I’ve stayed in Cornwall many times, and usually head to coastal towns, where the beach is on the doorstep, but for my latest trip away I wanted more. I was travelling with my friend Iain and his two daughters, so wanted to make sure that wherever we chose provided a safe environment with plenty of places to visit nearby. We also wanted a hot tub! After much deliberation, we opted to stay at 3 Horizon View at Southern Halt.
Southern Halt is home to a small collection of stylish, modern lodges which are well appointed both inside and out. There is currently works going on at the development over the next month to add more lodges to the adjoining field. We were aware of this prior to our stay and were assured that disruption would be minimal, however on arrival were surprised at just how little disruption there was.
The development was beautifully presented and noise was not noticeable. Obviously for safety reasons the entrance to the field where works going on was gated off, however the few lodges which had sight of this had additional wicker fencing installed to offer a greater level of privacy. The development is gated, giving peace of mind that cars won’t go racing by and that the little ones can’t go running off!
Upon entering 3 Horizon View, we did the grand tour, with the lodge more than exceeding expectations. The open plan living area was well furnished, comfortable, warm and very bright, with the views over the field providing the focal point of the room.
The kitchen was equipped with quality appliances and when it came to dining, the Oak dining table was easily able to accommodate the whole party, with plenty of space for the high chair to also be sat around the table.
With a Bluetooth speaker dock, and widescreen TV there was plenty to keep the kids entertained in the living area, and although there was no Wi-Fi (which I’m sure many would like to escape for a day or two), we found phone reception good… in fact it was good enough for Sky to our Ipad to watch the Lions beat the All Blacks.
We were impressed on arrival to find the Owners supply many of the essentials including milk, coffee and tea, as well as some luxuries such as wine and toiletries – it felt like a really warm welcome. Whilst we were trying to take in all the lodge had to offer, we couldn’t spend too long inside as the pressure to get into our speedos and hop into the tub was becoming insurmountable from the kids!
We wouldn’t stay in the tub for too long in the daytime as children can’t bathe for too long, but they did enjoy the dips they had. As night fell and the little ones went to bed for the night, we ventured back to the hot tub. By night, Southern Halt is deliberately low lit outside, so guests can soak in the tub under the moon light and see the stars!
At the end of the day, we all retreated to our beds, which were a small slice of heaven! Supportive yet incredibly comfortable, I was well set to recharge ahead of the next day’s adventure. I was woken in the morning by the singing of the local birds, as I’d left the window open, however I can’t remember the last time I woke up to the dawn chorus rather than an alarm clock – I felt truly refreshed.
After a quick early dip in the tub, the crew got dressed for the beach and jumped in the car. Having already visited the South Coast & Looe the previous day, we decided to head to the other end of County to North West Cornwall.
Situated in the village of Dobwalls Southern Halt is ideally situated in a peaceful Corner of rural Cornwall, yet within a few minutes’ drive of A30, opening the door to all that Cornwall has to offer. From the pretty beaches of the fishing town of Looe, just a 15 minute drive away, to the sub-tropical gardens of the Eden project, within 25 minutes, the location is ideally placed to explore all of Cornwall, rather than having to choose one coast.
We headed for the surf, shops and attractions of Newquay, and went from Lodge to Beach in just 45 minutes. After dipping our Toes in the surf, we explored the shops, enjoyed a bite to eat and won a Minion in the amusement arcade.
Upon arriving back at the lodge after a busy day, everyone was exhausted so an early night was had by all ahead of our final day.
We were up early and headed a few minutes away to the nearby rolling hills of Bodmin Moor, where we enjoyed a gentle walk while spotting the array of animals the moor is home to. After our walk, we headed back to Dobwalls, to the Highwayman pub, which is within a few minutes of Southern Halt, and enjoyed their legendary Cavery – a must for anyone visiting the area.
The final night was spent packing, enjoying the hot tub, and wishing we were staying for longer! I’m sure we will be back, as will some of our friends and family who were green with envy when we Facetimed them from the hot tub!
Click here to find out more about 3 Horizon View, Southern Halt.