A to Z of Christmas at Court Farm Holidays

A is for Availability – We still have some!  just enter your chosen dates into our Availability Search Box on our home page or give us a call or drop us an email.  We are very flexible with arrival and departure dates.  See our Christmas & New Year page to see at a glance exactly which cottages are still available over the festive weeks.

B is for Beaches – Its a growing tradition to not only hit the beaches on Christmas Day, but take a swim in it too! For many its a case of popping along to their favourite beach, but for hundreds this refreshing dip in the sea helps raise money for our local Surf Life Saving Club at Crooklets Beach in Bude, the Northern Hemisphere’s oldest SLSC!  Swimmers from 8 to 80 (wetsuits for the under 12’s only) don their Christmas headgear and head into the water when the klaxon goes off at 11am.

C is for Carols – The Brendon Arms in Bude are hosting Christmas Carols by the Christmas Tree with Bude Town Band  which will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit as will the mulled wine & mince pies on 21st December at 7pm.  Join the local residents of Marhamchurch to sing Christmas Carols around the Village Christmas Tree outside St Marwene’s Church in Marhamchurch on Christmas Eve at 6.30pm

D is for Decorations – Over the festive weeks, all of our Cottages are decorated with Christmas Trees and Garlands for guests to add to (or reduce!) depending on your taste.  We also have fairy lights dotted around the grounds with ornamental reindeer poking their noses out from the bushes.

E is for Eating – Christmas would not be Christmas without lovely things to eat and Cornwall is foodie heaven for many of its visitors and residents.  Christmas is a great chance to buy local – whether meats, cheeses, sweet stuff, breads, locally grown beg or posh preserves.  A great place to stock up is Truro Christmas Market which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with seven separate festivals throughout December.  The world food fair takes place from 4pm – 9pm.

F is for Festivals – There are many festivals in Cornwall this Christmas, but we’ve picked one of the biggest – Padstow Christmas Festival (3-6 December) which boasts three days of entertainment, activities, food and shopping.   For 3 days this Cornish Fishing Village comes alive with celebrity chefs, culinary delights and festive fun.

G is for Goats – Our Goats! Molly & Polly who live in our Animal Field, they need visiting and feeding and petting all year round whatever the weather so be sure to pay them a visit during your stay at Court Farm.

H is for Hampers – Over the Festive weeks, we provide a festive hamper to help you get the party started, including wine & mince pies

I is for Illuminations – One of the benefits of heading towards the shortest day of the year is it gives us more opportunity to enjoy the Christmas lights which usually spark the start of the festivities in our towns & villages.  Our local town of Bude has its lights on already, Clovelly’s switch on is on 6th December…

J is for Jingle Bells – Learn the Cornish Bells – Cornwall’s very own Christmas Song! – O merry ring the Christmas bells across the western land, From Launceston Town to Michaels Mount, from Bude to Sennen Sand, The joyous echo sweeps along far spaces by the sea, And church bells answer church bells with their “Gloria Domine!”, O Cornish bells ring far, ring fe, Ring “Gloria Tibi, Domine!”, 2 High O’er the ridge of Bodmin moor, Grey Towtor kept guard, His age long cross of granite crag by wind and storm is scared; But here, as once in Bethlehem, the Christmas stars shine bright, And moorland men are wending far to church on Christmas night.  O Bodmin bells ring far, ring free, Ring “Gloria Tibi, Domine! ..etc etc …

K is for Kernow – Something you can sit and do at home is learn some Cornish seasonal greetings; Merry Christmas! Nadelik Lowen! Happy New Year! Bledhen Nowyth Da!

L is for Lanterns – Lantern making workshops are being held during November in time for Bude’s lantern parade on 4th December, or why not make your own and pop an LED light inside to light up your cosy cottage windowsill

M is for Markets – Christmas markets are a sight to behold with small makers and artisans setting up stalls selling gorgeous and unique homemade wares that couldn’t be further away from you online shopping cart.

N is for Nativity – Falmouth comes alive with the starts of Christmas with its annual live nativity.  Leaving Events Square and walking to The Moor, stopping at various places for scenes to be acted out, the Live Nativity tells the story of Christmas with animals.  The final scene will be played out on The Moor in a marquee with lots of animals, from horses to goats and a petting corner.  13th December from 1.30pm.

