We are real city slickers and so are the kids - our usual idea of the countryside is a visit to the park! When we arrived in Cornwall, they were crazy excited by the sight of a man using a wheelbarrow, and I thought the sound of some geese honking was a ring tone so I was just as bad!
But by the end of our visit we were converted - a farm holiday gives the whole family a real sense of freedom you don't get at home; the chance to run around and feed animals and roll down hills. And that was just DH!
Quinceborough Farm is set up a secluded road by Widemouth Bay, which is stunning and popular with families and surfers. You can sit on your balcony and watch the waves, with the only sounds those of the animals on the farm - must admit the quiet took a bit of getting used to, but loved it within a few days! The cottages are really nice, super-comfy without being so luxurious you worry in case the kids break something or leave a Haribo stuck to the sofa! All the mod cons you'll need, but lived-in, and family-friendly.
We stayed in Mucklow, which has two bedrooms - bunks, plus a double and a single, but there are other sizes as well. Loads of facilities on the farm - outdoor pool, games room, tennis court, small playground, fun putting course, woodland walks etc. The main highlight though was the morning farm tours with the owner Pat - she clearly loves kids and animals, and it showed in her enthusiasm. Ours had a ball feeding geese and hens and pigs, collecting fresh eggs, and even feeding a lamb with a baby bottle.
There's a lot to do in the area, and it is so beautiful - think du Maurier, all smugglers' coves and dramatic cliffs and wildflowers. So stunning, unlike anywhere else I've been in the UK. We had a great time rock pooling, walking, and exploring little nearby places like Crackington Haven, Boscastle (don't take young kids into the Witchcraft Museum, but teens love it!) and Tintagel. If you park up at the parish church at the top of the steep hill in Tintagel, you get what is renowned to be the best view in North Cornwall - amazing.
We also did a few theme parks as the weather was unpredictable to say the least - we're not talking Alton Towers but both the Milky Way and the Big Sheep are well worth a visit, with lots to do inside and out. Bude itself also has a lot to offer - a castle, beaches, a leisure centre, nice shops etc.
We chose Bude because it was the easiest part of Cornwall for us to get to from the North. But having travelled further into the county, I have to say I think it's one of the most beautiful as well. Our kids are 5, 7 and 14 - and it worked for all of them.