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“A run-down holiday park with some good, but some bad, accommodation” 3 of 5 stars
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St Anns Chapel, Callington PL17 8JW, England   |  
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“A run-down holiday park with some good, but some bad, accommodation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Before booking a holiday lodge at Honicombe Manor I checked the Tripadvisor reviews and was surprised at the mixture of ratings - from 'Avoid' to 'Amazing'. Having stayed here for 5-days, I think I can now see why.

The issue is that it seems each of the properties on the park are owned by separate private owners, who are each individually responsible for the upkeep of their properties. It's not like there's one consistent standard of repair and cleanliness across the whole park, because each property is owned, cleaned and maintained by separate individuals.

Looking around at some of the other lodges, some of them do look pretty run-down and I can see that some of the horror stories on here about the state of the properties are clearly true. We stayed in lodge no.22 Valley Lodges (AKA 'Transcendent Lodge') and we were relieved on arriving to find this specific lodge was clean, modern and well-maintained throughout. No mould or dirt anywhere - and was somewhere we'd happily spend a week living in, so no problems with that one at all.

One thing I would say is that there are a lot of these lodges - I'm guessing 30 or 40 or so - all crammed in to one part of the holiday park, so you're living in quite close proximity to other holidaymakers (our balcony was literally centimetres from the next-door property). Our lodge was one of a row of four connected lodges, which I can imagine wouldn't give much privacy if they were all inhabited, or might be annoying if you get lumbered with noisy neighbours. As it happened though, when we were there, they were all vacant and it was very quiet, peaceful and the whole holiday park was generally deserted.

As for the general surroundings of the holiday park itself, it wasn't quite so good. I think it's fair to say the park facilities are run-down, to put it mildly. It feels as if there's been no maintenance or improvements to the main buildings since the 1970s, with dirty floors, crumbling brickwork, weeds growing everywhere, paint flaking and much of the facilities feeling generally old, tired and depressing.

I was surprised to read in the park welcome pack about the "games room" with pool tables, air hockey, arcade games and table tennis. When we investigated the games room, it turns out it was just a large room with a load of old wooden chairs and a single table tennis table. Nothing else.

It's a shame, because it feels like all it needs is a bit of paint and a face-lift and the whole place could be lovely. And no matter how nice the holiday homes themselves are (like our lodge was) if your first impression is the old, dirty, crumbling main reception / facilities area, your holiday is off to a bad start. I can imagine if you're unlucky enough to book a bad lodge, that combined with experiencing the run-down facilities here could certainly combine to make you feel like you wish you'd stayed at home. If you book one of the better properties, you can probably turn a blind eye to the dodgy facilities.

The one exception was the indoor swimming pool, which seems modern and clean - was a great size, nice and warm and something the children loved spending time in. The changing rooms were manky, but the pool itself was good. Perhaps all their money has been invested in renovating the pool and there's nothing less for the rest of the facilities?!

I was also impressed with the service of the on-site maintenance people (an independent company called JC Property Services), who made a special effort to come out to us, outside their normal working hours, to address a problem with the hot tub (which it turned out wasn't a problem after all and was my own mistake).

In the end, we weren't too bothered by the shoddy state of the general holiday park - because our lodge itself was fine and if you walk just 2-minutes down the path you're out in some of England's most glorious countryside, so you shouldn't really want to be spending time shut in a (non-existent) games room anyway! I'd never heard of Callington / St Anne's Chapel before, it's not exactly a tourist hot-spot, but that's the beauty of it. If you like tranquil, relaxing, lush green countryside - this is definitely a place to stay (as long as those staying in the very close-proximity lodges near yours are quiet too and as long as you don't spend much time in the park facilities themselves).

I think your experience of Honicombe Manor will all hinge on the quality of the lodge / property you book. If it's good, you can just about overlook the poor condition of the rest of the facilities - and spend time enjoying the local countryside and surroundings instead. If you're unlucky enough to get a property that's dirty, mouldy and badly-maintained, then there's no consolation to be had in the park's facilities and you'll probably wish you just saved your money and stayed at home!

If you do go here, I'd suggest you do so without the expectation of it being a great place to spend time as a destination in its own right - and head out and about instead. All in all we had a good break here because we got a nice lodge and weren't too bothered about the rest of the park facilities. It is a shame though that for the sake of some fairly basic decorating work, I think travellers would get a much better first impression of the place and be much less likely to leave such scathing reviews!

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Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great week here (valley Lodge17, Woodlands) over Easter.
Lovely clean and really well-equipped lodge (even had electric blankets, torches, a first aid kit and some coins for the electricity meter).
The children loved the grounds and we were nice and close to the pool and games room. despite being Easter week, the park was very quiet and we even got the pool to ourselves one day.
The outdoor pool was closed, but it was early April and too cold still.
We used this as an ideal base to exploder East Cornwall and Dartmoor. (Using English Heritage membership to visit Tintagel and Okehampton Castle, and Tesco vouchers for the Eden Project, plus walking on Dartmoor and visiting Downderry beach (great for dogs), we managed a very low-budget week!)
We would certainly return to this lodge.

