Great Hills Lodge is on the edge of the friendly village of Week St Mary, the perfect base for exploring the South West Coast Path, indulging in surfing or just unwinding. The village has a community shop and a cosy, welcoming pub, The Old Orchard Inn — well worth a visit for a refreshing pint or glass of wine!
Bude and its beaches
If you’re looking for beaches near Great Hills Lodge, you’re spoilt for choice around Bude, Widemouth Bay and Black Rock are our nearest, just 5 miles away with Summerleaze Beach the central hub of sand, surf and sun, as well as home to the famous Bude Sea Pool. Crooklets Beach has plenty of rockpools to explore, while Northcott Mouth and Sandymouth are all well worth a visit too. There are plenty of great places to grab a bite to eat at Widemouth, Summerleaze and Crooklets.
Head into Bude itself for the Bude Canal, plenty to see and do including The Castle, and many eateries, Bude town has all the amenities you’ll need, including four supermarkets and shops where you can buy or hire surf boards/equipment etc.
The picturesque fishing village is steeped in history and is an absolute must for those relaxing days exploring the coast. The village is built around a sheltered natural inlet, originally settled in the 12th century by the de Botterell family. Over a century ago, the harbour was a busy and bustling place — nowadays it’s a base for fishermen and pleasure craft alike. It’s a goregeous spot for exploring and a relaxing stroll. At the top of the village you will find Boscastle Farm Shop where you can enjoy a fantastic home cooked meal or cakes galore with stunning views!
This is likely the most stunning location for a castle in the whole of the UK, set high on a rugged part of Cornwall’s north coast. Inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur, for centuries Tintagel Castle and the dramatic coastline has fired the imagination of writers, artists and most who visit. For the first time in more than 500 years, the two separated halves of the castle are reunited, thanks to a new footbridge.
The remote, rugged landscape of Bodmin Moor is Cornwall at its wildest and is a walker’s dream. North of the A30 lie Cornwall’s two highest points, Rough Tor and Brown Willy, more than a hundred Bronze Age hut circles and the foundations of a Medieval chapel. To the south, there’s Siblyback Lake, one of the county’s best locations for inland watersports, and the Jamaica Inn, which featured in the smugglers tale by Daphne du Maurier.
We normally keep our recommendations to everything in Cornwall, but we’ll break our rules just once; the village of Clovelly on the north Devon coast clings to a 400ft cliff and is famed for its steep cobbled street, open only to pedestrians, donkeys and sledges. The village was once owned by the Queen of England and offers breathtaking views and a unique 14th century quay.
Fans of the ITV series Doc Martin flock to Port Isaac to see the sights from the popular drama, but there’s so much more to the village; it’s incredibly pretty, has some interesting shops and the view from the 18th century pub The Golden Lion over the port is worth the trip alone. We recommend using the main car park and walking into the centre of the village — some of its narrow streets will be tricky otherwise!
The Eden Project
If it’s your first time in Cornwall, The Eden Project is an essential part of your trip! Its beautiful biomes host the world’s largest indoor rainforest, full to bursting with stunning plants, exhibitions and more. Standing on the site of a former China clay pit, it has also become renowned for its summer concerts and Christmas ice rink, so it’s well worth a visit any time of year and takes about an hour to reach from Great Hills Lodge.