Cornwall, United Kingdom

The Beach at Bude

Rates from (ex tax)$130.41

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP125.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Cosmopolitan Cornish chic

Setting

Beside the seaside

North Cornwall boutique hotel The Beach at Bude’s clapboard façade and wicker- and driftwood-bedecked bedrooms make it look like a historic New England homestead plonked at the edge of the Cornish coast. However, this hotel doesn’t hold fast to tradition: sipping a rose martini in one of the bar’s steampunk-style chrome chairs or tucking in to fabulous Cornish fare in the restaurant feels uncannily like being on a city break, way out in the wild West Country.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

16, including five suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $130.08 (£104), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP125.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Breakfast is £12.50 a person each day, including a Continental buffet with muffins, croissants, granola, yoghurts, smoothies and fruit and a hot dish from the à la carte menu.

Hotel closed

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

At the hotel

Lounge, concierge, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV and DVD player, iPod dock, radio, mini fridge with free fresh milk and bottled water, tea and coffee. Deluxe rooms have Nespresso machines.

Our favourite rooms

Sea-facing rooms are the stars here. Deluxe Room 16 has got the goods when it comes to views and it’s also super spacious, with his ’n’ hers sitting areas. For outdoor space, request Room 11, which has a terrace where you can watch the sunset and a bath tub right by the window so you can enjoy the scenery while you soak.

Poolside

None on site, but if the sun’s shining you can shimmy into your swimwear and take a dip in unheated 90m Bude Sea Pool on Summerleaze Beach, set at the foot of the cliffs just two minutes’ walk from the hotel (you could cut out the middleman and jump straight into the sea, but this part-man-made, part-natural rockpool’s design means it’s cleaned daily by the tide).

Packing tips

Surfer girls (and boys) should pack their wetsuits to make the most of Summerleaze Beach’s ideal conditions; or pack a resilient pair of boots for a long ramble by the shore.

Also

The hotel’s public areas are wheelchair-friendly, with ramps to the restaurant and bar. There’s also a lift and a Deluxe Double room on the ground floor.

Children

The hotel is more of a grown-up stay, but children can stay on extra beds in some rooms (£50 a night).

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Book for just before sunset and take a front-row seat at the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows.

Dress Code

Surfer chic accessorised with a tan and wave-tousled hair.

Hotel restaurant

The beach restaurant has chic low-key decor – rustic wooden tables and grey and white wicker chairs – and a tempting menu of tasty local fare. Freshly caught fish and locally sourced meats take pride of place, with Rock Bay mussels, charred Cornish mackerel and Old Spot pork belly. Breakfast is served here too, or you can take it on the terrace; there's a generous cold buffet, or hearty à la carte picks such as salt-beef hash, eggs Benedict or a stack of spiced pancakes with clotted cream.

Hotel bar

The Beach Bar favours industrial chic over nautical knick-knacks; its chrome-topped bar and orange leather chairs with metal backing look surprisingly inviting. Even more striking are the beach views from the terrace, and there’s a decadent list of cocktails to accompany it. We love the Cornish mojito, with cider brandy, mint, lime, cider and a shot of Gabriel Boudier Créme de Cassis de Dijon.

Last orders

Order breakfast 7am–10am, Monday to Friday; 8am–10am at weekends. Dinner is served Mondays–Thursdays, 6pm–9pm (9.30pm Friday and Saturday); lunch is on offer 12pm–2.30pm Friday and Saturday. On Sundays, the restaurant opens 12pm–2.30pm and 6pm–8pm.

Location

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Address
The Beach at Bude
The Beach 21-23 Summerleaze Crescent
EX23 8HJ
Bude
United Kingdom

Planes

The nearest airport is Newquay (www.newquaycornwallairport.com) – a 40-mile drive from the hotel – where flights arrive frequently from London Gatwick, most major UK cities and the Scillies touch down. Exeter Airport (www.exeter-airport.co.uk), an 80-minute drive from the hotel, offers a wider range of European flights. A one-way taxi ride from Newquay costs roughly £60; a one-way trip from Exeter, around £80.

Trains

Direct trains from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Reading (www.nationalrail.co.uk) arrive at Exeter St David’s station – an 80-minute drive from the hotel.

