Shipley Lodge Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms)
About serena Todd
Serena, Jez and Dylan have fully renovated Pinewood Lodge and the two holiday apartments to a very high standard. We are very proud to share this beautiful location with our guests. Both Jez and Serena work for national charities supporting families and vulnerable young people, whilst their son is studying hard at school (we hope)...
serena Todd purchased this Apartment in 2014
Why serena Todd chose South Brent
We fell in love with Pinewood Lodge as we drove through the narrow tree covered lanes and arrived at Pinewood Lodge nestled between the hills with amazing views. We had been looking for a place where you could walk straight form your door 'to have arrived at your destination' and you can walk straight out onto the moor.
What makes this Apartment unique
Pinewood Lodge is situated in a magical tranquil location, surrounded by countryside and views. Originally utilized by the victorians as a health sanatorium for its fresh clean air, not much has changed today. We have our own private well and water supply from the granite rocks below, a beautiful bluebell wood and some lovely pigs and chickens. If you are dog owner you are welcome to bring well behaved dogs and to stay in Shipley Lodge the ground floor apartment. Although secluded you are only a fifteen minute drive from a range of market towns.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
A lovely place
A great place to stay, kept well and a great location.
The hosts were lovely and welcoming but also let you just get on with your holiday.
A great place for the dogs with lovely local walks
a lovely stay in the countryside
The location of the lodge in Devon is absolutely fabulous.
But we found the photos and comments on the website quite misleading. Indeed, we expected beautiful views from the lodge as written on the presentation but we did not have one from the windows facing the opposite way from the beautiful view. The location has in fact two lodges but the photos on the website are all mixed up. I had chosen one of the lodges because I saw tiles in the bedrooms (my son has asthma) but we ended up with the lodge having wall to wall carpet in the bedrooms, not what we expected or understood from the website. We prefer self-catering houses to hotels because we love meeting people. So we found it a bit akward to have to send an e-mail to our owners living next-door when we needed something rather than to knock at the door and have a chat. We do understand that they protect themselves from probable intrusive lodgers. But talking face to face is so more natural and friendly to us. And again, at our arrival, we found it hard to go to the front door, we simply could not find it. We tried to find some help but we saw nobody until the next morning. Again, we do understand but that is a service we expect for this kind of holidays : being welcome by a human being and not having to find your own way and dial a code to get the front door key.
Having said that, we enjoyed our stay after the first day disappointment. The lodge is very comfortable, spacious and well equipped. Serena and Jez are very nice hosts.
A very nice property
Enjoyed our stay tremendously,a lovely property quiet with beautiful scenery. I would say that if you are nervous driving own very small country lanes that this maybe the property for you
Amazing location for dog owners. Walk from the front door to the moors all off lead. Perfect!
Very modern and obviously newly refurbished. TV sound was very muffled due to echoes through the whole apartment. Agree with previous reviewers that a sound bar or better quality TV would help. Internet was dial-up speed from the late 90’s ( not the owners fault, but do beware as phone signal is also weak). Not a big issue though. Good communication from the owner and very helpful. Loved our time here.
Lovely apartment in a spectacular setting!
We really enjoyed a super week staying at this comfortable apartment which is set in the most glorious part of Devon. The last bit of the drive to the Lodge is very slow due to the narrow and windy road but gives you time to appreciate the beauty of the gorgeous surroundings that resemble a film set with the flowing river and fantastic flora!
Nothing was too much trouble for our delightful hosts who quickly responded to any query plus gave good tips about the local area. The stylish apartment had everything we needed and the bathroom had a great shower! If I had one little suggestion it would be to add a sound bar to the TV as it can be difficult to hear the TV clearly in such a large room and we didn't want to keep turning the volume up! But apart from that Shipley Lodge is a wonderful place to stay and enjoy the delights of Devon and I'm sure we'll be back!
Great stay, highly recommended, we will be back
We loved our stay
Serena & hubby where super friendly & very accommodating. We had lovely pork from their farm waiting for us in the fridge. They arranged for our two kids to bottle feed the lambs which they loved.
Spacious & well presented accommodation with all you need for a trip away.
Perfect location to explore Dartmoor
Covering 368 square miles, Dartmoor National Park is dominated by the cool wide-open spaces of the high moors made famous in the works of Emily Brontë. With miles of paths, tracks, 160 rocky outcrops or tors and open moorland for exploring on foot, bike or horseback, Dartmoor is a suitable place to try out thrilling activities such as climbing, caving and geocaching.
Across the moors, travellers will find small workshops and artist studios or galleries showcasing original artwork such as pottery, sculpture, leatherwork and textiles, while small farms sell fresh veggies, honey, breads, beef, lamb, cheeses and other products in lively town centres. Boasting around 200 granite tors of all shapes and sizes, and a rich collection of bronze-age antiquities, history enthusiasts may discover a wealth of stone rows and circles, burial chambers and cairns, alongside the remains of roundhouses. In Bellever Forest, travellers may enjoy relaxing picnics by the East Dart River, while grazing Dartmoor ponies may be spotted in the area. After a day of exploration, tourists may tempt their taste buds with local dishes including the Dartmoor beef and local ale pies.
Special interest holidays:
Access to horse riding, mountain biking, climbing, canoeing, fishing and walking are all easily accessible and available.
Access to the beautiful South Hams coastline are within thirty minutes drive and include beaches such as Mothercombe, Bigbury-on-Sea, Salcombe and Blackpool Sands.
Exeter airport is a forty minute drive, Totnes station (mainline from London) is fifteen minutes and Plymouth station is twenty five minutes drive. Car hire is available from Totnes station and taxi's are also available.
Buckfastleigh, Totnes and Ivybridge are all approximately fifteen minutes drive and all provide food shopping and restaurants. Plymouth is a thirty minute drive and a major costal town and Exeter is a forty minute drive and a thriving cathedral city.
There are leisure centres in Ivybridge and Totnes with swimming pools, alongside banks, markets (Totnes Friday). South Brent is the nearest village to Didworthy with cash machines and two local village stores, a butcher, two pubs and a tea shop. It is approximately a twenty five minute walk from Pinewood Lodge.