I watched a hawk hovering over the sand dunes and surfers testing their skills against the waves that crashed over the breakwater, their crests gilded by the setting sun - all this from my bath!
This must be one of the best situated baths in Europe and it belongs to Room 11 of The Beach at Bude. I first reviewed this hotel over a year ago, shortly after it first opened and commented: "We'll definitely be back" - and so we have been, many times. I stay at The Beach as often as I can find an excuse to pass through or near to Bude. The welcome is warm and friendly and always with a smile and the location is splendid, looking out to sea over Summerleaze beach and up to the Compass Point tower on the headland opposite.
The decor is clean, fresh and modern, taking its inspiration from the seaside setting. Every room has something special and even the basic ones (at the back so no view), are blissfully quiet and very comfortable. Although Room 11's bath warrants special mention, all the bathrooms are luxurious, with big, walk-in showers, rain-dance style shower heads and Molten Brown toiletries. The rooms themselves boast flat screen TVs, free wi-fi and large, comfortable beds with duvets to snuggle under when the weather outside is just too English. They even have a small fridge with complimentary water and a jug of fresh milk to have in your tea or coffee (real luxury compared with those nasty little plastic pots of unidentifiable white liquid which are provided in less considerate establishments).
Breakfast offers a good choice of cooked and continental dishes, including a variety of soft fruits and berries, yoghurts, pastries, delicious bacon and perfectly poached free-range eggs (and I am very fussy about my poached eggs!).
As others have noted the hotel does not yet have a bar or serve evening meals, but with LAB two minutes up the road and Bude centre just a few minutes stroll away this is not really an issue. It will be great if their licence application is granted though.
This is the best hotel in Bude, hands down, no contest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Challenging the stereotype of British seaside hotels, the Beach at Bude is a luxury boutique hotel offering stylish accommodation in a stunning setting. We have calming, clean, clutter-free rooms that are light, bright and simple. We have 16 superbly appointed bedrooms, most of which have spectacular views over Summerleaze Beach and the Atlantic. The same views are enjoyed from our dining room and terrace. We also have:- a surfboard/bicycle store- Wi-Fi internet access throughout- Lift to all floors - Car parking for 11 cars. All our bedrooms are decorated in a traditional seaside style, and have cooling limed oak furniture, Vi-Spring beds and Lloyd Loom chairs. All have- flat screen TV- Blu-Ray player - Wi-Fi- iPod docking station - direct-dial telephone - hairdryer - minifridge (containing complimentary milk and mineral water) - hospitality tray - Orla Keily toiletries- safe for your valuables. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Beach At Bude Cornwall