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Ratty's Retreat is an eco-friendly, loft apartment, designed to take full advantage of the wonderful vantage point with stunning views across Widemouth Bay. Here, you can awake at dawn to a fabulous coastal view with the luscious hinterland sweeping to meet you from your lofty position. Constructed from traditional oak, you ascend a solid and sturdy flight of stairs to the rear of this little haven where the entire front apex of the apartment boasts a window which captures the incredible view. The living and sleeping area is totally open plan which creates a light and airy space to relax and chill out, away from the hustle and bustle. Tucked away, overlooking fields and sea, Ratty's Retreat is total sunset bliss.
Ratty's Retreat is perfectly located just a short drive away from Widemouth Bay beach which is a stunning seaside destination, popular for surfing, swimming and beach cafes with a fabulous tea room on the sea front. The South West Coast path can be joined at Widemouth Bay, where you can explore and enjoy the unique North Cornwall coastline. From the property you can quickly link into the Atlantic Highway to explore and enjoy the many coves and villages along the North Cornwall coast. Bude, a strong seaside hub town is just six miles away, where you will find main shops, large beaches, the Bude Sea Pool and lots of things to do and great places to eat and drink.
electric oven and hob, fridge with freezer compartment, table and two chairs, sofa, TV.
part of the open plan kitchen/dining/sitting area, double bed.
bath with shower over, WC and basin.
brick paved patio with outside bench and table combination.
Eco-friendly air source heat pump heating and hot water system. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate provided, WiFi, one dog welcome, short breaks available.
|1 Jan - 9 Feb||293|
|23 Feb - 30 Mar||293|
|6 Apr - 13 Apr||356|
|4 May - 18 May||312|
|1 Jun - 8 Jun||375|
|15 Jun - 22 Jun||399|
|27 Jul - 24 Aug||546|
|31 Aug - 7 Sep||353|
|28 Sep - 12 Oct||309|
|2 Nov - 14 Dec||293|
|28 Dec - 31 Dec||437|
Of course, the best part of Widemouth Bay is Widemouth Bay Beach - 1.5 miles of glorious sand.
Though it appears to be one large expanse of sand, the beach is actually divided into two sections: the North Beach and the South Beach (also known as Black Rock). This division comes in the form of a barrier of natural rocks - the largest being the landmark known as Black Rock. At low tide, hundreds of rock pools are exposed - perfect to keep the children (and adults) entertained.
Ample parking is available at Widemouth Bay, but if you don't fancy getting your toes sandy, you can park at one of the free viewing areas!
Dogs are welcomed on the beach from October to Easter.
If you fancy a change from rock-pooling and making sand castles on the beach, you might like to try surfing. Don't worry if you're a beginner you can take surfing lessons with Freewave Surf Academy or Outdoor Adventure.
There are lots of lovely walks in and around Widemouth Bay. You could try walking to Bude, via Philips Point Nature Reserve, over Efford Down, to the watch tower at Compass Point and then follow the canal into Bude.
If you're looking to explore further afield, check out our blog about things to do in Bude.
There are several eateries in and around Widemouth Bay.
Firstly, The Bay View Inn provides a selection of seasonal classics and food with a twist. They have three separate indoor dining areas, several alfresco dining areas and spaces available for private hire. In peak season, they open a snack shack, serving a variety of take away foods.
Close to the beach, you'll find Black Rock Cafe and Bistro, serving freshly-cooked artisan food. You can enjoy your food inside, or on the deck soaking up the views.
With direct access to the beach, Widemouth Bay Cafe serves all day breakfast, fish and chips, burgers, cream teas and other light snacks.
Slightly outside of Widemouth Bay, Elements Cafe Bar and Restaurant serves a selection of food, specialising in pizza and pasta. The restaurant has beautiful views to enjoy while you dine.
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Join in with the carnival celebrations for a fun filled day of music, dance and competition!
17th August 2019
Bude Lifeboat Week includes a range of activities and events, including quizzes, a children’s disco, live music, a craft fair and, on Lifeboat Day (28th) and search and rescue demonstration, a beach treasure hunt, rowing races, canoe polo, a pasty competition and more!
TBC August 2019
Top UK and international jazz, blues, swing and boogie bands make up the Bude Jazz festival, with over 120 events including street parades, late night jam sessions and a dance marquee.
27th - 30th August 2019
Celebrating the Cornish pasty and Cornwall's mining heritage, Redruth brings you a cultural three day event. Try your hand at pasty making, join the pilgrimage, and finish off with a concert to remember. Fun for all the family.
7th - 8th September 2019
A three-day celebration of all things seafoodie! Barbecued fish on the beach; cooking demos from the best of the best; fish merchants selling the freshest seafood imaginable - ready for you to take back to your holiday home and cook up using your newly-learned skills!
13th - 15th September 2019
For the first time the Bude Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival will be taking place in November, featuring Wishbone Ash, Focus and Thorbjorn Risager.
TBC November 2019
Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm are hosting the only Christmas market in Cornwall which is set on a working farm. Choose a freshly cut Christmas tree, browse festive gifts and go on a cyder making tour or a tractor ride. There will also be roast dinners and carol singing on the Sundays between these dates.
