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The extra mile

09 October 2018
In our latest blog we share the thoughts of Frank and Margaret Brown, who own a stunning lodge at Stonerush Lakes. Read all about their Charteroak Experience below.


Frank and Margaret Brown are the happy owners of a stunning detached cedar lodge at Valley View, Stonerush Lakes, which they visit around once a month. The luxurious lodge, which spans a spacious 45 by 20 feet, has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and comes complete with a hot tub and decking. Keen to discover how Margaret and Frank came to make their purchase, we put the question to Margaret and here is what she had to say: “We have holidayed many times in Cornwall over the years,” Margaret tells us, “and fell in love with its beauty and diverse nature.” Ultimately, its draw proved too much to resist and the Browns began to look for a more permanent holiday home for their own use as well as family and friends. So they started to do some research and having discovered Charteroak, were quickly won over by both the quality of the lodges and the location.

“Stonerush Lakes attracted us because it is quiet and secluded, yet still within easy reach of Cornwall’s many attractions.” So, what do they love most about their lodge? “Naturally its position – the views are lovely and the lodge itself is well-designed, fully-equipped, spacious and extremely light and airy.”

Another great benefit of opting for a Charteroak lodge, particularly when buying off-plan, is that you can add a degree of customisation. Margaret tells us about some of the personalised features that they added. “We chose the fabrics for the curtains and blinds,” explains Margaret. “We also gave a list of artists we like and requested two sofa beds to accommodate all the family. Otherwise, we felt the design, layout and furniture suited our tastes for a modern and contemporary scheme.”

When it comes to deciding up on her most memorable experience, Margaret doesn’t hesitate. “Sat in the hot tub with a glass of wine, watching the most amazing sunsets over the valley.” While the accommodation itself clearly has made a huge impact on the lives of Margaret and Frank, the other main advantage, of course, is its proximity to Cornwall’s many wonders, as Margaret explains.

“We are a family who enjoy good food so, on special occasions, we love visiting the nearby Talland Bay Hotel. Bowey is a lovely fishing village, easily accessed via the car ferry from Bodinnick, with many interesting and varied shops. We love to walk along the Esplanade, stopping at Pintxo, the tap as bar, for a late lunch, then walking to Readymoney Cove, where there is a lovely little beach and further walks.”

As well as the local offering, a short car journey rewards with yet more delights. “Padstow has many excellent eateries; we usually park at Wadebridge, hire bikes then cycle the Camel Trail to Padstow. The views as one cycles along the Camel Estuary are spectacular. Another favourite is the coast to coast cycle ride from Portreath to Devoran along the trail of the old tin mines – such a lot of history. The Old Quay Inn pub in Devoran is a defi nite must; the food is excellent. Culturally one is spoilt for choice. We love visiting Cotehele, the Porthminster Beach Café in St Ives, Mousehole, St Mawes, Falmouth, and Marazion. There are so many outstanding options.”

With no stamp duty, VAT or solicitors’ fees, another thing that particularly impressed the Browns about Charteroak was the buying process itself, as well as the continued aftercare. It wasn’t simply a case of being left to fend for themselves once the sale had gone through.

“We cannot praise the Charteroak team enough,” says Margaret. “It was very straight forward. Sam Weller, who guided us through the process, is very charming and extremely helpful. Nothing was too much trouble.” This included introducing them to the Timberventure team, the West Country company that creates the stunning lodges, and taking them to see their lodge during its construction.

“Even after purchasing the lodge, Sam has remained in contact to ensure everything is functioning properly and that we are satisfied and happy. He has since been a great help with advice and assistance when family visited.” Margaret continues: “The same applies to the support staff. Anita at housekeeping and Annie and Sally in reception are very friendly and extremely helpful, always going that extra mile to assist you. It is comforting to know that there is always someone on hand to help if needed.”

So, if this tempts you to buy your own lodge, Margaret provides some parting wisdom: “Most importantly we would say: don’t hesitate – we wish we had bought a lodge years ago!

To find out more about holiday home ownership please email or call 01707 601 463.

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