Birthday in Bude

Dan and I decided a bit last-minute to go away for my birthday, we had just gotten back from a camping trip with friends last Sunday afternoon.  Monday morning, we were laying in bed, surfing the interwebs looking for somewhere to go.  That’s basically how we stumbled up the Atlantic Surf Pods in Bude.  And they were running a special Tuesday-Thursday night so even better!

We packed up and headed out Tuesday afternoon on a 3 1/2 hour car journey to Cornwall (Dan was not so thrilled about the length of the car ride, I was like 3 1/2 hours?, that’s nothing!).  We were a little worried once we actually got closer to Bude, Bournemouth was sunny and beautiful when we left, but we were driving through some grey cloudy fog.  And when we reached our destination and stopped at the local grocery store for some supplies, it had started raining.

We reached the site and the owner’s son came down to show us to our Pod (we were in Pod 3).  The pods come with a state of the art barbecue, your own private deck with chairs and table, giant outdoor bean bags, a king size memory foam bed, private toilet and sink just down a path behind the pod, cutlery and cookware (Denby China, it is glamping after all), pretty much everything you could need!

We were also welcomed by one of the resident farm cats, who we made good friends with over the course of our stay.  “Kitty”, as we christened her, spent many afternoons lounging with us on our deck in the sun, a few evenings on my lap as Dan and I sipped wine and looked at the stars, and also graciously brought us a dismembered rabbit foot on the last day to show her gratitude.

It started clearing up a bit after we arrived and once we were settled in, Dan and I decided to venture to Stratton to visit the Tree Inn Pub.  We had been told it was about a 20 minute walk away and that there was a path from the farm that you could take, but it was a bit muddy.  It was very muddy, and overgrown, but we trudged through (wearing flip flops, wellies would have been more appropriate).  We did reach the pub eventually, with mud covered feet and a few stinging nettles scratches, but it just made the beer taste that much better 🙂

The barman suggested a wheat beer for me to try since they didn’t have any light ales on tap and I think I found my new favorite beer in England (plus the bottle is really pretty!).

After a few drinks, we made our way back to the campsite and started dinner as it was starting to get a bit dark.  We had amazing rainbow trout, with grilled vegetables and sautéed potatoes (we did eat quite well the entire time we were there!).  It was lovely sitting out in the peace and quiet at night just looking at the stars in front of our pod.  We spent every evening doing that along with some wine and chocolate bananas on the grill 🙂

The next day, the weather took a turn for the better and we headed into Bude for the day.  We spent the day walking along the cliff faces and laying on the beach.

So happy to have the sunshine!

After a bit of lazing on the beach, we headed back to the Pods.

A little reminiscent of the Teletubbies?

Steaks on the grill!  Kitty was our best friend that night, haha 🙂

The next day, we went to Bideford for the afternoon.  We wandered around the park, visited their art gallery, and hiked up to Chudleigh Fort.

After Bideford, we went to Sandymouth, which is a National Trust site.  The beach there was nestled between the cliffs and was absolutely stunning.

Beautiful views all around!

And the only way Dan and I can get a decent shot together 🙂

We spent our last night back at the Tree Inn for dinner and had the most amazing lamb, like seriously, it was melt in your mouth good.  Dan almost managed to beat one of the locals at pool, we had a game where I managed not to embarrass myself too badly and it was back to the pod eventually (by taxi this time to avoid muddy nettle path) for some chocolate bananas on the grill and stargazing (chocolate bananas are amazing by the way, the UK answer to smores, you slit a banana with the skin still on and stuff it with chocolate, wrap in foil and pop on the grill until it’s all soft and melty).

We had such an amazing time and were very sad to leave.  I really enjoyed the whole “glamping” thing.  All the best parts of camping with a nice king sized bed to sleep in at the end of the night and a hot shower in the morning.  And because the barbecue had a cooking ring on one side, you could pretty much make anything on it.  Even with people staying in the other pods, you still felt like you were quite isolated, it was just a really great experience and I think Dan and I will definitely be going back someday!

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About Mandy

29 year old, somewhat snarky, happily married, and always on the look out for a good recipe or latest beauty bargain.
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3 Responses to Birthday in Bude

  1. Mom says:

    Hey Mandy. It’s time to change your profile. It still says you are 25!
    You’ve come a long way Baby Girl. I remember when you went on your
    first camping trip. You were about 9 months old when we took you camping
    in the Black Hills. We stayed at a campground in Spearfish Canyon and you
    played in the dirt with pine cones while Dad and I set up camp. Now you are
    all grown up and “Glamping” with your “Hubby”. Awe, the memories!!!

    Love and miss you both bunches!

  2. Shirley Grannes says:

    Dear Mandy,
    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY – We didn’t forget your birthday. It’s just that we were at the cabin
    and I don’t have a computer there. It looks like you had a wonderful time. I think I Would like
    one of those Pods at the lake – they sure are CUTE! Glamping – is that a word for
    glamorous camping?
    With Love,
    Grandma & Grandpa

    • Mandy says:

      Thanks Grandman and Grandpa!
      Hope you had a nice time at the cabin. Glamping is indeed glamorous camping, don’t know if I can ever go back to normal camping now, haha!

      Love you and miss you!
      Mandy

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