Cleave Farm Cottages

South West England Cornwall Bude

  • From £99 a night
  • 2 Cottages Sleeping 4–6
  • Gorgeous Seaside Self-Catering

Two very comfortable holiday cottages on the North Cornish Coast near Bude

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From Cornwall’s Atlantic Highway, a few miles south of Bude, drive west until you can drive west no more and you’ll find Cleave Farm Cottages – a cluster of former farm buildings that includes a pair of holiday homes that are full of Cornish charm. On the way, you’ll have had glimpses of the ocean beyond, and while the windows of your cottage may not have a view of the sea, it’s tantalisingly close. The cliff top and the South West Coast Path are a three-minute walk from your front door, and the beach at Crackington Haven is only a mile and a half away.

While the salt and the sound of waves blow in on the wind, Cleave Farm is sheltered in a peaceful wooded valley and has been for hundreds of years. Three-bedroomed Abel's Cottage was once Abel the blacksmith’s forge, while two-bedroomed Cleave Cottage was built to store grain three centuries ago. Stone and wonky cob walls, slate floors and ancient beams testify to their heritage, and log burners, vintage furniture and found-artefacts add to their charm. But among the old and the charming you'll find fashion, function and a thoroughly family feel.

These are well-converted holiday homes that have been kept up-to-date for contemporary guests since their conversion over 40 years ago. And they’ve remained in the same family all that time. In fact, your only neighbours here are your hosts, who are never far away if you need them. Abel's Cottage has an open-plan living space downstairs with a double bedroom upstairs in the eaves, a king bedroom and a bathroom downstairs. Cleave Cottage, meanwhile, is upside down, with a double, twin room and bathroom downstairs and an open-plan living space on the first floor, under the wooden beams. Both properties have Smart TVs, WiFi, and modern kitchens and bathrooms.

Outside each cottage there's a patio with seating and a charcoal barbecue. You’re surrounded by trees and fields and there’s a footpath which leads to the cliffs. On a sunny evening, head along it to watch the sun go down over the sea, while a daytime walk along the cliff path to the cove of Crackington Haven is a must. It takes about an hour to get there, and if the tide is out, you’ll find a sandy beach and surf. If the tide is in, head for an ice cream at The Cabin Café or a pint at The Coombe Barton Inn. Bude is 10 miles up the coast, Boscastle six miles to the south, with the spectacular English Heritage site of Tintagel a few miles further on.

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Abel's is a converted barn with over 200 years of history; this delightful cottage was once the forge where the blacksmith Abel worked, serving the local parish of St. Gennys. Abel's is a wonderful cottage full of character. It has high wood beamed ceilings and retains some stone and cob walls and slate floors - typical of a Cornish dwelling. the cottage sleeps six - there is an upstairs bedroom with a double bed and downstairs is a bedroom with king-sized bed and also a twin bedroom with two single beds. All bedding and towels provided. It has central heating and a great wood burner - cosy when there is a wild Cornish storm! The kitchen is well equipped and the living space is open plan and spacious with a large dining table for meals. TV with Netflix etc and DVD. Wifi is included. There is plenty of outdoor space to sit and relax, to play, chill, BBQ and star gaze in the evenings!!
Cleave Cottage sleeps four - this cosy cottage sleeps four in a double and a twin room. Cleave Cottage has slate and wooden floors, stone walls and old wooden beams. This ‘upside down’ cottage has a lovely contemporary feel, whilst maintaining its unique rustic character. It has central heating and a cosy wood burner. It is open plan upstairs with shower room and bedrooms downstairs, one double and twin bedroom. Fully fitted kitchen/diner with large fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher. Oak wooden floor of open plan area, which slopes gently as it did as an old grain storage barn. Sitting room with wood burner and lovely views over surrounding countryside. TV with Netflix etc and DVD. Wifi is included.
The cottages are located up a mile long single track lane which passes through a stream. It is set within Cleave Farm's fields and woodland and is only 200m from the spectacular, rugged Cornish path and coastline. Fabulous Crackington Haven beach is a six minute drive or an hours walk over the coast path.

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Perfect for families, couples, friends..... A maximum of two well behaved pets allowed per visit. £25 per pet for a short stay and £45 per week.


There's something to suit everyone close by. Wonderful walks, from a gentle stroll to an intrepid hike - on clifftop, moors, woodlands or beaches - I can recommend something to suit everyone. An incredible range of breath taking beaches to explore - from the secluded to the more popular - take a picnic and chill for the day, or why not try some exciting water sports - surfing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking boating and more! My website has many recommendation and we are often around to advise you with our good local knowledge!

