Location: Bodmin, PL30 4NX, Cornwall, England
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"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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"All the other guests were returning visitors!!…"
We were the only people there for the first time! Turns out repeat booking is big at Glynn Barton which speaks volumes. The accommodation is comfortable and we were able to move the cot in and out of the Tackroom so we could have the room to ourselves once we went to bed. The facilities were excellent and the swimming pool fantastic. 16 month old was in 7th heaven for the entire trip. Beds a litte on the uncomfortable side - usual for a holiday let.Read moreLess
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"We have been to Glynn Barton twice and have had…"
We have been to Glynn Barton twice and have had two great holidays there. The facilities are fantastic for under 5s, and the location is excellent for days trips, beaches etc. Andy is a top host and very focused on making it a memorable experience for children. We will be back once my newbie is a bit bigger and we can face the journey!Read moreLess
"Simply one of the best family holidays we have ever…"
Simply one of the best family holidays we have ever had, and we've had some good ones. Great welcome from Andy and the kids (2 and 4) loved the daily routine of feeding the animals. We never saw anyone else in the pool or brilliant soft play area. Incredible views, lovely living accomodation and an all round week we'll always remember. The honesty farm shop is great and it gave us a complete break from cooking. Within 2 days of arriving, we booked for next year. Be warned though, this place is so good, you need to book months and months in advance.....Read moreLess
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"We,ve just returned from our second holiday at Glynn Barton…"
We,ve just returned from our second holiday at Glynn Barton and have booked our third!
We have 2 and 4 year old boys who love every minute of their stay here, from early morning animal feeding to swimming in the often deserted swimming pool and playing in the many different places in the cottage grounds,there is always something to entertain rain or shine. Being 1/2 an hour from either Cornish coast helps too in the sunshine and there's lots of helpful ideas for days out in the cottage too.
It is hard to imagine a place that could live up to the experience here for young children and this is the only place we have ever returned to to repeat a holiday.
The peace of a cottage break, the benefits of facilities shared only with 7 other cottages so often we felt it was our private swimming pool (big enough for a few adult lengths if the kids allow.)
We have yet to meet anyone on our holidays here that doesn't share our views and the number of returning families should speak volumes.
We have recommended this place to all our friends, knowing they won't be disappointed.Read moreLess
"We have just returned from the most wonderful week at…"
We have just returned from the most wonderful week at Glynn Barton. The cottage was lovely inside - very light and airy and spotless. It was incredibly well equipped with everything from cots, highchairs, monitor and even a steam steraliser. Such a joy not to have to pack all of that in the car.
We had our groceries delivered when we arrived so no dreaded trip to the supermarket with kids in toe and the shop meant I did very little cooking all week.
We were not hugely lucky with the weather but to be honest our kids were so happy with all the facilities we hardly noticed. They made great friends too with some of the other kids.
Andy was a fantastic host - as has been said below nothing was to much trouble and he was fantastic with all the chidren.
It was such a wonderful holiday and we have already booked to come back. We too have tried alternatives and Glynn Barton certainly ticks all our boxes. 10/10Read moreLess
"I have just read the latest review about Glynn Barton…"
I have just read the latest review about Glynn Barton and felt I must respond. We have been to Glynn Barton now 3 times and every year there is something new. This year a football pitch, playhouse and lots of work to the interiors.
We have been to some of the alternatives and rate Glynn Barton at the top of their game. Andy is a fantastic host and nothing is ever too much trouble.
It is not a 5 star luxury boutique hotel and does not sell itself as one - who would want that with kids anyway!Read moreLess
"There are many glowing reviews here which may have set…"
There are many glowing reviews here which may have set our high expectations of Glynn Barton. But we were disappointed. We won't be going back.
All the positives first. It is a great location, miles from anywhere, safe and the kids can run around with impunity. The pool, tennis court and play room are good.
However, the laminated book of rules didn't bode well. It certainly felt that smooth running was more important than relaxation.
The cottages themselves are not what i would expect to get for the prices. The furnishing is mostly Ikea. Not what i would expect of a cottage that costs the same as, if not more, than a good hotel. I would expect either more modern and minimalist or more vintage and antique, but not floor to ceiling Ikea. The mattresses were replaced in four cottages in the middle of the week after complaints. Great that they were replaced swiftly, but not the sort of thing you should have to moan about in the first place. Also, the bathroom could have done with a refurb.
