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Bosinver Farm Cottages
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

We stayed at Bosinver Farm for 7 nights and loved every minute of it. We were a group of 5 adults and 2 children and decided to stay in Jack's Barn which was ideal for our requirements. A large living room, huge dining table and well furnished kitchen. All of the rooms were clean, light and the whole place had a homely feel to it. Jack's Barn could perhaps do with 1 more toilet as it has a large family bathroom upstairs and a small ensuite downstairs but we made do just fine.

Everyone at the farm from Farmer Dave and his son, to Nana Pat, Joan et al were incredibly friendly and helpful. You are largely left to your own devices but there is plenty of advice and guidance from the Bosinver family as and when you need it. My children loved feeding the animals every morning at 9.45am as well as exploring the lake, Gruffalo trail, zip wire, slides, swings and indoor soft play room. There is a games room also for older kids (table tennis, pool etc). The swimming pool was warm and clean with plenty of floats left out for the kids to use.

If I had to point out one area of improvement the gym could do with some new / updated equipment to be in line with the modern standards of the rest of the farm but still there was ample space for 1-2 people to have a workout, tennis courts outside and plenty of places to go jogging.

We spent some incredibly valuable time together as 3 generations of our family and cherished our time at Bosinver.

Room Tip: All of the cottages are quite unique and located at various parts of the farm.
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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PSmith01, Manager at Bosinver Farm Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Hi Chetan L Thank you for your amazing review, we are delighted that you enjoyed a great holiday with us, and spent lots of quality time here with your extended family, Jacks Barn is a perfect cottage for exactly that kind of gathering, and we agree there is nothing quite like sitting around a family sized table, enjoying a meal and spending quality time with special people. Its wonderful to hear that the children enjoyed farmer Dave's animal feeding time so much, he really works hard to engage with each and every child and its lovely to watch as the shyer kids come out of their shell during the course of the week, so I will be sure to pass on your kind words to him and the rest of the team. its also great to know that you made good use of all the other facilities we have on offer here on the farm. I hope your stay at Bosinver has left you with happy memories which will last for years to come, and that we can welcome you back to Bosinver in the near future to make even more.

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Reviewed 22 August 2017

We stayed at Bosinver in August for 1 week with our 1 and 5 year old and it was a fantastic holiday. We would highly recommend and are returning next year. We stayed in Coliza which was a perfect location for our 5 year old as we could just open the back door and she could go and play. The garden has climb ons, a sandpit, a large trampoline, swings and a lovely wendy house just outside the backdoor (but we had no issues of noise). Highlights included the animal feeding every morning with Farmer Dave (the 13 month old was cock a doodling all week) and a lovely warm swimming pool with floats and noodles provided. Everywhere is spotless and in great condition. We had a wet week so made use of the playbarn with the soft play but also the trails in our wellies. Lots of gear to borrow for the beach, mud or just walking (we tried a baby carrier) and nothing is too much trouble (cake and fresh flowers waiting for us on arrival). Lots to do locally as well - would recommend Camel Creek for 5/6 year olds, Charlestown was lovely and we went crabbing in Mevagissey. Highly recommend Bosinver to families with young children.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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PSmith01, Manager at Bosinver Farm Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Hi The_Nicholsons, Thank you for this brilliant review.We are delighted that you had a 'fantastic' holiday here at Bosinver. Coliza is a very popular cottage amongst our guests who require a place for the smaller family, and as you say, it is brilliant for children, who love having a play area so close to the cottage, we find that noise is seldom an issue affecting any of the cottages, as we have so many activities spread out over the 30 odd acres that make up Bosinver farm. Farmer Dave is thrilled to hear that he has a.. cock a doodling...fan, especially one so young :-) he does work really hard to see that the children take home great memories of the daily animal feeding. Its great to know that the inclement weather you experienced at times during your stay didn't deter you from having a brilliant time, and that the play barn and pool helped to brighten the days. We are thrilled to hear that you intend to return again next year and we will look forward to welcoming you and the family back to Bosinver 2018.

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

Booked Jack's Barn for early August to accommodate 2 x 69 yr old grandparents, 4 x adult parents and 4 kiddies (1 x 5y; 2 x 3y and 1 x 9m). With usual poor weather down here the house had to cope with us all in it or at least close by. It did well although at times we would have welcomed another loo downstairs. Large, very well equipped kitchen with great slidey (but safe for the rest of us) floor for crawling baby and substantial sitting area with resilient, comfy chairs / sofas etc. TV, dvd OK and wifi adequate. Heating and hot water simple to control.
Bedrooms - ours was downstairs and undisturbed by the 02.30 and 06.00 revelry upstairs. Stairgate was effective. We are used to more bedroom floor area (and a larger bed) but this was no problem and did keep clutter to a minimum. Our shower was fairly small but grandpa managed OK despite his bulk.
There was a small garden that we did not use as the estate fields and amenities were literally on our doorstep.
All the amenities were first rate and not at all crowded despite rain. WE enjoyed taking all the kids to the brilliant playbarn - they are used to these things and rated Bosinver's as fantastic. The extremely well kept heated pool was marvellous for all of us. Again we are used to these locally at home and Bosinver's compared brilliantly. The small, diverse farm was designed for safe, educational interaction with the kids. They fed the chickens, roosters, ducks, geese, goats, sheep (was there a pig?) every morning and came back with their collection of eggs for their second breakfast. Farmer Dave and his colleagues were lovely, patient and helpful at all times. He was always there without being at all intrusive.
Introductory pony rides with Nanny Pat and her assistants on the Tuesday went down well - we shall be interested to see how our children manage their kids aspirations re. horses!
Car parking easy but we did push it a bit with three fairly large motors.
Around and about - Mevagissey was close by, interesting - good restaurants and relatively easy parking. Charlestown impossible for parking. Beaches - good selection in the Pat and Davids guide book but again parking was always tight and the roads a bit hairy for the inexperienced. Heligan was tremendous. Inn at Polgooth pretty good for our sort of group but should beware going too much towards chips / dogs and fast food. Large supermarkets close by in St Austell to supplement the arrival delivery - we had forgotten how much young families can get through.
In summary - this set up was ideal for the three generations. We could have just stayed on site all week and still enjoyed it. Not cheap but you get what you pay for - well done and thank you all staff.
Will probably do similar next year and certainly book as early as possible. Pity we can't control the weather!

