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review 31 Oct 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The large pond/small lake was perfect. Our children spent most of their waking time in the water, on the paddle board, in the boat or on the island. Some of us adults joined them ... but at the end of October, with no wetsuits, we mainly left it to them! It was heaven. We were able to sit nearby and talk, clutch hot drinks and laugh and take photos, without spoiling their fun. And all the while knowing there was a cosy house with woodburner lit, just a minute away.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Book it! The Balebarn Lodge that we stayed in was lovely. Beautifully built and furnished and decorated, simple but comfortable. Possibly take wetsuits for your children in the autumn, but ours managed without. Can't think of anything else you need to take, everything is there, a lovely place to stay.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our vacation definitely supported conservation. The owners manage their land primarily for wildlife and it is all, including the SSSI, really well cared for. The vacation lets are their income to allow them to do all the wildlife work. Everything is set up in the house for recycling and using less energy, in a way that makes it easy to do, not preachy, and still luxurious. LOcal businesses are promoted really well by the owners - local shops, food, activities. They offer to pick you up from the local station .... but we all came by car (car shares!).

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was a really really lovely place to go on vacation. If I had been there longer, I may have given it 5 stars ..... as we were only there for a weekend, I am not quite reborn as you suggest! All of us, adults and children, loved it. Very very comfortable, feel good factor of it being sustainable and environmentally friendly. Really welcoming hosts, but not in any way intrusive. Beautiful views and wildlife, would very happily go there again.

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