Three Bears' Lodge
Log cabin | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
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THREE BEARS' LODGE IS A NORTH DEVON + ( PLUS ) MEMBER - 2013 .
FREE MEMBERSHIP TO PENSTOWE MANOR LEISURE FACILITIES INCLUDING 22 METRE TROPICALLY HEATED INDOOR SWIMMING POOL - IS INCLUDED IN THE TARIFF . PENSTOWE MANOR OPENS SEASONALLY .
WOOLFARDISWORTHY ( WOOLSERY ) NEAR CLOVELLY
( Bideford 13 miles - Bude 13 miles )
The small village of Woolfardisworthy , two miles away along a quiet tree lined road , is situated in the heart of North Devon and offers guests a local shop and Post Office along with a warm, friendly pub ' The Farmer's Arms ' .
Hartland Forest Golf and Leisure Parc , within which the lodge is situated , is set in hundreds of acres of Forestry Commision woodland . The lodge is adjacent to the first tee of the golf course and has superb uninterrupted views over the course and to the open countryside beyond . The immediate area is home to many species of birds such as Woodpeckers and Barn Owls and otters can be seen in the nearby river . Wild deer also inhabit the adjoining woodland .
The rental charge on this property includes full reimbursment to guests for the use of the Penstowe Manor leisure facilities 10 minutes away at Kilkhampton where facilities include 22 metre tropically heated indoor pool , giant widescreen TV , sauna and jacuzzi * , pool tables * , table tennis * , tennis court * , squash court * , badminton courts * , amusement arcade , children's play area , cabaret suite , lounge bar and restaurant . ( * denotes extra cost ) The facilities are open seasonally from March 17th - October 31st .
Bude , a further ten minutes away , offers excellent shopping restaurants and bars , a leisure pool and sports activities , coarse and sea fishing. Surfing canoeing and body boarding schools can also be found in Bude and sailing in Kilkhampton.
The Property :
A lovely detached authentic Finnish lodge ( designed , and built on site by Finnish professionals ) is situated within Hartland Forest Golf and Leisure Parc , 2 miles from Woolfardisworthy .
Finished to a standard of excellence , this charming, ground floor property offers well equipped, open plan accommodation with en suite facilities and a delightful decked area , ideal for alfresco dining / barbeques .
Onsite activities include an 18 hole golf course - the lodge is situated adjacent to the first tee with uninterrupted views over the golf course to the open countryside beyond . There are also two fishing lakes onsite stocked with Carp , Roach and Tench . Fishing is free to guests at our lodge .
This is a perfect base from which to enjoy the Devon and Cornwall coastline and to explore all that the region has to offer. The immediate area has many attractions for children - The Big Sheep and Milky Way are a short drive ( 15 minutes) from the Lodge .
The ' Eden Project ' is approximately one hour's journey from the lodge whilst Jamie Oliver's Restaurant at Watergate Bay and Rick Stein's Restaurants at Padstowe are fifty minutes away .
The lodge is built on one level .
There are three bedrooms : 1 x double with en suite ( shower, basin & WC ) , 2 x twin . Bathroom with bath plus shower over, basin & WC . Open plan fitted kitchen with fridge , freezer , dishwasher , coffee maker , microwave et al ! Crockery and cutlery are all included as are all cooking utensils .
Dining area and lounge with two settees ( one of which doubles as a sofabed if more than six guests are present ) .
Thermostatically controlled heating throughout . Electric oven & hob , microwave , fridge , separate freezer , coffee maker , dishwasher , 32" TV with Freeview , DVD , CD /MP3 / Radio . ELECTRICITY ( March - October ) , BED LINEN AND TOWELS INCLUDED IN TARRIFF . On site golf course and fishing lakes .
Off road parking for unlimited number of cars .
Enclosed decked area ( young children and toddlers are totally secure within the railed decked area as the gate latches are positioned on the outside ) with furniture for relaxing or barbecues . There are numerous DVDs , board games and a set of golf clubs provided in the lodge for guests . A high chair and travel cot are also available at no extra cost - the lodge is most definitely toddler friendly !
The lodge is a non smoking property .
* Reimbursment for Penstowe access is unavailable on short breaks and rentals under £475 per week .
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||4 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared indoor pool, Children's pool|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The Lodge was built and fitted out to an extremely high standard and level of comfort and the interior walls and ' Cathedral ' ceiling are pine which makes for a superb living environment .
