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Wooldown Cottages, Luxury Retreats for Two

Fill up the roll-top bath tub and get the bubbles on ice! Muddy escapes to a stunning self-catering apartment, in the countryside near Bude.

Cornwall is the ultimate family holiday destination, with kid-friendly beaches and cosy cottages galore but it’s also home to some of the most idyllic and luxurious, adults-only escapes – and Wooldown Holiday Cottages is our latest, greatest romantic find.

A long soak in one of their sumptuous roll-top baths, over-looking the peaceful countryside and six years of interrupted nights melted away!

Here’s everything you need to know…

The Lowdown

Wooldown has been run by the Blewett family for 80 years and they are brilliant at what they do, giving us an amazing welcome and providing thoughtful touches throughout our stay.

Wooldown started life as a full-board guest house and the first two-person, self-catering property was built 20 years ago. The family has gradually added new properties and six modern apartments opened this year, taking the total number of romantic retreats to 20, each with individual character but all offering luxurious rooms and amazing views.

The Location

The pretty village of Marhamchurch is just two miles from Bude and is a great spot from which to explore North Cornwall. Wooldown has the most incredible views across the countryside and out to sea, with Summerleaze beach three miles one way and Widemouth Bay three miles in the other direction.

The Accommodation

We stayed in Sun Seeker – one of the apartments – and this new ground floor pad really has been fitted out for comfort. Absolutely anything you might need for a self-catering stay is available. We decided to take the opportunity to eat out (no kids woohoo), so our use of the kitchen extended to wine glasses and the strawberries and cream kindly left for us in the fridge. But if I had been so inclined, I could easily have whipped up a full Sunday roast or even done a spot of baking!

The open-plan bedroom/ living room was the star of the show – complete with four poster, super-king, super-comfortable bed, cosy sofas and a massive spa bath.

A special atmosphere has been created around the tub, with a glass roof and Swarovski lighting and you can bob about in total privacy (pull the curtains) or open the sliding doors for a sunset soak – as long as you don’t mind the resident sheep peeking in.

The courtyard apartments have been cleverly designed. Although they are attached to one another, low walls and patio areas on various sides of the buildings mean that each one has its own private and peaceful outside area.

When you haven’t got the time to fill the bath (although it’s well worth the wait) the walk-in rainfall shower offers a suitably sumptuous alternative.

The herbal toiletries provided are from St. Kitts Herbery in nearby Camelford, which was a lovely local touch, as was the tea by the Cornish Tea Company and the complementary treats from Kernow Chocolate (from Wadebridge) and Padstow-based Buttermilk.

What else?

Changeover days are completely flexible, there’s wifi in all the apartments and you’ll find a really helpful info pack with all the details you need during a stay.

We loved our canal walk and fabulous breakfast at The Weir, a local bistro and wildlife centre. And if you have a little longer than we did, some other Bude Muddy tip offs include, The Beach, for cocktails and/or dinner, the gin making courses and sushi bar at An Mor, coffee, lunch and a browse at Temple, a laidback eatery/ boutique.


Muddy Verdict:

We were at Wooldown less than 24 hours but it felt much longer – an amazing break from home and children. The incredibly peaceful location and beautiful apartment left us feeling refreshed, recharged and reconnected even after such a short time. As we handed the keys back we were given a leaving pack of local drinks, crisps, biscuits and magazine for the journey – another unexpected and thoughtful touch that sums up the care the owners go to. We’ll definitely be returning for a longer stay.

Good for: Couples looking for a luxury, self-catering escape where you can truly switch off and reconnect.

Not for: Families.

The damage: Surprisingly affordable, 6 nights in August – £808.

Words by: Becky Head, Muddy Cornwall’s Marketing & Sales Manager

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