One family we spoke to was on their 3rd visit and certainly felt that the ever increasing prices and good PR Glynn Barton enjoy had led to complacency about the quality expected - they were unlikely to return.
As with all things, it depends what you are expecting. We were simply expecting a little more luxury.Read moreLess
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"We've just returned from a wonderful week at Glynn Barton.…"
We've just returned from a wonderful week at Glynn Barton. It's a perfect holiday for those wanting quality (and relaxing) family time and to really enjoy being together - it brought out the very best in all of us. The facilities are perfect (we have a 20 month old and another on the way and we've booked again for next year) and whilst we loved visiting the local area (especially Fifteen on Watergate Bay) there was so much easy entertainment (pool, soft play, playground, ride ons, playroom - with books and toys, animal feeding incl lambs and highland cows!) that we were perfectly happy spending days there. We watched a few videos in the evenings and the owners arranged a great babysitter for us for a couple of nights. It's a really beautiful place to be - strongly recommend it!Read moreLess
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"We have been to Glynn Barton 3 times now and…"
We have been to Glynn Barton 3 times now and are already booked to go back for a fourth time this June; this time with two mobile children! We really think that it is the perfect holiday destination for families with toddlers. Our animal mad 4 year old loves doing the breakfast run with Andy and of course loves the playground and pool, the soft play should be really great for us this year as our youngest (he will be 1 during our next stay) will be able to clamber around to his heart's content.
For us as Mummy and Daddy it is a pleasure with lovely cottages, friendly hosts and good food and the assurance that the kids are safe and will have fun even if the weather is awful!Read moreLess
"Glynn Barton is a very special place to stay. Our…"
Glynn Barton is a very special place to stay. Our 2 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed the well stocked playroom, the soft play area, swimming pool and outdoor playground. Giving the animals their breakfast was a highlight that she still talks about now, nearly 6 months on. The extremely high standard of accommodation (no chintz in sight!), beautiful setting and welcoming atmosphere ensured we all had a very happy and relaxing holiday. Andy and Lucy are great hosts, as informative, entertaining and helpful as you could wish, without being intrusive. This is one of the only holidays where we booked a return visit almost immediately on getting home - recommended without reservation.Read moreLess
"Self-catering with kids can often feel like a con as…"
Self-catering with kids can often feel like a con as there's so much to be done but Glynn Barton really have thought of everything to make your holiday hassle-free.
In a pretty valley near Bodmin, it's a great starting point for exploring all the delights of Cornwall. And even if you can't be bothered to head out for the day, there's enough at Glynn Barton to keep everyone occupied for a week! A tennis court, climbing frame and swings, a soft-play area and indoor swimming-pool all on-site as well as a playroom stuffed full of toys and videos to keep kids of all ages happy. With 13 acres to roam in, there's plenty of room for them to run about and hopefully tire themselves out!
The cottages felt like a home from home - always vital when holidaying with little ones. There are sterilisers, monitors, high chairs, cots to save you from bringing all that paraphernalia that Baby needs. With freezers chock-full of junk-free but easy-to cook food, and recommendations for great local restaurants, we certainly felt like we'd had a break from cooking. There's even a mid-week maid-service so the pressure was off there too! The cottages themselves are immaculate, homey and clutterfree - but we weren't too worried about our son breaking anything valuable or chucking up on the sofa!
Andy and Lucy are the perfect hosts, attentive but not irritating and full of helpful tips to ensure you get the most out of your holiday. Additionally, they offer to source babysitting services, and there are fab pampering sessions available too. We also took advantage of their baby swimming classes (offered during certain weeks, check there website for details) and they were brilliant and well organised.
Highly recommended.Read moreLess
"We have just returned from a wonderful week at this…"
We have just returned from a wonderful week at this child friendly farm in the Glynn valley. The only way to descibe it is HEAVEN for children and a GODSEND for parents!!!
There were animals to feed each morning (donkeys, cows, sheep and 2 very mud loving happy pigs) and eggs to collect (and often take home to mummy). There was a heated indoor swimming pool for those first forays into the water (later in the autumn they also do weekly courses of swimming lessons but we were too early), a soft play jungle room (a definate favourite!), a playground with numerous ride on cars and diggers ( breakfast was immediately followed by the cry `cars cars` in our cottage) and a play house, a top of the range swing and slide area, and for when they couldn't run another step - a play barn full of books and toys. And all set within beautiful exotically landscaped gardens (loved the palms and bananas) in a valley surrounded by fields (more sheep) and pine forests. And if that was not enough the seaside (and Rick Stein's fish and chip shop ...mmmm) was just a short car ride away!!!
