We spent 2 weeks in Oak tree. The accommodation was to a very high standard, very very clean and welcoming and with 3 children ranging from 10 months - 5 1/2 years we had all the stair gates in place, cot and plastic cups for the older ones to avoid any smashes. The washing machine and tumble drier was ideal and the kitchen was well stocked which allowed cakes to be made and home food cooked as my kids eat loads!!!!
The facilities for our children were fantastic, they were able to go out and play in the playground, or trampoline, try some tennis on the court ( rackets and balls already there). Our youngest could roam around in the play room. They loved feeding the guinea pigs and goats with Peter the owner. We loved the art loft which was a lovely little haven not just a place with pens and paper. Our son painted a ceramic star fish and it was fired in the kiln for us so we could take it home all sparkly and shiny.
The indoor pool building was very clean and inviting and the pool itself was ideal for the children and ourselves.
The roads are narrow and typical to Devon and although at first we felt we were a bit further from Dartmouth we soon realised that there were quicker ways of getting there, our sat nav never had the same route!!!! Blackpool sands ( not walking with a buggy and little ones unless you are a sucker for torture) but a 3 minute drive or so. Not sandy but shingle and absolutely beautiful with a cafe and a shop.
We were able to visit Paignton Zoo ( went over the ferry at Dartouth - rather than doing the drive around ) Bantham sands ( beautiful flat and expansive) Bigby on Sea ( beautiful and stunning and ideal with kids as toilets are by the beach, cafe great and car park organised and big).
I could on and on!!!
Lynn and Peter were lovely, helpful and thoroughly understanding of what family life can be like when running after young children. Higher Bowden is quite private and secluded and it was lovely in the evenings to relax in our huge lounge and use the entertainment facilities on the tv, or get a dvd from the games room. The grounds are immaculate without being too staged and it was amazing to see the amount of butterflies around and bats in the evening. A wonderful holiday.
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- Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages Dartmouth, Devon