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Valley Lodge

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Oakfordbridge near Bampton, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Broadband / WiFi

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "I had to stay in my van every night as the bedroom was full of cobwebs behind the bed and I can't cope with spiders."

    I tried to vacuum them but it sent too much dust about the room. There were old cobwebs everywhere. My husband slept in the van for the last 3 nights due to his asthma in the dusty room. The owner came to swap the main tv which wasn't working, which we appreciated. The towels all smelt musty so we tried washing them but there was no drier so we struggled to dry them. The owner did show us where to find more towels some of which were OK. There were only 5 wine glasses which were all different and the place is for 6 so that was odd, also a lot of the crockery was badly chipped and cracked. The place itself was in a lovely setting but we couldn't fully relax due to the lack of cleanliness. There were cobwebs attaching from the back of all the sofas to various things. The toilets etc seemed clean. As we were taking our parents away for a holiday I was very disappointed with these issues. Such a shame as although it's a lovely property in a great setting, I couldn't recommend it.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback, we can assure you that Valley Lodge is cleaned on a regular basis, and there are (2) vacuums available for guests to use if needed. As mentioned, we travelled quite a distance to provide a new TV, but found the original TV in good working order - all instructions are provided in the welcome book located under TV. The towels provided were straight out of the laundry and were checked on our visit to you. Apologies for the missing wine glass, these have been checked and replaced along with some of the crockery. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Naomi2.8Sep 2023

  • "Valley lodge is a fantastic place to stay and is one of the best equipped places that we’ve stayed."

    We like to cook and the kitchen has everything you could ask for. The bedrooms were extremely comfortable. One minor improvement suggestion (this is in no way a complaint) would be to alter the living area layout. As a family we enjoy playing games (the games available were a nice touch) or watching a film together in the evenings. The current living area layout makes this a little difficult to have everyone seated together. You could consider moving the corner sofa to where the dining table is to create a “together” living area. Really enjoyed our stay. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Aug 2023

  • "I have just spent 4 lovely nights with my family and teenage grandchildren."

    The lodge is very well equipped everything is thought of. It is set in a very large garden which is enclosed on three sides with open views across the river. Our 2 Frenchies loved the garden, although we had to watch them by the river which was flowing quickly. There is a gate to a dog walk along side the river which was a really good idea except it was not excisable as overgrown with brambles. Unfortunately previous guests hadn't picked up there dog mess in the garden. There was also a obnoxious smell from the septic tank overflow which wasn't very pleasant .The garden was lovely to sit by the river and just relax to the sound of the water. overall a lovely place to unwind and recharge. Follow directions given and not sat nav as it will not take you to Lodge only general location .

    Reviewed by Adrian4.1Aug 2023

  • "Lovely well equipped Lodge, both for the humans and lovely dog touches."

    Plenty of good quality towels and general kitchen items to make your stay comfortable. Good quality bed linen. Lovely large garden for the dogs, we did a final check and poo pick up before we left. Plenty of games for both adults and kids. I think we were slightly unlucky with the wifi but no drama.

    Reviewed by Tristan3.8Jul 2023

  • "A lovely lodge, roomy, warm and cosy, well equipped and lovely treats on our arrival."

    It is in a beautiful setting with a view and the sound of the lovely babbling river. It should be noted that it is next door to a visible working stable, and it can get quite busy, but hey if you like horses how bad. We were lucky with the weather and it's an ideal location to explore the gorgeous countryside and beaches in north Devon.

    Reviewed by John4.4Apr 2023

  • "Had 3 amazing weeks at Valley Lodge."

    The accommodation had everything you could want. Even down to a jar of dog treats. It was lovely and clean and the outlook was fantastic. Came back really rested.

    Mrs Lisa LatschraunerSep 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at valley lodge, the lodge and garden were perfect for a family with children and dogs."

    The owners were very helpful when we encountered a couple of minor problems and were rectified immediately.

    Miss Carlie MaceJul 2021

  • "Valley Lodge was all we had hoped for."

    The situation was so relaxing, the rooms and bathrooms were so well equiped and to a high standard, everything we needed was there. The river is about 50 yards from the door and ideally safe and such fun for a 10 and 7 year old. Handy location for good pub meals nearby and close to the lovely town of Dulverton for essential shopping. First class.

    Mrs Christine CopeJul 2021

  • "We stayed here in 2019 and would have returned, but 2020 was cancelled, so we booked for 2021."

