As she continues writing her latest book, Walks in the Footsteps of Daphne du Maurier, Sue Kittow enjoys a relaxing stay at Hoburne Doublebois holiday park in Cornwall
After a hectic week, it was a real joy to arrive at the tranquil Hoburne Doublebois holiday park Cornwall.
We were greeted by the sight of a pristine nine-hole golf course, the greens undulating in front of the lodges while, further round the drive, the elegant Doublebois house reigned supreme.
The only sound was of the birds singing.
Sue greeted us at reception, advised us on dog friendly etiquette (mainly to keep dogs on leads around the park), and also told us that Seaton is the best dog friendly beach nearby in the summer.
We found out where the games room and launderette were before walking the short distance to our lodge, which was warm and sunlit to welcome us.
Hoburne Doublebois holiday park Cornwall is an undisturbed get away with stunning countryside on the doorstep
The large kitchen/diner/living room of our lodge at Hoburne Doublebois holiday park Cornwall looked out onto a generous enclosed patio area: ideal if you have dogs or small children.
The kitchen was well stocked (with a dog bowl ready for MollieDog to make the most of) and the two large sofas were very comfortable, as were the two bedrooms. The main, en suite bedroom looked out onto the golf course, while the second bedroom had twin beds and a bathroom next door.
Exploring the local area, we went to the St Neot local produce fair where we bought a wonderful range of local sausages, ham carved for us on the bone, and free range eggs.
From there, we discovered the wondrous delights of Trago Mills, a must for everything you need for the house, boat and garden, as well as an excellent, very reasonably priced cafe.
There’s even a woodland walk and picnic/barbecue area, so MollieDog got something out of it, too.
We then struck out across country for a six-mile walk from the two bridges at nearby Treverbyn, through the beautiful woods and up to the settlement at Berry Castle, which was well worth the climb.
On our last day, after breakfasting on the ham, sausages and eggs, we headed up to the village of Altarnun to do a walk for my latest book, Walks in the Footsteps of Daphne du Maurier.
The clouds parted, the sun shone and we investigated the Inny Valleys walk, as well as finding a plaque on the pulpit dedicated by one of my Kittow ancestors at Altarnun church.
Sadly, at Doublebois we didn’t have time to try out the golf course. I fancied a game of pool or table tennis in the games room, as well as exploring the Nature Trail, and there’s fishing locally – but we simply ran out of hours.
Heading homewards, we panned for gold at Golitha Falls, but got the wrong spot, evidently…
If you and your pooch fancy an undisturbed, relaxing get away, with lots of stunning countryside to explore on your doorstep, this is your spot.
I couldn’t recommend Hoburne Doublebois holiday park Cornwall more highly: we can’t wait to go back.
How to get to Hoburne Doublebois holiday park Cornwall without flying:
From Truro, take the A39 and A30 to the A38, then at Doublebois take the first turning on the left.
Hoburne Doublebois holiday park Cornwall is a few hundred yards on your left.
Words: Sue Kittow for Feet on the Ground
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