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Grattons Cedar Lodges
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Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Very lovely weekend away with the dogs! :-)”
Reviewed 1 April 2013

This appealed to us for the dog friendly accommodation & the reasonable cost! Location was good, we had car so drove around to next towns/villages. The location is steep but for the views from the lodges was fine...there is a lovely dog friendly pub at bottom of hill which serves nice food.

The lodges were newly refurbed, had everything you needed for cooking etc. beds really comfy, clean bedding etc. The only problem is the cold, typical english weather on a bank holiday weekend. They did give us extra heaters & blankets which was great of them but the heat just didn't stay in, during the night was the worst & couldn't sleep too great as was that cold. But we didn't let this ruin our stay anyway so will defiantly be returning as perfect for dogs, especially with the paddock for them to run around.

Think will be perfect for summertime stay rather than winter/spring time just purely due the heating.

Thank you for our lovely weekend to the very friendly owners, we will be recommending xx

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hereford, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

we booked this as a short break and looked forward to our 4 days away , the dogs also came with us and they seemed to enjoy it, they seemed very interested in the paddock which was next to our lodge which was sat at the top of the hill underneath the trees, trouble was, and this was no ones fault as we picked the time to go it was bloody cold, cold in the lodge , bedroom bathroom living room, we had the heating on full blast and it still didnt thaw us out, it was that cold in the bedroom that when we pulled the duvet back a light came on, it was warmer in the car where we spent most of the time , just driving round and visiting the surrounding area, the icy blast soon drove us back into cover,.
the area was very nice, walked down to village and walked the dogs a lot, they were in their element , they have never walked so much ,but we were trying to get a bit of heat thru our bones.
we did not sleep to well either as the wind blowing thru the trees made it noisy, and if you wanted shower you had to have the immersion on previous and then had to battle the shower curtain as it tried to wrap itself round you due to the confined space.
we left early not because of the site or area but mainly due to the bitter cold, we just could not get warm. the hosts did have extra heaters or blankets if we required them but we didnt want to be a nuisance and gritted our teeth and got on with it.
I would think this is great in summer (warmer weather) but for a early spring break make sure you got your thermals and plenty of hot water bottles

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

My boyfriend and I returned to Gratton's for the second time last week. Unfortunately in our hurry to get away, we had left our towels at home and due to the cold weather we have been having recently, our lodge was a little cold. The owners couldn't do enough for us, supplying us with a few heaters and towels for the duration of our stay. We also had a very warm welcome.
All the facilities within the lodge worked well and all our utensils were clean. The lodge itself was also very clean and we were perfectly happy to be back.
Admittedly the lodges are located on a hill and do have some steps to get to them but I believe that it does say this on the website. For us as a young couple we had no trouble with the steep inclines.
I would recommend Gratton's to young couples or young families looking for a quiet, undisturbed stay with beautiful views.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

We wanted to book somewhere quiet with only a few lodges which is why we chose Grattons Cedar Lodges. It's near a tiny village which includes a pub but its a difficult walk back up the bank to the park. The driveway is quite steep and narrow and as we have a van it was a bit of a struggle.Parking was quite tight but luckily there was only 3 other cars there or we would have struggled. The owners were very friendly and helpful and told us to ask if we needed anything,they even offered to let us park on their garage space if it was a real struggle to get up the drive.The lodges were very clean, small but that didn't bother us as we only use it as a base to sleep and do basic cooking.The bed was the comfiest bed i've slept in from all the lodges we have stayed in( And i suffer with a bad back ) .We really enjoyed the break,the only problem was it was so cold, we used the heaters but even our clothes were very cold when dressing. We would stay again in summer but maybe not in winter.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

My partner and I booked a last minute getaway at Gratton's Cedar Lodges and stayed for a week commencing 29th December 2012 with our two labradors. Like others, we were a little bit dubious after reading some of the earlier reviews on the Internet and if we'd read some of the negative reviews before making the booking we probably wouldn't have bothered. In the end, i'm very glad that we did give it a chance otherwise we'd have deprived ourselves of a very relaxing, enjoyable week in lovely accomodation at a great location. We certainly wouldn't hesitate to book a return visit or to recommend the venue wholeheartedly to our family/friends.

We had some car trouble on the way and arrived later in the evening than we would have liked - due to the time of year it was very dark and raining heavily, which made the place quite tricky to find but I think that it would have been relatively easy to find in the daylight and the directions given are very good (we got to the right street but drove past the turn off as we didn't see the sign). There is quite a steep driveway/entranceway and, at first glance, it does look quite narrow but don't let it put you off - we saw a transit van go up/down numerous times whilst we were there without difficulty and our large estate car managed it easily. Once you get in, there is plenty of parking near to the lodges and the car park is well laid out.

On arrival, we were shown to our lodge and made to feel very welcome. The owners had already put some money in the electric meter and switched the lights/heating on in the lodge so that it was warm and well-lit for our arrival and the fridge was already up to the right temperature. It was really easy to get settled in and relaxed - the lodge itself was absolutely spotless and the decor was lovely but extra touches such as pictures, mirrors and a rug in the living room area gave the lodge a very homely feel. Also, the bed was already made up for us with clean bedding and an extra blanket incase it got cold (with more available in reception if required) and fresh milk, coffee/tea and sugar had been provided so that we could make hot drinks. One of the great things about the lodge was that the owners had thought of all the little things that you don't usually notice until you're on holiday and suddenly realise you don't have them... toilet roll, a tin opener, a tea towel, washing up liquid, frying pan etc.

