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.