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Reviewed August 24, 2012

Expecting a lovely warm comfy lodge, we got a horrible freezing cold shack. Theres no other way to describe it. When we first arrived after a long,uncomfortable drive, we were greeted with a steep hill and we expected it to get better but it didnt infact it got worse. The lodges were all scattered around on a hill with very steep steps going up to them. We had hoped we were going to get a lodge (we thought at the time) right at the bottom as we had 4 very heavy cases and alot of bags to get inside. But we were greeted with the news that our shack was right at the top of the hill. So consequently we had to get the cases all the way up the hill. In hurry to get everything up I shut my thumb in the car door. So I rushed upstairs to run it under some water when i turned the tap it took about 5 minutes to get to at least a reasonable temperature. Then i gave up and wanted to go and sit on a comfy sofa to think of what to do but it was like siting on concrete it wasnt comfy at all. We then decided to go back in the car as it was far to cold to stay in the shack. We then drove about for a bit as the car was warmer then the shed. We then had to go back at midnight after going to A&E for 4 hours. Even that was terrible. We tried turn the heaters but if we had left it on it would have burnt the shed down. The shack had a corner kitchen with was dirty with foil underneath the cooker. The eating area was a wooden tiny picnic table. The lounge as I already was like sitting on concrete. The bedrooms were just miniscule. Freezing cold absolute disaster and horrible. Never ever stay here. I am now grateful for anything i stay in after this disaster holiday.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Vicky T
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

Described as a group of homely, 'warm' holiday lodges, the Gratton Cedar Lodges seem - perhaps not a delight - but at least habitable on its advertisement. Although we cannot blame the acccommodation for the weather, our weekly stay at the lodge in May of this year really was terrible to say the least. After a long journey, all we wished to do was sit down. Did we find anywhere? I think you know the answer. This was something else.

The location was okay as it was near a lot of tourist sites. Although, being located on a steep hill was hard to get to even in a 4x4. Also, the help we received on arrival and during our stay was minimal.

The shack - regrettably the only way to describe it - had three small, cramped rooms - a family lodge - and one toilet with no door. It seemed a dog was still living in the lodge (as pets are allowed) with the damp wet dog smell that we were constantly met with on return.

The grill was dirty, still had foil underneath it, and wouldn't heat anything. The kitchen was a tiny square corner of the hall/living room/dining room, and definitely didn't have enough room for a week's worth of food for a family of four. As for the bedrooms - cramped doesn't cover it.

The main problem, however, was the immense cold. All of the windows on the property were ice cold - in April - and hence let in a constant frosty draft. Although we were not expecting it to be warm in Devon in the Easter holidays, but the complete lack of heating facilities within the property was diabolical. The cold made it almost inhabitable for the five days we stayed - every member of our party caught a cold from the freezing environment. We repeatedly woke up in the middle of the night shivering and with an icy cold face - we had to eat out every evening as we couldn't bear to stay in the cold any longer. It got so bad that we found ourselves sitting around the storage heater warming ourselves up as it didn't circulate the room.

As for the shower - there was no hot water, and even when the water began to work there was only a tiny trickle. Luckily for us we had an apartment booked in Newquay for the second week of our stay - which was fantastic in comparison. For £50 a night the value for money was very poor.

Take my advice - never stay here.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Emma J
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

Our stay here was awful our lodge or hut for a want of a better word was just unbelievable would not reccomend this place even for free! The location of the hut is up a mountain!!! We are all physically fit and the steep walk back from the very small town one pub one shop took it out of us. There was dog hair in the place, we couldn't get the steam out of the hut once each of us had a shower, we couldn't keep the place dry after the awful experience of the used shower curtain wrapping itself around you!!! Our clothes eventually started to get damp and smell. The bedding was very stale smelling and the bedroon was about as big as the double bed in there and the make shift wardrobe??? Laughable we didn't hang our clothes in it due to the worry of it collapsingTheres nothing here what so ever to do we had to drive everywhere, it all felt quite isolated. Around the hut was too much folage hence no airation around us. Leading to it was makeshift stone steps which on a very wet day you will brak your neck on, This is not a place i would have stayed in if i had read the reviews before hand due to there not being any i have felt the need to warn you before you spend your hard earned money here we laughed due to our group[ had we not been here together i would have cried and driven straight home!!!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank flowerShropshire
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

We stayed here for a week in August. It rained nearly the whole stay.
When you first see the lodges from the outside they look very pretty and the location is lovely with good views.

The accomadation inside is another matter the first thing that hit me was the terrible smell. It smelt damp and like a wet dog.The chairs outside where wet and mouldy, directors chairs which where not suitable for out door use. The welcome pack of tea coffee and fresh milk was missing the milk and the coffee.
The kitchen area was very small the grill was broken. The oven was dangerous as door opened onto a corner and swung back on me when I tried to cook a chicken. It was a two man job to do this safely. Their was dirty cutlery in the drawers with rice stuck to it.The door inside the fridge had parts missing and i could not put my 2 litre milk insde with out it leaking.
The bathroom was also very small and the shower was far to small I had a job to fit inside which made it leak all over the floor, It had a horrid blue shower curtain and their where no towel rail.
The Bedroom was the best room of the whole place at least the bed was comfortable. Their was not enough storage space for clothes and no where to put cases.
The lounge area had a smelly double futon covered in dog hair which was uncomfortable. and the clock was not working.
I did not think this was a cedar lodge more like an old shack very rundown cold and smelly.

Room Tip: Dont stay here if you want comfort or value for money.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank eiluj_12
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

The building is a small wartime prefab with wood nailed on. It was unsuitable for many reasons. It was impossible to have privacy in the toilet as the door would not stay closed. The only way of closing doors (which were just sheets of ply) was a bolt on the inside. The place was filthy and badly equipped. The grill was broken as was the fridge door. The oven was dangerously sited as it could not be operated unless someone else held the door. The free wi-fi worked intermittently as the signal was so weak it went on and off. There was water on the bedroom floor. A lack of basic kitchen equipment, lack of parking space, nowhere to sit outside, no space for storage, dim lighting, a shower so small only a child would fit, no living room chairs or sofa, no welcome pack, no on site facilities, dog hair everywhere made this the worst accommodation we have ever stayed in. We went home early as we couldn't stand it any longer.

Room Tip: My best advice is find a park bench, you will be more comfortable and also not have to pay a lot of money for nothing in return.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Julie C
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