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Holiday Home Near Crackington Haven And Widemouth Bay

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Updated: 25-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Holiday Home near Crackington Haven, Cornwall, England - Stunning Clifftop Location With Commanding Views Over Bude Bay

Cancleave is situated in beautiful North Cornwall, on the coast road between Crackington Haven and Widemouth Bay. Standing in around half an acre of lawned garden bordering the coast path, it commands extensive views across Bude Bay right the way to Lundy Island on a clear day. The property lies within the North Cornwall designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as the Boscastle to Widemouth SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). Nearby Widemouth Bay, Bude and Crackington Haven beaches are all patrolled by RNLI lifeguards on a seasonal basis, as are many of the other beaches in the area. Cancleave makes a great base to expolore the many attractions and delights that North Cornwall has to offer. From the coast path outside the gate, to Rick Stein's Padstow Restaurants and the highly acclaimed Eden Project slightly further afield, there is something for everyone. The attractions are too numerous to list and the best bit is exploring for yourself.

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About the Owner

Patrick Cummins
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
25 March, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We all loved everything about the house, the garden, the views, the sunsets ......
Mar 2011
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Guestbook comments from the owner

We all loved everything about the house, the garden, the views, the sunsets ......
Mar 2011
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5 Reviews

4.4/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)


Great cottage in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend at cancleave. Beautiful cliff top location with stunning views. Perfect place to escape from city life! The scones, jam and clotted cream were an added bonus! Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Views, Disappointing Cottage

  • 3 of 5

The views from Cancleave are every bit as amazing as advertised.

The gardens are lovely too, so if the hedges partially obscuring the views from inside the cottage are annoying, the gardens are a well kept spot to admire the views & star gaze on a clear night.

The Multi-Fuel stove is lovely, with coal & logs provided to get you started.

Scones provided at arrival which was a nice touch, & possibly also tea & sugar(?), although no milk.

From there, I'm afraid things were tinged with disappointment.

The property is advertised as having Internet access, both on here & Twitter, but this was not present. This was the biggest irritation as we're small business owners & while it would be nice to get away without having to think about work / pay clients daily, this is not currently an option for us, hence searching exclusively for accommodation with WiFi. We replied to the tweet posted by the owner advising that WiFi was available from March 2016, & also e-mailed to try & find the router, but received no reply.

"Linens provided" includes only bed linen & bathmat, but not towels. Unclear, & inconsistent with the dozen or so other cottage stays in Cornwall over the years.

It may be possible to park 2 small cars with high ground clearance (to clear the ramp from the road), inside the gates, but we couldn't manage it. There is extra parking 50 yards up the road, but worth considering if you've been trying to find single storey accommodation to ease accessibility issues for a family member. The property is not advertised as wheelchair accessible, as there are a couple of steps within the property, in addition to those at the front & back doors.

The cottage does sleep 8, at a push. (2 doubles, 1 bunk & another single with what appears to be a pull out additional single.

All mattresses past their best. Uncomfortable due to springs poking up & easily fixable with foam mattress toppers or replacements.

The kitchen is big enough for a cereal/toast breakfast & a cheese & biscuit / nibbles supper, but probably not a cooked breakfast / meal for 8.

Very effective electric heaters are provided, & absolutely required as the property loses heat very quickly. You can choose between waking up freezing & staying awake wondering if leaving the electric heater on over night is safe.

Don't adjust the shower if you value your skin. It's not very powerful either, so expect to hold the shower head rather than stand under it.

Very dated (& not old fashioned charm/character).