    The property was the same except that the warm wood exterior is now smart grey-and-slate. It’s clean and spacious, and has everything that a large group (sleeps 6) would need, including a dishwasher and a washing-machine, and except perhaps a small fruit or veg knife. There’s a fridge with freeze-box in the kitchen area, which has electric cooker and microwave, plus a large fridge-freezer in the walk-in larder, and the table seats 6. There’s a large en-suite bathroom in the Master, which has a balcony overlooking the big garden, plus a very large family bathroom with bath and shower, toilet and sink, and another small separate toilet. The garden is huge, bounded by fencing on 3 sides and the River Exe on the 4th, so perhaps not the best place for young children and/or small dogs. Our two Irish Setters, however, absolutely loved it, and this year I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a kingfisher, an amazing experience. There’s wifi, DV’s, games and books, but phone reception is only possible standing in the garden. It’s also not far to Dulverton, a delightful little town with several cafes and restaurants, a Co-op for groceries, and other useful shops. Tarr Steps is worth a visit, also Withypool, where there’s a small PO/shop and a cafe selling amazing cream teas, cakes, and main meals. Thoroughly recommend the Lodge and the whole area for sightseeing.

    Mrs Marianne CrispJul 2021

  • "The location was perfect."

    So relaxing and surrounded by nature and wildlife. Ideal for bird spotters. Down sides are No paths for walking to pubs and 45 mins drive from beach. But we didn’t feel the need to go anywhere. Morrison’s was 8 mins drive away. Beds were comfy. I would definitely go back

    Miss Karina BlissMay 2021

  • "The Lodge is beautiful and booking with Sykes was straightforward and easy."

    Mrs Caroline HarrisMay 2021

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  • Single-storey, all ground-floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 king-size with balcony access and en-suite bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size, 1 x twin and 1 single bed Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Utility
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine and dishwasher
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 6 cars
  • Gravelled side garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (£20 charge per week for 2nd dog)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.1 miles, pub 1.3 miles
  • Note: There is an unfenced stream close to the property with a steep slope leading to the river, please make sure children and dogs are supervised at all times
  • Note: There are steps leading up to this property that may be unsuitable for those with mobility issues

The property

Bampton 2.2 miles.

Set in the quaint Devonshire village of Oakfordbridge, near Bampton, rests this charming, three-bedroom holiday home, Valley Lodge.

Welcoming seven guests and two well-behaved dogs, this property boasts excellent proximity to Exmoor National Park and the three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is a perfect choice for families looking to spend time exploring Devon and its numerous, breathtaking natural landscapes.

Park up to your new home-from-home, and take in your tranquil surroundings where the crisp waters of a nearby stream run parallel to your new lodgings.

Inside, you will find well-presented, open-plan living space complete with a fully-fitted kitchen, where you and your loved ones can prepare meals together to be enjoyed at the dining table or perched on the large corner sofa whilst you watch a film or two on the Smart TV.

As the evenings grow darker, enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple on the furnished balcony before retreating to one of three, plush bedrooms, including a king with en-suite shower where you an refresh and rejuvenate as your prepare for your well-earned slumber.

This property is fantastic for those seeking escape from urban life; no light pollution, so perfect for star-gazing during outdoor suppers or strolls along the river. There are often sightings of deer, badgers and foxes.

If you can tear yourself away from your lovely base, take a short car ride into nearby Bampton to grab some traditional pub fare at The Quarrymans Rest or stock up on essentials at the Bampton Greengrocers.

Be sure to stop off at the National Trust landmarks of Knightshayes Gardens and Knightshayes Court on your way into Tiverton, which is also accessible by car.

Here, visitors can spend time roaming the battlements of Tiverton Castle or even take a relaxing stroll along the peaceful walkways of the Grand Western Canal Country Park.

Whatever you choose to get up to, be sure to book an unforgettable stay at Valley Lodge.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Dulverton 6 miles; Tiverton 7.5 miles.

Bampton is a wonderfully peaceful Devon village situated in a wooded valley on the banks of the River Batherm, a tributary of the River Exe, close to the Exmoor National Park. Bampton offers lovely Georgian cottages and houses, a good range of shops and is famous for its floral displays, pony fair and folk festival. The towns of Dulverton and Tiverton are close by and offer plenty of amenities, plus there are many country pursuits on offer in this rural area, including fishing on the two reservoirs at Wimbleball and Clatworthy, Exmoor safaris through dramatic windswept moors, walking the Exe Valley Way, horseriding across the moor and cycling along the Lowman Way. Further afield is the beautiful North Devon coastline with stunning walks, small coves, sandy beaches and views across to Wales. Bampton provides an ideal base for exploring North Devon and the Exmoor National Park.

Note: This lodge is not on a site, it is on its own in approx half an acre of land, fenced off for dogs. The lake, play area and cafe in the photos are located about a mile away.

Note: There is an unfenced stream close to the property with a steep slope leading to the river, please make sure children and dogs are supervised at all times.