number of stairs, this property is not suitable for wheelchair users
Location

Bude

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

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

Things we love

  • Modern and quirky top-spec interiors
  • Balconies with views across the golf course and to sea
  • Walking distance to Bude town and beaches

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.

Beaches

Summerleaze

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
  • Delightful

    A delightful family holiday despite the wind and rain! Loved the sea pool; for our morning walk the beaches are a joy. Many favourite eateries — Electric Bakery, Life's a Beach, Beach Cafe...a successful family break.

    The Magee family — July 2023
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