Hollywood comes to Hartland

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/

 
 

There’s lots to do at Coastal Cabins!

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:

Fishing Lake

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. 

Fully stocked course fishing lake FREE for guests

Tennis Court

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/

BBQ Cabin

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. 

Indoor BBQ cabin seating 20 people FREE for guests to use

‘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 info@coastal-cabins.com and we will send you times available for your selected date. 

Brand new ‘Wild Spa’ Hot Tub area available to hire by the hour

Too book your stay at Coastal Cabins Glamping click here https://www.coastal-cabins.com/prices-availability/

Prices start at just £330 for a 3 night weekend break.

 
 

Top 10 beaches in North Devon and North Cornwall

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. 

 
 

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Choose a 3 night weekend break, or a 4 night mid week stay in a quirky Coastal Cabin for up to 4 people.  The cabins are set in a stunning location just over a mile from the beautiful beaches and coastline of North Devon. 

The winners will be able to cook up a feast in the BBQ cabin and make the most of the tennis court and fishing lake on site.  They will also receive a free session in the ‘Wild Spa’ exclusive hot tub area – new for 2019! 

All 10 of the architecturally designed cabins have Kingsize beds (and the Family Cabins have bunk beds for the kiddies too!).  The cabins come fully equipped with en suite bathrooms, kitchenettes and your own private deck overlooking the field or lake. 

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We look forward to seeing you soon! 

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– Prize must be taken between April 2019 and October 2019.  

– Prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for any cash alternatives.

– The closing date for entries is Friday 12th April.

– The winner will be selected at random shortly after the closing date.

 
 

Which cabin to book?

At Coastal Cabins Glamping there are 10 cabins in total. We are a small family run glamping site. All 10 cabins are grouped around a fishing lake in a 3 acre field. They all have lots of space around them, so there’s plenty of room for sunbathing on the deck or letting the kids let off some steam in the the field.

All 10 cabins are exactly the same size and layout inside. They each have a living area with beds, an ensuite shower room and a kitchenette. They also all have their own deck areas with BBQs. The only difference is that the Family Cabins have the addition of a bunk bed inside.

Stunning views from your own deck over the lake

There are 5 Family Cabins:

Shipload Bay

Berry Bay

Sandy Mouth

Duck Pool

Spekes Mill

And 5 Couples Cabins:

Widemouth Bay

Barley Bay

Welcombe Mouth

Hartland Quay

Blackpool Mill

Here is a map to give you a better idea of where the cabins are located on the site:

A handy site map
Birds eye view of Coastal Cabins Glamping

Family Cabins sleep up to 4 people in a Kingsize bed and bunk beds. They are all grouped together closest to the lake. Please be aware that the lake is fenced off so it is safe for little ones.

A quirky Family Cabin

Couples Cabins sleep up to 2 people and a baby (up to 18 months). They are all slightly further from the lake nearer the tennis court. Please note that i’m afraid we do not supply cots.

Relaxing views from a Couples Cabin
 
 

A week to remember…

Cabins in the snow

Well it’s been a week of firsts at Coastal Cabins!

I can’t actually remember the last time it snowed this much in Hartland – and i’ve lived here on and off for nearly 35 years! #stormemma and #thebeastfromtheeast have a lot to answer to, this really is one to remember.

As you can see from the pictures we got quite a bit of snow at the cabins, and our poor resident geese had their lake almost completely freeze over.
The drifts of snow on the lane made the road to us completely impassable for a good few days.

Lane snow

Just as the snow started to melt away the water in our taps went down to a trickle and then eventually stopped all together.  The thawed pipes had created a water mains leak that resulted in a water shortage for the whole area.

We can thankfully say that our water is back up and running now, but some villages locally have been cut off for nearly a week now!

After the chaos of the past week I look outside and it’s hard to believe any of it even happened.  The landscape is back to normal, the geese are swimming around merrily and the birds are out enjoying the Spring sun.  What a difference a few days can make!

