My oh my Bideford…haven’t you grown! Having been to school in Bideford I always had an element of nostalgia for the town. But my memories tended to focus on sticky bars that (thankfully) no longer exist.
I thought it was about time I went back during daylight hours, and had a really good adventure in my old ‘home’ town – and i’m seriously glad I did!
Bideford is most definitely worth a visit. Pick a lovely sunny day, park up next to the stunning Victoria Park and wander into the town along the riverside.
Walk up Bridgeland Street and hang a left down Mill Street and this is where the real adventure starts. Almost immediately you’ll stumble upon my new favourite shop Sunshine & Snow. An eclectic collection of homewares and gifts in a beautiful setting that feels straight out of London or Brighton.
If you can prise yourself away then continue your stroll and pop into Hip & Waisted for a bespoke handmade belt. Browse Shore Drift for coastal nicknacks, then take a left and explore the nooks and crannies of Josie’s Interiors Ltd.
Don’t forget a quick trip to Hiron & Son’s Artisan Butchers. Pick up some seriously good steak to cook in the BBQ cabin later that evening when you get back to Coastal Cabins base camp.
Saunter back to where you started via The Italian Kitchen for the best pizza lunch. Before you go, let the kids run off some steam in Victoria Park whilst you grab a coffee and patisserie at the french restaurant Café du Parc overlooking the park. If it’s a sunny day make sure you bring swimwear, the splash pool is one not to miss!
We’re excited to announce that we are now featured on the fab angling website ‘Get Hooked’. We are very proud of our stunning fishing lake which is FREE to use for anyone staying at Coastal Cabins Glamping. It’s a lovely size, perfect for a family wanting to try their hand at fishing. The lake is a fully stocked coarse fishing lake with rudd, tench and carp. Are you a keen fisherman/woman, or would you like to give it a try? Check out our listing on this great website:
The surrounding area is just fantastic, however there’s plenty to keep you occupied on site!
Our coarse fishing lake is fully stocked and free to use for anyone staying – the perfect place for adults and children to try their hand at fishing. Also free to use is our fab BBQ cabin with is perfect for all weather dining. New for 2019 is the ‘Wild Spa’ hot tub area which can be hired for use by the hour.
Take at a look at our amenities page for more info and pictures here:
Are you travelling down the M5 to reach Coastal Cabins this summer?
If you haven’t already discovered the wonders of Gloucester Services then this may actually change your life! After a hot and sweaty trip to the midlands last weekend with our 3 year old, stumbling across this place was like an oasis in the dessert.
Serving only the highest quality local produce, the restaurant is fabulous and did I mention there is an indoor climbing frame/play area for the kiddies? The journey took a lot longer than we planned…but this time it wasn’t because of the traffic jams, but because the other half couldn’t drag me away from the farm shop!
Book your 2020 summer holiday at Coastal Cabins Glamping in North Devon today!
Have you stayed at Coastal Cabins before? If so you can now claim 10% off your next stay with our ‘Loyalty Discount’. Just mention this when you book and the 10% will come off your final balance. We look forward to welcoming you back! 😀
The offer is valid for a limited period and may be withdrawn at any time. This offer cannot be used along with any other discounts such as Last minute deals or extra discounts. This offer can be used at ANY time of year including the peak season.
We’re feeling excited about our next season at Coastal Cabins. To celebrate the launch of our 2020 calendar we are offering 20% off for the first 20 bookings made.
We have just released our dates for next year. Why not book yourself a 2020 break and choose the perfect cabin on the best dates for you. Book now and have your pick of the bunch.
This offer is valid for the first 20 bookings made at Coastal Cabins Glamping in the 2020 season (from April to September). ALL dates are included in the offer including the peak summer season. Bookings can be made via our website
Wellbeing – this is something that we at Coastal Cabins think is very important. Life is busy and very rarely do we take time out for ourselves. It’s important in this hectic world to truly relax, and where better to re-connect than on holiday.
To encourage maximum relaxation we have introduced our new for 2019 ‘Wild Spa Hot Tub Area’. We also now offer a brand new mobile spa service ‘Unique Massage and Beauty’ who will pamper you in the comfort of your own cabin.
To celebrate Wellbeing @ Coastal Cabins Glamping we are launching a competition to give away two amazing prizes! We are giving away £500 worth of Organic Retreat Facial Skincare Products.
Win these 2 prizes for you and a friend to share:
A full range of Organic Retreat Facial Products for all skin types.
A full range of Anti-Ageing Organic Retreat Facial Products.
To enter this competition follow the steps below!
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Keep an eye on your messages, we’ll be announcing the winner on 31st August. Good luck!
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Retreat facial products have been formulated in the UK by the award winning natural skincare company Botanicals. They are totally organic and are designed to restore natural balance to your skin. Only the best quality, certified organic and natural ingredients have been used, which are full of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.