Food & Drink

We have a wonderful pub called The Coombe Barton at our local beach Crackington Haven. There are also two good cafes there too. There are a huge variety of restaurants bars and cafes in this area - it really depends on your budget. I will send you recommendations when you book. There are some good farm shops to buy local produce. My husband Gary is a chef and offers a menu for you to order food when here or when you arrive.


We are open all year so that you can enjoy Cornwall in every season, whether you prefer quieter times or the more popular summer season.


7 nights from £695 in low season in Cleave Cottage to £1500 in high season.  Abel's Cottage from £795 in low season to £1995 in high season. Please note, only weekly bookings available during July and August and May half term. Short-breaks and longer stays are available; cheaper rates for just couples or single people. Enquire directly for prices please.

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The Owner Says

Converted farm barns full of original character, yet cosy and modernised - family run for over forty years. We are 200 metres from the rugged north Cornish coast path and close to gorgeous Crackington Haven beach. The cottages are surrounded by woodland and fields and are accessed up a mile long, single track lane through a stream. Many visitors return again and again and again! They are wowed by Cleave's unique location, its tranquility and calm, yet enjoy being able to access amenities and places to visit close by. Secluded, peaceful, coastal Cornish escapes...


Contact Website  07944 468 431  Cleave Farm Cottages, Cleave Farm Cottages, Crackington Haven, St Gennys, Bude, Cornwall EX23 0NQ

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Getting There

From the A39 between Wadebridge and Bude at Wainhouse Corner, head west towards Crackington Haven. After two miles turn right, signposted for St Genny's Church. Then take an almost immediate right turn up a no-through-road. This lane leads to Cleave Farm Cottages after a mile. Public bus services available. Closest train station Okehampton or Bodmin.


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  • Dog-friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Walking
  • BBQs
  • Historic
  • On the farm
  • Surfing
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Rated ★★★★★ over 16 reviews


Such a fabulous place to stay

Me and my family have been visiting Cleave Farm for years and have stayed in both cottages at different times. It really is the most wonderful, magical place for a family holiday. The cottages are each very different, quaint, comfortable and well-equipped. Our favourite is probably Abels, but there is not much in it. The hosts have always been extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful. But the biggest thing about Cleave Farm is the location - it is such an amazing escape to be staying on the farm, up on the beautiful Cornish clifftop, with amazing views and feeling like you have escaped from it all. We also are big fans of Crackington Haven, and the walk over the cliffs down the beach is always a highlight to our trips. Our kids have grown and flown the coup but my wife and I still love to go back whenever we can. Can't recommend this Cornish escape enough!
Apr 24, 2024 by Andrew Doig

Beautiful restful cottage set in the Cornish countryside

Great location for Crackington Haven Beach and Cliff top and coastal walks we love coming here to stay.
Apr 24, 2024 by Motorcycle Wizard

Our happy place 💗

Cleave has been a magical home away from home for us for very many happy years. We always feel full of excited anticipation as we drive through the ford and up the pretty lane to Cleave Farm. And it’s always a big wrench to say goodbye. You won’t find a lovelier place, or more genuinely warm, welcoming hosts anywhere in the world that you travel. If you love stargazing, dramatic sunsets, stunning secret beaches, peaceful woodlands, wild cliff top walks and nature in joyful abundance then Cleave Farm is for you! It’s the perfect combination of peace and tranquillity… with memorable adventures never far away. Just to add that Gary’s home-cooked curries are delicious and unmissable!
Apr 24, 2024 by Jules

Been staying at Cleave for 30 years

My family have been staying at Cleave for over 30 years and we will continue to do so. It’s located in the perfect place for a quiet holiday with breathtaking views of the North Cornish coast. The cottages are all beautiful and the hosts extremely helpful and accommodating. We will be back again in the near future.
Apr 24, 2024 by Darren Briggs

A paradise in the middle of nowhere

What a location! Close to the coastal path, in the middle of nowhere. Good beaches can be reached by car in ten minutes. And then there are the cottages: cosy old walls outside, modern equipment inside. With everything you need for a family holiday - dishwasher, cooker with oven, microwave, spacious fridge. The light-flooded "Cleave Cottage" is the smaller of the two, with bedrooms for 4 people and a modern bathroom with shower. Central heating provides cosy warmth on cold days, and in summer you can sit out on the terrace with a view of the countryside. The cosy, bright "Abel's Cottage" offers space for six people. Car parking is available directly at the cottages. We have been travelling to Cleave for a month every year for the last 3o years. We can highly recommend the cottages and the friendly owners. We can only recommend the cottages and the friendly owners. In a nutshell: if you want a unique holiday, you are in the right place.
Apr 24, 2024 by Tom Hopfgarten