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We’re back to work getting all the cabins ready for our first guests of the season in a few weeks.  The new windows are all in and have kept the cabins water tight and snug over this cold spell.

For those of you still looking for a break over Easter we do have a few cabins left.  Book online here: https://secure.supercontrol.co.uk/availability/availability_weekly.asp?ownerID=9745&siteID=26955

 
 

Where can you find the Easter Bunny?

It’s a great time of year Easter, and it’s really a great time to be in North Devon. Once we get this ‘Beast from the East’ over and done with I’ll be glad to get out and about to enjoy all that our beautiful area offers.

The Easter holidays are the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with family and loved ones. It’s not often that we get 2 bank holidays in a row so it’s time to make the most of it!

Here’s our round up of the best events in the area over Easter:

Clovelly Village (10 mins from Coastal Cabins)
Visit the stunning village of Clovelly and you’ll feel like you’ve leapt back in time by about 100 years. Car free and totally unique, Clovelly will capture your heart. This Easter it’ll even win over the hearts of your kids too – even the most tantruming toddlers and sulky teenagers. How I hear you ask? With lots of chocolate of course! You’ll be given a village map on arrival and entasked with the job of finding the hidden Easter chicks. If they spot 10 chicks they win an Easter egg and for 15 chicks a bigger mystery prize!
Come along and join the fun.
visitorcentre@clovelly.co.uk

Hartland Abbey (5 mins from Coastal Cabins)
In Hartland we are very lucky to have the beautiful Hartland Abbey right on our doorstep. The grand manor house with lovely 18th Century gardens, and the adjoining rugged Atlantic cove and cottage have been the location of many TV dramas and Films. The Abbey welcomes visitors from Easter onwards and celebrates two fun filled days of Easter Egg Hunts and traditional games in the gardens. The tea rooms are a real treat too.

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Choc Fest @ Atlantic Village (20 mins from Coastal Cabins)
Back by popular demand, our local outlet shopping village has brought back Choc Fest. Celebrating all things chocolate there will be a range of local chocolaty stall holders to tempt you with their delicious treats. Once you’ve stuffed your face full of as much chocolate as you can, you can burn some of it off hitting the outlet shops. Highlights include M&S, Gap, Nike and more. There’s also a great indoor and outdoor play area for the little ones.
hello@atlanticvillage.co.uk

The Big Sheep (20 mins from Coastal Cabins)
For those of you yet to visit The Big Sheep then you’re in for a treat. No unfortunately there aren’t any actual giant sheep, but there are rather a lot of normal sized sheep! Plus at this time of year you’ll also get to meet lots of tiny cute baby sheep (otherwise know as lambs). The lambing season will be in full swing. Oh and there’s also…you guessed it…an Easter egg hunt! The Eggstravaganza Festival is a true celebration of all things Easter with no less than 30,000 chocolate eggs hiding in the park.
info@thebigsheep.co.uk

The Milky Way (15 mins from Coastal Cabins)
Another classic local theme park that’s worth a visit. Ever wondered where the Easter Bunny’s magic is made? Apparently it’s at the Easter Bunny’s Grotto just up the road from us, how handy! Take your children to meet the Bunny him/her self and get ANOTHER chocolate egg! You definitely can’t have too many chocolate eggs at Easter.
info@themilkyway.co.uk

Rosemoor (35 mins from Coastal Cabins)
There are only 4 RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) gardens in the whole of the UK, and one of them is RHS Rosemoor. It’s stunning and a must see at any time of the year, but Easter in particular is a real winner. The garden will be bursting into bloom and there’s fun activities for all the family scheduled every day. Hop along the trail and solve the clues in the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt (EVERYONE loves Lindt bunnies don’t they?), and drop into the Learning Centre for daily craft workshops. Oh and did I mention the fluffy hatchling chicks? Plus the garden restaurant is to die for!
rosemooradmin@rhs.org.uk

