The dramatic black coastline of north Cornwall promises spectacular scenery and truly relaxing holidays off-the-well-trod path. Base yourself at a self-catering holiday rental in Morwenstow, a sleepy coastal village near Bude.
It is here that eccentric Victorian vicar, R S Hawker, kept a watchful eye over passing ships and composed poetry in his hand-built, driftwood hut set into the side of the cliffs. This precarious literary shelter is today the National Trust's smallest property and is known as 'Hawker's Hut'. Take time to visit the stunning, Saxon parish church (Hawker's Church), where drowned sailors lie in unmarked graves; and look out for the chimneys of the Old Vicarage, now a small hotel.
Wonderful walks from your Morwenstow cottage
Step out from your Morwenstow holiday home and roam cliff-top paths along rugged headlands, passing tiny coves battered by Atlantic waves. Watch out for basking sharks, playful dolphins and buzzards flying overhead.
Break for refreshments at the Bush Inn, a 13th century free house with a fine reputation for hearty food, real ales and a warm welcome to visitors, including dogs and children, with folk music, sensational views and sunsets thrown in! Equally charming are the award-winning Rectory Tearooms, offering all kinds of homemade delights including traditional Cornish pasties and cream teas.
Fabulous daytrips include delightfully laid-back Bude, just 7 miles away and great for surf schools, sandy beaches, restaurants, shops etc. Also other coastal villages like Boscastle, Clovelly and Port Isaac. And don't miss Tintagel Castle, birthplace of King Arthur and featuring fantastic events throughout the year.
All this and more when you take a break to Morwenstow!
Please find below a selection of self catering holiday cottages to rent in or near Morwenstow.