We've just returned from a glorious week at Churchwood Valley. Having stayed there previously, we knew exactly what to expect and were not disappointed. If you like getting back to nature, this place takes some beating - the sloping woodland setting, proximity to the beach and coastal or country walks make it ideal for those who enjoy the outdoors. If you like luxurious accommodation with lots of pampering and mod cons this is probably not the place for you.
Once again Churchwood offered a perfect unspoiled base for our week in Sth Devon allowing us to enjoy long early walks, followed by breakfast, coffee and reading upto lunchtime after which we were able to spend the afternoons exploring further afield. The cabins are simple but ideal with a reasonable level of comfort and convenience - best of all though is the wonderful site layout that encourages a great range of birdlife. It was lovely to sit reading whilst being visited by robins, finches, tits and blackbirds - the crows and rooks were a little more timid, which sadly couldn't be said for the ubiquitous pesky pigeons. My one caution would echo the comment by the septuagenarian reviewer, the site is steep and would prove taxing for anyone who struggles with hills; that said, it's one of the factors that makes it so perfect.
The site staff were very welcoming and friendly.
Access to Churchwood Valley, as with much of Devon necessitates driving down often narrow and winding lanes - this initially comes as a shock and takes a little getting used to but does seem to work okay for the majority of understanding motorists, walkers and cyclists.
Overall, I'd highly recommend this place for those who appreciate nature, peace, tranquility and good value for money (especially the dog supplement). We'll definitely return soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Churchwood Valley is a beautiful, natural wooded valley running down to the sea at Wembury Bay in South Devon. Look closely and, hidden among the lush green foliage, you’ll see wooden cabins nestling on the hillside… A haven of peace within an environmental paradise, Churchwood Valley is a few minutes’ walk from a safe family beach and the South West Coast Path. If ‘getting away from it all’ is the most important part of your holiday – Churchwood Valley is for you. Each holiday cabin has its own plot on the hillside, surrounded by trees, flowering shrubs, hedges and rustic fences. By moving no further than your armchair, you’ll see delightful displays of bird life, and a trip to your private patio may well afford a glimpse of badgers, foxes, squirrels and other wildlife. There are no discos, bars or cafes – just rock pools, wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Secluded it may be, isolated it is not. Churchwood’s licensed shop sells a wide range of food and drink, beach toys, gifts and many other products, so you don’t even need to leave the site for those ‘essential’ items. We also have a fully equipped launderette. PLEASE NOTE: The naturally hilly landscape of Churchwood Valley means that only a few of our cabins are suitable for those who are disabled. If ease of access is important, please discuss this with our staff when making your reservation. MOBILE PHONES & WIFI: Due to the naturally hilly landscape, there is NO mobile phone coverage at Churchwood Valley. We do probide WIFI for a small fee. ... more less
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- Churchwood Valley Holiday Cabins Hotel Plymouth