The perfect stay on the North Cornwall coast

We are returning guests to Cleave Farm, having discovered it a few years ago after holidaying in Crackington Haven for 50 years. The cottages have been converted from the original farm buildings, and are beautifully designed, spotlessly clean and perfectly appointed. Fantastic for both teenagers and small children, as there are plenty of spaces to chill, inside and out, and for little ones to play. The location is incredible - just moments walk across the field to the coastal path, with far-reaching views over the high cliffs. Perfect for short walks, long hikes or to just to sit and take in the scenery. Katy and her family live on the farm and can provide anything you need to make your holiday perfect, but you also feel as though you have the place to yourself thanks to the clever design of the spaces. You can walk to the beach at Crackington Haven by following the coastal path over the fields and down Penkenna point, or it's a 5 minute drive along the beautiful farm track and then down the road to the beach with its fantastic pub and small cafes. Can't recommend Cleave Farm Cottages highly enough. A perfect holiday setting in the most beautiful part of North Cornwall.
Apr 24, 2024 by Cordelia Brown

Totally great experience

Totally great experience, wonderful house in a beautiful place, could not wish for anything better
Apr 23, 2024 by Francis H

Gorgeous venue, stunning landscape!

Full of character and so stylish and the landscape feels like you're on the edge of the world 😊
Apr 23, 2024 by Sarah Watson

Perfect getaway!

Katy’s cottage is absolutely wonderful! We had the best time, it’s such a beautiful cottage and set in exquisite Cornish countryside. So peaceful and welcoming with great walks to Crackington beach and the Coombe Barton Inn. Cannot rate highly enough. Thank you Katy and family x
Apr 23, 2024 by Jane McCall

Beautiful place

It’s a beautiful place. Very peaceful. Gorgeous location. Lots of walks locally and beaches within driving distance. Katy is very friendly and helpful. Thank you!
Apr 2, 2024 by Heidi

Beautiful, comfortable and peaceful - a gem

We have been coming to Cleave every year for 20 years, first as a couple and now with our kids. We all love it. Both Abel’s and Cleave cottages are so comfortable, stylish and well-equipped, its like coming home each time we visit. The environment is stunning; just being able to walk a few minutes from the cottages to the wild coastline is wonderful respite and the longer walk to the great beach at Crackington Haven has become a family favourite. We always receive a fabulous welcome from the great hosts, which makes our stays a joy. We unreservedly recommend Cleave for a break away from it all.
Apr 1, 2024 by Philip Mann

Perfect holiday destination

Abel’s cottage was the perfect holiday destination. You’re surrounded by both hills and the sea and the views are gorgeous!! Katy and her family were so kind and generous with their hospitality, we’re truly grateful to you all.
Mar 31, 2024 by Devika

Really loved our stay

My friend and I had an amazing stay at Abel's cottage. The cottage is gorgeous - really cozy and such a great location right by the coastal path. The light through the big arched window in the living room and the high ceilings make the cottage feel really spacious, and we enjoyed lighting the woodburner in the evenings. It's beautifully quiet at the cottage - silent and pitch black at night, so some great quality sleeps were had! Also, worth mentioning that the WiFi worked well - both myself and my friend had work video calls at the same time on multiple occasions, and didn't experience any issues staying connected. Katy and Gary communicated really well, and all instructions were clear and easy to follow. Really loved our stay, will definitely look to book again.
Mar 7, 2024 by Georgina

Just what we wanted for a winter getaway

A great location, close to a really amazing part of the coast path. The cottage was lovely, just what we wanted for a winter getaway. Katy was great from start to finish, which made it all really easy.
Dec 29, 2023 by Ian

Absolutely fantastic stay

Beautiful cottage in the most stunning location. We loved having access to such incredible walking right from the doorstep. Fab pub nearby too. We would highly recommend and will be back :)
Dec 3, 2023 by Millie

Would love to come back

Honestly, we didn’t think we’d drive that far from London for a short stay (2 night), but we couldn’t have been more happy to do so! The cottage itself is fabulous, relaxing and spacious. The access to the coastal hike is easy and offers a piece of paradise literally 5 min from where you sleep. We have spent one of the best weekends of our time spent in the UK. My partner Jesse and I would love to come back, sooner than later. Thanks for the wonderful stay Katy.
Oct 29, 2023 by Nicolas

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