Automobiles

The hotel is a four-and-a-half-hour drive from London via the M4, M5 and the A30 from Exeter. Bristol is two-and-a-half-hours. A car isn’t essential once you’re in Bude (there’s rambling or beach loafing aplenty to do), but the area’s chocolate-box villages and scenic coastal roads make hiring some wheels worthwhile. There are Avis car-hire booths at Newquay and Exeter airports and free parking at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Aside from wolfing down the delights on the tapas and cocktail menus, and admiring the seaside views, the hotel offers little in the way of in-house activities. However, guests are spoilt with Summerleaze Beach a mere two-minute walk away, where surfers, sunbathers and swimmers congregate on the golden sands, and Bude offers quirky shops and cafés, and unspoilt countryside beyond. If you want to learn how to do a cutback and off the lip manoeuvre or you’d just like to stand up on a surfboard for more than a wobbly second, the Big Blue Surf School (+44 (0)1288 331764, www.bigbluesurfschool.co.uk) sits on the beach, offering one-on-one coaching, and group and individual lessons. If you fancy trying your hand at the salty-dog lifestyle, head to the sea-lock gates to negotiate chartering a boat for the day. If you haven’t got your sea legs quite yet, bomb down country trails and zoom through swathes of green on a bike; Bude’s bikes (+44 (0)1288 353748, http://budebikehire.co.uk), a 20-minute walk away at Pethericks Mill, rent out adult bikes for £13 for up to four days.

The hotel concierge can organise horse riding across the downs nearby or on the beach, and golfing at Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club (+44 (0)1288 352006, www.budegolf.co.uk). They can point you in the right direction for a country hike too, along coastal paths, or through verdant farmland. Bude to Sandymouth or Widemouth Bay (both two-hour roundtrips) pass by sea-sprayed crags and patchwork fields, or tourist-bare Crooklets Beach is just a 20-minute walk away. Beyond Bude, you can clamber over the ruins of Tintagel Castle +44 (0)1840 770328) – where legendary monarch King Arthur was rumoured to be born. The gleaming white biomes of the Eden Project (+44 (0)1726 811911, www.edenproject.com), and glorious green expanse Dartmoor National Park (+44 (0)1822 890414, www.dartmoor.gov.uk) are both an hours’ drive away.

Local restaurants

Set on Summerleaze Beach, blue-and-white clapboard eatery Life’s a Beach (+44 (0)1288 355222, http://lifesabeach.info) is just steps from the hotel. By day, it’s a café serving sandwiches, salads and piled-high burgers. After sundown, elegant bistro-style seafood dishes – crab bisque and River Exe mussels with smoked bacon – are served for an adult crowd, washed down with killer daiquiris and mojitos. Elements (+44 (0)1288 352386, www.elements-life.co.uk), an Italian eatery a five-minute drive (or 30-minute walk) from the hotel, serves simple yet hearty fare, such as burgers, intriguingly named and topped pizzas, pastas, salads and creamy desserts and gelato.

Local cafés

Rosie's Kitchen ((+44 (0)1288 354238, www.rosieskitchen.co.uk) is a cheerful laid-back café on Crooklets Beach serves Cornish pasties, burgers, hotdogs, paninis and fish and chips made from fresh local produce. It’s also gained a reputation for its excellent coffee, award-winning ice cream and milkshake bar. Hot chocolates come with marshmallow-studded peaks of cream and waffles are precariously topped with sweet goodies.

Local bars

Just five minutes’ walk from the hotel on Belle Vue Lane, Bar 35’s (+44 (0)1288 353535) bold wallpaper prints, Pop Art-inspired wall hangings and mismatching furnishings are a stylish backdrop to locally loved live-music nights.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

It’s a very English name for a hotel, isn’t it, The Beach at Bude? It’s got a robust simplicity and honesty to it, because there is indeed a beach – a wonderful, long, sandy, rangy, headline-grabbing beach – at Bude, and The Beach at Bude is on top of it. But before Mrs Smith and I got to marvel at the beach at Bude, before really we’d got to pretty much anything of our weekend on the beautiful north Cornish coast, there was gin. So that is where we will begin. With gin.

You’ll have heard, no doubt, of Plymouth Gin, but Cornish gin may be new to you. It was to me and indeed it’s relatively new to Cornwall, as until recently there hadn’t been one distilled there for over a century. But pretty soon after arriving, Mrs S and I had taken up a position at the bar and Mark, behind it, was showing us his collection. And before you could say ‘easy on the tonic’ I was something of an enthusiast. There was one called Curio, which had infusions of local rock samphire; Tarquin’s, which had grapefruit as a botanical; and Elemental, which I can’t tell you too much about, if I’m honest, because I’d had the other two by then. I can say, after some research, that my favourite, Tarquin’s, also does an anise-flavoured liquor, presumably just so they can call it – and you may be way ahead of me here – Cornish Pastis. But anyway, I can certainly recommend the gins at the bar at The Beach at Bude.

