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Cottage Holiday Reviews for Willowfield Lake Cottages

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Willowfield Lake Cottages, Gallowell Lane, Velator, Braunton, Devon, EX33 2NX

Description of the self catering property

Set in the beautiful landscape of Braunton Burrows Nature Reserve, with 5 miles of golden sands and surf nearby, this tastefully furnished cluster of attractive and comfortable cottages enjoy an extensive range of leisure facilities which include an indoor heated swimming pool and a well equipped games room, complete with enclosed toddlers play area. The cottages are set amongst mature trees and shrubs and are surrounded by 12 acres of pastureland. The grounds offer plenty of open space for football, cricket and other ball games and children will find adventure in the fort and play area. Willowfield Lake is perfect for family holidays, with single storey cottages, easy walking, level grounds and mown footpaths which meander through wildflower meadows to encircle a tranquil and picturesque 1 acre lake.

• Indoor heated swimming pool 31’ x 19’ ( open 9.00am – 9.00pm, and open 11.0am on Saturdays) with children's shallow area, changing, w/c and shower facilities and Hot Tub • Games room with table tennis, pool table (Coin operated), table football, and toddlers enclosed play area • Children's adventure play area with fort, climbing frame and swings • Toddlers play area with Wendy house and slides • Outdoor Giant Chess • 12 acres of grounds with picnic tables, trees and shrubs, wild flower areas and lakeside footpaths. Ideal location for Cycling, Birdwatching, Walking or Surfing

Best Features

Superb indoor and outdoor facilities.

Coarse fishing lake ( mature stocks of carp, up to 25lbs, tench up to 8lbs, and roach up to 1.5lb ) barbless hooks, licence available from P.O. Please bring own fishing tackle.

Sleeps: from 2 to 5

Pets: No

Contact Details

Contact Name: Terry Keavey

Telephone: 01271 814346

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9 of 16 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 09/2010
Cottage Review:  

Yet again another fantastic holiday was had by all. The Cottage (Magpie) was excellent, spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The facilities Willowfield Lake have are also excellent and very safe for children. Terry and Wendy are the perfect hosts, they make you feel very welcome and nothing is too much trouble.

We can’t wait until next year!

Make up of party:  Mum Dad & Ellie
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: exceptional
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: nkeeling Review Added: 14.09.2010
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Guest's Initials: Collette,Andy and Rebecca Date of visit: 01/04/2010
Cottage Review: Stayed in Swift Cottage (1 bed) for a week mid April 2010 with my husband and 10 month old daughter. This was my first family holiday so it was important that the accommodation was clean and safe for a small child. I was very pleased with not only the cottage but the whole complex. The cottages have been recently refurbed and have been equiped with everything you would need, a real home from home. The bedroom was spacious, even with a cot in the room there was plenty of room; the bathroom was newly fitted with power shower, under floor heating etc; the kitchen was also newly fitted which included a dishwasher and washer dryer; the living area was comfortable with dining table and chairs, tv with freeview and a dvd player. There was even a boxed games compendium under the TV.

Within the well maintained grounds there is a lovely indoor swimming pool, the area is kept very clean and also includes a hot tub. There are two children's play area's on site one for older children which includes a large wooden fort with climbing wall etc. The play area for younger children is well stocked with high quality swings/slides etc which were always very clean which my little one loved. The lake itself is beautiful and although I was not there for a fishing break it was lovely to take a leisurely walk around it.

Braunton is the nearest village approx a 5/10 min drive away, which also has a Tesco so you don't have to go too far for your supplies. If you fancy walking into town it is a lovely walk, the road edges on to marshland and at a leisurely pace probably takes approx 45 mins including a break to feed the swans on the way. The cottage is in a great location for exploring North Devon, Barnstable, Ilfracombe, Exmoor Zoo and Lynton (to name just a few) are all within easy reach and well worth a visit.

