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“Idyllic. Accommodation Basic but in Context.”

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Churchwood Valley Holiday Cabins
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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“Idyllic. Accommodation Basic but in Context.”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

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.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We went to Churchwood valley in April on a weekend break with our Boxer dog.

The cabin was small but spotless, and had everything you would expect and need. The lodge park was quiet and peaceful- perfect for anyone who loves walking and wants a peaceful break.

SO close to the beach, which is dog friendly Oct-May and the walks are incredible.

Great value for money and a great 'get away from it all' location!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

just back from 2 nites at churchwood valley. we could not fault it. stayed there cause our son was passing out from navy in plymouth. in terms of value hard to beat compared to hotels in area. chalet had 2 double bedrooms small galley kitchen, living room and seperate toilet and bathroom. all tho furniture little outdated was comfy and clean. Location was lovely 5 min walk took you onto a lovely little bay wit sandy beach and a little cafe. 15 min walk and you were in little village of wembury where the pub was spot on excellent food and not too expensive. All in all we would go back but for little longer. no phone signal tho but for me that was a blesssing

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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churchwood, Owner at Churchwood Valley Holiday Cabins, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Many thanks for your review and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. You have mentioned almost all the qualities that make people come back to Churchwood again and again! We hope you will come and stay with us again soon and, as you suggest, for more than two nights.
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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

I`ve rated this 3* as an average but to us it warranted only 2*. In fairness probably worth 4* if you are a lot younger than us (70`s) & do not have an elderly dog in tow.
The cabin was spotless as were all the accessories e.g bedding, pots pans etc. Fixtures & fittings likewise.
One disappointment was that the beaches which although visually stunning are not dog friendly unless you go west along the coastal path when access is difficult & they are rocky, in addition the very narrow lanes are risky to walkers.
But a bigger disappointment was the on site wild life or rather the lack of, In a week I saw 1 rabbit 2 squirrels (or same one twice), a lot of rooks a few wood pigeons and blackbirds.
We live on a quiet residential estate where foxes visit every night rabbits & squirrels abound, wood pigeons magpies, blackbirds, & gulls are complemented by goldfinches, blue & great tits, etc.We can even watch a green woodpecker raid the lawns for grubs.
The local pubs capped it all, with a diabolically bad Sunday roast at the "Old Wheel" plus a mediocre very pricey mixed grill at "The Mussel"
Add no phone signal in most of the area, & a faulty TV for first 2 evenings. So came home day early.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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churchwood, Owner at Churchwood Valley Holiday Cabins, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are disappointed to earn only 3 stars from you when the accommodation - the only aspect that we have absolute control over - seems to have suited you very well.

Our website and brochure make it very clear that the terrain here is hilly, paths are steep, there are steps, and that the coastal path is itself fairly rugged. Having said that, a great many of our visitors are on the ‘senior’ side and come back here year after year, but we are sorry if it did not suit you.

During the main holiday season (1 May until 30 September) dogs are banned from many beaches around the coast - Wembury is no exception. But to the west of the main beach at Wembury there are others that are accessible to dogs and their owners. We realise that access to them is not ideal and we plan, once we have the necessary permissions, to improve this.

We regret we have no control over the appearance of wildlife! The guests who stayed in your cabin the following week saw an adult and a young badger on the road nearby and recently guests have reported seeing young owls. In addition there are over 100 species of birds here, plus rabbits, squirrels, stoats, weasels and sometimes foxes. A glance at our Facebook page will show lots of photos taken by guests of the many wild birds, mammals and insects that visit the site.

Our local pubs are usually highly praised for their food and hospitality. We hope you made your views known to the landlords at the time, so they could attempt to remedy the situation.

We always endeavour to fix problems with TVs as soon as we are made aware of them.

And finally, the lack of mobile coverage is, again, due to the terrain and is beyond our control - many visitors actually find it a blessing!
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

I spent 2 nights in a 1 bedroom cabin. The cabin was perfectly clean, every kitchen appliance worked, I was not run out of hot water and the heating worked as well.

I am very very satisfied with the cleaningness of the cabin, this accomodation is as brilliant as a 4 star hotel room, or even better as I have been to some few 4 star hotels which were not cleaned and maintained as well as this.

The location is quiet, the cabins are private.

The only negative thing is that many people do not pick up their dog poo in the dog excercise area which is embarassing when you step into it. Management should place a sign to ask dog owners to clean up after their dogs in the dog excercise area.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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churchwood, Owner at Churchwood Valley Holiday Cabins, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Thank you for taking time to review your recent stay with us and we're delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit. However, we are sorry that other people's thoughtlessness caused a problem in the dog walking area. We do ask people to be considerate when exercising their dogs and it isn't usually an issue, but we will try and keep a closer eye on this and thank you for bringing it to our attention.
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Ipswich
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Nothing bad to say at all!
The location is a lovely wooded valley, far enough from Plymouth to be peaceful and yet close enough to be convenient. All the cabins are placed discreetly in the steep sided valley, with excellent tree cover and privacy, whilst also allowing the sun to fall on the private patio area.

The valley leads down to Wembury Beach, just a short walk away.

The cabins are warm and comfortable, basic but extremely clean and with a good supply of cooking implements etc.

There is no mobile reception, so it was wonderful to unplug for a few days.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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churchwood, Owner at Churchwood Valley Holiday Cabins, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Thank you so much for your review and we're delighted that you liked our peaceful valley! Do come and visit us again soon...
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London
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

We stayed in one of the A+ one bed cabins over Easter and we took our two small dogs with us. Upon arrival the staff were very friendly and welcoming and the place had a nice feel about it. Our cabin had a partial sea view and overlooked the valley down to the sea and the views were lovely. The cabins are basic and rustic but they have what you need for a few days. They have electric heaters which we needed to use over Easter and they kept the place warm enough.

The shop is well stocked and has better provisions than the local village store and the prices are reasonable. They also stock some prints of paintings by local artists which we thought was a nice feature.

The site is dog friendly and they only make a minimal charge for your pet if you let them know if advance you are bringing them and there is a nice dog walking area.

The site is lit at night and it is not too dark and we did not find the atmosphere at night remotely intimidating or scary during our stay even when we had to get up in the middle of the night to take the dogs out. its very peaceful and tranquil even when the site is full.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Churchwood Valley Holiday Cabins
Address: Wembury Bay | Wembury, Plymouth PL9 0DZ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Plymouth
Amenities:
Beach Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Plymouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Churchwood Valley Holiday Cabins 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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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