Cox Tor Lodge, Harford Bridge Park
During the 50's and 60's I was taken on holiday to Butlin's. Once to Skegness and once to Minehead, both times
sampling life in a very small chalet with a toilet block in the centre of each row. All meals taken in the dining
room, donkey rides in the morning, organised games with the redcoats in the afternoon and check out the Dads
in the Knobbly Knees Competition in the evening. Despite the controlled agenda, as kids, we loved every minute,
but it's left me with a bias towards the word 'chalet'. Which is a shame because nowadays chalet holidays are
from a different planet altogether, and the 2 chalets on offer at Harford Bridge Park are in a league of their own.
And these days they are called 'Lodges'
Vixen Tor Lodge was being serviced when Paul the owner showed me round the immaculate family
run park. But I was given a quick glimpse inside and this 2 bedroom outfit has a smashing verandah
overlooking the lower park alongside the river. See lots of pics on the Harford Bridge website.
Cox Tor Lodge was about 50 yards from Vixen Tor and it boasts 3 bedrooms. This double (above) with it's
own en-suite shower room and 2 twin rooms plus well equipped family bathroom, with shower and bath.
and 2 twin rooms plus a well equipped family bathroom, with shower and bath.
The lodge is spotlessly clean and stepping through the front door into the large living area
is a very impressive experience . It's a far cry from 'hello campers'
This is the en-suite bathroom in the double and the family bathroom is seen above left.
No it's not a kitchen showroom, but you could be forgiven for thinking that. It's fully equipped
with crockery,microwave, even some washing up liquid and new sponges and cream cleaner. Nice.
Send the kids off to find the playpark whilst you settle yourselves in.
There's a generous dining area and sitting room space with Freeview tv, DVD and music system,
all leading out onto a very private deck with grassy field beyond. You might like to bring your
own sun loungers to add to the table and chairs already provided. All very relaxing and private.
As you can see I was here looking on a bleak day in wet wet January. Kids will love this in the better weather.
This is a great park with good facilities. The park is principally a campsite with touring caravans, some statics,
but not over many. Tents, trailer tents, one self catering cottage and one very pleasant Shepherd's Hut.
There's a small reception offering free wifi and a few basic groceries such as fresh milk and daily papers.
Two sides of the park are bordered by the beautiful River Tavy running off the Moor. It offers a hard tennis court,
a very good enclosed child play area and a central recreation green for football and other games. Paul tells me
that he often looks out of reception to see jumpers for goalposts! The recycling facilities are excellent and there
are picnic areas with tables and benches. Parking alongside the lodge. Non smoking of course, NO DOGS, all
electricity included in the price, bed linen provided, but you will need to bring your own towels and tea towels.
This isn't a holiday park with slot machines. You won't find a tannoy system announcing a lovely legs
competition. It's an attractive well laid out park within easy reach of Tavistock alongside the Dartmoor
Way cycle route - the National Cycle Route 27. I like the park and the two lodges very much and can
heartily recommend the whole shebang.
Oh yes, and you might like to say hello to the ducks, who without prompting trouped over the road
just as I spotted the Duck Crossing sign. But please don't feed them with white bread -
a sign in reception tells you it's not good for them....