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Willowbank Lodges

Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 6 reviews

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View across lake, early morning in Autumn

Log cabin | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 19

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 89 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Willowbank Lodges nestle in a small hamlet in the heart of the Pewsey Vale bordering the Kennet and Avon canal. The five luxury log cabins have been solidly built from Russian redwood and are situated in three and a half acres including a private lake and are surrounded by beautiful countryside and a wide variety of wildlife.

Renting the cabins together provides an ideal opportunity for family get-togethers or large groups where some people may want a bit of peace and quiet in their own cabin whilst also being in easy reach of the rest of the group. The veranda tables can be brought inside one of the cabins and positioned side by side to make one table large enough to cater for the whole group. Each cabin has its own lawn area plus the communal grounds and lake where guests may take their drinks or a book and sit on one of the benches positioned round the lake and watch the various bird families and their amusing antics.

Bird lovers will enjoy watching the various families of waterfowl on the lake, including our indigenous pair of swans, herons and our kingfisher who flies up and down both the lake and the stream and can be seen sitting on the railings near the end cabin, Kingfisher, so named.

Ramblers and cyclists alike will enjoy the miles of walks straight from the cabin gates with panoramic views of the Pewsey Vale from Martinsell Hill and of course we are on the National 4 cycle trail. Our ancient Savernake Forest is only a 5 minute drive away and is quite stunningly beautiful whether you are walking, picnicking or cycling.

The cabins provide a superb holiday base from which to explore the ancient county of Wiltshire and are easily accessed from the M3 and M4. Furthermore, the airports of London Heathrow, Bristol, Southampton and Bournemouth are between one and one and a half hours drive away. The local village of Pewsey is less than two miles away and boasts a good supermarket, butcher, baker, petrol station, garage, Indian restaurant, cafes and pubs and it also has a railway station with a fast train service to London and the West Country.

Size Sleeps up to 19, 8 bedrooms
Nearest beach Highcliffe 89 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Southampton 75 km, Nearest railway: Pewsey 3.5 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 5 En suites and 3 Shower rooms
Furniture Double beds (8), Single beds (14), Cots (1)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden
Access Wheelchair users
Further details outdoors

The two, one bedroomed cabins have use of the small car park which is only a few metres away from the cabins. The three, two bedroomed cabins each have their own parking spaces sufficient for two cars next to the ramp leading up to the side, utility door. All the cabins have sensor lighting either on the verandas or by the side doors.

The lake is about one acre and has a small central island where most of the birds congregate for the night and where the swans build their nest. Two benches are positioned around the lake for guests to sit and watch the birds or take a book and glass of wine...

Alternatively the large, covered verandas have wooden tables and chairs plus loungers in the summer time for all year use. Smoking is permitted on the verandas provided care is taken with the ash.

A lockable bicycle shed is planned to be in place by the summer and this could also store kayaks and canoes. There is an outdoor concreted area with a hose for guest use to wash off dirty bikes, boots and dogs.

Although no tennis court on site, Willowbank Lodges belongs to the excellent local tennis club (5 floodlit courts and only 2 miles away) and guests may go and play anytime they wish outside of club sessions for, a small fee.

Further details

Large, one bedroomed annexe also available to let either individually or for group bookings - please enquire

Dogs are now allowed in all the cabins at a charge of £3 per dog per day.

A Mamas and Papas wooden cot available for a one off charge of £5 per weekend or £10 per week and a highchair free of charge upon request.

Z bed available if required for an invited guest, £10 without bedding, £25 with bedding.

Strictly no smoking in the cabins except on the veranda.

No swimming in the lake or stream.

Children welcome but must be supervised as all cabins are within a few metres of water.

For group bookings, one nominated person must be responsible for the payment and agreement to the terms and conditions on behalf of all the group.

About this location

The Wiltshire region

We are very privileged to be living in an area steeped in tradition and history, with three World Heritage sites within an easy driving distance (Stonehenge, Avebury and Bath). We have many delightful towns and villages to explore, country houses, museums and gardens to visit and plenty of traditional pubs and excellent restaurants.

We have a quick rail link to London from Pewsey Station less than five minutes drive away and you could plan a day/evening out in London to enjoy the sites and take in a theatre. Oxford, Salisbury and Bath are also within a reasonable drive away and offer good shopping, restaurants, theatres and interesting places to visit.

Wiltshire has a variety of landscapes but we are very lucky to be living in this beautiful part of Wiltshire where we can enjoy the wide open spaces of the Marlborough Downs and the Pewsey Vale with its white horses or alternatively walk in the ancient Savernake Forest with all its dappled glades, meandering paths and beautiful old trees, some nearly 1000 years old.

Then the Kennet and Avon canal is a different landscape altogether and you can enjoy long walks from Willowbank Lodges, through little villages with their quaint pubs or hire a boat for the day and go further afield.There really is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the world.