O is for making your OWN ….The Kitchen Front in Bude offers Creative Workshops allowing you to design and create your own kitchenware designs.  With a Christmassy theme leading up to Christmas they are running “little Elves workshops” for children aswell as adult session on Saturday & Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. No experience necessary, as all equipment is included. Sessions at The Kitchen Front are perfect for friends and families, and there are great savings on group bookings.

P is for Peppa & Georgie – our piggies – they are always waiting at the gate for their morning animal feeding and petting

Q is for Queues – or avoiding them with late night shopping, Bude’s late night shopping evening is on 4th December with many other local evenings, with Truro opening its shops until 9pm 5 x nights per week during December with festive street markets from 5pm until 9pm every Wednesday & Saturdays running up to Christmas  There will be entertainers, brass bands & carol singers all adding to the Christmas feel.

R is for Reindeer – Visit the Eden Project who have live reindeer in residence as part of its Christmas Festival running from 28th November through to 3rd January

S is for Santa – Alongside the opportunity for young and old to see the main in the red suit, Father Christmases are set to take over our roads with the annual Santa Runs.  The next one on the calendar being held in Newquay on 12th December (surf & Beach run)

T is for Treasure Hunt  – We’ll be holding our very own Court Farm Christmas Treasure Hunt around the grounds followed by mulled wine & mince pies on 23rd December, fun for all.

U is for Unwinding – in the lead up to Christmas its also important to relax a little and take it easy, that is why we offer Spa Treatments at Court Farm, conducted by a wonderful therapist Vicky Barns, who will ensure that you are relaxed and rejuvenated after one of her treatments, whether it be an indian head massage, or hot-stones.  Visit her website for full details. www.vickybarns.co.uk

V is for Victorian – Not only did they invent the Christmas tree, Christmas cards & crackers the Victorians practically invented Christmas and you an relive a Victorian Christmas Lanhydrock.  Enjoy the magically decorated gardens and visit the house to celebrate the Christmas traditions which originated in the Victorian period.  Children can enjoy Christmas trails, craft and a visit to Father Christmas.  The cycle trails and estate will also be open for winter bike rides and walks.  Father Christmas is available weekends throughout December.  1 December – 3rd January 11am-4pm every day except Christmas Day.

W is for Wadebridge Christmas Festival – Wadebridge holds its Christmas shopping weekend alongside a host of activities & entertainment.  The town boasts around 150 shops, cafes, restaurants & pubs, of which 85% are local or Cornish businesses.  Activities include choirs, a samba band, town brass band & musicians playing through the town.  Santa will be here in his grotto at 6pm on a steam engine!.

X is for X marks the spot – Join the Cornish Pirates for a spot of outdoor activity – even if its simply jumping up and down on their stands as they do all the hard work at their last home game of the year – 19th December.

Y is for Year as in New Year – we’ve still a few small cottages left to welcome in 2016 … if one isn’t large enough then just book 2 or 3 as they are very close to one another

Z is for zzzzzz sleep – a good nights sleep after all your celebrations are over.

Pet Friendly Holidays in Cornwall

We are very much a dog friendly holiday destination. At Court Farm Holidays we understand that your pet is one of the family, so you won’t need to leave your four-legged friend behind when you stay in one of our beautiful Pet Friendly properties.

There are acres of space around Court Farm and a host of wonderful walks on the doorstep for your and your dog to enjoy. Step out of your door and take a stroll along the fascinating Bude canal, take shelter on a windy day and take a loop around our local woods, or explore the footpaths across the fields to the stunning beach of Widemouth Bay. Guests staying at Northcott have direct access from our farm lane on to the Cornish Coast Path and the local dog-friendly beach of Northcott Mouth.

We are in one of the most dog-friendly regions in the UK, most of our local beaches allow dogs on leads even during summer. Each beach has different restrictions regarding dogs but, off season, dogs are allowed on all beaches …Nothing beats walking along the shoreline as the sun goes down watching, your dog playing in the waves or chasing in circles around the beach having a wonderful time.

For information on dog-friendly beaches, please visit www.thecornishcoast.co.uk or cornwall.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/beaches-in-cornwall

There are also a number of dog-friendly restaurants and pubs nearby aswell as many local attractions also now allowing dogs as follows …

Generally speaking any attraction that’s animal related do not allow dogs for obvious reasons but all is not lost as they may offer shaded parking, onsite kennels, dog walking nearby or flexibility in returning to your car as often as you need to.

