Review of Hengar Manor, Cornwall

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Reviewed by: Mojomums Lauren

What they say: Escape to a rural oasis with a stay at our 35-acre country estate in the heart of Cornwall. With the rolling hills of Bodmin Moor nearby and the north coast just a short distance away plus lots to see and do on-park, it’s easy to see why we’re such a popular choice for Cornwall holiday lodges and self-catering breaks.

There’s a huge range of self-catering accommodation for you to choose from including the chance to stay in our grand 18th Century Manor House, our cosy holiday cottages and bungalows, apartments, villas, caravans, waterside cabins and luxury holiday lodges for which we are renowned.

Our park is perfect for peaceful escapes in the Cornish countryside, but there’s also lots to see and do including our leisure club with pool and spa, fishing lakes and live entertainment. We have plenty of fun-packed sports and leisure facilities where youngsters can enjoy everything from archery and fencing to golf and tennis.

What we say: “Myself and my family had a fantastic opportunity to go and stay at Hengar Manor.

Hengar Manor was easy to find from the main road, we later found out that there are two entrances, one on the main road and one down a country lane – the drive up to the manor was very beautiful with a lake and wooded area. The reception and entertainment area were signposted so was very easy to find where to check in.

We arrived late on Tuesday after a four and a half hour drive. Due to arriving late, we were told that the reception would be shut and the staff in the entertainment area would be able to check us in. The bar staff checked us in quickly and explained where our accommodation was and the best way to get there with directions on the park map. There was some confusion initially with our accommodation, this was swiftly sorted on Wednesday morning.

Our accommodation was The Roughtor Cottage; this was quite basic, but very clean and a great base for exploring! It felt cosy and homely, there were 3 bedrooms- one double and two twin rooms with single beds, two very good sized bathrooms with a bath and shower – all very clean. There was a nice kitchen and living area, which is open plan.

The bedding and towels were clean and soft, although the beds are quite hard – but good for the back! The cottage had everything you needed for your time there. There is an onsite shop that sold everything from soap to blow up inflatables (not that you could use these in the indoor pool).

Set in the grounds of an 18th century manor house near Bodmin, Hengar Manor really is a great base for exploring beautiful Cornwall and many attractions are nearby:

Pencarrow House and Gardens, a National Trust House that’s absolutely beautiful with stunning grounds.

Bodmin and Wenford Railway a 1950’s heritage railway where you journey through the beautiful Cornish countryside – my son was lucky enough to be able to go and see the engine room, it was so hot but an amazing experience that we won’t forget in a hurry! Thank you to the lovely staff that helped with the pushchair and the many questions we had- you were all amazing!

We visited Camel Creek in the hope of a great day out.

The park was very quiet as we went during the school term so there were no queues, which was great for my autistic son! The park is aimed at younger children but didn’t really have many rides that children under 92cm could use, apart from a small carousel and a few rides in the Dina Land – this included the tea cups, a bounce up and down ride, a small wheel and a clown rollercoaster.

As the park was quiet we could stay on and ride again, which was great for my son, as he finds getting off the rides quite hard! The park is very clean but very spaced out, there seemed to be missing lots of other rides, there were food and ice cream stations but none were open and it was a really hot day so we could of done with an ice cream or two! There are some rides that are ‘coming soon’ but no sign of any construction happening! The 5D Cinema wasn’t working but again children under 92cm could not use this. There was a pets corner but with very minimal animals, but a great lizard that came up to the window and made us jump!

There is sand pit with a digger that we thought was a ride but turns out it is just a sand pit with a big digger in it – not great at all.

The indoor soft play area was not the cleanest and so hot we actually couldn’t stay, we were planning on having a full day at Camel Creek but unfortunately after two hours there wasn’t much else we could do! The staff that we spoke to on the rides were great and very welcoming – answering questions of local beaches and recommending local places to see. I think if there were more rides for the younger age group it would be a great day out!

Cardinham Woods, where we went on a walking Zog Trail (Julia Donaldson book) and had one of the best cream teas we’ve had – the scones were warm with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam, YUM! Click here to see a detailed review…

All of the above attractions were within a half an hour drive, so all within easy reach. I would also recommend seeing Port Isaac – STUNNING! We were lucky enough to see Doc Martin being filmed too, didn’t see Martin Clunes though!

Padstow isn’t far and has beautiful beaches – be prepared for a walk though. There is a small cove that you come to first, if you carry on walking you come to an amazing (very quiet) beach with sand dunes – this beach is not accessible to don’t try with a pushchair like we did! After a lovely time on the beach we enjoyed some fish and chips from Rick Steins – WOW, best fish and chips I have ever had – definitely worth a visit!

From Padstow you can also get on a ferry across to Rock, another beautiful beach, this takes just five minutes.

There were plenty of onsite activities for a range of ages, but maybe not enough for toddlers (my son is 4 years old and apart from the Mini Meerkats Mess Time there wasn’t much he could participate in). There was an adventure playground for the older children and a smaller play area for the younger children. The swimming pool and changing rooms were amazingly clean (couldn’t fault it) and the swimming pool was of warm temperature, so not terrible to get into! There was a slide at the side of the pool for older children and adults, but for children under a certain height;  there is an area that is used for the baby pool but there wasn’t much for younger children to do other than swim – I think it would be great if there were smaller slides etc for younger age children.

The entertainments team, Sarah, Erica, Natalie and Peter were amazing and worked really hard – especially Sarah who was very approachable and gave lots of recommendations on where to go and what to see! Thank you Sarah! We did and saw so much that unfortunately we only managed to get to one of the evening entertainment shows – the team put on an in-house show. They dressed up as the Spice Girls and sang and danced away and got the families and children involved! Sarah, Natalie and Erica have amazing voices – you should all be on the stage in the West End!

The grounds of Hengar Manor are well kept with beautiful fishing lakes and grassed areas, with lots of wildlife to see.

Overall our stay at Hengar Manor was 8/10- it would have been a 10 if there was more for younger children.  A brilliant base for exploring the beautiful Cornish countryside – just wish we had been able to stay for longer!”

 

For more information and to book your stay visit www.hengarmanor.co.uk

We were gifted a mid-week stay at Hengar Manor – all comments and thoughts are our own.

We received free tickets for Camel Creek, Pencarrow House and Gardens, Bodmin and Wenford Railway – all comments and thoughts are our own.

We received a free cream tea and kids lunch at Cardinham Woods – all comments and thoughts are our own.

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