There are 2 skincare ranges: Rose and Camellia, and Chamomile and Mandarin.
Rose and Camellia is the anti-ageing range perfect for skin that is showing the first signs of ageing and also suitable for those with deeper wrinkles. It is also slightly richer so perfect for drier skin.
The Chamomile and Mandarin range is great for all skin types and ages including sensitive or troubled skin. This range is also suitable for ladies who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The Chamomile and Mandarin range consists of 6 products: Cleansing Melt, Mask, Cleansing Polish, Hydrating Tonic, Moisturiser and Oil. The Rose and Camellia range consists of the 6 products listed above, and also a Serum.
Although Hartland may seem completely undiscovered it is secretly becoming quite famous. An increasing number of big name production companies are discovering the benefits of the area for filming TV dramas and films. The latest in line is a new film adaptation of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier staring Lily James and Armie Hammer.
This adaptation is set in 1940 and shows a newly married woman who is struggling with the memory of her husband’s first wife. This was Alfred Hitchcock’s first Hollywood film and did so well it won the best picture Oscar in 1940.
Hartland Quay in particular is a hive of activity at the moment. It really is amazing to see the amount of work that goes into creating the film sets. Here is a picture of the slipway leading down towards the beach. As you can see there is a brand new boathouse built up on the right hand side. I am told this is destined to be burnt down in the film!
We’re all looking forward to seeing the Quay turned into a real 1940’s street scene. Here is the main street in between the hotel and the museum being decorated for the 1940s era.
If you would like to visit the set and maybe catch a glimpse of the filming in action then why not stay at Coastal Cabins Glamping. We still have some availability throughout the summer. Bookings can be made via our site here: https://www.coastal-cabins.com/prices-availability/
The Hartland area is simply stunning. With jaw dropping view from the coastal paths, sparkling beaches and spectacular countryside there’s always something to take your breath away. But we understand that after a long journey sometimes you just want to flop and stay right where you are for a bit. Here’s some details of our facilities right on site at Coastal Cabins:
At Coastal Cabins Glamping we have a fully stocked fishing lake on site. All of our guests are welcome to use it during their stay completely free of charge. Equipment is not provided so please do bring your own. For any keen anglers who might need equipment during their stay then we can recommend the superb Summerland Tackle store in Westward Ho! https://www.summerlands-tackle.co.uk This is approximately a 20min drive from the Cabins site. The lake mainly has Tench, Rudd and some Carp. There are no restrictions at all so you can fish as much as you like during your stay!
Families will also be pleased to know that the lake is very safe. There is a fence surrounding the perimeter so little ones can play freely without any worry.
On site is a full size hard tennis court that guests can use free of charge throughout their stay. It is a communal facility and does not need to be booked – simply help yourself. Equipment is not provided so please do make sure you pack your racquets and balls! If you forget them then there are sports stores in the outlet village near Bideford which is a 20min drive from the Cabins site. https://affinityoutlets.com/devon/
Our BBQ is a brilliant space to get together in all weathers. This large timber cabin is incredibly versatile. It’s a great barbecue cabin for larger gathering and parties but also perfect for families wanting to cook up a feast whatever the weather. It’s very large and can seat around 20-25 people. We are proud to say that it is handmade in the UK and made from the best sustainable arctic pine. It’s an experience not to be missed!
The BBQ Cabin is a communal facility and is completely free to use for anyone staying on site. We supply logs so you just need to bring the food! Why not pick up some amazingly fresh seafood from the local fishing village of Clovelly just down the road.
‘Wild Spa’ Hot Tub Area
New for 2019 is our ‘Wild Spa’ Hot Tub area. What’s better after a long day at the beach than a soak in the brand new hot tub area. Rest those tired feet and let the 26 spa jets massage away your aches and pains. Sit in the ‘Captain’s Seat’ and succumb to the exclusive 15 point ultrablast master massage jet. Add to the mix some stunning views towards the Atlantic and a glass of cold bubbly and you’ll be in holiday heaven.
This is a paid for experience and can be hired for exclusive use. The costs are as follows:
£40 for 1 hour – maximum 2 people
£60 for 1 hour – maximum 6 people
The Wild Spa experience must be booked and paid for prior to your visit. There are limited spaces so please do book early to avoid disappointment. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you times available for your selected date.
This lovely spring sunshine has got us thinking ahead to the warm sunny days of summer and most importantly – which beaches to explore this summer.
We’re very lucky at Coastal Cabins to have a wide array of beaches, and types of beaches right on our doorstep. Whether you’re looking for total seclusion and dramatic cliffs, or wide expanses of family friendly sand we’ve got it all.