The 8 stone cottages (ranging from 1-3 bedrooms) were beautifully furnished and had everything a toddlers parent could desire (but couldn't actually fit bring). And as the cottages all faced onto an enclosed grassy lawn - once the parents were too exausted to play any longer (the weaklings) the toddlers could safely leave them to recover on the patio and run of to play with all their new friends.
The perspective from the patio? Well warm late summer evenings, the scent of honey suckle, yasmin and late roses (which drape the cottages) - a glass of cold white wine - a delicious home cooked meal from the farm shop - and ONE EXHAUSTED HAPPY CHILD - LET'S JUST SAY IT WAS HEAVEN !!!!!
A fabulous place for preschool kids - WE HAD A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY!!!!Read moreLess
"Fantastic place - we have just booked to go back…"
Fantastic place - we have just booked to go back for our 4th year next summer - for 2 weeks. The cottages are lovely; we stay in Mill House and it is equipped with all you could wish for. Our girls just adore feeding the animals each morning and taking the eggs home for breakfast and we have to do a daily visit to see the Highland cows. Great circular walk through the fields and into the woods - the girls love going on their "Gruffalo Hunt" walk. Fully equipped for all weathers - the new soft play area is terrific. My husband and I used to enjoy putting the children to bed and then play tennis on the adjacent court/ cooking on BBQ safe in the knowledge that we were close by. Food and icecream in the store room are v delicious - we actually ended up taking lots home. Andy is a great host and full of info - he has pointed us in the direction of all sorts of great venues, restaurants and little beaches off the beaten track. He can never do enough to help and the babysitters he arranges are top notch - they babysit for his boys so are well "road tested". Indoor pool always heated to a nice temperature - my toddler hates cold pools but we couldn't get her out. Really, really cannot recommend this highly enough. It may not be cheap but we feel it is worth every penny - it is the only holiday we have ever had (and believe me we have tried many, UK and abroad, including Bedruthan steps - we will never stay in a hotel again!)where we return refreshed, happy, having enjoyed our time and wishing it had been for longer. So in 2009 it will be..Read moreLess
"We have two very active children and we were searching…"
We have two very active children and we were searching for somewhere in a beautiful setting where the children could run around without being close to roads and where we didn't need to keep telling them to 'stop!' Glynn Barton was the perfect place for us and we would highly recommend it as a family friendly place to take a well earned break. The cottages are lovely and individual and really feel like a home from home. There is a freezer packed with home cooked goodies which you can buy and means very little cooking for us mums! Even on rainy days there is plenty to do with an indoor pool,soft play area and lovely playroom where you can borrow DVDs. The children can feed the animals every morning and there is also a great playground with stunning views. It is also ideally positioned to explore both the north and south coast and Andy and Lucy are on hand to offer advice on good local beaches, pubs and places to go etc. We also used the babysitting service which was great too! It is a friendly and happy place and the standard of accommodation is high aswell - we have already booked our next trip!Read moreLess
"Glyn Barton is a lovely family holiday location. The pool…"
Glyn Barton is a lovely family holiday location. The pool & soft play are great. One of the best parts of the holiday was our children playing together with all the other children on the 'front lawn' in front of the cottages whilst as parents you could sit infront ouf your cottage sipping a glass of wine !!Read moreLess
"Comfortable and tasteful cottages with everything you could need for…"
Comfortable and tasteful cottages with everything you could need for babies and young children. Most of the cottages overlook a shared and gated lawn - this was absolutely fantastic for our three year old son who had the freedom to play safely with lots of new friends of similar age from the other cottages. Every weekday morning the children can help with the animal feeding and collecting the freshly laid eggs from the hens was a highlight (they tasted delicious too)! With a lovely indoor pool, adventure playground and well equipped playroom we were never short of things to do. The recently installed soft play area was a huge hit with both our ten month and three year old sons. A great bonus for parents is the shop stocked with local treats and home cooked frozen meals (delicious!). The cottages are excellently located, within easy reach of both the north and south Cornish coasts. We highly recommend Glynn Barton for a fantastic holiday and we have already booked our next stay!Read moreLess
"A great self-catering cottage. Lots of different cottages in a…"
A great self-catering cottage. Lots of different cottages in a great setting. Family pool, play room and every morning you can go and feed the animals with the owner. Brilliant fun for kids and a wonderful luxurious setting for adults.Read moreLess