Borders of North Devon & North Cornwall
Our charming retreat is perfect for families, couples, friends (and dogs!) seeking a peaceful getaway. Located just two and a half miles from Kilkhampton and a mere eight miles north of Bude, our tranquil setting is the perfect base to explore the stunning Cornish coastline.
Step outside and discover the excellent dog walking and bridle paths right from the door. With several sheltered beaches in the area, including the stunning Sandymouth, you'll be spoilt for choice. And for those who love to catch some waves, the renowned surfing spots of Bude and Widemouth, both within 9 miles, offer some of the finest surfing in Cornwall.
Book your stay at Bishops Chapel today and immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of North Cornwall.
At A Glance
- Nearest dog-friendly beach: 6 miles to Sandymouth, 8 miles to Bude, 11 miles to Widemouth (seasonal restrictions for dogs at Widemouth)
- Nearest shops/pubs: 2.5 miles to Kilkhampton
- Nearest walks: Tamar Lakes walkable from house, plus other local bridle walks (dog-friendly)
- Nearest fishing, bird watching, water sports: Tamar Lakes
- Nearest cafe: Tamar Lakes
Tamar Lakes (Walkable)
Tamar Lakes are located within three quarters of a mile from Bishops Chapel. The lakes provide a fantastic range of activities to enjoy with the family. The upper lake offers water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, and fishing. It also features children's activities and summer schools, footpaths for walking, and a café open between March and October.
The lower lake at Tamar Lakes is a bird sanctuary, which offers bird watching hides for observing the many species that call the area home. Visitors can also enjoy a leisurely walk along the lakeside, soaking up the stunning scenery. The on-site café is open during school holidays, offering visitors a chance to relax and refuel after their activities.
Kilkhampton (2.5 Miles)
Located approximately 2.5 miles away, Kilkhampton is the nearest village and boasts of two convenience stores, a butcher, two public houses serving local ales and food. For those craving takeaways, there is a popular Chinese takeout, traditional fish and chip shop, and a pizzeria. Kilkhampton also has a hairdresser and more.
If you are traveling with your furry friend, The London Inn is dog-friendly, while The New Inn does not allow dogs. Keep in mind that both pubs get busy, so make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Sandymouth (6 Miles)
Sandymouth Beach, just 15 minutes' drive north of Bude, is a beautiful and well-maintained beach owned by the National Trust.
With steep cliffs surrounding it, the beach is of a good size and comprises of mostly pebbles when the tide is in. However, as the tide drops away, large areas of sand are revealed, making it a great spot for surfing in the summer and winter walking when it retains its wild feeling.
Bude (8 Miles)
If you're looking for an adventure, Bude is the place to be. With a range of activities such as coastal walks, adventure parks, golf, cycling, kite-flying, surfing, fishing, and much more, there's something for everyone.
You can also enjoy shopping, restaurants, public houses, historic churches, a museum, and a library. So why wait? Book your stay and start exploring!
Widemouth (11 Miles)
Widemouth Bay, awarded the 2022 Blue Flag Beach, is a fantastic location for families and surfers alike.
Only 3 miles south of Bude, the long open bay is accessible via the South West coast path and offers great conditions for surfing and body-boarding.
At low tide, there are plenty of rock pools to explore, making it an exciting spot for children and adults alike. With many local surf schools based there, it's a perfect place to learn how to surf or body-board.
Clovelly (14 Miles)
This charming fishing village is tucked away from the hustle and bustle, yet still easy to access.
This traffic free village offers the old fashioned transport of donkeys to those who do not wish to exert too much energy on the steep cobbled pathway!
Launceston (19 miles away) is the ancient capital of Cornwall and is the acknowledged gateway to Cornwall. Dominated by its castle built in the 11th century, Launceston is steeped in history, once the only walled town in Cornwall and housing the Royal Mint.
Boscastle, 14 miles south of Bude, is a conservation area, one of the few remaining unspoilt harbour villages, put on the map by the well-publicised 2004 flood. There are many gift and craft shops in the village.
Port Isaac (32 miles) with its winding streets and busy harbour, has been a fishing village since the 14th century where it provided one of few havens along the otherwise rugged North Cornwall coast. Its granite and whitewashed old cottages are extremely photogenic, and it's a real pleasure simply to stroll around the narrow lanes.
Wadebridge is a bustling market town that offers 17 miles of traffic-free walking on the Camel Trail.
The Cornish Town and Moor is perfect for walking the surrounding countryside, such as on the famous Camel Trail which starts in the town and finishes in Padstow. It is 17 miles long and offers a flat trail along a historic railway track or you can visit the surrounding rugged landscape of Bodmin Moor and woodland walks at Cardinham Woods.