Here are our top 10 beaches near Coastal Cabins Glamping:
These are all within the Hartland area…
1: Berry Beach(also known as Blegberry) – We call this our secret beach – shh don’t tell too many people! Just a few miles up the road this is a firm favourite. You can be on this beach on the hottest day of the year and you may be the only one there. However this seclusion comes at a price. There is no public car park (best to walk there), and it’s not the easiest to get to, but trust me is it worth it. Think dramatic geology cut with beautiful waterfalls tumbling from the cliffs above. This is mainly a rocky beach, but at low tide there should be a little sand to set up camp.
2: Hartland Quay– This beach wins every time for it’s absolutely breathtaking views. The scenery really is like nowhere I’ve ever been (and we’re done our fair share of globetrotting). Perched on the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean it’s a real wonder of nature. Imagine cliffs so large (over 600ft to be exact) you’ll hurt your neck from looking up at them in awe of their sheer magnitude. Most summers there is an area of sandy beach (depending on the severity of the storms that year!). There is also a traditional Devon pub and plenty of car parking.
3: Speke’s Mill– This is a stunning spot also in the Hartland area, so not too far to travel. This beach is most famous for its ‘Hanging Valleys’. These streams run down from the moorland above and fall dramatically to the shore in breathtaking coastal waterfalls. Add to this the crops of colourful wildflowers at their banks and sightings of kestrels and falcons hunting in the grassland above. There is little to no sand here, so we wouldn’t recommend it for a day of paddling and sand castle building but it is worth a visit. Other regular visitors to this beach as professional surfers who take advantage of the powerful waves breaking over the reef.
…heading North up the A39 from Hartland…
4: Bucks Mills– At the bottom of this picturesque village you’ll find a wide expanse of coastline that’s not to be missed. Infact the village itself is so quaint I’d advise wandering through it on your way to the coast. It’s completely cut off from the 21stcentury and is completely uncommercial. You won’t find any pubs or souvenir shops here but that’s the beauty of it. As you drop down to the beach you’ll see the fishing village of Clovelly to one side, and the red cliffs of Peppercoombe to the other (2 other great places to visit!).
5: Westward Ho!– This is a very different kind of beach to the others we’ve listed so far. With miles and miles of sand, seaside shops, toilets, cafes, restaurants and more this is a popular family beach destination. There are also a few amusement arcades dotted around! But don’t let that put you off – if you’re looking for a stunning beach with all the amenities close to hand then it’s a good choice for a days sunbathing and paddling.
6: Saunton Sands– At around 45mins from Hartland this beach is a bit further to travel to, but my is it a stunner. It’s a very long, very straight stretch of sandy beach, backed by the impressive Braunton Burrows – a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This is a very popular beach (get there early if it’s hot!) but even when packed there’s still plenty of space due to its vast size. It’s a firm favourite with families and surfers. There are toilets and showers, a relaxed beach café, and a more formal beachside grill restaurant. Just up the cliff you’ll also find the very nice Saunton Sands Hotel and Source Spa.
7: Croyde Bay (and Putsborough)– Ok so I’m cheating a bit here because Croyde and Puttsborough are actually 2 different beaches. But they are so close to each other! Drive a bit further along the coast from the aforementioned Saunton Sands and you’ll find these two gems. Croyde is a stunning sandy cove, popular with families. Croyde village is also worth a visit for it’s nice pubs and a great village shop/café. Puttsborough is a little further up and here you’ll find yet more stunning sand (it’s actually the far end of the famous Woolacoombe beach). The Kings Arms pub in Georgeham is a good pit stop after a busy day paddling.
…heading South down the A39 from Hartland…
8: Sandy Mouth– This is a National Trust beach and is very family friendly. This is a popular but unspoilt spot with miles of golden sand backed by incredible twisted cliffs. This lovely beach is right at the tip of North Cornwall in-between Bude and Morwenstow. With both sand and rocks it is popular with surfer and rock poolers as there’s something for everyone. There is a lovely National Trust café open in the summer months, toilets and a good car park.
9: Crooklets Beach– Bude is a town in North Cornwall about 25mins drive from us. It’s blessed with a number of truly lovely beaches. Crooklets is my best pic of the bunch. It is a wide expanse of golden sand, bordered by rocky areas also perfect for rock pooling. It’s a great surfing beach and has lifeguards throughout the main season. The facilities are brilliant with a large car park, play area, skate park, beach café, toilets and more nearby. The town itself has a number of good restaurants and shops and is definitely worth a wander.
10: Widemouth Bay– Travel a little further down the North Cornwall coast and you’ll come across this gem of a beach. Rated excellent for its water quality this is a very long open bay and very popular with families and surfers. You’ll find Widemouth 3 miles south of Bude. It’s a great place to try your hand at surfing or body boarding as there are a few local surf schools based here. This has full lifeguard cover all through the summer months.