“ Log Cabin accomodation in forest surroundings in Cornwall „
Back in December last year, my boyfriend and I decided we would take a week off from our jobs in January and plan a little holiday to avoid those post christmas holiday blues. We were thinking of going to stay in one of my company's hotels in Bournemouth but my boyfriend happened to spot a fantastic deal on hotukdeals.com.
It was advertising the company forest holidays and we found that they had reduced many of their hoiday park prices for a special offer in January.
The company has cabin and caravan/camping holidays parks in various parts of the country and the particular park we stayed at was called Deepark cabins in Cornwall.
The park advertises different types of cabins ranging from your basic 'Evergreen' cabin to a 'Copper Beach' cabin then up to the 'Silver Birch' cabin which has a log fire and hot tub and Golden Oak Cabin which is supposed to be the most luxurious cabin (but has basically the same things as a Silver Birch cabin). We originally wanted to book the Silver Birch cabin at £133 for four nights Mon-Fri (for the two of us) but by the time we came to book it they had all been taken so we settled for a Copper Beach cabin at £107 for the four nights for the two of us (not even £14 per person per night). This was still such a fantastic offer that we didn't mind not having the Silver Birch too much.
So it took us about three hours to travel down to Cornwall being from the West Midlands, and this was at what my boyfriend would call a 'snail's pace' as I was driving on the motorway (but it was my first time!) It's actually relatively easy to get to, motorway's most of the way (from where we live).
It was unfortunate that my boyfriend happened to get the wrong postcode for the place and I forgot the confirmation so the satnav decided to take us to a village near Callington called Luckett, which was not the right place! We ended up on a deserted farm which was quite snowy (but able to drive in at this stage) and eventually found the owners who directed us to the right place about half and hour away.
The park is actually in place called Herodsfoot which is near the small town of Liskeard. We went through Liskeard and it took us about 15 minutes to end up at the park. For about 10 of those 15 minutes you really feel like you're in the middle of nowhere as you're driving on really tiny roads with tall hedges either side and it can be difficult when you meet another car coming the other way.
So we eventually saw the sign for Deepark forest log cabins and began driving down the windy hill which was a good mile long. We got to the reception which is a small little hut and told the very kind lady that we had a reservation. We actually got there early at 2.00pm so didn't expect the cabins to be ready as check-in time was 4.00pm. The lady said our cabin was actually ready. We did check with her if there had been any cancellations, as I know some areas had had quite a bit of snow over the christmas period so we thought we may have a chance to upgrade to a cabin with a hot tub.
They actually had had a cancellation for a Silver Birch cabin and said it would be £26 to upgrade which we thought was a bargin. The lady said it wouldn't be ready until 4.00pm as obviously they would have left that one until last as they weren't expecting an arrival there.
So we came back to check-in at 4.00pm and the reception was quite busy. We were seen to by another lady who took a swipe of my boyfriends credit card just incase of any damage done to the cabin. She actually forgot to charge us for the upgrade at that time (he actually still hasn't been charged since which is interesting).
When we got to our cabin, we were pleased to find it quite warm and cosy and once we'd turned all of the heaters on full blast (as I get very cold) and unpacked we read the welcombe folder which contained all sorts of information about the surrounding area, walks we could do, place of interest to visit and places to eat. This was really useful as we hadn't really done much research on the area so didn't quite know what to do. They had also provided complimentary tea, coffee and milk sachets which was unexpected.
One of the park rangers came along at just before 6.00pm to show us how to use the hot tub which was useful as we hadn't used it before. Very easy to operate and looked so lush and pretty with changing soothing lights.
We then made our dinner in the little kitchen area. The kitchen had a microwave, cooker, extractor fan and plenty of utensils which you wouldn't expect (i.e. bottle opener and cheese grater) and was easy to find everything as it's only a small area.
We later ventured in to our hot tub which was absolutely GORGEOUS. It was absolutely freezing outside but the hot tub was so warm and relaxing that you didn't notice the outside temperature.
After having a relaxing night in front of the flat screen tv and after planning the next day, we decided to get up relatively early and make the most of what was in Cornwall. Opening the curtains of our bedroom window we were extremely suprised to see a good foot of snow so just decided to do some of the walks around the forest as realised we wouldn't be going anywhere in a hurry! There was a map in the cabin of where we could walk, different routes being different lengths and they were very pleasant walks.
The next few days involved doing the same things, mainly walking as the snow began to get worse and turned to ice. We did try to dig the car out of the snow and got it moving up to reception but as we looked at the hill coming up, about a mile long, we just knew there was no chance of getting out. We tried, but just began to slide back to the hill, towards the lake which was a little worrying! We had to abandon my car about a five minutes walk from our cabin because of the ice and snow.
On the plus side, the forest looked extremely pretty and the shop on site was stocked with plenty of goodies for us to make a nice hot meal for ourselves.
One of the days we really wanted to venture out of the forest and go somewhere to eat so found out from the park rangers where the nearest pub was and decided to walk to it. It took us a little while seeing as we had to walk about 3 miles to a little place called Duloe but the food was delicious at their pub.
There were park activities that we could have been involved in, but due to the extreme weather I wasn't sure if they were taking place. I did, however, see a group walk lead by one of the ranger's on the last day that we were there. The ranger activities are £6 per adult per activity which isn't too bad and £5 for children.
The forest park also offers the chance for you to pre-order your groceries to save you having to lug everything from home, but this can be a little expensive and isn't really necessary. You can also pre order things like bathrobes, slippers, towels and babycots/highchairs. They offer bike hire as well and did have and an offer of 2 for 1 bikes in January. Otherwise an adult bike for a short break can cost you £23.
One bad thing about the park is that you would be extremely lucky to get the tiniest bit of signal. When I wanted to phone home, it involved walking a mile to the top of the hill and out of the forest to get signal. It really was as if we were cut off from the whole world.
The rangers are all really nice and really helpful. They kept us fully informed of the road conditions and what the situation would be when we left. We ended up getting towed out of the park by a tractor. It was actually quite fun!
The cabins themselves I think are great. Our cabin was just at the end of a lake and looked so pretty when you woke up in the morning and looked out of the window. The wall facing the lake was practically all glass so when you stood at the top of the stairs it was such a pretty picture. Despite having a massive glass window the cabin actually got really hot which is much better than being cold! We did have the heaters on full most of the time though. The log fire is great as well, there were already two logs and some tinder provided so you just need matches to light it and it's easy to get going. Makes it really nice and cosy.
If anyone thinks they might consider this holiday park, if its for a couple, family or friends I would definately say go for it as especially during the winter it is so picturesque and even if you do get snowed in, you can still have a great time! For the price we paid, it's absolutely fantastic and we will definately be going back!