But you didn’t come here for cocktail tips (or maybe you did) – but let’s get back to the hotel. The Beach at Bude is a refurbed boutique hotel at the end of a row of Victorian villas on the edge of the town centre, which means it really is only a few seconds’ walk from Summerleaze beach. We’d booked a Superior room, which had beach views and a Juliet balcony. The room was bright, clean and contemporary, with Orla Keily lotions in a good-sized bathroom, and the bed was excellent; wide and comfy. Other rooms, I discovered later, have terraces and views over the Atlantic – best to book those.

Having checked out our accommodation let us head back down to where you first joined us reader, the bar. Kitted out in leather and metal it could as easily be at home in Shoreditch or Hackney, but thankfully it’s perfectly content where it is, and it does a fine job. (There’s a wood-decked terrace out front too, which gets plenty of action during the afternoon with couples and families watching the sun set behind the sea line.) By now rather nicely topped up with gin we slipped into the restaurant next to the bar, which was rather bright and noisy – the lack of soft furnishings means that the sounds of animated conversations and dining do clang somewhat. But that didn’t distract too much from an excellent lamb dish and a beautifully presented lemon cheesecake and salted caramel tart. Decent wines, too.

The next morning we set about exploring. Bude is a quaint little town, full of independent boutiquey shops and a pretty wharf area. Obviously the rules of a British beachside holiday dictate that you must have fish and chips within 24 hours of arrival, and we had a particularly good rendition of the old favourite at the Life’s A Beach cafe close to the hotel. Besides eating, there’s lots else to do nearby, from the sedate (bowling) to the more lively (surfing, waterskiing…). A cool (well, freezing, actually) seawater pool, industrially designed in concrete under the cliffs is refilled daily by the tide and was busy whenever we passed it even in autumn. But we were more than happy just to walk and walk. At low tide you can stride along the beach for miles, watching the surfers and dogs chasing waves and sticks. Hand in hand, salty air in our faces and with sand on our boots, Mrs S and I contemplated chucking it all in and buying one of the wide-windowed properties on the cliff tops.

Instead, we went for a curry. Bit random, but that’s what we fancied. Back at the hotel we fancied a little time in our bedroom – so we ordered some sticky-toffee pudding on room service. It duly arrived, with a couple more glasses brought up on the house as the puds took longer than they should have, apparently. And that summed up what was best about the Beach at Bude: not the beach, though it is truly beautiful; nor the bar, though that too was splendid; but the staff. Nothing was too much trouble and everything was taken care of (well, bar a few tables of breakfast dishes – but I’m not here to give housekeeping tips). So to Mark at the bar, and Kate on the desk, you deserve a drink. Did I mention the gin’s particularly good?

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Beach at Bude’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The location overlooking the beach, the very friendly staff. Fabulous fish at cafe just below on the beach, visit Tintagel, lovely coastal walks.

Don’t expect

Interior is rather bland and characterless... more suited to younger groups. Bedroom 16 - very drab colours and a bit smelly (drains).

Rating

Stayed on 27 Dec 2016

We loved

The outside seating area, the bar area and the restaurant. Nice modern rooms which were a good size. Go to 'Life's a Beach' restaurant and have surfing lessons at Big Blue Surfing.

Don’t expect

Quite how busy and popular the bar was!

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Stayed on 7 Oct 2016

We loved

The staff, who were extremely friendly and helpful, plus the food was amazing. Also, the Mr & Mrs Smith extra was waiting for us in our room on arrival, which was a fab way to start the stay. Clovelly is only around 30 mins away which is worth seeing, like stepping back in time.

Don’t expect

A great area. Not the prettiest part of Cornwall.

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Stayed on 13 Jul 2016

We loved

Friendly service, the food, good views, the food, comfortable rooms, and the food. The cheesecake mousse was particularly good, but we were never disappointed.

Don’t expect

Deserted beaches - at least at Bude, although they're possible to find further along the coastal walk.

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Stayed on 4 Jul 2016

We loved

Good bed, good size room (11) great balcony with wonderful views. Excellent bar service. Must try North Shore Wine bar in the centre of Bude and the Bude Tandoori, also Norton Barton deli.

Don’t expect

You could probably ask for anything and they would get it

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Stayed on 2 Jun 2016

We loved

The hotel, its position, food, drink and staff were excellent. The beach at bude restaurant is a must

Don’t expect

Quiet eves sitting on the patio when the sun is out a the hotel being so good is used by locals and tourists alike

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Stayed on 13 May 2016

We loved

The food was unbelievably good! The towel crabs were also a very cute touch. We took our bottle of prosecco onto the decking to enjoy whilst watching the sunset. The view from the headland opposite the hotel is worth the short walk.

