Log cabin | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
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 89 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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||Pets welcome, 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||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|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.
The Central Southern England 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 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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22 Apr 2014
"Very relaxing, tranquil setting."
Very well equipped lodge in a fabulous location. My daughter got the train from London and the pick up at Pewsey was so easy. The lodges are full of character and the setting is picturesque - even a n… More
2 Jun 2013
"Delightful situation,very comfortable."
We stayed at Dragonfly in mid May.The log cabin was very comfortable, spacious and well equipped.There is a particularly attractive veranda which overlooks an area of water with swans, ducks and other wild life to observe. It is a blissfully quiet area with easy walks nearby on the canal.
Within easy reach is the small market town of Marlborough with its good shops and restaurants, Avebury,with its stone circle and Manor House, Stonehenge, Salisbury and slightly further afield the little known but delightful National Trust properties of Great Chatfield Manor and The Courts Gardens.
Also recommended is the Steam Museum in Swindon.
We would certainly consider staying here again.
31 May 2013
"Great countryside retreat"
This is our second stay in these log cabins and we've already staked our claim for our 3rd stay next year! The cabins are spacious and well appointed and Nicky makes sure you have all the basics too. They're set in lovely grounds with a lake and stream, with swans and ducks, which you can watch from the veranda.
We always take our bikes as the country lanes are perfect for cycling or walking. Great restaurants or pubs are not too far away. And there's always the ridgeway or Savernake forest to explore. Brilliant place for a break.
14 Apr 2013
"Would Come Back Tomorrow!"
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 a… More
20 Feb 2013
"Wonderful, cosy wood cabin in idyllic situation - a perfect retreat"
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
"This was really good, if not perfect"
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.
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