Sometimes, you just need a few days to get away from it all, to re-charge your batteries and spend some quiet time enjoying your family.
This week we did just that and set off on a little family holiday to Woodovis Park, a beautiful 5 star caravan and camping resort, that sits on the Cornish/Devon border.
Nestled in amongst the trees, rolling hills and farmland and right on the edge of Dartmoor, an area of outstanding natural beauty, sits Woodovis Park.
Coming from a busy Cornish tourist town, we were instantly appreciative of this cosy, peaceful location. We were really excited to have the chance to wind down with Evie and just enjoy her.
When coming to Woodovis Park, holidaymakers can either choose to camp in one of the 50 spacious pitches, or they can book to stay in a self-catering holiday cottage, a range of luxury holiday homes or one of the pre-built glamorous camping pods.
We were invited to Woodovis Park to review the accommodation. We were lucky enough to get to stay in one of the beautiful holiday homes.
The Holiday Home
The holiday home felt completely luxurious. Inside it was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed for a pleasant few days stay.
There were three bedrooms, a shower room, toilet and a large open plan kitchen/dining/living room. The living room was completed with a TV and a beautiful little fireplace.
The kitchen was fully equipped with everything you’d need to cook for your family. It had everything from; pots and pans, to utensils, cutlery and crockery. There was also a large fridge, gas cooker, toaster and microwave.
When we arrived, there was complimentary coffee, tea and fudge set out on the table. This was a really sweet added touch.
We absolutely adored staying in the holiday home. The sofas were all really comfortable and there was enough space for our toddler Evie to roam around and play happily.
The caravan was extremely cosy yet spacious, something that completely surprised me. I must admit, I had expected it to feel a little bit cramped.
The beds were also really comfortable. Evie was so excited to get to sleep in her ‘holiday bed’ every night, a very welcome thing for tired, frazzled parents.
With built in heating there was no chance of feeling the Autumn chill. The little fireplace in the lounge area, was also the perfect added touch in the evenings.
The holiday home also extends outside,where there is your very own dedicated picnic bench. Perfect for lunches or barbecues on warmer summer evenings.
Onsite there is plenty to entertain children. If you don’t intend to leave the park on one of the days during your stay, there is enough around to guarantee your little ones don’t get bored.
The onsite games room complete with pool table, air hockey and a giant connect four, is the perfect space for older children and even adults to hang out in.
There is also a large indoor swimming pool and sauna. You can use the pool at your desire and outdoors there are plenty of areas to make use of.
Woodovis Park certainly encourages an outdoor lifestyle. The central play park is great for children, with an old tractor to sit on, a beautiful little playhouse and a large climbing frame complete with slides, swings and a climbing wall.
Everything has been kept spotlessly tidy. You can see that the whole resort is taken care of to a high extent.
There are also plenty of open grassy areas for children to run about on, plus an area dedicated to playing bowls and an outdoor table tennis zone.
We went for a walk around the woods everyday of our stay. Evie loved foraging for blackberries and finding pre-built dens in the woods, to play in.
Information points are dotted around the entire park, helping you to learn more about the area. They encourage you to spot which trees you can see and to help you identify birds, bugs and wildlife.
We loved the bug hotel. It was a lovely hidden gem right by our holiday home, and the perfect tool for helping little ones learn to identify bugs.
If you fancy going further afield, you can hire two electric bikes from the shop. Or, if you’re all in the mood for exploring the local countryside, then there is an adorable little red phone box by the park, filled with different walk ideas and maps.
Dotted around the park there are a whole range of facilities to use, dependant on your needs.
If you are camping, there are dishwashing areas, showers, plenty of clean, modern bathrooms, a laundrette and picnic benches.
There is even an area for washing your dog after a muddy walk. The park completely caters for your four legged friends.
Woodovis Park has a small shop, that sells local produce and general food goods. We went first thing in the mornings, to pick up freshly baked croissants and pain au chocolats. You can pre-book these the day before to guarantee yourself a delicious breakfast.
A farm stall is located next door to the park, at the Copper Penny Inn. Ideal for gathering any fresh ingredients you might need to cook with. If you need to do a big food shop, the local Morrison’s and Tesco are only a ten minute drive away.
If you don’t fancy cooking, simply keep an eye on the weekly timetable. Woodovis Park plays host to guest food vans, including a hog roast van that arrives every Monday.
One thing I must mention is the staff. The staff were all incredibly friendly and approachable. There was a really community feel to Woodovis Park. Plus, the grounds are clearly looked after by passionate, dedicated staff.
On arrival, a lovely staff member showed us to our holiday home. She made sure to let us know about what we could find in the park, including which food vans were coming on which days. We were given all the information we would need for a pleasant stay.
Set in a beautiful woodland, surrounded by farmland, Woodovis Park is the perfect place to unwind in and get back to basics with your family.
As much as I love a busy resort with lots to see, sometimes it is nice to replace that with woodland strolls, lazy days by the fire and technology free time with your little ones.
We loved our stay at Woodovis Park and give it a complete 10/10 recommendation for families. Whilst we were here we also visited nearby attractions Lydford Gorge and The Tamar Valley Donkey Park, so be sure t check out our reviews of those.
It is also the ideal base for exploring attractions, all the way from Dartmoor, down to the Eden Project in Cornwall.
With beautiful Devon villages and Cornish beaches a stones throw away, it’s the perfect middle point for a family retreat.
If you like this post check out our Cornwall section, for more ideas of days out in the area!
What do you think of Woodovis Park? What’s your favourite type of family holiday? Let us know in the comments below.