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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PSmith01, Manager at Bosinver Farm Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2017

Hi travellerLondonUk Thank you for taking the time to write us such a lovely and wide-ranging review, we are delighted to hear that Bosinver proved to be an ideal center for you and your extended family to have a relaxed and memorable holiday , and that Jack's Barn in particular proved to be a big hit with the grown ups, and even more so by a little slidey baby :-) Its pleasing for us to hear just how much the children took from their experiences here on the farm, we work hard to provide things that are both fun and informative for the children, hopefully helping them to take memories away that will last long after their holiday has ended. Your kind words are appreciated by all the staff. I hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Bosinver again very soon, when with a bit of luck the weather will be kinder to you.

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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Me and my wife stayed at Bosinver for a week with our 2 children (7 & 3 year) in July and we had an amazing time. All the staff our super friendly and extremely helpful. The cottages are first class. We stayed in Polclay and loved every minute of it. Perfect location for us with the kids play area out the back of the cottage(but which is no way intrusive either)
It has a great swimming pool which is always spotless as is the games room.
We loved spending time down in the woods and lake area too which on a nice day is a beautiful tranquil spot to relax and spend time with the kids.
Our kids (and us too) loved the daily animal feeding and the pony rides on Tuesday were wonderful.
Without doubt our week in Bosinver was our favourite ever family holiday and we've already booked to go back next year.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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PSmith01, Manager at Bosinver Farm Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

Hi Godzuki, We were thrilled to receive your wonderful review, and delighted that you obviously made good use of all the different facilities we have to offer here at Bosinver Farm, we were particularly pleased that you loved spending time down by the lake, its such a peaceful and tranquil place, and surprisingly it can be an area that gets a little forgotten at times, but it is a perfect spot for family picnics, being just a short walk from any of the cottages, so not far to carry stuff, and no car-parking to worry about..perfect wouldn't you say? We are very proud to know that your week here at Bosinver is your "favourite ever family holiday", thank you, that's a hugh compliment for us. We are really looking forward to welcoming you back again in 2018.

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Reviewed 1 August 2017

A return visit this year and already booked for next year, absolutely wonderful. A few dodgy days of rain showers made no difference to our enjoyment. When it rains, the superb indoor swimming pool sorts that out. Kids pony riding and toasting marshmallows was as good as always and we finally managed to finish the welly trail for once with a tiny hint from farmer Dave .... I am so amazed at how beautiful this place always is, it is a tiny piece of farm paradise not to be missed. I love the attention to detail and friendly relaxed atmosphere, looking forward to next year already.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Dominic W
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PSmith01, Manager at Bosinver Farm Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Hi Dominic W Thank you for your amazing review. We are delighted to hear that a spot of rain didn't stop play for you and the family, we have worked hard to provide lots of 'weather proof' facilities, so rain or shine our guests can have that 'special' holiday experience here on the farm. Well done for finishing the Welly-boot Hunt, not such a simple task, even with a little help from Farmer Dave:-) We are delighted to hear that you loved your stay here at Bosinver so much, that you have already re-booked for next year, we are never happier than when we are welcoming familiar faces back to Bosinver year after year. We are really looking forward to welcoming you in 2018.

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Address: April Cottage Bosinver Lane | Cornwall, St Austell PL26 7BA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > St Austell
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 38 Speciality Lodging in St Austell
Price Range: $139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bosinver Farm Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Winner of VisitEngland's first ever national Family Friendly Accommodation of the Year Award 2017, Gold award for best self catering in England 2015, South West Tourism Excellence Awards and Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/5. Individual detached cottages sleeping 4-12 in a peaceful secluded valley near the sea, the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Excellent facilities for families including indoor swimming pool heated by solar energy, sauna, gym, therapy room, play barn, adventure playground, zip wire, tennis court and fishing lake, woodland trails and friendly farm animals. Wild Kids Forest School sessions for outdoor play including den building and campfire marshmallow toasting. Award winning village pub and shop only a short stroll away. Mumsnet Best UK Self Catering. ... more   less 
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