At the end of the day, holidays are for all the family and its never quite the same if someone is missing. So bring your dog with you, they will have more fun visiting dog friendly Court Farm Holidays than staying at home without you.

Here are a few suggestions from us to get you started but its the tip of the iceberg. If you want to pick our brains for more ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact us

The Milky Way Adventure Park Just over the border into Devon, this family friendly park has a bit of everything, roller coasters, slides, massive ball pools, its own mini train track and maze to get lost in! Dogs are allowed on site but not inside the building or to the live shows and the bird of prey display.

Clovelly Village  Dogs are allowed into the village and there are 2 superb scenic walks from the visitor centre of between 3-4 miles.

The Eden Project Has allowed visitors to bring dogs for sometime now. (There are restrictions, they are not allowed in the biomes or other eating areas.) They have also added more covered parking in the car park and dog waste bins around the site.

Hartland Abbey and Gardens  No dogs in the house, but you can go into the gardens and they have a lovely walk through the woods down to the beach.  They do ask that dogs are kept on a leads at all times.

Docton Mill Garden and Tearooms   Allow dogs on leads, as they have their own resident dogs.  In addition to the garden there is a lovely walk to the coast of about 20-25 minutes to Spekes Waterfall this links onto the South West Coast Path and Hartland Quay if you’re feeling energetic and want a longer walk.

Pencarrow House and Gardens  Dogs need to be kept on a lead around the immediate vicinity of the house and Peacock Cafe. However, once you are approaching the woodland walks, you can let them off the lead for a good run. There are designated shady car parking spaces in the car park for dog owners, the gift shop staff can advise if you cant find one.

Bodmin & Wenford Railway  Dogs are allowed for free, but must remain on the floor and not the seats. Only assistance dogs are allowed in the dining train.

Bude Bikes  Located in Bude next to Petherick Mill and the traffic free cycle trail for Bude Canal, they have dog trailers that attach to bikes. They also offer bike hirer at Tamar Lakes has a cycle track around the lake, but even without the bike, it’s another good dog walk.

Bridge Bike Hire based in Wadebridge offers the same which give access to the traffic free cycling on the Camel Trail.

We welcome well-behaved dogs at the following properties, each with enclosed gardens; 3 of Our Cornish Cottages, namely Honeysuckle, Wheelwright & Lilac each with 2 Bedrooms, sleeping up to 4 plus 2 dogs; Southpark, our modern bungalow, featuring luxury hot tub, sleeping 6 plus up to 3 dogs; The Cabin at Northcott, also with luxury hot tub, sleeping 2 plus 1 dog; Little Northcott, luxury hot tub, sleeping 8 plus up to 4 dogs;  Northcott Farmhouse, with 2 luxury hot tubs, sleepings 17 plus up to 4 dogs

If our pet-friendly cottages are unavailable on your preferred dates, there is a local kennels just one mile outside the village www.breezelyn.co.uk, but book early and we will accommodate you all!

 

 

 

Christmas Breaks With Court Farm Holidays

There’s always a crisp, magical and enchanted feeling in the air at Christmas in Cornwall. It surrounds the community of Bude and it’s neighbouring towns of Stratton and Marhamchurch, immersing visitors into a culture of family and togetherness.  This Christmas you can feel the magic of a festive break like no other with Court Farm Holidays.

Our self – catering accommodation, made up of cosy Cornish cottages, full of home comforts, are perfect for a festive family holiday or romantic break. With wood burners and hot tubs our cottages will keep you warm this Christmas, leaving you with no excuse not to take part in the Christmas day swim.

500 people usually take part in this character building event, with all proceeds going to the Bude Life Saving Club. Its character building because there are no wetsuits allowed, its swimsuits only folks. Fear not though there will be mulled wine and mince pies and of course you can head back to your cosy Cornish  cottage, to relax in your hot tub with some indulgent and well earned fizz.

Don’t worry though, not all of our local Christmas festivities come with the caveat of a character building challenges. A visit in early December, the 4th to be exact, will enable you to immerse yourself in the magic of our late night Christmas shopping. Where the community combines like no other in support of its local stores. The very foundation of Christmas is formed by a community spirit that you and all visitors will soon be enchanted by.

Plan your festive break around our Christmas Calender , to ensure adults, children and loved one’s alike are enthralled by the magic of our North Cornwall wonderland.

Whatever your reason for visiting North Cornwall this Christmas, Court Farm’s family friendly facilities and cosy accommodation will ensure a magical festive holiday is had by all.