This was our first holiday as a family with our 11 month old Son. It could not have been more perfect thanks largely to our choice of accomodation.
We were rather concerned that it might be a bit of a nightmare being so far away from all of his home comforts. Far from it. These cottages are really superb. Clean, well furnished and with all the mod-cons you need to do as much or as little as you please. Chark Farm would suit anyone, being so much for both couples or families. For us what really made it was all the opportunaties to explore Clive & Jenny's farm with our little boy. Be it taking one of the optional routes around all the fields, going out with their pet pony, feeding all the animals (from goats to guinea pigs!), being taken for a horse & cart ride, playing chess on the massive outdoor chess board, riding the childrens tractor, playing with the dog, Tess, playing on the swings/slide/trampoline etc. etc.
We stayed in Fenton Chy (which has an ace whirlpool by the way!). A stairgate is fitted, and Jenny can provide a cot, if required.
The local roads take a bit of getting used to but as Clive pointed out, the locals can 'sense' you're about so there's nothing to fear, and he was right. By the end of the week, I was used to the raods, and getting that Cornish 'sense' thing myself!
The location was a real bonus. It's not too far into Cornwall, which made it less of a gruelling journey. Whilst the west is very pleasant, it means adding on another 1.5 hr drive. Much better to be in Bodmin and simply drive down there if you must. Stay here, and you're only 10min from the nearest beech to the south, and 20 min to the north. There's so many options. We did something different everyday as it was only a short drive to do so. Highlights for us were Lusty Glaze Beech in Newquay, Fowey, Polperro, Lanhydrock, Marazon, Boscastle (make sure you walk on to the cliffs beyond the harbour if you can), the Eden Project, Looe and Glendurgen Gardens.
As the previous writter said (also from Robin Hood Country I see!) all the major supermarkets are within a 10-15 min drive to Bodmin or St Austell. There's a lovely chippy just opened in nearby ancient Lostwithiel, and an apparently good chinese.
You really can't go wrong using this place as a base. We've never been back anywhere in the 15 years we've been together as we like to explore, but this place is so bang on we'll be back next year.
It's that good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spacious quality self-catering accommodation on picturesque farm in beautiful mid Cornwall. Some with superb wheelchair access. Family friendly. Open all year. Free wi-fi. Optional complimentary horse and cart ride for all guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chark Farm Bodmin, Cornwall