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Wooldown Cottages

Muddy says: You’ll never want to leave this peaceful and relaxing couples retreat, set in the quiet countryside just outside Bude

If a romantic break in Cornwall without the crowds sounds good to you, you need to check out family-run Wooldown Holiday Cottages. This collection of sustainable, one-bed self-catering stays includes converted barns and swanky new apartments all set in tranquil countryside, on the outskirts of the quaint village of Marhamchurch.

Designed for couples, most feature spa baths (with room for two), separate walk-in showers, underfloor heating, WiFi, large TVs, big squashy sofas and private patios with spectacular views. You can prepare your own meals, have food delivered or eat out at one of the many local restaurants. Wooldown also has a dedicated treatment room, so you can add pampering to the pleasures of your holiday.

From Wooldown, you can walk the 2 miles along the canal to the surf town of Bude, where you’ll find pubs, restaurants and tea rooms galore, plus famous Summerleaze Beach and Bude Sea Pool. Nearby Widemouth Bay is also a great sandy spot for a walk and if you fancy genning up on Arthurian history, Boscastle and Tintagel are well worth a visit too.

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