Lodge | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Positioned in the Tamar Valley - a superb rural haven, ideal for exploring the delights of Cornwall and Devon and offering superb facilities, including a communal indoor and outdoor heated swimming pool, sauna and a private hot tub, Eden Valley Lodge and Dartmoor Valley Lodge are a pair of fully equipped interior designed detached residences set in the grounds of the Honicombe Manor Leisure and Holiday Resort in the Tamar Valley.
Close to Dartmoor National Park and the Cornwall and Devon border, guests residing here will find it well located for exploring the diversities of both counties and within a 30 minute drive of the large tracts of sandy beaches at Whitsand Bay, and the vibrant and historical naval city of Plymouth. The Eden Project, with its giant bio-domes of exotic plants from across the globe is a worthy destination within an hours drive. Travel 17 miles to Dartmoor National Park, with scenic, undulating moorlands and a myriad of historic sites and monuments. The charismatic fishing port of Polperro is a 50 minute drive; a picturesque harbour of quaint streets and traditional inns serving Cornish ales and cyders. From here the coastal path to Looe is a pleasurable walk across the cliff tops. the awe inspiring gardens at the Eden Project and the charismatic fishing ports of Polperro and Looe.
Practical for families and large groups and affordable without compromise, the immaculate interior includes two double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms, a double sofa bed (to accommodate an additional two guests by prior consent with the owner) and the convenience of two bathrooms. The spacious open plan living room, equipped with a contemporary corner sofa, digital flat-screen and Nintendo Wii, is perfect for social gatherings and what better way to relax after long fun-filled days than to sink into the warm swirling waters of the private hot tub on the south-facing enclosed balcony.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Whitsand 28 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter 90 km, Nearest railway: Gunnislake 2 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, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors||
Open Plan Kitchen/Diner/Sitting Room with Double Sofa Bed
Patio Door to Private balcony.
Bedroom 2 Double.
Bedroom 4 Twin.
Shower Room with WC.
Bedroom 1 Double.
Bedroom 3 Twin.
Bathroom with WC.
Towels and bed linen included.
Wi-fi available at main reception area.
Swimming pools available available all year round - entertainment in peak seasons (please check with site) Charge applies to outdoor activities and equipment hire.
Onsite facilities also include pool tables, fitness centre, bar and conservatory restaurant, tennis courts and sun terrace (some charges and opening time restrictions may apply).
Complimentary access to China Fleet Country Club on a pay as you go basis. Two adult and four child membership cards provided in the lodge, other members of the party can enter as guests and a slightly higher entry charge will apply to them.
|Further details outdoors||
Full entertainment programme available during the summer break including supervised football training, canoeing, rock-climbing to name a few and when the sun goes down the fun is not over with on-site discos, karaoke, comedians and a bar with pool table restaurant serving snacks and a full menu. Whilst a break here is centred on kicking-back and relaxing, there are also opportunities to keep fit with fantastic woodland walks, two tennis courts and a mini fitness suite.
The West Country region
The property is set on the edge of the Tamar Valley, between Callington and Gunnislake a 5 minute drive drive from the Tamar estuary in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
There has been a dwelling on the Honicombe Manor site, in the beautiful Tamar Valley for over 670 years. The first assessment of properties, rentals and tenants was made In the Assession Roll of Calstock in 1333 (now in possession of the Duchy of Cornwall) and in the Manor of Calstock, there was a dwelling with 32 acres attached called ‘Honyacombe’.
Honey derived from the Anglo–Saxon ‘Honiga‘, meaning Honied and the Celtic word ‘Combe’ meaning Valley. Therefore the meaning of Honeycombe is honeyed or fruitful valley, and is descriptive of the valley which opens onto the River Tamar just below Calstock.
The area was a market garden long before the mining industry invaded its woods and hills, and regularly supplied Plymouth and the Navy with vegetables and fruit. To this day the valley at the head of which Honicombe stands is lush, densely wooded and fertile.
There are plenty of beaches within striking distance of Honicombe, on the North and South coasts of Devon and Cornwall. Here are details of a few:
On the South Coast:
East Looe. Sandy beach, ideal for families with young children. Toilets and refreshments nearby. NO DOGS ALLOWED.
Menabilly. Mixed beach conditions – sandy, stony.
Polerris. Small sandy harbour beach. Car park, café and pub beside beach. NO DOGS ALLOWED.
Crinnis. Also known as Carlyon Bay. Private beach, daily car park charges. Sandy beach. NO DOGS ALLOWED. (Note: Naturist beach at Shorthorn Coveat the far end of Crinnis.)
Charlestown. Two small sandy beaches. NO DOGS ALLOWED.
Porthpean. Wide sandy beach, good for bathing. NO DOGS ALLOWED.
Portmellion. Approached through Mevasissey or Gorman. Small sandyish beach.
Millendreath. Small sandy beach.Refreshments and toilets available during summer season
Seaton. Large beach of sand and small pebbles. Toilets and refreshments available during summer season.
Whitsand Bay. Large car park. Beach is mainly sand – access difficult. No facilities except Lifeguard during summer months.
On the North Coast:
Bude. A large seaside resort with an excellent beach called Summerleaze which includes a free tidal swimming pool. At low tide the sand extends north to Crooklets Beach.
Widemouth Bay. A large sandy beach with good surfing and parking/facilities close to the beach.
Millook Haven. A large pebble beach which is usually quiet due to limited parking and no facilities.
Crackington Haven. A large sandy beach with plenty of rock pools and a slipway to the beach. There are excellent views from the 400 foot cliffs
The Strangles. A large sand/shingle beach with plenty of sand at low tide. The beach is quiet even in the summer due to a difficult climb down to the beach. There are no facilities
Bissiney Haven. A pleasant sandy cove which is completely covered by high tide. Access to the beach is via steep steps which are not suitable for wheel chairs or push chairs
Trebarwith Strand. A long stretch of sandy beach which is popular with families and surfers. Note that the beach is completely covered by high tide for several hours. Access to the beach is by climbing over rocks (not suitable for wheel chairs.
Port Gaverne. A sheltered narrow cove with plenty of sand at low tide. Popular with families and its also worth exploring neighbouring Port Isaac. Parking is at Port Isaac, but unfortunately the main car park gets full on sunny days.
Polzeath. A super family beach with a large expanse of sand and excellent surfing. There is also a small cove at the north of Polzeath beach called Pentireglaze Haven. At Polzeath there is level access to the beach by the beach car park. At New Polzeath there are steps down to the beach.
Trevone Bay. Pleasant, sandy-bay, popular with families. There is a small slope to the beach (and steps from one of the car parks). To the west of the main beach there is also a rocky beach with tidal pool. There is excellent scenery and good coastal walks to Trevose Head.
Padstow. Picturesque, harbour town on the western banks of the Camel Estuary. To the north of the town and accessible by the coast path is a super stretch of sand from St Georges Cove to Harbour Cove and Hawkers Cove. The walk from Padstow to St Georges Cove takes about 20 minutes. There are great views across the estuary.