Wendy and Terry were so friendly and helpful at all times which added to the whole experience of the holiday,a wonderful holiday, look forward to a return visit

Guest's Initials: Laura & Patrick Date of visit: 01/05/2010
Cottage Review: Another fabulous holiday at Willowfield Lake Cottages – we came home already planning our return next year.
It is a fabulous place for a holiday, particularly with young children, as everything is geared up to make everyone enjoy themselves. Even if it rains, there’s a lovely warm swimming pool, that you often get all to yourself, and a games room with comfy chairs for the parents and toys and books to borrow.
It’s a beautiful spot that’s so tranquil that some days we just picnicked in the grounds and had a wonderful time without having to pack up the car.
Wendy and Terry couldn’t be more helpful. I even got a phone call the day before we left asking if there was anything they could provide to save me packing it. I borrowed high quality highchair, cot, trainer seat, bed guard and changing mat – much more than the usual range on offer at most places. They even lent us a bbq and a bucket and spade.
The cottages are clean, well equipped, and all on one level, so perfect for crawling babies and no need for stair gates. The beds are very comfy too.
The lake is far enough away from the cottages not to worry about toddlers falling in and also far enough away that you can fish in peace away from the family for an hour or two. Having Tesco down the road means you don’t have to bring lots of food with you either.
We’ve done lots of day trips, and there’s plenty to do within an hour if you can’t go to the beach – which is also a lovely sandy one with a nice cafe.
We can’t praise it enough and will definitely be returning for a third year in 2011.

Guest's Initials: Suzanne, Keith & Chloe Date of visit: 01/05/2010
Cottage Review: We stayed at Willowfield Lake Cottages for the May school holidays this year and had a wonderful time. Wendy and Terry were very welcoming and helpful and their beautiful Heron cottage was a delight.
Every home from home comfort you could wish for - clean linen and towels, immaculate surroundings and beautifully kept grounds. Another bonus - the indoor pool. We spent many hours in the pool and hot tub and had the exclusive use on many occassion - which our 3 year old daughter thought was great as she could jump in as much as she wished!!!!
The location of the cottage was perfect - near enough to the beaches and village pubs, but secluded enough to have peace and quiet - we felt truly relaxed.
This was our first holiday with our 8 month old son, who could crawl around the playgrounds safely and make his way to the baby area on his own while we watched from our cottage - knowing he would be safe.
We just cannot fault Willowfield Lake Cottages in any way - well done Wendy and Terry.

Guest's Initials: Abigail & family Date of visit: 01/07/2010
Cottage Review: We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at willowfieldlake cottages in July! It was the perfect base for exploring the area around North Devon with the beaches only being 10 minutes away and many other attractions close by. Thankyou to Terry and Wendy for being extremely friendly and helpful during our stay.
We found the cottage very comfortable and tastefully decorated throughout and it was immaculately clean on arrival. It was also well equiped inside-even had plastic plates, bowls and cups for the kids so won't need to pack those next time!
Thomas(3) and Millie(21months) particularly enjoyed the outside space-the toddler playarea was great! And when the weather wasn't so good the indoor playroom was useful with ride-on toys for toddlers and table tennis for adults. Thomas made good use of the indoor pool and we found that most days we had it to ourselves. What made it even better was that it was a peaceful place for adults to get away from the stresses of daily life while the kids were happy.
We will definately be returning and are recommending it to friends and family.

