Beach House for Families/Friends in Widemouth Bay, N Cornwall - 5 Min Walk to Beach, 3.5 hours from London, Rare Chance to Let Top Designers Own House
Nick has a career in internet marketing and computer stuff behind him which he put on a back burner to start a charitable initiative to get creativity into primary schools (www.steamco.org.uk) which benefits local Cornish and Devon Schools as much as it does those in Liverpool, Wigan and Sunderland. A maker at heart, he's pretty handy and is forever pottering around Beach Break when he's down there - whether it's building a compost heap out of left over bits of decking or laying a bit more track for the garden railway with the boys. Unlike many second homers, Nick is keen to give back and play a part in his community ion London and Cornwall, where the family support the Bude Community Sea Pool, Beach Clean, RNLI, Life Guards, Church and local businesses and arts projects where we can and values the friendships and relationships he has made in Widemouth Bay, Bude and way beyond now down to Penzance. Amanda is a top interiors stylist and worked at Elle Decoration for ten years overseeing the style of the magazine and various shoots on location. If anything gets painted for Beach Break she buys a dozen tester pots, paints pieces of A4 with them and sticks them up to see what works best in the lovely light we have down there. Yes, detail is everything, unlike many rentals she doesn't leave design choices to the builders (bless 'em) or a hasty dash to a DIY warehouse! (She'd happily help you with your project if you need any tips)
Owner purchased this House in 2008
Why Owner chose Poundstock
Cornwall has always been a big part of our life. As kids our respective families took us on the seemingly endless drive down the A30 on family holidays before everywhere was bypassed. When we first met we spent many weekends camping down in Polzeath - surfing or trying to get people to play volley ball with us. Then some friends bought a place in Bude and moved down there. We stayed with them a few times and camped locally and realised what a lovely spot it is - quick and easy to get to, great local beaches, lakes, attractions and pubs. When we were faced with the need to move in London, with two young boys growing up, we couldn't face the stamp duty bill so invested it in our life dream - a place in Cornwall that we use as much as we can and rent to help with the monster mortgage, especially now we're running an educational charity.
What makes this House unique
We love it for the same reason we're sure you will: Families - we have loads of stuff for children to do- sandpit, trampoline, swing, slide and garden railway. Foodies - we have a great range of local food and veg suppliers, a great kitchen to cook it on, a wood fired pizza oven coming soon, a local cook who can come in, local gastro pubs or Rick Stein and Jamie just down the road. Friends - with 4 bedrooms, sleep up to 9, Beach Break is a great place for friends whether it's other families or lads weekends! Surfers - we have a great beach a short walk away for beginners and intermediate surfers alike. On bigger days there are some pretty hard core breaks like the reef break at Millook for those that really do think they are hard enough.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Lovely property and stay. Very helpful and responsive property owner
Enid Blyton Englishness
We have just returned from the most wonderful week at this property in Widemouth Bay. A short stroll from the beach, good cafes and restaurants, it is not only the ideal location to explore Cornwall but a real wonderland for children. Our four Aussie kids were happiest exploring the gardens, full of secret nooks and crannies and beautiful English wildflowers. When asked what they wanted to do one day, they just wanted to stay at the house! We all enjoyed table tennis competitions well into the evenings too.
The owners of this house have nailed keeping the original charm alongside modern renovation; the bathroom is pure luxury. The attic room was a kids haven, though the stairs are steep and narrow so would not suit very small children.
The pizza oven was lush but takes a few hours to warm up so plan ahead! We recommend buying lobster straight from the bay in the morning and having dinner in the beautiful garden that evening.
We are already saving up to return - we feel relaxed just talking about it. Thank you, we take wonderful memories away from Widemouth Bay.
My goodness, what a lovely review. Thank you for taking the time to write this. We find Aussie guests particularly demanding, yet particularly appreciative of the house too. Means a lot. Thanks.
It was lovely having you. Come back soon!
Great house and great location. The owner was really helpful and took time to help.
Great space, quality, comfortable. The welcome wind and mince pies was a nice touch. Everything you need and a super lication
Thank you for your kind words.
