An old hunting lodge located on the edge of the moor with beautiful views and access to walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, river swimming only thirty minutes to the coast. Pinewood Lodge was one of the buildings which made up the Didworthy Sanatorium, located here because of the wonderful clean air and wonderful scenic views. A contemporary self contained two bedroom apartment set in the heart of Dartmoor National Park. The lodge has been refurbished to a very high standard and will provide tranquility and comfort within a beautiful setting. You truly can walk from the door to the moor, and find some wonderful locations.
- Apartment645 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 14, 2018
About serena Todd
Serena, Jez and Dylan have fully renovated Pinewood Lodge and the two holiday apartments to a very high standard. We are very proud to share this beautiful location with our guests. Both Jez and Serena work for national charities supporting families and vulnerable young people, whilst their son is studying hard at school (we hope)...
serena Todd purchased this Apartment in 2014
Why serena Todd chose Yelverton
We fell in love with Pinewood Lodge as we drove through the narrow tree covered lanes and arrived at Pinewood Lodge nestled between the hills with amazing views. We had been looking for a place where you could walk straight form your door 'to have arrived at your destination' and you can walk straight out onto the moor.
What makes this Apartment unique
Pinewood Lodge is situated in a magical tranquil location, surrounded by countryside and views. Originally utilized by the victorians as a health sanatorium for its fresh clean air, not much has changed today. We have our own private well and water supply from the granite rocks below, a beautiful bluebell wood and some lovely pigs and chickens. If you are dog owner you are welcome to bring well behaved dogs and to stay in Shipley Lodge the ground floor apartment. Although secluded you are only a fifteen minute drive from a range of market towns.
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Well equipped apartment, location within walking distance of moor
We had a lovely stay. Serena and Jeremy were very helpful, recommending local pubs and introducing the children to the lambs and chickens. It was nice to pick up freshly laid eggs every morning. You can walk up to Black Tor from the property, or along the River Avon to the Avon Dam.
A lovely retreat
We had a great stay here. The property was very spacious, comfortable and quiet.
Serena and Jez were great hosts and were very helpful with local info.
Generally a lovely place to stay and would thoroughly recommend it.
We could not fault our stay at Bala Lodge. It was a last minute booking but Serena was nothing but helpful from start to finish.
The lodge is finished to a high standard and contains everything we needed for our stay and more. Property was modern, clean and tidy. Customer service second to none. Location is stunning, peaceful and has amazing views. Kids loved the dog, chickens and all the other animals nearby. Just down the lane are some amazing walks and the most beautiful waterfall. Shops are a few minutes drive away, and lots of things to do within a 15 minute or so drive (blackpool sands, shops). Great location. Serena even offered us the opportunity to purchase fresh bacon & sausages (with some fresh eggs off her chickens) which were the best I have ever tasted may I add! Would recommend to anybody that asked. Could not be faulted in any way!
Serena, you should be proud of yourself. You have created the most beautiful lodges for people to enjoy and your home is truly beautiful.
We cannot wait to come back :)
Many Thanks Emma, Dave & boys xx
contemporary, clean and good location
The accommodation has all the things needed for a self catering holiday. The owners live on site and are available for anything else required. The owners were lovely & friendly. We appreciated our welcome gifts on arrival and welcome chat with Jez (owner).
Our boys enjoyed the freedom of walking in the woods, watching the pigs and chickens.
The location is perfect, despite unpredictable weather we found lots to do with our active boys during the week.
We would not hesitate to recommend this apartment for a holiday.
Fantastic holiday accomodation
What a fantastic place to stay for our 2 week holiday in Devon. We were very impressed with the cleanliness of the lodge as well as the high standard of accommodation i.e. lovely comfortable beds and very modern decor. It was perfect for our family, including our two teenage daughters, who also loved both the lodge and the area.
Serena ensured that we had the essentials like tea, coffee etc on arrival as well as a bottle of wine and lovely fresh flowers.
The area is in a fantastic central location to be able to visit all of the surrounding cities, towns and villages, these being all only approximately 30 minutes away.
We loved visiting Totnes, which is a very charming village and the busy cities of Exeter and Plymouth. We also visited Torquay which is a busy town centre with Marina, beach and boat trips.
We would definitely return to Bala lodge for future holidays and fully recommend it to others.
Really Nice Appartment with Beautiful Location
As soon as we arrived we loved the apartment. The location feels like the middle of the moors and the rooms are superbly decorated with a contemporary, clean feel. The rooms felt large and airy. One of the owners welcomed us and we meet both of them on the first day. They were helpful, friendly with lots of advice.
All the basics such (toilet roll, dishwasher tablets, kitchen foil) are included and you just replace what you use. The local roads are very narrow, but with careful driving you soon get used to them and the locals seem to know who the tourists are and oblige at passing points where possible.
The English Riviera is about 30 minutes drive away and some less commercial beaches are about the same. As soon as you are out the door there are some beautiful walks with no one else to be seen. I like the countryside and the rest of the family like the beach so the location was perfect for us. We could go to the coast and then see the countryside when we got back. We saw deer, hedgehogs, squirrels and too many birds to mention within 5 minutes walk. There are rivers and brooks all a short walk away too. The chickens are a nice addition to give the kids something to see & feed.
Love this place and look forward to going again.
Covering 368 square miles, Dartmoor National Park is dominated by the cool wide-open spaces of the high moors made famous in the works of Emily Brontë. With miles of paths, tracks, 160 rocky outcrops or tors and open moorland for exploring on foot, bike or horseback, Dartmoor is a suitable place to try out thrilling activities such as climbing, caving and geocaching.
Across the moors, travellers will find small workshops and artist studios or galleries showcasing original artwork such as pottery, sculpture, leatherwork and textiles, while small farms sell fresh veggies, honey, breads, beef, lamb, cheeses and other products in lively town centres. Boasting around 200 granite tors of all shapes and sizes, and a rich collection of bronze-age antiquities, history enthusiasts may discover a wealth of stone rows and circles, burial chambers and cairns, alongside the remains of roundhouses. In Bellever Forest, travellers may enjoy relaxing picnics by the East Dart River, while grazing Dartmoor ponies may be spotted in the area. After a day of exploration, tourists may tempt their taste buds with local dishes including the Dartmoor beef and local ale pies.
Special interest holidays:
Access to horse riding, mountain biking, climbing, canoeing, fishing and walking are all easily accessible and available.
Access to the beautiful South Hams coastline are within thirty minutes drive and include beaches such as Mothercombe, Bigbury-on-Sea, Salcombe and Blackpool Sands.
Exeter airport is a forty minute drive, Totnes station (mainline from London) is fifteen minutes and Plymouth station is twenty five minutes drive. Car hire is available from Totnes station and taxi's are also available.
Buckfastleigh, Totnes and Ivybridge are all approximately fifteen minutes drive and all provide food shopping and restaurants. Plymouth is a thirty minute drive and a major costal town and Exeter is a forty minute drive and a thriving cathedral city.
There are leisure centres in Ivybridge and Totnes with swimming pools, alongside banks, markets (Totnes Friday). South Brent is the nearest village to Didworthy with cash machines and two local village stores, a butcher, two pubs and a tea shop. It is approximately a twenty five minute walk from Pinewood Lodge.