Being a county magazine editor and living out of the county does certainly present its challenges, and so when opportunities arise for me to spend some time in Cornwall, I jump at the chance; particularly when it comes to parts of the county that I am not as familiar with. The north of Cornwall, with its wonderful surf beaches and magnificent dunes certainly differs from the quaint fishing villages of the south that I’ve visited before. And while I have actually been to Bude once before, and to this very resort in fact, I was excited to return after I discovered that Luxury Lodges have invested £10 million into the refurbishment of Bude Coastal Resort, adding new properties for ownership and rental, and smartening up the facilities to create a high-end, family friendly resort which delivers on style and substance.

With family in tow, (husband and two boys aged seven and four) we arrived on a rather mizzly and misty day to our accommodation, The Glasshouse, which thankfully is the first property you see when you enter the resort, and meant that immediately we could park up on our own private drive (space enough for one car or two small ones) and escape the confines of the car and indeed the argument which was on the edge of taking place as we juggled the reading of the resort map.

Great British Life: Neutral and calming interiors can be expected at The Glasshouse. Neutral and calming interiors can be expected at The Glasshouse. (Image: Daniel Binks)Great British Life: There is plenty of space to relax in the open plan kitchen, dining and living space.There is plenty of space to relax in the open plan kitchen, dining and living space. (Image: Daniel Binks)

An imposing, glass-fronted building which lives up to its name, The Glasshouse is one of a few properties on site that boasts three bedrooms and is therefore a great choice for multigenerational holidays due to the third bedroom being on the ground floor, with an adjacent shower room. All of the six-person holiday lets also include the ultimate self-catering must-have nowadays, a hot tub. As well as a really decent set of appliances in the kitchen, which may not seem as exciting as the chance to relax in your own outdoor bubble heaven, but to me, represented the high build quality of the property as well as the time taken to think through all the little things that make family life easier while away from home. High-tech ovens and efficient dishwashers as well as a very useful while on a surf holiday, washer/dryer were all present and working well, making it effortlessly easy to knock up a quick family meal or sort through the days’ washing so more time could be spent enjoying the environment around you.

These little luxuries are continued throughout with good quality beds and bedding, well-imagined storage space for unpacking and private bathrooms for each room, with the master being particularly impressive with its walk-in shower and free-standing bath overlooking the surrounding fields. It’s things like this that, as I get older, I realise I find most appealing when looking for somewhere to stay with the family. When everyone has their own space to play and relax, and cases can be unpacked and stored away, that’s when I really start to feel my shoulders edge away from my ears.

Great British Life: The outdoor hot tub can be enjoyed come rain or shineThe outdoor hot tub can be enjoyed come rain or shine (Image: Daniel Binks)If you can tear yourself away, beyond The Glasshouse, the resort also offers a swimming pool complete with steam, sauna and whirlpool as well as an informal bar/restaurant and games room. On our last visit our (at the time) one year-old caught an ear infection from the pool and presided to scream the beach down as we attempted a rather windy walk before realising. A memory we managed to laugh about now as we relaxed in the beautifully refurbished pool area and watched as our no-longer babies happily splashed about in the warm water. One, learning to swim on his own, the other, donning new flippers and practicing his diving. The pool is such an asset when travelling with young people and old, making wonderful memories with no lasting illnesses I’m pleased to report. If you have the time, the spa also offers tempting Temple Spa treatments to help you recover after a day chasing the waves.

If trying out the fancy ovens in the accommodation isn’t your thing, you could happily feed the family onsite at Burn Bar & Café every day if you so wished. There are pizzas to order for takeaway and light-bites to enjoy as well as tea, coffee and a cake or two to indulge in. But it’s the staff here that really made our stay more enjoyable, they were brilliant with the children and most importantly, were a hive of local knowledge. Head down for a pint or a coffee and come away with a wealth of information on places to visit nearby and locals’ favourite spots, such as Duckpool Beach, which we never would have discovered on our own, and whose beach waterfalls are a must-see.

Great British Life: Bude's beach is the perfect place to practice your surfing skills. Bude's beach is the perfect place to practice your surfing skills. (Image: Adam Gibb)

Summerleaze beach in Bude, which is around a ten-minute drive, is vast and open and has lifeguard cover from May until the end of September so is perfect for families. We hired wetsuits and kit from Bude Surfing Experience, who are conveniently based in the car park, and had great fun messing about in the white water. The boys loved exploring the dunes and digging in the soft sand and were fascinated by the sea pool, which fills up as the tide comes in. We also had an excellent lunch at Life’s A Beach, which sits directly above the beach and enjoys views out to sea, it’s the perfect place to watch the surfing and tuck into a plate of delicious fish and chips. If you’d rather leave the car back at the resort, there is a walk through the countryside and golf club which takes just under 30 minutes, or less if the call of the hot tub is strong enough to start you in to a little jog!

This resort makes for an excellent base from which to explore the delights of North Cornwall, and the investment made by Luxury Lodges is clear to see from the outset. If you fall in love with Bude, there is also luxury accommodation available to purchase, meaning you could holiday here year after year.

Great British Life: Brightly coloured beach huts at Bude. Brightly coloured beach huts at Bude. (Image: Adam Gibb)