These are still uncertain times, and people are trying to get used to the ‘New Normal’. Therefore we ask you to bear with businesses as they get used to the new restrictions put in place for both them and you, as the safety of both is the priority to everyone involved. There are perceptions out there that people from Cornwall don’t want people travelling here, however that is false, because I can assure you a large majority need tourists like you to visit and will be very welcoming when you choose to do so.
The best thing for you do is to think ahead. To avoid any disappointment when you arrive at an establishment, give them a ring or research on their social channels or website at what they are currently doing before your trip, allowing you to get a good idea of what to expect upon arrival. For example, us here at the cottages have had to limit the facilities we can offer, we have had to minimise the number of items we have in each household by taking out non-essential ones e.g. books, board games, decorative items and hairdryers (you will receive an email on the week of your holiday regarding what we recommend you to bring and what we have had to take out), we are sticking to strict cleaning procedures following the government guidelines given to us. This will ultimately provide safety for our staff and our customers, allowing everyone to have peace of mind, yet staying aware of each rule we have in place, and this will be very similar to everywhere you go during your stay in Cornwall.
The things that make Cornwall special, such as the incredible coastline, the sense of freedom, the open-air are still as present as ever and right on your doorstep. This allows you to take a step away from everything going on and just enjoy yourself with the surroundings we are very lucky to have. Whether you want to go on a walk or spend a day on the beach, during the Summer there is no better time to make the most of this.
In Bude specifically, our beaches are all very nicely linked by stunning coastal walks which aren’t too difficult to endure and all beaches such as Widemouth, Summerleaze and Crooklets are all currently supervised by RNLI lifeguards between 10 am and 6 pm. These beaches will inevitably be busier during the peak season, however, I can ensure you there is plenty of space to enjoy all on offer. We also have great facilities to bike ride, with the cycle track linking us and Bude perfectly, as well as further afield locations such as the Camel Trail which takes you by some great picturesque spots in Cornwall. There are some great treasures in Cornwall and with a bit of research you will be able to find them and explore them, this includes both our big attractions such as Eden Project and our smaller ones such as traditional fishing villages like Padstow which will feel like a different world to many of you.
Food for Thought
Anyone who has visited Bude before knows we have a large selection of restaurants, bars and pubs on offer for you, fulfilling your appetite for whatever cuisine you fancy. They are following strict guidelines as well to ensure you feel comfortable dining in their establishments. Nearly all of them have posted to their social media pages showing what actions are occurring, so if you would like a peace of mind by finding this out, check them. One big bit of advice during these times is to book ahead, every established is table service, therefore to avoid disappointment you must make a booking beforehand. If you are staying in one of our cottages, within your information folder you will find a list of establishments to enjoy. As well as dining in, we are lucky enough to have a lot of takeaway options in Bude, some that deliver directly to your door and others you may have to collect. Just like dining in, I can assure you they are still following strict government guidelines.
I hope this has given you a better idea of what is the current situation we find ourselves in. Together we can look after one another by following the guidelines, together we can enjoy what Cornwall has to offer, there’s no place better to be. Have a good and safe stay.