“ Address: Blackawton / Nr Dartmouth TQ9 7DE / Devon „
Dartmouth Golf and country club
I went to visit Dartmouth for a view days before heading up to Bath. I stayed with my family in the Dartmouth country golf club as they are a hotel as well and also have a selection of lodges. First thing is none of us are remotely into golf but my uncle booked it and thought it was pretty and it truly was the views were stunning and the drive all be it long was amazing to drive through and even better to walk (though there are no footpaths you really do have to drive to get around in this area).
There was of course a massive 18 hole golf course and a lot of golf event taking place so the bar and restaurant area were normally busy during the day as was the car park, though having said that we could always find somewhere to sit and could always find a parking space. It seemed that more people visited during the day then were really staying there.
The main building contained the reception, bar, golf shop, restaurant, swimming pool, gym and rooms. The main building itself was particularly nice looking but was unpleasant either. The decor was typically hotel like and impersonal. Then on the other side of the car park where the lodges which were beautiful and have their own little car park reserved for people staying the lodges. The restaurant had a balcony attached which was by far the best place to sit and relax however the weather wasn't in favour of this most of the time and the only down side really was that the views in the bar/restaurant area mainly overlooked the golf course though it was still pretty. The food was not good in my opinos, not eough choice, and expensiv. You can't eat cheaper than £14 per person and they are not many othe roptions then eating there.
Staff and facilities
The place was very clean and pleasant but not anything out of the ordinary for the most part it seemed quite basic and for some reason very over staffed. A lot of the time it felt like staff were just lingering and didn't have work to do which felt unprofessional and also like you were being watched however they were all polite and pleasant if not a little unorganised. They also had a swimming pool which was nice but again busy and very warm, There was a sonar and a steam room though I could use them all the facilities were nice and clean but again nothing special, though they also do beauty treatment which is a nice touch and my mum was very happy with the pedicure she decide to have, though you have to book in advance. The gym I didn't visit but from the window looked basic but again a nice to have if you visit the gym regally and want to continue.
For me the best part was the lodges, they were four of us so it work out cheaper to stay in a lodge and they were beautiful. They have a very clean modern feel, but were homely at the same time and easy to relax in. They had a large TV and very comfy sofas and attached to the living space was a mini kitchen area that was stocked with tea and coffee as well as kettle. There was also a fridge but it was still not self catered as there was no cooker or microwave which my mum was happy about as she is not found of cooking. The bedrooms all have en suits which were a good size very clean, well stocked with shampoo and shower gel. They were all white and very nice to use, only one had a bath though which I didn't mind as I prefer a shower. The rooms themselves were all twins so there was the capacity to house 6 people and I think it was big enough to without getting under each other's feet. The other than the room I stayed in each had a balcony which was lovely especially in the attic style room as it really just made the room that much nicer. However there was no seating in any of the balconies not even on the patio area downstairs, which was a real shame as it would of been nice to enjoy them properly which you really couldn't by standing. The beds were comfy and the pillows well plumped that I only need one. The only down side was the rooms got quite warm but there were plenty of windows and you could request a fan which I did. The lodge also had a forth bathroom downstairs which was just a toilet and sink but was very convenient when I was feeling lazy after walking around all day. I really can't fault the lodges they were lovely to stay in and were set up so they had there on little courtyard with a fountain, it was nice as they felt like homes and apart from the hotel and country club aspect of the rest of the place. The building themselves were beautiful the brick work was stunning and they just looked amazing.
On the website it says from around £49 a night per person per night for an en suits room, however they price tariffs right now are more like £58-62 and can be more expensive for weekends. They say they are a 3 star hotel and I think I would agree to this though my feelings are mixed. I like the lodges a lot but the rest of it wasn't really for me.
This is a great place to get away from the world but if that not what you want then be aware that it is hard in fact impossible to get any signal while you're there as in set down in a sort of valley. Not being able to use my phone was a pain as I didn't like feeling disconnect from the rest of the world but that is just me. Also another thing that was slightly irritating was you could only get wireless in the main building so you had to sit in the bar to use it and for some reason it would drop out a lot. I felt that really the lodges should have had wireless as well. It would have made it a lot easier to use my laptop and to find direction and information. There were lots of leaflets available about stuff going on in the local area but it was all very sport or child orientated, so if felt very exclusive some times and a bit uncomfortable as it was obviously geared up to golfing. However this really was to be expected and I cannot really complain about it. Like I said before my feelings are mixed I would stay in the lodges again but the rest of it wasn't for me and the atmosphere isn't really what I am looking for in a holiday. So I probably wouldn't stay there again.
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