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Adam, Thanks for your feedback, I am sorry to hear that you had some problems during your stay. With regard to the WiFi, installation was due to go ahead at the end of February but just prior to the booked date BT informed us that there would be a charge of £7500 + VAT which is clearly not viable. I thought I had removed WiFi from all of our various web listings but it seems that this one slipped through the net. I take responsibility for this and can only apologies again. The listing does state that bed linen is provided but not towels. I apologies for any confusion over this. Towels maybe something that we should consider providing as standard. Immediately prior to your stay we had a plumber at the property as there had been an airlock in the system causing reduced pressure. It seems that this has not been properly sorted so we will have to get him back in. Apologies for this. With regards to the mattresses, we are aware that one of the doubles needs changing and a replacement is on order. The property is advertised as accommodating a maximum of 8 people and does state that this includes a bunk bedroom and a guest bed in the single, making it a twin. Again, I am very sorry for the issues that you encountered and we will do our best to address them. Unfortunately the WiFi may only be solvable by use of a 4G router and we are looking at options for this. With regard to parking, guests very often park two cars in the space provided. The ramp is quite steep but we haven't heard of any problems before. It is very unusual for us to receive negative feedback and therefore we take this very seriously. I wish we could have had the opportunity to try to put things right for you during your stay but we honestly didn't receive any e-mail and had no notification of your tweet. I have only now found your tweet by looking for it. I have notifications switched on but didn't receive anything. Does Owner's Direct not provide you with our contact telephone numbers? If not then I need to address this and guests clearly need to be able to contact us if necessary. Apologies again for the negative aspects of your stay. Kind regards Patrick Cummins
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Fantastic family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Property owner very helpful and really nice to deal with. Arrived to find basic essentials provided (coffee and tea, logs, toilet roll, scones and clotted cream). Bungalow was perfect as a holiday base; clean and comfortable and magnificently situated with the Cornish coastal path running alongside part of the garden, and fields on the other sides. There can't be many places where you can look at the Atlantic while standing at the kitchen sink. Nearest other property is about 400 yards along a single-track road, so it's quiet and secluded. We stayed during Easter holidays and the weather was cold, so playing board games by the wood-burning stove was lovely after a day out walking or body-boarding with the children. There's a steep path down to the rocky beach directly under the cottage. The final part is a roped scramble down a very steep incline, so you need to be fit and agile. I would have let my 8 and 10-year-olds tackle it in dry weather but it was too slippery during our stay. It wasn't a problem as there's another bay ten minutes' walk along the coastal path and Widemouth Bay is a five minute drive. We'd not been to this part of Cornwall before and the coast is stunning. Coastal walks are challenging but worth the effort. Crackington Haven is a picturesque village with a cafe, pub and nice little beach, but we spent most of our time at Widemouth or in Bude. Widemouth is a beautiful vast sandy beach with rocky outcrops at either end - great for scrambling and rock-pooling. Loads of places hire out wetsuits and bodyboards and we managed four hours in the sea most days, despite a water temperature of 8 degrees and the occasional hail storm. We were first-time body-boarders and hadn't realised how warm you stay wearing decent wetsuits. Bude is a great town, with plenty of shops, supermarkets, cafes and good restaurants. Everyone was really friendly. There's pitch-and-putt, a golf course, fishing from the harbour breakwater, boat charters for fishing, skateboard ramp, rowing boats for hire, a really nice indoor swimming pool with water slide and wave machine, a seawater pool on the sandy beach, ten-pin bowling, soft-play, Go-Ape style walkway and probably much more we didn't find. The town has a surfer vibe and is sophisticated - not at all a trashy British seaside resort. We spent five days there and would have liked to have stayed much longer.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review of both the property and the area and thanks also for looking after the property so well. So glad you had a great time.
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End of year

  • 4 of 5

We booked 4 days at the end of December. Weather was horrid but views were amazing.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay despite the awful weather. The views are so much better when the sun's out! Thanks again and we hope to see you again (in better weather). Pat & Celi
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  • 5 of 5

Im a bit reluctant to write this review as I would prefer to not share this wonderful spot. Cancleave is an absolute gem. The peace and tranquility coupled with the view is hard to find. There are wonderful walks on your doorstep, either through ancient woods or along the coastal path. I have been 3 times, I go to Cancleave to re-charge my batteries. It is safe for dogs which is always a priority for me.

i have just booked another week, cant wait.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Becky, glad you continue to enjoy your stays at Cancleave. As you say, a great place to recharge your batteries.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Newquay at 35 Miles Nearest Barpub : Coombe Barton Inn, Crackington Haven at 3 Miles Nearest Golf : Bude Golf Club at 6 Miles Nearest Train : Bodmin at 28 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 Exeter at 60 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Coombe Barton Inn at 3 Miles Nearest Beach : Millook (pebble beach) at 0.8 Miles Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Surfing - North Cornwall provides some of the best surfing opportunities in the country. From mellow beginner waves to firing pont and reef breaks the area has it all. For beginners there are many surf schools at Bude, Widemouth and Polzeath. For those seeking something quieter, NCS Surfboards at Crackington Haven provide a friendly hire service with plenty of help and local advice thrown in for free.

