Location: Bodmin, PL30 4AX, Cornwall, England
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"Brilliant holiday, so much to do to keep active 3 year old twins happy!…"
Just got home from a fabulous week here. Accommodation was lovely with great facilities - dish washer, plates and cutlery for toddlers. So much to amuse my twin boys; feeding animals, soft play, swimming pool, outdoor play, play room full of toys. We were made to feel really welcome and all had a great time. A perfect holiday for families.Read moreLess
"Phenomenal place for multiple toddlers!…"
I cannot recommend Glynn Barton Cottages highly enough. We visited in October 2014. I have 3 children under 2 years so finding somewhere to entertain 3 young boys whilst giving me the possibility to relax was a mission to say the least and I didn't hold out much hope. I was wrong- Glynn Barton was perfect.
A fully equipped games room, with pool table, board games and more toddler toys you could ever need.
A secure toddler ride on area stocked with tractors, cars and other vehicles! A massive hit for my twins.
A Wendy house with a view of course stocked with more toys!
A fun tipi.
Outside play ground with slide, swings, seesaw etc.
Amazing Softplay. The perfect entertainment for our active boys with the opportunity for me to put my feet up on the sofa.
An enclosed trampoline. The perfect way to wear out little people.
A beautiful swimming pool with changing room and showers.
A laundry room.
A fully stocked shop with everything you could possibly need.
Pigs, goats, chickens, cows, sheep, donkeys - all eagerly waiting to be fed each morning!
The accommodation is lovely. We stayed in Hayloft - a three bedroom cottage. All areas were clean and fully equipped with our requests including 3 high chairs, 3 travel cots, baby monitor etc. This was definitely somewhere where a busy clapped out mum of three could recharge and enjoy her family. For the first time in two years, I sat down outside in the sunshine and enjoyed a glass of wine whilst the children enjoyed being children - heaven!
Steve & Shirley who run the place are amazing. They go the extra mile to ensure you're happy. The success of the cottages is a testament to their hard work and dedication. When we had a slight hitch with the hot water, Steve was fast and efficient and had it sorted in no time.
There are some lovely places to visit very near by and some wonderful beaches and of course the Eden Project too.
I highly recommend this place. Perfect for families with multiple, young children. I wish more holiday destinations would follow suit. I hope to go back one day.Read moreLess
"Awesome & exciting for toddlers (& for parents to relax too :) )…"
My husband & I are members of the charity TAMBA as we have 1 year old twins and a 2 year old daughter. Earlier on this year, I purchased a couple of tickets online for their annual raffle & guess what? We won a holiday!. We won 3 nights at Glynn Barton Cottages in Cornwall.
As soon as I’d got off the phone with TAMBA I looked up the cottages on the internet... It looked absolutely fantastic, very child friendly & perfect for us....
I had a chat with my husband & we decided that if the owners would let us, we would pay for an extra 3 nights as it looked so good. Shirley & Steve (the owners) contacted me and we agreed 6 nights in November.
We arrived in darkness at tea time. As we drove up the long drive way, we spotted rabbits & pheasants, it felt so remote but we knew we were only minutes from a supermarket, a town centre & useful public services should we need them. We’d already done an online shop which was due to be delivered the following day so we’d only needed to bring essentials for 24 hours.
The car park’s only about 50 m from the cottages but they have little pull carts waiting in the car park that you can put your luggage, children or both in . When we got to our cottage the keys were in the door & the lights were on to welcome us. We stayed in the ‘Granary’, my first impression was how warm, welcoming and spacious it was. The 2 travel cots were up & ready for our twins and the toddler bed was all made up ready for our eldest (who was very excited about sleeping in a ‘big girls bed’ as she’s still in a cot at home). We had to take our own bedding for their travel cots but you would expect that staying anywhere. The whole cottage was absolutely spotless.