It is dog friendly and there is a paddock to the left hand side which has been made available for dog walking and there is a bench at the top where you can sit and relax and see some amazing countryside views. As other people have mentionned, you can't leave your dogs unattended in the lodges but this didn't present a problem for us and is quite a common stipulation of holiday accomodation. We found plenty to do with the dogs in terms of coastal/rural walks and I think they enjoyed the holiday as much as, if not more, than we did and they enjoyed their first ever trip to the beach - which we really enjoyed. Quite a few of the local pubs seem to welcome well-behaved dogs aswell, but we didn't visit any of the local pubs on this occasion.

If you are driving then we would highly recommend a trip to Woolacombe beach. It has very affordable parking (the main car park leading straight onto the beach is £3 all day but there is an alternative car park slightly further up the hill that has no charge out of season and several footpaths down to the beach) and the beach itself was a lot bigger and seemed very dog friendly. There were a lot of other people walking there dogs (on and off lead) but the beach was big enough that you can have some privacy if you want it. Again, I suppose this varies by season as it's probably a lot busier in the summer. In summer some sections of the beach have dog restrictions but most of the beach is available to dogs all year round.

We found that the lodge was spacious enough for us to stay inside if we wanted to with two adults and two large dogs. Free wi-fi access was provided in the lodge and this worked with our laptops straight away and there is also a TV with a built-in DVD player or freeview, which received good reception even when we had a lot of wind/rain. The owners also provide a range of DVDs, Books, Board Games etc that you can borrow.

The owners are very friendly people and really went the extra mile to ensure that we were enjoying ourselves and were readily available to offer any advice about things to do in the area or to deal with any issues. There was a very helpful information pack in our lodge aswell that listed all the facilities that are available at the site and lots of information about the local area (emergency contact numbers, wifi access key, local shops, maps, places to go, things to see etc).

There is a seperate laundry room that's well-equipped with a washing machine, tumble dryer, laundry baskets (if required), vacuum cleaners (to borrow for the lodges) and some books/games to keep you occupied whilst you wait. There was actually an issue with the power to the meter (controlling the washing machine and tumble dryer) whilst we were there but this was completely beyond the owners control and they dealt with the issue immediately and without fuss. They went the extra mile and washed (and dried!) our washing for us at their house whilst they waited for the electrician to come and fix the fault and they returned the washing a couple of hours later. The important thing here isn't that there was an issue but how the owners very effectively and quickly resolved it as I think this really shows how much the owners care about their customers and its a great example of customer service.

There are electric meters in the lodges but these weren't too expensive and a few £s were provided to start us off. I think we used around £15 over a week but thought that this was quite reasonable as we did have the heating on and we spent a LOT of time in the lodges using TV, Kettle, Cooker, Fridge, Microwave etc especially over the first few days due to feeling unwell. We also took a lot of electronic devices (mobile phones, digital camera, laptops, hair dryer etc).

We were very sad to leave Saturday morning but arrived home well rested and looking forward to a return trip in the future.

Thank you Dave and Ros! :-)

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

We arranged my Mum's 60th Birthday gathering at these lodges and have to say, the owners made it very easy for us :-))) From the booking, paying, arriving and staying!! We arrived on a Friday lunch time, the views were magnificent, made even more so by the fact we arrived in beautiful weather!! There is quite a steep entrance, but once in, there is adequate parking, and easy access to the lodges, reception isn't too far away and they offer lots of extras, DVD's, extra bedding, milk, BBQ hire, games, washing machines (sometimes needed with the British weather :-))) We stayed in Exmoor lodge, which is the most recently refurbished, there were two adults and two children under 6 and a dog, it was perfect for a weekend stay, very comfortable, the shower was great, lovely decor, very comfy double bed and a sofa bed. My Mum stayed in Partridge lodge which is a comfortable, spacious two bedroom lodge, all lodges were heated well, with electric heaters, there are meters, but all lodges were equipped with a couple of pounds to get you started. The owners have only had the property for a short time, so are working hard to improve it. We loved it, the kids had a great time, it was dog friendly (a paddock to the left hand side is available for dogs to run around freely), there was a little play park (but due to the rain, we didn't get to use it.) We did have a couple of requests for the owners whilst we were there, the decking on some of the lodges were very slippery, due to the weather and the trees, but we mentioned it and it was dealt with there and then, very efficient!! We held a big family BBQ on the Saturday night, where we put up a gazebo which easily fit onto the drive outside Pixie lodge. On the Sunday the sun was shining, the views were fabulous and even the church bells chimed. We headed to Ye Olde Globe pub (10 minute walk or 2 minute car drive) for a 60th Birthday celebration meal, they couldn't do enough for us, so added to our great weekend!! I think we were all sad to leave on the Monday, as it was a most enjoyable. Thank you :-)

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 October 2012

Lovely location with welcoming people who seemed to care about our holiday.
Nice cabin, which was very clean and provided us with everything we needed, more than adequate for our needs and at a very good price for October.
Of course North Devon comes with steep hills and we saw some real weather while we were there, but we certainly got wonderful views of everything from our cabin.

Highly recomended and we hope to return.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Grattons Cedar Lodges
Address: Hagginton Hill | Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe EX34 9SB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Ilfracombe
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #11 of 25 Speciality Lodging in Ilfracombe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grattons Cedar Lodges are set within a picturesque hillside garden location on the edge of the award winning village of Berrynarbor in North Devon with stunning valley and sea views. Positioned just a mile away from Exmoor National Park and close to some of the best beaches in the country. It's an ideal base from which to explore the scenery of North Devon or just to relax in the peace and tranquility of the garden setting. For visitors looking to enjoy the great outdoors there is fishing, tennis, horse riding and golf nearby as well as easy access to the moors for walking and rambling. ... more   less 
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