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Designer Cornish Beach House - no 22 in Sunday Times 100 Best holidays worldwide

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Family Beach House in Widemouth Bay, Bude, North Cornwall - 5 Min Walk to Beach, 3.5 hours from London, Rare Chance to Let Interior Designers Own House

'Beach break' is a contemporary interior designed house in a 'shabby chic' style with mature secluded quarter acre garden a short way down a lovely quiet lane in Widemouth Bay village and just 300m walk from a stunning sandy surf beach. Mum is one of London's leading interior stylists at Elle Decoration magazine. Dad's a geek and wannabe surfer. The boys can't decide which bit they love the most, exploring the walled garden, playing in the rock pools, looking at the lobsters at the village fish shop or running trains on the garden railway. If you want a quirky, stylish, yet high tech holiday home from home with a contemporary beach house vibe then read on. From the Farrow and Ball on the walls and White Company Linen on the massive beds to the well equipped kitchen, you won't be disappointed. The wood fired pizza oven is a unique feature and a hit with everyone. Pizza really never tasted so good. Be sure to check out the photos on the external website at the link below.

Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2017

About The Owner

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)

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.

Amanda is a well established 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!

The Owner purchased this house in 2008

Why The Owner chose North Cornwall

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

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We loved the open plan living and hanging out around the table. Also loved the 'conservatory' area - fab for chilling. 'And of course the garden. We'd change very little, you've got it set up well.' - Gill, Prague.

'Great linen, duvets, and pillows. Plenty of crockery' - David, Emma and Tilly, Hampshire

'We really had such a lovely time at the house. As soon as we arrived we felt relaxed and 'at home' and I don't think I've ever felt that way before when we've rented a house.' - Claire, Bristol.

By text from our first guest: 'We're here. Kettle on. House lovely.' - Andy, Leicester (who incidentally had surfing lessons for his birthday!).

'A lovely house. Can't believe the standard of finish for a holiday property.' - Rick, Chester (who had a wet week but still had a great time in the sea every day with the kids).
May 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Widemouth Bay in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Master bathroom: stand alone designer roll top bath, walk-in shower, basin, WC and 2 heated towel radiators. En suite: shower, basin, WC and heated towel radiator.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: super kingsize bed, en-suite, doors to garden. Bedroom 2: kingsize bed, patio door out to secluded rear decked garden. Bedroom 3: wood panelled attic, double and single beds, sea views. Bedroom 4: two full size bunk beds, porthole.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Beach break is ideal for young children and designed for one or two families or three/four surfy couples. The garden/grounds are quite large and a little random so it's not advisable to allow unsupervised free range to very young children. It is possible to secure small areas for the little ones and babies and lockable stair gates are provided for the steps down from the attic and down into the conservatory, which only has a hand rail on one side. We would advise that you bring a baby monitor with you for monitoring children in the attic bedroom. The trampoline is available for guest use but the safety instructions must be read and adhered to. It must be secured when not in use and children must be supervised at all times and no more than one person on the trampoline at any one time. We accept no responsibility for any injury through use of the trampoline. We also have a sandpit, various outdoor toys. a full sized table tennis table and garden railway. Outside: The house is set in quarter of an acre of mature garden and decking, walled and fenced for seclusion and family safety. There are number of outbuildings and sheds which are out of bounds and secured. Outdoor dining furniture is provided for 8 people as well as deck chairs. A real highlight is the wood fired pizza oven we just built - you'll be cooking pizzas (google Jamie's dough recipe) in 90 secs, then throw in a chicken for caesar salad tomorrow and some roast veggies for a mid afternoon salad or soup. Nothing will ever taste good enough again when you get home! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and bath towels are included – not beach towels. The property is cleaned before arrival and on departure although additional cleaning or a local cook can be arranged, but book early! Other: Dining room with table for 8/9. Entrance porch with boiler suitable for boots, coats, wetsuits etc. Table tennis table, sandpit, trampoline and garden railway (BYO trains).

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)


I doesn't get better..........

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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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring Bank Hol
26 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early summer
2 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid summer
30 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Summer school hols peak
21 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Oct Half term
27 Oct 2017 - 10 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
22 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
New Year
29 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £500
Cleaning and linen £180

Booking Notes:
We keep the calendar here up to date as our master calendar and update it when bookings are confirmed.

Please email us to check out availability. 30% deposit is required to secure the property; the balance is due 8 weeks before departure. A £500 breakages/services overuse deposit is required 8 weeks before departure; this is returned, less any deductions, within 4 weeks of the end of the rental period.

Changeover Day:
Friday is the preferred changeover day although this can sometimes be flexible either way out of peak season. In summer we are particularly interested in 10 days lets so that we can have a weekend so ask about Mon to a week on Fri stays in summer holidays

Notes on prices:

No scam enquiries please! We can smell you a mile off.

Security Checks - we insist on speaking to enquirers on telephone prior to accepting bookings.

Prices are for the property per week in £GB ex heating oil. If you’d like to book the house for a long weekend/weekdays (both 4 nights) in low/mid season the rate is 80% of weekly rate given the high changeover costs. Please ignore the daily rate that Owners Direct sets..

Low season rates are for 4 people. POA for additional people. Do ask for discount if short notice.

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