Where the surf crashes wild against the North Cornish rocks and coves, and kids run free in wellies across the golden sands, Escallonia Cottage stares out at the North Atlantic breakers. It awaits the next turn of the key that will unlock a thousand childhood memories of rocky beaches, cream teas and log fires.
Close to Bude and the jagged North Cornwall Coastline, Escallonia sleeps four (plus cot) in sun-flooded bedrooms. Downstairs, all is cosy and calm, with movies ready to play on the flat-screen, board games galore and logs stacked high by the burner. There’s music on the dock and wifi to connect you to the wider world.
The inside comes nautically dressed in whitewashed tongue and groove. Roof lights and en-suite wet room with rainforest shower are among the renovations. You’ll linger longer in the rolltop bath as your towel gets toasty on the rail, and Egyptian-cotton sheets will have you snoozing in seconds after a blustery day on the beach.
Walk the South West Coastal Path, explore rugged and rocky Northcott Mouth, tuck in to an artery-busting cream tea from Margaret’s caravan, then pop to the pub at Poughill or come home to a hearty feast from the well-equipped kitchen or sunny garden barbie. Escallonia’s the place where Cornish family holidays come alive.
Behind the wooden gate, a pretty patio garden lurks, stone-flagged, facing south towards the sun and shielded from the North Coast wind. Tables and chairs and parasols set around the sizzle of the barbecue suggest a fine place to while away a lazy Cornish evening beneath the bells of St Olaf’s church.
Look up cosy in the dictionary and it will probably make mention of Escallonia. In the living room the low ceilings are characteristically cottagey, and piled logs flank a woodburning stove with its homely, hearty warmth. Interiors are clean and crisp with splashes of colour and beachy, bleachy tongue and groove.
Right off the kitchen, the dining room’s the place to come together over roast dinners and home-made cream teas. Family time begins here, where talk turns to surf and sand, camp fires on the beach, crabs and kites, Merlin’s Cave and Widemouth Bay.
For a special occasion, settle back, kick off your shoes and whip off your oven gloves. We can step in to fire up the oven, light the candles and pour the drinks. You can even wish away the washing-up. On sunny evenings, the south-facing patio’s the place to set the barbie to sizzle as you watch village life go by.
Recently renovated, with bedrooms built high into the eaves with roof lights, Escallonia sleeps four (plus cot) in an en-suite master and twin. Just perfect for happy families.
In the sun-flooded king-size master, light and bright with sash window, you’ll bed down in delicious Egyptian cotton and lazily lie-in with the blackout blind drawn. Wake when the kids bounce on the bed, then wander through to the en-suite wet room with brick tiling and rainforest shower.
After a long day on the sands, kids will sleep soundly in the twin beneath the Velux windows and the whitewashed tongue-and-groove. The family bathroom comes with rolltop bath for lazy lounging on a Sunday morning.
At Kate and Tom’s, we’re parents, too, and we know what works for kids. Wide-open spaces, trails, treehouses and trampolines, toys and games, wifi and movies. We also know what works for mums and dads, too – thoughtful, practical details ready on arrival that cut down on packing.
At Escallonia Cottage, you’ll find a twin bedroom, with identical beds (so no squabbling). You’ll also find a cot with mattress, a stairgate, microwave, bottle steriliser and high chair. There are toys and board games for cosy nights in and DVDs and flat-screen TVs for family film evenings. There’s wifi and music on tap.
Of course, beyond the wooden gate, the chance to run free-range looms large. The wild expanses of the North Cornish coast and the pebbles and sand of Northcott Mouth will raise eyes from iPads in double-quick time.