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“Great accomodation & perfect location to explore Cornwall” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chark Farm
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Great accomodation & perfect location to explore Cornwall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2009

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.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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Nottingham
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2009

If you have pre-school children, this is the perfect place for a family holiday.

We have two young children, age 2 and 4, and they loved meeting all of the animals.
Each morning they would quickly get dressed and wait for Jenny to wander across from the farm house. She would then take us all to fetch eggs from the chickens, let the guinea pigs out into their run, and feed the pigs with food scraps collected from each of the cottages.
We also had a ride on the horse and cart, and rides on the family pony, Billy, who my 2 year old daughter is still talking about 6 weeks later!
There is also a trampoline and swing, as well as plenty of safe outside space for the kids to play in.

The accomodation is of a high quality, with stairgates and cots available if you need them.

You can easily reach the beaches on the North and South coasts, and the nearest supermarket is 10 minuites drive away.

Highly recommended for families with young children.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Southend-on-Sea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2009

Being a full time wheelchair user it can be very difficult to find accessible accommodation that truly lives up to its description; however Charks’ wheelchair accessible barn is more than this.
Mesyow Chy has two large double bedrooms (one with a double bed and one with two singles that are more than big enough to turn around in and an open plan kitchen/living area approx. 25ft in length x 14ft wide. I had no problems with my Topan class 3 powerchair accessing all the rooms. The wetroom had both a bath and roll in shower, as well as a wash basin that I could roll under in my chair. There was plenty of room for transfers and lashings of constant hot water. Most importantly it was clean and well maintained.
The other positive reviews say it all, I can only add that my wife and I were given a warm and welcoming stay in a lovely peaceful setting where you could just chill out and relax and will definitely return.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Southampton
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1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2008

Chark Farm is a gem in the Cornwall countryside. Jenny, Clive and family share the amazing farm and wonderful converted farm buildings which form the cottages with all guests who can be as involved as they choose in farm life.

For the kids there are guinea pigs, chickens, goats, horses (Jamine and her cart rides, Billy and Foxy for horse rides for the children).

I don't want to give to much more away though otherwise I might be able to book for next year :-) We have visited three times already this year and are down again for christmas. Check out the Chark Farm website and spoil yourself!

Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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London
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47 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2008

We've stayed at Chark Farm several years in a row now and we can't recommend it highly enough. Clive and Jenny (and Becky, Martin and Edward) go out of their way to provide an excellent holiday.

Accomodation. All the cottages were coverted about five years ago and are quite rightly rated at 4 stars. All have comfortable modern fittings, with central heating. All the cottages have a cooker, washing machine/dryer, dishwasher. The larger cottages - Mesyow and Lowarth are very spacious, easily accomodating a family of four. There's room in the kid's bedrooms to fit an extra bed so that you could get 3 children in if needs be. The smaller barns are by no means cramped, with lovely views over the fields. Some of the cottages can be linked together to provide accomodation for larger groups.

There's wireless broadband access in all the cottages.

Mesyow is specifically designed to be wheelchair accessible, with adapted kitchen and wet bathroom.

The barns are arranged around a central courtyard and the whole of the guests area is completely separated from the working part of the farm - indeed if you arrive through the back roads you'd be hard pressed to tell this is a large working farm milking nearly 200 cows!

Which means your kids have the run of a safe, confined area with a large trampoline (which our daughter lived on) swings, games and toys to play with.

During school holidays, Jenny will usually arrange to have a couple of calves in the pets field that the kid can all have a go bottle feeding. There's eggs to collect every morning, guinea pigs to cuddle (and chickens if you can catch them!) and goats to stroke. Their is also the world's cutest Shetland pony - Billy - who loves being brushed. He can also be taken for walks, and very small children can have a ride on him.

Parents be warned though! You will regret coming back too late in the evening and missing feeding time!!

Jenny also has Jasmine - an impressive Clydesdale (I think that's right) horse and a cart to go with her, and providing the weather is OK, will take you on cart rides a few evenings a week.

Clive may also provide a tour of the dairy unit - quite an impressive operation. He'll show you new born calves, the milking parlour (usually with cows being milked), how sileage is made and stored, and gives a very informative talk on dairy farming (although sometimes a little too informative when it comes to young ears and making baby cows!!)
If you're lucky, Clive may need a hand moving cows to or from the dairy unit - usually from a field about two miles away. Herding cows is quite an experience!

Wellies are an absolute must - even in summer. You can't really do the dairy tour without them (cows make a lot of mess!)

Chark is quite ideally placed to get around Cornwall. Bodmin is five minutes away, with supermarkets for shoppping, as well as restaurants, museums (Bodmin Jail is worth a visit), pubs etc. In the other direction, Lostwithiel is a small historic town, with tea rooms, small shops and a lovely church.

The A30 runs past Bodmin, and now it's extended nearly down to Truro, getting around is fairly easy. We went to Watergate Bay - about a 30 minute drive - quite easily. You can reach north or south beaches with equal ease.

If you like walking there are some good walks from the farm - Helman's Tor is a failry straightfoward walk, or you can walk to Llanhydrock house for tea and a walk back. Otherwise there's plenty of walks around the coast, Bodmin moor etc.

Chark is very popular during school holidays and early booking is essential. However if you've got preschool children - or no children, the farm is quieter out of season, as is Cornwall generally and is well worth considering for a week or two away. It really is ideal for everyone.

  • Liked — The "nothing is too much trouble" attitude of Jenny & Clive
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bournemouth
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2008

This is our third trip to Chark to visit Clive, Jenny & Martin. My two children aged 6 and 11 rate this as their favourite holiday and number 1 destination, which saves us a fortune over other places they have been like Disney, America, Skiing, Europe and the Caribbean! It's a parents dream and the accomodation and hospitality put other places to shame. The children get to help out with whatever they want around the farm (safely), including bottle feeding calves & piglets, riding miniature or normal horses, collecting free range eggs (for my breakfast), herding cattle, or anything else they fancy depending how adventurous they are. Or they don't have to do any of these things and can just play on the swings or trampoline, or go for one of the little walks around the fields, or relax and stay in and watch TV. My in-laws came last year with us to see what the fuss was all about and were amazed. The only thing I am worried about is that it gets too popular and we wont be able to get back in. Highly recommended.

  • Liked — Friendliness
  • Disliked — Cornwalls unpredictable weather
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mooloolaba, Australia
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28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2007

This is a small dairy farm with several self catering cottages, one of which has been converted for wheelchair users.

The owners are extremely welcoming and they are happy to offer information on walks, best beaches etc.
One of the lovely things about this farm is that you can arrange to visit the milking sheds. You can also feed the resident ducks, hens and geese and help yourself to fresh eggs in the mornings !

The location is perfect almost half way between the north coast beaches of Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth and Bedruthen Steps and the south coast beaches by St Austell.

Even though we visited during the main school holidays it was really peaceful and relaxed. We liked it so much we booked straight away for Easter !

  • Liked — Peaceful location and fantastic owners
  • Disliked — No pub within walking distance
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cutestuff
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Property: Chark Farm
Address: | Redmoor, Bodmin PL30 5AR, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Bodmin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Bodmin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
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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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