Boots Cottage is a very comfortable, pet friendly and self-contained holiday cottage just a stone’s throw from the Bude Canal with fine rural views, an enclosed courtyard garden and off-road parking. There’s one double bedroom and a sofa bed. Located in the pretty hamlet of Helebridge, it’s half a mile to the village of Marhamchurch or walk into Bude along the Canal towpath or cycleway.
Boots Cottage is a delightful canal-view cottage with outstanding rural views with easy access to beaches. The cottage is a self-contained annex with its own front and rear doors, leading out into a seated courtyard area.
The accommodation includes a cosy lounge with eating and seating areas (including a sofa-bed), leading into a fitted kitchen with fridge-freezer and washing machine. Upstairs there is a spacious dual-aspect double bedroom with en-suite shower room. All rooms are light and airy with fine rural views. Internet access is available as is a selection of board games for cosy nights in.
Outside the cottage are pretty gardens and off road parking. Guests also have the use of a characterful and secure adjacent stone outbuilding for bike and surf equipment storage and have the use of a washing line.
Bring your dog who would be comfortable and welcome downstairs. He/she would also be secure in the enclosed courtyard, and may occasionally be visited by the friendly resident cats next door. There’s even a hose to deal with the aftermath of any particularly mucky walks! Bikes are also very welcome – the cottage being right next to the National Cycle Network.
Level access along the tranquil canal towpath takes you into Bude with its golden beaches and canal wharfside activity, within 40 minutes. A walk of similar length follows an old footpath over the fields giving super views back over Helebridge and to the village above. Onward, cresting a hill, presents a wide panorama of Widemouth Bay. This sandy beach, backed by geologically fascinating cliffs, is noted for surfing, but is also great for swimming and dog-walking. The southern end is available for doggie fun all year. Alternative routes back can make a circular walk, and if timed right, offer views of the sun sinking into the Atlantic Ocean.
Boots Cottage is well placed at the foot of rolling hills and offers many interesting local walks – with or without canine friends. The picturesque village of Marhamchurch with ancient church of St Marwenne, community shop and village pub is a short walk away along the canal and route of the old inclined plane.
The Weir Bistro is a 5 minute walk from home and boasts views over the canal with fishing lake and conservation exhibition together with an enticing menu.
Wildlife is in abundance locally (herons and kingfishers are happy residents) and a bird-hide is situated part-way along the canal path into Bude where ducks and swans are in abundance. There is also the opportunity to take out a row-boat or do some crabbing.
There are many places of interest to discover a little further afield via car, bike or public transport – Bodmin Moor, Boscastle and the Eden Project to name but a few. Truro is an hour’s drive and offers a culturally interesting town with many cafes and Cornwall’s inspirational cathedral. The National Trust offers the working flour mill and superb estuary view at Cothele, with Llanhydrock and Trelissick estates affording beautiful parkland and flora.
There is so much to see and do that we hope visitors will be compelled to visit again (and again!)