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Coombe Mill
Ranked #5 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Bodmin
Reviewed July 20, 2012 via mobile

we stayed here for a week in a scandanavian lodge. it was spotlessly clean when we arrived and totally equiped with everything u need.did think everything in the lodge was of a high standard which was great.
our son loved the tractor ride to feed the animals (so did i to be honest!!) the children are given a cap to wear and at the end of the week a certificate. my sons face lit up when he saw the certificate with a little photo of farmer ted on it!
the farm grounds are beautiful and we enjoyed many an afternoon taking our left over food to feed the animals again. the play areas are good too, enough variety for all ages.
there is wifi, however as we were in a lodge which are the furthest away we could only get wifi signal outside. no big deal, but would be great if the signal reached indoors too!
overall if you have young children this is a lovely place to stay. the family are very friendly and obviously care about the farm and animals.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

We have just returned from our stay at coombe mill. we stayed in a riverside lodge which we did find to be very basic. The riverside lodges could do with being updated, it was like going back in time to the sixties. They are very old with a strong old odour mixed with a damp smell. we were advised to keep the windows open as much as possible as the lodges are made of wood and are prone to damp, we did do this but found that our bedding and towels felt constantly damp and our little boy and my husband both developed colds. The farm itself is very pretty and the feed runs with farmer Nick and Ted were fantastic, our little boy really enjoyed it. i did feel however that the website had hyped up the childrens play areas slightly as we were slightly dissappointed with the size of these areas considering the amount of land. The pirate ship and trampoline were both very good though. The location is very peaceful and quiet but is very much out of the way of most of the amenities, we found we drove quite a lot of distances throughout the week. i would advise anyone staying here to book into a scandinavian lodge or cottage and to take plenty of pounds for the meter. Nick and Fiona were very lovely hosts and obviously work very hard to make the farm experience very special for the little ones.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Fiona C, General Manager at Coombe Mill, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2014

In response to your comments on the riverside lodges, we are hoping for planning permission to make them into Scandinavian lodges soon, I am aware they are nearing the end of their life and have been priced and marketed as basic for this reason. I hope this will be the last summer for them and I feel your disappointment. Thank you for also mentioning that your little one enjoyed the whole farm experience with us, we really do try to make it special for the children.

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Reviewed March 31, 2012

Normally I spend an age debating where to go on holiday and where to stay, but I’d stumbled across Coombe Mill, and after taking a look at Coombe Mill on face book, and then the website just couldn’t believe it – could one place really be so toddler & child friendly – we booked straight away!
At the time my boys were 2 + 4 months, and 6 months, so we needed somewhere that was baby & toddler friendly,
So when I read that Coombe Mill was a working farm with self catering cottages and Scandinavian lodges with:
Daily tractor rides to feed the animals and more animals than you could shake a pail of food at,
An indoor play barn and three outdoor play areas,
A river and stream running through plus two fishing lakes for Daddy!
Cot’s and High Chairs provided
Home cooked food available
Stair gates as standard and the cottage’s had toddler den’s full of toys
And all this as well as being in CORNWALL, we love Cornwall! So that was it – booked.

It was great to hear so much was provided or available, we’d piled the car high when we had just one boy but with two had no idea how we were going to fit everything in.

Booking was simple and Fiona and Jill were extremely helpful in assessing our needs…cots, highchairs, the right accommodation, and called to check a few days before where the cots needed to go too. You also get the details for the local store – St Breward’s, to contact who deliver a grocery order to your accommodation before you arrive so it’s all ready. No need to take the basics or start hunting for a shop the minute you arrive.

We arrived easily thanks to top directions to find the very picturesque Coombe Mill situated in a lush valley, which is in St Brewards, Bodmin. We checked in and were accompanied to the accommodation for a quick tour and explanation of all the facilities both in our cottage and across the farm.


We stayed in Willow cottage, with great views to the front and back, not overlooked, private toddler safe patio garden, open plan lounge and kitchen area with an upstairs balcony looking over. Our provisions including local meat, cheese and of course scones jam and clotted cream were all waiting for us and everywhere was scrupulously clean, not even a toddler fingerprint in sight, which lasted for all of 5 minutes!

We found all the cutlery, utensils and kitchen equipment you could need, and even a dishwasher and washing machine. The toddler den was indeed full of toys. Downstairs was a Jacuzzi bath and shower with second bathroom, bath and shower upstairs.

Exploring the grounds we quickly found the first play area, river, stream, and investigated the reception area where you can borrow most anything you might need really! Wellingtons, fishing nets, toys, more toys, games, maps, books, extra toddler cutlery, plates, baby carrier, waterproof’s, and buy basics including bread, milk and home cooked food, all left for you to help yourself and complete your “IOU for” in the book, which in itself gave a lovely feeling of being welcome and trusted

It’s important to me to feed my family “proper” food most of the time. And proper food it was waiting in Fiona’s reception freezer – casserole’s, lasagnes, and cottage pies and fish dishes with home cooked puddings to choose from too. So as well as doing a little cooking ourselves and eating out we sampled a couple of dishes across the week and can highly recommend them.

