After spending vast amounts of time and effort searching for a modern and contemporary hotel in the area, we were presented with an abundance of dated hotels and shabby guesthouses and were beginning to rethink our stay in Cornwall, until we came across Elements.
Having conducted some research into Elements and reading some glowing reviews we were delighted until we came across the last review which prompted some doubts about booking our break here, but as there was no where else in the area that seemed to be of any where near a similar standard to elements, we decided to go for it and make up our own minds.
We couldn’t have been more surprised when me and my wife were greeted by the owner who was very pleasant and helpful, advising myself and my wife about the walking paths in the area and arranging for us to go paddle boarding the next day with a local company, which he sorted everything out for us.
That evening we had pre booked a table in the bistro (as advised to do so on the confirmation), which had a great ambient and relaxed atmosphere. We were both delighted with the variety of the menu and my wife in particular was thrilled with the number of creative vegetarian options available. The roast vegetable and goats cheese tart was delicious and made a welcome change from the usual pasta based options normally offered in restaurants. I was also lucky to enjoy the best piece of monkfish I had ever tasted! The staff were friendly and attentive and despite being very busy, carried a smile on their faces throughout service. Far from the speedy meal that was reported in a previous review, we enjoyed a fantastic relaxing evening overlooking the Cornish coast, and as a result didn’t even have to think twice about whether to book in again for the following evening.
As we had booked at the last minute and the hotel was fully booked, we were unable to get a room with a sea view but were not in the least bit disappointed with the fabulous view of the Cornish countryside. The room was spacious and tastefully decorated with everything feeling new and clean and the bed was by far the comfiest bed we had ever slept on!
While staying at elements we had surf lessons as we had booked the 3 day surf package and were both a bit unsure as we were new to surfing, however after spending a couple of hours with Mike and his team at the surf school, we were hooked. Richard, the owner even leant us his own surf boards for us to practice which meant we could further improve our new found skills – or at least practice getting to our feet!
As regard to the previous review, it just shows that you can’t please everyone! Elements is a fantastic place, in a great location with helpful friendly staff who go out of there way to accommodate you – thoroughly recommended it to all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elements is high on the cliffs, set in 3 acres overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We have 11 rooms, a fitness suite including sauna. The cafe bar is now open all day and the Italian restaurant is open every lunch and evening, 7 days per week. We are open to non residents and advise booking as the restaurant is always very busy. There is a beautiful new deck and terrace also overlooking the Atlantic. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elements Hotel Bude, Cornwall