All Lodges are equal... it's just some are more equal than others!
This is a review of DGCC's self-catering lodges. This is my second stay in one.
The important bit first. At the time of our booking earlier this year, and at the time of writing this review, the DGCC website states "We have two luxury four-star GOLD AWARD self-catering cottages". Wrong, they have seven, and they are very slightly different from the following description, also pasted from their website... "OUTSIDE To the front of the cottage is a good sized garden laid mainly to lawn - in addition there is a paved terrace with garden table, chairs and barbeque." Not in Lodge 1 there isn't !!!
Having previously stayed in Lodge 5, which does have a lovely garden and BBQ, and seeing they only have 2 lodges, equally described, I felt sure we were going to be in identical accomodation for our second stay. It was therefore very disappointing to find Lodge 1 had a small triangular courtyard no deeper than 6 foot at it's longer end and about 3 foot at it's narrowest, and the kitchen window facing a stone wall; making for a very dark lodge (see photo, seeing is believing).
No patio furniture out the front and no BBQ, although in the lodge hallway you will find a patio umbrella, just no-where to stick it !!
DGCC took my complaint seriouly, and although they had no spare accomodation to move us, they did compensate us.
So, if booking a Lodge, ask specifically to avoid Lodges 1to4 if you do want a lawned garden, and would like to have a bit of sunshine (if it's out).
Rant over ... basic review begins ... I have been staying in Dartmouth for many years and typically go for high-value, high-quality accomodation. I have stayed at Dart Marina river-front appartments on many occasions. In my opinion, DGCC lodges could, with a little extra effort in the cleaning department, easily compete with Dart Marina. The lodges are beautiful, very well equipped, 3 bedrooms to your typical 2 in Dart Marina, and the Pool and Spa (post refurbishment) are bigger and better than Dart Marina, for an all up price which is approx. 20% less.
Unless you are without car and want to spend all week in the town of Dartmouth, this is a choice on par for me (no pun intended, but the golf course looks stunning).
The lodges are clean on first inspection, certainly enough to feel as comfortable as you do in your own home, but little details like the balconies that haven't been cleaned, or the glass shelves in the kitchen cabinets that look fine unless you turn on the shelf-lights drop the standard slightly from what you expect from a high-end accomodation.
It's all good from here on ...
The lodges have everything you'll need for a comfortable stay. TV's in every room (can't vouch for the picture quality as we were too busy enjoying the countryside to turn one on); USB / Bluetooth / Radio / speaker system for music; every utensil under the sun in the kitchen, clothes-horse, baby chair, games, picnic hamper, first aid kit etc. etc. etc. you get the picture ... and perfectly situated for exploring Devon.
The beds are all singles, pushed together if requested and are extremely soft .... too soft if you suffer back-pain like me, but that could just be a ploy to tempt you to go for a massage ... which I did ... highly recommend Charlotte at the Spa, best back massage I've ever had!
We will return, but only if we can book Lodges number 5 upwards. less