The Beach at Bude
Situated right above Summerleaze Beach, The Beach at Bude is in a prime spot for surfers and sea-lovers alike. This is a place where style meets comfort, with a New England meets beach-chic vibe, a modern and comfortable aesthetic and an innovative bar and decked terrace at the heart.
- Natalie Millar-Partridge, Travel writer
The Beach at Bude sits above Summerleaze Beach, just off the Atlantic Highway on the north Cornish coast. It's ideally positioned, just minutes from the town centre and a two-minute walk through the dunes to the beach. A short stroll along the coastal path will take you to Bude Sea Pool – a part natural, part man-made pool that makes a superb spot for open-water swimming in a safe environment. Take a surfing lesson and find out why Bude is one of the most talked about surf spots in the UK, hone your rowing skills by hiring a Canoe or Kayak on the historic Bude Canal or hire bikes and explore the Bude Canal and coastal cycle route, through Whalesborough, Widemouth and Upton.
Style & character
The hotel originated as the Summerleaze Court Hotel when it was designed as a beach-front landmark for Bude. The building itself is part of a Victorian terrace, with a New England meets beach-chic vibe and a modern, comfortable and stylish aesthetic. It verges on the hip and provides an upbeat coastal hub to hang out in. The bar design is inspired by a private members' club in Media City, Manchester, and provides the hotel with a brilliant focal point – an eclectic mix of eye-catching furnishings and serene Farrow & Ball Hues reflect the surrounding landscape.
Service & facilities
Soak up tranquil views that provide a genuine escape from the hustle and bustle of the town. The revamped circular bar and private dining area at the centre creates a lively spot for a cocktail from the well-crafted menu. The large decked terrace offers the ideal spot to watch the sun go down and is equipped with outdoor heaters for cooler evenings, meaning guests can enjoy alfresco drinks with sea vistas all year round. Affable staff are knowledgable on the local area and happy to offer plenty of tips and recommendations during your stay.
- Room service
Home to 16 en-suite rooms in a combination of Classic, Classic Plus, Superior and Deluxe, as well as two family-friendly suites. The Suite has a double and twin bedroom, comfortable lounge, family-sized bathroom and an outdoor rear-facing terrace, whilst The Retreat has a double and twin bedroom, large open-plan lounge (sleeping a further two on a Z-bed), kitchen and a family sized bathroom. All rooms have been individually styled in a New England theme with a minimalist colour palette of grey-and-white hues, the odd driftwood mirror, limed-oak furnishings, Lloyd Loom chairs, and Vi-Spring beds. Bathrooms are bright and luxurious, with deep baths, rain showers and waffle robes.
Food & drink
Dining is laidback, in the modern and light-filled restaurant, with a friendly and attentive service. Head chef, Jamie Coleman has crossed the border from Devon to Cornwall, bringing with him a wealth of experience, including two years working at Gidleigh Park under Michael Caines. With a passion for the West Country, Jamie believes the South West have some of the finest ingredients to offer in the UK; expect beautifully curated plates that fuse fresh ingredients to create clean flavours, with emphasis on fresh fish and locally reared meats. Dishes include barbecue beef brisket, curried lamb shoulder, John Dory with sautéed potato and pea vinaigrette and classic fish and chips with crushed peas and French fries.
A breakfast buffet of continental classics is followed up with a selection of cooked-to-order dishes, including kippers, poached eggs and lemon butter, smoked salmon with avocado and pancakes with crispy bacon and maple syrup, with the addition of ‘breakfast bubbles’, Prosecco, at the weekends.
Value for money
Double rooms from £160 in low season; and from £190 in high. Breakfast included. Otherwise, dinner, bed and breakfast from £235 in low season; and from £265 in high. Exclusive hire is available on request. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
There's a ramp at the entrance, and one bedroom on the ground floor has wide doorways.
Two family friendly suites available, sleeping four and six.