The Farmhouse

8

Near Bude, Cornwall

A stunning farmhouse with peaceful grounds, near glorious N Cornwall beaches (sleeping 8)

4 Bedrooms

3 Bathrooms

Beauty/wellness treatments

Child friendly

Close to a beach

Dog friendly

Parking

Private chef on request

Private garden

WiFi

Woodburner

Space & setting.

Everything about this colourful farmhouse invites you to make the most of Cornwall and Devon’s dreamy outdoors. One of the half-Australian owners missed the beach-and-barbecue lifestyle from Down Under, so sought to connect to it from here with a gorgeous indoor/outdoor feel plus a huge BBQ and pizza oven on the terrace, which is perfectly angled for sunsets. Despite 16thC stone walls and an original inglenook fireplace, bucolic bolthole this is not: both owners formerly worked in design in London, and wanted to bring a bit of the capital’s cool to this rural spot – achieved through their impeccable taste in textiles, art and furniture (often sourced from local antique dealers such as Bristol’s Cart House).

Perfect for big families with teens, or 2 families holidaying together, there are 4 bedrooms upstairs and 3 huge reception rooms to spill out over. If there are more of you why not take over all 3 of the farm’s properties, to sleep 21 in total, making it the perfect place to pile in family, friends and plus-ones? Creative guests will appreciate the attention to craftsmanship (by award-winning architects Feilden Fowles), whilst Cornwall regulars will fall in love with the area all over again; classicists won’t be able to resist the roll-top tub, and contemporary cooks will want to spend all their time in the enormous and sociable kitchen/diner. There’s even a football pitch for kickabouts.

Getting here: you’ll need to drive.

Special touches.

+ Bike hire
+ Massages
+ Babysitting

Owners of The Farmhouse, Bude

“Conrad and I moved here from London in 2007 with 2 small boys in tow. We had both worked in the fashion industry for years and craved a slower pace of life and fresh air. Our farmhouse came with 7 acres of land, and the gardens have evolved over the years with some (a lot) of help from our parents. We’ve always been passionate about design, so loved filling them with modern art and textiles. Now we live off-site so guests can take over the whole smallholding, or 3 smaller private rentals.” Owner, Karen

My Kip favourites

She loves
“Sundowners on the terrace; the sunsets here are incredible and the whole of the back of the house captures this.”

We love
The huge and sociable kitchen/diner.

You may not love
There are 2 other rentals on site but you’re totally private. You’ll need to drive to shops and pubs (5 miles).

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Surrounds.

  • Bude
  • Bude's sea pool
  • Bude beach
    Bude
  • Venn Farm
  • Venn Farm
  • Venn Farm
  • Venn Farm
  • Bude is surf heaven. Hire kit and book lessons if you’re a beginner; the owners’ kids are both coaches at Big Blue Surf School. Or simply swim, paddle and float in Bude’s natural sea pool.
  • There’s also a brilliant restaurant in Boscastle called The Rocket Store. It’s great to go for a morning swim in the harbour then get brunch there.
  • Walk or run stretches of the South West Coastal Path, awash with stunning seascapes.
  • Trebarwith Strand is incredibly beautiful at low tide.
  • We love rockpooling at Northcott Mouth Beach, and admiring the rock formations at Crackington Haven. There’s a great pub at Crackington where you can sit on the wall and watch the sun go down.
  • Pretty Port Isaac and Padstow are easy day trips — you can cycle to the latter along the Camel Trail and reward yourself with fish and chips by Rick Stein for lunch.
  • Or visit lovely Clovelly, with its steep cobbled hills and famous donkeys, then have a long lunch at The Farmers Arms on the way back.

Specifics.

  • Farmhouse on a 7-acre smallholding, on the same site as Red Barn and The Cob
  • Underfloor heating throughout
  • 4 bedrooms: 2 kingsize; 1 twin; 1 double. All light filled but with blackout blinds
  • The master kingsize has an ensuite shower bathroom. The other bedrooms share an upstairs bathroom with bathtub, and a downstairs bathroom with separate shower and bathtub
  • Haekels toiletries
  • Baby kit to borrow: cot with bumper, highchair
  • Fabulous kitchen with dining table, oven and hob, fridge, freezer, microwave and Bialetti coffee maker 
  • Basic supplies bar fresh milk
  • Pre-made meals on request / private chef
  • Spacious lounge with Smart TV, board games and books
  • Large terrace with bi-fold doors from the kitchen/diner
  • BBQ, pizza oven and outdoor furniture
  • Private terrace that gets the evening sun
  • Private lawned garden
  • Access to shared gardens with football pitch and den-building spaces
  • Plenty of parking
  • The owners live nearby – available by phone
  • Drive to pubs, shops and the beach (5 miles)
  • 1 dog welcome (additional cost)
  • Booking conditions: from 2 night min stays low season, 3 nights Easter holiday, June, and September. 7 night minimum over summer holidays and May half term, with Thursday check in. 4 night minimum over Christmas. Check booking calendar for exact dates.
  • Security deposit: £200 for all-adult groups
  • House rules: no outside noise after 9pm
  • Remember to pack: fresh milk, beach towels, bikes and surfboards

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