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Full description
A sumptuous family-and-dog-friendly lakeside retreat with an outdoor hot tub and indoor barbecue, blissfully secluded in an ancient Devon village.

Sleeping up to six guests and their two well-behaved dogs, Johnsland Lodge is ideal for families in search of that all-important holiday blend of fun, relaxation, and showstopping style.

Privately nestled by a tranquil wildlife lake, in the ancient Devon village of Zeal Monachorum (meaning ‘Cell of the Monks' in Latin) the elegant lodge is also perfectly placed for you to visit some of the area's best-known attractions.  

Not only is Dartmoor in effortlessly easy reach, but you can also visit Exeter for epic shopping trips... and the friendly, locally renowned Waie Inn is a short stroll away.

However, once you've acquainted yourselves with the many delights to be found at your sanctuary-like retreat, you may put those plans to explore firmly on hold!

Boasting shimmering, triple-aspect lake views from glass doors and huge windows, the bright, open plan lounge and diner has the atmosphere of a luxury Nordic ski chalet, with its vaulted ceiling, exposed roof timbers, and toasty underfloor heating.  

Not to mention its deep L-shaped sofa, flatscreen Smart TV, and a wow-factor indoor barbecue! Simply grab a bar stool, and toast marshmallows well into the star-studded evening, no matter what the weather happens to be like outside.

If you'd rather create culinary masterpieces in traditional style, you'll find the kitchen packed with sleek appliances, and there's a gleaming, glass-topped dining table to enjoy them around.

Let the kids and dogs run off some steam in your extensive outdoor space - which includes a rope and type tree swing for jumping into the lake! - as you relax in the wood-fired hot tub, or enjoy a good book and a glass of wine on the outdoor sofa.  

You'll also find a dedicated ‘fishing shack' a little further along, and there's even a separate mini lodge, furnished with a sofa bed, dining table, a fridge, and its very own loo... ideal for anyone, such as an older teenager, who craves a small space of their own even on a family break.

Choose from three sleeping spaces back at the main Lodge; a kingsize, oak-beamed master with direct terrace access, a ground-floor snug furnished with a comfy double sofa bed, and a spiral staircase that leads to a cosy twin.

After a dreamy night's sleep, freshen up in the spacious family bathroom, complete with an indulgent rainfall shower, and then it's onto the crucial business of doing exactly what you want with the rest of the day.

Things to note

Up to two well-behaved dogs are permitted. Logs are provided for the indoor barbecue on the first night of your stay.
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The basics

The basics

Region: Zeal Monachorum, Devon
Cost (from): £875 (3 nights)
Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 1757

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Luxury lakeside lodge, sleeps 6 guests.  Access via side door or double glass doors into open plan lounge/kitchen/diner: underfloor heating, vaulted ceiling with exposed roof timbers, lakeside views, antler chandeliers, L-shaped sofa, flatscreen Smart TV with Freeview, music system with Sonos speaker, indoor barbecue with large extractor, bar stools.  Kitchen area with island/breakfast bar and 4 stools, granite work surfaces, integrated electric oven with grill, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, iron and ironing board, toaster and kettle.  Dining area with glass topped dining table and 6 chairs.  Ground floor master bedroom with kingsize bed, lamps, bedside tables, chest of drawers, double doors to terrace.  Snug with double sofa bed, mirror, chest of drawers, access to terrace, spiral staircase to twin bedroom with two small single beds.  Family bathroom with large walk-in rainfall shower, wash basin, vanity unit, mirror, shelf and WC.  Outside: wraparound gravel patio to small jetty, outdoor lounge suite with L-shaped sofa, table, footstools, wood-fired hot tub, children's play area, rope and tyre tree swing.  Fishing shack with sun loungers and firepit, separate mini lodge with sun loungers, sofa bed, dining table, fridge, wash basin and WC.  Private parking for three cars.

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Walking, cycling, wildlife watching, historic sites, shopping, bars and restaurants

At a glance

At a glance

  • An ultra-stylish, dog-friendly lodge for idyllic family breaks in the Devon countryside, secluded by a private lake in the ancient Devon village of Zeal Monachorum.
  • The scenic, Nordic ski-chalet-style lounge, kitchen and diner boasts squishy seating, a Smart TV, and a showstopping indoor barbecue.
  • There are three sleeping spaces to choose from in the Lodge itself - a kingsize master and a double snug on the ground floor, and a cosy upstairs twin.
  • Outside awaits an al fresco lounge suite, a wood-fired hot tub, a playground area, and plenty of space for the kids and dogs to run around in!
  • Meanwhile, a nearby mini lodge is furnished with a sofa bed, a fridge, and its own loo - ideal for those who crave their own space on holiday.
  • Explore the charms of Dartmoor and Exeter, both within easy reach if the Lodge. The locally famed Waie Inn is accessible within a short stroll.

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