There was a built in stair gate at the top of the stairs but nothing at the bottom. As the bedrooms were downstairs and as we’ve got 3 explorers, I felt that we needed a stair gate at the bottom too (only 3 of the 8 cottages are 2 storey). Shirley came to our cottage to introduce herself and let us know that we could contact her if we needed anything so I asked if they had a stair gate, I also asked if we could have another travel cot to put the twins in upstairs for when we were cooking etc and she brought back a stair gate and a large playpen which was fantastic. All the baby equipment was clean and in excellent working order. There were covers on all the electrical sockets and there’s a bed rail, plastic plates & cutlery and a changing mat in all cottages. If you need highchairs, baby monitors, bottle sterilisers, baby baths or a toddler bed you can just request them before you arrive!. The kitchen was well equipped, there wasn’t anything extra that we needed and we cooked every night (& some mornings ) , luckily there’s a dishwasher so we didn’t waste too much precious time in the kitchen, they even had a hand blender which is especially useful if you’re holidaying with babies.
After a really good sleep (the children hadn’t slept as well as they did on holiday for atleast 8 weeks so we were all totally refreshed) we had a cooked brekkie & set off to feed the resident pet animals - Every weekday morning, everyone meets at 9.30 am outside the cottages to hand feed the donkeys, highland cattle, sheep, pigs, goats & chickens. The kiddies absolutely loved it and Shirley & Steve make sure all the children feel comfortable & get involved. Our 3 really looked forward to doing this every morning. Towards the end of our stay, our 2 year old daughter knew all the animals names, in which order they were fed and how you should feed each of the animals, I think she was after a job there so she could stay longer. After animal feeding all the children knock on the chicken coups and Shirley lifts the flap to reveal freshly laid eggs. The children get to pick one up & take one each back to the cottage... It’s lovely to see their little faces light up when they see all the eggs .
We then explored the facilities and surroundings and we were very impressed.
There’s an outdoor ‘toddler ride on area’, a TP, an outdoor wooden playhouse, an adventure playground, a maze, an enclosed trampoline, a large toy room with lots of games, books, a pool table, a playhouse and table football,. There’s also a mini football pitch, a tennis court, table tennis, a bright and cheerful heated indoor swimming pool area with showers, changing facilities, a baby change table, lots of swimming floats to use and a playpen at the side of the pool to keep the little ones safe (which we found extremely useful). There’s also a connecting outdoor patio area with sun loungers. You get a key for the pool on arrival which you can use from 9 am until 7 pm. The childrens favourite room (& ours!) was the Soft Play Barn, we could just let them all tumble around and tire themselves out in time for bed whilst we sat on the big comfy sofas watching them giggle and play.
In a building at the end of the lawn and only about 10 m from our cottage was a laundry room, an honesty shop and the bin/recycling room, all were open 24 hours. In the shop there was a selection of home cooked frozen meals, alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, local produce and other essentials including swim nappies that you can buy individually!. In the laundry room there’s 4 washing machines and 2 tumble dryers. It’s free to use the washing machines (take your own washing powder) but there’s a small fee to use the tumble dryers but the fee gets donated to charity. In the laundry room there’s also spare wellies in all sizes, in case you need them or have forgotten your own (we made use of this as our daughter stepped into a ‘deeper than expected’ rock pool and soaked hers). There’s also buckets, spades, fishing nets and a wind break that you can use for a day at the beach etc..
The weather was mixed whilst we were there (well it was November) but this is a holiday that even the weather can’t spoil as there’s just so much to do indoors as well as out....Although I would love to visit again in the Summer months as there’s 2 BBQ areas, lawns to play on and tables and chairs to sit out, enjoy the scenery and watch the children have fun.
There were breaks in the rain so we did take the opportunity to explore a little bit of Cornwall. We took a picnic, a bucket, spade & net and visited Polzeath Beach (approx 45 mins) where we did some rock pooling, water splashing and sand eating :/ . It’s a lovely sandy beach with some good rock pools, there’s also a cafe, chip shop, a few shops and toilet facilities .
On another day we went to Padstow (approx 40 mins) and had a look around the harbour, ate fish & chips and ice cream, dreamt about going to the pub and then took the little passenger ferry over to Rock Beach. It’s only a 5 -10 min crossing and it was buggy friendly. We took the single and double stroller over without a problem. It was our childrens first time on a boat & they loved it, we even saw a surfing dog . I think if were to do it again though we would park at Rock Beach & get the water taxi to Padstow & back.
One afternoon we did a 3km walk around Cardinham Woods which is only about 1.5 miles from the cottages. It’s a really beautiful wood and a perfect walk for toddlers, it was also very buggy friendly. They had good parking facilities, a cafe, toilets and a play area.