TBC 23rd November - 16th December 2019
Join Santa and his elves aboard his magical steam train as you journey through the Cornish countryside. Awaiting Santa on the platform, you'll be entertained with carols performed by Liskeard band. On the hour long journey, children will get to meet and greet Santa, recieve a present and have their photograph taken. The grown-ups aren't forgotten either - you'll recieve a mince pie and seasonal drink!
TBC 1st Dec - 24th Dec 2019
Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw will be flying the flag for Cornwall at this year’s 10th annual Padstow Christmas Festival. For your chance to see chef demonstartions, head to the festival stage or to the Sharp's Chefs' Theatre - the demonstartions are all free to attend!
Why not make the most of your visit to Padstow and pop into the Chrsitmas market where you will find an array of food goodies and handmade gifts to purchase. There will also be a selection of live music to enjoy, and you can take the children to meet Santa in his grotto!
TBC 6th Dec - 9th Dec 2019
Meet Father Christmas, decorate gingerbread, make Reindeer food and have a festive day out at the Milky Way Adventure Park near Bude. At the elf emporium, new for 2018, children can write letters to the North Pole and take part in other fun activities. Online booking essential.
TBC 8th - 23rd December 2019 (selected dates)
Board the Santa Express bound for Santa's magical grotto. On selected dates between the 8th and 24th December, children and their families can take a ride on the Santa Train to his grotto where they can receive a gift from Santa. There will also be children's entertainment, balloon making, Christmas card colouring and mince pies and mulled wine for the adults!
TBC 8th - 24th December 2019 (selected dates)
Created by Cornwall’s award winning highly visual Rogue Theatre, Winter Wood is an adventure for families and those who still believe in Magic.
Pass through the Woodland Gate and follow the twisting path. Let the faeries and woodland spirits lead the way with stories and songs. Follow the wandering path and meet Old Man Winter who will weave a tale and reveal the path to your fantastical destination, an enchanted celebration, and a wondrous festivity of wintry marvels.
TBC 8th Dec - 30th Dec 2019
Gool Perran Lowen - Happy St Piran's Day in Cornish!
St Piran's Day, celebrated on March 5th, is the national day of Cornwall, named after one of Cornwall's patron saints. According to legend, St Piran, a 5th century Irish Abbot, was thrown into the sea in Ireland tied to a mill stone; somehow he washed up on the Cornish coast still alive. He made Cornwall his new home and became the patron saint of tin-miners after rediscovering tin smelting.
Today, Cornwall still celebrates his heritage. On the closest Sunday to St Piran's day, Perranorth hosts one of the largest St Piran's celebrations. Held at the dunes on Perranporth, a play is performed to re-enact St Piran's life. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to dress in black, white and gold, the colours of Cornwall.
Other celebrations will be held in various locations across Cornwall.
5th March 2020
Boscastle Walking Week is an annual event which has grown in popularity over the years. Organised by local people with local knowledge, everyone is welcome to join the organised walks for a small fee of £3-£5. You'll be guided on some of the most beautiful walks along the Cornish coastline, amid woods and streams and on rambles to secluded waterfalls. Celebrate the history of this stunning scenery as you learn about the famous author Thomas Hardy, who spent a year living in the area.
30th March - 5th April 2020
St Endellion Church provides a magical setting for this classical music concert, which features opera, choral and orchestral music over nine days.
13th - 21st April 2020
Bolster festival in St Agnes celebrates the demise of the legend of Bolster the giant. The community re-enact the life and downful of the giant as they parade through the streets and down to the cliffs overlooking Chapel Porth beach.
5th May 2020
A colourful tradition that takes place on the first day in May in the quaint harbour town of Padstow. The locals decorate the town with flags, flowers, greenery and a flagpole. The crowds are greeted by the swirling and dancing 'osses' who parade through the town, followed by the 'Teazer' who dances along behind.
Expect lots of dancing, singing and performance.
1st May 2020
A truly magical experience in Eden's natural amphitheatre. Previous performers include Jack Johnson, Paolo Nutini, Jessie J, Kaiser Chiefs, The XX and Eddie Izzard to name but a few. Tickets also include a daytime pass to the Eden Project.
June & July 2020
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This three-day event is the highlight of Cornwall's agricultural year, showcasing the very best of Cornwall's rural lifestyle. The event is packed with activities, competitions, food and craft demonstrations and stalls, displays, music, and, or course, lots of animals!
6th - 8th June 2020
Live music, performing arts, endless entertainment for kids, and of course fantastic seafood.
TBC July 2020
Head to Mount Pleasant Eco Park to join in with the park's annual festival celebrating the rich cultures of Africa, Latin America and the caribbean. Enjoy live music, dance and food throughout the weekend.
12th - 14th July 2020
Every year Lusty Glaze beach hosts their Sundowner Sessions - an opportunity to watch your favourite artsits perform live in the stunning setting of the natural ampitheatre provided by the cliffs at Lusty Glaze.
Date TBC July 2020
Be part of the UK's biggest surf, skate and music festival at this years 'Boardmasters', held in the popular seaside resort of Newquay.
7th - 11th August 2020
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