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Stayed on 29 Apr 2016

We loved

The bed was so comfortable, we struggled to get up and explore the town of Bude. Mr Smith had holidayed in Bude as a child and we were grateful to discover not much has changed. We opted to have breakfast in town and loved Urchins friendly atmosphere, delicious food and reasonable prices. We also loved The Bank for dinner - the restaurant is inauspicious (located in what appears to be an industrial estate) but we both enjoyed the freshest and most delicious lobster (caught that morning).

Don’t expect

To swim in the sea. Bude is a big surfing town, and the water and wind made it way to choppy for a dip in the sea.

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Stayed on 28 Apr 2016

We loved

Please don't tell anyone how much we loved room seven where we had fabulous views of the sea both from the supersoft bed and from the balcony. The bathroom was great. A particular highlight was an unplanned and somewhat extended lunch at North Coast Wines in the centre of town.

Don’t expect

Don't expect not to be bowled over by the stunning food or the cocktails.

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Stayed on 22 Apr 2016

We loved

The hotel bar and restaurant. Great beach walks

Don’t expect

All was as expected

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Stayed on 4 Mar 2016

We loved

The relaxed atmosphere, setting and sincere friendliness of the staff.

Don’t expect

Extended two for one drinks due to a leaking shower!

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Stayed on 18 Feb 2016

We loved

Sleek room, amazing bathtub, and amazing patio/balcony in the room.

Don’t expect

Much to be happening in Bude: it's a cute town but not much in the way of restaurants, bars or even pubs of note. The hotel restaurant is good but not amazing, in our opinion.

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Stayed on 6 Feb 2016

We loved

The hotel, the views, the coast, the staff. Just enjoy!

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Stayed on 20 Jan 2016

We loved

The view, service, food, cocktails, everything! Perfect for a romantic weekend.

Don’t expect

We didn't expect a private party on the Saturday night, and wish we had been told about it.

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Stayed on 15 Jan 2016

We loved

Friendly staff. Very good food. Good size rooms and great bathrooms (we had no.6).

Don’t expect

It's a boutique hotel, so don't expect lots of facilities like spas, gyms, or a lounge. But it's a good place!

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Stayed on 29 Dec 2015

We loved

The location is amazing and Room 11 was excellent - oh yes and the staff were pretty good too!

Don’t expect

Everything was pretty much as stated about this hotel - no bad points

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Stayed on 7 Nov 2015

We loved

Friendly helpful staff, great spacious room 16 with comfortable bed, good service, good food

Don’t expect

had everything we wanted - couldn't fault it

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Stayed on 24 Oct 2015

We loved

The view at Sunset from the terrace and the gorgeous food. The walk along the cliffs behind the hotel was great - and the walk back again along the beach when the tide is out. Spectacular cliffs!

Don’t expect

Spa facilities or a cosy lounge. It's a light, modern bar and terrace so not the place for log fires, long afternoons curled up on a sofa...

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Stayed on 2 Oct 2015

We loved

The bedroom with its good size balcony and view The staff especially Kate on reception.

Don’t expect

Lots of parking.

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Stayed on 5 Sep 2015

We loved

The position, the view and the friendliness of the staff.

Don’t expect

To find many other decent eateries outside the hotel.

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Stayed on 4 Sep 2015

We loved

A large room with a good size terrace over looking the beach and the fab views of the sun setting over the sea.

Don’t expect

Fast, slick service or a relaxing evening in the bar/restaurant. The bar and restaurant is frequented by locals, beach goers and hotel guest so gets very busy and quite noisy in the evenings and on a sunny day due to the large terrace of outside seating over looking the beach.

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Stayed on 2 Sep 2015

We loved

The contemporary feel and the way that the staff went out of their way to help.

Don’t expect

Much in the way of parking!!!

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Stayed on 24 Aug 2015

We loved

the hotel setting, lovely room and the dining area

Don’t expect

plenty of parking spaces

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Stayed on 7 Aug 2015

We loved

Everythng! the staff were lovely and very welcoming both before our visit and throughout. The room was beautifully decorated and calm, we loved the bathroom!. Sitting on the bar balcony for hours watching the sea and the beach was heavenly. Location is perfect for getting to the beach or into the town for dinner. Once we arrived we didnt want to leave and are already planning our next visit.

Don’t expect

Easy parking outside the hotel

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Stayed on 31 Jul 2015

We loved

The luxury rooms - balconies give a wonderful view over the beach and are spacious bathrooms. The staff were very welcoming and helpful

Don’t expect

to be able to park where you like; the hotel is on a cul-de-sac with limited off - road facilities

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Stayed on 23 Jun 2015

We loved

Beautiful hotel in windswept north Devon!

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Stayed on 17 Apr 2015

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