With promises of warm weather, quiet beaches and restaurants still serving their summer season menus, September is the ideal time to make the most of that illustrious Indian Summer and head for the golden sands of north Cornwall while the heat is still lingering and the sea at its warmest.
A holiday at this point of the year gives you chance for rest and relaxation before launching into the last stretch of the year. And a holiday cottage like Puffin’s Nest is a beautiful retreat to return to time and time again. Set in Ploughill, a small village just outside Bude on the north coast of Cornwall, this 17th century cottage exudes calm with a good mix of traditional charm and contemporary style.
The beaches of Bude and north Cornwall call for a classic summer holiday by the sea. Reminisce on holiday memories with family and friends; building sandcastles, barbecues on the beach, endless days of sunshine and warm evenings by the light of the stars. At the heart of Bude, Summerleaze Beach has miles of golden sands for walking and a splash in the sea or a few lengths in the famous sea pool. You could hire a pastel beach hut for the day to live your seaside holiday dreams. Just around the corner is lesser known Crooklets Beach, a popular location for year round surfing and quiet walks on the beach.
Away from the seaside, there’s plenty to do in Bude itself. Hire a pedalo and explore Bude Canal. A fascinating feat of engineering, the canal is home to some beautiful Cornish wildlife and breathtaking views across the surrounding area. You might even come across a couple of playful otters on your adventure.
After a day in the September sunshine, head back to your holiday home for a cup of tea and a chance to put your feet up. Light up the wood burner to take the chill off the evening. As the flames lick through the wood, cuddle up to your loved one with a glass of wine as you discuss where you’ll go tomorrow on your north Cornwall adventure. You might like to head south and visit the picturesque Widemouth Bay for sunning and surfing or step back in time at the remains of King Arthur’s Tintagel Castle where ghosts of knights and days gone by still lurk in the shadows.