About the home
Dragonfly log cabin, part of Willowbank Lodges, nestles 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. Dragonfly cabin overlooks the stream and is the end cabin thus the most private and has the benefit of a large grassy area around it, ideal for dogs and children.
Guests who are looking for a tranquil holiday surrounded by nature will find Willowbank Lodges ideal. 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.
No smoking is allowed in the cabins but can be enjoyed outside under the cover of the veranda.
Well behaved dogs welcome and verandas now have gates therefore secure for dogs and young children.
Flexible changeover days - see Conditions.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Highcliffe, 89km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 3km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|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:||2 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 5, Lounge seating for 5|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden|
|Access:||Wheelchair friendly, Parking space|
Further details indoors:
Bed: choice of 6ft or twin beds in both bedrooms - good quality and very comfortable.
Bathrooms : Ensuite has shower bath. Family bathroom 1m sq shower, low entry door 900cm.
Linen: all included, white,100% cotton plus bath sheet and hand towel provided for each
Bedding: goose feather and down duvets and pillows plus throws. Microfibre pillows on request.
Heating: electric, controlled individually in each room for guests’ comfort.
Kitchen: extremely well equipped for cooks, including tea towels, foil, clingfilm, washing
up liquid and paper towels.
Utility room: has washer/drier, cupboard for hoover, ironing board, etc and coat hooks
Entertainment: a variety of books and games are in the cabin.
Further details outdoors:
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...
Dragonfly has a ramp of 1:12 suitable for wheelchair access leading to the side, utility door, the main entrance to the cabin. There is space for two cars to be parked beside the ramp.
The cabin has a large, covered veranda for all year use with steps leading down to the grassy area in front of the lodge and has a wooden table and chairs for outdoor eating plus loungers in the summer time. A child gate is available to borrow to make the veranda dog and child safe. Smoking is permitted on the verandas provided care is taken with the ash.
A lockable shed is available for bikes and kayaks. 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.
Dogs are now allowed in all the cabins at a charge of £3 per dog per day.
A Mamas and Papas wooden cot at £5 p weekend and £10 p week and a highchair free of charge available upon request.
Guests are welcome to come to the house to use the internet access pending instalment in the cabin.
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.
June, July and August must be one week bookings or more. Minimum of 3 day bookings for May and September.
Longer rentals possible - please enquire.
One third deposit required to secure your booking with balance due 4 weeks before arrival date.
Owner's annexe also available for group bookings or individually - please enquire.
The Central Southern England / 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.
The Pewsey area
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.
How to get there
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Airports within one and a half hours drive:
London Heathrow.......67 miles
Airports within 2 hours drive:
Luton 97 miles
London Gatwick 98
Cars can be hired from any UK airport - try www.travelsupermarket.com for prices or look on the relevant airport website.
By car we are within easy access of the M4 from J14 or J15 about 20 and 25 minutes and theM3 from J8 about 30 minutes.
There is a railway station in Pewsey (2 miles) with a fast service to London or the West Country and another railway station in Gt Bedwyn (9 miles) also servicing London so a great choice of train times.
Activities near Pewsey
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
14 Apr 2013
Really enjoyed our stay. The lodges are so well appointed, you can get settled and relax very quickly. They are impeccably clean. Dragonfly is very spacious - we have 2 older teenage kids and we had... more
20 Feb 2013
My husband and I and our children have stayed in Dragon Fly a number of weekends and have had a wonderful time. The cabins are just what you need for a weekend retreat - they are spacious enough for four people with a lovely open plan kitchen/ living area. Having two bathrooms also makes a big difference with large teenagers! We loved the walks from the cabin and the views of the lake with the swans was magical. The cabin was very well appointed with washing machine, dishwasher and a good sized shower. It all worked beautifully and we would love to stay there again! HIghly recommended.
26 Oct 2012
what a great stay we had in one of Nicky Woods beautiful log cabins in Pewsey.
We were with 4 people, 2 adults & 2 kids so the spacious bedrooms were great. Also having 2 bathrooms is excellent. The kitchen and livingroom are big and the whole place is nicely decorated. We felt at home right away. Although it was october we had some nice & sunny days, also some cold and rainy nights. No worries there either. The cabin was warmed up to a cosy place really fast.
The cabin and surroundings with the water in front and the Canal nearby are really worthwhile.
This, together with beautiful Pewsey Vale and the many sights to visit made it one of the best weeks we ever spent in the UK.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 5|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|8 Mar 13||22 Mar 13||£ 504||£ 101||£ 101||3 Nights|
|22 Mar 13||5 Apr 13||£ 528||£ 106||-||3 Nights|
|5 Apr 13||24 May 13||£ 594||£ 118||£ 118||3 Nights|
|24 May 13||5 Jul 13||£ 663||-||-||1 Week|
|5 Jul 13||6 Sep 13||£ 714||-||-||1 Week|
|6 Sep 13||20 Sep 13||£ 663||-||-||1 Week|
|20 Sep 13||11 Oct 13||£ 594||£ 118||£ 118||3 Nights|
|11 Oct 13||6 Dec 13||£ 504||£ 101||£ 101||3 Nights|
|6 Dec 13||20 Dec 13||£ 420||£ 88||£ 88||3 Nights|
|20 Dec 13||3 Jan 14||£ 714||£ 123||£ 123||5 Nights|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
I am prepared to be reasonably flexible on dates this year - the calendars show Friday to Friday bookings but I will also accommodate Saturday to Saturday bookings where possible so please enquire if you want a different start date.
The nightly rate refers to the minimum stay specified and will change according to other lengths of stay.
To secure a booking a one third deposit is required with the balance plus the damages deposit due within 4 weeks of the start date.
The damages deposit required is £100 refundable within 5 working days of departure less any deductions for breakages and/or accidents.
Dogs are an additional £3 per night per dog.Enquire now
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