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A weekend at The Old Dairy

Tucked away amidst the rolling hills of the north Cornwall countryside is The Old Dairy, a charming barn conversion surrounded by nature, not far from Bude and its beautiful coastline. 

We arrived at this idyllic escape on a sunny evening to the sounds of birdsong and felt immediately relaxed. The Old Dairy beautifully blends traditional barn and cottage features with modern amenities, from rustic stone walls, to the cosy woodburner and stylish walk-in shower. 

The Old Dairy near Bude

From the moment we stepped inside, we felt comfortable and at home. We were delighted to find a card and some Cornish treats welcoming us from the owners, who live next door, and milk in the fridge meant we could pop the kettle on straight away! Our welcome also included a hamper for our four-legged friend and freshly picked flowers on the dining table. We headed outside with a cup of tea to the secluded garden area, edged by an abundance of trees and fields in the distance. It didn’t take long to see the alpacas in the next field, who popped their heads up inquisitively, checking out their new neighbours! As we sipped our tea, we could hear the distinctive sound of a woodpecker, who we spotted in a nearby tree! 

Cornish cream tea in The Old Dairy garden

You can arrange to meet the alpacas and feed them with the owners, so when Jules popped by to say hello and let us know it was feeding time, we jumped at the chance! The adorable family of five alpacas were curious yet shy, but happy to wander over when they spotted dinner! Don't tell the others but Norma was our favourite! 

Meeting the alpacas at The Old Dairy in Bude 

Norma the alpaca at The Old Dairy in Bude

As the sun went down, we relaxed in the garden, wrapped in blankets and enjoying the peace and tranquility, as bats flittered around the woodlands. The grounds at The Old Dairy are a haven for nature lovers, so pack the binoculars and see what you may spot. Soothed by the surroundings, we headed to bed for a blissful night's sleep; we weren't disappointed, the beds were comfortable, and we drifted off easily. 

After breakfast in the garden, we headed out to explore the area. Surrounded by country walks, and an enclosed garden and fields, The Old Dairy is a great location for dogs too. Pack a flask and head out to explore the countryside! If you fancy heading to the coast, beautiful Widemouth Bay is just a twenty-minute drive away. You’ll find plenty of village pubs also a short drive away, perfect for a roast dinner or Cornish ale.  

The view from The Old Dairy

Feeling relaxed and soothed in the beautiful countryside location, we tucked into a cream tea in the garden after a walk through the fields. Then spent a lazy afternoon enjoying the last of the sunshine, before lighting the firepit and sipping a Cornish ale from our friends at St Ives Brewery, whilst doing a bit of stargazing!  

Perfect for a late summer escape, we made the most of sunny mornings and balmy evenings outside, feeling a world away from daily life! The Old Dairy lends itself to a relaxing getaway, whatever the season. From the bright and blossoming colours of springtime, to winter, where brisk woodland walks are followed by evenings around the woodburner. Hunker down in the countryside or use as a homely base to return to after exploring the nearby coastline and beaches.

Breakfast in bed at The Old Dairy

Twin beds at The Old Dairy

Whether you are looking for a tranquil short break to rest and rejuvenate, a cosy winter getaway or a week in the Cornish summer sunshine, a stay at the The Old Dairy is just the place. Sleeping four and welcomes dogs, with the option of booking the adjacent property, The Milk House which sleeps three, you can really make the most of a holiday with either family or friends here. 

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