Guest's Initials: Andrea & family Date of visit: 01/06/2010
Cottage Review: We have just returned from our first visit to Wagtail Cottage, Willowfield Lake Cottages. We only have the highest praises for this child friendly but tranquil holiday site. Beautifully decorated, meticulously maintained and truly great for pre-school children. We have three children under 5 years old, and they were all happy as sand boys here. There is a little toddler playground area, an exciting fort playground for the older chidlren, a well equipped huge games room/indoor play area, plenty of grass for kicking balls about and a lovely warm swimming pool with steps into shallow area for the children & a five seater hot tub. All of the facilities are within sight or near sight of all twelve cottages and cars are in the car park at entrance so no worries re traffic or letting them outdoors on their own. The lake is near enough so you can walk there with buggy or children on the mown paths but far enough away that you have no fears of children falling in. The cottages have some luxurious touches like underfloor heating in the bathrooms and big fluffy towels and well equipped kitchens. Braunton is a five minute drive away for all your food and drink supplies and very easy to reach sandy beaches of Saunton Sands, Croyde and Woolacombe by car. We honestly can find no faults with Willowfield Lake Cottages and all its facilities and are already planning on returning next year.

Guest's Initials: Holly ,Rob and Thomas Date of visit: 01/05/2010
Cottage Review: We have two young children and Willowfield Lake Cottages are the perfect venue for our family holidays. The cottages are superbly equipped, attractively decorated, comfortable and very clean. The location is tranquil among the beautiful and unusual landscape of Braunton Burrows but the amenities of Braunton are less than five minutes drive away. Several days of our holiday we didn't even need to leave Willowfield by the time we had all made use of the outdoor play areas, the games room, the walks around the grounds and fishing lake, and of course the fabulous indoor pool and hot tub! When we did go out it was great to be so close to the beaches at Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough and Crow Point and to be able to drive to them via cunningly quiet back roads! Terry and Wendy were great hosts and were always on hand to help with any queries we may have had either about the cottages or the local area. We loved Willowfield so much that we have already booked to go again next year. We would definitely recommend it as a great holiday venue for familes!"

Guest's Initials: Nic, Simon and Louis Date of visit: 01/07/2010
Cottage Review: Dear Terry and Wendy,
Thank you again for a wonderful week's holiday in Swift Cottage - we really enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the location and Louis had a great time on his first ever holiday! The cottage was beautifully presented and imaculately clean - perfect for a very inquisitive 10 month old. It was great to have baby equipment provided and we made good use of the washing machine! Your facilities were just right for a family get away and we loved having the pool to ourselves on a number of occasions. We would love to visit you again soon and would happily recommend Willowfield Lake Cottages to anyone, particularly those concerned about the logistics of travelling with and entertaining a baby.
Best wishes

Guest's Initials: Debbie,Alistair & James Date of visit: 01/07/2010
Cottage Review: We have stayed at Willowfield Lake Cottages for our family holiday every year for the past 11 years. It is perfect for a family holiday, no matter what age you are. The location is off the beaten track, yet only 5 minutes from the endless sandy beach at Saunton in one direction or to the handy local Tesco at Braunton in the other. The new managers, Terry and Wendy are so welcoming that nothing is too much trouble (not that we've really needed to call on them, as the cottages and general site are so well equipped). The onsite play areas, swimming pool, hot tub, games room and fishing lake all provide instant relaxation. Easy walking, cycling and surfing are all on the doorstep. The earthquake train ride at Dinosaur World in Coombe Martin should not be missed if you have young children - for older ones, try quad biking or laser shooting in the woods just outside Barnstaple. There are two National Trust houses within easy reach and countless other places to and things to do nearby - far too many to list. Squires fish and chip shop in Braunton is not to be missed either. Enjoy your stay!

Guest's Initials: Dee,Paul ,Jack & Aron Date of visit: 01/08/2010
Cottage Review: Thanks for another great holiday this year on our tenth visit. As usual we had a wonderful time. Willowfield Lake provides a great place to get away from it all. The refurbishment of the cottages has made them even more comfortable.
The lake provided good sport for fishing as well as being a lovely place to sit besides and take in the wildlife such as the resident kingfisher.
When the weather was bad the pool and hot tub provided a place to relax and have fun as did the games room. Outside, the children found the play area good fun and the acres of grass was ideal to play ball games on.
The beaches of Saunton and Croyde are handy and great for surfing.
Look forward to seeing you again next year. Thanks for making us feel so welcome

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