Arlington (50 mins from Coastal Cabins)
This one is a bit of a drive but it really is worth the trip. Like all National Trust properties, Arlington Court is a stunning house with extensive gardens. Get outside this Easter and take part in their new wildlife trail and collect your prize at the end. You’ll also have the chance to meet their new flock of lambs and learn more about how these little fluffy friends help the Arlington estate thrive.
arlingtoncourt@nationaltrust.org.uk

Now if that’s not enough to keep you busy over Easter then I don’t know what is! If you are yet to book in with us for your Easter break then what are you waiting for! We have limited availability in our Cabins over the Easter Weekend and Easter Holidays.

Couples Cabins for the Easter weekend are available at £460 for 3 nights running from Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April
Family Cabins and Couples Cabins are available for short breaks at £530 for 4 nights running from Monday 2nd April to Friday 6th April.
Book online at www.coastal-cabins.com or contact us at info@coastal-cabins.com

 
 

Father’s Day Glamping at Coastal Cabins

If you’re looking for a memorable Father’s Day gift – try a glamping weekend in the stunning Devon countryside.

Coastal Cabins are offering 10% off a weekend break in one of the unique cabins this weekend (Friday 17th June – Monday 20th June).

The Cabins are truly luxurious, with kingsize beds (and bunk beds for the kids – if you can’t get a babysitter!), an en suite shower room, handy kitchenette and flat screen TV.

With a fully stocked fishing lake just metres from your cabin door, a tennis court for those Andy Murray wannabes and a very manly BBQ cabin with a huge fire pit – Coastal Cabins is the perfect Father’s Day treat.

Spend your evenings tucking into great food at the local Hartland pubs, or take the kids rockpooling at one of the many local beaches just a few miles from your cabin.  The award winning Hartland House Spa is also a must, with it’s relaxing massages and bubbling hot tubs.

A three night stay for up to 4 people staying over Father’s Day weekend (Friday 17th June – Monday 20th June) costs just £378, reduced from £420.  To book call 01237 441407 or visit www.coastal-cabins.com to book online.

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10% off Wimbledon Special

To celebrate the start of Wimbledon we are offering 10% off all holidays in June.

Guests can challenge friends and family to a match on the all-weather hard court tennis court. There’s also a BBQ cabin where you can cook up a storm between matches.

Set in the stunning North Devon countryside, the luxurious Coastal Cabins are grouped around a picturesque fully stocked fishing lake. This is glamping at its finest with king sized beds, an en suite shower room plus flat screen TV. The cabins are double-glazed and heated ensuring they stay cosy whatever the weather.

Evenings can be spent tucking into delicious food at one of the local Hartland pubs.

A four night stay for up to four people arriving throughout June costs £432 and a three night stay costs £378 (prices include 10% discount). Cabins are available sleeping either 2 or 4 people. To book call 01237 441407 or book online www.coastal-cabins.com

 
 

As featured in Sunday Times Travel!

We were very proud to see Coastal Cabins feature in the this weeks Sunday Times Travel Supplement  (Sunday 5th June 2016).  As avid readers of the Sunday Times Travel section this is great news.

If you have a copy then flick to page 12 and you’ll find us in pole position within the article ‘You can still find a summer break (just!)’.  It’s a great article with some really lovely properties that still have some limited availability over the summer holidays.

At Coastal Cabins Glamping we have Family Cabins and Couples Cabins.  Our Family Cabins sleep up to 4 people in a  Kingsize bed and bunk beds and they are a great space for a family getaway.  With en suite bathroom and kitchenettes they are really handy.  We also have Couples Cabins which without the bunk beds sleep 2 people.  They are very popular with Grandparents who want to come along but also have their own space to relax.

We have just a few cabins left for the peak August dates so please do contact us asap if you’d like to book.

Thank you again to the Sunday Times for featuring us!
To book email us at info@coastal-cabins.com or book online at www.coastal-cabins.com
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