Enjoying a tranquil small farm location yet just a mile or so from the beautiful beaches and excellent bistros in popular Bude, this quartet of pretty former farm outbuildings have been transformed into four luxurious escapes, ideal for small families.
Aptly named after shells, Abalone, Seashells and Periwinkle Cottages have one bedroom a piece, whilst Cameo and Oyster have two. Interiors in all four are high spec with luxurious underfloor heating, Philippe Starcke showers, plasma TVs and DVD players, plus well equipped contemporary kitchens, with dishwashers, microwaves and washer-dryers. Most rooms are flooded with light thanks to their high vaulted ceilings and light, bright decor. Their airy open-plan design is ideal for those with crawlers or toddlers in tow as they can roam freely but always within sight. Beds are indulgent with electrical position adjustment and, although there are no tubs, baby baths ensure shower-shy little ones are just as happy in the luxuriously fitted bathrooms as their parents - especially when transfixed by the in room TV.
Outside there are plenty of four-legged friends to interact with at feeding time with the pet Kune Kune pig, Jacob's sheep, hens, geese, goats and doves all calling the farm home. There's a large central lawn on which little ones can burn off energy on the ride-on toys and brilliant wooden play tower (not suited to under 3s) provided. Mums and Dads will appreciate the farm shop which stocks fresh produce reared or grown on the farm including delicious sausages, bacon, eggs and tomatoes - all you need for a hearty breakfast!
The combination of their convenient location, just back from North Cornwall's Atlantic Highway, and within a mile or two of Bude, plus their practical yet luxurious design, long list of useful nursery items (see list in grey box) and on-site attractions for mini-guests, Atlantic Cottages is the perfect coastal chic escape for pre-school families.
Seashells cottage comprises a double bedroom with ensuite shower
room and an open plan living area leading onto the cottage's private deck with bbq and, from there, onto the the communal lawned gardens. The high quality kitchen comes with clean, white work-tops,
fully fitted with hob, oven and dishwasher. There is a plasma
television in the lounge area and a dining table for four. The bedroom has plenty of space for a cot and is fitted with electric beds plus an LCD HD
ready television. The shower room has a luxury shower, complete with drench
shower and body wash.
From its setting just off the Atlantic Highway, the cottages are only a 20 minute walk by farm track to the village of Stratton with its friendly pub serving good food, especially the Sunday lunch. The bustling beach town of Bude with its many great beaches, bistros and bars is just a few minutes drive or a 40 minute walk away. Crooklets and Summerleaze beaches are ideal for young families thanks to their gentle slopes, golden sand and rock pooling opportunities. Both are patrolled by lifeguards in the main season. Summerleaze is also home to one of Britain's few tidal pools, which fills up with seawater at every high-tide and makes for ideal safe bathing. Bude's also a great spot for eating out. The newly opened Castle Restaurant overlooks the canal and Summerleaze beach and comes highly recommended with its Chef coming from London's Bibendium and using only the finest local ingredients. Kids feast on smaller portions from the main menu.
In such a lovely part of the country it's a shame to be indoors but if weather dictates it, there's a brilliant indoor ball pool and soft play centre and fun splash pool (both at the Harlequin Centre) within a few minutes drive. A little further afield, Trethorne Leisure Park, Milky Way and Big Sheep are great distractions, each with special zones for babies and toddlers with ball pools, soft play and ride on tractors etc.
For a great night out, don't miss the chance to sample Rick Stein or Jamie Oliver’s restaurants which are within 40 minutes by car/taxi. Be sure to request a sea view table at Oliver's Fifteen and enjoy the breathtaking beach sunset view over aperitifs. Closer to home, the aforementioned Castle Restaurant, ‘Life's a Beach’ and the ‘Elements’ bistro at nearby Widemouth are also well worth arranging babysitting for.