One morning we drove to Tintagel Castle (approx 55 mins).... We bundled the 3 children in to a single and a double stroller, walked down a steep pathway towards the bottom of the cliffs (so steep a couple actually stopped to help me with the stroller which was very kind) and then realised we wouldn't be able to get to the actual Castle as the pathway was too steep and narrow to get up with the strollers.. This upset our eldest daughter as she was extremely excited about visiting a castle so we diffused the situation with a Princess Crown and a cute little Princess Bag. I felt a bit daft for not checking how buggy friendly it was before we set out but the scenery was lovely and we had a nice walk... It certainly blew away the cobwebs!.. I've just looked at the website and it says ‘Its location on top of a cliff also makes it a hazardous attraction and may be unsuitable for those with small children’ Hmmmmm, yes, maybe I should have looked beforehand! :/ .
The location of the cottages is fantastic for exploring Cornwall, there’s lots of beaches and attractions close by but there’s so much on site to keep the children (and grown ups) entertained that you wouldn't even need to get in the car or leave the grounds. In fact whilst we were there, a family arrived in a taxi having travelled by train.
This was by far the most child friendly accommodation I have ever been to, it seems that they have thought about absolutely everything. I’m not usually one for reviews and if I do one it’s usually like ‘good location, nice food’ etc but I do use them myself. I thought this place deserved a detailed review as I know how difficult it can be travelling with little ones and worrying that you've got everything you need and if there’s enough to keep everyone entertained. Shirley and Steve run this place perfectly and make a great team, nothing was too much trouble... We had a fantastic time and I can’t recommend this place enough, we even ended up extending by another night, 3 nights turned in to 7!. We will definitely be backRead moreLess
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"Loved this place!…"
Our family visited here last year and we couldn't fault it! The cottages were beautiful and had everything we (and our small children) needed. The kids loved the swimming pool and play areas and they followed Shirley on her animal feed rounds every morning. There was a really friendly, inviting atmosphere and everything had been really well considered. I would definitely recommend Glynn Barton to friends!Read moreLess
"Glynn Barton cottages…"
What a wonderful place, beautiful views, amazing period cottages with heaps of character. Friendly reception and plenty for the kids to do. My kids rarely wanted to leave the site and they can't wait to visit again. A holiday to remember and treasure.Read moreLess
"Absolutely fantastic for kids and parents.…"
Staying 1 of 6 old stone cottages where there are other young kids for yours to play with and they can just roam safely outside, then go to Glynn Barton Cottages in Cornwall. Seriously impressed. Cottages are so clean that you feel you're the first ones in there and it's all so easy and even Tesco comes! http://www.glynnbarton.co.uk/. One of our sons was so distressed that we were leaving that I found him hiding in a bush sobbing and then in a doorway... It feels like you are living on a small holding, with land both manicured and wild to explore. The kids just bundle along together and it doesn't matter what the weather's like. Loads to do, all within 30 mins drive but the kids will still beg to stay 'at home' as all the want to do is play with their new friends. Much vino and chat outside the cottages while kids run around in their Pjs after tea. Animal feeding, egg collecting, teepee you can camp in, soft play, tennis, pool etc etcRead moreLess
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"Amazing holiday with young children, lots to do without crowds - a real getaway…"
Just come back from a wonderful week at Glynn Barton Cottages and decided I must review - never reviewed before - but never found somewhere I have actually wanted to go back to before. This was my second visit. The first time was with a 4 month and 3 year old. A bit worried about holidaying with baby and a hyper son but they provided changing mats, sterilizers, high chairs etc And with softplay, indoor pool, and play barn for my hubby to take son to I could feed without him getting bored. This time back the baby is now 17 months and was able to come feeding the animals, even managed to collect a few eggs without braking them even if she was not so sure of the bigger animals. The best thing about it for us is the surprising amount of facilities for kids for such a small cluster of 8 cottages meaning no crowds and no long waits for impatient (and prone to sulks) son for turns on trampoline or swings etc!! Also a lovely base to explore, not too far from Padstow but also discovered some lovely local beaches, - Daymer bay is so worth a visit - car park really close and toilets - son enjoyed Bodmin Steam Railway and Newquay Aquarium. Seems to attract a friendly crowd - only thing missing is a bar for adults int he evening!Read moreLess
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