Close to the Beach
Garden / Patio
Stunning period property oozing character
Set in the pretty village of Marhamchurch, near Bude, the lovely Old Post Office oozes character. Nestled between two thatched cottages, on a quiet road in the village, close to the church, pub and village shop, this lovely property can sleep 6 in three bedrooms and a further 2 can be accommodated in an annex at the back of the property.
The cottage is one of the oldest in the village, dating back to the 17th century, so here you can enjoy a taste of times past but with modern facilities.
Entering the cottage, there is a cosy snug living room with a gas fire stove and feature fireplace, perfect for a homely evening in. The cottage features a number of beautiful antique fireplaces, all part of its ‘old meets new’ charm.
The kitchen-dining area, to the front of the cottage looking out towards the village, has been modernised, with a table and seating for 8, with a hearth and fireplace.
A gleaming modern kitchen/utility room area, which contrasts with the authentic stone floors, is perfect for cooking family meals. The kitchen has plenty of cupboard space, work surfaces and a breakfast bar. You will also find downstairs a modern bathroom, including a shower, and a utility area, perfect after a sandy day at the beach. For a traditional cottage, the sympathetic renovation means it is incredibly light inside.
Upstairs are double bedrooms to the front, with more beautiful, ornamental feature fireplaces, and tasteful, sympathetic decor, while overlooking the garden area is the bright twin room, perfect for children, and a modern light and bright family bathroom, containing a bath with a shower over. Skylights add additional light upstairs.
Outside is an enclosed back garden area, with a useful annex sleeping 2. This has its own shower room and kitchenette.
There is plenty of on road parking outside by the nearby church. The village takes its name from St Marwenne to whom the impressive church is dedicated. Every year the ‘Marhamchurch Revel‘ takes place on the first Monday after the twelfth of August. The festival is a big community event, which features Cornish dancing and Cornish wrestling.
It is around a 10 minute drive to Bude (1.5 miles) with its sandy beaches and surfing. Walks and cycle paths are nearby.
Bude sits on the North Cornwall and Devon border and offers a traditional beachside holiday for couples and families alike.
There are two sandy beaches located in the town itself, Summerleaze Beach and Crooklets Beach. Both have beach huts available for hire and overlooking Summerleaze Beach is the Bude Sea Pool, which is a free tidal swimming pool that is run and maintained by a team of volunteers (so donations are welcomed). Other beaches only a couple of miles away are Widemouth Bay, Northcott Mouth and Sandymouth Beach, all of which showcase dramatic scenery.
There are a variety of cafes and bars if you are looking to eat out, from The Barge (a floating cafe on Bude’s canal) to The Beach that serves fine dining and cocktails with fantastic views out to sea. A couple of miles outside of Bude at Northcott Mouth, The Rustic Tea Garden serves cream teas with generous amount of proper Cornish clotted cream.
If you are seeking an active holiday, then Bude has a number of surf, paddleboard and adventure activity schools to help you have fun, whilst staying safe. Bude’s beaches are favoured with surfers, kite surfers and paddle boarders. There are surf hire huts too, for those who are just ‘trying it out’.
The Bude canal has fun for all the family with pedal boats and rowing boats for hire, followed by a spot of shopping on the canal side at The Wharf, where you will find many local artisan items for sale. Throughout summer, there is also the Bude Farmers Market held each Friday and you can also find a proper Cornish ice-cream here to cool down with.
Widemouth Bay sits just a couple of miles south of Bude and while it benefits from all the Bude has to offer, is a slightly quieter setting. It is a beachside village dotted with cafes and bars, plus everything you need for a great day at the beach. Surf hire and surf schools are available and there is a very chilled out feeling to this area.
Bude and Widemouth Bay are close to the A39, which makes it easy to explore the North Cornwall and Devon coastline. Only a short drive away are the historic villages of Tintagel and Boscastle, steeped in legends and folklore. Padstow is also only an hours drive from Bude, and is favoured among foodies with many talented chefs serving up fresh local food.
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Booking fee: There is a non-refundable booking fee of £28 per booking
Damage deposit: A refundable damage deposit of £200 is payable. This will be held until the end of the occupancy and will be returned to the guest within 2 weeks of departure, subject to deductions for any damage to property caused during the occupancy.
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Sleeps 8 in 3 bedrooms and annex
2 double bedrooms, 1 twin
Separate annex with double
Family bathroom and downstairs shower room
Historic building with feature fireplaces
Enclosed back garden
Rural village location, with shop church and pub
Close to seaside resort of Bude (walk, cycle or drive)
On road parking outside by the nearby church