  • Stayed April 2015
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in 8 Manorcombe for a week in March and found it spotlessly clean, exceptionally well equipped, warm and comfortable. With lovely views out the front, including glimpses of the River Tamar, and the occasional rabbit bobbing by the bungalow is in a really quiet spot but ample parking is just a short distance away. As well as enjoying free use of the shared indoor swimming pool and sauna we had some excellent meals in the Rifle Volunteers pub in the nearby village. There are some lovely spots on the river nearby and one day we enjoyed a tour along the north coast of Cornwall from Bude down to Port Isaac enjoying some spectacular views - we knocked at the Doc's house but he was out! All in all this is a lovely home from home on a pleasant holiday park in a great location. Some of the properties do look unloved but not this one - it had clearly been recently painted as had a few others in this area. With this park you do need to do your homework as the standard of the accommodation varies widely as can be seen from the reviews. This bungalow is 100% and with booking direct you get much better value and personal service whenever you need it.

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  • Stayed March 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

All in all, a lovely stay. Bit of a damp problem within the corner of one of our rooms. Also, only one of our two showers worked. This became problematic when 6 adults were sharing one shower.

Our main issue was with the maintance on the site. In the welcome pack, it clearly stated someone should be there to check the hot tub for it's PH levels and add chlorine etc every day. After our first use of the tub, the temprature dropped. On reporting it at reception, we overheard the maintance worker over the radio saying that it was fine when he had "checked" it in the morning (we had been in all day and not seen this maintanance visit).

He came shortly after to look at our tub, and filled it with more water and put a powdered substace in (assuming it was chlorine) which you would surely think woundn't be necessary, if he had been earlier in the morning.

We only saw the maintance twice from being there Monday - Saturday (in our welcome pack it states that hot tubs should be checked at least once every day).
This poor hygeine resulted in one of our party returning with Folliculitis (The Hot Tub Rash) which she had to go to the doctors for to recieve antibiotics. She is still currently suffering and taking the medication.

We attended over the new year period.

Stayed December 2014, traveled with family
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

A group of 12 of us stayed at Honicombe Manor for 4 nights over new years and we had a great time. We hired two sleep 8 lodges and they were well presented and furnished, we didn't have any problems the whole stay and particularly enjoyed using the hot tub attached to the lodge (which could easily fit 4 people at a time and up to 6 at a push). I know there are some poor reviews of this place and I can't speak for any of the other types of accomodation but the sleep 8 lodges are great.

The games room and restaurant were closed over the new years period but we did use the on site gym and swimming pool and enjoyed both. The gym is equipped with treadmills, exercise bikes, a cross trainer and machines for shoulder/chess press, leg curls and bicep/tricep work etc. The pool is a fair size although shallow throughout (but still deep enough to swim in) and there is a sauna in the same area. Both seemed well maintained.

For a group of young people I would thoroughly recommend staying here.
One slight negative is that although there are a few small villages nearby most places of interest are about a 20-30 minute drive away. On the other hand we found there was enough to do for the 4 days we stayed and we all felt that the price was very good for what we got (having said that December is probably the cheapest time to stay).

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Do not take notice of other reviews! We stayed at Honicombe Manor for New Year, with a group of friends. It was exactly want we wanted! And we were very happily surprised with the lodge after reading most of the reviews on here. The lodge when we arrived was very clean and tidy, all bedroom linen clean, NO damp smell at all (which came up a lot in most reviews!) The Hot tub maintainence man came every morning to clean and re-fill the hot tub. The kitchen was very spacious, with a big dining table in it too, Plenty of crockery in kitchen for 8 of us. All of this made a very pleasant stay for us all.

Room Tip: We stayed at number 63.... Which was the biggest of the lodges but we were very happy.
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Selsey, England, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We stayed here in August 2014. The actual accommodation was good, can't fault it.
The park itself is extremely lacking.
The facilities are poor in general, with the indoor swimming pool being the best part.
Avoid the restaurant and bar, it is overpriced and poorly run.
The tennis courts / football area is extremely run down.
The play area for children is poor.
The general atmosphere of the park is depressing.
We were very glad to be leaving, and considered our stay to be more of an endurance trial than a holiday.
Very glad when we got back home. Just wish we'd stayed there in the first place.

I would say that a couple, or group of lads might have an OK time there, as the accommodation is good, but DO NOT go there for a family holiday.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: St Anns Chapel, Callington PL17 8JW, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Callington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Callington
Number of rooms: 164
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Honicombe Holiday Park is now under completely new ownership. The new management company (Honicombe Ltd.) took over the site on 17 August 2012, was formed by a group of Honicombe holiday property owners and is committed to improving the site and its facilities in order to enhance the experience of visitors. ... more   less 
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Honicombe Manor Holiday Resort Callington, Cornwall

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