Over the next few days we found two more outside play areas, the inside play barn, the fishing lakes, stream, wooded area, field’s to explore and of course all the animals.

We waited until the first feed run on Sunday morning to find the animals, we found the tractor trailer and all the other guests and their little ones in the car park, and farmer Nick ready to accept his first assistant of the day to drive the tractor with him. Most of the children travelled in the trailer to fetch branches for the goats, then feed for the Chickens and Ducks and everyone piled into their pen to collect the egg’s, and visit the baby chicks and ducklings.

It was wonderful to see everyone encouraged to feed them, collect egg’s and hold the chicks and ducklings at leisure – a great experience on its own for children but this was something they could do every day, as well as then (after a another tractor/trailer ride) piling into the Guinea Fowl and Peacock Pen.

Then back on the tractor/trailer to the Pigs (you can save your food scraps for a treat for them) Donkeys, Sheep and Lamb’s, Alpaca, Deer and Goats. These were all spread across quite a large area so plenty of exercise for rowdy toddlers, lots more feeding experiences – you can go in all the pens.

And a trek through the Alpaca’s field, up to the wood and through to chase the deer out for a very speedy appearance – but quite exciting for a little one. And after all this - another tractor ride back to feed the rabbits – no small feat with a whole enclosure of them so the children can run round with them, and even some seating! Oh and let’s not forget the ponies.
It was amazing to find most of the morning gone when we headed back and time for lunch, and the feed run’s are 6 days a week so plenty of entertainment and all included!

And of course there isn’t just the farm, you can use the swimming pool at the holiday park just up the road, and Coombe Mill is a great base for exploring Cornwall being so central, it’s just 20-30 minutes to great beaches to the North West and South, and 1-1h 30 to St Ives. There was a great guide in our accommodation – compiled by Coombe Mill to everything to see and do in the area too.

We also borrowed a rod from Farmer Nick’s shed, bought some bait from the handy fishing shop at the holiday park up the road and settled in at one of the carp lakes for a few hours – 5 huge carp were landed, admired and let loose which our 2yo thoroughly enjoyed too, and he had his own little go with a borrowed fishing net, bucket and the thousands of tadpoles that were bobbing about!

A fabulous week was had by all of us, we loved Coombe Mill and won’t hesitate to book again soon.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

We stayed for a week in spring and what a magical time to visit!

The countryside and farm was springing into life with flowers, new born lambs and bunnies.

The daily tractor ride feed runs were amazing and it was such a treat for our daughter to get so close to the animals. She thoroughly enjoyed 'mucking in' and helping with the feeding.

The accommodation was spotless and had everything you needed.

The location was great and even though we went off-season there was tonnes to see and do nearby.

Well, well worth the 5 hour drive to get there.

Already planning our next trip back!

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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

We returned yesterday from a lovely holiday at Coombe Mill, many thanks to Nick and Fiona for making this such an enjoyable break for my family.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

We spent eleven nights at Coombe Mill recently (early October 2011) with our two children and two dogs. The location is charming, if a little away from amenities. I would advise to go when the weather is fine as the steep hills down to the properties are not the most comfortable approach in wet leaves or (I imagine) ice. The welcome we received was non-existant - we arrived at 2pm from Oxford knowing that we couldn't check-in until 3pm, but we thought we could park the car and walk the dogs. We were approached by Fiona who gruffly said "You're early and the property is not ready". There was no field available to walk the dogs in despite the website saying so. There is decking in places where there shouldn't be - our toddler slipped off a small decking bridge leading to our garden on to the concrete below. We told Nick and Fiona (separately) about this and neither feigned any interest in his well-being. Upon checking out we were questioned about what we had consumed during the week from reception despite initially volunteering the information (I thought this was an honesty shop??).

That said, the property (Water Mill) was lovely and Nick's feed run is great for the kids. Fiona told us when we left she had spent two weeks on marketing - my advice is to spend two minutes upon her guests' arrival and check-in pretending she cares, even if she doesn't. The website is also misleading in that it overstates the grandeur of facilities (eg. the kids play room). If you have kids, consider Hengar Manor up the road. The entertainment for them is excellent.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Fiona C, Owner at Coombe Mill, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2014

Just so you are aware we did buy and use anti slip paint on the bridge while you were there, perhaps we should have told you we had done this for you and any who followed. Water Mill doesn't have a children's play room. there is always a dog walking field you just need to ask. I certainly don't feign interest in people and remember you all well. I'm glad the children enjoyed their stay.

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Reviewed August 26, 2011

We had a lovely week at Coombe Mill. Our daughters loved the freedom of the farm and spent many happy hours in the playground and feeding the bunnies. Our accommodation was beautifully clean on arrival and had everything we needed. The whole farm is organised to make your holiday as relaxed and child-friendly as possible.

Our younger daughter had been seriously ill earlier in the year and it was wonderful to watch her energy and stamina improve every day at Coombe Mill. Both girls came home with a healthy glow and ready for the new term at school - and we felt we'd had a break too!

Many thanks to everyone at Coombe Mill - we've already booked for next year!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Address: Coombe Mill | St Breward, Bodmin PL30 4LZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Bodmin
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #5 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Bodmin
Number of rooms: 11
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