If someone says lodge break, I instantly think ‘hot tub’. But travelling with our friends’ toddler Arthur in tow, we needed to fill our time at Indio Lake in South Devon with entertaining activities. Just as well, as we discovered so many special places in the local area (and still managed to squeeze in some hot tub time!).
Arriving straight from the office on Friday, we were relieved that the resort is easily found by following Google Maps. The obligatory Friday night no fuss pizza consumed, and one over-excited Arthur finally settled in bed, we hit the hot tub. What better antidote to a busy working week than to sit with a glass of wine looking up at the stars and overhanging trees…
We awoke to bright blue skies on Saturday and the open-plan apartment, with patio doors leading out to the balcony on one side and windows looking over the lake in the other, was flooded with sunlight.
After some brekky on the balcony with a great vantage of the lilly-pad filled lake from the first floor, we headed into nearby Bovey Tracey, a 10 minute walk along a quiet road (or 15 minutes with a toddler in tow!). Bovey Tracey’s a lovely little town and the Devon Guild of Craftsmen is a wonderful all-weather outing with a gallery and shop selling ceramics, textiles and jewellery from Devon artists. Not so much fun for the little one, who much preferred the children’s park across the road, complete with zip-wire – hours of fun for all!
After a leisurely lunch back at the apartment, gazing out over the lake and watching for the splash of the resident fish, we headed out to the local public outdoor pool, just a few minutes’ walk from the resort. The pool is a real treat – they’ve thought of everything with sun beds, a book exchange and excellent changing facilities – perfect for families. Before story time we explored the resort by wandering around the lake via the wooded footpath, several smaller paths lead out to small islets in the lake, before preparing dinner in the well-equipped kitchen.
Sunday was another sunny day, so after a lovely breakfast on the decking at The Devon Guild of Craftsmen and having said our goodbyes to Arthur and co, we headed to the picture postcard village of Lustleigh ‘an idyllic gateway to the moors’, just a few miles away from Indio Lake. This really is one of the prettiest villages I’ve come across in Devon, with a multitude of thatched cottages and a delightful pub – The Cleave - serving simple tasty meals.
We were sad to leave the tranquil retreat of Indio Lake on Sunday back to the reality of the working week, but we’ll be back next time we need an escape from the humdrum of everyday life!
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