We aren't one of those big firms that let out via these sites nor one of those sanitised, often soulless second homes people let out, simply let our second home, as we leave it, so it means a lot when people appreciate it as much as you did.
(* we do of course send cleaners in and they spend 8 hours cleaning it before and after every letting ;-)
Beautiful, thoughtful house - perfect for cooks and kids
We had such a great time here, despite the weather - the house is super-well-stocked with kids' toys, kitchen equipment and things to do. On the days when it wasn't raining, the beach is a short stroll away and there are surf hire shops everywhere so it's perfect for surfers too. I really want to come again one day. Huge thanks to Nick and his family for putting together such a lovely haven that everyone can share!
Felt at home immediately. Decorated beautifully but in a relaxed style. Had everything we could possibly need. Outdoor space perfect. Endless test matches by the boys on the grass. Different spaces to sit outside and enjoy a coffee or glass of wine.
Great spot close to the beach for bodyboarding. Feels quiet and private which we loved. One of the best places we've ever been on holiday.
Nick was so responsive and helpful with queries.
Wonderful memories..... we will be back.
Wow! Thank you so much for this Sarah, your kind words mean so much.
We've never really pushed for reviews and OwnerDirect have only just added this feature so it's great to see such a glowing review (you aren't a travel writer are you? ;-)
Needless to say it was a joy to have you. There's an element of randomness that goes with the 'shabby chic' vibe we try to create (and in Cornish weather creates itself) and we're glad you like this contrast in our home compared to what can often be so sanitised and bland in many more commercially run lettings.
The best time of the year is now upon us - the warm seas, lovely light and quiet beaches of September and October. We have loads of availability so why not pop back for the weekend. We regularly drive down Fri eve and back Sun. At 12 and 14 our boys still sleep all the way (leave iPads at home!)
Happy Family Days...
I doesn't get better..........
This is the perfect holiday home for the whole family including kids and toddlers. Appointed to an exceptional standard to delight even the most critical adult the house benefits from the owners understanding of children and they made it safe, really safe so you can just relax and stop worrying. The kids loved the play areas so much it was tough to get them down to the beach. And yes it is only a short walk! Enjoy - we certainly did.
Special interest holidays:
Many activities are available locally including surf hire/lessons, lots of cycling - from the family friendly Camel Trail to fish and chips at Padstow to off road biking on Exmoor. Cycle hire available locally.
Other local activities include coasteering, offroad skateboarding, sailing, climbing, archery, etc.
It's all in our house guide.
Some great beaches nearby - 2 great family surf beaches with surf hire and summer life guards on Widemouth Bay at the end of a quiet path and away from all the parking.
Other favourites are the National Trust's Sandymouth Bay and Duck Pool just north of Bude. Bude's two beaches with sea water swimming pool and Crackington Haven, Trebarwith, Boscastle, Bossiney, Tintagel and Port Isaac to the south.
Real variety - and of course the Cornish coast path just 200m or so from us.
A bus runs up to Bude and down to Wadebridge every 2 hours at most times of the day but a car is best for trips further afield.
Grab a water taxi from Rock over to Padstow for lunch or dinner.
We're 3.5 hours from West London on a good run if you come down the M4, M5, A30, A305 and cut corner up the B3262 at Hallworthy to the A39.
Train best to Exeter (2 hrs to Paddington) and prebook a taxi from there.
You can have a week at Beach Break without needing a car or using yours.
3 miles to Bude down the coast road. Ask Google for any other distances. Best thing is we're about a mile off the A39 - The Atlantic Highway - so you can be anywhere in no time and get here really quickly. No tedious country lanes.
There’s nothing much in Widemouth Bay other than the beach, the coast road and a couple of local pubs with good restaurants, gardens and stunning sea views. And that's the way we like it! We particularly love our local shop a short walk away with its fresh fish counter selling day caught fish and crabs/lobsters from Bude and Looe. Just a short walk or bike ride away, Bude is a reasonably quaint Cornish seaside town with a few half decent restaurants, some good local produce suppliers (inc organic) and, if you insist, 3 well stocked major supermarkets tho Waitrose now deliver online orders from Hoslworthy!