“ Address: 12 Downs View / Bude / Cornwall / EX23 8RF / England „
For his birthday I got Mr Tart a trip to Cornwall so that we could go surfing. I'd never been to Cornwall before so I did a fair bit of research about the best places to surf (I'd never done it before and he's a beginner) and came up with Bude, especially as it was one of the closer places in Cornwall for us to get to. I was looking for a reasonably priced guesthouse for us to stay in and came across Dylan's.
Dylan's is located on Down's View Road in Bude. It is about 5 minutes away from the town centre and the beach. Bude itself is in North Cornwall. It took us about 3 hours to get there from Bristol. There is no parking for the guesthouse itself but there is plenty of parking on the road.
Prices for Dylan's vary according to season and which room you have. I think that there are six rooms altogether. The room that we stayed in was a double, ensuite, with views over the golf course. I paid £60 per night and this included breakfast so I thought this was a good deal. There are single and twin rooms as well. If you plan to stay for more than three nights then the price decreases slightly.
Booking was fairly simple. I e-mailed the guesthouse and they e-mailed back very promptly saying they had availability. I then sent off a cheque for the deposit and the room was confirmed.
We arrived at around 3pm in Bude. We tried to drop our stuff off but the house was locked. This wasn't altogether surprising as we hadn't given a definite time of arrival but they will fit you in if you plan to arrive outside their normal times. We went to the beach for an hour and then made our way back.
We were greeted by Glen, the owner, who took us through the house and our room. Both the owners of the guesthouse were lovely and friendly and were always prepared to answer any questions.
Our room was on the top floor. It was a really lovely room. It looked recently decorated and the owner told us that the carpet had only been down a couple of weeks. You could tell that they had put a lot of effort into the room. Simple decorating touches like painting a black rim around the plug and light switches were really simple but very effective in making the room look wonderful. The room had everything in it you'd need. There was a lovely iron frame double bed with crisp white covers. The top pillows were feather which was bad news for Mr Tart but they do tell you about this in the welcome folder and say that they can change to completely synthetic if you want. On either side of the bed were little shelves for bedside tables. The bed was seriously comfortable and we both slept like babies. There was a small wardrobe and a chest of drawers. There was a small dresser with a mirror above and two armchairs in the window which reclined, meaning you could sit back and admire the view. The wooden furniture is all handmade and they do ask that you make sure you are using a coaster as the wood marks badly, which is fair enough. There were tea and coffee facilities in the room, including hot chocolate and kit kats! There is a flat screen TV on the wall in front of the bed, which has Freeview so there's lots of channels available.
The ensuite was really spacious, with a big shower and one of those lovely looking bowl sinks. There were toiletries provided as well, including shampoo, conditioner and some posh homemade soap. We were provided with a hand and bath towel each. The water pressure wasn't amazing but it's a fairly old house and we were on the top floor so it was plenty good enough.
Outside the entrance to the guesthouse there are some tables and chairs. The ashtrays indicatied that these would be a place for the smokers but we sat out there with a beer to watch the world go by and it was very peaceful. If you want to contact the owners at any time there's a bell in the hall to ring. In the living room there is a collection of DVD's which you can borrow as long as you let them know, although we didn't have time for that.
Breakfast was included in the price for our room. This was served downstairs in the front room. There was a small buffet to start which had cereals, fruit and orange and apple juice. Then you were offered tea or coffee. The coffee was served in a cafetiere which Mr Tart always loves and you get a pot of tea. Breakfast choices included full English, omelette and kippers. We went for the Full English both days and it was really good. It came with eggs (cooked to order) bacon (the really thick stuff), sausage, beans, fried bread, tomatoes and mushrooms. There was also toast, butter and jams. We were both really impressed by the breakfasts. They fuelled us nicely for a full day of surfing.
I can't recommend this place highly enough. The owners were lovely and made us feel very welcome. The room was beautifully decorated and had stunning views. Everything was comfortable and relaxing. Breakfast was yummy and of a very good standard. I checked lots of places when looking for somewhere to stay in Bude but I really don't think I could have done any better for the money.
A comfortable four star bed and breakfast with evening meals.