In association with NCS Surfboards we are pleased to be able to offer all our guests free surfboard hire for the duration of your stay. NCS Surfboards supply surf school type 'foamies' in various lengths and models to suit all ages, sizes and abilities. These boards are great for beginners and intermediates alike and are perfect for summer swells.

Equipment is subject to availability as NCS Surfboards operate a hire business at Crackington Haven during the peak summer months.


Crackington Haven 3 miles - small, quiet sandy/pebbled beach bordered by rockpools.

Widemouth Bay 3 miles - wide sandy beach.

Bude - 5 miles - wide sandy beaches.


Newquay Airport 36 miles.

Bodmin Train Station 30 miles.

Further Details:

Bude, 5 miles, has many restaurants pubs and large supermarkets.

Crackington Haven, 3 miles, has two beach shops/cafes and The Coombe Barton Inn.

Boscastle, 5miles, has several excellent pubs and restaurants.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2017 (3)
24 Feb 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 (4)
31 Mar 2017 - 17 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 (5)
18 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 (6)
28 Apr 2017 - 4 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 (7)
5 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 (8)
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 (9)
2 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 (10)
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 (11)
1 Sep 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 (12)
8 Sep 2017 - 5 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 (13)
6 Oct 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 (14)
20 Oct 2017 - 2 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 (15)
3 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 (16)
22 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 (17)
29 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
Booking is secured upon receipt of booking form and 1/3 of rent as deposit. Dogs are welcome, but do incur an extra charge of £20.00 each per stay. Dogs must not be allowed onto the beds or the furniture, must have their own bedding and must be kept under control at all times. Electricity is included in the rental, but please be considerate with its use.

Changeover Day:
Our changeover day is Friday. Out of peak season this maybe flexible and we sometimes can accommodate short breaks. Please contact us for details.


1. Bookings are from 3pm on the day of arrival to 10am on the day of departure.
2. The hire is responsible for the total rent once we receive the completed booking and non-refundable deposit.
3. Any cancellation must be made in writing. The deposit is non-refundable. If we are able to re-let the property the balance of the rent, if already paid, is refundable. However, if it is not possible to re-let the property the full rent is payable. Customers are therefore strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at http://www.cancellationplan.co.uk
4. The number of people in any party must not exceed the number for which the property is equipped for as detailed on our web site.
5. The hirer is responsible for reasonable care of the property. The property must be left clean and tidy, as it was found upon arrival. A charge may be levied if excess cleaning is required at the end of your stay. Damages must be reported and paid for if necessary.
6. If the property booked should become unavailable for reasons beyond our control e.g. fire/flood etc, all monies paid shall be refunded and our liability shall be limited to that amount.
7. The balance of rental will be due 4 weeks in advance of your holiday. We will confirm the date the balance is due on your booking confirmation form.
8. In accordance with current laws the property is a no smoking area. The property is considered a public place.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Property Type

  • bungalow


  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • beach
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom with bath/shower, wc, handbasin.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with single bed and pull out guest bed (sleeps 2). Bedroom 4 with bunk beds (sleeps 2).


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Although Cancleave can accommodate a maximum of 8 people it is still the perfect getaway for couples or small families. We can offer free soft surboard hire to all our guests. Please note that this subject to availability. Outside: The garden at Cancleave borders the coast path and has views over Bude Bay extending to Lundy Island on a clear day. Great spot for relaxing on warm summer evenings or for watching Atlantic storms rage in the winter. Utility Room: Utility room with washing machine, dishwasher and tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen is provided but please bring your own towels. Other: Separate WC off utility room.

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