WE WILL REIMBURSE GUESTS FOR THE USE OF PENSTOWE MANOR LEISURE FACILITIES IN KILKHAMPTON 15 MINUTES FROM THE LODGE EFFECTIVELY MAKING THE USE OF THE FACILITIES FREE OF CHARGE . THE PENSTOWE FACILITIES INCLUDE AN INDOOR POOL , RESTAURANT , BARS , ENTERTAINMENT ETC .
|Further details outdoors|
There are decked areas to the front and side of the Lodge which are ideal for barbecues or simply for sitting and enjoying the uninterrupted view over the golf course and beyond . The Lodge is situated in the middle of hundreds of acres of Forestry Commission land and there are innumerable and varied walks available to guests as a result .
A deposit of one third of the rental charge is payable at the time of booking . The balance of the rental is payable eight weeks before the date of occupation . In the event of cancellation , the deposit will be forfeited unless an alternative booking is made by a third party for the specific week / weeks originally agreed . The owner will make every effort to obtain an alternative booking in the event of cancellation .
The West Country region
In an area of outstanding natural beauty set against the spectacular Atlantic coastline to the west and the Bristol Channel to the north, the 17,000 acres of the Hartland Peninsula offer a landscape of wonderful contrasts.
As you cross the peninsula , high open moorland and ancient woodland give way to coastal waterfalls tumbling from hanging valleys onto rocky shores . These meandering valleys afford shelter from the prevailing winds to create a micro - climate which supports an abundance of wild flowers, rare lichens, culm grassland , insects, birds and animals.
Hartland Forest covers 1000 acres and is home to herds of wild deer, yet is just 5 miles away from North Devon's beautiful Heritage coastline and miles of sandy beaches.
Hartland Forest Golf & Leisure Parc is situated within Hartland Forest , close to the Atlantic coast of North Devon which is steeped in a tradition of smuggling and wrecking , and famous for its timeless fishing villages , including Hartland and Clovelly which are just 5 miles away . Renowned the world over for its flower strewn cottages and steep cobbled footpath falling to the 14th century harbour, Clovelly should not be missed by visitors to Devon whilst Hartland Quay and its incredible geological features and beauty so impressed Walt Disney that it formed the backdrop to the opening of his film of Robert Louis Stevenson's ' Treasure Island '.
Lundy Island can be visited by boat from Clovelly or Bideford Quay and is populated by just a few souls, many seals and puffins.
For garden and historic house enthusiasts, a visit to Hartland Abbey , Tapeley House and Gardens, Arlington Court, RHS Rosemoor Gardens and Marwood Gardens would be worthwhile.
The Atlantic ( Factory Shopping ) Village on the outskirts of Bideford offers ' Retail Therapy ' and Dartington Crystal at Torrington is well worth a visit.
The Burton Art Gallery at Bideford exhibits a variety of local works and also varied touring shows
There are many local potteries and craft studios to be found in surrounding villages.
Just a short drive along the Cornish coast are Tintagel, Boscatle, Crackington Haven, Polzeath, Port Isaac ( where ' Doc Martin ' is filmed ), Rock and Padstow. (The latter notable for its association with Rick Stein's eateries and as a former home to Sir Walter Raleigh - not necessarily in that order !).
The whole of the Devon and Cornwall coastline is easily accessible from the lodge and offers unsurpassed holiday attractions for adults and children alike, throughout the year.
There are many local beaches and coves including Sandymouth Bay, Duck Pool, Bucks Mill, Bude, Northcott Mouth, Crooklets, Summerleaze and Widemouth Bay, Westward Ho!, Instow, Braunton and Saunton Sands.
Surfing is a popular pastime at many local beaches - British Surfing Association approved tuition is available at Bude.
At the Tamar Lakes there is a watersports centre offering sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. Rowing boats are also available for hire.
Sea shore fishing is accessible from many places including Clovelly, Hartland Quay and Appledore and sea fishing trips go out from Clovelly.
Coarse fishing locations include the Upper Tamar Lake, Jennetts, Melbury and Darracott reservoirs and trout fishing is available at Roadford and Colliford Lakes.
Wreck diving is available off Lundy.
A number of local stables offer horse riding along the coastal paths or cross country.
The Tarka Trail is a wonderful bike riding route and there are many local lanes to explore too.
Other nearby golf courses include Bude ( Links ), Holsworthy, Royal North Devon ( Links ), Great Torrington, Libbaton, Highbullen and Saunton ( Links ).
There are many breathtaking walks including stretches of the Southwest Coastal Path, Tarka Country, Exmoor, Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor together with local country and woodland paths . A few local favourites are Bucks Mill, Broad Parkham, Peppercombe, Clovelly, Mouth Mill, Brownsham, Hartland Quay, Stoke, Hartland Point, and Bude's canal and cliffs.
Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the many local nature reserves and country parks which include Northam Burrows, Braunton Burrows, one of Europe's largest areas of sand dunes with important plants, Kenwith Valley Nature Reserve, Tamar Lakes ( the lower lake is an S.S.S.I. and a wildfowl refuge ), Isley Marsh near Instow - 97 acres on the Taw estuary , Brownsham near Hartland ( also S.S.S.I ), Halsdon near Dolton - ( S.S.S.I again ! ), Welcombe and Marsland, Bucks and Keivills Wood and Lundy Island - 11 miles off the coast and which is owned by the National Trust.
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26 Sep 2013
"Relaxed peaceful beautiful base to explore Devon and Cornwall"
We had a brilliant family holiday, it was everything we expected and more!As we expected the lodge is in a fantastic quiet rural location which was perfect for us as we prefer a more relaxed laid back… More
13 Aug 2013
"Comfortable, relaxing and a very pleasent stay"
The accomodation was well maintained and comfortably furnished with everything a young family needs. The peaceful location was perfect as we wanted to get away from busy day to day lifestyle. The best… More
3 Aug 2013
"the real rewiew"
After returning from our stay it was clear it wasn't as good as described!. We followed directions there which were OK until turning off the A39 where there were no signs at all until a mile or s… More
This guest obviously did not read the comprehensive joining instructions which describe in detail how to reach the site and how to obtain free membership to Penstowe Manor .
Hartland Forest is situated in hundreds of acres of forestry and farmland - there may sometimes be flies in such areas in the hottest weather ( such as the week in question ) . The problem was not as described .
The blockage was of the guests' own making and had to be cleared by maintenance workers . This was work carried out quickly and efficiently .
The guests were advised in advance by mail that the Golf Course was closed .
There was a notice in the car park to the effect that South West Water advised a slight discolouration of water as a result of recent work and that there was no impact on water quality .
The joining instructions also ask guests to contact me during their stay if they have any problems - there was no contact from these guests .
I think that this review should be placed in the context of all our other reviews and be seen to be somewhat uninformed .
18 Jun 2013
"Everything we wanted - and more"
We were looking for somewhere to take two young grandchildren (a 2 year old and an 11 month old) close to the sea but with a good fishing lake for our son-in-law.The location proved perfect for us. We… More
28 Feb 2013
"Hartland Forest Lodge gets the thumbs up from us - a lovely holiday!"
We had a fantastic holiday! The lodge was perfect with everything we needed, well equipped, lots of room and lovely to sit around the big table eating, chatting and chilling out together. The site w… More
3 Jan 2013
"Fantastic New Year break"
As a group of 15 friends (9 adults and 6 children) we booked both lodges for a New Year break. Booking was simple and we were e-mailed directions and additional information. On arrival at the site t… More
29 Dec 2012
"Brilliant Christmas at Three Bear's Lodge, lovely and cosy"
We stayed at Three Bear's Lodge Christmas week 2012, we had a brilliant time.The lodge is well decorated, it was lovely and cosy, it had real homely feel to it.David had put a christmas tree up f… More
12 Nov 2012
A great lodge with plenty of room, nice views over the golf course and ideal enclosed decking for when the dog was wet.
Good location for walks around heartland point and a short trip to Bude (fish and chips at Rosie's is a must)
17 Jun 2012
"Excellent standard, very clean and all home comforts"
On arrival at the property we were very pleasantly surprised at the overall standard and cleanliness. We had three young children in the party and had no qualms at all about the hygiene and safety for them during the stay. The decking surrounding the lodge was secure and the children were out there, whenever the weather permitted, whilst we got on with putting things together for days out etc. We visited several local attractions and the children loved 'The Big Sheep', which we returned to after a couple of days.
Penstowe Manor is a short distance away and the facilities are found there for swimming etc - these were good but a bit disappointed at no lockers in the changing rooms and small things like that - beyond the control of Hartland Forest Lodges.
The lodge has all home comforts, including board games etc for when the weather is poor. The site is beautiful and we had a lovely walk around the lake even though it was raining at the time.
Directions provided to us were excellent, both for finding the site and for finding the lodge once on site. There was other helpful information in the lodge to guide us to local supermarkets etc which we were also able to find easily with these details.
It was a pleasure to arrange this lodge and I was treated efficiently, with courtesy and in a friendly manner at all times, always receiving rapid responses to any contacts or queries. I will certainly be visiting this lodge again and would recommend it to family and friends.
7 Sep 2011
"home from home"
accommodation superb - standards excellent. Such a change from your average holiday site - no club, pool, shop etc - HEAVEN! Just miles of peaxe and countryside/wildlife. If u want to recharge ur batteries look no further. Brilliant value for money. Why is there ever any vacancies at this property? Cannot be faulted. Owner v g to deal with.
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