We have been to over 5 different hoseasons lodge sites and this was defiantly not one of the best.
The lodge was ok, very basic, we stayed in a hengar manor lodge which sounds very grand, however it was very basic, a oven which looked like it came from the 70's, no dishwasher (which I know wasn't advertised but is usually standard). The carpet was really dated and worn. The living area was a good size and the furniture ok, was well used but clean. The bathrooms were nice and clean and showers good. This was defiantly the most basic we have stayed in, we were given a washing up cloth and a scaurer but nothing else, not even an oven cloth or tea towel which we have always been given elsewhere. I was surprised with this accommodation, having a hot tub, that no bath mat was supplied to put on the bathroom floor for catching drips after use and so the tiled floors got very wet and slippery.
The heating (storage heaters) were ok could have been a bit warmer but we couldn't adjust the controls as they had previously been snapped off.
The pool on site was freezing, which was such a shame as we were really hoping to make good use of it, however after 20 minutes of trying to keep warm my toddler was shivering like made and we had to get out, so we didn't bother again & stuck to our hot tub.
The restaurant was dire, the seating around the entertainment area was ok, but the quieter bit which we chose to use was thilthy, the material on the padded benches and seats was black with so much use. The menu was pretty good, a little on the expensive side, but the food was below average and my husband was really disappointed with his watery chicken tikka, especially after waiting over half an hour with a 2 & 5 year old for it to arrive!
We had initially gone into the restaurant to order takeaway, but the menu was limited and the prices were the same as if you ate in, hence our decision to eat in.
So in the end I had to cook most evenings unless we ate out somewhere at lunch time, which wasn't really what we'd hoped as was supposed to be a break (especially away from cooking) !!
The other thing was everything was so far to get to you had to drive at least half an hour to get anywhere, we did visit Padstow and Newquay which were nice but bodmin was no so.
My parents stayed at the same time as us in a caravan, it was disgustingly filthy and the heater had been ripped off the wall in the main bedroom. My Mum had to go and ask for another heater, it felt damp as hadn't been stayed in for months (not surprisingly!) The bedrooms were ok but the seating in the lounge was black it was so dirty and the bar fire in the lounge was too dangerous for kids. Shame as it had a nice lake setting but really should be condemned as someone else commented In their review!
We have stayed in Devon in two other hoseasons sites which were much nicer and more reasonable. Finlake has the same facilities and is of a much higher standard, and we stayed in one near ilfracombe which didn't have any facilities but was a much nicer modern and well kitted out cabin & close by to takeaways and restaurants.
So if you don't mind basic for an executive price, a cold pool, dirty restaurant and having to travel miles to get anywhere stay here!
Oh and the last thing.....
I got home hoseasons emailed me asking me to fill out two feedback forms over the Internet, the links didn't work so I emailed them only to be told they didn't do feedback on the net anymore there feedback links no longer work and to email them with any comments. So they are happy to take your money, but neither Hoseasons on Hengar Manor care what you think about the place or are interested in any improvements that could be made!!
- Also Known As:
- Hengar Manor Country Park Hotel Bodmin
- Hengar Manor Country Park Bodmin, Cornwall