Denmark Farm Eco Lodge, Lampeter
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Review of "Denmark Farm Eco Lodge, Lampeter"
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Denmark Farm Eco Lodge is located in Lampeter in southwest Wales.We stayed here as a family in the last part of August during the bank holiday. My husband and I stayed there from Friday to Monday while the rest of the family stayed there from Friday to the following Friday. The eco-lodge comprises of three units with a door separating each one and guests can choose how many they want to book out depending on how many people are coming. We were 12 people and a dog staying there so we booked all three units, all three of them sleep 16 altogether so we didn't feel it was cramped and we had lots pf space.
My mother in-law has told me that the end of August was chosen because it would have been too expensive for us to book the whole place out at the beginning of August for a week. It would have cost £2000 to rent the whole place for a week in the beginning of August for a week, when we booked it, it cost £1300 for a week, and split between 12 people this we felt was very reasonable. My mother in-law was also told that if we came again to let the owners know in the booking as they would give us a discount.Denmark Farm used to be a commercial farm but in 1985 it became a conservation and nature centre and the lodge is part of this. In addition to the lodge there is a building with a dormitory where you can rent spaces a well.
It is all very nature centred and eco-friendly. The lodge is in the middle of the farm and visitors are encouraged to take walks around on the land. Several maps are provided at the lodge which show what areas are available and what it open during what parts of the year. One example is that part of the meadow is closed between June and July as the plants are flowering then, to give insects the best chance to live there and for bees to collect pollen. We really enjoyed our walks and found loads of blackberries to eat. Part of the trail is wheelchair accessible, as is the trail that leads to the campsite that is also located there.The lodge gets its electricity from solar panels on the roof for the dormitory and and hot water and heating comes from a biomass boiler. Each of the three living rooms (one in each unit) has a wood burner in it and the wood for these is sourced from the farm and the surrounding woods and visitors are encouraged to use them. Ecover hand wash, washing up liquid and toilet cleaner is provided and there are signs in each bedroom stating that all waste water and grey water goes into the pond on the reserve which treats it naturally and they can grow willow there which is used for basketry weaving courses they run. Visitors are therefore asked to please not use any other cleaning products than those provided as they can upset the pond system.
The lodge has a sedum roof which encourages insects and Rubbish is sorted into landfill, recyclables, glass and food waste for composting.
Each unit of the lodge has a living room and kitchen, bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms with each bedroom. One of the bedrooms in each unit had a wetroom with an accessible shower and toilet. Apart from the threshold from the outside into the unit there were no thresholds in the units and there is both stair and ramp access to the front and the rear of the house. The bedrooms that were along the back of the building each had a sliding glass door onto a covered walkway where we found much joy in just standing with a cup of tea in the morning, watching birds doing their thing. All the beds were singles with single duvets at the lodge and my husband and I solved this by pushing them together and this worked fine.Each bedroom had two single beds (with the exception of one which had a cot in it as well), a nightstand each with a lamp with drawers, a small stable and a wardrobe. The wardrobe had two extra pillows in it and the beds were made up with two pillows each, a duvet each and a wool throw each. Prints had been framed and hung in each living room and these were made by a local artist. In addition to this all the wool throws and wool curtains in the lodge were made by a local weaving artist.
The kitchen had an integrated induction cooker top and fan oven below an extraction hood, a toaster and a kettle and an under the counter fridge, and there were several cupboards as well. The kitchens all came with small containers of tea, coffee and sugar and there were full sets of pots and pans, crockery, plates and drinking glasses in each kitchen. None of the kitchens have a dishwasher but there are sponges, cloths and brushes provided. Each kitchen has two tea towels but as we were so many and there is no washing machine in the house or on site, my mother in-law had the foresight to bring extras. Though the lady who came to check us in said that if they needed washing she would do them for us and give us fresh ones no problem.The living area in each part of the lodge had two sofas and a comfy hair, a coffee table and a TV with a built-in DVD player, and there was also a dinner table and chairs. Each living area also had a shelf with books and maps in English and Welsh. There were also some board games there guests could use.
A hand towel was provided in each bathroom and they can supply you with bath towels at £3 each, but we just brought our own to use.Behind the front door of each part of the lodge there were some walking guides and brochures about the farm, plus a pair of binoculars. You are encouraged to keep a record of the wildlife you see during your stay and there are notepads and pencils provided for this purpose.
I think we were too many and scared many birds and animals away with our racket but while we were there we heard a barn owl, saw two buzzards, several woodpeckers, and we saw robins, blue tits and finches and swallows (One of the previous entries read 'large ginger cat by the compost bin' XD )There is a wood-fired pizza oven outside though you need permission from the owners before using this.
When we cane on Friday there was a lovely surprise waiting for us, because on the table in one of the lodges was a tray with some sweet peas in a vase and plates with flapjacks and brownies from a local bakery in Lampeter.We had a lovely time at the lodge. The owners came by each morning and stayed in their office across the yard for a while but their number was posted in each kitchen which you could ring in case something happened. Mara was the lady who checked us in and helped us during our stay and she was very helpful.
Because the lodge is so out in the sticks we decided it would be easier for us to have a food shop delivered, however because of reasons it took us longer to drive from Nottingham than we thought, so the delivery had already come when we got there. Not to worry, as Mara had already brought all the shopping in and put everything away for us!Not too far from the lodge is the Devil's Bridge which comprises of a nature trail, and from there you can access the Vale of Rheidol Railway which is a team train service to Aberystwyth. While we were there with the family, we drove to Aberaeron and enjoyed the seaside for a day which was also lovely.
When we had to go back due to work, we drove to Aberystwyth and took the train from there. Driving to Aberystwyth from the lodge takes about 40 minutes. The other 'closest' train station is at Llanovery, though it takes about 40 minutes in the car to get there as well.If you need to get away, I would certainly recommend this. Though I would suggest not at peak times as it can be costly.^^
Product Information : Denmark Farm Eco Lodge, Lampeter
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Address: Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Ceredigion SA48 8PB
Listed on Ciao since: 29/08/2016