Bude is a marvellous place from which to discover the pleasures of Devon and Cornwall. Particularly when holiday cottages to rent nowadays in many cases are so lavish. This summer UK tourists wanting a staycation with a difference are scrambling to book self-catering holidays in the mellow, sunny Westcountry. So what is available in and around Bude for summer 2011? And which are the greatest nearby attractions?
Numerous cottages in the UK's most desirable holiday counties are pet friendly, and that means you can bring your best furry friend with you. There is plenty of opportunity for family friendly self-catering and a few luxury cottages also come with a heated outdoor pool. Choose yours carefully and you might even end up making the most of an all private woods, an all weather tennis court and dedicated youngsters' play areas. Acres upon acres of well maintained gardens with aromatic, delightfully planted landscapes and smooth lawns. Wonderful!
Take attractive Bridgerule, just a few miles away from Bude itself. Close by Bude's surfer's heaven, each one of the regions beaches are spectacular. Widemouth Bay as well as the charming South West coastal path are just ten minutes drive away. And there's 4 star luxury self catering accommodation in the heart of the village at Glebe House, a group of stunning Georgian properties of durable stone with wooden beams, traditional studded doors and a warm, agreeable atmosphere. Well behaved pets are welcome too, by arrangement, which is certainly terrific news if the children can't bear to go on holiday without their dog.
Wherever you holiday you will find plenty to do in the area and not too much further afield from the numerous alluring holiday cottages in the countries balmiest holiday paradise. There's countryside shows with displays of artistry, farm animals, riding events, stalls with local produce, fairground rides and entertainment for the little ones. There's the Bude Jazz festival in the last week of August. There is the historic Bude Canal, dug from the tough earth to transport coal, sand and limestone to remote outlying areas for soil improvement. There's the old Museum, in past times a smithy. And, naturally, there's always fantastic food.
Food afficionados take pleasure in self catering cottages in the Westcountry. At one time a culinary no mans land, Britain happens to be solidly on the world-wide foodie map and, to prove the point, you will find gastro-pubs and exceptional eateries almost everywhere. You can partake of some of the finest Indian food in the region. Taste delicious locally caught fish. Or visit one of the areas numerous laid back surf-style cafes and diners, suppliers of great fast food to hungry surfers and water sports lovers from all around the globe!
The tea rooms of Cornwall and Devon are renowned for cream teas. There's tons of really great farm B&B's and country house hotels. And appealing places such as Tintagel, Boscastle, Clovelly and Padstow are all in easy reach for laid back days out exploring in the sunshine. How about a last minute visit to the Westcountry? It certainly is worth a go. However it is almost certainly better to reserve self catering Cornwall or Devon early, especially if you wish to be close to the coast!
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