Since I live here in Devon and my sister and her three-year-old twins live over in Kent, we were delighted to book a stay at Willow Cottage for a family gathering. Willow Cottage seemed an ideal place to spend some time together for a family holiday with lots of space to unwind and escape our usual hectic schedules.
Our first impressions of the property were exactly what we were hoping for, a lovely central village location in the South Hams and the property looked full of character with a modern feel. Walking into the lounge it was quickly apparent the property was a Tardis that just went on and on! The girls were particularly excited when they found the bunk room off the kitchen which was a quirky feature to the property.
On the first evening, we drove the ten minutes to nearby Modbury, to order a takeaway, stock up on a few essentials and grab a swift drink in one of the friendly pubs. The next morning, we decided to hop in the car and drive the half an hour or so to the sailing resort of Salcombe for breakfast and a spot of shopping. Our plan kept my sister and I happy, but the twins needed more action so we made our way to Dartmoor Zoo for the afternoon.
The family all agreed this was by far the most interactive and best zoo they had ever been to. We stood just a couple of feet away from tigers, watched the lions being fed, witnessed a falconry display and petted goats, rabbits and wallabies within their enclosure and it was clear to see the staff were very passionate about the zoo and eager to get involved with the visitors.
After our busy day of adventures, it was lovely to head back and enjoy the cottage for the evening, so we decided to cook for ourselves and make the most of the huge kitchen/diner. We found we had everything we needed to rustle up a lovely meal, and the appliances were of a very good standard with a big double oven and all mod cons, with plenty of space for the children to play and a lovely big dining table to sit and eat around.
The cottage really is home from home with lots of space and my sister was particularly impressed with the child friendly touches such as high chairs, stair gates, games, puzzles and DVDs to keep everyone entertained. If the British weather had been kinder to us we would have most certainly taken advantage of some alfresco dining on the large patio just off the kitchen/diner.
After a restful night’s sleep in the big cosy beds we were sad to be leaving, but we braved the cold and headed to Bigbury on Sea and then onto Creeks End in Kingsbridge for a tasty Sunday carvery.
The location of this property really was perfect to explore the best of South Devon and for those with young children we can’t recommend Dartmoor Zoo enough. We had a wonderful stay at Willow Cottage and could have easily stayed longer as all the little touches made it a very comfortable home that was perfect from the moment we arrived.
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