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Bude isn't the prettiest of seaside towns, but its coastline is stunning and it's close to a number of England's, arguably, best beaches. As you'd expect there's a wide range of accommodation here and some of the best places to stay in Bude are also great value. Plus Bude is known for being more friendly and relaxed than other local favourites, Padstow and Newquay.
Bude's closest beach, Summerleaze, stretches a long way at low tide, and has a fantastic 1930s seawater lido, but there are a number of other choices, from busy surfing beaches like Widemouth Bay and Crooklets, to small, but empty coves, which you'll find around Sandy Mouth and Duckpool beaches. Behind Summerleaze you'll also find the charming folly, Bude Castle, built by a local inventor.
Bude is the only part of Cornwall with sandstone cliffs, so it's worth taking a stroll along them - also because these are the highest cliffs in Cornwall!
As with all of Cornwall's holiday hotspots, the best places to stay in Bude get booked up way in advance during the summer months. So either get organised, or plan to visit during quieter periods, when you get that huge beach to yourself!
- Tommy Jacks Beach Hotel is a modern, fashionable hotel with relaxed, surfer-inspired decor and 20 rooms suitable for families and groups of all sizes. There's a great restaurant serving local seafood, and some cool aquarium tanks full of un-local sea creatures. rooms start from £70 per night.
- Though technically a B&B, wonderful Victorian conversion, The Beach at Bude, makes it onto the list of Cornwall's best boutique hotels because, while it doesn't have a restaurant, it does have a huge sun terrace, a library, a business centre, and a laundry. And Bude has plenty of excellent restaurants, so all the boutique standards are to hand. Each of The Beach at Bude's fifteen charming rooms has unique, yet always impressive, standards, and five have private seaside terraces.
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Best Hotels in Bude
Tommy Jacks Beach Hotel 20 rooms from $103Bude (North Cornwall)
One of Cornwall's newest hotels offers modern, fashionable rooms in a relaxed, surfer-inspired beach environment. Rooms available to suit couples and families. Hotel restaurant offers locally caught seafood and other hearty fare. Ideal for beach-loving people who fancy something a bit different.Surfing - Suitable beaches nearby.Quirky - Amazon basin, Mangrove and rockpool aquarium tanks.Great walks - Perfect for exploring the Cornish coast.Full of character
The Beach at Bude 15 rooms from $153Bude, Cornwall
Revamped B&B, now a boutique bolthole by the sea, overlooking the beach. Spacious airy rooms, a business centre and sun terrace keep all ages happy.Surfing - Surfing on the beach with plenty of room to store surfboardsViews - Overlooks a beach on the Heritage Coast.Restrictions on children - No children under 12Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays