West Haven

Holiday home near the beach at Widemouth Bay

Sleeps 12 across 5 bedrooms Saturday changeovers Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
The Retreat

This Widemouth Bay coastal house ‘West Haven’ was built in 1924 and was tastefully and lovingly renovated in 2022, keeping many of its original features and style so that it oozes an abundance of comfort and modern charm. With its terraced lawns and uninterrupted sea views, this dog friendly home is an ideal place for the ultimate family or group beachside holiday, as it’s situated in an elevated position above beautiful Widemouth Bay, and sleeps up to 12 guests across five spacious bedrooms.

This property is also available to book as a six sleeper across three downstairs bedrooms at a reduced rate. See here or Contact us for more details!

Situated on the North Cornish coast with idyllic sea views, West Haven is a gorgeous and spacious house, right at the heart of the community. It’s easy to feel at home here — from the open plan modern kitchen to the spacious, sunny garden or the fantastic games room — there’s plenty to keep all members of the family entertained. This Widemouth Bay coastal house oozes historical charm, and is one of the original three houses in the bay. And the best thing — it’s only a couple minute’s walk to the beach…


West Haven’s interiors are light and airy with beautiful wooden flooring throughout providing a rustic, homely feel from the moment you set foot through the front door. Acquired by the current owners in 2022, it has been significantly updated whilst retaining its original features and style. Most notably, the kitchen and dining space renovation has resulted in a fabulous open plan area with kitchen island and breakfast bar, making it the perfect social hub for family and friend gatherings. Keen cooks can relish in the superbly equipped kitchen – all whilst enjoying the serene view of the Atlantic Ocean. The large sitting room offers ample light and space for relaxing, with a feature fireplace which has a cosy wood burner for those cooler winter evenings. Enjoy board games or movie night here after a day spent adventuring on the coast.

This Widemouth Bay coastal house offers flexible sleeping arrangements with three of the five bedrooms downstairs, including the master. The spacious master is located towards the end of the hallway offering a super king ensuite, with peaceful views overlooking the side lawn and sea. The ensuite features a large walk-in rainfall shower and separate bathtub — perfect for enjoying a long soak after a day spent surfing or body boarding. Along the hall, you’ll find a king room which has gorgeous wooden bunk beds, as well as an ensuite with walk in shower. The third bedroom on this floor is set up as a twin and benefits from patio doors that lead directly out onto the terrace, inviting in an abundance of light and salty sea air. The twin room is opposite the downstairs bathroom (which has a walk in shower), meaning there is a bathroom per bedroom in the house. Upstairs, you’ll find the last two bedrooms which are both king ensuites with gently sloping ceilings and enjoy sea glimpses. The larger of the two ensuites contains a separate walk-in shower and bath tub, whilst the other ensuite has a walk in waterfall shower. All bedrooms benefit from high standards and are certainly havens of calm.

West Haven is designed for all needs and with all members of the family in mind – you’ll find a dedicated games room with sea views at the front of the house, containing table football and a snooker table for hours of entertainment. Towards the back of the house, there is a generously sized and newly refurbished utility room which leads onto the beach wet room. The beach wet room is fantastically well-equipped and has its own separate, convenient entrance for when coming straight in off the beach. Here you’ll find a large walk in shower, separate WC and a hose for washing off sand and muddy paws. Just outside the wet room is a handy storage shed for beach gear as well — the owners have really thought of everything.


On arrival at this Widemouth Bay coastal house, you’re greeted with a large private driveway with parking for several cars. The large, terraced lawns provide ample space for relaxing and are a firm favourite for furry friends to run around too! The sizeable and sheltered bottom lawn has its origins as being the original lawn tennis court in Widemouth Bay. Enjoy dining al fresco on the patio and make use of the beautiful bifold doors from the kitchen which lead straight out onto the terrace for that easy indoor-outdoor living. The house’s elevated position means you can take in the full beauty of the cliffs, sea and farmland views.

You’ll find Widemouth Bay a little off the beaten track, three miles down the road from the hustle and bustle of the seaside town of Bude. This small, friendly community has a well-stocked local shop and café for all the essentials so you need not stray far. With the beach on the doorstep, it’s so easy to simply leave the car parked up all week and enjoy action packed or lazy beach days. For budding surfers check out the Widemouth Bay Surfing Co for lessons and hire and for those that prefer their feet on the ground, the South West Coast Path beckons in both directions. The delights of North Cornwall can all be easily accessed from Widemouth Bay, including the likes of historical Tintagel Castle or the picturesque village of Boscastle.

Things we love

West Haven is rich with history, having been constructed on land owned by the Squire of Whitstone, who built the house in 1924 to be his summer lodgings. The extensive interior coving, architraves, high ceilings and detailed arches reflect the grandiose requirements of the local ‘Gentleman’, and can still be seen today. One of the best things about West Haven is its enviable position perched by the beach, enjoying unspoilt and sweeping sea views. The home is orientated to take advantage of the full arc of the sun from its rise in the east, to its setting in the west across the Atlantic. There’s a foot path directly opposite the house, meaning the beach can be reached in only a couple of minutes and the beach wet room makes the post sand clean up a breeze. This Widemouth Bay coastal house is perfect for families of all ages and dog-friendly. Once the day is done, retire back to the homely comforts of West Haven, where you can whip up a fabulous feast in the stylish kitchen or enjoy a barbecue on the terrace with a cold glass in hand, soaking up the sights of a beautiful Cornish sunset.

The location of this house could not be more perfect
The location of this house could not be more perfect. The house itself is fantastic. Lots of space and well equipped. Beds were very comfortable and the garden was brilliant for the kids and dogs. We had a great stay and would highly recommend. It is always with apprehension that you book something online when you are looking to cater for a family that includes all ages. We were not disappointed. When your wife first surveys the property on arrival and says she would book it again tomorrow, you know it's absolutely right. The whole family enjoyed their stay at West Haven. It was very clean and spacious. The house is suitable for all ages; we were a party of three generations and the house catered for all our needs which made it the perfect holiday. Where the house is situated made it easy for traveling around north Cornwall.We also went for long walks along the shore line which was just across the road from the house.

Retreat Features

  • Fantastic sea views across Widemouth Bay
  • Large and spacious for families
  • Private parking for multiple cars
  • Modern interiors and newly renovated
  • Large, level garden - ideal for family games!
  • A quick walk to sandy beaches and cafes
Principal bedroom: super king bed with en suite
Bedroom two: king bed with en suite
Bedroom three: king bed with en suite
Bedroom four: king bed and bunk beds with en suite
Bedroom five: twin beds

All bed linen and bath towels provided
Open plan kitchen and dining area
Double electric oven & hob
American style fridge freezer
Dining table seating up to 12
Breakfast bar with seating up to three
Large sitting room with cosy wood burning-stove and sea views
Games room with comfy bean bags, pool table and table football
Four bedrooms are ensuite
Separate shower room and WC
Beach wet room with separate access which has storage space for surfboards and bicycles
Lawned, large flat garden
Patio area with furniture and barbecue
Sea views across Widemouth Bay
Elevated position
Private parking for three cars
Travel cot and highchair on request (cot linen not supplied)
Sorry it is not possible to fit stairgates in this property
Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
Essential cleaning items
Oil fired central heating
Sunday changeovers
Arrivals after 4pm
Departures before 10am
The property is suitable for wheelchair access


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

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

Things we love

  • Fantastic elevated views across Widemouth Bay
  • Large and spacious, great for families
  • Updated in 2023 with fantastic renevations
  • Modern, tasteful interiors throughout

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!

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