Together with our 14-year-old son, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed a two-night stay at ‘Lazy Yew’ in Widemouth Bay Holiday Village. By coincidence it was the weekend of a particularly severe storm which helped add to the atmosphere of the North Cornwall Coast that was an experience in itself. In such wet and windy conditions a visit to the Bude Heritage Centre provided an excellent opportunity to find out all about the local area and how it had evolved down through the years. Entry there was free.
Occasional gaps in the weather enabled a canal walk and exploration of the town before seeking vantage points to view the sea and its strong waves battering against rock faces and sending up a surge of shower of white spray in the process. Accompany that by munching on the inevitable locally made Cornish Pasty and it already has the makings of a lifelong memory.
The ‘Lazy Yew’ accommodation at the holiday village in nearby Widemouth Bay was immaculately clean, cosy, pleasant and very well-equipped. A warm-hearted landlady met us at the car park and checked us in. Being off-season meant that on-site facilities of bar and swimming pool were not in operation but that was of no consequence to us and if one particularly wanted it, a large pub-restaurant overlooking the bay was located just a short hop, skip and a jump further along the lane.
The location for taking in scenic beauty was ideal and also proved easy driving distance for visiting Port Isaac and Padstow as we did on our second day. We would have no hesitation in staying at the accommodation again and in recommending it to others.
Beautiful location here, great place to stay for exploring Widemouth Bay and Bude, and good point in Cornwall to base further explorations around the county.
Not a bad little cottage, disappointingly however, there were a few cleanliness issues on arrival and a musty smell that unfortunately lingered (possibly due to moisture build up). However, soon made it a lovely and cosy space to relax, with scented candles etc.
Great spaces for a family including dining area and a rooms with double and single beds. Good appliances, Tv etc.
Booked in confidence after reading the fantastic reviews but arrived and ended up having to spend a few hours cleaning - not what you expect on the start of a holiday.
Fridge had loads of water on all the shelves, bath had tons of long hair in it from previous guests, dog hair just everywhere. I get that its a dog friendly place and we've stayed at others before but this was different.. it just seems that this wasn't vacuumed at all. We didn't end up taking our dog because of lack of space but it just seemed as if "why bother hoovering the dog hair if another will be here soon".
The main issue we had was with mould. Which we only really noticed the morning after arriving what with cleaning the place up, going shopping and looking after our daughter we didn't have a second.
The mould was in every room, you can see it on the walls pretty clearly. And the smell of the mould/damp in the bedroom is very overwhelming.
It totally ruined our start of the holiday as we spent our full first day there trying to resolve it. Luckily the site owners had a vacant property we could go into so ended up moving across there. The site is great and I don't want this review to reflect in any way on the site as this is a privately owned property on the site. We had no choice but to move as not staying somewhere with mould with our 6 month old daughter.
We ended up getting most of our money back minus £70 for that one night we stayed, which I thought was a little excessive. I just regret not saying anything that first day upon arriving and taking pictured of before we cleaned the place up.
Managed to get a load of pictures of the mould on the walls, ceiling and curtains - and later found out the owners knew about the mould and knew we were coming with our 6 month old but said nothing. Kind of shocking. Attempts had been made previously to clean the mould, placing some of those dehumidifier 'tubs' on window cills and bleaching the mould.
Unfortunately to get rid of mould it takes a few weeks, proper ventilation and heading to get rid of the problem rather than to try and attack the symptoms. After speaking with the owner it just seemed they were unwilling to loose out on a few weeks of bookings to keep it empty to sortie out properly.
It might not bother some people but we couldn't stay there, especially with our 6 month old. She could have got seriously ill.
Its just a shame because it turned out this way.
Good base to explore the North part of Cornwall. Very dissappointed at track to get to the beach from site. Really only passable in dry weather and with sensible shoes on not beach footwear. Only took 2mins in car but then had to pay £5 to park. Chalet a gd size and swimming pool on site was clean although they did need to limit the size of inflatables in there as it wasn't a big pool.
Lovely experience from the moment Jayne B welcomed us. Lovely chalet with good amenities for a relaxing, peaceful break. Would have no hesitation in returning.