Pewsey

Pewsey is a charming little village which is less than two miles from Willowbank Lodges and, although small, boasts a surprising number of ameneties. We have an excellent supermarket open seven days a week, a butcher, baker (delicious old fashioned donuts and lardy bread!) petrol station, post office, bank, gift shops, florists, art gallery and visitor centre, internet cafe and various coffee shops and pubs.

In addition, we have an excellent award winning tennis club where Willowbank Lodges has membership for its guests and a leisure centre with a swimming pool, squash courts, etc.

Slightly further afield, Marlborough boasts a large variety of restaurants and pubs, boutiques, antique shops, two fine churches and has the widest high street in the country. Now it is probably more famous for its International Jazz Festival which takes place in July (13th-15th this year) – a glut of musicians and singers, new bands and old favourites from all over the world, really an experience not to miss. Another music festival taking place this year (April 14th) just north of Marlborough is OneFest with Damon Albarn giving us a preview of his Dr Dee.

Local artists open up their studios (Open Studios) to the public during four weekends in July so what with other local musical and artistic events, plenty for those who want to absorb a little local culture.

For those crop circle enthusiasts, we are right in the midst of crop circle country and usually there are quite a number of sometimes quite spectacular crop circles to be found on the Downs or in the Vale, within 10 minutes drive of Willowbank Lodges.

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Review 1-6 of 6

18 Jan 2015

5/5

"Superb Location and Log Cabin"

We stayed for a week in January. The log cabin was perfect and as described. It was warm and cosy even when it snowed ! It was a peaceful location and everyone we met was very friendly and full of … More

27 Oct 2014

3/5

"Peaceful Retreat"

We booked River Birch Lodge for a long weekend in September. The lodge was very comfortable. We enjoyed seeing the kingfishers most days .Lovely views.However in our 40 years of staying in 5 star self… More

I do remember this and felt cross with myself for letting it happen. I did of course apologise profusely to the guests but obviously they felt they had to say something online which is fair enough. It was a set of unfortunate circumstances plus my terrible memory during a very busy period. I wrote to these guests two weeks after they left the cabin - I was on holiday myself for the first of those weeks, leaving the bookings and business in the hands of my 24 year old son. It was in rather a muddle when I returned and I had to prioritise what needed sorting first so deposits came last on the list I'm afraid. In addition my cleaner then went on holiday so I was working flat out on my own and again, I had to let the office 'go' to a certain extent. These guests wanted a cheque repayment which I rarely do and for some reason I kept forgetting, there was so much going on. Eventually, when they called, I asked them if I could do a bank transfer as I did online banking most days so their details would be added to a list, much easier all round and so they finally got their deposit back with more apologies.
As far as the general question of a breakages deposit is concerned, I was not aware they felt this was unreasonable. It is quite a normal practice, though somewhat onerous for both guest and owner, and its purpose is obvious. In four years of running these holiday lets, I have only had two complaints about asking for a breakages deposit, at the point of enquiry/quote being sent out and in both cases, rather than lose a booking, I waived it. Had these guests expressed their strong objection at the beginning I would have waived it for them too, so on this point I think it is unfair to complain.
Finally, a returning guest is not usually asked for a damages deposit as I now know them and am happy to operate on a trust basis.

13 Sep 2014

5/5

"Superb cosy chalet, exactly what we were looking for."

Everything was lovely, the beds highly comfortable, linen cosy, lounge area perfect, kitchen area nice... spacious. Covered terrace very good. Parking right outside a great convenience. Shops a 5 m… More

9 May 2014

5/5

"Excellent value - very well appointed"

4 of us stayed in Dragonfly cabin and it was delightful. Beautifully appointed, thoughtfully decorated and with lots of home comforts. The lakeside setting was tranquil and charming and the addition… More

17 May 2013

5/5

"Spacious well designed lodges in a lovely tranquil setting,"

We were a family party of 16 who had rented these lodges to celebrate a 30th birthday. It could hardly have worked out better. The large lodges and their verandas were big enough to house us all for breakfast and an evening drink. All the lodges are really well equipped, the sofas and beds are large and very comfortable, the showers were great and there is a good wifi connection throughout the site. couple that with a pretty and tranquil location and you have a great combination. In addition, the surrounding countryside and the Kennet and Avon Canal provided some lovely walks and the weather was good enough for us to be able to take full advantage. A great find and we will definitely go again.

12 Apr 2013

5/5

"Ideal location for a family gathering"

This was an ideal place for a 3-night family gathering - there were 19 of us, aged from one to sixty-one. We took over all five cabins, giving each family unit their own space whilst providing large living-rooms in the 2-bedroom cabins for all of us to get together. Extremely comfortable and beautifully furnished accommodation with lots of useful items provided that you don't usually find in rental properties. Lovely, tranquil, location with lots of birds around the streams and lake. Our seven young grandchildren had great fun playing outside and exploring. (Caution is needed near the water.) Very helpful communication with the owner prior to our stay and she was there to meet us on arrival. We all had a great day out at Bowood House and Gardens, 40 mins drive away.

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    Calendar last updated:07 Mar 2015

    Based in United Kingdom

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