A well-presented lodge at Honicombe Manor Park, situated within the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB) and the North Cornwall Mining World Heritage Site. This is a brilliant location to discover the upper reaches of the Tamar Valley, Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and Plymouth are just down the river! Whilst the unspoilt beaches of Whitsand Bay and Seaton are only a short drive to the south. On site facilities include free access to an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, fitness gym, tennis courts and games room.
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No 54 Valley Lodge is set in the grounds of Honicombe Manor Holiday Park, it is a well equipped and tastefully decorated lodge with the bedrooms downstairs and the living area on the first floor to maximise the view across the valley. Situated on the edge of the Tamar valley there are a huge variety of walks and cycle rides to choose from through this area of outstanding natural beauty.
On site facilities include free access to an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, fitness gym, tennis courts and games room.
Ground Floor: The entrance is at the side of the property, and you enter into a hallway with doors leading to; 1 twin bedroom, 1 double bedroom with further doors leading to an external decked area with hot tub and also private door into the family bathroom. Family bathroom with hand basin wc and bath with shower over. There are 2 further twin bedrooms and a second shower room / wc. By the front door are stairs leading to:
First Floor: The stairs open on to a large open plan living / dining area with digital Freeview TV and DVD player, comfortable sofas and large glazed wall with door to a private balcony with exterior chairs. At the other end of the first floor is the large open plan kitchen with modern fitted units and amenities. There is an electric oven and hob, microwave and separate fridge and freezer.
Exterior: There is a balcony on the first floor with exterior table and chairs for Al fresco dining. On the ground floor is a second decked area with hot tub.
Facilities & Services
There is a central heating system throughout. The kitchen has a range of cupboards & worktops. There is an electric oven and hob, a microwave, toaster, kettle and separate fridge & freezer. The sitting room has a digital TV & DVD player. There is an iron & ironing board. There is a cot and high chair.
Electricity, heating, bed linen and towels are included but you will need to provide your own beach / pool towels. There is parking available for 2 cars on the drive. Regrettably there is no smoking. A maximum of 3 dogs may stay in the lodge at a small additional price of £25.00 per dog per week.
General Booking Information
Arrival / Departure is normally a Saturday.
Short breaks are available during quieter periods.
£150 pre-authorised to your credit or debit card as a security deposit is required.
Low occupancy discounts of 10% for a couple or 5% for groups of 4 or less are available out of season.
Honicombe Manor Holiday Park is situated in the stunning rural countryside of the Tamar Valley, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, apart from the on site facilities which include 2 swimming pools, tennis courts a gym and table tennis there are dozens of scenic walks, trails and paths through a mixture of rural vistas from wooded valleys to rolling moorland passing derelict tin and silver mines, Ancient monuments include Castlewitch Henge and Cadsonbury Iron age hill fort. To the west is Bodmin Moor and to the East, across the Tamar Valley, is Dartmoor. If golf is your thing the world famous St Mellion golf course is only 10 minutes away!
The Tamar Valley is a stunning, quiet, picturesque region with some beautiful villages including Calstock with its impressive Viaduct dominating the village, Calstock Quay was originally used for transportation of tin as there is a deep water navigable channel at the top of the tides, although the construction of the Tamar Valley Railway in the early 20th century led to most cargo being transported by rail. Further up stream is Morwellham Quay with its fantastic open air museum, Morwellham Quay has been awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO, the cultural arm of the UN, and is part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape. Originally set up by the Benedictine Monks from Tavistock Abbey in 961 as a trading route to Plymouth via the Tamar. Tavistock is an ancient stannary and market town on the edge of Dartmoor and just across the border in Devon, it has a wealth of fine pubs, restaurants, supermarkets and tourist attractions.
Bodmin Moor, bisected by the newly expanded A30 is home to one of Cornwall's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Reaching a height of 1,377 feet above sea level at Brown Willy, Cornwall's highest point. The heather covered granite moorland provides East Cornwall with the most stunning country views and rugged walks. Near Blisland you will find two of Cornwalls stone circles, the Trippet Stones and Stripple Stone Henge and just round the corner, one end of the famous Camel Trail. The 18 mile Camel Trail follows the route of the old railway along traffic free paths, providing a fairly flat cycle through Bodmin and Wadebridge out to Padstow, eminently suitable for families.The National Lobster Hatchery at Padstow neighbours Rick Steins empire on the North Coast. The Bodmin and Wenford Railway, the first steam operated railway in Cornwall, takes in 13 miles of countryside. Also just outside Bodmin is the Camel Valley Vineyard who have been winning awards for their home grown wine for the past 20 years. The National Trust have a number of properties nearby - Lanhydrock House, Trerice, Cotehele and Antony (used for Disney's Alice in Wonderland), Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps. Slightly further afield is the Eden Project in St Austell. Bodmin Jail built in 1778, notorious for its public executions by hanging, was the first jail to be built housing inmates in individual cells. The Jail closed in 1927 and is now a museum open to the public, which during the First World War housed the Crown Jewels and the Doomsday Book.
Dartmoor is one of our National Parks and covers 368 square miles of Devon, from tors and moorland, to valleys with streams and waterfalls, Dartmoor is rich with Neolithic and early Bronze age hut circles and standing stones, there are dozens of walks from easy strolls to demanding hikes. The highest point is High Willhays at 2037ft above sea level with stunning views in all directions. Princetown in the centre has the renowned Dartmoor Brewery with the famous "Jale Ale" named as a reference to Dartmoor Prison, this can be sampled at the Prince of Wales which originally was the home of the Brewery (it has now been moved to a purpose built facility just down the road!), alternatively the Plume of Feathers pub offers fine, warming, food, fires and awarding beer from St Austell Ales.
Guest from Sutton stayed for 7 nights.
The lodges was lovely, very spacious. We particularly liked the hot tub. Its a good base to visit several parts of Cornwall and Devon. The site was very nice, the new addition of soft play was a great hit with our 2 year old.
Guest from Towcester, Northants stayed for 7 nights.
The lodge was clean but had a damp smell to it. Even clothes hung up in the wardrobes had a horrid smell to them sadly. There was a swarm of bees 2 metres away from our hot tub, which when raised with reception at honicombe, they didn't seem to want to deal with and were saying that as it was a private let between the owner and cornwall cottages, i would need to speak to them. After a bit of pushing and one of the staff coming to have a look at the swarm, they called the bee man out who came and rehomed the bees. Then there's the hot tub - it was lovely but the temperature went from 37 degrees up to 39 and again the site didn't want to help with this. The park itself is extremelly run down and needs revamping. There were men working up on the roof of one of the Dartmoor lodges retiling the roof but had no scaffolding or safety equipment, they just had a ladder. The park itself was peaceful and we had no issues with noise. A few essentials that should be included in the lodge are; oven gloves (had to use a towel to get our dinner out of the oven!), a washing machine (2 children so this would have been a godsend) and a guidebook of local places to go to (pubs, restaurants etc.) plus good beaches and places to visit would have been good. We had a lovely break and loved the hot tub. Our suggestions for improvement are to update and include the items listed above and also work with the park to ensure they know who covers what (maybe this could go in the guide book too?!).
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